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Best: Bookstore

Carolina Book Store
 

Mon-Fri 8 AM - 6 PM
Sat and Sun 9 AM – 6 PM.

Hermano Miguel 4-46 y Calle Larga, Cuenca

Email: info@carolinabookstorecuenca.com
Website: www.carolinabookscuenca.com
Phone: 099 779 4057

Best: Boutique Hotel

Casa Ordoñez

Address: 859 Mariscal Lamar, Cuenca, Ecuador
Casa Ordoñez offers a complimentary buffet breakfast. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, complimentary wireless Internet access, and a 24-hour front desk.

Close to Parque Calderon and Cuenca Cathedral. Area attractions also include El Cajas National Park.

Website: http://www.casa-ordonez.com

Best: Jazz/Music Club

The Jazz Society Café

Luis Cordero 5-101 Y Juan Jaramillo. 2nd floor La Vina Restaurant, Cuenca
Email: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com

Best: Emcee

Linda Chase

Email: lchaselchase@yahoo.com

Best: View of the City

Turi

Best: Street Name

Calle Larga

Best: Singer

Cindy Benson

Email: cuencabutterfly@yahoo.com

Best: Spanish School

Coffee Club Spanish

Address: Casa Asvoria (Plaza Otorongo)
Phone: 072840220 / 0998062331
Email: info@coffeeclubspanish.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cuencacoffeeclubspanish/
Website: www.coffeeclubspanish.com

We use a method called Comprehensible Input. With this program, the emphasis is on assimilating Spanish in the right side of the brain, where we produce speech, instead of focusing on simply understanding the language with the left side of the brain, which is the more analytical side of the brain. The theory behind the method is that foreign language learners will learn a language more quickly, effectively, and with less stress if they are taught through understandable input, much like a child learns a language, rather than only through grammatical instruction. We do this through incorporating vocabulary and correct usage in the context of interactive and comprehensible activities and stories, instead of learning lists of verb conjugations. All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers, who have been trained in the method, and do a great job at fascilitating a fun, informational, and interactive class experience.

Belen Rodas: spanishcoffeeclub@gmail.com

Best: Radio Station

Fusion Pocket

Best: Park

Parque de la Madre

Best: Neighborhood

El Vergel

Best: Local Hero

Pablo Salamea Molina

Medical director of Helping Kids in Ecuador, and Foundation Rostros Felices

Website: www.helpingkidsinecuador.org
Hospital del Rio

Phone: 095 882 8579

Best: Local Blog or Blogger

www.GringoPost.com

Best: Dog Park

Parque Paraiso

Best: Chef

Giovanni at Le Petit Jardin

Address: Sauyusi, San Miguel de Putushi
Phone: 096-819-1518
Email: lepetitjardinecuador@outlook.com
Facebook:
Website:

Open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Best: Caterer

Grits Catering

Best: Bartender

Stefania  Common Grounds

Best: Place of Worship

ICC - International Christian Community

info@internationalchristiancommunity.org
www.internationalchristiancommunity.org

Best: Bed and breakfast

Casa Ordoñez

Address: 859 Mariscal Lamar, Cuenca, Ecuador
Casa Ordoñez offers a complimentary buffet breakfast. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, complimentary wireless Internet access, and a 24-hour front desk.

Close to Parque Calderon and Cuenca Cathedral. Area attractions also include El Cajas National Park.

Website: http://www.casa-ordonez.com

Best: Middle Eastern

Ali's kitchen

Address: Estevez del toral y mariscal Lamar 10/80
Phone: 098 380 9210
Email: ali_alkhoja 2000@yahoo.com
Facebook: Ali'S kitchen

Best: Fresh Produce

Gran Roca Farms

Address: 50.6 km Via Giron-Pasaje, Yunguilla
Phone: 0989180307
Email: info@granroca.net
Website: www.granroca.net

Sustainably grown, Farm-to-Table fruits, heirloom vegetables, chicken, pork and beef

Rob Gray: rob@granroca.net

Best: Vegetarian

Good Affinity

Address: Gran Colombia 1-89 y Capulies (at opposite Banco del Pacifico)
Phone: 07 283 2469

Best: Unique Dining with Great Food

La Petit Jardin

Best: Sushi

Origami Japanese kitchen And Sushi Bar

Opens at 11:00am 11:00AM - 4:00PM, 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Calle Larga 4-100 Mariano Cueva
+593 98 722 6797
https://www.facebook.com/BestsushiCuenca/

Best: Sports Bar

Inca Lounge

Address Paseo 3 de Noviembre.
Phone 07 285 0470.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inca-Lounge/166611216729509

Best: Smoked Products

King Smokehouse

Address: Coronel Talbot 8-26 Y Mariscal Sucre
Phone: 096 904 7724
Email: Kingsmokehouse@tutamail.com

Best: Seafood

El Capitan

Tomas Ordoñez 6-76 y Presidente Cordova
099 688 9993
http://capitanrestaurant.com

Best: Place to Buy Healthy Food

Tienda Nectar

Address: Benigno Malo 12-27 Y Gaspar Sangurima
Phone: 07 404-5049
Email: tiendanectar@mail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nectarcuenca
Website: nectarcuenca.com/

Between a local naturlista and a law office, thru a recessed entryway. Monday thru Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Saturday 8 AM to 10 PM. We don't close for lunch.

Best: Pizza (Tie)

Tutto Matto
Solano y Alfonso Moreno Mora
https://www.facebook.com/tuttomattocuenca/
+593 7-288-2494

Fabiano's Pizzeria Cuenca
Presidente Cordova 4-84 y Mariano Cueva
+593 7-282-4517
fabianoscuenca.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fabianospizza/

Best: Outdoor Dining

Sabatino's Garden Restaurante

Roberto Aguilar and 3 de Noviembre (one block west of Otorongo Plaza)
Phone: 098 704 2538

Best: New Restaurant

Cafe Libre

Address: 5 -14, Calle Larga, Cuenca

Best: Mexican Food

Tacanijo

3 locations:
#1 Huacas 1 54 y Las Americas
#2 Presidente Cordova 1 77
#3 old Cathedral side door,  on Parque Calderon...

Paulo Villeda 098 673 8000

Best: International Food

Sofy's

Address: Escalinatas de bellavista 336 y Heroes de Verdeloma, between Tarqui and General Torres
Email: sofyscuisine@hotmail.com
Phone: 096 955 4901

Best: Italian Food

Mangiare Benne

Simon Bolivar Y Estevez De Toral
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Mangiare-Bene-914017735383786/
Phone: 07 282 6233

Best: Hot Dog

T-Rex Super Hot Dogs & Burgers

Address: Padre Aguirre 14-71 y Rafael María Arízaga
Phone: 098 839 6544
Email: trexburgers.cuenca@gmail.com
Facebook: T-Rex Burgers
César Mejía: carfaxabbey78@gmail.com

Best: Health Food Restaurant

Good Affinity

Address: Gran Colombia 1-89 y Capulies (at opposite Banco del Pacifico)
Phone: 07 283 2469

Best: Happy Hour

Mayu

Address: Paseo 3 de Noviembre, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Phone: 07 283 4669

Best: Gluten-Free Menu

None: Not Enough Votes

Best: Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream

Tutto Freddo - Cuenca

Best: Fried Chicken

Joes' Secret Garden

Email: eat@joessecretgarden.com 
Website: www.joessecretgarden.com

Best: Fine Dining

Le Petit Jardin

Address: Sauyusi, San Miguel de Putushi
Phone: 096-819-1518
Email: lepetitjardinecuador@outlook.com
Facebook:
Website:

Open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Best: Ecuadorian Food

Raymipampa

Parque Calderon
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RestauranteRaymipampaOficial/
Website: www.raymipampa.com/
Phone: +593 7-283-4159

Best: Dinner with Entertainment

Joes' Secret Garden

Email: eat@joessecretgarden.com 
Website: www.joessecretgarden.com

Best: Dessert

Double D's Delights Cuenca

Address: Agustín Cueva 3-56 y Honorato Loyola, #201
Phone: 096.802.2874 or 096.802.2545
Email: doubledsdelightscuenca@gmail.com
Facebook: Double D's Delights Cuenca
Website:

We specialize in North American style desserts and sweets: cakes, pies, tarts, brownies, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. We also bake English muffins, buttermilk biscuits, and bagels--which is how the whole idea of Double D's Delights started in Cuenca in August 2017.

Our most recent menu additions include a variety of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres perfect for any size gathering.

If you're looking for something specific, just ask! We love to try new recipes.

Best: Deli

Ital Deli

Alfonso Moreno Mora
Tell (07) 281 1007
https://www.facebook.com/ItalDeliEC/

Best: Craft Beers

The Pub

Miguel Cordero Davila 1-104 y Francisco Moscoso
https://www.facebook.com/thepubcuenca/
Email: ventas@culturacerveceria.com
Phone: 098 332 7839

Best: Cooking Classes

La Warmi

Address: Calle Hermano Miguel, entre Honorato Vázquez y Juan Jaramillo
Phone: 099 884 0979 / 282 3106
Facebook: como La Warmi

Best: Colombian Restaurant

Moliendo Cafe

Address: Juan Jaramllo y Hermano Miguel

Best: Coffeehouse

Café de Ñucallacta

Address: Hermano Miguel 5-62 between Honorato Vasquez and Juan Jaramillo
Phone: 0986190490
Email: info@cafenucallacta.com
Facebook: cafenucallacta
Website: www.cafenucallacta.com

Best: Cocktails

Mayu

Address: Paseo 3 de Noviembre, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Phone: 07 283 4669

Best: Candy Store

None: Not Enough Votes

Best: Burger (Local or Chain)

T-Rex Burgers

Address: Padre Aguirre 14-71 y Rafael María Arízaga
Phone: 098 839 6544
Email: trexburgers.cuenca@gmail.com
Facebook: T-Rex Burgers
César Mejía: carfaxabbey78@gmail.com

Best: Breakfast

Sunrise Café

Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo
https://www.facebook.com/Sunrise-Cafe-1399638657023219/
Phone: +593 7-284-0423

Best: Bagels

Cuenca Bagels, Rich Westcott

Address Presidente Cordova 9-80 y Padre Aguirre
www.cuencabagels.com
cuencabagels@yahoo.com

Best: Barbecue

Joes' Secret Garden

Email: eat@joessecretgarden.com 
Website: www.joessecretgarden.com

Best: Bar

Inca Bar
Paseo 3 de Noviembre.

Phone: 07 285 0470.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Cuenca-Ecuador/Inca-Lounge/121568937860311

Best: Bakery

Tosta Gastropub, Mini Cafe

Address: Avenue Solano 644 y Remigio Crespo/ white building with blue shutters
Phone: 095 533 1738

Best: Asian Food

Thai Connection

Owner: Ronal Bustamante

Honorato Vasquez Between Presidente Borreo and Hermano Miguel
https://www.facebook.com/Thai-connection-863007180405932/

Email: kill-all-hackers@hotmail.com
Phone: 0987046607 

Best: American Food

Sunrise Café

Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo
https://www.facebook.com/Sunrise-Cafe-1399638657023219/
Phone: +593 7-284-0423

Best: Technology Specialist

Tony Bishop

Address: El Centro
Phone: 0980265238
Email: info@dernachtwind.net

Best: Pop-Up Venue

Ex-Spot

Address: Calle Larga y Tomás Ordoñez

Best: House and Pet Sitter

Debra S. Lynn

Email: dslynn17@gmail.com

Best: Community Center

IdiomArt

Email: studio@idiomart.net
5-92 Manuel Vega Y Juan Jaramillo

Best: Pet Food

Daisy's Pet Food

Email: daisypetfood@gmail.com
Phone: 098 581 3770 - 095 906 0381

Best: Yoga Class

Rumisol Yoga

Email: rumisolyoga@gmail.com
Phone: 099 255 6981

Best: Visa Facilitator

Visa Angels

Address: Edificio Maldini
Phone: 0968962082
Email: Visaangels@gmail.com
Website: Visaangelsecuador.com

Best: Realtor

Ashley Rogers
 
Email: Ashley@ecuadoratyourservice.com
Website: www.EcuadorAtYourService.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ecuador-At-Your-Service-208553865888692

Best: Spanish School

Coffee Club Spanish

Address: Casa Asvoria (Plaza Otorongo)
Phone: 072840220 / 0998062331
Email: info@coffeeclubspanish.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cuencacoffeeclubspanish/
Website: www.coffeeclubspanish.com

We use a method called Comprehensible Input. With this program, the emphasis is on assimilating Spanish in the right side of the brain, where we produce speech, instead of focusing on simply understanding the language with the left side of the brain, which is the more analytical side of the brain. The theory behind the method is that foreign language learners will learn a language more quickly, effectively, and with less stress if they are taught through understandable input, much like a child learns a language, rather than only through grammatical instruction. We do this through incorporating vocabulary and correct usage in the context of interactive and comprehensible activities and stories, instead of learning lists of verb conjugations. All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers, who have been trained in the method, and do a great job at fascilitating a fun, informational, and interactive class experience.

Belen Rodas: spanishcoffeeclub@gmail.com

Best: Source of Health & Nutrition News

Susan Burke March

Address: Padre Aguirre 8-15 y Mariscal Sucre
Phone: 0997129013
Email: susanthedietitian@gmail.com
Facebook: Susan Burke March
Website: www.secondnaturenutrition.com

Thank you very much for continuing to publish my informational posts, and to provide such a robust resource for readers living here in Cuenca, and for those thinking of visiting. I always tell my visitors and friends to read GringoPost.com to get a good feel for what's going on in Cuenca and for recommendations and events.

Best: Shipping Company (Containers)

C2C Moves

Shipping Household Goods to/from Ecuador International, National & Local Moves

Ec   098 944-9150
US (760) 678-5600
Skype c2cMoves
Email info@c2cMoves.com
Webiste www.c2cMoves.com

Best: Plant Nursery

Juana's Nursery

Best: Place to Buy a Special Gift

La Yunta

Address: Panamericana Sur km 7. Via Cuenca a Tarqui
Phone: 0989456551
Email: Layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com
Facebook: La Yunta1

Best: Place for Cheap Gas

None, Not Enough Votes

Best: Photographer

Al Bourassa

Address: Bosque de Monay
Phone: 098-195-3658
Email: aljbourassa@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/al.bourassa
Website: souvenirphotostudio.neocities.org

Best: Pet Shop

Daisy's Pet Food

Best: Pet Groomer

Caty Currasco

Best: Personal Trainer

Sky Rajewski

Address: Sucre 7 - 70 y Luis Cordero
Phone: 099 866 0379
Email: skyfit@gmail.com
Facebook:
Website: www.adventureswithoutborders.com

SkyFit Integrated Fitness & Health Center

Best: Mental Health Therapist

Dr. Kelly Bennet

Best: Mover (Local)

Sebastian Espinoza

Best: Men’s Fashions

None: Not Enough Votes

Best: Printed Media or Magazine

El Mercurio

Best: Massage Therapist

Cameron Kayce

Address: Calle Cayambe 206
Phone: 0999874417
Email: cameronkayce@gmail.com

Best: Martial Arts Studio

Centro De Tai Chi Kung Fu Siu Liem

Best: Mani/Pedi Place

Bale Nail Studio

Address: Edificio Concord, Jose Astudillo y Miguel Morocho
Phone: 099.197.5413 or 098.596.4967
Email: Susi2782@outlook.com
Facebook: Bale Studio Nail Spa

Mani/Pedi Special $10 (Monday - Thursday)

Best: Local Market

Feria Libre

Best: Liquor Store

LA TABERNA

- Av del Estadio y Florencia Astudillo.
07 288 3903

- Av. Gran Colombia 22-270 y Unidad Nacional.
07 284 4125

- Manuel J. Calle 1-139 y Av. del Estadio.
07 288 6718 

- Av. Remigio Crespo y Miguel Díaz Esq.
07 281 8267

Best: Laundromat

NONE, Not Enough Votes

Best: Landscaper

Jardineria Cuenca

Address: Av Loja y calle del retorno.
Phone: 0998883272
Email: mp139470@gmail.com

Best: Kitchen Supply Store

Sukasa

Best: Tour Company

Polylepis Tours


Address: Hermano Miguel 4-35 y Calle Larga, Cuenca - Ecuador
Phone: Landline: (593) 7 2830248 Mobile/WhatsApp: (593) 985116721
Email: polylepistours@outlook.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/polylepistours/
Website: www.polylepistours.com/

Here at Polylepis Tours we aim to provide the best options for both group & private tours. We offer a wide range of destinations (in Cuenca and around Ecuador) and are happy to create tailor-made itineraries to suit your interests and budget.

Best: Jeweler

NONE, Not Enough Votes

Best: Hotel - Guayaquil

Hotel Palace

Best: Hotel - Quito

Wyndham

Best: Hotel Cuenca

Mansión Alcazar

Best: Health Care Facility

Clinica Santa Ines

Best: Hairdresser

Lee's Hair Salon

Best: Hardware Store

Kywi

Best: Handyman

Angelo Parapy

Address: Cuenca
Phone: 0998448680 or 0993724226
Email: aparapy@yahoo.com

Best: Gym

JungleGym

Address: Calle Larga

Best: Grocery Store

SuperMaxi

Best: Furniture Store

LA Yunta

Address: Panamericana Sur km 7. Via Cuenca a Tarqui
Phone: 0989456551
Email: Layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com
Facebook: La Yunta1

Best: Florist

Israel López

Best: Eye Doctor

Dr. Rene Cabrera

Address: Florencia Astudillo 3-45 y Av. Solano (Soi Opticas), Cuenca - Ecuador.
Phone: 2815912 EXT. 14
Email: reneypatyca@hotmail.com
Website: www.soiopticas.com

Best: Event Venue

Pumapungo Theatre

Best: Dog Trainer

Alex Flores, Club Canino Cuenca

Best: Doctor

Dr. Anthony Guillén

Best: Dentist

Dra. Grace Ordoñez

Best: Computer Repair

Tony Bishop

Address: El Centro
Phone: 0980265238
Email: info@dernachtwind.net

Best: Cleaning Company

Dimplos

Best: Charity

Hogar de Esperanza



Address: Tarqui 11-36
Phone: 096-896-2015, 07-284-5743
Email: info@hogaresperanza.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HogardeEsperanzaEcuador/
Website: hogaresperanza.org

Fundacion Hogar de Esperanza empowers and supports individuals who are vulnerable or in poverty due to illness. We provide programs and services that inspire hope in those facing these challenges. Our vision is an Improved quality of life for those affected by catastrophic illness in Ecuador, with an emphasis on HIV

We operate Cuenca's only legal Thrift Shop and Food Bank.

Best: Car Rental Company

Cuenca Car Share

Best: Bank

JEP

Best: Attorney

Grace Velastegui


Address: 6-41 Luis Cordero and Presidente Cordova
Phone: 07-407-9358
Email: grace@ecuadorlegalteam.com

Best: Alternative/Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Jenny Karim Meza Perez

Address: Luis Moreno Mora 2-92
Phone: 0960155950
Email: karimmeza@htmail.com
Facebook: Dr.jenny Karim Meza

Best: Songwriter/Composer

Bill Scott

Email: gagregory5@gmail.com

Best: Workshop

Furniture-ART Workshop At IdiomArt Studio On 5-92 Manuel Vega Y Juan Jaramillo

Best: Volunteer Opportunity

Hogar de Esperanza


Address: Tarqui 11-36
Phone: 096-896-2015, 07-284-5743
Email: info@hogaresperanza.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HogardeEsperanzaEcuador/
Website: hogaresperanza.org

Fundacion Hogar de Esperanza empowers and supports individuals who are vulnerable or in poverty due to illness. We provide programs and services that inspire hope in those facing these challenges. Our vision is an Improved quality of life for those affected by catastrophic illness in Ecuador, with an emphasis on HIV

We operate Cuenca's only legal Thrift Shop and Food Bank.

Best: Swimming Pool

Piedra De Agua

Best: Solo Musician

Su Terry

Best: Public Event

Carnaval

Best: Public Art

Mosaic Stairs to Otorongo Plaza

Best: Place to Watch A Film

Millennium Plaza

Best: Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests

Turi

Best: Place to Meet a Blind Date

None: Not Enough Votes

Best: Place to Catch Some Rays

Parque Paraiso

Best: Place for People-Watching

Parque Calderon

Best: Place for a Romantic Stroll

Tomebamba Riverwalk

Best: Place for a Birthday Party

Tiesto's Restaurant

Address: Juan Jaramillo 4-89

Best: Picnic Spot

Parque Paraiso

Best: Night Out with Friends

Joes' Secret Garden

Email: eat@joessecretgarden.com 
Website: www.joessecretgarden.com 

Best: Music Venue

Jazz Society Cafe

Email: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com

Best: Museum

Museo Pumapungo

Best: Local Artist

Garry Kaulitz

Address: 18-40. Tarqui
Phone: 0995603302
Email: Gckaulitz1@gmail,com
Facebook: Gckaulitz
Website: Gckaulitz.com

Best: Historic Building

Old Cathedral

Best: Hiking Guide

James Drummondo, Fintastic Adventures

Email: fintasticadventures.ecuador@gmail.com
Phone: 099 564 7799
Website: www.flyfishingecuador.com

Best: Hiking Trail

El Cajas

Best: Guilty Pleasure

Tutto Fredo Ice Cream

Best: Fishing Guide

James Drummond

Best: Fishing Hole

None: Not Enough Votes

Best: Film Festival

La Orquídea

Best: Festival

Cuenca Independence  (Tres De Noviembre)

Best: Family Outing

Cuenca Zoo

Best: Ecuadorian Tradition

Burning of Effigies on New Year’s Eve

Best: Day Trip

Cajas National Park

Best: Concert of The Year

International Chorale Christas Concert

Best: Christmas Tradition

Pase Del Niño

Best: Charity Event

Hogar de Esperanza


Address: Tarqui 11-36
Phone: 096-896-2015, 07-284-5743
Email: info@hogaresperanza.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HogardeEsperanzaEcuador/
Website: hogaresperanza.org

Fundacion Hogar de Esperanza empowers and supports individuals who are vulnerable or in poverty due to illness. We provide programs and services that inspire hope in those facing these challenges. Our vision is an Improved quality of life for those affected by catastrophic illness in Ecuador, with an emphasis on HIV

We operate Cuenca's only legal Thrift Shop and Food Bank.

Best: Art Gallery

Cuenca Visual Arts, CVA

Address: 3-82 Machuca y Calle Larga
Phone: 0995603302/ 096-867-9260
Email: Gckaulitz1@Gmail.com