Affordable, fresh, exotic food at the Mercado central de Quito (Central market- right in the city downtown) – yum yum yum – fish, tasty juices, rice, chicken ~all for 1-3$. The “it” place to be if you are a foodie. There is a very local version of a “food court” on ever corner, where you can sit around to enjoy a quick bite. Oh! the mere mention of this place fills my olfactory sensors with the smell of spices, fresh juices, roses, fish and every thing mixed up together – wondering how that smells! Hmmm- if you are hungry, it smells like heaven. How to reach: 3 blocks east of Main Plaza (Presidential Palace) is the enclosed market place, Mercado Central.
Assuming you’ve already tasted Spain’s famous tapas, be sure to save some room for pintxos, the Basque region’s version of a snack or small dinner. Think bruschetta with a variety of toppings, that can range from potatoes to sardines. A unique twist on this already special dish is this little bar’s take on pintxos, where they replaced the traditional base of bread with a tiny pancake. Ingenious, and absolutely divine.