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Things to do in Quito

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Nearby shopping center with many local and international restaurant options in the food court. Vegeatarian options available in restaurant named "Crepes and Waffles".”
  • 129 locals recommend
Park
“Caronlina Park is like the timesquare but little, you can make some exercise like running or make some bicycle, also you have sport courts, but one thing you have to visit is the botanic garden inside the park.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Plaza
“-Bungalow is perfect for dancing and having huge fishbowls with different cocktails -Finn McCool's Irish Pub it´s perfect to have some beers before you go out to party ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Panecillo is a natural elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level, it was baptized with this name for its resemblance to a small bread; It is nestled in the very heart of the city of Quito. It is one of the most visited sites in the city. Due to its location it has become the most important natural viewpoint of the city, from which you can see the urban layout of the capital, from its historic center and towards the north and south ends.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“At this movie theater, you get the latest movies on the market. The theater has the latest sounds and seats available. Great place to go. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Best preserved historic center of Latin America filled with churched embedded in gold!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Movies, Dance, Ballet and theatre shows. Plenty free options too. and museum ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Museum
“Located in the Bellavista neighborhood, with a privileged view of Quito. It is the last and most important project of the teacher Oswaldo Guayasamín. It invites us to reflect on history from Latin America; from their world and ancestral cultures to contemporary miscegenation. Here his works are combined in large format, sculptures, impressive architecture and open spaces, with the message of commitment to Human Rights, Peace and Solidarity.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Museum
“Ciudad Mitad del Mundo - Today it is a quite significant tourist attraction for the city, it is also the opportunity to photograph yourself in the two hemispheres at the same time, level an egg on a nail without needing to hold it, you can also weigh a kilo less in difference to other places.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Perfecto see some beautiful handcrafted items ecuador has very talented artisans, perfect to get some good price souvenirs ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Church
“ La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of the Old Town. Including its Moorish elements, perfect symmetry (right down to the trompe l’oeil staircase at the rear), symbolic elements (bright-red walls are a reminder of Christ’s blood) and its syncretism (Ecuadorian plants and indigenous faces are hidden along the pillars). Construction on this marvelously gilded Jesuit church began in 1605 but wasn't completed for another 160 years; the main altarpiece alone took 20 years (former president Gabriel García Moreno is buried here). The made-in-the-USA organ is circa 1889. Check out the chiaroscuro-style series of paintings called the 16 Prophets by Nicolás Javier de Goríbar and the large canvas Hell and Final Judgement from 1879 – it's still a mystery what happened to the original, painted by Hermano Hernando de la Cruz in 1620. Quiteños proudly call it the most beautiful church in the country, and it’s easy to see why.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Museum
“Best place to look around the city's history from ancient cultures of Quito through the colonialization of our city and the freedom that got us to be a republic. Personal opinion: favorite museum!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“Perfect for exploring, camping, pedaling, walking and stopping to take advantage of the spectacular viewpoints and trails without losing sight of the birds. The most important green extension of the urban area, and very popular among its inhabitants, goes up to the eastern edge of Quito and offers breathtaking views of the Cumbayá Valley. It consists of four sectors: parking and playgrounds; the eucalyptus forest; an area without trees, with large-scale sculptural installations; and picnic areas. Visitors enjoy its many hiking and cycling routes, home of the handsome Carpenter Dorsiescarlata and other birds.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Landmark
“Colonial Center with exquisite arquitecture, plazas, churches, museums and lovely courtyards. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Church
“ Neogothic style religious building in the historic center of the city of Quito. Due to its size and style, it is considered the largest neo-Gothic temple in America. It is located in the sector known as Santa Prisca, on Carchi and Venezuela streets, next to the convent of the Oblate fathers.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This mall and those around it have just about everything you need, from a grocery store, to pet stores. A Multicines theaters is also available in premises, as well as several restaurants and everyday shops, pharmacy and ATMs. This mall is on two major roads for the city, making it easy to travel to and from when shopping, before heading home. the Carolina Park surrounds it to the East and South sides for fun and relaxation.”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This bar/restaurant has an amazing view over Quito old town, preferably visit by night with clear sky. You can see all the 14 churches!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“NOE a sushi Ecuadorian place and the restaurants on the zone are a most. Great atmosphere at night. More info at www.noesushibar.com ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Pub with a lot of local Craft Beer you never find in other places. They also serve german sausages. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good food with an even better view. Go at sunset and watch the city lights turn on or go at night and view the city lights! - Ecuadorian and American food - AMAZING View over the city with outside rooftop patio. -$$”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the nicest places to have a dink in Quito. Nice people and not that expensive.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It´s a nice place to have dinner and a drink. The food is good and the view amazing. Un buen lugar para comer y tomar algo. La comida es buena y la vista increible. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“El ambiente y la comida es excelente... Si te gusta la comida Mexicana esta es un excelente opción, y queda a 1 cuadra de mi departamento.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Its so good chef comes to your table, customize your order .. omg its great!”
  • 15 locals recommend

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