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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.
Museum
“It's worth the walk east along Calle Larga to one of Ecuador's most significant museums. While there's some great modern art downstairs, the highlight is on the 2nd floor. Here begins a comprehensive voyage through Ecuador's diverse indigenous cultures, with colorfully animated dioramas and reconstructions of typical houses, including of Afro-Ecuadorians from Esmeraldas province, the cowboy-like montubios (coastal farmers) of the western lowlands, several rainforest groups and all major highland groups. The finale features rare and eerie tzantzas (shrunken heads) from the Shuar culture of the southern Oriente. Included in your visit is the Archaeological Park”
  • 29 locals recommend
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Church
“Take the tour of the new cathedral to see the crypts below the church and hike up into the soaring towers for an incredible view of Parque Calderon, the main city square. Find out some interesting details about the cathedral and the city that houses it. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to shop
“The biggest, best and cheaper market in town! don't miss it, just 5 blocks from the Apt.!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“The food is delicious, service is really good and you will find typical and traditional food as well. Best meat restaurant of the city ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Many local artists get to exhibit their work in this incredible space. The architecture is enough to visit this awesome building where in every corner you can see new details of Cuenca. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for people-watching! It's in the heart of the city between the Old & New Cathedrals. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Goza is open late and their food is to die for. Serious. Expensive compared to other local places, Goza caters mostly to the expat and tourist community, and the wealthier locals. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Important park to make exercise, next to the most important neighborhood in cuenca, and the new comercial zone. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Church
“The Sagrario Church - commonly known as the Old Cathedral of Cuenca was the main place of Spanish worship during the time of Spanish colonization in Cuenca (Ecuador). It functions today as the Museum of Religious Art and is located in the Calderón Park, in front of the New Cathedral.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Homemade food, breakfast and lunch specials, situated in a colonial home on Plaza San Sebastian at the west end of the historic district. Open Wednesday through Sunday until 3 PM.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This is the largest mall in Cuenca and is a short bus or taxi ride. It also has a food court.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“This is the main park in the city, around this area you will find most of the coffe shops, restaurants and the Cathedral, many places for tourism”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great burgers and Mexican food. Sports bar on the banks of Rio Tomebabma. Indoor and outdoor seating. A gringo gathering place. Opens at 12 noon, closed Mondays.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“This indigenous culture museum has more than 5000 archaeological pieces representing more than 20 pre-Hispanic Ecuadorian cultures going back some 15,000 years. But what makes this such a gem of a museum is the informative guided tour – touching upon such unexpected items as combs and obsidian mirrors (they were vain then, some of these pre-Inca peoples) and rather sophisticated cooking equipment as well as explaining the striking designs. It's one of those rare museums which makes artifacts enthralling to look at. A peaceful courtyard cafe sells wickedly strong coffee.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great place for a sampling of local food. Located next door to the cathedral on Parque Calderon. The portions are generous and the restaurant is open from morning until late.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“The food is delicious, service is really good and you will find typical and traditional food as well. Best meat restaurant of the city ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Goza is open late and their food is to die for. Serious. Expensive compared to other local places, Goza caters mostly to the expat and tourist community, and the wealthier locals. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great place for a sampling of local food. Located next door to the cathedral on Parque Calderon. The portions are generous and the restaurant is open from morning until late.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great breakfast and lunch specials daily. Friendly staff. Open until 3 PM. Closed Sundays.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family-owned Italian restaurant with very friendly atmosphere. Expats meet here on Friday nights for happy hour and dinner.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This restaurant has a wonderful ambience, exemplary service and reliably delicious meals. Make reservations and request a window seat (there are only two) to make for a truly special evening.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Arguably the best pizza in Cuenca + lasagna and other dishes. They will deliver 07-282-4517”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the oldest bars in Cuenca. They usually have live music and you can find most cocktails there. They are in a privilege location in Cuenca. Great Gin&Tonics there. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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