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Quito Food & gourmet tours

Our most recommended Quito Food & gourmet tours

Quito: Street Food Essentials

1. Quito: Street Food Essentials

Begin your experience in Quito's main flea market, a hidden gem even for locals. Eat some of the best traditional dishes while understanding a classic working environment full of antiques and small treasures. Continue around the Basilica of the National Vow towards the eateries surrounding one of the oldest and most significant public schools, where most of the student's movements take place. Make your third stop in one of the busiest political areas, where the amount and quality of the eateries are beyond the imagination. Walk around beautiful street art toward the main park in downtown Quito, and get a glimpse of everyday life, national sports, and some of the most representative street eateries in town. As your first bites digest, stroll to the most mind-blowing stop to savor the most delicious culinary scene in the country: seafood from Manabí (famous for its inventive, resourceful, and truly unique food). Then, continue your pleasant walk and find your way to one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish the journey with quality hand-made chocolate, the icing on the cake of Quito's top flavors. You can choose to take a regular shared or private walking tour, with or without pickup and drop-off.

From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

2. From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

Discover the evergreen wilderness and spectacular natural diversity of the Andes’ western slope. Day 1: Depart Quito in the early morning and visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve for a 1-hour hike to the waterfalls. Stop off at the Alambi Reserve to take photos inside the hummingbird garden. Enjoy lunch in Mindo, and take advantage of free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. Spend the night at a hotel in Mindo. Day 2: Wake up to a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before you start your day. Choose from a variety of activities to participate in at your own expense, including river tubing, ziplining, rappelling, or visiting the butterfly farm. Return to Quito at the end of the day.

Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

3. Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Eat at a top street food stop, and explore one of the main markets. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

4. Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

Explore the flavors of Ecuador on a walking tour with an expert foodie guide. Meet one of the top chefs in the country, and try local wines and chocolate cocktails. Your tour takes you through the beautiful La Floresta neighborhood, where you'll wind up at one of the most beloved restaurants in Quito. Learn about the local produce and the fairtrade culture of Ecuador's small communities. Enjoy creative, chocolate-based cocktails, the best local coffee, and the perfect wine for pairing while you learn about the culture and history of the region's gastronomy.

Quito Cooking Class

5. Quito Cooking Class

This half day tour takes you to the local food market in the historical center and to a very cosy restaurant close to the Basilica where you will prepare your traditional Ecuadorian dishes. The Ecuadorian chef will go to the market with you and explain t the endemic fruits and vegetables. Afterwards, walk the five blocks back to the restaurant. Start your class in the Spanish-style courtyard of the colonial house. Before the cooking class begins, you will be given a chef’s hat, an apron and a mini recipe book with the 3 dishes you will be cooking. These recipes that you will cook are traditional Ecuadorian dishes: Locro Quiteño, Encocado and a Chocolate soup, chosen because the ingredients used can be found all over the world. Therefore, you will be able to cook it when you're home for your family and friends. During the cooking class you will become the chef. You will peel, cut, season and mix the ingredients during the class. The chef will be there guiding you and as the cooking class develops, they will provide further explanations, more details about the history of each dish and its origins of what you are preparing. Once you are done with cooking you will have the pleasure of tasting your self-made dishes in a unique place, the patio of a colonial house. The cooking class will end with a round of applause for all the participants.

Quito: Cultural City Bike Tour

6. Quito: Cultural City Bike Tour

Start from the iconic Ochoymedio Arthouse Cinema. Take a look at the amazing street art around La Floresta and hear about some of the artists who painted them from your bilingual guide. Taste some pretty awesome chocolate before visiting a great lookout and hanging out with some locals. This is a fascinating and not very frequented part of Quito, a hidden gem. Then, visit some interesting parks, and get to see the local culture as well as the hub of activity that is the Mariscal area. Explore a special handicraft market and meet the actual artisans who make their products. Also, discover an iconic fruit and veggie market showing you how the "real people" live, shop, and eat. Next, head to the oldest park in Quito (and in Ecuador) and gain some fascinating historical insights. See the oldest astronomical observatory in Ecuador, as well as some other interesting places. Making your way past an impressive 50-meter (164-foot) tall mural, finish the tour at La Cleta Bici Cafe located in La Floresta, only a block from the starting point. Upon arrival, the café will give you a free drink and a snack.

Quito: Urban Bike Tour

7. Quito: Urban Bike Tour

Explore La Floresta, Mariscal, La Carolina Park, Iñaquito, and much more as you gain an insight into how locals live in Quito.  Departing from the iconic Ochoymedio Arthouse Cinema, take a look at the amazing street art around La Floresta as you also learn about some of the artists who painted them. Then, head to Carolina Park and visit the Botanic Gardens. You'll be riding along Amazonas Avenue, one of the main arteries of the modern Quito. Afterwards, stop and take some great photos.  Experiencing a local market is a must in any city. The iconic and colourful Iñaquito Market dates back to the 1970s. The tour will then head back via Carolina Park once again, returning to La Floresta. Making your way past an impressive 50-metre tall mural, the tour will finish at a local café. Upon arrival, you'll get to enjoy a complimentary drink and snack.

Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

8. Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

Mindo is a mountain area watershed or landmark located at the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes, where two of the most bio-diverse ecoregions in the world meet, the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This private tour is recommended for all types of adventurous travelers. Below you’ll find the standard itinerary. As this is a private tour you can modify it to your own preferences. You can choose between a chocolate tour in Mindo, tubing in the river (cold water!), a butterfly tour, a tour at the Inti Nan museum and much more! Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. 7:00 AM Pickup at the hotel in Quito and start driving to Mindo 9:30 AM Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional) 11:00 AM Canopy tour (10 lines) 1:00 PM Lunch at a local restaurant 4:00 PM Visit to the Intiñan museum, located 200 meters from the Middle of the World (equator) 6:00 PM Back in Quito

Old District Quito City: Private Walking Tour

9. Old District Quito City: Private Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza de San Blas located in the Old Town to begin your cultural tour into the city’s historical heart. Experience the sights, smells, and flavors of this sky-high capital as the day comes to life. Start this 4-hour adventure on the cobblestone streets of the city to visit: the Mercado Central, a vibrant and colorful market to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere; follow your guide past stalls bursting with exotic fruits and fresh vegetables and discover sizzling local dishes. You will also visit the Independence Plaza, home to the Independence Monument, Government Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Stop to absorb the colonial charm of the La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church boasting an elaborate façade made entirely out of volcanic stone, and an interior rich in gold leaf. Next, adventure to the legendary San Francisco Catholic Church to explore convents and a monastery, then walk down through Rocafuerte Street, which in the Seventeen Century was known as “the long Street to the hill”. Explore La Ronda, one of the most picturesque cobblestone streets in Old District of Quito. Following your guide’s recommendations and try flavors that you’re not likely to find back home — like colaciones, empanadas etc... Enjoy a shot of "Canelazo" using your newly learned phrases to greet locals or stop in a chocolatería to taste and have a full explanation of the whole process of making chocolate. Your guide is happy to provide assistance in getting back to your hotel.

From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

10. From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

Pick from your hotel. Driving for around 2 hours We will get to Mindo. On the way , If you like We can stop in Los Armadillos garden to watch birds, At the place you can get some of coffee or drink. If your have another garden in your mine We can skip this. Getting to Mindo, We will go straight to the forest to walk and see Nambillo waterfall . To cross between mountains We will ride a rustic Cable car. If you want to see hundreds of butterflies , It is the place where the paradise is REAL. At the half of the day, if you are hungry We can enjoy good food, places where you will enjoy your meal. Yumbos chocolate factory is the last place to be visited. It is a great experience because you will see the fruit, taste some of chocolates and locals fruits. We will leave the area around 4 pm and get to Quito at 6 pm.

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What people are saying about Quito

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 24 reviews

We wanted to go to authentic local places to try local cuisine and Ernesto at Bondabu Ecuador did not disappoint. It was one of the best tours we've ever taken. Ernesto talked about local culture and how it impacted local cuisine. He took us to local places away from the tourist areas, and it was great to hear his insights. The three-hour tour ended up being five hours as we had a great time with him.

Nico, our guide, was fantastic. We got to hear about history, see churches, and eat native food. Food, drinks, and transportation are included. Quito is at a high elevation, so make sure you are comfortable with the altitude before taking this tour, as you will be walking most of the time.

Ernesto was absolutely terrific! The tour was informative, enjoyable, and the stops for lunch and a chocolate tasting gave us a glimpse into authentic Quito. (For an extra special bonus, ask Ernesto to take you to “Güero Güey”, the absolute best taqueria in town!)

I've done plenty of excursions around the world, but Julio absolutely made this one the best. He's kind, knowledgeable, flexible, and just an overall fantastic ambassador for his country. Highly recommend.

Amazing experience! Not just a "normal" chocolate tasting, it's without compare and high quality of food and knowledge. Each dollar is worth it! Go for it if you have the chance!