International travel enthusiast and expat from New Zealand, currently living in Germany. https://indie-road.com
Published March 7th 2017
Coffee with a dash of vertigo
In the Itchimbia district in Ecuador's capital city is a restaurant called Cafe Mosaico. Here you can kick back with a drink after work, have a meal with the full dining experience, or simply just take a coffee. The menu is rather extensive and boasts a variety of international dishes as well as local Ecuadorian cuisine composed of fresh local ingredients from different parts of Ecuador. The food and coffee is of a high standard, and there is an extensive range of drinks available such as Ecuadorian wines and even the traditional sugar cane based drink called canelazo, which is an experience you must have if you are travelling in Ecuador.
The ambience is peaceful and the decor is homely and quirky, but really there's just one thing about Cafe Mosasico that should make it your number one priority to eat at. The reason is this;
The views over the UNESCO heritage listed old town and the Virgin on El Panecillo are absolutely mindblowing. I think that even in the worst case scenario, when the chef was having a bad day or the service was a bit substandard, then the sights of the city of Quito from the balcony would more than compensate for it, and you would still leave the restaurant with a huge smile on your face. What's more, where you have to sit to drink your coffee or eat your dinner, you spend a lot more time appreciating the panorama instead of just taking photos.
The cafe also hosts live music events on a regular basis, and it is worth checking the website before you go to see if there is anything on.