Best coffee shops in Quito, Ecuador.
Ecuador; the country that is famous for the Galapagos Islands and the primary rainforest that connects with the Amazon. The capitol of this beautiful country is Quito. Situated at an altitude of 2850 meters above sea level, the city is rich in historical buildings and a thriving coffee scene. In this list I will take you along the best coffee shops Quito has to offer. The list is written in alphabetical order, except for the first spot: my favourite hotspot.
Best Coffee Shops in Quito: Traviesa.
Most of you already know that Traviesa has a special place in my heart. Recently I have published an interview with Felipe Cisneros; the owner of Traviesa and the first specialty coffee roaster in Quito.
Traviesa is a shop that will make you feel at home despite the modern and sleek interior. The staff always seem happy and really know who to use several brewers in the shop. Siphon, Aeropress, Hario, Chemex…it’s all there. Their skill in espresso based drinks is also top notch by the way.
It is not just coffee that is great at Traviesa. Felipe is an innovative thinker and pairs coffee with food, making their menu a thing you shouldn’t miss out on. What else is there to say about a shop that has it all? Just go there.
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Botanica is a shop that is a bit weird, in a good way! The shop is enclosed by a wall and once you enter, it feels like an artists hideaway. There is so much to see, that you’d almost forget to order that coffee. But please don’t forget because Botanica has some amazing coffee’s on offer. Try their expert Aeropress brew and sit down in a nook or cranny to enjoy the view. Perhaps you want to chat with somebody? In my experience the people drinking coffee in Botanica are all up for a chat. The menu offers some nice items as well, and caters to everyone’s needs in case you want something to eat.
Adres: Guipúzcoa E14-104 y La Coruña, 170109, Quito, Ecuador
Mon-Sat: 15:00 – 21:00
Fankor Coffee Roasting.
Just down the road at Traviesa you will find Fankor. This tiny coffee shop is located inside an old building called ‘Edificio Cosideco’, and could be considered a true gem in the Quito coffee scene. This is one shop that couldn’t miss out on a spot in this list of best coffee shops in Quito. The barista’s are super friendly and really know their craft. They have several espresso and filter options for you to try, and the equipment is top notch. Victoria Arduino is ever present as a espresso machine and as grinders and ensure a constant quality when it comes to brewing and grinding.
Aside from the excellent coffee, Fankor also has amazing cakes that you can try out. I’d recommend asking if the anaerobic fermented coffee is still on offer because that was just awesome. The only downside is that they’re closed in the weekends.
Adres: Av. 6 de Diciembre N31-89, Quito 170518, Ecuador
Cafe Galletti is also pretty near Traviesa but offers a totally different vibe. The place isn’t as open or friendly as Traviesa or Fankor but rather feels a little like a coffee chain franchise. So why is it in the list of best coffee shops in Quito? Well, the coffee…that’s why. Cafe Galletti offers some great coffee’s and brewing methods that will appease everyone stepping inside. The Barista takes her time for you and even asks how the coffee tasted when you’re done drinking. The prices of the coffee are also a little cheaper when you want to bring a bag home. Cafe Galletti might not offer the livingroom leef, but it is definitely worth visiting because of the quality of the coffee.
Adres: Jose Bosmediano, Carlos Guerrero 11-50, Quito 170135,
If this list was according to rating, Isveglio would be slighty below Traviesa. This shop has everything you would want in a coffee shop. A great coffee menu, coffee/chocolate pairing, crafty barista’s, an extended food menu and even a coffee academy where they train their barista’s to compete in championships. Isveglio is the complete package and you will notice it from the first moment you step inside. Please try their coffee steak sandwich and the chocolate coffee pairing; it is an experience on itself and will leave you inspired for when guests are coming over at home.
Adres: Av. Isabel la Católica N24-682 y, Quito 170525, Ecuador
Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 20:30
Sat: 11:00 – 20:30
Sun: 14:00 – 20:00
Il Barista can be found inside a bank building and is mostly visited by office employee’s who are in dire need of a caffeine shot. But make no mistake, the coffee served here is actually pretty good. The people working in Il Barista are friendly and open to chat and explain what’s on offer. I really enjoyed their Cappuccino and filter coffee but did find it a little too crowded during lunch break. But hey, I guess that only shows why they’re in my list of best coffee shops in quito.
Adres: Av. De La República y Av. Amazonas Edificio Las Cámaras, Planta Baja, Quito 170135, Ecuador
Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 21:00
Sat: 15:00 – 20:00
Jervis is also one of my favourite coffee shops in Quito. Jervis is a hole in the wall but is crowded with regulars that come and enjoy the coffee. The Barista is tattooed guy who is friendly and innovative. He showed me a Macchiatto with roasted Rosemary scent and it was mind blowing. Take a look at their menu and try one of their cakes or even a sandwich. There is also the option of sitting outside in the Quito sunshine to enjoy your coffee. The atmosphere there is superb and although the number of coffees offered are limited, this is one place you should not forget to visit. The only downside is that they are closed during the weekends.
Adres: Guipuzcoa E14-27, Quito 170143, Ecuador
Mon-Fri: 08:30 – 19:00