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Where to eat
For a small town/village, Vilcabamba has an abundance of superb and diverse restaurants. Bon appetit!
This section contains the restaurants that we reviewed in 2009 and 2010 as well as new places that we have not personally visited yet.
They are in no order of preference, they are in alphabetical order.
Note: some places have changed name, some have moved, some have gone.
Charlie is a newcomer on the Vilcabamba restaurant scene but everybody knew him
already, so his restaurant became quite popular overnight. The things that I noticed
when entering Charlito's for the first time was the interesting color scheme, the
feeling of space inside and the warmth and professionalism of Charlie himself ...
... who soon came to take our order, with a little notepad in his hand, a bit like
a French "garcon". "Nice" I thought as I began to relax and absorb the atmosphere
of the place.
Food is simple and good. I have only tried the sandwich and the pizza so far and
I have no complaints. I will need to ask other people to comment on their experience.
Jardin Escondido is a tranquil restaurant and part of the hotel of the same name.
The locale, truly a "hidden garden", boasts candlelit dining in a lush courtyard
and serves authentic Ecuadorian, Mexican, and international cuisine. There is live
music some Saturday nights.
It is situated 2 kms from the town centre. It is an open-air, balcony-dining restaurant
that enjoys a panoramic view of the valley and Vilcabamba village. The restaurant
offers a wide variety of local and international dishes. This restaurant is part
of the hotel of the same name.
The restaurant serves a delicious mix of both Ecuadorian and Bavarian specialties.
Paula Newton. Source: Internet
This restaurant is a great place to eat in Vilcabamba, very well finished and a
little more up-market than some others. It offers a mix of international and national
cuisine. The restaurant features three distinct dining areas: indoor, a patio and
an outside covered dining area in the restaurant's garden.
There is on occasion live music. Recently, one visitor commented to us that his
pepper steak was absolutely fabulous. We haven't tried it ourselves yet.
Apart from eating great food, if being welcomed and attended by people who really
care is important to you, you will appreciate dealing with Ana the owner and Galo,
her son, who run this restaurant together with passion, class and experience. "Cocino
con mucho amor", "I cook with a lot of love", says Ana who has 45 years of experience
in preparing food for banquets and buffets, including banquets for exclusive audiences
in Quito such as the president of the republic of Ecuador and his entourage.
Galo, Ana and Saba
They serve most of the staple meals in Ecuador as well as international fare, such
as falafel, sandwiches, Oriental, Mexican and Italian food. This is a restaurant
This restaurant is part of a small trout farm. They serve one dish that includes trout,salad,rice,yuca and fried banana.
The restaurant is located along the Rio Uchima. To get there you go through San Pedro, through Sacapo and down the
Rio Uchima. Travel the full length of the Rio Uchima road until you get to the very
end. Get out, go through the gate in front of you and walk straight ahead. You will
hit a nice path that is an easy walk. Follow this path until you come to a wooden
cabin and "voila" you are there. It is well worth the effort if nothing more than
just for a nice bush walk along one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Do
note that parking at the end of the road is limited to one car only so get a taxi
there and ring one to take you back. There is cell phone coverage at the restaurant.
The Belgian Chocolatier.
Recently (early 2010), Layseca has moved onto the Vilcabamba square, a better location
and a lot more space than they had before. The interior decoration is as before
simply stunning and the food has not changed. Below is what we wrote about the previous
location, nothing to change.
One of our favorite places for bread and treats. This bakery is renowned for its
homemade wholewheat bread (pan integral) and rolls as well as chocolates, cookies
and granola. They also make very good coffee and nice banana bread. They do sandwiches,
pizza and pasta too. If you are planning a dinner party you can ask them to make
a French stick ("une baguette s'il vou plait") that you can slice and spread with
your own homemade garlic butter and "presto" you have a lovely fresh garlic bread
to serve to your guests.