The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-28
I love North Quito;
A Great Place to Eat and Drink;
A Great Place to Live
by Ray Almand
The Areas of Quito
Quito can be looked at in many ways, but a common way to view it is in four parts:
North Quito, or New Town, or El Norte
Colonial Quito, or Old Town
South Quito, or El Sur
El Valle, or The Valley (to the East of Quito)
Regular readers will know that Dalynda have our Ecuador apartment in the Colonial area of Quito - Also known as "Old Town". We love the Colonial ambience - the narrow streets, the old buildings. We have covered it directly or indirectly in many Chronicles.
Live Well Ecuador contributor David Sass has provided great perspective on El Sur. In the past South Quito has been mostly known as a working class industrial area. In his Chronicles, David Sass has shown us another side of El Sur and it looks to be a good place to enjoy life. It is also the location of the new bus terminal serving the South of Ecuador - this has also been covered in a Chronicle.
Live Well Ecuador Principal Mathieu Guillory owns a second home in Conocoto in El Valle, so we have covered Conocoto and El Valle to some extent.
But, other than a Chronicle on Parque La Carolina we have neglected New Town. So, we will give North Quito some attention here.
New Town looks like a modern Latin American city. This is the business center of Quito with large office buildings, apartment buildings, banks and businesses. Mariscal the major tourist and entertainment center is also here.
Recently Mathieu spent an evening in New Town doing "Research" on places that might be of interest to Live Well Ecuador Travelers. We went on a Tuesday night - that was the only day I had left with my flight leaving the next night. So, it was a slow night, but we got to talk to some of the owners / managers. We went to El Pobre Diablo which is known as a great live music venue. The live music is from Wednesday on through the week - so no music for us. But we did meet the friendly manager. This is also and art venue with a couple of large rooms in the back displaying art which changes from time to time. I will definitely be taking Dalynda there on a live music night the next time we are in Quito together.
We also went to Turtle's Head which is a micro brewery. The beer is served in large glasses - it is very good. The food is good too; I had a great hamburger. There was an expat clientele. And a fire in the fireplace. Matt and I had a great night night and solved all the world's problems - the only issue will be implementation.
Plaza Fouch is located in the Mariscal area with many restaurants and bars. When my college aged daughter and friends come to Quito they head for Mariscal at least one night - they call it La Zona.
Here are some photos of New Town:
El Pobre Diablo on a Slow Tuesday Night
Art on Display in the Back Rooms
A Large Glass of Beer at Turtle's Head
And a Cozy Fire
Scenes of Mariscal / Plaza Fouch
Around Parque La Carolina