|My-Quito.com : shopping
in Quito and Ecuador
Shopping Centres -there
are three main shopping malls in north Quito:
- Quicentro -Avenida Naciones Unidas y Shyris
El Jardin -on Amazons between Mariana de Jesus and Republica
(near Parc Carolina)
El Bosque -in the northwest just off the Occidental and Carvajal
in the north west of the city.
In the south
- El Recreo.- Address: Av. Maldonado
at the Trole stop (south of the city).
- Food: For large food stores
that stock almost anything, there are a number of Supermaxi stores
around town, or for the biggest selection of all, go to Megamaxi
near Quicentro (6 de Diciembre between Julio E. Moreno and Germán
Alemán). The markets are a great place to buy exotic fruits
and vegetables at giveaway prices -try the Santa Clara Market
to the west of the Mariscal area (Versalles and Ramirez Dávalos).
American Yellow Pages
- Art, handicrafts and gifts:
- You should be able to find
most of your needs around Amazonas and Juan Leon Mera, but do
also look further afield for the better bargains too. On Sundays
you can find paintings on sale by the artists around the edge
of Parque El Ejido, and also a market selling goods from Otavalo.
- Next to the Mirador de Guapulo
- Indian Markets elsewhere
- cross ref to Quito
- Arte Ecuatoriano
-gallery of painters, sculptors and printmakers.
Ceramica -fine hand
made glazed ceramic products from Cuenca.
- Carlos Monsalve
-Ecuadorean-Colombian artist working in Quito.
co-operative in Quito.
Ethnic Shop -based
in Amazonas, its mission is the promotion of the region´s
art, handcrafts and jewelry, among other initiatives, as sustainable
alternatives to the destruction of the environment.
Olga Fisch -the gallery
and shop for the famous Hungarian weaver and artist who became
a pioneer for Ecuadorean Art. Colon Ave and Caamaño St
Guayasamin -the Foundation
dedicated to Ecuador's best known artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin.
José Bosmediano 543 (Sector Bellavista); phone: (02) 2
- Galeria Latina
-beautiful Andean folk art, including an excellent range of hangings
by Maximo Laura. Juan Leon Mera y Veintimilla.
- Hilana -a great shop for high
quality woolen clothing -also in Otavalo.
- Homero Ortega -Genuine Panama Hat Co -panama hats hand woven in Ecuador.
- Ileana Viteri
-small gallery on Gonzales Suarez.
Craft Coop -a grassroots
coalition of Amazon Artisans marketing unique Amazon handcrafts
in over twelve countries. Shop in Quito or buy online.
Nayón for hammocks,
tagua figurines and more online sale and wholesale.
Pinto -fine range of quality
T shirts and clothing.
-quality woolen products from Otavalo.
- Masuarte -gallery selling works of art by most
of the best known Ecuadorian artists, including Kingman, Whitman,
Ventimilla and Guaysamin. Three branches -Matriz -the main branch
on 6 de Deciembre y Portugal and also in Swissotel and JW Marriott.
The Andes Folklore
Juan León Mera 615 & Jerónimo Carrión
Phone: (02) 2 508 189
Tianguéz -run by Sinchi Sacha Foundation, this
crafts shop is set a the base of the San Francisco Cathedral
/ San Francisco Plaza
Phone: (02) 2 954 326
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Jorge Washington y Juan León Mera
This market offers wall hangings, silver artifacts, Andean musical
instruments, leather products and much more.
Olga Fish Artesanía
Colon Ave. E-10-53 & Caamaño
Phone: (02) 2541315
- Furniture and Housewares
- Av. 6 de Diciembre, two blocks north of the stadium (at Centro
Comercial Olímpico Atahualpa). Also, on 10 de Agosto y
- Mi Ferreteria -in Quicentro
- Arrienco -complete home furnishing to rent
from one store.
- Ecuadorian Herbs
-produce, supply and commercialize quality raw material, semi-manufactured
and finished products of medicinal and aromatic plants in Ecuador.
Yala -Spanish language
publisher and bookseller.
- Confederate Books
-used English language bookstore at Calama 410 y Juan Leon Mera.
-the best place for maps.
Mundi -located on Juan
Leon Mera, offers the best selection of books in Ecuador, especially
on Ecuador -buy online too.
- Try also South American Explorers
for secondhand books.
Fybeca -chain of pharmacies
-will also deliver medicines to your hotel 24 hours -call 1800-392322
Gallery -run by British
artist Sarah Darling, the gallery sells paintings (oils, watercolours,
pen and ink), jewellery, painted silk scarves and cushions, ties,
mirrors, ceramic plates andbowls, tiles, postcards and prints
of Sarah's paintings.
- Galeria Aymara
-jewellery and latin american art in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos.
- Back home........
- Equator Gallery
-if you missed out on buying the right things in Quito, then
this New England Gallery stocks some of the best Ecuadorean artwork.
- NayaNayan -online shopping for hammocks, tagua
figures, and ceramics.
Hat Company -one of
the UK's largest selections of Panama hats ready to ship all
around the world.
- Praxis -gallery of Latin American art in
Buenos Aires, New York and Miami.
- Tumi -Latin American crafts in Bath, England.
- Search this site with Google:
The best know street in Quito
for tourist souvenirs is perhaps Av Amazonas. However you might
try looking at the parallel street, Juan Leon Mera which has
several interesting shops, including Libri Mundi, Bodega, Galeria
Latina as well as a huge range of cafés and travel agencies.
Saquisili and Otavalo -cross