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Shopping Malls

There are several large modern shopping malls in Ecuador. Expect the same ambience and buying choices as you do at home. There are department stores, electronics, sports, fashion outlets, food courts, entertainment, etc... Imported articles which are the most common found in those malls are more expensive due to tariffs and taxes. Bargains may be found on some domestic products like clothing. Most malls are open 7 days a week with some closed on Sundays. Find below the directions of the largest shopping centers with some mention of special attractions.

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Quito

QUICENTRO

AV. NACIONES UNIDAS y 6 DE DECIEMBRE

Bowling lanes, Sony store, camera stores

 

EL JARDIN

AV. AMAZONAS y Av. REPUBLICA

Sukasa department store, Radio Shack

 

CCI IÑAQUITO

AV. AMAZONAS y AV. NACIONES UNIDAS

Ice rink, cinemas and home to a theatre

 

EL BOSQUE

AV. OCCIDENTAL y CARVAJAL

 Nice view to city & Andes from food court

 

EL CONDADO

AV. OCCIDENTAL y Av. DE LA PRENSA 

Near Liga de Quito Football stadium

 

EL RECREO

AV. PEDRO VINCENTE MALDONADO S11-122

The only mall in the southern part of Quito

 

SAN LUIS

VALLE LOS CHILLOS, SAN RAFAEL

Spanish Hacienda Style, cinemas

 

VIA VENTURA

TUMBACO, KM 14 VIA OCEANICA

Suburb of Tumbaco, cinemas

 
 
Guayaquil

SAN MARINO

AV. FRANCISCO DE ORELLANA y
PLAZA DANIN

Award winning architecture, cinemas

     

MALL DEL SUR

 9 DE OCTUBRE 1200 y QUITO

One of the first malls in Guayaquil

     

MALL DEL SOL

YCAZA 200 y PICHINCHA

near international airport

     
 
Cuenca

MALL DEL RIO

AUTOPISTA y FELIPE SEGUNDO III

Adidas store, cinemacomplex

 
 
 
 
Book & Music Stores
 Books are popular in the country and you find a wide range from Spanish Literature & Poetry and foreign bestsellers translated into Spanish. English, French & German books are rare and only offered by a handful of stores  in Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil.
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Quito

LIBRI MUNDO

JUAN LEON MERA 851 y VEINTIMILLA
Tel.: (02) 2234791 & 2529587.

 Spanish Literature, Tourist guide books,
English, French & German books. More outlets in Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil.

     

ABYA-YALA

12 DE OCTUBRE 1430 y  WILSON
Tel.: (02) 2506247 & 2225235

Good selection of ethnic, cultural and social science Spanish books.

     

LIBRO EXPRESS

AV. AMAZONAS y VEINTIMILLA.
Tel.: (02) 2548113

International magazines, Spanish literature, Tourist books. Outlets also at Quicentro mall and in International Airport. 

     

MR BOOKS

MALL EL JARDIN, LOCAL 321
Tel.: (02) 2980281

 Good selection of books. Also stores at El Condado and Ventura Mall in Tumbaco and malls in Guayaquil.

     

SAUCISA

AVENIDA AMAZONAS N24-152 y PINTO
Tel.: (02) 2225289

Good Music Store for traditional Ecuadorian and South American music.

 
Cuenca

ABC LIBRERIA

PADRE AGUIRRE y SUCRE

Good book shop with a small selection of new English books.

     
 
 
 
Handicrafts & Souvenirs

There are many stores throughout Ecuador serving to tourist's tastes. Here are listed only major artisanal markets in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. But many other towns have interesting things for visitors and some villages specialize in a particular craft.

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Quito

PARQUE EL EJIDO

AVENIDA PATRIA y AMAZONAS

On weekends stalls of handicrafts and local painters selling their pictures.

 

MERCADO ARTESANAL LA MARISCAL

REINA VICTORIA y ROCA

Open Daily. Many small stalls sell textiles, hats, pottery and jewelry.

 

MITAD DEL MUNDO

AUTOPISTA MANUEL CORDOVA GALARZA

Many shops in this tourist complex sell souvenirs and handicrafts.

 
Guayaquil

MERCADO ARTESANAL

CALLE LOJA y JUAN MONTALVO

Over 200 stalls sell all knids of handicrafts and souvenirs to tourists.

 
Cuenca

MERCADO ARTESANAL

PLAZA ROTARY, SANGURIMA y LAMAR

Outdoor stalls sell ceramics, religious artifacts and a variety of other products.

     

HUMBERTO ORTEGA

GIL RAMIREZ DAVALOS 3-86

Shop sells all kinds of Panama hats and other toaquilla straw products. Furthermore guided tour through the factory.

     
 
 
 
Indigenous Markets
Those traditional markets are becoming more and more popular by tourists and some are already catering just for foreigners and lose therefore some of their authenticity. Below find the towns and days they are on. For more information click to culture.market. Picture Site takes you to a page with images from market days of the particular indigenous market.
 
 

OTAVALO
2 HRS NORTH OF QUITO
1/2 HR SOUTH OF IBARRA
PICTURE SITE

 Most famous indigenous market in the country. Primarily known for  textiles ranging from wall carpets to Alpaca sweaters, also souvenirs for tourists.

Each Day of the Week  Plaza del Poncho
  Saturday  Main market

PICTURE SITE

     

SAQUISALI
1 & 1/2 HR SOUTH OF QUITO
1/2 HR FROM LATACUNGA PICTURE SITE

Second most popular indigenous market with tourists. Similar products like in Otavalo. Animal market on outskirts.

Each Thursday
 
PICTURE SITE

     

GUAMOTE
1 HR SOUTH OF RIOBAMBA
PICTURE SITE

Still good authentic market although it is getting better known among tourists. Interesting animal markets.

Each Thursday
 
PICTURE SITE

     

SALASACA
20 MINS EAST OF AMBATO
PICTURE SITE

 Small market in a small village. Nice weavings and textiles.

Each Day of the Week
  Sunday  Main market
PICTURE SITE

     

PUJILI
20 M WEST OF LATACUNGA PICTURE SITE

Genuine market without tourists and articles for them. Good for fruits, vegetables and animal products.

Each Saturday
 
 
PICTURE SITE

     

COTACACHI
20 MINS WEST OF OTAVALO

All imaginable Leather Goods are sold in shops along Calle 10 de Agosto.

Each Day of the Week

     

ZUMBAHUA
20 MINS WEST OF QUILOTOA

Small market in this high Andean village. No tourists goods.

Each Saturday

 

GUANO
20 M. NORTH OF RIOBAMBA

Dedicated to weaving carpets which can be bought in shops in the center.

Each Day of the Week

     

CHORDELEG
40 MIN EAST OF CUENCA

Well known for its silversmiths. Stores in the center sell local silver articles.

Each Day of the Week

     

QUISAPINCHA
15 MIN NORTH OF AMBATO

 Leather goods. There are stores and on weekends market in church square.

Each Day of the Week
Weekends Market

     
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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