Indigenous Kiwicha farmers' co-op "Kallari," from Ecuador’s Amazonian Napo province, is wildly successful, having landed their bean-to-bar chocolates in North American retailers like Whole Foods. This very simple one-room café and shop in the heart of La Mariscal, decorated with indigenous handicrafts, is one of my favorite places to support. Aside from selling the house organic chocolate bars at the best prices anywhere, fair-trade Andean coffee and a small menu of simple but excellent Ecuadorian specialties like yucca cakes, tamales, and hearty Amazonian breakfasts are also on offer. There are a few sidewalk seats that are nice for sitting back and people-watching. Groups of six or more can reserve simple three-course Amazonian meals that are paired with a short presentation on Kiwicha culture.
Wilson E4-266, at Juan Leon Mera
Our Rating Neighborhood New Town Hours Mon–Fri 9am–6pm Phone 02/223-6009 Prices Main courses $2–$7 Cuisine Type Ecuadorean Web site Café Kallari
MapWilson E4-266, at Juan Leon Mera Quito
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