The indigenous Kiwicha farmer’s coop, Kallari, that completely runs and operates their own single origin artisanal chocolate company has had a small shop and lounge at Wilson and Juan Mera in the heart of the foodie hood of Quito’s Mariscal for several years. Traditionally you could have a cup of coffee or pick up a few bars of chocolate, fair trade coffee, vanilla beans, or handicrafts designed in the indigenous village that the chocolate comes from. On a recent visit I noticed it was turning into a full blown Amazonian café with Wi-fi. They serve mostly light snack like avocado sandwiches and yucca cakes, but the real find here are their Amazonian breakfasts.Coffee, some sort of juice, a fried egg, rice and beans, a slice of Andean cheese, and a sauce of some sauce of sorts. The best part, it’s just $2.50. That’s less than pan de yucca and yogurt.
Wilson E4-266 at JL Mera
Tel: 02 223 6009
Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.