Open 24 hours. However, we recommend planning your visit taking into account the hours of attention of the attractions in this sector. The traditional craft workshops open Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Morales and Guayaquil, Historical Center
Explore one of Quito’s most emblematic streets and get to know the products and craftsmen and women that make this city unique.
The traditional Calle Morales, better known as La Ronda, is known for its historical and cultural relevance as one of the most emblematic streets in old Quito, where the so-called “bohemian philosophy” lurked and thrived. Musicians, iconic songs, poets, and vagabonds roamed, beneath the picturesque balconies that remain intact today, decorated with beautiful geraniums. Nightlife culture has not disappeared, but aside from visiting La Ronda at night, where “pasillo” music is played on the street and a delicious canelazo is always a good idea to warm the chilly Quito nights, you can also visit this colonial icon during the day, where you’ll find all kinds of cultural and culinary attractions await, part of the Manos de La Ronda project.
Here are some of the surprises La Ronda has in store for its visitors
Dulces y delicias
– A chocolate shop where you can enjoy artisanal chocolate and signature pastries and cakes. (Casa 989)
República del Cacao
– One of the many República del Cacao shops in Quito can be found in La Ronda, known for thick premium chocolate bars that have given the company worldwide fame.
– A honey-themed shop with a holistic approach that offers products made out of premium honey, including creams, shampoos, soaps and cosmetics. (Casa 925)
– Not your typical ice-cream parlor: Dulce Placer specializes in transforming typical Ecuadorian dishes such as the fanesca soup into a cone! Dulce Placer certainly has the wildest flavors in Quito! (Casa 925)
And don’t forget to taste the fruity street-side canelazos and the giant wind-filled empanada de viento!
The site where Quito’s first tavern once stood is today a crafts-and-souvenirs shop.
The Tinsmith’s studio – A variety of objects made out of tin can be found at Humberto Silva’s shop. He is one of the few “tin-tinkers” left in Quito. Staple items: toy kitchenettes and ovens and gardening equipment. (Casa 762)
– A ceramic and sculpture workshop that mixes the traditional and the contemporary. (Casa 925)
– Gerardo Zabala can make a wooden toy in front of your eyes in just minutes. His favorite: the spinning top (including state-of-the-art designs you’ll want to take back with you). (Casa 925)
– If you’re looking for classy headwear, this is the spot, a traditional hat shop that has been around since 1920! (Casa 762)
– Urban designs, inventive toys, clever items, stationary materials, clothes and funky aesthetics fill this shop. (Casa 707)
– A unique orchid house with “baby orchids”! (Casa 925)
Workshops and Artist Retail Stores
There are four iconic art-themed stores to choose from in La Ronda:
Endara Crow’s artist studio – This gallery and studio exhibits the works of one of Ecuador’s most renowned artists, Gonzalo Endara Crow. (Casa 989)
Escuela Quiteña – A place that highlights and celebrates the the tradition and heritage of the Quito Colonial Baroque Art School, a legacy that includes welding, inlaying, woodcarving and metalwork. (Casa 989)
Guayasamín Foundation – An art & design space inspired by the late Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. (Casa 707)
Tigua folk art – An exhibition of naïve paintings from the mountain town of Tigua, created on a leather canvas, wooden masks, trays, caskets and sisal-shigra bags. (Casa 707)