From the Old City to the forest of Parque Metropolitano, the artists’ studios of La Floresta to the street food of Guápulo, Quito has a rich culture that piques the interest of many people seeking a variety of lifestyles.
Quito’s rich biodiversity has created a fascinating food culture, with exciting and diverse restaurants led by the world’s top chefs incorporating the country’s native ingredients. Quito’s restaurant scene is as exciting and diverse as the country’s native ingredients. After working in some of the world’s best kitchens, several chefs are returning and forming a tight, talented community. Exploring Ecuadorian identity through their culinary heritage, there are some extraordinary kitchens here, including Terra, Nuema, and Zazu, among others.
Quito’s art scene spans world-renowned mid-century portraitists, abstract expressionists, street art, and designers who continue to hone heritage craft skills. There’s definitely no shortage of interesting creatives and, with prior warning, many are happy to open their studios to curious visitors. Quito’s Olga Fisch Store and Museum is a great example of traditional folk art in Ecuador, founded in 1942 by Bauhaus artist Olga Fisch who fell in love with Quito and Ecuadorian culture.
Quito embraces literature, music, dance, art, film, and thoughtful discussions around Quito’s artistic community by maintaining spaces such as the local cinema Ocho y Medio and Casa de la Música that continue to encourage and support independent creativity.