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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Frank and Angie’s Frugal Café Hideaway in Cuenca Ecuador!

We're standing on the balcony of our own private café hideaway where we know we can always find tranquility, views, great food, and good prices. When we stumbled upon this place we thought about putting this restaurant in the free Cuenca restaurant guide but we’ve enjoyed this wonderful restaurant with excellent Italian/American food so much that we’ve decided to keep it our little secret. We can't give everything away...

Some things just have to remain within yourself if you want to have a little bit of quiet and privacy once in awhile, and keep prices low. This quaint restaurant (without loud music or TV blaring above your head) is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. The food is fantastic; it is not the typical Ecuadorian fare. 

The prices are unbelievable and it is the only place in town, so far, that does not charge $0.70 for a cup of hot water. Frank brings his own powdered cocoa and that is what the hot cup of water is for. Yes, you know us, frugal Frank and Angie. 

We eat lunch before the Ecuadorian almuerzo and so we basically have the third floor to ourselves where we have a fantastic view off the balcony at the amazing mountains that surround Cuenca and the people milling about below.

If you have lived here for any amount of time you’ll also want to have your very own café hideaway, away from the traffic, pollution, noise, and high prices. Eventually, if you keep looking you will find such a place and when you do, keep it your special secret. 

We know that this quaint café will not stay hidden away forever, eventually more and more people will stumble upon it just like we did; they will try the food and see it is a very good, and the prices are fair too, and well, you know the rest of the story.       

But for now, it seems it's all ours! 

However, we do share many of our favorite restaurants with our readers in our free restaurant guide right here on the blog! We're sure there is a little bit of something for everyone in the new updated edition of this restaurant guide. Enjoy!


  1. You not telling us the place makes me wonder what else you are not telling us about Cuenca.

  2. Too bad Anonymous,
    it doesn't look like you psychology worked so far,,
    maybe you could try a guilt trip on our beloved friends Angie and Frank next,, smirk smirk.

  3. I would like to have lunch with you two in juyl or aug. I will be in ci=uenca grantgresser@yahoo.com


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