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Friday, November 27, 2015

Where Can I Meet-Up with Other Expats in Cuenca Ecuador?

Ask Frank and Angie: We are visiting Cuenca soon and would like to meet other expats in some group settings. Know of any regular meetings or places that are frequented?
Nectar vegetarian restaurant
We did some research and found several places in Cuenca where you can meet with other expats. We had to do the online research because we rarely frequent the expat restaurants, although, there are a couple places we list that we have gone to because the food is good and prices are fair and we also list a few in our free restaurant Guide. 

We enjoy bringing business to the local community of restaurants as well, and so if you haven’t already seen it, we do list several tried and true Ecuadorian traditional almuerzos and a few not so traditional, in our FREE Cuenca Restaurant Guide 16 Good, Inexpensive Restaurants in Cuenca Ecuador! (Third Edition)

Two Expat Groups Meet Friday Evenings at 5PM
Zoe Address: Borrero 7-61 and Sucre
Café Eucalyptus Address: Gran Colombia 9-41 and Benigno Malo.
Café Eucalyptus also has expat meet-ups for Sunday morning brunch, starting after 11:00AM

Ecuador Expat Community on Facebook

Cuenca for Expats – Chamber of Commerce
This is more of a support and services network to help foreigners transition to their new life in Cuenca.

Common Grounds Café and Waffle House (Sports Bar)
Address: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commongroundscuenca/

Popular Expat Restaurants and Cafés 

You’re sure to find a lot of gringos eating in these restaurants and cafes in Cuenca. If they have a website we list it and if no website we list the address. 

Tutto Matto (New York Style) Pizza
Av Solano 8-51 y Av 10 de Agosto

Fabianos Pizza and Italian Fare 

Fabianos veggie pizza
San Sebas Café 

Don Colon 

Joes Secret Garden

Nectar Vegetarian Restaurant
Benigno Malo 10-42

If anyone would like to chime in with other places they know about for meeting with expats in Cuenca, please let us know in the comments below.

Until we write again.

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  1. Cafe Nucallacta, Calle Larga 6-42 (artisan roasters of fantastic coffee, plus excellent food); Cafe Austria, Hermano Miguel 8-81 (more excellent food); Windhorse Cafe, Calle Larga 6-16 (also excellent food).

  2. Thanks, Frank and Angie

    I have been following you for several years but don't write much; really appreciate your down-to earth approach and practical insights--keep up the good work!

    Had to chuckle when I saw this, as during any of my 3 visits to Cuenca I have never had a problem running into gringos ( many from Canada ) ANYWHERE in the Old Town area...from the churches to the museums to the central square and the "tourist" hotspots-- though I was disappointed not to see any of your family at my 2 visits to Tutto Freddo's!

    p.s. also notice two gringo gatherings at the same time on Fridays...is this Hatfields and McCoys or just too many gringos for one venue to accommodate?

    Thanks again for a great web-site; have just re-located to coastal Manabí so may be seeing you in my favorite colonial city...your Landing Guide has been a valuable resource.
    I second Fabiano's pizza as delicious and reasonably priced!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words and support. And yes, there are many gringos here...some are residents and some are only visiting on their scouting trip.

  3. Hi there according to Google Cafe Eucalyptus is closed permanently


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