Ecuador is a shopper’s dream destination with its genie like shopping places where you get everything you wish for. Be it handicrafts, high class designer products, souvenir’s, local products, everything can be bought here. The crafts section is the most attractive as Latin American countries are known for their rich traditions of textiles, paintings and sculpture, which have been passed down from generation to generation to generation. But if you are an ardent Versace and the like’s follower then are huge shopping malls and supermarkets that will abide by all your needs.
A visit to Quito is unfinished without a visit to the famous Otavalo Market. It is supposed to be the largest indigenous market in South America run by the local people who are known for their weaving work for the last 400 years. Here you will find the most unique and traditional handicrafts produced by Otavaleños people such as carved wooden parrots, world famed Ecuadorian textiles, ethnic wear, cashmere, ponchos, wood carvings, etc. Just a two hour’s drive from Quito, this place is not something that can be seen in a day. So stay in the Otavalo town, enjoy and go on a shopping spree!
Address: Otavalo Town, Imbabura Province, Ecuador
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Located between Reina Victoria and Juan León Mera on Jorge Washington road, Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal is a huge market that sells traditional Ecuadorian handicraft articles. Comparatively new, the hundreds of stalls present are permanent and are open seven days a week. You can find a variety of items such as carved wooden articles, silver jewellery, textiles, native musical instruments, and other crafts.
Address: Juan León Mera, Quito 170509, Ecuador
Mercado La Floresta
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Ecuador benefits the most because of its tropical positioning and the availability of sunshine all year round. The La Floresta neighbourhood in Quito is one such place which houses an open air market on Galavis street. Along with the open air market which is best visited on Friday, there is closed market building which is open only on Sundays and sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, meat along with food stalls. The open air market houses a number of stalls, which sell all types of food products such as jams, Chilean pasties, organically grown fruits and vegetables, etc.
Address: Galavis 237, Quito 170143, Ecuador
CCI (Centro Comercial Iñaquito) (Visit CCI)
A huge, expansive mall that includes various stores selling all kinds of branded and local goods varying from food items, clothing, electronics, books, etc. It also includes a multiplex cinema theatre, ice skating rink, arcade and several American and Ecuadorian food courts.
Address: Av. Amazonas N36 y Naciones Unidas, Quito, Ecuador
An upmarket mall with a number of food courts such a Burger king and coffee shops. It mainly sells electronic items, sporting goods, books, stationery, medicines, and antiques. It also comprises of a supermarket to buy daily groceries.
Address: Av.Amazonas, Av. de la República N16-114 y, Quito 170518, Ecuador
Quicentro (Visit Quicentro)
A large, open mall, multiplied over three floors, it encompasses of a fruit market, food courts (McDonalds, Burger King, etc), salons, jewellery stores, antique shops, bakeries, and other stores selling clothing items for men, women and children.
Address: Avenida Naciones Unidas between Avenida 6 de Diciembre and, Av. de los Shyris, Quito, Ecuador
Caracol Shopping Mall
One of the first modern shopping malls that opened in Quito, it is one of the most interesting places to shop, due to the variety of items sold in the 100 stores located in the mall. A penthouse restaurant, spiral parking space, playground for kids, and entertainments events sum up the mall.
Address: Av. Amazonas N37 y, Quito 170507, Ecuador