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Raymipampa: Traditional Ecuador Food Near Cuenca’s Parque Calderon

Doors at Raymipampa Cuenca EcuadorRaymipampa is a nice traditional restaurant just off of Parque Calderon in Cuenca Ecuador. The restaurant looks out onto the park so the view is nice.

When we go out for lunch in Cuenca we like to go to Tutto Freddos/Nice Cream for pizza, but we wanted to try something different so we went to Raymipampa. It’s located right next door to Tutto Freddos.

We were happy we went in. They have lots to choose from on their menu and the prices are reasonable. There were many traditional dishes on the menu, so if you want to try some  delicious local food this might be the place for you.

Traditional Food in Cuenca, Ecuador

Raymipampa Cuenca upstairs

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the portions were a good size. While we were there we saw both locals, travelers and expats coming and going.

Raymipampa Cuenca downstairs I thought the decorations were interesting. They use kitchen utensils like flatware, plates and cups… to make their light-shades and other artwork. There were also old black and white photos up, they looked like historical pictures taken in Cuenca and other areas in Ecuador. Raymipampa Cuenca artwork

Plate artwork at Raymipampa Cuenca

Bryan and I had the almuerzo which is a three course lunch served with soup, drink and dessert for $3.50. It was really good and filling. The dessert was small but just enough for something sweet to finish the meal. The almuerzo is probably different every day so if you go planning on having it you might want to ask what they are serving that day.

An Executive Almuerzo (Lunch) for $3.50

Soup at Raymipampa Cuenca

Soup with the almuerzo

Almuerzo at Raymipampa Cuenca

Main dish with the almuerzo

Dessert at Raymipampa Cuenca

Dessert with the almuerzo

They served warm bread and choclo (corn) to start the meal, and like most meals in Ecuador, it was served with a side of hot sauce. Warm Bread at Raymipampa Cuenca Ecuador Our daughter had fish, one of her favorite meals. She loved it and had no room left for dessert. Fish at Raymipampa Cuenca

Doors at Raymipampa Cuenca Ecuador

Have you eaten at Raymipampa? Please share your experience by commenting on this post.

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Dena is a writer, artist, expat and mom. She enjoys being cozied away in one of her favorite cafes, sipping coffee and spending time with her family. She writes for one of the world’s top websites (About.com), home-schools her daughter and blogs about life abroad (GringosAbroad.com). Connect with Dena on Google+ or LinkedIn

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  • Charline November 5, 2013, 12:44 pm

    $3.50 for a full meal with hot, fresh bread and dessert is expensive? I just payed $6 for a turkey BLT wrap. I can’t wait to move to Ecuador!

  • Ryan November 3, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Thanks guys for all the great work you do for all us dreamers back here in canada ..my wife and are planning a visit to ecuador within next year to scope out a nest forpart time retirement ..one question u perhaps havnt really covered or i have missed it , is a true outlook on hospital care there and the cost involved or amererican docters ?..that is important for us to know ..even tho were only mid fourties now..lol..thanks

    • Bryan Haines November 26, 2013, 7:45 am

      We’ll be covering that in future posts. We have had great success with health care here. I don’t know the US system, but we’ve received better care here than we were used to in Canada. And much faster.

  • Kathie Sedwick November 2, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Like a lot of the restaurants we’ve tried in Cuenca, the food at Raymipampa was, to our tastes, WAY too salty (including the trucha). Yes, it was filling, but overcooked and heavy on the starches (white rice, corn, potatoes).

  • Jaci November 2, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Yes, enjoyed more than one meal off the menu on our trip in May 2013. It became our “comfort food” stop during the trip. Looking forward to enjoying an almuerzo when we arrive permanently in January 2014.

    Enjoyed watching your hike video. So beautiful. Ahhhh…

  • Quanah November 2, 2013, 2:29 pm

    What is the currency? I see you use the dollar sign. On a differing note, my dad built a pipeline there in the early 70s. At the time if was the most logistically difficult pipeline ever built in history. I want to see this pipeline someday.

    • Bryan Haines November 2, 2013, 2:40 pm

      Yes, it is the US dollar used in Ecuador.

  • John November 2, 2013, 11:16 am

    My local guide and friend Carlos Lara took me to Raymipampa for lunch and it was great. The atmosphere was open and airy, there was a great view of Parque Calderon, and the food was delicious and plentiful. The service was good and the staff very friendly. I’ll be back to this restaurant for their almuerzo del dia.

  • Quanah Thompson November 2, 2013, 10:38 am

    People who move to Ecuador are they allowed to open a restaurant and become part of the economy or is that sort of thing restricted? Here in Texas you can pretty much immigrate and open a business and earn what you work for.

    • Bryan Haines November 2, 2013, 1:53 pm

      Yes, if you have the right visa. There are lots of requirements to fulfill – just like everywhere else.

  • John Thompson November 2, 2013, 10:30 am

    I had a late lunch there every day that Holly was in the hospital. Just typing that sentence brought back a ton of memories. I sat alone and watched how the staff interacted. The old man bringing in fresh fish in a box I know I couldn’t lift. The young man bringing in change. The young couples heading up the stairs, the children in their uniforms coming home from school. The staff was very kind to me. I didn’t tell them my circumstances, but it wasn’t difficult to see my mood. Raymipampa’s was a safe place for me when I was all alone in Cuenca.

    Dena, thanks for the memories and the chance to express those feelings.

  • TruthTeller November 2, 2013, 7:32 am

    I live in Vilcabamba, EC., but was in Cuenca in July and a friend and I ate breakfast here. Never again. Our eggs were hard boiled, we had asked for soft boiled and scrambled. Yes we are fluent in Spanish. Croissants were burned and the cheese was the typical Ecuadorian (not aged) stuff. A waste of money.

    Yes, almuerzos are different every day. $3.50 for an almuerzo is overpriced. In Vilcabamba (an expat haven and therefore, expensive) an almuerzo is between $2.50 and $2.75. In Loja (where almost no expats reside0, an almuerzo is $1.75. The portion size in both Vilca and Loja are much larger.

    • Bryan Haines November 2, 2013, 2:07 pm

      There is difference between telling the truth – and just complaining. Even the best restaurants get it wrong sometimes.

      Aged cheese is not a typical Ecuadorian food. Why would you expect to find non-typical food at a typical restaurant?

      $3.50 for an almuerzo isn’t overpriced – it depends on where you buy it. We’ve seen almuerzos as high at $7.99 in Cuenca, but the typical is $2.50. Just like everywhere else in the world, the prices and quality of food varies across Ecuador.

      • Lino November 4, 2013, 8:20 pm

        Hello Bryan, the chandelier photo reminded me my wife and I were there last year in May visiting and purchasing a property in San Miguel 15 min from Cuenca. I had always though it was Tutto Fredo but now I know. I wanted to let you know there is a restaurant in Honorato Vasquez around the corner from Coffee Tree called El Tunel it only opens for lunch almuerzo is $2.50 good food.


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