Above: Colorful assortment of wall hangings and tapestries at Olga Fisch Folklore

Quito Shopping: Arts and Crafts

Shopping in Quito can be a real pleasure, especially in La Mariscal, a neighborhood just northeast of the historic city center. Venues range from inexpensive craft markets to chic art galleries displaying museum-quality pieces. Here are my favorites:

Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal

Alpaca blankets and wool scarves at Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

For interesting but inexpensive gifts, this large outdoor craft market is an ideal destination. The quality of the items varies wildly, including everything from pretty handiwork to tourist kitsch. I like to purchase alpaca scarves and blankets here, which come in a profusion of colors and patterns.

Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Jorge Washington between Reina Victoria and Juan León Mera

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