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Shopping Centres -there are three main shopping malls in north Quito:
Quicentro -Avenida Naciones Unidas y Shyris
El Jardin -on Amazons between Mariana de Jesus and Republica (near Parc Carolina)
El Bosque -in the northwest just off the Occidental and Carvajal in the north west of the city.

In the south there is:
El Recreo.- Address: Av. Maldonado at the Trole stop (south of the city).

Food: For large food stores that stock almost anything, there are a number of Supermaxi stores around town, or for the biggest selection of all, go to Megamaxi near Quicentro (6 de Diciembre between Julio E. Moreno and Germán Alemán). The markets are a great place to buy exotic fruits and vegetables at giveaway prices -try the Santa Clara Market to the west of the Mariscal area (Versalles and Ramirez Dávalos).

Latin American Yellow Pages

Art, handicrafts and gifts:
You should be able to find most of your needs around Amazonas and Juan Leon Mera, but do also look further afield for the better bargains too. On Sundays you can find paintings on sale by the artists around the edge of Parque El Ejido, and also a market selling goods from Otavalo.
Next to the Mirador de Guapulo
Indian Markets elsewhere
cross ref to Quito car hire

Arts and Galleries
Arte Ecuatoriano -gallery of painters, sculptors and printmakers.
Artesa Ceramica -fine hand made glazed ceramic products from Cuenca.
Carlos Monsalve -Ecuadorean-Colombian artist working in Quito.
Estamperia Quiteña -printmaking co-operative in Quito.
The Ethnic Shop -based in Amazonas, its mission is the promotion of the region´s art, handcrafts and jewelry, among other initiatives, as sustainable alternatives to the destruction of the environment.
Folklore Olga Fisch -the gallery and shop for the famous Hungarian weaver and artist who became a pioneer for Ecuadorean Art. Colon Ave and Caamaño St
Fundacion Guayasamin -the Foundation dedicated to Ecuador's best known artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin. José Bosmediano 543 (Sector Bellavista); phone: (02) 2 454 454.
Galeria Latina -beautiful Andean folk art, including an excellent range of hangings by Maximo Laura. Juan Leon Mera y Veintimilla.
Hilana -a great shop for high quality woolen clothing -also in Otavalo.
Homero Ortega -Genuine Panama Hat Co -panama hats hand woven in Ecuador.
Ileana Viteri -small gallery on Gonzales Suarez.
Kallari Craft Coop -a grassroots coalition of Amazon Artisans marketing unique Amazon handcrafts in over twelve countries. Shop in Quito or buy online.
Nayá Nayón for hammocks, tagua figurines and more online sale and wholesale.    
Pinto -fine range of quality T shirts and clothing.
Tejidos -quality woolen products from Otavalo.
Masuarte -gallery selling works of art by most of the best known Ecuadorian artists, including Kingman, Whitman, Ventimilla and Guaysamin. Three branches -Matriz -the main branch on 6 de Deciembre y Portugal and also in Swissotel and JW Marriott.

The Andes Folklore
Juan León Mera 615 & Jerónimo Carrión
Phone: (02) 2 508 189

Tianguéz -run by Sinchi Sacha Foundation, this crafts shop is set a the base of the San Francisco Cathedral / San Francisco Plaza
Phone: (02) 2 954 326

Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Jorge Washington y Juan León Mera
This market offers wall hangings, silver artifacts, Andean musical instruments, leather products and much more.

Olga Fish Artesanía
Colon Ave. E-10-53 & Caamaño
Phone: (02) 2541315

Furniture and Housewares
Kywi - Av. 6 de Diciembre, two blocks north of the stadium (at Centro Comercial Olímpico Atahualpa). Also, on 10 de Agosto y Cordero
Mi Ferreteria -in Quicentro
Arrienco -complete home furnishing to rent from one store.
Ecuadorian Herbs -produce, supply and commercialize quality raw material, semi-manufactured and finished products of medicinal and aromatic plants in Ecuador.

Abya Yala -Spanish language publisher and bookseller.
Confederate Books -used English language bookstore at Calama 410 y Juan Leon Mera.
Instituto Geografico Militar -the best place for maps.
Libri Mundi -located on Juan Leon Mera, offers the best selection of books in Ecuador, especially on Ecuador -buy online too.
Try also South American Explorers for secondhand books.

Fybeca -chain of pharmacies -will also deliver medicines to your hotel 24 hours -call 1800-392322

Angelique Gallery -run by British artist Sarah Darling, the gallery sells paintings (oils, watercolours, pen and ink), jewellery, painted silk scarves and cushions, ties, mirrors, ceramic plates andbowls, tiles, postcards and prints of Sarah's paintings.
Galeria Aymara -jewellery and latin american art in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos.

Back home........
Equator Gallery -if you missed out on buying the right things in Quito, then this New England Gallery stocks some of the best Ecuadorean artwork.
NayaNayan -online shopping for hammocks, tagua figures, and ceramics.
Panama Hat Company -one of the UK's largest selections of Panama hats ready to ship all around the world.
Praxis -gallery of Latin American art in Buenos Aires, New York and Miami.
Tumi -Latin American crafts in Bath, England.

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Juan Leon Mera

The best know street in Quito for tourist souvenirs is perhaps Av Amazonas. However you might try looking at the parallel street, Juan Leon Mera which has several interesting shops, including Libri Mundi, Bodega, Galeria Latina as well as a huge range of cafés and travel agencies.

Indian Markets

Saquisili and Otavalo -cross reference.

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