If you'd like to try something unique and tasty, head over to a Frutilados location (the Cuenca phone book lists it as Frutilados Café Heladería Galletería Pastelería Fina, or Frutilados Coffee Shop, Ice Cream Shop, Cookie Shop, Fine Pastry Shop).
There are four of them here. The addresses are listed below.
And yet their specialty, for which they're famous, is something equivalent to an all-natural snow cone—the frutilado.
There are several different flavors of this delightful drink, most of them based on fresh fruit.
Enjoy one that's all frutilla (strawberry), or all mora (blackberry), or all piña (pineapple). Or have a mixed fruit one.
What you'll receive is a tall glass full of ice granules and liquid with your choice of flavor(s). The ice isn't as finely ground as a North American snow cone, and it comes swimming in a tasty liquid.
And that's what put Frutilados, the store, on the map here in Cuenca many years ago. But now, there's much, much more.
As the phone book listing suggests, you have many more options for appeasing your sweet tooth.
There are about two dozen flavors of ice cream, available in a cone or a cup, plus several ice cream-based dishes.
And there are well over a dozen different types of small cookie (called bocaditos here), available by weight.
You can purchase enough of these cookies to fill a small gift box, or just a few for snacking as you investigate all that Cuenca has to offer.
Finally, there are the pastries. Our favorite is chocolate mojado, or, as a directly translation, drenched chocolate.
This is a cake that is literally brimming with chocolate syrup (look at the base of the cake in the photo on the right!). It's so good that you'll probably want to take another piece home with you.
It's also part of the online Cuenca Chocolate Tour. That's how good it is!
Frutilados also serves light meals at the downtown and Remigio Crespo locations, the kind that will satisfy your lunch or dinner craving.
The prices at Frutilados are very reasonable for the quality. You'd have to eat two or three slices of chocolate mojado to have a bill above $15 for two people. Although you'd have fun trying!
The downtown Frutilados location is on Simón Bolívar at Luis Cordero (just a bit past Parque Calderón if you're standing in front of the new cathedral looking at the old one).
The phone number is 07-2849062.
The photos on this page were taken at the Bolívar location.
This location is open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays. It's a favorite for business workers for afternoon coffee and tea, including the amazing fruit tea made from real fruit.
There's also a Frutilados on Remigio Crespo 4-53 at Ricardo Muñoz. The phone number is 07-2886118.
The third location is a kiosk near the Coral store on the ground level of Mall del Río. The phone number is 07-2811364.
The fourth is a kiosk in the Miraflores (Supermaxi) mall near the airport, on Elia Liut at Calle Vieja. The phone number is 07-2803767.
The two kiosks are open regular mall hours.
If you want a large number of cookies or an entire cake, it's best to come in a day ahead to make arrangements. Or call in your order.
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