One of the most popular places in all of Cuenca is the Tutto Freddo location at Parque Calderón.
Filled with Cuencanos at just about any time of the day or evening, it's a great place to meet friends and enjoy some good food.
Or just sit by the window, sip a coffee, and watch the people looking at the hemp and stone jewelry displayed on the covered sidewalk outside.
Ecuadorians have a love affair with ice cream (Jeff thinks that more helado is consumed than all other dairy products combined). The popularity of this location certainly attests to that passion.
Tutto Freddo is, first and foremost, an ice cream shop (heladería) and pastry shop (pastelería). And those are what most people come for. But you'll also find many other items.
Enjoy a crepe (either a sweet crepe filled with fruit, with a fruit topping, or a savory crepe with chicken or meat along with vegetables and a sauce).
Or, if you'd like something a little heartier, they serve sandwiches, pizzas, and lasagna, along with a few other reasonably priced dishes.
You can enjoy a real coffee made in an espresso machine. There are at least 8 types, including cappuccino, mochaccino and americano.
Or have a delicious hot chocolate (one of the better ones in Cuenca). Regular and herbal teas (te aromático) are also available.
Of course, sodas and waters, along with juices, are available as well.
There are a lot of ice cream flavors in the Tutto Freddo display case.
The staff make at least 18 different sundaes and specialty ice cream desserts. Some are whimsical, and some are exotic. (The first image on this page shows the menu page for some of these sundaes.)
If you're not into fancy, order a cone or a bowl of ice cream. They even have soft-serve!
As for pastries, there are all sorts of cakes, plus brownies and large tarts (or small, single serving pies) with fruit on top. Many of them can be had with ice cream on the side.
Unless you plan on having a meal, plus a specialty coffee, then a dessert and ice cream, two people will usually spend less than $10 (at the time we published this page). A complete meal will likely cost $15-$20 for the two of you.
Cones are $1 for a single scoop, $2 for a double.
On the map above, the pin should be half a block down on Benigno Malo.
Tutto Freddo has two shops at the corner of Benigno Malo and Simón Bolívar. The older, and much bigger, one is on the southwest corner. The gourmet pastry shop (smaller and quieter) is on the northwest corner.
There's also one near Milenium Plaza, on Avenida José Peralta.
Hours are from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day.
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When I came to the US we still had the "sucre," the bus ride cost 1,000 sucres and a pack of trident gum would cost 3,000 sucres. I am very nervous to go back, but thanks to your web site I now know what to expect.
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