Can’t find dried hot peppers? Looking for pomegranates? Need some purple corn? After a basket to hold it all?
You can find all these and more at the indoor market at Iñaquito.
Located in a full city block between Avenida 10 de Agosto and Rio Amazonas, the market is not hard to find though the traffic can make it difficult to get to. The four streets that run directly around the market (all of them one way streets) are Iñaquito, Juan José Villalengua, Jorge Drom, and Alfonso Pereira, each with an entrance into the large parking lot. Once you find a place to park your car, you can ask to have it washed while you shop ($5).
You can also have your windshield wipers replaced and a dust barrier installed on your doors. I don’t know the costs for those as I haven’t taken advantage of these particular deals but the guy who washes cars takes particular note of what your vehicle just might need. Be prepared to say no.
Outside the building are several small stores – most are small viveres that sell imported goods, dried goods, nuts and freshly fried potato and sweet potato chips,
Inside is a whole different place. Vendors are everywhere. One corner is all seafood. A few aisles down, it’s beef and pork. In the center chicken and dairy.
A couple of rows are dedicated to potatoes, an extremely important part of the local diet. The large ones are called papas cholas and are an essential ingredient in Locro de Papas. You can buy any and all potatoes covered in dirt, washed free of dirt, peeled of skin, and even cut into small pieces. It’s your choice!
Then tucked around the corner from all of this is the cafeteria/restaurant scene. There are stands with whole roasted pigs waiting to be sliced up and served with hominy, avocado, and sweet plantain. Others will make you juice from all of the delicious fruits for sale in the other room. There are soups and ceviches alongside plantain chips and toasted corn. Everything is of the Sierra and speaks of Quiteño traditions. And the tables are full of locals eating at just about any time of the day.
If you decide to shop here yourself, I recommend mornings rather than afternoons. A few of the meat and fish vendors do not have complete refrigeration and the smells late in the day can be overwhelming to a delicate nose.
Information For Your Trip
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- Direction by Car, use WAZE and look for Mercado Iñaquito, Iñaquito, Quito, Ecuador
- Direction by Public Transportation for buses around Quito, use Google Maps, enter Mercado Iñaquito, and click on get directions. Use the public transportation button to find the best route
from yourcurrent location.