Suvlaki, a Nice Little Find in Quito, and an Attemped Mugging

Suvlaki, Quito

Suvlaki, Quito



Suvlaki is a Greek-owned café on las Amazonas in the Mariscal district of Quito, aka Gringolandia!

It’s not fancy but clean and has outside tables. It has been open about a year now and Gregory, the owner, is already planning to open a second outlet. He serves decent home-made Greek food at reasonable prices; the tzatziki is creamy and the pitta excellent. Lunch here makes a nice change from the typical “almuerzo ejecutivo” even if it costs a little more. Good coffee too (not the usual Nescafé).

Suvlaki, Quito

Suvlaki, Quito

Suvlaki, Quito

Suvlaki, Quito

After lunch there on Saturday with a friend who was visiting from Guayaquil we decided to walk to Quicentro Shopping Centre where he wanted to look for a suit. Now it really isn’t a good idea to walk through La Mariscal on a Saturday; there are fewer people around (the surrounding offices are closed) and the risk of being robbed is greater. As we were walking along a secluded pedestrian footpath between the avenues Eloy Alfaro y Orellana, a rather abject youth approached and informed us he had a gun and did we want to die? He then demanded we handed over our cell ‘phones and money. Now I’m not especially brave but I wasn’t having any of that so I squared up to him and shouted “lárgate de aquí” – clear out of here. And he did. I was quite unfased by the incident though my friend felt panicked and nauseous.

The upshot is when in Quito – or anywhere unfamiliar or with a reputation for crime – take a taxi or a bus if there are few people around. BE SAFE!

11 thoughts on “Suvlaki, a Nice Little Find in Quito, and an Attemped Mugging

  1. The greek food look good but another close shave very well handled but up.
    Your getting so tough these days, so proud of you. XXXX

    • Yes, I’ve learned my lesson Heidi! I’m usually very cautious about that secluded pathway but thought I’d be ok as I wasn’t alone. All’s well that ends well!

  2. Always be MORE careful… You need the healthy food to keep your wits about you by the sound of things. Hope your friend is ok, lucky you were there xxx

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