5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class

Unlock the taste of Quito on this culinary and gourmet walking tour of the city. Sample rich tamales, delicious sweets, and freshly made pastries. Meet renowned chefs and artisan bakers who will highlight the secrets behind some of Equador’s most popular dishes. Learn about the historic architecture as you wander from place to place, before taking a class from one of Quito’s master chefs. This small-group experience is ideal for travelers who want to learn more about the culture, the city and the cuisine of Quito. 


  • Culinary tour in Quito including a Ecuadorian cooking class
  • Visit one of Quito's oldest bakeries and witness how they make some of Ecuador's traditional pastries
  • Visit a sweets shop and taste some popular Ecuadorian foods and drinks including mistelas
  • Take a cooking class with an expert chef and learn to cook some of Ecuador's traditional dishes such as tamales and empanadas

What You Can Expect

Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class

Quito Culinary Experience

Savor the culture and the cuisine of Quito on this Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class. Meet your guide, who will provide an all-access culinary pass to the city and head out to one of the oldest bakeries in Quito. Learn how quesadillas are made before sampling the final product straight from the pan. 

Next, navigate the back streets to southern Quito where you’ll get up close with iconic architecture on your way to a family-owned sweet shop. Learn how they’re made and taste majar de leche, a popular caramel treat. Gain a deeper understanding of the production process of another local favorite, mistelas. These sugar coated sweet pack a boozy bite thanks to fillings made with whiskey or rum.

Finally, roll up your sleeves and head into the kitchen for a chance to test your skills. Learn how to make tamales and empanadas in a local Quito home under the direction of an expert chef. Tuck into your culinary masterpieces with fellow travelers as you recount the day’s adventures and celebrate your Ecuadorian cooking victory. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I had a great time with Pablo on this tour! It was very informative and interesting! It was very nice to see how some of the traditional food of Quito is made! Graciella was super friendly and a very good host! She and her family made me feel part of their family! It was just me on the tour and I can recommend it to anyone, whether you are in a group or by yourself! This is really a tour of the beaten track! Experience Quito from a local's perspective!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Jorge met us at the designated meeting place on time. On the journey to the market he provided information plus answered our many questions on Quito - economy, history, political climate, etc.
The market was extremely lively and interesting.
At the bakery we assisted with making some Ecuadorian quesadillas, then got to taste many delightful products along with hot chocolate.
At Graciella's we assisted with the making of empanada's and other items - all the time having our numerous questions answered plus learning about the Ecuadorian culture. Of course, we got to eat what we helped make plus more!
This tour was at the beginning of our stay in Ecuador and provided so much insight into local customs and cuisine. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide was amazing!!! We began at the Quito market and spent quite some time there exploring and understanding the products of Ecuador. We then went to a bakery where we helped make and then enjoy
the delicious products they are famous for. We then were invited to a wonderful home in Quito where we experienced the cuisine ie empanandas' of all types!! Delicious!! Would definitely recommend and do this tour again!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was everything I had hoped for. I was picked up at my hotel by Byron, who was very amiable and knowledgeable. We visited a pastry shop, a meringue shop and then had a fabulous tipico ecuadorian lunch at the home of Graciella. Got to assist in some parts of the preparation and mostly see behind the scenes food preparation Ecuador. Along the way, Byron shared the history of Quito (and Ecuador), various viewpoints, the main center, churches and museums. I learned alot about the country from him, past and future and real enjoyed being immersed with the locals. I speak a little spanish, so this was also an opportunity for me to brush up. A terrific tour and highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The combination of knowledgeable tour guides, safe drivers, and informative chefs made this tour a success! First, we visited a traditional, family owned Ecuadorian bakery and made quesadillas. Seeing the inside of their production kitchen was fascinating. Next we stopped at a candy store to watch the third generation owner make his specialty, a unique Ecuadorian treat! Finally, we spent time in the home kitchen of an accomplished chef making empanadas de morocho and pristinos. Lunch at her home was the perfect end to this wonderful tour. The opportunity to work side by side with these wonderful chefs made sure that I got a special view of the food of the region. Thanks very much to everyone involved!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Did this tour with my wonderful guide, Eddy. Accolades to the tour company - every trip that I did with Eddy had the personalised touch!! While I did pay a little extra for tours that I booked after this one, it was absolutely worth every cent!! They do not penalise you for being a solo traveller and double the price!!! Thank you so much Eddy and the travel company because the experiences you provided for me will stay in my heart forever - a truly unique, individual experience for me!! I will always remember Machachi, a little town where we had brunch on the way to Mindo Cloud Forest! How awesome is it to be the only tourist there!! Met two very special girls - great conversation with them both, Eddy as the interpreter. What a spectacular day! To arrive at Mindo early and be the only ones there - got to see toucans, hummingbirds, butterflies and actually hear the sounds of the forest! Thanks once again Eddy - Cotapaxi was also just as invigorating experience!!!! If I return someday - hopefully to visit Galápagos - definitely will be booking with the tour company!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

an amazing day of history, culture, and great food. Highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I REALLY enjoyed this tour and "class". Was lucky enough to be here both during the quieter "shoulder" season for tourists, and a few days before the Day of the Dead celebration. This meant that I was the only person on the tour and that I saw the bakers/cooks during special celebration preparations. Byron was friendly and easy to talk with and it was fun to see the "behind-the-scenes" of a very busy bakery and home catering business. What surprised me most was the amount of time we spent touring the beautiful historic district of Quito. Took a "city tour" the next day with a different tour group and it repeated quite a a number of stops. But Quito is so amazing, I was glad to have the leisure to enjoy it more completely. The third generation candy maker was maybe my favorite culinary stop. (My unplanned detour into a jewelry store was totally cool, too.) The food was fun and tasty and I think this cultural experience was well worth the time and money.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

My guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The places we visited and the food was local and tasty. I got a lot of historical and current information about Quito as well. It was 4 hours well spent!

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

It was a great trip. Our guide was informative and introduced us to many new foods.

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