Cuenca Ecuador is rich in culture. From the style of clothing to the delicious food, you can see cultural influences almost everywhere you go.
When people come for a visit they usually want to know where they can find some souvenirs to bring a little bit of culture back with them.
We always like to take family and friends to Casa de la Mujer (house of the woman). It’s an indoor market with a lot of different booths. They sell such a wide variety of souvenirs that there is usually something to fit everyone’s taste.
Note: in guidebooks and some signage, it may be noted as CEMUART or Centro Municipal Artesanal.
There is an open inner courtyard and the booths are all under the roof so it makes for nice shopping even on rainy days.
They sell everything from panama hats to leather products, from silver and gold jewelry to ceramics.
It’s really nice to chat with the artisans working in their booths. They always welcome us in to watch them work and have a look around.
Casa de la Mujer is great because of the variety of cultural souvenirs under one roof. If you don’t have a lot of time for shopping, you could save time by checking out Casa de la Mujer. It could save you from walking all over the city.
Where is Casa de la Mujer in Cuenca?
Another nice thing about Casa de la Mujer is where it’s located. You can find it just a couple of blocks from the center of the city. It’s located on General Torres between Presidente Córdova and Mariscal Sucre. just past the flower market and behind the San Francisco market (if you are coming from the direction of Parque Calderon).
Giving Your Taxi Driver Directions
Be careful when giving your taxi driver directions. When my mother in law was visiting I wanted to take here to do a little shopping at Casa de la Mujer but I didn’t say it clearly and we ended up in front of the jail for women– cárcel de las mujeres. We clarified where we wanted to be and ended up in the right place. It was really funny, but if you were unfamiliar with the city you could get a little lost.
We have gotten many things for family and friends at Casa de la Mujer. We’ve also gotten some things for ourselves like scarves, woven wall hangings, decorative jewelry boxes, leather bags and panama hats.>
Have you visited Casa de la Mujer? What souvenirs did you find? Please share your comments with us.