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All About Mall del Rio in Cuenca Ecuador

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Today, we’re going to visit Mall del Rio in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Mall del Rio in Cuenca Ecuador

The largest mall in the city, Mall del Rio, will have you wondering if you even left your home town. This probably isn’t what you thought would be in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains.

A large multi-screen theater, bowling alley, huge food court, and over 220 other stores and kiosks that will satisfy whatever apparel, electronics, entertainment or food craving you may get. Other malls in the city include Millennium Plaza and Coral Centro.

Mall del Rio, Cuenca Ecuador

Located in the southern part of the city, near Turi – the famous look-off point, Mall del Rio certainly offers everything you could want.

Inside Mall del Rio, Ecuador

Food court at Mall del Rio

Half a dozen bus lines travel this route, and of course the taxis know the route. just a $2.50 taxi from Parque Calderon will get you there. It’s open 10am-9pm seven days a week, just like any mall back home.

My favorite spot is La Victoria – the technology (and music) shop near the food court on the second floor. They are Ecuador’s version of Best Buy. The prices are reasonable, and they carry dSLR cameras and professional tripods, high end keyboards, designer sunglasses and everything audio/video. There is also a location in the center and near the stadium.

Cuenca's Mall del Rio

Take a video tour of driving to Mall del Rio.

Have you been to Mall del Rio? What’s your favorite store or restaurant?

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Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

20 comments… add one
  • George Guevara Jul 1, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Hey folks; any 2nd hand type stores here in Cuenca?

    • Bryan Haines Jul 2, 2014, 7:00 am

      Sometimes you can buy used goods at the markets – but it is very limited. I’ve heard of a flea market on Avenida Solano.

      • George Guevara Jul 2, 2014, 10:18 am

        thanks, I will check out the flea market!

  • Julio - puertoRico Jun 25, 2014, 5:24 pm

    I’m heading over in November for 1 month. Do you have any rental suggestions for 1 person?

    • Bryan Haines Jun 25, 2014, 6:55 pm

      No, I don’t have anything specific right now. But I am working on a detailed post that should help. I hope to publish next month.

  • john Dec 30, 2012, 8:27 pm

    we whant to see a picture inside the mall

  • Jimmy Apr 15, 2012, 9:38 pm

    I like playing tennis and enjoy doubles play. Please tell me what’s available in Cuenca for me. I will arrive in Mid april and like staying in shape.

    Thanks

    Jimmy

    • Bryan Haines Apr 16, 2012, 7:29 am

      Hi Jimmy,

      There is a golf and tennis club just outside of the city and there is another one on 12 de Abril and Unidad Nacional. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding partners.

      Bryan

  • Brendan Apr 1, 2012, 7:50 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks a lot. I hope that you will not mind if I ask you a few more questions?

    The big problem about being a Canadian vegetarian is finding restaurants that serve more than limp Caesar salads! I hope that this is not the case in Eduador or I may have to open a diner!

    When you go out with friends to a restaurant in Cuenca do you generally find at least one hearty vegetarian entree on the menu? For example, a good place will likely have one or two hot meatless dishes, such as: Burittos; chili; risottos; paella; pies; falafels; quinoa dishes;warm salads; stir frys; bbq veggies; mixed bean creations; and many other things that I have probably forgotten! Of course, anything with eggs and cheese is good too.

    • Bryan Haines Apr 2, 2012, 9:21 am

      Hey Brendan – I wish I could tell you what vegetarian options are on a normal Cuenca restaurnat menu, but I really haven’t taken notice. I am a meat lover (sorry) so I really haven’t noticed other options.

      Cheese is very common here. Much of the bakery bread has cheese inside. Eggs are also common.Pizzas would be a good option – there are lots of great pizza shops with at least a dozen non-meat options.

      Sorry I can’t help more – I’m out of touch as far as vegetarian options go.

      Bryan

    • Veronica Feb 19, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Hi
      A Great vegetarian restaurant is Nectar

  • Brendan Purdy Apr 1, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Hi Bryan – My family gave up eating meat, poultry and fish, five years ago. We do, however, eat dairy products and eggs. As you may imagine, our diet can make eating in restaurants a bit tricky as many North American establishments provide only meat based entrees. How might this compare with the cuisine in Cuenca? Our favorite restaurants are Mexican, Indian, Italian and Thai.

    Are Tofu and soy milk (or EC equivalents) available in supermarkets?

    • Bryan Haines Apr 1, 2012, 5:44 pm

      Hey Brendan – Ecuadorians love their meat, no question. We have seen tofu, but I’m not sure about soy milk. We have seen a few vegetarian restaurants in Cuenca – although I can’t remember then off-hand. The supermarkets carry nuts and grains. The nuts can be expensive.

  • Todd Struve Mar 16, 2012, 6:14 pm

    We are moving to Manta and my dad likes to bowl.
    He’s 79 years old with a 190 average. any legues he can join????

    Thanks

    Todd

    • Bryan Haines Mar 17, 2012, 6:50 am

      Good question. Here in Cuenca we’ve only seen one bowling alley, and I don’t know if they have leagues. About Manta, I don’t know. We are going there for the first time in a couple of months…

  • Jim Cohoon Sep 28, 2011, 11:44 am

    Hi Bryan,
    Do you know what the Go-Karting costs?

    • Bryan Haines Sep 30, 2011, 8:36 am

      I really don’t. We’ve talked about it since we moved here, but we haven’t taken the time to try them out. Let me know if you get to try them!

  • Karen Kimbler Oct 15, 2010, 6:08 pm

    Hi Bryan,
    Don't forget Mall Monay.. its out in Monay.
    We too are enjoying living in & finding out about Cuenca.

    Karen

    • Bryan Haines Oct 17, 2010, 7:01 pm

      Thanks Karen – we haven't been there yet but have driven by a number of times. I'll stop by over the next month or so and make sure that its covered as well. Its good to have your comments – hope you'll stay active on the site.

      BTW – whats your favorite cafe in Cuenca?

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