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PANESA Cafe Bakery in Cuenca Ecuador (Great Breakfast in Cuenca)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Living in Ecuador

Panesa is a nice bakery (with cafe) here in Cuenca. We like to stop by for a coffee break or a quick meal.

Panesa Bakery/Cafe in Cuenca

We recently went there for breakfast and it cost under $16 for the three of us. That included a bag of fresh buns and a few cookies for the road.

The servings were not big, but with the fresh juice and bread it was enough.

Breakfast for three

Breakfast for three

We have enjoyed stopping into Panesa almost since we arrived in Cuenca. Once we found it we just keep going back.

When we first started going it was just a bakery, but they have expanded and now we enjoy dropping in for breakfast or dessert. Sometimes we still just drop by to get some treats to go.

It always smells amazing!

It always smells amazing!

I like the tables by the windows because they are really good for people watching. The tables in the back are also good because sometimes the doors are open and it can feel chilly sitting out front.

Panesa in Cuenca Ecuador

The menu is in English and the prices are reasonable.

Panesa menu - Cuenca

Panesa menu - Cuenca

I love this picture they have up, it’s so sweet. It says “wherever you go, Cuenca goes with you.”

Panesa - Cuenca

How to Find Panesa in Cuenca

Panesa is located just off of Parque Calderon on Benigno Malo, between Simon Bolivar and Gran Colombia, across from Payless Shoes and the Tosi parking garage.

Have you visited Panesa? What did you think of it? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

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13 comments… add one
  • Jean Feb 17, 2014, 8:51 am

    A little expensive. Eat at the places where the locals go and you pay much less.

    • Bryan Haines Feb 17, 2014, 9:13 am

      Have you ever been here? It is always full of Cuencanos. The category of “locals” is pretty broad.

  • Marian May 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

    One of the best articles , content and pictures! Literally see myself there, although we are all the way in Phoenix, AZ! Will be visiting Cuenca in Aug/Sep; will stop by this café for sure! Thanks for the post!

  • Joyula May 12, 2013, 5:55 am

    Wonderful staff. A cup of coffee has now gone up in price twice this year and their rolls you used to get with your breakfast are now half the size. Things are changing.

  • Susan Birkenshaw May 11, 2013, 3:14 pm

    This is our local haunt – don’t forget that there are other Panesa outlets in Cuenca but none that I have found as good. The breads are always excellent with an Ecuadorian twist, the service behind the counter with Veronica and Marlene is great – friendly, welcoming and always attentive.

    This Panesa serves very simple menus and also carries, juices, yogurt, milk and water. A Coffee here with a sweet is bliss after a long day of touring and exploring.

  • Edouard Nadeau May 11, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Recently, April/May spent 2 weeks in Cuenca and lived about 5 minutes from the Panesa bakery. Had breakfast one day and lunch another. Breakfast was excellent about $9.00 for both and lunch was app. $ 12.00 for both of us. We also purchased a large cake and had inscription put on it all for $13.00. Very friendly people and will be returning.

    Ed & Lynne Nadeau

    • Rick Lambert Mar 29, 2017, 9:34 pm

      Ed, please email me so I can get info on ecuador and your experiences. Would love to retire there in 2018

  • David Short May 11, 2013, 11:40 am

    Thank you for this wonderful article.If I were living in Cuenca right now
    I would be at that cafe every day.This is what my enjoyment is.My seat is right up front near the window every single day.When I go to Cuenca ,which I hope to be very soon ,Panesa ii the first place I will go.

    Thank you so much,I’m looking forward to your future articles.


  • William Herbert May 11, 2013, 11:34 am

    It all looks very good. Wondering if they have whole grain/whole wheat breads? Would such items be difficult to find in Cuenca? Also, at those prices, are locals able to frequent the bakery? Thanks for all of your posts.

    • Susan Birkenshaw May 11, 2013, 3:08 pm

      These products are often available in Panesa and there are many bakeries who carry them – just ask they may be a bit hidden.

  • Sherry Franklin May 11, 2013, 11:23 am

    There is also a Panesa on Remigio Crespo, a couple of blocks up river from Pizza Hut.

  • Allyson McQuinn May 11, 2013, 10:59 am

    Thanks for this, I’m making a list of the places I want to go. Can’t wait!

  • Mike May 11, 2013, 10:35 am

    We walked by it almost every day, when we stayed at the Casa Ordonez in March. I wish I would have seen this post before we went! Ha! Saludos mi amigo!

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