Ecuador // The central sierra //

Eating, drinking and nightlife

Ambato offers a very respectable choice of places to eat, from budget to fine dining, except on Sundays when many are closed. It’s particularly strong on cheap spit-roasted-chicken places such as Rico Pollo and Pollo Listo, opposite each other on the corner of Cevallos and Egüez. Nightlife is very quiet through the week, but livens up on Fridays and Saturdays; popular bar-nightclubs include Ilusiones, at Quisquis 1717 and Madrid, which has a restaurant on the ground floor and a disco upstairs, and Imperio Club, at Pacha and Saraguro. The Coyote Club at Bolívar and Guayaquil is a good place for a beer and TexMex nibbles and often has live music at the weekends.