Things to do in Quito
Travelers looking for things to do in Quito won't want to miss out on shopping in one of the city's numerous shopping malls, including Quicentro, Mall el Jardin, Megamaxi, Ventura Mall, Ciudad Comercial el Recreo, and San Luis. In addition to these large shopping emporiums, small, locally run shops -- where tourists can purchase a variety of hand-crafted products, including guitars, silver jewelry, candles, leather goods, ceramics and wood carvings – are sprinkled throughout the city. After a day spent at the malls, bargain-hunters wondering what to do in Quito should head to any one of the city's many bars – an impressive list that includes The Magic Bean, Zazu and Grima – and order a cold drink, perhaps a bottle of Pilsner, Ecuador's national beverage of choice.
For bike-lovers searching for things to do in Quito, no visit is complete without participating in the Ciclopaseo, in which the city shuts down 20 miles of roads running through Quito's downtown, allowing people to cycle, run, and roller-blade without the hassle of dealing with traffic. The Ciclopaseo takes place every Sunday, and attracts up to 30,000 participants. Visitors to the city can participate by renting a bike from one of the city's local bike shops.