CUENCA FROM ABOVE: THE “ROOFTOPS” TAKE THE CITY

Delighting in the architectural and scenic beauty of Cuenca is a pleasure that could be enjoyed in multiple ways. Doing it from the top, with a fantastic panoramic view as a setting while savoring delicious dishes and drinks, is an experience that is undoubtedly worth treating yourself.

There are several spaces that have been adapted to fully enjoy the city’s peculiar appeal. Places that, beyond offering excellent service and a first-rate menu, offer their clients the possibility of experiencing the soul of a city full of romantic tile roofs and picturesque towers. The «rooftops» are a very good example of this: they have taken advantage of fancy terraces, to create interesting proposals that contribute to give the city a very «chic» and sophisticated touch.

Here are some of the newest rooftops in the city:

Negroni Rooftop

This restaurant and bar owned by Juan Pablo Vintimilla, is located in the «heart» of the Historic Center of Cuenca, in front of the Abdón Calderón sqaure. This is a beautiful terrace of one of the most elegant historic houses in the city: the Jerves Calero mansion, built in 1917 in the characteristic French neoclassical style.

According to its owner, this recently opened place was born with the vision of offering a new concept of haute cuisine and mixology, in a unique space where it is possible to have a different experience of gastronomic delight.   Negroni Rooftop has one of the best views of the city, so those who visit the place are immediately captivated by the beauty of the surroundings:  the imposing domes of the New Cathedral, the towers of the churches , the tile roofs of colonial houses and of course, the exquisite good taste with which the place has been decorated.

Negroni Rooftop features an elegant French and English style, which is a mix between old and new. It offers a varied menu with delicious international food and signature cocktails. Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information and reservations: Negroni_Ec on Instagram and Facebook, or by calling 098 167 4745.

Cupulas Azules (Hotel Cruz del Vado)

Cruz del Vado hotel belongs to the “Art Hotels Ecuador” chain, which has contributed significantly to luxury tourism in the country by betting on the restoration of old and elegant historic houses, turning them into charming hotels, each with its own and differentiated style.

The hotel operates in one of the most beautiful houses in the traditional neighborhood of El Vado: the old premises of the newspaper El Mercurio, built in 1932 in the place where previously, the colonial house of the illustrious writer Federico Proaño, was located. The classical architecture of this building was fully respected in its restoration for the hotel, inside which numerous works by local artists are exhibited.

The hotel’s restaurant, called «Cúpulas Azules» (Blue Domes) works on the rooftop of the building and in addition to an excellent menu of Ecuadorian food with a gourmet touch, it offers its visitors the opportunity to enjoy the incomparable view of the south of the city by the front, and the rear, with the beautiful historic buildings of the center. Open Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information and reservations: https://hotelcruzdelvado.com/

“Zielo” restaurant (Tryp by Wyndham Cuenca Zahir hotel)

In addition to having won several awards for its innovative style and excellent service, this  hotel presents a new concept in its restaurant «Zielo», which works on the rooftop of the building. It has a spectacular terrace with a 360-degree view of the city. There are 6 tempered glass domes which have been strategically installed (One large, three medium domes  and two small romantic domes for couples).

Without a doubt, this is an excellent option for those who, in the current circumstances of the health emergency, seek privacy and safe fun. The domes in addition to offering this alternative, can be decorated in a personalized way for each occasion.

Zielo restaurant  is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information and reservations: www.zahirgroup.com / Telf. ​​0987070070/0969349384

 Rooftop Cuenca

This place has been operating since 2019 in Cuenca. It is possible here to spend very pleasant moments with family or friends, enjoying exquisite national and international food and one of the best panoramic views of the city on the ascent to Turi (official viewpoint of Cuenca).

Rooftop Cuenca is one of those “chic” places where the decoration is perfectly designed to fully enjoy an open-air restaurant, on a terrace from which you can see the whole city. It’s menu offers varied options of fusion cuisine, with delicious dishes such as sushi, tiradito de pulpo, pork tacos a la Barbosa, tapas, etc. In addition, the signature cocktails satisfies even the most demanding palates.

Rooftop Cuenca’s is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 24:00. For more information and reservations: Tel. 0987966810.

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