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“A complete dining experience in a beautiful setting.”

Arbol de La Vida Cafe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Urcuqui
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Arbol de Vida is a delightful place to visit. The owners have lovingly restored and whimsically redecorated an old colonial building. The lunches are perfect and low priced. The cuisine could rightly be called Ecuadorian Fusion, as it is a mixture of many different styles with a solid Ecuadorian base. The Arbol has become a lunch destination for many students and teachers from nearby Yachay college, the City of Knowledge, which is highly recommended as a place to visit, especially the extensive botanical gardens. And to top it off, Sarah, an ex-peace corp volunteer from years ago, and her Ecuadorian husband are the perfect hosts. They make you feel like you are coming home for lunch.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

It is definitely one of the best restaurants I have visited in Ecuador. Food is so delicious and varied. There is also an international day every Thursday in addition to salad bar every Friday. Dessert is a must have every time we are there!
Apart from the tasty food, the decoration is so colorful and cozy. Every tiny detail is taken care of here. The warmth and welcoming smiles of the owners and staff are unmatched.
It is definitely a cozy place to be in!!

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Sarah D, Owner at Arbol de La Vida Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you so much for your incredible review!!!!!!! So glad you feel at home in our cafe and we really appreciate you taking the time to write on trip advisor. Sarah and Eloy

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We were having a family weekend around Urcuqui and we bumped into this lovely cafe. The decoration is really interesting, it is in a new age - ecological kind of style, the owners redecorated the whole place when they bought a really old house.
The food is good and the staff is very friendly, anda plus is all the things they have around for your entertainment: lots of books and even coloring books with mandalas. I highly recommend this place if you are around and are in the mood for a coffee with your family or friends.

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

It seems like it has been more than a year since we visited this unique and wonderful cafe in the little town of Urcuqui, near Yachay. It was a delight to see the owner again, and to find the food and atmosphere is still thriving and delicious. The carrot cake and ginger lemon tea hit the spot, and the sandwich was hot and just right.

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Reviewed 7 July 2017

The atmosphere here is so warm and welcoming! The restaurant is very well-designed and eclectic with beautifully painted wall murals, great books, games, and a small area selling local artisan made jewelry. The staff and owners are so kind, helpful, and friendly, the food is fresh and there are lots of menu options (including vegetarian), Great for any time - lunch, breakfast, a quick coffee, pastry, or snack, etc! Cannot recommend enough.

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