Stopping for bizcochos (traditional biscuits) :P

Cayambe Travel Blog

 › entry 8 of 14 › view all entries
shoeshine boys
We left Cotacachi, but wouldn't drive straight to our final destination: Quito. This time we'd stop at a small town, called: Cayambe. They are famous because of their biscuits "bizcochos" and their cheese "queso de hoja". The drive from Cotacachi to Cayambe wasn't long and it had nice landscapes. Cayambe is also well known because of their flowers. They have greenhouses just for the flowers and you can see the fields with flowers you are getting closer to town.

It was past 2pm when we arrived to Cayambe. We didn't have any idea where we could find the best bizcochos. I did some research on line and got a name, but didn't know how to find the place. So better, we went to the main square.
working hard
We might be able to find a nice cafe there. Well, since we entered into town, we saw lots of signs saying: "LOS MEJORES BIZCOCHOS" (The best biscuits), hahaha. We found a parking spot and were looking for a restaurant near the main square, but it was more about shops, mmm. It was Sunday and main square was full with people and children playing around.

Since we didn't have any idea where to find the best bizcochos, it'd be the best to ask somebody at the square. I asked a lady and she mentioned the ones from the "Padre" (a priest). Yes! I read about them! They also have the oldest and biggest oven, how cool! She gave us directions how to get there. It was just walking distance - in front of the cemetery. Then we saw it. Yes, this was the place, there were people going out with bags full of bizcochos, hehehe.
everyone here loves the bizcochos


The place is small but was full with locals and a couple of tourists. We went inside and got our bizcochos. They weren't that good, but was good to try something new and I really wanted to try what the whole town is so proud of, hehehe. They were still warm, nice. I don't think I'd eat them cold. They might be greasy. But warm, yummy. They would be perfect with a cup of coffee or tea... Also Cayambe is famous for the "queso de hoja" a kind of cheese, very similar to mozzarella. Yes, this was the right place for trying the bizcochos. They have been baking them for a loooong time and are very popular in the whole country. People come just to buy them to send them later to relatives or friends in other cities.

After our snack and taking some pics, we were ready to keep on moving. We failed in our attempt to find a place to have lunch, hahaha. It was late and restaurants were running out of food and I wasn't in the mood to have chicken, would have preferred to find local food. But the bizcochos would keep us full until dinner. We'd wait until having dinner in Quito. Hope Shawn wouldn't get hungry in the meanwhile, hehehe.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
shoeshine boys
shoeshine boys
working hard
working hard
everyone here loves the bizcochos
everyone here loves the bizcochos
the Cathedral
the Cathedral
boy having fun
boy having fun
at the main square
at the main square
cute boy
cute boy
the main square
the main square
the Cathedrals color matches the …
the Cathedral's color matches the…
Cayambe mountain
Cayambe mountain
entrance to the cemetery
entrance to the cemetery
this is the famous place for bizco…
this is the famous place for bizc…
Bizcochos!
Bizcochos!
the oven
the oven
inside the oven
inside the oven
bizcochos ready to sell
bizcochos ready to sell
trying the famous bizcocho
trying the famous bizcocho
the famous bizcocho
the famous bizcocho
the queso de hoja - typical cheese
the queso de hoja - typical cheese
like mozzarella
like mozzarella
Cayambe Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
The traditional Bizcochos (biscuits) at the famous San Pedro Oven
Cayambe most famous "dish" actually dessert is the "Bizcocho". It's a buttery and flaky biscuit. It's slightly crunchy and not sweet, a bit salty tho… read entire review
Cayambe
photo by: yadilitta