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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times, this large cobbled square is dominated by the enormous Iglesia de San Francisco and the monastery of the same name.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

There is always something happening on the plaza every Saturday. There are concerts, festivals and indigenous markets. The only problem is finding out what is going on when.

Thank 98jaguar
Reviewed 16 August 2013

I regret to say that I didn't find anything within and around this plaza that would make me want to stay there for more than 30 minutes. However, I enjoyed at least walking through it, especially because you get a great view of the statue...More

Thank KPsRECs
Reviewed 16 August 2013

A bigger plaza than the Grande, loads of small business around it, and very busy. There is a lovely café on one corner which serves strong Ecuadorian coffee, great to pass the time away. the security here stops any street sellers from bothering you. That's...More

Thank MickJac
Reviewed 23 July 2013

This opening Plaza with the San Francisco church in the back and the 2 trams each sides, doesn't offer much. There is no place to sit, no plant, no trees, just a few vendors sitting on the grown and the police watching for security. Compare...More

Thank Road20years
Reviewed 15 July 2013

This was the location of our hotel and so we spent a lot of time in the square. There is a simple restaurant with outside seating in the square. It has an attached crazy free "museum"/ shop under the church. At first it looks just...More

Thank Annie K
Reviewed 17 June 2013

The square is very quiet and the church is worth a good visit to see the organ. Most of the people visiting the square are just using it as a thoroughfare to get to the other side. It is interesting that many of the locals...More

Thank worldtravluver
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Plaza de San Francisco is a great place to grab a seat, and just watch all the activity in the plaza. Also, not a bad place to just take a nice break. There's alot of activity going on, not to mention the impressive architecture surrounding...More

Thank MikeInEcuador
Reviewed 7 June 2013

Beautiful church. Worth a good look. the church has a good shop underneath in the catacombs. You can not take photos inside the church - this is the same for all the churches Quito.

Thank PatriciaFrittenden
Reviewed 5 June 2013

There isn't much going on in San Francisco Plaza. Most people in the square at any given time are just passing through. The people who mean to be in the square are usually watching their children play with the large flock of pigeons. It's a...More

Thank JaredSpencer
Reviewed 25 May 2013

The plaza is attractive lined by the wonderful church and many lovely colonnial houses - and very lively. It is a place to sit over a drink or meal in the sunshine and watch what is happening elsewhere in the Plaza. There is also some...More

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