Quito's shopping scene around Christmas is filled with several bazars in different places in the city, taking place anytime from mid-November all the way up to the last few days before December.
Yesterday we participated in the German Ladies' Charity Bazar held at Iglesia El Batan off Eloy Alfaro and Rio Cocoa. This bazar is filled with dozens of vendors selling artisan foods-homemade grappa, pan forte, chocolates.
There is a huge selection of handicrafts as well.
These bags are handwoven and come from the town of Simiatug, several hours south of Quito near the town of Guaranda.
Since the event is put on by the German community in Quito (which is quite strong, by the way), bratwurst, potato salad, and beer are in no short supply.
So don't forget to include this event for your next year's Christmas shopping. You will definitely find foods, crafts, and other goods here you'll never see anywhere else in Quito. Our favorite are these hand-made salt bowls and other table items made out of palm wood. Wonderful gifts for others-or to keep for our house too!