Oh my God. This place is heaven…. They have the most amazing high tea in a beautiful open and light space. Casa Gangotena is a boutique hotel located in the historical centre. When you pass the main entrance you reach a white room with high ceilings and a glass roof, there are several tables and couches surrounded by fresh flowers, making it an oasis of tranquility. You can sit there and enjoy your high tea experience, which is a mix between traditional English and Ecuadorian.
They first serve you a pot of delicious tea. All the blends are made by them, with high quality local products. With it you get some scones, served with butter and artisanal jam, and a traditional tower of sweet and savory treats. That includes tarts, empanadas, quiche, mini open sandwiches, muffins, cheesecakes and more. But changing the options among them and ingredients every day. They play with different flavours, textures and give special twists to everything they serve. More than half of their ingredients are bought in a 5 square radius, and they also use fresh herbs from their garden.
You can feel the luxury here, you are well taken care of and the staff is really friendly. And did I mention it is only 11 dollars per person??? So do yourself a favour, and go at least once!! It is an amazing date option, whether that is with a significant other, a friend or your mom… They will feel really spoiled 😉
Tip!! If you go there by car make a reservation in advance mentioning you are driving there, so they can save a space for you in their parking lot (it only has 5 spaces). Makes life a lot easier as the centre can be crazy…
Address: Bolivar 0e6-41 y Cuenca, Plaza San Francisco
Parking: Valet parking (make a reservation just in case)