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Foch Square
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Foch Square featuring a square or plaza and street scenes

Join Quito’s pulsating nightlife, attend free concerts and shop at an artisanal craft fair at this square in the heart of Quito’s Mariscal district.

Experience the wide-ranging and energetic nightlife of Quito amid the bright lights of the vivacious Plaza Foch (Foch Square). Once a rundown intersection in the Mariscal district, today this entertainment square is the beating heart of Quito’s nightlife scene. It’s where locals and tourists alike come to eat, drink, dance and mingle in the bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Plaza Foch is also the setting for live music events and a weekly artisan market.

The square is at its liveliest at night, when hordes of revelers flock to the superb selection of upscale bars and international restaurants. Find traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, pizzerias, tapas bars and international restaurants. Enjoy open-air dining at one of the restaurant terraces, many of which have heater lamps to keep you warm on a typically cool Quito evening. Listen as music pumps out of the bars and fills the square with excitement.

By day, the square adopts a more relaxed ambiance. Sit at a café or coffee shop and enjoy excellent people-watching opportunities. Watch as groups of friends meet to hang out by the square’s fountain and backpackers sit studying maps and guidebooks. Come to the square on Saturday when it hosts the Asara Fair. Here, local artisans showcase their art, handicrafts, glass objects, leather goods and artisanal food.

Plaza Foch also hosts regular free live music and cultural events such as rock concerts, dance performances and jazz groups. It’s a main location for August’s Quito Blues Festival.

Situated in the vibrant Mariscal district, Plaza Foch is about a 10-minute drive from Quito’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center). Public buses provide easy access between the square and most areas of the city center. Plaza Foch is a great base for exploring Mariscal. Walk one block in any direction from the square to discover Irish-themed pubs, sports bars, karaoke bars and bohemian cafés.

Plaza Foch is one of the more expensive places to eat and drink in Quito. The square is safe to visit but pickpockets are common at night so be careful with your possessions.

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NH Collection Quito Royal
NH Collection Quito Royal
5 out of 5
Cordero 444 y Av. 12 de Octubre, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $52 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trude Sojka Cultural House and Foch Square. Independence Square and Catedral ...
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"Very attentive employees. Awesome service."

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

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Hotel Reina Isabel
Hotel Reina Isabel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Amazonas N23-44 y Veintimilla, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $59 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in La Mariscal, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Foch Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Independence Square and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. Quicentro ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"Reina Isabel was the perfect hotel for us. The location was right in the heart of town and provided us with the experinece of being around the locals. We were able to get out and walk around and explore the shops, restaurants, and simply take it all in. We definitely appreciated the cleanliness of ..."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

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Swissotel Quito
Swissotel Quito
5 out of 5
Av 12 de Octubre y 1820 Luis Cordero, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $78 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
This family-friendly Quito hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Trude Sojka Cultural House and Foch Square. Independence Square ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (297 reviews)
"Amazing customer service. The staff were extremely nice and helpful."

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

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May 28, 2019

Lots of twenty, thirty-somethings hanging out after 5 pm.

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NH Collection Quito Royal
NH Collection Quito Royal
5 out of 5
Cordero 444 y Av. 12 de Octubre, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $52 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Hotel Reina Isabel
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3.5 out of 5
Av. Amazonas N23-44 y Veintimilla, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $59 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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5 out of 5
Av 12 de Octubre y 1820 Luis Cordero, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $78 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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Hilton Colon Quito
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4.5 out of 5
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1, Quito
The price is $82 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $40 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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Hotel Stubel Suites and Cafe
4 out of 5
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The price is $38 per night from May 9 to May 10
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Park Inn by Radisson Quito
4 out of 5
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The price is $49 per night from May 21 to May 22
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Hotel Embassy
Hotel Embassy
3 out of 5
Presidente Wilson E8 - 22 y, Av. 6 de Diciembre, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $38 per night from May 8 to May 9
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Selina Quito
Selina Quito
2 out of 5
Diego de Almagro N24-416 & Luis Cordero, Quito
The price is $18 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
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