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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Address: Quito, Ecuador
Description: Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times...
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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Life of the City

I liked that there was always something going on in this plaza; music, acrobats, a wedding or other celebration. Great tea and empanadas at the cafe and good local shopping at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I liked that there was always something going on in this plaza; music, acrobats, a wedding or other celebration. Great tea and empanadas at the cafe and good local shopping at the Fair Trade Store.

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Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of commerce and trading. Enjoyed the plantain chips from the roadside vendor. Persistent female scarf vendors can be a nuisance sometimes.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This plaza is where the Iglesia San Francisco is located. It is large and is frequented by many people. We enjoyed taking a break here just before going into the church

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Seattle, Washington
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There isn't much happening here, but it's in the center of town and so many cool things are around it you really have no excuse for skipping it. Lots of vendors, but the women selling scarves for $3 are the most impressive.

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Magliano Sabina, Italy
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Sit outside at Tianguez and watch the world go by. Seemingly attacked to this restaurant is a huge local craft shop which is fun to explore although appeared expensive but good quality.

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A very nice colonial square, well proportioned, with a pleasant slope away from the Casa Gangotena Hotel. It's marred only by the crazy whistler who seems to be selling something designed, by a tone-deaf engineer, to imitate a bird. Or possibly a squeaky machine.

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Outside seating and indoor seating, in Old Town. Menu was very good and I wanted to go back but was not able too.Pricing very reasonable. Local and tourist were there. Busy so was slow in service and I don't speak their language, yet. In an area you should visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Very nice. You have no choice but to enjoy the Plaza scenery as you need to visit the sites around it. Neat to see all the people around it attending to their regular business.

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is the place to go to watch daily life. Surrounded by historical buildings, it is a beautiful square with lots of interesting things going on and lots of people to watch. You really feel this is the center of twon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Unfortunately a lot of Quito old town is quite grubby in the daylight. at night it seems to light up (literally!!) There seems to be quite a good atmosphere around here in the evenings with quite a lot of the locals congregating to make it that way. Some of the old town streets can seem a little edgy but this... More 

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