A friend had a punch card with only 1 space left and gave it to me, so I decided to check it out. Cuenca is gradually getting more sophisticated restaurants/cafes such as this bistro which is very welcomed.
When I walked in, I immediately took in the ambiance and treats begging for my attention. I ordered an Americano plus a home made oatmeal raisin cookie and pecan tart. Above the counter were two large screens running a slideshow showcasing photos of the food they offer. Each was a work of art. Among the items in the display case for purchase were an array of chocolates and artesan bread. If you couldn't make up your mind, there was a tray of free bits of chocolate samples. The coffee was amazingly good (which I don't say very often) and the goodies very yummy..
I plopped into an eggplant/purple-colored wingback-like chair and relaxed, unrushed, watching the activity outside and simply soaking in the atmosphere. When I was done, I explored the interior further. In the adjacent room were welcoming sofas where you can kick back and chat with friends. The bathrooms were modern and very clean. Every table (even the bathroom) had a fresh single rose. They also have an outdoor courtyard in the center of the old colonial building with plenty of plants and places to sit.
Altisimo is located on Gran Columbia 8-86 right next to the tranvia which frequently glides by. It's upscale without being pricey or snobby...quite the opposite. Go check it out.