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“SISA in Otavalo is worth a visit -- restaurants, shops and cinema, tastefully combined”
Review of S.I.S.A. Cafeteria

S.I.S.A. Cafeteria
Ranked #16 of 74 Restaurants in Otavalo
Cuisines: Ecuadorean
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
Description: Great food, reasonable price!
Reviewed 16 February 2012

SISA, centrally located in Otavalo, is an indigenous-owned and run complex featuring a number of interesting and well-designed shops, a cinema, and several restaurants. We tried the first floor cafeteria a few times for lunch and late night drinks and snacks. It is definitely OK, but nothing distinguished as far as the food or drink offerings. However It does attract an exceptionally interesting Ecuadorian and international clientele, including many young and not-so-young artists, activists, musicians and filmmakers. The larger restaurant on the second floor is better if you want a full meal, with a good selection of dishes, and an attractive open space with lots of art.

SISA is an acronym for Sala de Imagenes, Sonido y Arte -- translated into English, Room of Images, Sound and Art. SISA also means flower in Quichua. The founder and owner of SISA is a charming man who is frequently on site. He has been very active in the world of indigenous and progressive politics and culture, and has recently redone all four floors of SISA and opened a good small movie house there as well. He frequently presents films from the very promising new Ecuadorian cinema. (Saw Desde mi Corazon en Yambo, an exceptionally good documentary about the two teenaged brothers who disappeared in Ecuador in the early 80's, and the ongoing search to investigate and bring those responsible to justice.) There is an attractive cafe outside the cinema, which we have not yet had time to try yet but we will. There are also frequent musical offers at SISA. If you want to visit a well-designed and well-run place that does not exist mainly for the benefit of tourists, SISA is an excellent choice.

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We were looking for a place for a light lunch and enjoyed the SISA Cafeteria (we had eaten dinner upstairs the night before- very good) and went to the top floor for dessert! Excellent food in all locations!

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Reviewed 5 December 2011

They look amazing and are only 3.75! The lovely ladies and friendly and serve some nice drinks as you wait for your movie or read the paper.

Thank Matt C
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

Although Otavalo is a quite touristy place, it is not that easy to find a decent cup of coffee there. The same is true for cakes (although there is the famous pie shop at Plaza de Ponchos).
The cafe at SISA does excellent coffees (capucchinos, espressos, you name it) and delicious cakes and deserts...but make sure you go to the cafe on the third floor (where they also have a little cinema), because there is another cafe on the first floor (not half as good) and a restaurant on second flor (not bad).

Thank coral378
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

Sisa has a really nice cafeteria on the first floor with that serves excellent coffee and sandwiches. It is a nice place to get away from the busy streets of Otavalo. It also has very good free wifi. Enjoy

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Thank Sandy S
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