The Amazon Bistro On The Boulevard

by Captain Bill

A Sunday scene you might see walking the boulevard between Dawn on the Amazon and the Bistro

It’s 11:30am Sunday, The Dawn on the Amazon Cafe is closed on Sundays. My wife Marmelita, my beloved, is guiding a 4 day cruise in Dawn on the Amazon, up the Nanay River into Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. I thought about going out to the Amazon Golf Course. Several of my friends will be there. Instead I decided to stroll the three blocks on the scenic  boulevard with my camera and laptop to hang out at the French restaurant, the Amazon Bistro. I captured some of the scenes on my little Leica along the way.

The view toward the river as you stroll along the boulevard between the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe and the Amazon Bistro.

It felt good being warmly greeted at the door by both Marc and Tanya. Marc and I had a brief conversation about some of our similar experiences running a restaurant. We shared a laugh.

When you are walking along the boulevard between Dawn on the Amazon and the Amazon Bistro, this is some of what you will see.

Now I’m sitting up on the balcony with the fan blowing. Oscar is my waiter. He is a nice young man that speaks good English and smiles a lot. He engages me with polite conversation while explaining my choices. I’m hungry, so every thing he mentions sounds so good. I choose the american breakfast over the french breakfast.

The entrance to the Amazon Bistro is well guarded.

Aahhhh That was fast! Here comes my brunch, a cheese omelet with mushrooms, toasted french bread, with mandarin juice and a small espresso. The small salad is a pleasant surprise, and the large sprig of parsley decorating the omelet is a nice touch. I love this bread with the butter melting into the texture. Well, as fast as it arrived, I devoured it with no typing in between.

The view from where I was sitting while having inspiration about the renaissance in Iquitos

Now I’m sipping another espresso, writing this article, and wondering why this couldn’t be a part of a modern version of what it was like in the cafes along the Seine in Paris in the 1920s. Several bright immigrants met at three cafe’s with-in a few blocks of one another for stimulating conversation and inspiration; then wrote, painted or composed music that withstands the test of time today.

My train of thought was interrupted by two women from the Netherlands that told me they come to the Amazon Bistro nearly everyday.

When you are walking along the boulevard and see this statue of Simón Bolívar, you will be half a block from the Amazon Bistro.

If you are following along with me you will be hearing a lot more about this renaissance that is taking place right now in Iquitos. We have authors writing, artists painting, musicians playing, photographers composing, and bloggers blogging. Although we are in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by rivers, we are communicating with each other, exchanging ideas, we are connected. We are friends in real life and on FaceBook, telling whats on our minds. Tweeters are tweeting, we are communicating with the world. And we are hanging out in cafes along the boulevard for good conversation and inspiration. Like this article, inspired by hanging out with Marc and Tania, the chef Guillaume and some of our friends at the Amazon Bistro. Tomorrow I will be at the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe,  just a 3 block stroll along river. The sky is the limit when we work together.

It’s a tranquil sunny scene, people come and go from the Bistro, soft music playing in the background, a comfortable ambiance. I really like the Amazon Bistro and I bet you would too.

This friendly motocarrista called me by name when I was walking along. I told him I was going to the Amazon Bistro. He pointed the direction to the bistro and nodded his head. Yes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the boulevard is the place to be! Slow down and enjoy the scene.

Hanging out at the Amazon Bistro on the Boulevard

Bill Grimes is host of the Dawn on the Amazon Café, and the self appointed restaurant critic of Iquitos. To read over 30 more of his restaurant critiques, click Where To Eat In Iquitos; or the condensed list, Where Will You Eat In Iquitos Peru, to be updated soon.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mark June 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

The Leica takes good photos, or4 maybe it is the operator… 🙂

2 Captain Bill June 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thanks for checking up on us Mark. Your attention is appreciated.

3 Bernhard June 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Thanks Bill for another nice read. Wish I could stroll around Iquitos roads.
Still getting “homesick” when reading about Iquitos. I’ve heard that it is very hot at present. Do you get enough rain in the Amazon but? Over here (Austria, some places) there has been/is quite a drought we hadn’t experienced the decades before.
Signs that we, mankind, have altered the patterns of climate? Shame on us, we should act, at least now.

All the best.
Love & Peace

4 Captain Bill June 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hi Bernhard, Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I also wish you could stroll around on the boulevard with us. Yes it is hot. Plenty of rain falling so that brings a breeze and cools things off for about 15 minutes. When can we expect you back in Iquitos?

5 non voice projects June 30, 2011 at 1:02 am

Thanks for nice post
i like it

6 Richard Wong October 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

Hello Mr. Bill I like The Amazon Bistro also, I have to tell you like always this article is good, but I think some credits have to go to Real Owner
that is not mentioned in your story, Not only Marc & Tania
is MR. ALLAN CALDER ALSO he is the person there I don’t know is somebadi else knowing but is what I think
I hope your bussines are still doing good.

7 Kate Hagstrom June 12, 2016 at 10:47 pm

I have been to the Amazon Bistro few times and a few times more to Dawn of the Amazon Cafe. The owners/managers and staff are impeccable. I miss Iquitos and the mighty Amazon River and hope to be back in September. I miss sitting outside of The Dawn on the Amazon people watching and sipping some of the finest fruit juices you can find. (The fpod is first rate) Marmelita and Bill are hard working entrepreneurs employing some fine young people that greet me by name every year I come to Iquitos. Miss you all dearly…

8 Cynthia Smith June 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

Nice post and makes me miss the Bistro when James is not in town. Need to go none the less…good photos, too. Helps me see my neighborhood in a new light. Thx Bill

9 Captain Bill June 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

Thank you Kate. We miss you.

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