In cities, agroecological food consumption is often identified as an exclusive, middle-class practice. In this article, we examine changes in agroecological food circuits in urban Ecuador, amid COVID-19 breakdowns in conventional food systems. Through interviews with farmers, government officials, and NGO workers in 2020 and 2021, our research identifies three sets of experiences with distinct implications for agroecological transitions. First, some agroecological circuits could no longer function due to regulations on food circulation that favored the corporate food sector. Second, some circuits temporarily expanded to reach more urban middle-class consumers, using online platforms and government infrastructures. Third, urban collectives and neighborhood organizations re-appropriated urban spaces – from cultural centers to city streets – to facilitate the circulation of agroecological foods in low-income sectors. We highlight the spatial and social ‘re-localization’ practices of these urban groups that challenge the hegemony of conventional food circuits, as they drive agroecological food consumption beyond the middle-class.