La Tradición

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La Tradición & David Cetina
Merida has a handful of restaurants that focus on authentic, old-school Yucatean food; cooking that is influenced by Mayan, Caribbean, Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern cultures. I was lucky to eat at one of the best: Chef David Cetina's 'La Tradición'.

David Cetina is passionate, energetic and charming. He's also a bit of a local celebrity and a spokesperson for the preservation of the traditional dishes of the Yucatan. His food preparations are authentic and unpretentious. Although he's bit shy to speak English, he loves to share his knowledge and works with a translator when he takes people to the market, or when he conducts his cooking classes. Spending time with David is fun and educational.

The restaurant may feel a bit old-fashioned, but don't let that get in the way. The food that you'll experience here explodes with flavors and will blow your mind. There's also a refreshing, delicious and 'healthy' alcoholic drink (shocker, I know!)–the Cocktail de Chaya, a must-have when you're at La Tradición.

Touring the Mercado Lucas de Galvéz, and lunch at La Tradición, can be organized for $100/ per person (minimum 2 people). Lunch can be interactive cooking in a–please note–commercial, and very hot (!!) kitchen, or–my choice, a seated experience. I believe there was talk about building an additional, more leisure focused kitchen specifically for cooking lessons, so you may want to inquire about that.

To book, please contact the restaurant directly:
+52 (999) 925-2526, or chef.david@latradicionmerida.com

>>>A heartfelt thank you to Yucatan Tourism for an unforgettable 4 days in the Yucatan, my new favorite place in Mexico! @YucatanTourism #TravelYucatan


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Calle 60 NO.293, Alcalá Martín, 97050 Mérida, YUC, Mexico
+52 999 925 2526
Sun - Sat 12pm - 6pm
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