Where to Eat and What to Do in Merida
Collected by Tom Johnson
Calle 58 520, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
A trip to Merida would not be complete without making a stop at this legendary sorbet shop that has been open for over 100 years. Situated right across the zócalo (main square), you can sit by the sidewalk and people watch while cooling off...
Calle 57 y 62, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
For a good meal in Merida, look no further than La Chaya in the Centro area. While the hostesses dressed in traditional costumes and tortilla making demonstration may seem a little kitschy, it's all part of the fun and buzz of this eatery that is...
Rent a car and get out on the highways and byways of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the Maya Kingdom that still exists beyond Cancun's resorts and Chichen Itza's overrun ruins. Maya towns with charming colonial centers and empty ruins dot the...
Calle 50-A 493, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Los Almendros is one of the most famous traditional Yucatecan food in México where you can try all the region’s best dishes. Many of the dishes on offer reflect the unique history of the region. One tasty example is queso relleno that shows...
Mercado de Santiago, Calle 57, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Cochinita Pibil, a Yucatecan style of slow-roasted pulled pork is the quintessential dish in the cuisine of Yucatán. If you haven’t sampled it, you’ll quickly realize how important it is within the local culture when you visit. Eaten by locals for...
Offering something for everyone, this cenote is located inside the Mayan archeological site of Dzibilchaltún. You can visit a pyramid and swim - all on the same day. Instead of being deep underground, the waters in this cenote sit at ground level,...
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
Nachos are not Yucatecan and some people say they are not even Mexican. Whatever the origin, nachos have become a national Mexican dish thanks to the abundance of fresh ingredients and creative recipes developed over time. In Yucatan the nachos...
Ekbalam, Yuc., Mexico
In America, the usual appetizers are bread and butter. In Mexico, these ubiquitous appetizers were in every restaurant. They consisted of seasoned, smashed beans with cheese shredded on top of it, a type of sauce with chopped onions and tomatoes...
Calle 59 425, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
The local cantinas in the Yucatán are renowned for filling customer tables with free snacks -or botanas- for each beverage ordered. With each successive round of drinks the snacks get better and by the time you leave, you’ve eaten a great meal. Of...
Camino a Dzitnup, Yuc., Mexico
This is one of the most famous cenotes in Yucatan, and is great for the family. The views are spectacular, with opportunities to see giant stalactites and stalagmites that are both under the the water and hanging from the top of the cave. With...
Calle 72 63, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Each Tuesday around 7:30pm, locals from in around central Mérida descend on the square in Parque Santiago to dance “danzon” under the stars at the weekly event called “Remembranzas Musicales”. A form of dance and music, “danzón” was introduced...
Calle 60 476A, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Mérida’s many historic plazas are jam packed with open air event throughout the year. Popular with tourists and locals alike is Yucatecan “Jarana”, a traditional form of dance accompanied by live music. One of the best places to see the show is at...
Calle 31 No. 207, Juan Montalvo, 97320 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico
Yum Ixpu offers fresh seafood, Mexican flavors, and lots of families. This is a local hangout that has plastic chairs, plastic table cloths, large portions, and great prices. This family-owned restaurant is cheap, cheerful, and fresh with a large...
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