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Top Choice Museum in Mérida

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

A world-class museum celebrating Maya culture, the Gran Museo houses a permanent collection of more than 1100 remarkably well-preserved artifacts, including a reclining chac-mool sculpture from Chichén Itzá and a co…
Top Choice Museum in Mérida

Casa de Montejo

Casa de Montejo is on the south side of the Plaza Grande and dates from 1549. It originally housed soldiers but was soon converted into a mansion that served members of the Montejo family until 1970. Today it houses…
Top Choice Museum in Mérida

Museo Regional de Antropología

The massive Palacio Cantón houses the Museo Regional de Antropología, an anthropology museum with temporary exhibits focusing primarily on culture and history in the Yucatán (ie Maya customs), although some exhibits…
Top Choice Tacos in Mérida

Wayan'e

Popular for its castacan (fried pork belly), Wayan'e (meaning 'here it is' in Maya) is one of Mérida's premier breakfast spots. Vegetarians will find options here, such as the huevo con ixkatic (egg with chili) taco…
Top Choice Park in Mérida

Parque Santa Lucía

The pretty little Parque Santa Lucía has arcades on the north and west sides; this was where travelers would get on or off the stagecoaches that linked towns and villages with the provincial capital. Today it's a po…
Top Choice Bar in Mérida

La Fundación Mezcalería

A popular bicyclists' hangout, especially on Wednesday, this retro-styled bar with nightly live music has an excellent selection of organic mezcals and an atmosphere conducive to knocking 'em back. Careful though: t…
Yucatecan in Mérida

Nectar

Inventive but delicious takes on traditional Yucatecan cuisine, a setting that would win design awards, and super friendly and helpful staff make for a winning combination at this north Mérida (take a taxi) destinat…
Cathedral in Mérida

Catedral de San Ildefonso

On the site of a former Maya temple is Mérida’s hulking, severe cathedral, begun in 1561 and completed in 1598. Some of the stone from the Maya temple was used in its construction. The massive crucifix behind the al…
Architecture in Mérida

Paseo de Montejo

Paseo de Montejo, which runs parallel to Calles 56 and 58, was an attempt by Mérida’s 19th-century city planners to create a wide boulevard similar to the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City or the Champs-Élysées in …
Market in Mérida

Mercado Municipal Lucas de Gálvez

Mérida’s least expensive eateries. Upstairs joints have tables and chairs and more diverse menus offering main courses of beef, fish or chicken. Look for recados (spice pastes). Downstairs at the north end are some …