Must see restaurants in Mérida

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    La Terraza Amarilla de San Fernando

    With mouthwatering cheap eats well worth detouring for, La Terraza Amarilla is a gem: you choose between four styles of mains (tacos, tortas etc) and one…

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    With influences from Oaxaca, which like the Yucatán is known for its extraordinary regional cuisine, Apoala reinvents popular dishes such as enmoladas …

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    Oliva Enoteca

    This contemporary restaurant with black-and-white tiled floors, Edison light bulbs, designer chairs and an open kitchen is a magnet for the local smart…

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    The stunning historic home, at the end of Paseo Montejo, sets the scene for what's to come: a high-end, gourmet meal that will end up setting a very high…

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    SOCO Mérida

    This hip, friendly bakery and breakfast joint has an open kitchen, a stylish bar counter for single diners and a great jazz and blues soundtrack. You'll…

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    You'd head to this place even if were you in the Arctic, it's that good. Get your tongue around full-cream, 100% natural gelati with some of the quirkiest…

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    Mercado Municipal Lucas de Gálvez

    Mérida’s least-expensive eateries are here. Upstairs are tables and chairs and diverse menus offering main courses of beef, fish or chicken. Look for…

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    La Chaya Maya

    Popular with locals and tourists alike, this restaurant's main outlet can be found in charming downtown premises that are always busy. Consider La Chaya…

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    Taquería de la Union

    The sharp minds behind this superb taquería combine the flavors and variety found on taco carts all over town, but in a pristine, air-conditioned…

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    Manjar Blanco

    This modernised colonial building with contemporary local art on the walls puts a gourmet twist on regional favorites and makes a good downtown lunch spot…

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    Inventive and delicious takes on traditional Yucatecan cuisine, a setting that would win design awards and superfriendly staff make for a winning…

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    Popular for its castakan (crispy pork belly), Wayan'e (meaning 'here it is' in Maya) is one of Mérida's premier breakfast spots. Vegetarians will find…

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    An old-style spot can be romantic at night, especially when there are performing trova acts (after 8:30pm). It's in the courtyard of the house where…

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    Bistro Cultural

    While the cuisine is French, the influence is Yucatecan, and locally grown, organic products are used where possible. The small menu varies but includes a…

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    A stylish, intimate Italian spot outside the center. The signature dish of chef Fabrizio Di Stazio is the riccioli eureka, freshly made pasta in white…

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    La Tratto

    A bistro (one of two locations around town) that's consistently OK and best known for its gourmet pizzas and handmade pastas. You can enjoy happy hour at…

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    Taquería Nuevo San Fernando

    Out-of-towners staying in the nearby business-class hotels have been known to buy kilos of these tacos to take home with them. It's a bit of a trek to get…

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    Cafetería Pop

    There’s a '70s feel to this little orange-and-cream cafeteria-style restaurant, which has cheap breakfast combinations and a good variety of Mexican…

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    Lo Que Hay

    Even nonvegans usually give an enthusiastic thumbs up to this dinner-only restaurant, where three-course themed vegan meals are served in a serene…

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    La Chaya Maya

    This is the original branch of the popular Yucatecan restaurant, offering a near-identical menu (tasty Yucatecan specialties) but slightly different hours…