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Top ChoiceBurgers in Mérida

Burger Bar

This recently opened gourmet burger joint serves up a very welcome range of high-quality medium-rare burgers in numerous different styles, has craft beers on tap and also does crispy chicken and paninis. The...

Top ChoiceClub in Mérida

El Hoyo del Queque

This renowned and endlessly fun venue always fills up, with live bands and DJs playing salsa, reggae and pop.

Mountain in Mérida

Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada

The most popular high-mountain trekking area is the Sierra Nevada national park, which has all of Venezuela's highest peaks, including Pico Bolívar (5007m/16,427ft), Pico Humboldt (4942m/16,214ft) and Pico...

Observatory in Mérida

Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía

North of San Rafael, at an altitude of about 3600m, is the Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía, an astronomical observatory with four telescopes and a museum of astronomy. It’s normally open to the public...

Gardens in Mérida

Jardín Botánico

Not far from the zoo is the Jardín Botánico. Inaugurated in 2000, the botanical garden is still young, and only a portion of the total 44 hectares is open to the public. Featuring a miniature cloud forest and...

Museum in Mérida

Museo Arquidiocesano

Next to the cathedral, the Museo Arquidiocesano features a fine collection of religious art. Note the Ave María bell cast in AD 909, thought to be the world’s second-oldest surviving bell. It must have been...

Zoo in Mérida

Parque Zoológico Chorros de Milla

Visit the Parque Zoológico Chorros de Milla on the northern outskirts of the city, 4km from the center. Set on a mountain slope along the Río Milla and named after the waterfalls in the park, this small, scenic...

Activity in Mérida

Mojitos Cafe

Perhaps El Ché would not have appreciated this for-profit venture, but the red-juice-and-white-rum drink named in his honor is a wicked capitalist delight, as is the house specialty, the mojito. Get your...

Cable Car in Mérida

Teleférico

Mérida’s famed teleférico, the world’s highest and longest cable-car system, has been being rebuilt for years, with the government promising a series of ever-pushed back reopening dates. When in service, the...

Music in Mérida

Café Calypso

This mild-mannered shopping center cafe has a secret identity. By day, it’s a tranquil coffee bar. Come back at night, though, and Mr Hyde emerges, when international DJs freak it up with the techno and the...

World Music in Mérida

Alfredo’s Bar

This bar competes for the cheapest beer in Venezuela, and at prices like these (about BsF4 per bottle) plenty of people come to dance, or just watch baseball. The large outdoor area at the back pumps the...

Live Music in Mérida

El Bodegón de Pancho

Within walking distance from the center, El Bodegón is one of the oldest discos in town, and it continues to draw crowds. The timber-decked ground-level hall has the charm of an old tavern and vibrates with Latin...

Live Music in Mérida

Birosca Carioca

As its Facebook page says, ‘if you’re someone who hates reggaetón, this is your place.’ It plays plenty of ska, rock and reggae, and occasionally hosts live music events. The student crowd forgoes glassware in...

Church in Mérida

Catedral de Mérida

Work on this monumental cathedral began in 1800, based on the plans of the 17th-century cathedral of Toledo in Spain, but it wasn’t completed until 1958, and probably only then because things were sped up to meet...

Activity in Mérida

Super Tostón Mexicano

Que? You wanted Mexican food and Venezuelan mixed together? No hay problema – here, traditional Mexican dishes like chalupas and tamales all get served on top of a mini tostón, the traditional fried banana dish...

Activity in Mérida

Europa Art Cafe

Indigenous-themed photos line the wall of this German-owned establishment, chock-a-block full of simple fare including German sausage and meatballs, Hungarian goulash and Russian potato salad. Breakfasts of...

Park in Mérida

Parque Las Heroínas

This recently remodeled plaza, in front of the cable-car station in the heart of Mérida, is a popular local place to hang out in the shade of the trees and in front of the impressive fountains. It really comes to...

Cafe in Mérida

Café Mogambo

With its prominent 1920s-style bar, art deco plasterwork, soft lighting and antique ceiling fans, mood is the name of the game in this trendy bistro, a haven for wine buffs. Breakfast and dinner is served, and on...

South American in Mérida

Casa Andina

Budget eaters, rejoice – with the best, cheapest set meals in town, this historic restaurant-cum-museum is worth the short walk to the edge of town. Tables surround a lovely garden patio, and a few front rooms...

Music in Mérida

Giros

The best CD shop in town. Run by friendly Argentinean and Uruguayan staff, it has a wide choice of Latin rhythms, Venezuelan gaita and joropo, jazz and classics, and you can listen to it while sipping coffee from...