Experience Mérida’s vintage city vibes. Get yourself a panama hat and saunter across the busy squares, the colorful heritage buildings with lush courtyards, the many art galleries and cool down with a frosty margarita. It was only a matter of time before this gem made it into the mainstream. Mérida, located on the Yucatán Peninsula, has been designated the cultural capital of the Americas for 2017. This picturesque destination where rusty beetles drive through the city center charms you immediately upon arrival. For a moment I feel like I am in Cuba. Our daily activities consist out of strolling through the city center and roaming alongside the authentic design shops for souvenirs Kukul Boutique being one of our favorites with gorgeous handmade jewelry and clothing made by local Mexican designers.
Where to eat?
Rosas Y Xocolate
For the romantic dinner table setting find yourself a seat at this popular restaurant. The menu has a mix of western and Mexican food and a relaxed atmosphere. Dine inside, outside in the romantic courtyard or at the hotel’s rooftop with view where they have live Jazz on Friday nights.
Rosa sur 32
This intimate restaurant inspired by Rosas Y Xocolate and renowned Chef Mario Espinosa has created a vibrant menu blending Mexican and Mediterranean influences. The restaurant is nestled in the quaint Santa Lucia Park. This historic square is the place to be to drink and dine in Mérida.
Café bar 500 noches
Music and good wine is key at Café bar 500 noches. The bar has a tasteful designed interior, a large wine menu and delicious tapas. Great to spend an afternoon on the terrace people watching.
This super hip Peruvian restaurant serves every kind of ceviche you can think of. The food is really tasty and of good value. A nice feature is that everything is good for sharing.
The place to be to grab a bite, drink and meet Merida’s hipsters. Mercado 60 is a food market full of small food stalls that all sell simple bitesize tasty food. Pair your sushi with a local wine or cocktail. Mercado has often life music in the evenings. A place definitely not to miss!
Best choices to sleep in Mérida
Rosas y Xocolate is definitely the right choice if you are looking for a romantic weekend. The design and boutique hotel is situated just a short walk out of the city center and has everything you wish for. It is set in an all pink heritage building; the hotel has 17 spacious room, a large pool and a delicious restaurant.
Spend the night at Coqui Coqui‘s trend-setting, decadent restored Belle Epoque hotel in Mérida. This one-suite extravagant hideaway is designed with taste. The boutique hotel has high ceilings and original marble tiled floors.
Pictures by Lotte & Iris