Strongly influenced by the Mayan Culture, both ancient and contemporary and with contributions from the many European immigrants, the originality of the Yucatecan cuisine is also due to the isolation this region has experienced throughout Mexican history. The result is an eclectic and surprising mixture of aromas, flavors and colors; explosive when it comes to one of its basic ingredients, the habanero pepper, and complex when it comes to dishes like Stuffed Cheese.
Given the variety of sources and elements, it is not so strange that Merida restaurants feature unbeatable variety, ranging from Italian food at La Tratto to Cantonese food at Hong Kong.
Merida has for centuries been the social, cultural and political center of the vast Yucatan peninsula. A stroll through one of its streets, cultural centers or plazas offers you an unforgettable and fulfilling experience that would not be complete without discovering the flavors of Yucatecan cuisine.
Should you get a little hungry when exploring the city then try out the famously delicious Papadzules (tortillas stuffed with boiled eggs in a pumpkin seed sauce) or an endless list of regional delights such as salbutes and panuchos. Dining in Merida is always a delightful experience.
For lunch or dinner don't miss the opportunity to take a seat in the classy Los Almendros restaurant or sip an excellent local beer at the popular Eladios eatery. In both cases you'll find strongly recommended menu selections such as Cochinita Pibil (suckling pig baked in banana leaves with a rich annatto sauce), Sopa de Lima and one of the latest creations of this versatile kitchen, Poc-Chuc. Bon appetit!
Attractive, healthy cuisine including tropical juices and shakes, fresh fruit salads, grilled chicken dishes, soy burgers and big sandwiches served on freshly baked whole wheat bread, are just a few of the delicious options at 100% Natural. The concept of this casual restaurant is simply to provide people with a more nutritious alternative, and promote a healthier lifestyle. Located in the north of the city, 100% natural offers an air-conditioned indoor area, or you can choose to dine "al-fresco" under their huge thatched-roof palapa. Whichever you decide you will love the efficient service, relaxed environment and the delicious healthy cuisine.
This is the place where the people of Merida come to relax and cool off with one of those excellent Yucatecan beers, always drunk ice cold. Beer is accompanied by delicious regional appetizers called "botanas". The menu also includes a wide range of traditional dishes.
If you want to enjoy the music of a live Mexican band and sample some traditional appetizers (botanas), then there is no better place than El Tucho. Located on "Calle 60" (60th Street), this family friendly restaurant/bar is a tradition with the locals and popular with tourists who want to relax, drink an icy cold beer and escape the hot Yucatecan sun.
Il Caffe Italiano is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening enjoying exquisite pastas, as well as a well chosen selection of wines. The old fashioned paintings enhance the casual atmosphere and elegant decor, echoing an ambiance of fine European restaurants. Il Caffe Italiano is an excellent choice when visiting Merida.
Part of the Cancun-based Hong Kong chain, La Nao with its authentic Cantonese dÃ©cor is ideal to sample an endless assortment of authentic southern Chinese dishes. The buffet option is definitely the best choice.
If you visit Merida and don't eat at La Reina de Montejo you can't say you have truly experienced everything this wonderful city has to offer. This famous restaurant, located in the beautiful area of Paseo de Montejo, is considered an icon in the city, in part due to its long illustrious past, and also because of the incredible quality, flavor and variety of the cuisine. You have to try the famous "Trolebus" (a type of shake), the most popular of all their fantastic desserts.
One visit to this specialty Italian restaurant and you'll know why it is one of the most popular places in the white city. Try the most classic Mediterranean recipes and enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere.
Famous in Yucatan, Las Girafas serves a tantalizing variety of delicious tacos and grilled meats from their many little restaurants located throughout the city of Merida. Founded in 1992, Las Girafas has built a strong reputation for having some of the best tacos in town, they open early evening and don't close until late into the night.
Los Almendros is a culinary institution and a long standing tradition in Yucatan. Dining here is a must while on your trip to Merida. The menu includes pictures to help breach the language barrier and assist in your selection.
Covered by a thatched roof (palapa) and featuring air-conditioning and a children's play area, Los Henequenes is where the locals go for their ice cold midday beer and free "botanas" (appetizers). A Yucatecan tradition, this busy restaurant has delicious dishes and a lively atmosphere, all enhanced by live music. Los Henequenes has two locations, one in the neighborhood of Nueva Samula and the other in downtown Merida.
Panchos is a restaurant with a traditional feel and decor representative of the Mexican Revolution. The house specialties are succulent steaks and ribs, however you simply have to try the Mayan Coffee, definitely a unique experience for the pallet! Panchos is located on 59th Street, in the heart of downtown Merida.
This is quite possibly the best place in the entire city if you want to try delicious tacos, tortas and the famous Yucatecan dish 'Cochinita Pibil'. The friendly atmosphere is also about as authentically "Mexican" as you can get. But remember to get there early in the morning as this is when the cohinita pibil tastes best! Located next to the Fiesta Americana hotel, close to the ADO bus station.