Roaming Doors Guide to Merida

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Roaming Doors Guide to Merida

Food scene

Parque Santa Lucia is a gorgeous park featuring several restaurants and you really can't go wrong with any. Spend your weekend evenings at Apoala right in the center of the park, and don't forget to try their out of this world short ribs!
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Parque Santa Lucia
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Parque Santa Lucia is a gorgeous park featuring several restaurants and you really can't go wrong with any. Spend your weekend evenings at Apoala right in the center of the park, and don't forget to try their out of this world short ribs!
Handsdown the best Italian pizza in Merida! Italian owned, brick oven and fresh burrata cheese, all at Pizza E core in the beautiful Centro of Merida.
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Pizza E Core
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Handsdown the best Italian pizza in Merida! Italian owned, brick oven and fresh burrata cheese, all at Pizza E core in the beautiful Centro of Merida.
DELISH local food in the gorgeous neighborhood of Garcia Gineres! Los platos rotos has excellent dishes at amazing prices. Bonus: Visit on a Saturday for lunch and get the chance to walk around the slow food market and find amazing fresh, local produce, foods and artisanal crafts.
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Los Platos Rotos
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DELISH local food in the gorgeous neighborhood of Garcia Gineres! Los platos rotos has excellent dishes at amazing prices. Bonus: Visit on a Saturday for lunch and get the chance to walk around the slow food market and find amazing fresh, local produce, foods and artisanal crafts.
Anything you're looking for, you can find here. Merida's main market, Lucas de Galvez, covers 156,000 square feet and has over 2000 vendors that sell fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, seasonings, pots, baskets, animals, shoes, clothes...the list goes on and on.
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Mercado Lucas De Galvéz
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Anything you're looking for, you can find here. Merida's main market, Lucas de Galvez, covers 156,000 square feet and has over 2000 vendors that sell fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, seasonings, pots, baskets, animals, shoes, clothes...the list goes on and on.
Consider La Chaya your introduction to classic Yucatecan fare (and it's a good one) 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 your introduction to classic Yucatecan fare (and it's a good one): dishes include relleno negro (black turkey stew) and cochinita pibil (slow-cooked pork).
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La Chaya Maya Casona
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Consider La Chaya your introduction to classic Yucatecan fare (and it's a good one) 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 your introduction to classic Yucatecan fare (and it's a good one): dishes include relleno negro (black turkey stew) and cochinita pibil (slow-cooked pork).
While increasingly restaurants throughout Mexico are able to cater to vegetarian and vegan diners, the ubiquity of pork and lard in cooking means that it can still be hard to find a plate of "safe" enchiladas. At El Apapacho, you can rest assured that no animals were harmed in making your meal. The cuisine is Mexican, with some specifically Oaxacan dishes alongside Yucatecan specialties. Carnivores won't feel like they are making a sacrifice if they come with their vegetarian travel companions—the food from the aguas frescas to the vegan desserts is all delicious. The leafy courtyard painted with murals and the small bookstore, heavy on politically radical and feminist books, add to the appealingly alternative atmosphere.
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El Apapacho
354 Calle 62
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While increasingly restaurants throughout Mexico are able to cater to vegetarian and vegan diners, the ubiquity of pork and lard in cooking means that it can still be hard to find a plate of "safe" enchiladas. At El Apapacho, you can rest assured that no animals were harmed in making your meal. The cuisine is Mexican, with some specifically Oaxacan dishes alongside Yucatecan specialties. Carnivores won't feel like they are making a sacrifice if they come with their vegetarian travel companions—the food from the aguas frescas to the vegan desserts is all delicious. The leafy courtyard painted with murals and the small bookstore, heavy on politically radical and feminist books, add to the appealingly alternative atmosphere.
A lovely yellow-walled courtyard in which to sip cocktails made table-side—think mezcal with kiwi and pineapple—and peruse a menu of traditional Yucatec fare. Try salbutes (tostadas) with octopus; brazo de reina (queen's roll, a corn tamale made of chaya, filled with hardboiled egg and pumpkin seed, steamed and topped with tomato sauce); and, with Lebanese influence, kibbeh—here with meat or vegetarian.
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Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca - MUGY
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A lovely yellow-walled courtyard in which to sip cocktails made table-side—think mezcal with kiwi and pineapple—and peruse a menu of traditional Yucatec fare. Try salbutes (tostadas) with octopus; brazo de reina (queen's roll, a corn tamale made of chaya, filled with hardboiled egg and pumpkin seed, steamed and topped with tomato sauce); and, with Lebanese influence, kibbeh—here with meat or vegetarian.
Popular casual bar-restaurant with live music, their own craft beers, and a varied menu—think ceviche, chicken fajitas, fish tacos, etc. great for the weekends!
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La Negrita Cantina
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Popular casual bar-restaurant with live music, their own craft beers, and a varied menu—think ceviche, chicken fajitas, fish tacos, etc. great for the weekends!
Looking for comfort food? this is the place! Amazing hearty dishes and pastries!
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Merci - Homemade food
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Looking for comfort food? this is the place! Amazing hearty dishes and pastries!

Neighborhoods

Paseo de Montejo is a notable avenue of Mérida, México. It is the location of some of the most iconic buildings and monuments of the city. On Sundays they close the roads to cars so you can spend the day biking down the beautiful wide roads on the avenue!
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Paseo de Montejo
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Paseo de Montejo is a notable avenue of Mérida, México. It is the location of some of the most iconic buildings and monuments of the city. On Sundays they close the roads to cars so you can spend the day biking down the beautiful wide roads on the avenue!
Mérida’s Centro is one of the largest historic districts in Latin America. It has a high indigenous population and a strong Mayan influence that can be seen in its buildings and museums. Visit Centro Mérida to learn about the harmony of Mayan and Spanish customs in a fascinating Old Town quarter.
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Centro
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Mérida’s Centro is one of the largest historic districts in Latin America. It has a high indigenous population and a strong Mayan influence that can be seen in its buildings and museums. Visit Centro Mérida to learn about the harmony of Mayan and Spanish customs in a fascinating Old Town quarter.

City/town information

Situated in the Yucatan peninsular, Progreso Mexico is close-by to a wealth of ancient Mayan ruins, luxurious beaches, and amazing ocean views and activities. Just 25 minutes by car and you're at the beach! Ask us about car rentals or rides to the beach.
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Progreso
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Situated in the Yucatan peninsular, Progreso Mexico is close-by to a wealth of ancient Mayan ruins, luxurious beaches, and amazing ocean views and activities. Just 25 minutes by car and you're at the beach! Ask us about car rentals or rides to the beach.
While the spotlight may be pointed at Cancun and Riviera Maya for its beaches, Merida has a few beaches of its own with considerable bragging rights. Celestun, for example, is a sleepy, laid-back beach destination just 30 minutes from Merida. It sits perched right where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico.Celestun's beaches are powder soft and sugary white, backed by calm, deliciously warm turquoise water. The beach is lined with palapa-topped restaurants, where locals and tourists-in-the-know kick back for an al fresco lunch with stellar views.
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Celestún
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While the spotlight may be pointed at Cancun and Riviera Maya for its beaches, Merida has a few beaches of its own with considerable bragging rights. Celestun, for example, is a sleepy, laid-back beach destination just 30 minutes from Merida. It sits perched right where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico.Celestun's beaches are powder soft and sugary white, backed by calm, deliciously warm turquoise water. The beach is lined with palapa-topped restaurants, where locals and tourists-in-the-know kick back for an al fresco lunch with stellar views.
A very charming town in Yucatan, Valladolid is quite the destination to visit: there are so many things to do in Valladolid and all around the area. It's a place where art and architecture are at the forefront, with its beautiful pastel buildings and old historic churches, and the cuisine is simply delicious.
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Valladolid
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A very charming town in Yucatan, Valladolid is quite the destination to visit: there are so many things to do in Valladolid and all around the area. It's a place where art and architecture are at the forefront, with its beautiful pastel buildings and old historic churches, and the cuisine is simply delicious.

Sightseeing

One of Mexico's most important museums, the ultra-modern Mayan World Museum of Mérida (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya) is dedicated to a fascinating culture, which is evident everywhere in Yucatán. The museum comprises four large permanent exhibitions housing more than 1,100 relics. It is a must visit!
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Mayan World Museum of Mérida
299 E Calle 60
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One of Mexico's most important museums, the ultra-modern Mayan World Museum of Mérida (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya) is dedicated to a fascinating culture, which is evident everywhere in Yucatán. The museum comprises four large permanent exhibitions housing more than 1,100 relics. It is a must visit!
On the east side of the Plaza Mayor, occupying the site of an earlier Maya temple, stands Mérida Cathedral. Built between 1561 and 1598, this impressive building is the largest church in Yucatán. In the picturesque Parque Cepeda Peraza (or Parque Hidalgo) stands the quaint Church of Jesús, or the Church of the Third Order (Iglesia de la Tercera Orden), a favorite spot for weddings. Address: Calle de la Revolución No. 62, Centro, 97000 Mérida, YUC
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Catedral de Mérida
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On the east side of the Plaza Mayor, occupying the site of an earlier Maya temple, stands Mérida Cathedral. Built between 1561 and 1598, this impressive building is the largest church in Yucatán. In the picturesque Parque Cepeda Peraza (or Parque Hidalgo) stands the quaint Church of Jesús, or the Church of the Third Order (Iglesia de la Tercera Orden), a favorite spot for weddings. Address: Calle de la Revolución No. 62, Centro, 97000 Mérida, YUC
The Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay), known locally as MACAY, is one of the state's most important museums. This superb gallery is a joy to explore for its many excellent permanent and temporary exhibits of both modern and contemporary art.
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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán MACAY - Fernando García Ponce
502 Calle 60
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The Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay), known locally as MACAY, is one of the state's most important museums. This superb gallery is a joy to explore for its many excellent permanent and temporary exhibits of both modern and contemporary art.
The famous Maya site of Uxmal makes an easy day trip from Mérida. Located just 80 kilometers south of the city, it's widely considered to be one of the most beautiful Pre-Columbian sites in Mexico. Also worth seeing, and easy to include with a visit to Uxmal as it's located just a few minutes' drive outside the city center, the ancient site of Dzibilchaltún is popular for its cenote, a great place for a refreshing swim after a day of exploration.
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Uxmal
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The famous Maya site of Uxmal makes an easy day trip from Mérida. Located just 80 kilometers south of the city, it's widely considered to be one of the most beautiful Pre-Columbian sites in Mexico. Also worth seeing, and easy to include with a visit to Uxmal as it's located just a few minutes' drive outside the city center, the ancient site of Dzibilchaltún is popular for its cenote, a great place for a refreshing swim after a day of exploration.
Perhaps the most famous – and possibly the most visited – of Mexico's many Mayan sites, Chichén Itzá can be enjoyed on the full-day Chichén Itzá day trip tour from Mérida. This tour includes access to the site through an entrance not used by the general public (yeah, no line-ups!), an expert guide, plus lunch. Highlights include visiting the 30-meter-tall El Castillo pyramid, the majestic Temple of the Warriors with its columned halls, and the Wall of Skulls, a large square platform believed to have been used to hold the stakes on which the heads of those executed for human sacrifices were impaled.
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Chichén-Itzá
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Perhaps the most famous – and possibly the most visited – of Mexico's many Mayan sites, Chichén Itzá can be enjoyed on the full-day Chichén Itzá day trip tour from Mérida. This tour includes access to the site through an entrance not used by the general public (yeah, no line-ups!), an expert guide, plus lunch. Highlights include visiting the 30-meter-tall El Castillo pyramid, the majestic Temple of the Warriors with its columned halls, and the Wall of Skulls, a large square platform believed to have been used to hold the stakes on which the heads of those executed for human sacrifices were impaled.
Between 5000 and 8000 cenotes (“dzonot” in Maya) are estimated to exist in the state of Yucatán. Most of them are located in what is known as the “Anillo de Cenotes” (ring of cenotes), a semi-circular line related to the fall of a meteorite more than 50 million years ago that spreads over more than 25 municipalities; good for water supply and tourism. In the access points and downtown Homún you’ll be received by guides with a photographic catalogue of the cenotes, willing to provide the tour service. There are many to choose from. They work side by side with guides, co-ops in charge of the cenotes, and tourist information offices, owners of restaurants, as well as families that make and rent life jackets. The whole community is dedicated to showing and preserving these natural wonders with their biggest smiles.
Anillo de los cenotes
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Between 5000 and 8000 cenotes (“dzonot” in Maya) are estimated to exist in the state of Yucatán. Most of them are located in what is known as the “Anillo de Cenotes” (ring of cenotes), a semi-circular line related to the fall of a meteorite more than 50 million years ago that spreads over more than 25 municipalities; good for water supply and tourism. In the access points and downtown Homún you’ll be received by guides with a photographic catalogue of the cenotes, willing to provide the tour service. There are many to choose from. They work side by side with guides, co-ops in charge of the cenotes, and tourist information offices, owners of restaurants, as well as families that make and rent life jackets. The whole community is dedicated to showing and preserving these natural wonders with their biggest smiles.