In our opinion, nothing makes you feel more at home in a city than feeling in sync with the food culture. In Merida, we could not believe the colorful variations of fare that was offered.
Within days of arriving in the city we had our first taste of Yucatecan food. We were taken to a taco shop that had a line of patrons wrapped around the block, all waiting to place their order. From that moment, we knew Merida would be a culinary retreat.
After living in Merida for six months, we had our fair share of delicious food… and countless nights spent with Domino’s pizza (but that’s another story). These are the best restaurants in Merida, Mexico, but don’t just take our word for it…
Merci was definitely our favorite restaurant in Merida. If you head here for brunch, you’ll have to wait for a coveted seat at this popular spot in Northern Merida. The atmosphere is bright as the staff dishes out wholesome plates with a French and Mexican twist. The chef is actual a Merida native who trained in France… and her creations are the perfect homage to her culinary roots. With a constantly changing menu, fresh ingredients and a pretty price tag, you can’t beat a meal here.
Located just a few spots down from Merci, Miyabi is the go-to sushi spot for the upper crust of the city. As with most restaurants in this region, things really start bustling after 8pm. Warm staff members, fresh sushi rolls and a chic interior make this place the ultimate spot for couples. The staff is completely accommodating as we practically hand-crafted our own sushi rolls.
Looking for an intimate affair that isn’t too tough on the wallet? Cosa Nostra has a romantic ambiance that sets the perfect scene for an over-indulgent pasta dinner. We frequented this restaurant at least once a week, so we’ve covered most of our bases on the menu. Grab a table on the weekend and listen as classically trained opera singers add to the night with their gorgeous arias.
Looking for more reasons to visit Mérida? Click here and check out our post on the 5 reasons you should visit this amazing city!
Serving up dishes that are inspired by the Oaxaca region of Mexico, Apoala is a meat-lover’s dream. With a wonderful list of curated cocktails, rustic and original dishes and a spot in the liveliest square in town, Apoala is the place to be on a Saturday night. While you are dining on skirt-steak, street performers make their rounds doing everything from juggling to fire-blowing. They actually should charge more for the endless entertainment that is available in every direction.
Vegan food in Mexico sounds kind of crazy, right? But Numen actually serves creative concoctions that are 100% vegan. Located in a quiet spot away from the bustling streets of Centro Merida, Numen is the place to go for any and all vegan foodies.
Mercado 60 is an outdoor complex that has a slew of trendy food stations, beer, wine and great music. Sit underneath the sparkling lights and enjoy this mix of social atmosphere with upscale street-food. Pro Tip- Don’t order too much from any vendor, nibble on an assortment of food and save room for dessert.
Ask any true Merida local.. and they will tell you that you absolutely have to try Hacienda Teya. Hacienda Teya was used as a cattle ranch back in the day… and since has been turned into a boutique hotel and award-winning restaurant. With the best Yucatecan food in the region, you must start your meal with the sopa de lima and end with the most amazing flan you’ll ever have.
This cozy, dimly lit and extremely detailed restaurant can be found in Centro Merida. The flavors are amazing, the dishes tasty.. and like everything in this town, extremely affordable. We ate a delicious meal here that would have cost us an arm and a leg at any fine dining restaurant in the US. This place is a must-try for those interested in the Italian kitchen.
Come for coffee and stay for the tasty menu that serves up vegan and vegetarian dishes. Pilgreen was one of our favorite spots for a healthy lunch. Even though they create lighter fare, they do not skimp on flavor, portion sizes or creativity.
Looking to order a table filled with amazing appetizers, mouth-watering tacos and slurp-worthy margaritas.. for less than one meal would be in the US? Pico de Gallo is your place! We would literally crave this food on a weekly basis. On Friday nights we would guzzle down classic margaritas as the DJ played outside, truly the perfect night in Mexico!
We love to eat… so you can imagine that our time in Merida was spent doing nothing but that! Have you visited Merida? Any other places we should add to the list?
[DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. WE MAY EARN A SMALL COMMISSION TO FUND OUR TRAVELS IF YOU USE THESE LINKS. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED EXTRA, AND WE’LL GET TO SHARE MORE STORIES… AND OF COURSE, ALL OPINIONS ARE OUR OWN!]