First Time Tourists Guide in Mérida, Mexico

Flickr - Merida is the largest and the capital city of Yucatan, Mexico and famous for its Uxmal.

Merida is the largest and the capital city of Yucatan, Mexico and famous for its Uxmal as the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture

When you take your step to the city you have to try Salbutes to get the real taste of Merida and have a walking tour at Plaza Grande to explore the city's landmarks

When the night slips you may stay at Casa Azul after having a sip of cocktails in Pipiripau Bar

Before leaving the city you have to make sure not to miss visiting the Mayan World Museum of Mérida and take snaps in Palacio de Gobierno

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SIGHTSEEING

Plaza Grande is a square in Merida that gathered much love from the locals and tourists because in this plaza you can explore many historical buildings such as Catedral de San Ildefonso, Museo Fernando García Ponce, Museo Casa Montejo, Olimpo Cultural Center, and many more in one place. When you come at the right time there will be a cultural event that held in the city square.

Plaza Grande

Bustling park with shaded paths & benches, plus music & dance events & a flag-raising ceremony

Address : Calle 60 S/N, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

DOWNTOWN

Centro is the busiest area that never sleeps in Merida because there are so many bars, cafes, hotels, and restaurants in this area. The city's landmark and souvenirs stores are mingling in this area, so it is strongly recommended for you to stay in the downtown hotel if you have limited time in Merida.

Centro

Palacio Canton

Address : Calle 60, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

SHOPPING

You do not need to worry where to buy locals' product as souvenirs when in Merida, you just need to head to Mercado Lucas De Galvéz and you will find tons of sellers which sells fresh vegetable, homemade craft, local clothing and many more. You will find this market in chaos but this is the main charm of this market and you can fill your tummy at the food stands.

Mercado Lucas De Galvéz

Merida's main market

Address : Calle 65A, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc.Mexico

FOOD & DRINK

You never come to Merida if you never try the savory Salbutes with the spicy habanero sauce on top of that. This traditional food has tortilla in the first layer with lettuce, tomato, turkey and avocado on top. You can choose your favorite toppings such as chicken, broccoli, spinach, and many more.

CULTURE

Merida is rich in culture since the city has heavy Mayan, Spanish, French, British, Lebanese and to a lesser extent Dutch influences. The locals are open-minded, friendly, and love to dance and singing.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Merida from September to May, when the humidity is lower and great evening weather and temperature.

HOTEL

Casa Azul will make your dream as a queen comes true when you booked a room from this hotel. The room has elegant European antique decor along with its best service by the hotel's staff. But if you are a fashion enthusiast or design lover, staying at Coqui Coqui is a must because you can experience the chicest hotel in Merida. The hotel uses vintage furnishings and with decorated tile floors and elegant details, you can also choose your favorite fragrance of perfume to be set in your room.

Hotel Boutique Casa Azul

Authentic hotel in Merida, Mexico

Address : Calle 60 343, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico

Coqui Coqui Mérida

A boutique hotel in Merida, Mexico

Address : Calle 55 516 entre Calle 62 y Calle 64, Centro, 97121 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

RESTAURANT

When you come to Merida with your family, Micaela Mar & Leña may become your first destination to have a meal. This restaurant well known for its seafood which you can order by the kilo and surely 3 sides food is enough for four people. You can also head to La Chaya Maya to get the real taste of Yucatan since this restaurant serves the traditional food of Mexico like corn tortillas which made by the lady in front of the restaurant. Once you make an entrance to the restaurant, you can feel the real Mayan vibes by its decoration and furniture.

La Chaya Maya

A restaurant in Merida which serve traditional food of Yucatan

Address : Calle 57 x 62, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Micaela Mar & Leña

Beer

Late-night food

Wine

Address : Calle 47 458, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

CAFE

Bengala Kaffeehaus is the right place to go when you are looking for a cafe that has a warm yet cozy atmosphere and serves its best coffee. The cafe is not quite big so you can expect to have a relaxing time while taking a sip of caffeine. But when you want to have a light breakfast with yogurt or avocado on toast along with caffeine in the side, you can have a seat at Latte Quattro Sette. This cafe has aesthetic decor by its white wooden furniture with a flower in every table.

Bengala Kaffeehaus

A cafe in Merida, Yucatan

Address : Entre y 55, Calle 60 53, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Latte Quattro Sette

Dessert

Casual

Cosy

Address : Calle 47 #465, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

You can not miss having a sip of mezcal cocktails under the open sky in Pipiripau Bar. This historical bar is loved by the locals since it has a unique yet charming atmosphere both in outdoor and indoor seating. Maybe you prefer to spend a night in a speakeasy with a dark interior and dim light, you can head to Malahat which always packed with people from many backgrounds. This bar served its unique cocktails which focus on their flavor that made with ancient and artisanal techniques.

Pipiripau Bar

Cocktails

Beer

Wine

Address : Calle 62 461, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico

Malahat

A small bar in Merida which serve great cocktails

Address : Calle 60 471, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

INTERESTING PLACE

You have to know about Mayan culture from A to Z in Gran Museo de Mundo(Mayan World Museum of Mérida)because there are more than 1000 pieces of Mayan artifacts under this museum's roof. You will deeply be immersed by the culture and tradition of Mayan because this museum presenting the history in the most touching way. After finishing your tour in the museum, you may experience the real ancient site of Mayan tradition in Uxmal. It is an ancient pyramid which considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mayan World Museum of Mérida

Striking, modern Mayan cultural museum with many exhibits of art, handicrafts & history

Address : Calle 60 299 E, Unidad Revolución, 97110 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Uxmal

Picturesque site of preserved ancient Mayan pyramids & other structures in a tranquil setting

Address : Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Upload some stunning snaps at Palacio de Gobierno and grab more likes from your followers. The lighting, paintings and the mosaic floor of this old historical building surely bring a spectacular picture in your Instagram feed. Do you have a plan to upload some "vitamin sea" on your Instagram feed? If yes, you have to make a plan to visit Progreso Beach. This is a beach that has relaxed-beach-town vibes that you can not ignore its charm.

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan

Yucatan government office

Address : Calle 60 s/n X calle 61 y 59, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Progreso Beach

A beach in Merida, Mexico

Address : Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico