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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“Amazing place to visit while you are here. They have good food, drinks, music, sometimes they have live bands and they are open every single day. They open 12pm and close late after 12am. ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Renowned restaurant with local cuisine. For breakfast, arrive early to avoid queues. The original restaurant, and the one I highly recommend, is situated in the corner of streets 62 and 57., downtown Merida. The building itself is a public parking.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Church
“The magnificent Cathedral de San Ildefonso is the oldest cathedral in the Americas.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Food Court
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“Best place to go with a group with varying tastes and cravings. A very cool outdoor foodcourt and bar. Bound to be something for everyone and fun atmosphere!”
  • 73 locals recommend
Entertainment
“One of the most majestic buildings in Merida. I can help you look up for tickets if want to experience a show in there.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Route
“Besides the beautiful mansions and museums, this Avenue has so much history. A must see... At Christmas this place is spectacular, right up until about the 10th of January when they take down the tree and lights, it's still spectacular anytime of the year.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“Santa Lucia Park is a small and charming place, It’s surrounded by popular restaurants and local shops. At Thursday nights you can enjoy a bohemian dinner with our traditional Yucatecan Serenade presentation which takes place in the scenario of the park. Pro tip: Get there early if you want to be able to enjoy the show.”
  • 60 locals recommend
History Museum
“To visit absolutely, museum of anthropology, very interesting exhibitions 
in an amazing house.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Plaza
“This is the grand plaza at the center of Merida. Here you will find the magnificent Catedral de San Ildelfonso, lovely gardens, vendors and shops, and frequent cultural events. The Casa Montejo museum highlights the original home of the founder of Merida.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
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“When in Mexico, try Mezcal. This is a quirky bar with an eclectic mix of locals, travellers and expats alike. Dance drink and be merry :). Best to visit late at night.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Transportation
“On the Sunday bicycle route (Biciruta) you will come to Monumento a la Patria, created by famous Columbian sculptor Rómulo Rozo. It includes 300 hand-carved figures that tell the story of Mexico and is a great photo-op. If one were to bike the entire round-trip bicycle route quickly with no stops or sight seeing, the route could be accomplished in 30 to 40 minutes. We take a leisurely couple of hours stopping for coffee or ice cream and perusing the wares of vendors in the various parks. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Pasta, seafood, steak, great wines Monday-Saturday 1-5pm. 7:00pm-midnight Located on 47 and 54”
  • 38 locals recommend
Zoo
“[EN] Free entry. Open from Tue – Sun Mon Closed for maintenance and the rest of the animals Is divided into: Playground Train Boats Aquarium Fountain Open from 6:00 – 18:00 Animalitos area, where you can learn with it: - Aviary - Herpetario - Primates - Mammals - Giraffes viewpoint Open from 8:00 a.m. at 5:00 p.m. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great Oaxaca fusion cuisine. One of our favorite places. The tempura pumpkin flowers and the white aguachile is what we have every time. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
History Museum
“On Sundays this museum is free. It’s a beautiful home with artwork and furnishings from the original Montejo family. It’s also air conditioned and there’s a small gift shop as well.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Historic Site
“[EN] Merida, capital of Yucatan, contains a vast infrastructure, which enabled it to become the hub of cultural attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula. It has over 5,919 hotel rooms of all categories, venues and exhibition centers, more than 300 restaurants of all kinds and class, and an extensive range of cultural and tourist attractions. It is the starting point for exploring the Mayab routes. Merida offers several options of culture, history, fun and delicious cuisine. That’s why we recommend starting your visit in the Historic City Center, where you can see many colonial buildings, museums, galleries, theaters, outdoor cafes, bars, traditional clothing, parks, hotels, restaurants with national and international food standards. The Historic Center is the ideal place to carryout different leisure activities and nightlife every single day Plaza Principal In the main square of Mérida you can find the Government Palace (opened on September 15, 1892), the Cathedral of San Ildefonso-Archbishop of Toledo (which was the first to be erected on land in the Americas), the Museum of Contemporary Art (originally Episcopal Palace), the Montejo House or Casa de Montejo, which was built between 1543 and 1549 by Francisco de Montejo y León "El Mozo". La Plaza Grande, as it is normally called by the Meridians, is the obligatory point of departure when touring the city. There is also the municipal palace, the Olympic Cultural Center and nearby is the Daniel Ayala Theatre, Hidalgo Park, the beautiful Church of the Third Order, The park of the mother, the magnificent Jose Peon Contreras theater and the central building of the Autonomous University of Yucatan, among many other historical sites and cultural venues.”
  • 43 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mexican Restaurant
“Renowned restaurant with local cuisine. For breakfast, arrive early to avoid queues. The original restaurant, and the one I highly recommend, is situated in the corner of streets 62 and 57., downtown Merida. The building itself is a public parking.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Food Court
“Best place to go with a group with varying tastes and cravings. A very cool outdoor foodcourt and bar. Bound to be something for everyone and fun atmosphere!”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bar
“When in Mexico, try Mezcal. This is a quirky bar with an eclectic mix of locals, travellers and expats alike. Dance drink and be merry :). Best to visit late at night.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Pasta, seafood, steak, great wines Monday-Saturday 1-5pm. 7:00pm-midnight Located on 47 and 54”
  • 38 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great Oaxaca fusion cuisine. One of our favorite places. The tempura pumpkin flowers and the white aguachile is what we have every time. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A pub owned by two Irish expats, good for Irish comfort food and fun atmosphere.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Popular Italian pizzeria from the Trotter family, who run several bistros around town. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Romantic courtyard, Yucatan and vegetarian dishes! Great goat milk desert. Located 59 60x62”
  • 26 locals recommend

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