The state of Yucatán in general, and Mérida in particular, offer visitors a wide variety of internationally renowned gastronomy. Proof of this are signature restaurants such as Kuuk and Huniik, both very close to Casa Lira. These are places that are committed to local produce as the norm, but which revolutionise the centuries-old Mexican cuisine to surprise diners.
For breakfast we make several recommendations. Just around the corner from Casa Lira is El barrio, rated as one of the best places for breakfast and brunch. We also recommend Pan & Køf.fée, specialising in French cuisine, where you must try their tender quiche, tasty laing and unique eggs benedict.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can sit down at Kool Kaab, a cosy tortilla shop where you can enjoy corn in all its forms: tamales, quesadillas, tacos and even drinks. Or you can enjoy traditional Yucatecan food at Hacienda Teya, which has just opened a third branch in front of Santa Lucia Park.
For seafood Crabster’s is highly recommended, on Paseo 60, an area where you will find great places to eat.
The Colón sorbetería is on Paseo de Montejo (a local tradition) and has sorbet and ice cream made from natural local fruits. Another recommendation is the paletería Las Rellenas de la 60, whose ice creams are made from seasonal fruits and sweets.
Dinner, of course, has to be in this same park. A space that gains in charm as the sun goes down. Here, besides Hacienda Teya, you can find restaurants such as Apoala, specialised in Oaxacan food and where on Thursdays you can enjoy a Yucatecan serenade.