Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, is often called the White City due to its many white, Spanish Colonial buildings.  Parts of the city feel much more like European than Mexico.
It’s a great place to stay as a home base while exploring central Yucatán.  There are many beaches, haciendas, and archeological sites within easy driving (or bus) range, and many tours leave from Merida.

Places to See

A few of our favorite things to see and do in Merida include:

Amaro restaurant

Calle 59 no 507 – dine in a peaceful courtyard, and sample regional Yucatán dishes like Cochinita Pibil, as well as a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

Casa de las Artisanías

Calle 63, no 513 - a state-run store located in a former monastery, the store features a great variety of crafts.  More than 90% are made in Yucatán, and we saw many things there that we found nowhere else.


Calle 59 no 507a (next door to Amaro restaurant) – a fun shop filled with miniature items and small crafts and souvenirs.  This is a great place to load up with fun stuff for your friends back home.

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