The streets surrounding Mérida’s Centro Histórico can make any visitor fall in love, whether it is due to its impressive architecture, the historic moments that made their mark, the dynamic daily life, the diverse gastronomy (or all of the above). There are many reasons to love the Barrios (neighborhoods) that give Mérida its traditional flair.

 

Santa Lucía

This Barrio has a church finalized in 1620; its atrium served as a cemetery for the city at the beginning of the XIX century. Today, the singing and romanticism of its troubadours make it an ideal place to have a meal or a dessert under the moonlight and stars in one of its various establishments (La Recova, Apoala, Peruano, La Tratto, Rosa Sur 32°, Bryan’s Burger Bar or Ki’XOCOLATL).

Don’t miss:
Take a picture in the giant “Tú y Yo” chairs, or Sillas Confidentes.
Every Thursday at 9 pm there is a free serenade with Yucatecan Trova musicians.
On Sundays, you can visit the handcrafts market.

Calle 60 x 55, Centro.

 

Santa Ana

A few blocks from Plaza Grande and the Catedral, you’ll find this quiet neighborhood. Visit the esplanade next to the church where there are usually artistic activities and handcraft shows going on. The 1729 church itself is interesting to see in the daytime as well as at night as it is nicely lit. Grab a typical Yucatecan snack at the market next to it.

Don’t miss:
Around this neighborhood, there are many galleries such as SoHo Galleries, La Sala and Nahualli.
Calle 60 x 45 y 47, Centro.

 

Santiago

This is a neighborhood with a lot of personality where you can enjoy music, gastronomy, and a lively vibe. Discover its church and market where you’ll find Marquesitas, ice cream, and regional snacks in the mornings and afternoons. Visit the art gallery La Eskalera and others around. The Centennial Zoo Park and the Museum of Natural History are also there.

Don’t miss:
Every Tuesday starting at 8:30 pm you can dance (and watch others do so) along with live music during “Remembranzas Musicales.” Try freshly baked bread at Escargot Rústico.

Calle 59 x 72 y 70, Centro.

 

 

Mejorada

In this neighborhood, you’ll find a church and a former convent from the XVII century (list of former uses) that is now home to the UADY’S architecture faculty; a reference in the city. In its park, the first rail track was installed in 1870.

Don’t miss:
Explore two museums: Casa Museo Montes Molina and Museo de la Canción Yucateca.
A few blocks away, there is the old train station, today the Escuela Superior de Artes, ESAY.

Calle 50 x 59, Centro.

 

Editorial by Violeta H. Cantarell
Photography by various sources for their use in Yucatán Today.

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