Over the past 10 years, Mérida has seen incredible growth, as more people from other parts of the country, and from other countries, discover our tropical climate, laid-back lifestyle, and safe streets. The Centro Histórico will always be the place to be for museums, galleries, cultural events, the Zócalo, and beautiful colonial architecture; not to mention great restaurants and shopping. But as new investment and new ideas have taken root in the city, with a need for shops and restaurants in the suburbs, the north part of the city has exploded with exciting, modern new businesses.
The focal areas of this growth, shown on the map that you can download below, include six shopping plazas: Gran Plaza and Galerías, both on the north end of Prolongación Montejo; CityCenter and Mangus on Avenida 32 just before the Periférico; and Altabrisa and UpTown Mérida just around of Star Medica Hospital. There is also a stretch of elegant shops and restaurants between the El Pocito glorieta and CityCenter.
All six plazas have unique arrays of great places to shop and eat, ranging from locally owned one-of-a-kind businesses to national and international franchises. They all have cinemas, and Galerías even has a beautiful ice skating rink!
The anchor stores are as follows:
Gran Plaza: Sears, Sanborn’s, Comercial Mexicana
CityCenter: La Europea, Walmart
Altabrisa: Sears, Sanborn’s, Suburbia, Soriana
UpTown Mérida: Walmart, BestBuy
Taxi fares from Sitio Santa Ana (Calle 47 x 58 y 62 or Calle 64 x 45 y 47) range from $60 to $70 pesos. Tel. (999) 928 5600.
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