Valladolid is full of color with its colonial façades in a variety of shades that you will encounter on its streets, especially on the Calzada de Los Frailes. It is also packed with flavor, thanks to the different culinary options that you can sample in this Pueblo Mágico of Yucatán.
Among its attractions are the cenotes found within the city and in the surrounding areas, its proximity to both Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, and diverse handcrafts and designs that draw inspiration from Maya art and which you can find in the markets and local shops. But another of Valladolid’s major draws is its delicious food. Although most of the restaurants are located in the Centro and in the Barrio de la Candelaria, others are just a short walk away and are worth visiting so that you can sample an even wider range of Valladolid’s local fare.
If you arrive early, this is a great option for a traditional breakfast which will help you get all the energy you need for your visit. Try the Chilaquiles Valladolid, topped with the region’s Longaniza (a type of dry sausage). On the menu, there are also eggs, Fajitas, Quesadillas, Aguas Frescas, among other Mexican breakfast staples. It opens very early with extended hours until late at night. It’s across the street from the main square, so you can either choose a table on the terrace to enjoy the view, or seat yourself inside. They have affordable prices for national and foreign visitors.
Calle 41 x 40, Centro, Valladolid
Open every day: 7:30 am – 11 pm
Also try Mexican food at: La Casona de Valladolid (Calle 41 x 44 y 46, Centro) or El Atrio del Mayab (Calle 41 x 42 y 40, Centro).
Maca Concept Store
Located in the heart of Valladolid, just a few blocks from the main church, this is a good option for all those looking for healthy and/or vegan choices. In its ample menu, there are starters with avocado and hummus, salads, juices, kombucha, turmeric drinks, savory tapas, shots, and bowls, to name just a few. The turmeric shot is particularly great if you’re looking to refresh yourself. With tables on the upper and lower level, its decoration between rustic and eco-friendly offers many photo possibilities.
Calle 37 x 42 y 44, Centro, Valladolid
Open every day: 12 pm – 9 pm
You won’t want to miss this artisan gelato shop in Valladolid that mixes Yucatecan flavors with Mediterranean inspiration. They update their menu daily to bring you a variety of options which will surely have you coming back again and again. In all honesty, they are exquisite. I tried the lime and mint, it’s perfect if you’re looking for something cool and refreshing. You’ll love the lime and habanero pepper version if you’re looking for something a little more exotic. But, if you like to play it safe and prefer the classics, their chocolate gelato is creamy and dreamy. The service is warm and friendly too, turning Wabi Gelato into a must-try stop to satisfy your cravings.
Calle 41 x 38 y 40, Centro, Valladolid
Open every day: 3 pm – 7:30 pm
K’uxub in Le Muuch Hotel
This contemporary Mexican restaurant is located in the Barrio de La Candelaria, inside the Le Muuch hotel, which stands out for its spaces with Mexican details that you will absolutely love. K’uxub mixes traditional cuisine with innovative ingredients and has everything needed to become a new favorite. The dishes are magnificently presented and bring together many distinct colors, aromas, and textures. If you arrive in the morning, you can do brunch or order the Kuxub Tostadas à la carte. On the other hand, if you go later in the day, you get to try the refreshing Mahi Mahi ceviche or the grilled octopus for dinner. To accompany your meal, sip on the Chak Ch’oj, a drink made with red berries, honey, blackberries, and orange. To finish, their coffee is absolutely divine.
Calle 42 x 35 y 33, Barrio de La Candelaria, Valladolid
Open every day: 7:30 am – 11 am (brunch) / 5 pm – 9:30 pm (snacks and dinner)
FB: K’uxub Restaurante
Ix Cat Ik
With a concept that reveres the ancestral wisdom of the Maya, you’ll be immersed in the experience from the moment you walk through the entrance and past a garden with local crops. From this allotment, ingredients are taken and used to create the dishes served in the restaurant. You will also be able to learn about the chocolate-making process and the preparation of handmade tortillas. The Empanadas de Chaya are an excellent appetizer, as are their famous Huevos Encamisados. For your main course, continue with the K’úum which is a Yucatecan squash stuffed with vegetables, the Poc Chuc, or the Xibalbá or Ix Cat Ik shrimp – the house specialty made with peppers. To drink, they serve lovely Aguas Frescas, as well as Yucatecan and national beers. Leave room for the dessert special and a cup of coffee.
More options for breakfast: Colonté (Calle 46 x 43 y 45, Centro).
More options for lunch: Tresvanbien (Calzada de los Frailes x 48 y 50).
More options for dinner: Casa Italia (Calle 35 x 42 y 44, Candelaria).
Valladolid has everything to be your next destination and is only a two hours’ drive from Mérida!
Editorial by Violeta H. Cantarell
“Meridana,” traveler, animal lover, passionate reader, commentator, and enthusiastic promoter of the natural and human beauty of Yucatán.
Photographies by Violeta H. Cantarell and Yucatán Today for use in Yucatán Today.
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