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A romantic night in Mérida

29 june 2018
5 min. de lectura

We rock the tips of our chairs, feeling the beauty, with no other place in mind but here. The world spins around us, moving at a digital pace, while we laugh without stopping to look at each other. Romance blossoms between us while we drink Mexican wine and taste exotic flavors, which make us travel with our senses and bring us closer to each other.


In today's crazy world it can be difficult to pay full attention to love. Date night has been a tradition for centuries and is the ultimate way to give time to your other half, so we have created a list of restaurants that will take you and your partner into a bubble of romance, where there will be no type of distraction. Turn off your cell phones and spend two hours without interruptions; There is something on this list for everyone.



El Apapacho

Vibrant, folkloric murals and a passion fruit leaf ceiling make El Apapacho my favorite place for an unpretentious date. A socially conscious restaurant, this space has an inclusive atmosphere, welcoming all couples. Food for the “body, mind and heart”, the owners say that the best compliment is when customers tell them that the food has grandmother's seasoning. Try the mole with blue corn tortillas and the freshest Oaxaca cheese I have ever tasted, all at an affordable price.

Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 12 pm - 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 10 pm Calle 62 x 41 y 43, Centro, Mérida
Closed Tuesday
FB: El Apapacho "Non-gourmet food and Art"
IG: @elapapacho



Casa de Piedra, Hacienda Xcanatún

Casa de Piedra Hacienda XcanatunA century-old ceiba tree covered with warm, twinkling lights illuminates the path to a kind man, who will open the enormous doors of the restored Hacienda Xcanatún. I felt like Alice in Wonderland, so small under the restaurant's soaring 10-meter ceiling. When no one was looking, I imagined she was a dancer gliding through the Yucatecan version of the Beauty and the Beast ballroom. The atmosphere is reason enough to propose to someone here, with the world-class regional menu being the icing on the cake.

Monday - Wednesday: 8 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 8 am - 11 pm
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Calle 20 S/N x 19 and 19-A, Xcanatún Police Station, Km. 12 Mérida-Progreso Highway
FB: Stone House, Mérida


Oliva Enoteca

Oliva Enoteca, with its dimly lit marble bar, has quickly become a Mérida classic, along with its sister restaurants (Oliva Kitchen and Oliva Patio). Italian visionary Stefano Marcelletti creates a new menu every three months featuring homemade pastas (with a Yucatecan touch). Start the night with fresh cheeses imported from Italy, then enjoy a plate of the freshest pasta in Mérida, finishing off with my favorite: olive oil cake.

Monday - Saturday: 1am - 5pm, 7pm - 12am
Calle 47 #466 x 54, Center, Mérida
FB: Oliva Enoteca
IG: @oliva_merida



Rosas & Xocolate

The house wine recently won silver in a national competition and that's just the new medal on a wall full of trophies for one of the most original hotel/restaurant concepts in Mérida. Climb the winding staircase to the rooftop terrace and listen to live music Wednesday to Saturday, where pale lights cast dramatic shadows across the jungle gardens, creating an atmosphere that lives up to its reputation. Reserve a romantic table decorated with red rose petals, candlelight and the perfect dish: octopus crackling or duck with sausage from Valladolid.

Every day, 7 am - 12 am
Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 and 39, Mérida
FB: Roses & Xocolate
IG: @rosasyxocolate www.rosasandxocolate.com


Amanda Strickland

Author: Amanda Strickland

Originally from a small town in Mississippi, I began my love affair with Yucatán in the summer of 2011, sweating in the deep heat of the Puuc. I worked five field seasons as an archaeologist, while also founding the 501(c)3 non-profit Ko’ox Boon. Now, I can confidently say that I have “gone native.” I live in Mérida with my Yucatecan boyfriend, Oscar, our cat, Rockstar, and two dogs, Biscuit and Cochinito. Together, we created the production company Loboluna Producciones. I am a full-time travel writer and film producer.

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