In Yucatán the purchase of something sweet is synonymous with a reunion, a visit to Grandma, or spending the afternoon with friends. After a rainy day, or to enjoy at breakfast with a coffee, baked goods take us home and bring us together with family or friends. In Mérida, there are many places where you can get the best goodies, perfect for sharing. Here are a few of the places you should investigate.
Entering the front door, you’ll immediately feel the French style atmosphere. The recipes are a mixture of two cultures (Mexican and French), just like the traditional croissant and the delicious “pain au chocolat”. They use butter in their recipes and have a unique style to their baking; with a Mexican Maya team working with heart. Don’t forget to try this amazing mix of flavors, also available in their Itzimná store. In Santiago, Escargot Rústico offers baked goods, coffee, and breakfast.
- Monday – Saturday 8 am – 9 pm
- Centro Histórico: Calle 58 x 59 y 57
- Itzimná: Calle 18 x 19 y 21
- Santiago: Calle 68 x 59 y 57
- (999) 331 5135
- Facebook: Escargot Panaderia Francesa
Located on one the prettiest streets in Mérida, Local 59 will delight you the moment you enter. The inviting atmosphere is only exceeded by the delicious menu of food and desserts. From their own creations like the coconut and chocolate chip meringue, that melts in your mouth and invites you to have more, to breakfasts that you can accompany with a delicious coffee and a tasty homemade lemon cake or a date square… to a natural double fermentation bread, as well as birthday and wedding cakes. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
- Tuesday – Saturday 8 am – 2:30 pm
- Calle 59 #622 x 78 y 80, Centro
- (999) 518 1691
- Facebook: Local 59
With locations in four states, this bakery started its journey in Yucatán. It is the great variety of baked goods and its unbeatable taste that has made it a beloved icon for Yucatecans. Here you will find all kinds of snacks, breads and cakes. Try the traditional (and delicious) “Rosca Brioche”, the famous cheese and ham “hojaldras”, and the traditional “sandwichón.” Fall in love with the flavor of each of its creations. Don’t miss out on “Tere Cazola.”
- Monday – Sunday 9 am – 10 pm
- More than 20 locations in Mérida + delivery service
- (999) 930 0730
- Facebook: Tere Cazola
Out of the bakeries with the longest tradition in Mérida, with more than 60 years of history, it’s no wonder the locals love it. Here you will find a great variety of appetizers, cakes, and breads, with a vast array of flavors like the edam cheese “tuti”, olive bread, meringues, butter cookies, and “besitos”; each of their products will leave you wanting more. Find your favorite baked goods at any of their locations in Mérida.
- Monday – Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
- Paseo de Montejo, across from Monumento a la Patria
- (999) 927 2256
- Facebook: Pan Montejo
An absolute Yucatecan tradition, in Panificadora El Retorno you will find more than only baked goods. Besides the usual cheese balls, “conchas”, donuts, and sliced loaves of bread, you will find delicious pieces to share with your friends. Try the “arrolladitos” filled with pâté, carrot and potato salad, sandwiches, and cakes to celebrate that birthday that’s coming up. In any of its 15 bakery locations, you’ll be dazzled by the choices.
- Monday – Saturday 6 am – 9 pm
- Calle 47 #494-A x 58 y 60, Centro
- (999) 928 6999
- Facebook: Panificadora El Retorno
Everything began more than 80 years ago with Mr. Serapio Velásquez. Today his family operates this bakery located in Colonia Alemán. With many years of experience, the flavor of the treats that they offer never disappoints their faithful clientele. You can find everything from the most traditional to one of the best recipes of “hojaldras” in the city. There are options filled with ham and cheese, peas, cream, corn, even guava. Dare to visit “Hojaldras Lily” and fall in love with its flavors.
- Monday – Friday 9 am – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
- Calle 29-A #183 x Calle 22, Col. Miguel Alemán
- (999) 926 7151
- Facebook: Hojaldras Lily
Editorial by Claudia Améndola
Photos by Yucatán Today and Tere Cazola for Yucatán Today’s use
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