I know that spending time away from your cutest best friend can be a challenging – if not a downright painful – experience. I also know that you need to be caffeinated. So, with our reader’s wellbeing always in mind, my mom and I took my pupper Cooper around town and came up with a list of wonderful little spots you can visit with your pet. At these places you can bond, people watch, and sip without ever leaving your pup behind – which, we can agree, is not proper best-friend behavior.
I have been an avid fan of Kadus for a while. My Malix (“mutt” in Maya) was a very good boy and sat alongside our table the whole time. He almost secured a job as a doorman since he felt the urgent need to greet every customer that walked in. We ordered the Chilaquiles and the Nutella croissant with sliced banana and strawberries (both delightful). We also had a caramel frappuccino and a vanilla latte – neither of which were overly sweet, just as I had hoped. Kadus is an excellent choice for the hotter months in Mérida, as you and your dog might want to chill in an air-conditioned space.
Calle 60 #326, Col. Alcalá Martín
Tel. (999) 429 9854
Mon. – Sun. 8 am – 10 pm
Sukra Bar de Café
A block away from the Remate de Paseo de Montejo, you’ll find Sukra Bar de Café. We decided upon the Huevos Divorciados and an Americano. My mom particularly loved the comfy chairs in which she rocked back and forth the whole time. I have to say it’s a great spot to lounge at, especially on Sundays when you get a privileged view of the Biciruta and there is live music. Cooper rested up and watched other pups go by, yet failed to make any friends.
Paseo de Montejo #496 x 45, Centro
Tel. (999) 923 4453
Tue. – Sat. 9 am – 6 pm, Sun. 9 am – 2 pm
Though I never had any doubt about Pistache’s powerful dominion of pastries, I was flabbergasted – enlightened, really – by their French toast (cooked in honey and then bathed in maple syrup). I wanted to quote my mother but she just kept saying “wow.” Cooper was distracted by a cat, which was introduced to me as the Vice President of Public Relations at Pistache. He denied to comment.
Calle 5 #100 x 20 y Ave. Cámara de Comercio, Col. Montecristo
Tel. (999) 944 1859
Mon. – Sat. 7 am – 10 pm, Sun. 7 am – 8 pm
I had heard of Monique’s and had been eager to discover what all the fuss was about. A quaint place in the north of Mérida, it is homey, charming, and definitely worth a whole lot of fuss. Your puppy will feel right at home in the garden and will meet Kombucha, the fluffy kitten working at Monique’s (mostly napping). I tried the Omelet del Bosque, the Cococakes, and Dizzy’s Shaker Coffee (cold coffee spiced with cardamom). I am happy to report, it’s my new go-to spot for an excellent breakfast.
Calle 79 #191-A x 36 y 38, Col. Montes de Amé
Tel. (999) 195 6389
Tue. – Sat. 8:30 am – 4 pm, Sun. 8:30 am – 2 pm
This café has a lovely little terrace as well as an indoor area and a cool concept store you can shop around in at the front. I tried the strawberry Mostachón and the coffee soda and both were life-changing. Cooper was surprised with an edible treat that made his day.
Calle 62 #386-B x 45 y 47, Centro
Tel. (999) 195 6389
Mon. – Fri 10 am – 2 pm. and 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat. 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Editorial by Greta Garrett
Photography by Nora Garrett for its use in Yucatán Today
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