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15 Ways to Soak Up the Culture of Mérida, Mexico

​​It's time to add Merida to your travel list. This Mexican hot spot is filled with Mayan and Yucatan culture, vibrant nightlife and sophisticated boutique hotels. With Merida's overflowing bustle of activities to do, these 15 places to eat, visit and stay will help you navigate a city that is both rooted in history and in contemporary times. 

Expect flavorful, colorful, and historically rich travels.

Reporter: Scout | Location: Rosas & Xocolate
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Rosas & Xocolate

Mérida, Mexico
photo: Ana Linares
This boutique hotel bloomed out of two mansions that had been abandoned for over 30 years. The result? A contemporary Mayan lodging that is vibrant with the color pink.
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Apoala Mexican Cuisine

Mérida, Mexico
photo: Andrea Nuñez
This brother-sister run restaurant whips up a fusion of Mexican, Oaxacan and Yucatecan cuisine. Located in the historic center of Mérida, their terrace seating offers both a local and cultural view. In addition to the award winning chefs, Apoala also has an extensive collection of over 30 mezcals. 
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Coqui Coqui

Mérida, Mexico
photo: Andrea Nuñez
Opulence runs thick at Coqui Coqui, a belle epoque building oozing with the ambiance of the Epicerie. Transport in time to the romance of this urban yet century-old suite.
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Hacienda Temozon

This 17th Century boutique hotel with coral walls and white moldings allows you to experience the ancient Mayan ambiance of the Yucatan Peninsula. Indulge in a spa day amongst the lush jungle surroundings. A private, romantic and local hideaway.
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Casa Lecanda

Mérida, Mexico
Casa Lecanda caters to the traveler looking for an authentic Mérida experience without compromising on service or the intimacy of a property. With activity packages to explore the surrounding areas, Casa Lecanda caters to your traveling experience.
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Chichén Itzá

Yucatán, Mexico
One of the best preserved archaeological sites of Mayan culture, Chichén Itzá served as the most important city between 900 and 1300 A.D. Explore the capital of the region's civilization and stand in awe of it's large column and stone block structure. Looking to explore around the area? Click here for our guide!
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The Diplomat Hotel

Mérida, Mexico
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The Diplomat’s hip and fresh decor are fit for the modern traveler. With the perfect mix of vintage and relevant (think typewriters and light signs), unwinding with some mezcal by the pool should be no problem. The Diplomat is a good vibes only location.
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Hacienda Santa Rosa

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What used to be a nobelman’s private estate is now the colorful boutique hotel for your trip to Mérida. Each suite features 18-foot ceilings with authentic Mayan service.
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Cúbaro

Mérida, Mexico
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Drink in the middle of it all! Cubaro is located on the Paseo Montejo, one of the main strips in Mérida, in front of the Monument to the Flag.
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El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

Mérida, Mexico
photo: David Cervera
​​This museum celebrates Mayan culture with over 1,110 artifacts found at neighboring ruin sites. While this museum houses history, the building itself is a contemporary design built in the shape of a ceiba, a tree that is said to connect the underworld and the heavens in Mayan culture. Don't forget to watch their free light and sound show projected onto the outside of the museum's walls at night. 
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Mercado 60

Mérida, Mexico
photo: Kate Magee
Mercado 60 is a market beaming with culture. Stroll through this culinary destination with 18 restaurants, artisan pop up stores, live music and live performances. They have even host yoga classes amidst the bustle of market-goers. 
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La Chaya Maya

Mérida, Mexico
photo: srdecachin
Experience the taste of authentic Yucatecan cuisine at La Chaya Maya. Empanadas de cazón (tender shark) might just top the specials menu for us. 
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Wayan'e

Mérida, Mexico
photo: Wayan'e
For the taco lovers that crave a flavor-packed meal, Wayan'e Mérida is the spot. Travel tip: arrive early! With high reviews, this joint fills up fast.
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Museo Casa Montejo

Mérida, Mexico
This 16th century Plateresque building owned by Don Francisco de Montejo, the conquerer of the Yucatán Península, was first restored by The National Bank of Mexico in 1981. In the early 2000s, it underwent a second restoration and now serves as a museum and cultural center. Be sure to check out their free guided tours which are offered most days of the week. 
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La Fundación Mezcaleria

Mérida, Mexico
​If you are in search of lively nightlife, look no further than La Fundación Mezcalería. Known for their excellent selection of mezcals, this bar is sure to show you a good time.
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