A Beautiful Colonial City:  Merida, Mexico

The capitol of the Mexican state, Yucatan, Merida is a beautiful, extremely clean, colonial city with some of the best food in all of Mexico! I spent 4 days here checking out the Spanish architecture, going to museums like the Museum of Anthropology, and of course, EATING. Before going here, everyone I spoke to about Merida had something to say about how great the food is. My two new favorite Mexican dishes are now Sopa de Lima (“Lemon Soup” with broth and tortillas) and Salbutes (similar to a Tostada, but served hot on a soft, flash fried tortilla topped with turkey, pickled onions, fresh avocado, and some fresh veggies). I definitely over indulged during my short stay in Merida 😉

Walking around, you almost feel like you’re in Spain. Aside from the architecture and all the museums, there were sculptures and European style cafes everywhere, horse drawn carriages that would take you through the historic district, and the younger generation even dressed euro-style. Our Airbnb host, Sergio, a 25 year old entrepreneur who started Merida’s up and coming restaurant, Coco Cuisine. It’s unique because you cook your own 3 course meal. That’s right, it’s a restaurant/cooking class ranging from local food to Italian! Coco Cuisine is open Thursday-Saturday which were unfortunately the only days I wasn’t in Merida so I didn’t get to experience it, but I highly recommend going! Great for a date, or just a night out with friends. It looks like so much fun – click here and watch the video!

Next Stop: The Mayan Jungle City – Palenque