5 foodie places that deliver flavor in Mérida

Maggie Cale's crisscrossing Mérida in her trusty van looking for places to recommend. Here are her latest finds and her unbiased observations.

Photo courtesy Bonheur Cheesecake, Mérida

Bonheur Cheesecake

This bakery has been around for a while, but it’s new to me. Aside from cakes, Bonheur has a lovely selection of frappes for 75 pesos, fresh juices for 55 pesos, and cheese tarts for 20 pesos. The star of the bakery is a dog-shaped “Puppy Cake” for 100 pesos. A light and fluffy Japanese cheesecake is 180 pesos. I recommend their nice selection of fruits if you want to top it off. Calle 21 310, Col. Miguel Hidalgo; delivery via WhatsApp at 999-644-0143. 

Photo courtesy Las Tapatías, Mérida

Las Tapatías

Local, authentic flavors at reasonable prices. Las Tapatías’ tortas are good; my favorite is the Camerón for 75 pesos. Tacos of course are on the menu with an order of three coming in at 60 pesos. Tostadas — pork is my favorite — are 50 pesos. There are a few desserts on the menu such as pastel tres leches or tarta de plátano, both at 55 pesos. Avenida Cámara de Comercio 127, Fracc. Montecristo, 999-569-0007; delivery via Rappi

Courtesy Coffrapía in Mérida


A coffee shop with some light menu items and desserts, Coffrapía is a good place to relax. On a hot day, their smoothies and frappes provide a great cool down. The drinks run anywhere from 50 to 70 pesos. A large cup of coffee is 22 pesos. My favorite is a cheese-and-mushroom crepe, which is 60 pesos. They also carry salads plus an Italian sandwich that’s just 90 pesos. Add a brownie at the end or take home some fresh baguettes. Calle 2 437 Col. Jose Maria Iturralde; delivery via Rappi or WhatApp at 999-641-6004

Photo courtesy Ch’e’en Cocina Yucateca

Ch’e’en Cocina Yucateca

After living here for five years, I’ve changed my thinking about Yucatecan food being bland. And Ch’e’en is why. The flavors are amazing. From the fresh black bean sauce to the homemade tortillas and fresh salsas, everything was well-seasoned. The breakfast menu is a nice balance of hotcakes, eggs, or an omelet ranging from 80 to 110 pesos. They serve chilaquiles rojos or verdes with sausage or eggs for 90 to 120 pesos. A large, flavorful bowl of sopa de lima is 70 pesos. Entrees such as cochinita pibil and relleno negro are around 160 pesos. Top it off with the traditional flan for 50 pesos. Calle 61 x 34 Centro; no delivery service, but they accept take-out orders at 999-725-0197.

Portobello relleño from Piccolo Pizza in Mérida. Photo: Maggie Cale

Piccolo Pizza

Always on the lookout for good pizza, I was tempted by both the salami pesto and the vegetarian pizzas, which ranged from 130 to 285 pesos depending on the size. Piccolo also serves a number of pasta dishes, from Alfredo to pesto Genovesa. My favorite, however, was the portobello relleño, stuffed with avocado, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, peppers, and cheese, at 85 pesos each. I found prices to be higher on the delivery menu. Calle 69 x 38 y 40 Colonial Montes de Ame; delivery via WhatsApp at 999-436-8817

Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale was born in the United States and has lived most of her life in Pennsylvania. She has a social work degree from Penn State University and finished her career in Washington, D.C. working with families. She moved to Yucatán in 2017 and has worked part-time ghostwriting for bloggers. She lives in Itzimná with her two dogs.
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