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Among friends: Emma Molin’s Cadadía bar-café is a cool, welcoming space for all

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Lee Steele
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Emma Molin’s Cadadía bar-café is a cool, welcoming space for all people. Photo: Lee Steele

Located in the northeast tip of Mejorada just east of the old train station, Cadadía is a relaxing space with a menu that offers something for everyone and a very good selection of cocktails. 

Owner Emma Molin opened the bar-café in June 2021, a brave undertaking considering the pandemic. 

Cadadía bar-café in Mérida is a welcoming space for all people. Photo: Lee Steele

Emma had always dreamed of opening a restaurant. Drawing on her experience as owner of an event venue in California, her enthusiasm, attention to detail and skill at putting together a great team, Cadadía was bound to succeed.

Emma visited Mérida years ago at the suggestion of her mother, who first encountered it back in the 1970s. She moved here permanently from the San Francisco area in 2015.

Owner Emma Molin and her dog Etta, the unofficial hostess at Cadadía. Photo: Lee Steele

Cadadía prides itself in being a place where all are welcome. It is a place to meet folks from all of Mérida’s diverse communities and all feel equally at home.

Although there is no courtyard, the restaurant is comfortably airy. The bohemian-chic hangout is situated on a quiet corner with high ceilings and towering doors that open to two sides. The view of the sunset and the funky murals along the train station’s loading docks add to the relaxed atmosphere.

A Bulldog gin and tonic with juniper berries hit the spot at Cadadía bar-café in Mérida. Photo: Lee Steele

On a recent night, I had crostini with breaded shrimp, avocado, crunchy veggies, and remoulade sauce, while my companion chowed down on perfectly cooked pasta with garlic, olive oil, spinach, and fine herbs. Both were perfection.

There’s karaoke on Wednesday evenings, “Jueves de Brujas” tarot readings on Thursdays, “Les-Viernes” dancing on Fridays, and a DJ with dance music on Saturdays.

Cadadía bar-café is open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday at Calle 53 and 46, Centro. Street parking is readily available along Calle 46. Find their impressive and sophisticated menu and cocktail list at facebook.com/Cadadiabarcafe.

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