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Acrobats entertain the audience at the 2016 Food and Travel Awards. Photo: Courtesy
Acrobats entertain the audience at the 2016 Food and Travel Awards. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida’s food scene as a whole, and one boutique hotel in particular, found a double-helping of love in Mexico City last week.

Once again, Mérida scored highest in a readers’ poll for the best gourmet destination in Mexico. The city was an underdog last year when it took the top prize for the first time.

The Food and Travel Readers Awards also gave top honors to Rosas & Xocolate, the hotel/spa/restaurant on the Paseo Montejo, for best urban hotel. This is also the second consecutive honor for the stylishly pink resort.

Accepting the awards was  the head of the Ministry of Tourism Promotion (SEFOTUR), Saul Ancona Salazar, who attended a gala dinner in the former convent of San Hipolito in Mexico City on Wednesday.  

The Food and Travel Readers Awards are a tribute to the best of the national tourism industry. In this third edition, Mérida was nominated along with Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Oaxaca and Guadalajara.

Mérida has piled up the accolates of late: After being chosen the Cultural Capital of the Americas for 2017, Lonely Planet put the city on its top-10 list of must-visit places next year. A trade magazine also said Mérida was the best place in all of Latin America for hosting a convention.

The gastronomic theme highlights the presence in Mérida recently of renowned chefs gathered at the International Gastronomic Meeting of the Mayab at Kóoben.

Food and Travel Awards 2016.
Food and Travel Awards 2016.

Here are Food and Travel’s complete poll results:


Food categories

Best Chef

Enrique Olvera

Best Chef Revelation

Matteo Salas

Best Restaurant in Mexico City and Metropolitan Area

Dulce Patria

Best Restaurant of the Interior of the Republic

Casa Oaxaca

Best New Restaurant in Mexico

Jacinto 1930

Consolidated Restaurant Best Mexico


Best Mexico gourmet space

Mercado Roma

Best Sweet space

Bo! Jose Ramon Castillo

Categories Travel

Best Mexico destination

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Best Destination in Mexico Gourmet

Mérida, Yucatán

Best International Destination


Best Destination Gourmet International


Best Domestic Airline


Best International Airline

Delta Air Lines

Best Hotel in Mexico City

The St. Regis Mexico City

Best Urban Hotel in the Interior of the Republic

Rosas & Xocolate

Best Hotel in Magic Town or City Colonial

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Best Beach Hotel in Mexico

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Best Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean International

Best Eco Hotel

Majahuitas Resort

Best Travel Agency


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