Looking for where to find the best breakfast in Merida? Or maybe you’re hunting for a great spot for brunch? Check out my list of the best Merida breakfasts and brunches with options ranging from traditional Yucatecan dishes to organic vegan dishes.
When you visit these restaurants be on the lookout for paquetes, or packages – many restaurants offer combos that will include tea, coffee, or juice and a small plate of fruit at a discounted price.
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Calle 51 492C, Parque Santa Lucia // 999 469 3387
Soco is the first place I take out of town guests and the place I would recommend to you if you (sadly) only had time for one breakfast in Merida.
Soco is a local bakery that has taken their bakery items and worked them into a full breakfast menu.
My favorite dish is the SOCO version of eggs Benedict which is made on their homemade puff pastry and topped with a hollandaise sauce made from the seeds of a pumpkin that is local to the region.
If you’re looking for a lighter start to your day try the vegetarian omelet that’s filled with roasted vegetables and goat cheese. Even though I’m not a vegetarian I prefer this omelet to their ham and cheese omelet – it’s that good!
Also, I’m obsessed with their molletes – something I don’t normally order at a restaurant because it’s such a simple dish. But at Soco it’s made with their homemade bread which makes all the difference!
Also, my coffee drinking friends tell me they have a fantastic espresso that’s guaranteed to wake you up.
Merci is a recent discovery of mine since returning to Merida.
Here you can expect to find international favorites such as the ubiquitous avocado toast, a Croque Monsieur or the quiche of the day served with a small green salad.
You can also choose from local favorites such as chilaquiles or cazuelita de huevos- a small casserole dish filled with eggs, asparagus, Serrano ham, toasted bread and topped with parmesan cheese before being baked off.
The bacon hot cakes caught my eye and if you have a sweet tooth the French toast looked delicious.
Merci also has several vegetarian options including a green omelet filled with spinach, zucchini, pesto, and avocado.
On Sunday I brunched at Merci I went for the lobster roll– a butter brioche roll slathered with a mayonnaise infused with a local chili before being generously filled with chunks of lobster.
It made for a really decadent brunch! Although- I must admit it was difficult to choose between the lobster roll and the brunch special of the day: macaroni and cheese baked with shrimp. That just gives me a reason to go back as soon as possible!
Merci serves breakfast Mon-Fri from 8-12 and Saturday and Sunday brunch is served all day, from 8-5.
Calle 45 #493 A x 58 y 60 // +52 999 197 4745
When it comes to the food at El Barrio, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order and I think I’ve tried the entire menu!
The huevos rancheros and chilaquiles were very flavorful, as was the breakfast sandwich. However, the dish that I ordered the most would have been the gemelos (two biscuits covered in a sauce from local chili pepper, spinach, and sausage) or the enchiladas enmoladas- filled with chicken and covered in a rich molé sauce!
All of the dishes at El Barrio feature fresh ingredients and herbs, and the homemade salsas are some of the best in the city!
Calle 47 496, Zona Paseo Montejo // +52 999 923 0003
Manhar Blanco is a go-to favorite of mine for lunch, but they also have a great breakfast menu as well. Much of their breakfast menu is made of dishes that incorporate local ingredients such as longaniza Valladolid (a famous sausage from a nearby town) and chaya, a superfood that is often compared to spinach even though chaya is actually more nutritious.
You can also find their version of other local dishes as well as choices such as hotcakes and omelets and some great offers on packages that include tea or juice and fruit as well.
C. 59 527C, entre 64 y 66, Parque Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida // +529993382766
Trust me when I say, you don’t want to sleep in and miss out on the breakfast scene here—especially not at Cucu Bistro & Coffee.
Let me set the scene: It’s a weekend morning, and I’ve just walked into Cucu Bistro. A heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee envelops the air, and the welcoming staff greet me like I’m a long-lost friend.
You can feel the warmth, and it’s not just from the Mexican sun streaming through the windows!
Now, if you’re a sucker for choices like me, prepare for a delicious dilemma. The menu had me mentally drooling—I wanted to try everything! Eventually, I settled on the Turkish eggs and the chilaquiles with chicken.
While we waited, sipping on our rich, perfectly balanced coffee, I couldn’t help but notice how attentive the service was, not just to us but to every table.
When our breakfast arrived, “spectacular” barely covers it. The Turkish eggs were a creamy, spicy delight, and those chilaquiles? Imagine a culinary hug from Merida herself.
It was layers of crispy tortilla bathed in a sauce so flavorful that it made my taste buds dance to the salsa.
Oh, and let’s not forget the French toast of carajillo—a treat so decadent and delicious it should come with a warning label for how quickly you’ll become addicted. It’s that good!
A word to the wise: Make a reservation if you’re planning on visiting during the weekend. This gem gets packed, and trust me, you won’t want to miss out. Whether it’s the food, the coffee, or the fantastic service, Cucu Bistro & Coffee just nails it!
C. 25 132 x 26-y 28, Col. México, México, 97125 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529994779402
From the moment I stepped into Pasto Cafe, it was evident that this was a place that took both its food and ambiance seriously. You’re greeted by a setting that is subtly inviting—a nice blend of modern chic and lush green plants that give the space a fresh, airy feel.
But what really sets Pasto Cafe apart is its commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients. You can taste the quality in every bite.
During my visit, I opted for the red velvet pancakes. They were perfectly fluffy and packed with flavor, confirming that this isn’t your average breakfast joint. My companion went with the croque madame, and it was equally impressive—savory, filling, and just the right amount of indulgence for the morning.
Then there were the Swiss enchiladas, which surprised me in the best way possible. It’s not a dish you’d typically associate with breakfast, but here, it just works. A delightful fusion of flavors that made me appreciate the chef’s creativity.
The service? Polished without being overbearing, adding a layer of comfort to the whole experience. And yes, the place can get busy—quite the testament to its popularity among both locals and visitors. It’s best to book a table in advance, especially if you’re planning a weekend visit.
Price-wise, you get what you pay for: excellent food, a warm atmosphere, and impeccable service. So if you’re in Merida and searching for a breakfast spot that offers something a little different yet deeply satisfying, Pasto Cafe is where you’ll want to be!
C. 1ᴬ 79, Montevideo, 97133 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529994794228
There’s something undeniably charming about Brunchisimo, tucked away in a lovely nook of Merida. This Italian-inspired breakfast spot is the kind of place that makes you pause and appreciate the little things—like the feeling of stepping momentarily into a coastal Italian café.
The surroundings are inviting, creating a casual yet refined atmosphere that mirrors the thoughtfulness put into each dish.
One of the first things that stood out for me was the freshness of the ingredients. You can taste it in every bite, from the paninis to the pasta dishes. Speaking of pasta, let me tell you about the Motuleño Ravioli.
It’s a delightful cross between Italian tradition and Yucatecan flair—think ravioli stuffed with beans, fried plantain puree, and a tantalizing red sauce. It’s a fusion that you might not have considered, but believe me, it works.
Of course, there are options to suit all tastes. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory, the menu offers an extensive variety to choose from. My friend went with a Panini piacere, and it lived up to its name—a real pleasure, perfectly toasted and filled to perfection.
We also tried some pancakes that were just the right amount of fluffy and sweet.
The Mimosa? Let’s just say it was a delightful addition to the meal. Fresh, bubbly, and a bit of a pleasant surprise to kickstart the day. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, the bakery section is a must-visit.
From excellent pastries to sweet bread, it’s a tempting display of treats that round out the meal beautifully.
When you get the check, you’ll find the prices are justifiable for the quality and experience you’ve received. Brunchisimo offers a memorable morning meal that combines great food, an inviting atmosphere, and those little details that make for a truly satisfying breakfast experience.
When you find a spot like Restaurante Marcelo in Merida, it feels like you’ve stumbled upon a well-kept local secret—even though the place is bustling, especially on weekends. You might be tempted to keep it to yourself, but good things are meant to be shared, right?
So, first off, make a reservation if you’re planning a weekend visit. This isn’t a suggestion; it’s almost a requirement. The restaurant fills up quickly, and there’s a reason why: the food and service are consistently top-notch!
Let’s talk about the menu because Restaurante Marcelo offers a range of options that seem to cater to every craving. I went with the serrano and fig toast, a delightful blend of salty and sweet that made for a truly satisfying meal.
But my friend’s choice of chilaquiles con chorizo was equally compelling—perfectly spiced chorizo atop a bed of crispy tortilla, making each bite a mini flavor explosion.
Oh, and the coffee. If you appreciate a good cup of java, you’ll be in heaven here. It’s rich, robust, and the perfect complement to your breakfast choices.
And if you like things on the sweeter side, give their banana hazelnut cream French toast a try. It was a bit too sweet for my palette, but the flavors were absolutely on point!
When it comes to portion sizes, Restaurante Marcelo doesn’t hold back. You’ll leave not just satisfied, but pleasantly full, and feeling like you got great value for your money.
In a city brimming with excellent breakfast spots, Restaurante Marcelo comfortably holds its own, making it a must-visit for any Merida morning!
Nestled inside Plaza Akrópolis, Tostado Coffee & Brunch may be a small establishment, but don’t let its size fool you. This cozy spot packs a punch with its exceptional food, drinks, and atmosphere.
Plus, their service is spot-on, striking that sweet balance between attentive and unintrusive, which is always a win in my book.
What really caught my eye—or should I say, my taste buds—was the coffee. Sourced from Chiapas and Veracruz, the beans are ground just before brewing, ensuring you get the full spectrum of flavor and aroma. It’s the kind of coffee that demands you sit down and savor it, no rushing allowed.
Food-wise, the menu at Tostado Coffee & Brunch is versatile enough to satisfy any craving. I opted for poached eggs in the nest, a dish that looked like a work of art but didn’t skimp on flavor.
Presentation is clearly important here, but it’s not just for show—the food tastes as good as it looks. I also had the French toast, which was just the right level of moist and came adorned with fresh fruit. Each bite was a delightful mix of textures and flavors.
And oh, the pastries. You simply cannot leave without trying the coffee shell, my personal favorite.
It’s a pastry experience that captures the essence of what Tostado Coffee & Brunch is all about: quality ingredients, impeccable presentation, and a focus on flavors that pop.
Tostado Coffee & Brunch proves that good things often come in small packages. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, make sure you pop in for a visit!
Stumbling upon Fronto in Merida felt like finding a hidden culinary treasure. Tucked away in a snug, intimate space, this restaurant serves up what they term “The New Latin American Cuisine.” And let me tell you, it’s a refreshing twist on traditional Yucatecan fare!
What sets Fronto apart is its commitment to sourcing local, and I mean really local. We’re talking regional herbs, flowers, and even local animals. They take these deeply rooted ingredients and give them a modern makeover.
You can sense the time and effort spent experimenting with local products to break away from tradition, yet they do it in a way that pays homage to Yucatecan roots. It’s this unique blend of old and new, traditional and avant-garde, that makes dining here such an experience.
Our server here was not just friendly but extremely knowledgeable, walking us through the unique menu with an enthusiasm that was genuinely infectious. And speaking of the menu, it’s a playground for your palate.
I highly recommend the sweet potato pancakes—a fluffy, spiced concoction that’s equal parts comfort and sophistication. My breakfast partner had the motuleño eggs and declared them a home run. Oh, and a quick shoutout to their burgers: definitely among the best I’ve had!
Drinks, too, were on point—crafted with the same attention to detail as the food. All in all, whether you’re there for breakfast or lunch,
Fronto offers a culinary journey that doesn’t just fill your stomach but also enriches your understanding of what Yucatecan cuisine can be. A must-visit if you’re in Merida!
Marmalade—what a delight this place is! Nestled in a cozy corner of Merida, it’s the kind of restaurant that instantly feels like home but spoils you like you’re on vacation. The atmosphere is exactly my cup of tea: intimate, with a local vibe that makes you forget you’re a visitor, if that’s what you are.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff—the food. If you’re a latte lover, you’re in for a treat. As someone who takes their coffee seriously, I can vouch that their latte stands out. Smooth, creamy, and just the right balance of coffee and milk.
Speaking of balanced, their salmon eggs Benedict are a must-try. There’s something about the combination of the poached egg, hollandaise sauce, and the perfectly cooked salmon that hits all the right notes.
Waffles anyone? I had to try theirs, and I wasn’t disappointed. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and every mouthful a piece of heaven.
And oh, the pastries! Their sweet offerings are the ideal companion to that excellent latte I was telling you about.
You can tell each dish has been carefully crafted, not just to taste amazing but to look great too. Yes, every plate coming out of Marmalade’s kitchen is basically an Instagram star in the making.
Bottom line? Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and pocket-friendly prices make Marmalade a must-visit spot in Merida. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or even lunch, this place has something for everyone.
Now let me tell you about Cafecito Necesito—a gem in Merida that absolutely lives up to its inviting name. Whether you’re dropping by to churn out some work, catch up with friends, or just enjoy some ‘me time’, this place checks all the boxes without trying too hard.
First off, the coffee. You can literally smell the beans being freshly ground, and it’s like a wakeup call for your senses. And the banana bread? A slice of homemade comfort.
What’s adorable is how they dust the plate with the words “home made” in powder. It’s like they’re proudly saying, “Yep, we made this, and you’re going to love it.”
Let’s talk about enmoladas. If you’re not familiar, think of it as enchiladas’ more refined sibling. The pink mole at Cafecito Necesito is a must-try. It’s one of those dishes that you try once and then find yourself craving at random times. Definitely met and exceeded my expectations.
But hey, if mole isn’t your thing, the quiche might just win you over. It’s baked to perfection, flavored with herbs and mushrooms that give it this earthy yet fresh taste. It’s hearty but doesn’t leave you feeling heavy—a tricky balance that they’ve nailed.
What sets Cafecito Necesito apart isn’t just the delicious food or the wide variety of options; it’s the attention to detail. You feel it in the service, see it in the food presentation, and taste it in every bite.
You know, there’s something genuinely calming about sitting on a pleasant terrace in the morning, right? And that’s precisely the vibe at LUUN Brunch & Coffee!
Located in Plaza Península, this spot is a real gem when it comes to a hearty breakfast or a leisurely brunch. It’s the kind of place where you feel comfortable right away, no fuss, no drama.
The menu covers a lot of ground but not in an overwhelming way. You have choices from American classics to Mediterranean picks and Mexican delights, all prepared with a keen eye for quality.
Let’s not forget the herbal teas and coffee refills, either. Those are nice touches that make your morning meal a fuller experience.
But let’s get to the meat of the matter: the food. The chilaquiles here are worth discussing. They’re famous for a reason. The smart move of serving the sauce on the side ensures your chips stay as crunchy as you like them. Simple, but brilliant.
On the other hand, if you fancy something more “brunchy,” give the eggs benedict or Luun toast a try. I had both, and they hit all the right notes. Particularly the Luun toast; it had this balanced flavor that made me happy to be a morning person, at least for that moment.
LUUN offers a cozy atmosphere, variety on the menu, and great attention to detail—qualities that stand out in a city full of breakfast spots. If you find yourself in Plaza Península, it’s worth stopping by!
Walking into La Libertad, you’re immediately met with this warm, inviting atmosphere. So, first things first, let’s talk ambiance. This place has got it down. From the quirky decor to the positive vibe permeating the room, you feel at ease the minute you step in.
But enough about the surroundings, you’re here for the food, right?
Ah, the chicken waffles! If you’re a fan of this American classic, you won’t be disappointed. Crispy, tender chicken paired with perfectly fluffy waffles, drizzled in just the right amount of maple syrup—it’s a match made in brunch heaven.
Speaking of heavenly combinations, if you want to try something with a local twist, get the Motuleños eggs. And oh, the chilaquiles—served in a hearty portion that assures you they didn’t skimp on the good stuff.
Wash it all down with their fresh juices or a really good cappuccino. Their coffee game is strong, and it’s the perfect note to end your meal on.
What makes the experience even sweeter is the pricing. It’s affordable without compromising on quality, which isn’t always easy to find.
Just a heads up, this place can get pretty packed, so maybe book in advance if you don’t want to wait around too long.
So there you have it, La Libertad checks all the boxes for what makes a brunch spot truly great!
My latest culinary find in Merida, Pancho Maíz, is like stumbling upon an artisan’s workshop. Tucked away in a modest corner, this restaurant is a total win for breakfast!
They roll out their own corn flour to make chips and tortillas that will make you forget anything you’ve tried from a bag.
Okay, let’s dive into the menu. I went for the tlacoyos and I’ve got to say, they are worth writing home about. These thick, hand-made tortillas filled with heaven-knows-what-magic, topped with all sorts of fresh ingredients—absolutely a show-stealer.
I also tried their flautas and quesadillas, which were spot-on but let’s be honest, the tlacoyos stole my heart.
And don’t even get me started on their coconut cake. If you’re anything like me—a dessert-for-breakfast type of person—this cake is a must-try. It’s a slice of coconutty bliss, perfect for finishing off your meal or, you know, just because.
One more thing: they’ve got this adorable organic shop attached. It’s stocked with real-deal, no-fakes-allowed products. So if you’re a clean-eating enthusiast, this is your spot. Oh, and they have daily specials too, so every visit is like a new flavor adventure.
The staff? Just as wholesome as their food. Friendly, attentive, and clearly happy to be a part of this authentic dining experience. The price tag is the cherry on top, totally reasonable for the quality of food and atmosphere you get.
So, for anyone looking for a plate of something genuinely Mexican and thoughtfully prepared, make sure Pancho Maíz is on your list!
calle 39 numero 140 por 26 y 28, Montes de Amé, 97115 Mérida // +529994982639
If you find yourself in North Merida, do yourself a favor and head to Artemia. Trust me on this one. The place is a standout, balancing rich flavors without making you feel like you need a food coma nap right after.
It’s got both indoor and outdoor seating options; the inside is air-conditioned for those sweltering Merida days, and the terrace is sun-drenched, perfect for that early morning Vitamin D boost.
I chose to sit outside because nothing beats morning sunshine and a good meal, right?
Now, onto the main event—the food. I decided to go adventurous and ordered Huevos Turcos, a delightful concoction I can best describe as comfort food with a sophisticated twist.
But the showstopper for me was the Serrano ham toast. Imagine this, guys—thin slices of Serrano ham paired with grapefruit slices, a layer of cheese, fresh spinach, and a drizzle of honey. It’s like this perfect dance of salty and sweet in your mouth, without any one flavor stealing the spotlight.
The coffee and juices are nothing to scoff at either; they complement the meal perfectly. And if you’re planning a visit, maybe ring them up for a reservation because this place is pretty popular for breakfast.
It’s not really surprising, considering how the servers make you feel like a VIP—attentive but not intrusive.
You’ll leave with a happy belly and an Instagram feed full of foodie glamour shots!
C. 20 106, Cholul, 97305 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529993681781
If you’re looking for a breakfast spot that truly embodies that cozy, yet chic vibe, Al Modar has to be on your list! Located in Cholul, it’s one of those small and intimate places where every corner seems to whisper, “Sit here, relax, eat well.”
Now, seating is a bit limited, but that only adds to the coziness. You can opt for the soft-light patio for that relaxed, almost ethereal setting. But if you’re like me and you love a view, climb those stairs to the rooftop.
From up there, you’ll have a scenic backdrop of Cholul’s charming church and the expansive sky. It’s pure magic, I tell you.
Service? Excellent. But we’re here for the food, right? Trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with their broken eggs and gourmet ciabatta. The eggs are cooked to perfection and that ciabatta is something I’d write poems about if I were a poet. Let’s not even get started on their sourdough bread—because ‘delicious’ doesn’t quite cover it.
They have separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their coffee is a wake-up call in the best way possible.
A little heads up though—don’t plan on a late brunch since they’re closed at lunchtime.
So, if you’re up for a tranquil yet tasty start to your day, make your way to Al Modar!
María & Montejo in Merida is pretty much a must-visit if you’re into quality coffee and straightforward, tasty food!
The place has a comfortable, unassuming atmosphere that makes you want to stay a bit longer. It’s not flashy, but the attention to small design details makes it quite inviting.
The team behind the counter knows their stuff. They’re not just pulling espresso shots; they’re crafting your coffee with a kind of care that’s refreshing to see.
The horchata espresso? A delightful twist and one of those things that you’ll likely want to go back for. They light a bit of cinnamon on top, and it adds just the right touch without being too showy.
Foodwise, I had the grilled cheese sandwich, and it’s just solid comfort food done well. The spicy marmalade was a nice addition that brought everything together. I also tried their fig toast drizzled with honey. Simple, but really good—especially if you’re not looking for anything overly sweet.
It’s not a huge space, so it feels cozy without being cramped. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick coffee to go or settling in for a bite to eat, you’re going to get quality across the board without any unnecessary fuss.
All in all, María & Montejo is straightforward, comfortable, and high-quality—definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area!
If you find yourself in Victory Platz, you won’t want to miss out on Mezzanine. It’s a classy little spot—chic but not stuffy, with décor that strikes a perfect balance between elegant and cozy.
It’s the kind of place where you can catch your breath and savor your morning!
Coffee lovers, listen up: Their coffee shell is something to write home about. It’s a unique way to kick-start your day, alongside a regular cup of coffee that’s as delicious as it is aromatic.
But the show-stealer for me was the French bread. You know how sometimes French bread can be a bit dry? Not here. It was moist, fluffy, and had this unexpected meringue twist that made it stand out.
And let’s talk about the salmon toast. You might think toast is toast, but this was something else. The flavors were balanced, and each bite made you want to take another. Honestly, it’s the kind of breakfast dish that sets your whole day on the right track.
Service? Spot on. They were attentive without hovering, and you could tell they took pride in what they were serving. Oh, and did I mention the prices? Very budget-friendly. You’re getting top-notch quality without breaking the bank.
So, to sum it up: Mezzanine is a gem! The food is not just delicious but also varied and nutritious, and the ambiance is just what you need to either prepare for a busy day or unwind after one.
I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a top-tier breakfast or brunch experience in Merida.
C. 62 No. 268 C, entre 33 A y 35, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529999279120
If there’s a spot in Merida where you can slow down and truly enjoy your meal, it’s here. Tucked inside the charming Sureño Hotel, this place is a haven for anyone who wants a breakfast that’s a cut above the usual.
Chef Jorge Ildefonso leads the charge here, and his emphasis on authentic, local ingredients shines through in every dish.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff—the food. I ordered chilaquiles, a dish you’ll find all over Mexico, but not like this. Each chip was suffused with flavor, but—and this is important—they maintained that satisfying crunch.
It’s a simple dish but so easy to get wrong; La Mata gets it absolutely right.
And oh, the bakery items! Freshly baked almond and Nutella croissants? Yes, please! I can still remember the warm aroma of the croissants filling the air as they arrived at the table. The crunch and the fluffiness were just perfect, a testament to the quality and care that goes into their preparation.
The atmosphere? Imagine eating in a cozy setting with modern architecture as your backdrop and ambient tunes filling the air—but, you know, without the imagination part, because this place is real.
It’s relaxed and intimate, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of the day. Quality service, a premium tabletop setting, and a devotion to regional flavors make La Mata a must-visit.
Whether you’re staying at the Sureño Hotel or find yourself in Merida, it’s worth setting your GPS for this culinary experience!
Calle 47 486, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529999004818
Strolling through Centro, we chanced upon El Remate, and what a delightful find it was! The space feels open and chic, effortlessly blending into the neighborhood while standing out just enough to catch your eye.
Trust me, this is a spot you won’t want to overlook when you’re craving a satisfying breakfast in Merida.
Let’s dive right into the menu, shall we? El Remate serves up some seriously good, clean, and elevated Mexican food. And not the kind that’s heavy and will make you want to nap right after. This is fresh, locally sourced goodness that delights as much as it nourishes.
I opted for a cup of coffee, enfrijoladas, and a morning bun pastry. Let me take a moment to sing praises for the enfrijoladas. A dish you might consider simple turned out to be a work of art here.
Each bite was a perfect balance of flavors that reminded me why Mexican cuisine is a treasure.
But it wasn’t just the enfrijoladas that won me over. The morning bun pastry was the cherry on top, a burst of sweetness that was neither too rich nor too light.
The pastry was fluffy and soft, making each bite a comforting experience. Oh, and they offer organic options and are really transparent with any questions you might have about the menu, which is a nice touch.
Whether it’s the fresh pastries or the commitment to local, quality ingredients, this place wraps up everything you’d want in a breakfast spot.
I have to tell you about Gran Lumiere, a hidden jewel for breakfast that also happens to serve dinner. Nestled in a quiet courtyard, this spot is intimate but absolutely stunning.
The aesthetics alone will make you want to linger long after your meal, sipping on that last bit of coffee.
Speaking of coffee, let’s talk about the freshly brewed cup they served me. This is the kind of coffee that wakes up not just your senses, but your soul. Pair that with huevos motuleños and you’ve got yourself the breakfast of champions.
But wait, there’s more—alongside your coffee, they serve a delightful little courtesy plate of bread with jam and butter. A simple yet heartwarming gesture that sets the tone for what’s to come.
Now, the main event: Eggs Lumiere Style. Oh my goodness, where do I even start? A corn tortilla base layered with refried beans and pork belly, crowned by a perfectly poached egg and doused in their homemade tatemada sauce.
Add a slice of avocado for good measure and voila, a plate sent straight from culinary heaven. Chef Rodrigo, the man behind this marvel, has some serious skills and a penchant for detail that you can taste in every bite.
The menu at Gran Lumiere offers a variety of choices, and the ingredients always taste fresh and high-quality.
The restaurant combines an elegant setting with exceptional food, and it truly lives up to its name—shining bright in Merida’s culinary scene
If you find yourself wandering along the elegant Paseo de Montejo in Merida, do yourself a favor and pop into Casa Tho. This place is not just a restaurant; it’s an experience that somehow marries style, beauty, and taste into one harmonious setting.
Housed in a charming old building, Casa Tho doubles as a boutique shopping haven, featuring some snazzy designer duds and artistic finds. It’s like stepping into a well-curated lifestyle magazine but with the added bonus of delicious food!
Now, let’s talk about that breakfast. If you’re thinking eggs and bacon, well, prepare to have your breakfast expectations taken to a whole new level. The food here isn’t just good; it’s like a culinary masterpiece.
I couldn’t resist trying their T’HŌ Eggs—trust me, if you’re an egg aficionado like me, you’ll be blown away. And their Fluffy Pancakes? Let’s just say they might as well come with a halo because they’re downright heavenly.
But wait, the drinks deserve a shoutout too. Paired my meal with their fresh Grapefruit Juice, and oh my, it was the citrusy kick I didn’t know I needed. The Cold Brew? Smooth and rich, just how it should be.
The atmosphere, the coffee, the innovative gourmet dishes—it’s got everything you need for a leisurely, satisfying breakfast.
You know those mornings in Merida when you’re craving a peaceful spot to kickstart your day? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Pausar. Located in downtown Merida, it’s the kind of place that doesn’t need to shout to get your attention. It’s just inherently inviting.
The menu is refreshingly uncomplicated. Think chilaquiles, salads, and sandwiches. I went for the pastrami and ham sandwich, and it was a straightforward, well-made meal—no fuss, just good flavors. And while the menu might be small, each dish seems to be there for a reason.
Drink-wise, I tried their ‘pausar lemonade with roses.’ Not your run-of-the-mill beverage, but it was pleasantly different. A good kind of different that makes you want to take a second sip. Followed that up with a cappuccino, and it was exactly how a cappuccino should be—warm, comforting, and a little frothy on top.
What sets this place apart for me is the atmosphere. It’s a spot where you can actually hear yourself think. The music is low-key, the environment calm. You feel more like you’re in a friend’s living room rather than a commercial establishment.
The service was thoughtful and efficient. They made sure I had everything I needed without hovering, which is always a plus in my book!
calle Aguilas y calle 19, Temozon Norte, 97302 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529993515071
So, you’re in Merida and it’s Sunday morning. The big question: Where to have breakfast? Look no further than Hogarento. Just a tip though, make a reservation; this place gets busy.
I won’t sugarcoat it—prices are on the higher end. But you know what? You’re not just paying for food; you’re paying for an experience. And let’s be honest, you get what you pay for. Everything from the presentation to the taste was spot-on.
Now, let’s talk about the croissant. I’ve tried a fair few in Mérida, and this one takes the crown. It’s got that perfect flaky exterior and a soft, buttery inside. Paired it with their coffee, and I was transported to a Parisian café for a moment.
If you’re more into savory, their Avocado Toast Con Huevo won’t disappoint. It was so fresh; you could taste each ingredient. And it was filling, but not the sort where you need to be rolled out of the restaurant. Just the perfect portion to leave you happily satisfied.
But the highlight? The frappuccino de moja. I’m a sucker for a good frappuccino and this one hit all the right notes. I heard some chatter about their chilaquiles being great, but that’ll have to wait for round two.
Beyond the food, the vibe at Hogarento just adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your meal. It’s cozy, it’s inviting, and it sets the scene for a relaxed Sunday breakfast!
If you’re looking for a place that merges healthy eating with an avocado fan’s paradise, “Cate de mi corazón” should be at the top of your list.
First off, I have to mention the ambiance. Cozy is the word that springs to mind. It’s the kind of place where you don’t feel rushed; you can just sit back, chat, and relish every bite.
Let’s talk food. You know how usually ‘healthy’ at restaurants means ‘kinda bland’? Not here. The menu is brimming with creativity. And, no surprise, avocados rule the kitchen.
They’ve got burgers where avocados play the role of buns, and even their hummus swaps out chickpeas for avocados. Unconventional? Yes. Delicious? Absolutely.
I opted for pasta with avocado sauce, which honestly sounded a bit experimental. But guess what? It was genuinely tasty—creamy but not too heavy, just the way I like it.
And because life’s too short to skip dessert, I also indulged in pancakes with white chocolate sauce. Let me just say, the chef knows their way around a pancake griddle.
Portion sizes? Spot on. You won’t leave feeling like you need a food nap, but you’ll be well-fed, I promise.
In essence, “Cate de mi corazón” embodies what Merida’s food scene is all about: top-notch, innovative, and something for everyone.
I’m already planning my second visit, and if you’re an avocado aficionado like me, you should too!
C. 39 140, entre 28 y 26, Montes de Amé, 97115 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico // +529992377930
Listen up, breakfast enthusiasts: I’ve found a gem in Merida that deserves all the hype but somehow feels like an intimate secret. It’s called “Ojo de Agua,” and let me tell you, this spot is like a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively!
The philosophy here is as wholesome as their food—life, love, nature, and well-being all rolled into one. What more could you ask for?
From the get-go, you sense this isn’t your average breakfast joint. The menu is a medley of delicious options but with a healthy twist that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Don’t expect to find greasy comfort food; instead, think vibrant dishes that leave you energized for the day ahead.
I went for the Cochinita Enchiladas, and they were a masterpiece. The flavors melded together in a way that felt new but also strangely familiar. Just perfect!
My friend opted for the Drowned Saints—a risky name, but the taste lived up to the moniker’s boldness. And we couldn’t help ourselves; we had to share a Cinnamon Roll French Toast because, well, why not?
Smoothies! I can’t overlook these. Fresh, chilled, and a perfect palette-cleanser after a savory meal. Whatever they put in there, it’s the ideal finishing touch.
In short, Ojo de Agua is all about a fresh take on what a breakfast should be. A unique menu, no cookie-cutter dishes, all prepared with ingredients you can tell were picked with care.
When you go, and I know you will, make sure you arrive hungry and leave room for a little extra. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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If you’re looking for where to eat the rest of the day– check out my guide to the best restaurants in Merida!
While in Merida, don’t miss out on activities that will help immerse yourself with the city (hurry while they’re hot!):
- Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida
- Chichen, Cenotes Tour
- Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan
- Mérida International Airport: Private Transfer
- From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.