If you are looking for an authentic and flavorful experience during your visit to Mérida, Yucatán, you cannot miss a tour of the traditional cantinas in the center. In this blog, I’ll take you on an unforgettable tour of some of the most emblematic places in the area, where you can enjoy traditional drinks, delicious snacks, and the festive atmosphere that characterizes these cultural gems. Get ready to immerse yourself in the history and tradition of Mérida while enjoying a unique experience in the downtown cantinas.
We will start our tour at the Cantina “La Negrita”, one of the oldest cantinas in Mérida. This charming cantina is known for its authenticity and its wide selection of traditional spirits. I recommend you try their famous “Ponche de Granada”, a refreshing drink made with local pomegranates and brandy. Also, do not miss its delicious snacks, such as the traditional “panuchos” and “salbutes”, which are authentic gastronomic delights of Yucatan.
Our next stop is the Cantina “La Parranda”, a place full of life and joy. Here you will find a festive atmosphere with live music and a drinks menu that includes tequila, mezcal and a wide variety of local beers. If you are hungry, I recommend you try their exquisite “Poc Chuc”, a typical Yucatecan dish made with pork marinated in sour orange and spices. You will not regret it!
We continue our tour at the “El Cardenal” Cantina, known for its cozy atmosphere and its excellent selection of liquors. Here you can taste a wide variety of tequilas and mezcales, as well as enjoy the company of locals and tourists alike. I suggest you try their “Cucumber Cocktail”, a refreshing drink made with cucumber, lemon and chili, which will surprise you with its unique combination of flavors.
Our last destination is the Cantina “La Reina”, a place with a long tradition and a special charm. Here you can enjoy classic drinks such as the “Margarita” and the “Mojito”, as well as a selection of wines and craft beers. If you want to try something authentically Yucatecan, I recommend you order their delicious “Ceviche de Pulpo”, a combination of fresh octopus, lemon and spices that will transport you directly to the Yucatan beaches.
A tour of the cantinas in the center of Mérida is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in culture and tradition.