A Saturday Morning in Merida

I uploaded pics to the Gringation Facebook page all weekend, so my followers are already aware that Jorge and I spent last weekend in the beautiful city of Merida, Yucatan! We went for a wedding, but we also made sure to be as touristy as possible.

Merida is a historic city only 4 hours from Cancun, so it’s easy to spend a weekend there. It’s also where we got married!

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting parts of our Merida weekend here on the blog. (There’s way to much for just 1 post!)


We got to Merida at 10 am on Saturday and immediately went to check in to our hotel, the Holiday Inn. Yes, I realize that the Holiday Inn is a boring choice when you’re in a historic city, but it was right next door to where our friends’ wedding would be that night. Plus it’s right on Paseo de Montejo! Convenient!

The Holiday Inn had hacienda-inspired architecture and lots of modern amenities, although we noticed that a few small details like the elevator, the hallway carpeting and our room’s closet and doors hadn’t been updated in a very long time. Still, it was very nice-looking overall and the bed was amazing. If the bed could fit in our small suitcase, I would have stolen it.

The courtyard view from our top floor balcony


Right after we left our suitcase in the room, we immediately set off in search of Santa Ana market, where we’d eaten once 3 years ago. I knew the general direction, but Jorge was miraculously able to find his way all the way back to the market after all that time! I guess it’s hard to forget such delicious food. Located right by the Santa Ana church, the market has numerous food stands to choose from, but all you have to do is sit down at a table and your waiter will bring whatever you want from the menu. We opted for tortas, tacos, fruit juice and a fruit cocktail, and of course a Coke.

I want to go back already!

Have you eaten at a Mexican market before?


Check out the other parts of our weekend in Merida:

A Walk through Merida Centro

Looking Up at Paseo de Montejo’s Mansions

Another Wedding in Merida

Sunday Morning Coffee on Paseo de Montejo


8 thoughts on “A Saturday Morning in Merida

  1. I went to that same market. I found the food to be very bland in that region. Everybody sold cochinita pibil everything(Tacos,Tortas,etc…)

    • I have to agree with you. I’m not a fan of Yucatecan food in general (way too much cochinita too early in the morning), but I loooove the tortas, queso de bola, panuchos and local seafood. Still, lots of my friends (and my husband) are obsessed with it and Yucatan does have some cool cuisine, even if it’s not my favorite.

  2. If that’s what a Holiday Inn looks likely Mexico, I’ll stay any day! We hope to make it to Merida eventually. I just love historical cities!

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