When I started doing research for my trip to Merida, Mexico, I stumbled upon several delicious-sounding dessert spots to hit up. I decided it would be a good idea to try and find some of the best restaurants in Merida Mexico for dessert, but little did I know the undertaking that would be. It turns out Merida is a city filled with delicious food and even better desserts. In my short one week visit, it would have been impossible for me to have narrowed down all the best desserts in town- but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try!
Merida is an amazing place to go for food and sweets. There are delicious places to try on every street. Here are some of the best restaurants in Merida Mexico, with great desserts!
Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon
This place will probably be one everyone’s “must do” list for Merida. Also known as “El Colon,” this place serves some of the best freshly made sorbet I have ever had. And there are so many flavors to choose from. You should definitely some of the more tropical flavors that you wouldn’t find in your ice cream shops at home. I tried their mango flavor and their mamey fruit flavor, and have craved the latter multiple times since being home!
There are two locations in the city. One is in the city center, just across the street from Plaza Grande. This location is small and often crowded with people. It also charges slightly more money for their sorbet. The other location is about a 15-20 minute walk north, off of Paseo de Montejo. This location is much bigger, with more tables and costs slightly less.
Cost: 40-45 Pesos for 1 dish of sorbet, depending on location
Pola Gelato Shop
I know gelato probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear “desserts in Mexico” but this place is something special. The small storefront is located just a few blocks north of Plaza Grande. Surprisingly, it’s most famous for its Pork and Beans flavor, which sells out quickly on Mondays (the only day they sell it.) If you’re not up for that kind of flavor adventure, don’t worry. They have lots of other great flavors and flavor combinations that are just as amazing. The flavors I tried were: Banana with Hibiscus Flower, Passionfruit, and Sour Orange with Cherry. I highly recommend them all.
Cost: 30 Pesos for one small scoop
Paleteria La Michoacana
Another sweet way to cool off in the Mexican heat is to try a paleta. These frozen fruit popsicles come in several different flavors and are a perfect treat for a hot afternoon. Paleteria La Michoacana is located less than one block south of Plaza Grande.
Cost: 15 pesos
Panaderia y Pasteleria La Vieja
If you’re looking to try some more traditional Mexican baked goods, look no further than Panaderia y Pasteleria La Vieja. Just a quick walk south from Plaza Grande, you can easily follow your nose to these sweet treats! This giant bakery is filled with rows and rows of different pastries and baked goods. Just grab a metal tray and some tongs from the front of the store and pick out what you’d like to try! Prices are not listed, so maybe don’t go too crazy.
Cost: Varies. I spent 18 Pesos on 3 pastries
Escargot French Bakery
It turns out you can find some pretty legit croissants in Merida! Escargot French Bakery has some other pastries, breads, and sweets for sale, but the croissants are definitely what you should get here. Get there early, and try the chocolate banana filled ones!
Cost: 40 Pesos for two croissants
Hotel Casa San Angel
Inside this gorgeous boutique hotel is one of the best restaurants in Merida Mexico, where you can get both food AND dessert! The restaurant is called Tala, and it is a very popular spot for breakfast or brunch. It’s also well known in the area for its bakery. Every day has a slightly different menu of freshly baked treats, so you just have to pop in and see what looks good!
Marquesitas are a local street snack that originated in Merida. They are essentially a warm, crispy crepe with melty shredded cheese and your choice of topping inside. Popular toppings include jam, Nutella, and cajeta, which is like a caramel sauce. I know it sounds really strange to pair cheese with these sweet toppings, but the mixture of sweet and salt is actually a pretty tasty combo! You can find Marquesita stands in many of the parks in Merida, as well as during the Thursday evening Serenata and during Merida on Sunday in the Plaza Grande. Here are some other great street foods you can find in Merida!
Cost: Varies depending on the stand. I paid 30 Pesos for my marquesita, but the Mexican guy after me only got charged 25…
You can’t visit the land of the Mayans without getting some kind of delicious Mayan chocolate! There are lots of places you can get chocolate, but my research has determined that Ki Xocolatl has some of the most authentic and delicious chocolates in Merida. They have all kinds of chocolate products, from bars of the edible stuff, to soaps and lotions. They also have a small cafe in the back if you wish to have a coffee or a snack.
Cost: Varies, but be prepared to pay more for good chocolate
Would you travel to Merida just for these delicious goodies? Tell me about them in the comments below!