Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Going Local

Local Markets have a limited variety of vegetables and fruits grown in the yucatan mostly around Oxkutzcab in the Ruta Puuc. The meat section is a gruesome reminder of where that ribeye comes from. It is well worth spending some time at the Central Market in Merida or one of these smaller markets in each neighborhood for there are many priceless photo ops, some local crafts and for the adventurous eaters there are food stalls and hawkers.  The Mercado Lucas de Galvez covers two city blocks from Calle 54 c 65 and 67 is the old market and the new cement palace is next door.  Don't miss the Museo de la Ciudad the Museum of the History of Merida on the ground floor with contemporary exhibits on the top two floors.  The building was the old post office constructed in 1908.   Santa Ana market on 47 x 58 & 60 is a lively place in the mornings and the Santiago Market 57 x 70 & 72 has some of the best tortillas in town and a good fresh juice bar.  At night the Reina de Itzlana is a very good place to have sopa de lima and panuchos.  The slow food market on Saturday is the best place to buy fresh made breads, jams and condiments.  Prepared foods mostly from Expats like the Italian cheesemaker or the French sausage maker or the Korean Kimchee maker.  Here you'll find the best organic salad greens and heirloom tomatoes if you come early.  Avenida Colon x Avenida Reforma.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Supermarkets in Merida



This Mega is the best place to shop in Merida if you don't want to make more than one stop. You can buy good meat, fish, vegtables and fruits and they have a good selection of wine and liquor. There is a pharmacy. There is not great cheese here however and that can be found at the costco nearby if you have a card or 5 minutes away at Superama.


Mega Comericial Mexicana
Merida Los Balcones
Avenida Circuito Colonias & calle 60
Col. Las Aguilas Chuburna

It is just down the street from

Costco
Calle 60 No. 220,
Col. Fraccionamiento Del Norte,

&

Sam's Club
Prol. Paseo Montejo 312,
Fracc Gonzalo Guerrero

Superama
Calle 30 ( Prolongation Montejo) No. 500 Colonia México
CP. 97125. Mérida, Yucatán


Supermarkets nearest Hacienda Sac Chich

Bodega Aurrera
Calle 65 102
Col: Misne II
Merida

Hours 8am-10pm

Tel: (01-99) 91.66.07.84

Chedraui
Calle 57-A #746-A
Col. Pacantun
Mérida

Organic Markets

Slow Food Market Avenida Reforma x Avenida Colon.

On Saturdays there is a growing slow food market in Merida located at the back of the shopping centre on the corner of Calle 72 (Reforma) and Avenida Colon.  from 9 am to 12pm. There are always great bakery products there with fresh yogurt from Moniques Bakery which has relocated to the north side of town.  Depending on the season there are fresh veggies and fruit. Usually nice organic tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and salads are available from different venders.  You can buy home made jams, pates and cheeses from locals and expats from the US of course but also France, Italy, Korea, Czechoslovakia, Argentina, Peru etc. Also Cafe Organico, a new Korean restaurant and deli and one of my favourite restaurants, Los Platos Rotos,  are open most days of the week.

The supermarkets with the most organic products are the Superama on Prolongation de Montejo and the Costco on Calle 60 Norte.

There is a good little shop for healthy products and limited fresh veggies and fruit called Ya'Axtal Eco-Tienda also on Prolongation de Montejo x calle 23 & 25

Markets near Candelaria & Santiago

There is a public market in the mornings at Santiago Square which has good fruits and veggies. There is a fresh dairy stand on the corner of calles 57 x 70. There is a beer store next to the Cinema Rex on 57. There is a little supermarket Aki on calle 72 between 57 & 59 for basics. There is a new Aki supermarket that is larger than the one on Santiago Park at calle 59 x 80. If you have a car it would be better to go to Mega Balcones on Avenida Itzaes.

Markets near Ermita or San Sebastian

If you are staying in Ermita or San Sebastian there are several options. There are two tortilla mills on the north east corner of the park and one of them sells some vegetables. Here there is also a bakery where you can buy pan frances if you are early enough. If not there are other bakeries down the calle 77 at the market of San Sebastian on the corner of 70. If you drive further down calle 77 to Avenida Itzaes you'll find two supermarkets.

Chedraui is just a block to the right. Bodega Aurrera is to the left (south) near calle 81-A. But if you have a car it's much better to do your shopping at Mega Balcones which is further north on Avenida Itzaes.

BODEGA AURRERA ITZAES
This store is part of the Walmart chain and is on Avenida Itzaes between calle 90 y 92
CALLE 86-A NO. 644 E ENTRE CALLE 90 Y 92, COL. LOS REYES
MERIDA, YUC

CHEDRAUI - MERIDA II
AV. ITZAES CALLE 86-B # 544, ENTRE X82 Y 86-B, COL. CENTRO
MERIDA, YUC

MEGA COMERCIAL MEXICANA - MERIDA LOS BALCONES
AV. CIRCUITO COLONIAS Y CALLE 60COL. LAS AGUILAS CHUBURNA
MERIDA, YUC

Markets near Santa Ana

If you are staying at one of our houses near Santa Ana there is a public market in the plaza on calle 47 x 60 & 58. You can try different taco and sandwich stands in outside the market and inside during the mornings you can buy fruit and vegetables. There is also a taxi stand on the corner of 47 & 60. The closest supermarket is Walmart on Paseo Montejo & Avenida Colon about 10 blocks North of Santa Ana. But I would recommend going to Mega Balcones which is part of the Commercial Mexicana chain and is on Av. Circuito Colonias near Calle 60.