If You Visit Merida, Make Sure to Eat at La Chaya Maya

Merida is full of great restaurants but one worth noting is La Chaya Maya. Here, diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an environment fit for all sorts of travelers. 

The menu is chock full of popular Mayan dishes, so there is certainly a meal here for everyone. 

This restaurant is known for its tasty homemade tortillas, papadzules, tamal colado, and chaya juice. 

One of the most notable dishes to try is the Yucatan classic––creme de Chaya Soup. If you're in the mood for something a bit heartier, then the empanadas, chicken, and panuchos are also great options to go with.

Image: Panuchos from La Chaya Maya | Photo: Luisa Navarro​​
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A drink that is touted by many is the classic chaya drink. Chaya is a unique plant native to the Yucatan and is revered by natives as an essential plant for health and wellness.
Chaya drink | Photo by: Luisa Navarro​​
The spinach-like leaves are used in a variety of dishes and soups but are most popular in the region’s chaya drink. The chaya drink is certainly one worth sipping on if you're looking for a refreshing yet energizing beverage.
While the restaurant is generally busy and is a hub for tourists and locals alike, there's always room to pop in without a reservation. Diners will have the option of enjoying their meal in the main hall, but there's also a lovely courtyard as well.

No matter where you sit, you're sure to have a satisfying meal that is chock full of traditional Mayan flavors. This is definitely a place to check out if you are ever in the area. 

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Nadia El-Yaouti

Nadia El-Yaouti is a writer and photographer based out of Central Virginia. As a travel writer, she enjoys connecting readers with stories and sharing photographs that depict the beauty of different cultures. Some of her most prized work introduces readers to underrated destinations like Mexico, Kurdistan, and North Africa. When she’s not juggling work, she can be found traveling the globe with her wonderful husband and three darling children.

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