• Sharon

Coffee Break in Central Merida

Updated: Jan 22

Whether it's a jolting black shot of espresso or a creamy smooth cup of cappuccino, there's no better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee. Add a piece (or two) of pan dulce to it and you truly have a breakfast of champions. Here are five of our favorites from the Centro Historico.

MARMALADE Calle 47, #478 between 54 and 56 (Paseo Montejo Area)

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30AM-4:30PM; Sunday 9:00AM-1:30PM

With their eye-catching colors and pleasing textures, the plates at Marmalade look like miniature works of art......and tasty ones at that! Their dining room has three small tables and a sit-down bar, along with a walk-up window for takeaway ordering.

In addition to their selections of coffee, Marmalade also offers a nice variety of flavored waters, juices, and homemade lemonades. For small bites, you can choose from an array of baked goods, such as croissants, cakes, and cookies, but we encourage you to try something more substantial. (After all, calories don't count when you're on vacation.)

Our personal favorites are their mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwiches: brie with blueberry jam, cheddar with bacon marmalade, and brie with crisp apple slices. Anyway you choose, you can't go wrong.

MANIFESTO Calle 59, #538 between 64 and 66 (Santiago Area)

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00AM-8:00PM; Closed Sunday

Manifesto is owned by Italians and Italians are serious about their coffee. They bring in beans from throughout southern Mexico and then roast them to perfection on the second floor of their small cafe. The result is a coffee-lovers paradise.

Their menu has a nice selection of cold brews in addition to the traditional hot coffees. For us, this is a welcome reprieve on Merida's warmer days (which let's face it, is pretty much every day). And, to satisfy any hunger pains you might have, they offer French croissants, Mexican pan dulce, and even Austrian strudel.

At Manifesto, you can also buy bags of beans to take home to brew for yourself, or to give as gifts. You can pick your acidity and roasting levels, as well as your favorite flavor factors, such as chocolate, fruity, or spicy.

VOLTA CAFE Calle 62, #450 at the corner of Calle 53 (Santa Lucia Area)

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00AM-10:00PM; Closed Monday

It's easy to miss this pretty little cafe that's nestled within the Plaza Carmesi along with Between the Lines bookstore, Miel Nativa honey shop, and Uumbah arts and crafts store. Once inside, you will see that Voltacafe has seating for small or large groups, as well as a very nice outdoor patio complete with a palm tree.

Along with their large selection of coffees, they also offer full breakfasts that will keep you energized well into the afternoon. For something sweet, consider the waffles topped with ice cream or the French toast smothered in apple syrup. If you're in the mood for a Mexican morning fiesta, you can choose from molletes, burritos, or chilaquiles.

Since Voltacafe has a full bar, you can even spice up your coffee fix by getting a carajillo (with Liquor 43) or an espresso martini (with vodka and Kaluha). They also offer a variety of sparkling wine concoctions, including mimosas (with orange juice), beemosas (with passion fruit and honey), and rumorosas (grapefruit juice and tequila).

PAN & KOF.FEE Calle 43, #485, between 58 and 60 (Santa Ana Area)

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-1:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM-2:00PM

Arguably the prettiest coffee shop in all of Merida, Pan & Kof.fee has a sleek, modern vibe. This converted colonial house has it all - - - high ceilings, pasta tiles, and an outdoor courtyard.

The coffee is here great, but the emphasis is definitely on the "pan" (bread). Their in-house kitchen is located upstairs and you can watch them as they carefully knead and bake each croissant, cinnamon roll, and scone, not to mention the whole loaves of sourdough, rye, and multi-seed breads.

In addition to their breakfast breads, Pan & Kof.fee also has some great sandwiches, including vegetarian options like the avocado and goat cheese or the ratatouille and mozzarella. Mmmmm, we are getting hungry just thinking about it!

LATTE QUATTRO SETTE Calle 47 #465 between 54 and 56 (Paseo Montejo Area)

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM; Saturday 8:00AM-12:00PM; Closed Sunday

Latte Quattro Sette says, "Illy coffee is the best in the world. If you’d like a decaf, drink water." We agree! They take their Italian dedication to the extreme, serving their espressos in little porcelain cups accompanied by tiny cookies.

If a cookie isn't enough to cure any extra hunger pangs you might have, they also have muffins, pastries, and Italian paninis. And, on the plus side, if you need a cute blouse or hat to add to your wardrobe, they have a little boutique in one corner of the shop.

Overall, Latte Quattro Sette looks a bit like a candy store. It's bright and light, with pink and white tile floors and whimsical furnishings. We think that translates into a great place to start a happy day.

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