Breakfast for me begins with one or more dogs convincing me it´s time to get out of bed and feed them breakfast.  So I turn on the espresso machine and do my duty.  Then I wait for Manuel to show up and make my breakfast.  However,  on vacation I love nothing more than the first meal of the day and I often go back to the same spot every day once I have found it.   That spot for you is most likely going to be…

El Barrio


El Barrio serves breakfast until 1pm which means you can have it for lunch too.  There are about 8 magical egg dishes that taste like everything we love about Mexico.  My favorite is a couple of over easy eggs on a bed of hash browns with poblanos and cream on top.  There is another smothered in mole sauce.  This little cafe is right behind the twin houses on Paseo Montejo and it is open on Sunday too!  I would go here for the first breakfast you have in town and if you like it come back and try everything on the menu. In the afternoon they serve home baked cakes and pies and pastries.  Oh my!

LaGala 56:426 just opened Fall 2018 and they have a open airy kitchen with a menu designed by the chef from the Carlotta Hotel in Mexico City.  This is the best place in Merida for a light well designed restaurant will a thoughtful fresh menu.

LaGala Eggs

This winter one of Merida Norte´s beloved restaurants will open on calle 60 in the a new Plaza near the hotel zone.  I often find myself going there for Sunday brunch and I will be very pleased when they open their new place near centro.

Eggs and Hashbrowns at Merci

There are a couple of hotels I recommend for breakfast.  I think breakfast at Rosas y Xocolate hotel is very good.  I like to sit on the inner courtyard terrace and patiently wait for them to screw up my order.  If I have the coffee and the juice I generally don´t care how slow they are.  Eventually I get what I like and I´m happy to have spent a pleasant morning sending eggs back to the kitchen to be property cooked.  Still I would recommend you try the experience for yourself.  Also on the Paseo de Montejo you´ll find a little hotel where the Iranian owner had a famous bakery in Mexico City before opening Casa San Angel. Here you can have a good Mexican breakfast like huevos divoricados or rancheros.  You can also have a normal hotel breakfast American or continental style. It´s a good place to try chiliquiles as well.   They have a nice gift shop as well with crafts from most of the states in Mexico.

For those of you who are  wild about breakfast I´d say try one of the new cafes around town like Manifesto or Escargot Rustico in Santiago.  Caffe Latte Quatro Sette in Santa Ana or Escargot near the new Palcio de Musica on calle 58.  They all have good pastry and good to great coffee.  Latte also has great avocado toast.  and they are all Instagramable.

Platos Rotos is the place to have a variety of dishes you will  find around Mexico City.  It´s in the slow food market on Saturdays or any other day of the week.  All of the markets will have a stall where you can sit and have good eggs and tortillas but none of them will have a good cup of coffee or tea.  But most would have a good fresh juice.  Try El Virgen Morena in Santigao market.


If you want a hearty breakfast like the farmers eat up in Saskatchewan then you should head over to the very attractive new cafe called Local 59. Every dish I have tried there is a bit too heavy for me.  I am a spoiled brat where eggs are concerned and almost never have them in restaurants.  They also have a bakery with lots of cakes, cookies and muffins.  It is most likely the best place to have breakfast in the Santiago neighborhood but I will continue to have my breakfasts at home and I don´t want breakfast for lunch.