Already heartbroken that Alberto’s Continental is closed and on the block, now I see a listing online that confirms the rumor: Flor de Santiago is for sale as well. I never actually went there: I couldn’t find anyone to actually recommend it. On our first trip, I saw it listed in my Frommer’s travel guide, but the guesthouse owners (who knew everything about Mérida) had never even heard of it. We walked by while actually looking for coffee, back in 2010, but the absence of customers appeared as a warning sign to us.
Open since the 1920s, it was billed as the oldest restaurant in Mérida, its distinctive facade facing Parque Santiago. Contradicting the faint praise from Frommer’s and other websites, Lonely Planet reported “Chiapas coffee is [Read more…]