Simple, traditional and invariably delicious, the food in Valladolid centers around Yucatec classics served throughout the city’s restaurants.
Next to concrete Cancún, this part of the Yucatán peninsula’s steamy center oozes historic charm. Streets of Spanish colonial houses painted in blues and pinks run to palm-filled plazas, watched over by bell towers. Most visitors pop by on their way to or from neighboring Chichén Itzá, but it’s more than worth overnighting in a period hotel or hacienda, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the wealth of simple, traditional Mayan restaurants.
This Valladolid favorite sits right across from the beautiful, semi-ruined Spanish convent of Saint Bernard of Siena, with tables set under the cloisters alongside a tranquil, leafy garden. The Yucatec food is as good as the atmosphere – with dishes such as panuchos de cochinita pibil (refried tortillas stuffed with shredded pork, beans and chili) and red chilaquiles (refried tortillas with egg in an annatto sauce) – while there are plenty of vegetarian options and international standards including burgers and lasagne.
Full up? Explore Valladolid from a beautiful hotel with your loved one, bookable through Culture Trip. Branch out further into the peninsula of Yucatán by exploring other spectacular destinations such as the white beaches of Tulum, and sample delicious food while you’re there, with a punchy margarita in hand.