Opened in 1999, La Abadía, or The Abbey, is a local institution that never fails to draw the crowds. The place is set within a rustic, converted colonial mansion, and is famous for its religious art and furnishings, with a menu which reflects an element of the sacred. One dish not to miss is the Virgen Maria, a piece of succulent fresh trout in garlic sauce, and if looking for something sweet to follow, try the Temptation Abad brownie served with rich and thick ice cream. Be sure to visit the basement catacomb, and have a look around the enthralling scenery which includes various monastic angels and saints.
Address and Telephone: La Abadía, 17 y 18 Avenida 3 Independencía +58 274 251 0933
This treasure trove of ice cream is unmissable when in Mérida, a spot boasting a flavor selection so large that it was included in the Guinness World Records in 1991 and 1996 for the 900 options it offers! Fancy something a little different? Try the polar beer, salmon or black bean varieties, ice cream flavors you are guaranteed not to find anywhere else.
Address and Telephone: Heladería Coromoto, Avenida 3 Independencía, Mérida, Venezuela
Operating since August 1987, Mercado Principal is one of the most popular local markets in town, which also serves as a tasty food spot dishing up delicious South American fare. The first floor here houses colorful fruit and vegetable stalls, and the second floor forms a local restaurants where guests can sit down to a dish of locally caught, grilled fish, roast beef or fried plantain. Every food option on offer here is seasonal, and there is an energetic buzz about the place too, giving diners a true taste of lively Venezuelan life as they tuck into a plate of food.
Address and Telephone: Mercado Principal, Avenida Las Américas, Mérida, Venezuela