Hard to miss due to its striking outside mural of a Mexican catrina done by graffiti artist Datoer, Bistro Cultural is a charming oasis café which sits almost unknowingly on Calle 66, a short walk from the centre of Mérida. Owned by French chef, Yohann, Bistro Cultural offers fresh pastries for breakfast, homemade jams and spreads for sale, delicious meat and vegetarian lunch dishes and delicious desserts.
There are a number of things that I love about Bistro Cultural. For example, I am a huge fan of the Jamaica drink (having once been advised by a doctor that it’s good for any stomach related troubles) and at BC, they serve Jamaica in a giant goblet that would make Harry Potter proud. You can add the sugar to your own satisfaction.
The atmosphere is very relaxing and one can choose from an indoor table in a delightfully decorated dining room or comfy outside seating surrounded by plants and flowers. There are also hammocks and deckchairs for when you’ve eaten too much and need to lie down. The outside walls are adorned with local art. I once visited while some students were creating a mural on the wall which was very enjoyable to watch.
One of my favourite things about this enchanting restaurant is the plate of desserts. I am definitely a sucker for a desserts (always on the hunt for chocolate cake) and I love a selling technique that involves bringing a plate of the desserts on offer to the table. This beats getting up to go and have a look. Options included chocolate fudge cake, crème brulee, apple pie and custard tart with either a topping of kiwis or strawberries.
In addition to the food served in the restaurant, Bistro Cultural makes jams, marmalades and other condiments. I recently had a breakfast made up entirely of Bistro Cultural goods. I bought some pastries and some mango jam and some green juice from their BC’s marketplace and juice bar across the road and enjoyed Bistro Cultural’s delicacies in the comfort of my own home.
Need to know info:
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30-17.30, Sunday 8.30-16.30
Address: Calle 66 x 43 (la esquina)
Contact: +52 999 923 2013
Spreads available to buy
Article and Photos by Harriet Sleath