Bonjour, oops, Bienvenidos, oops Welcome to Pistache, where France meets Mexico on Paseo de Montejo., ironically Merida’s grand avenue that mimics the Champs-Élysées of Paris. Savor French pastries, lemon tarts, great coffee, and free wifi as you feel French-ish in the center of Merida. Am I wrong to want a bit of France in Mexico? Heck no, it reflects the international influences found throughout the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya.
Pistache is where I get an incredible French fix when in Merida. This French bakery is as authentic as you can get. Think Chez Celine in Playa del Carmen with their incredible croissants and pastries. Or Carpe Diem in Puerto Morelos that has successfully married the French bakery and Italian deli concept. Pistache is similar but different, and always a welcomed treat no matter what time of the day.
Eat in or take out but make sure to try some of the locals favorites. Flaky croissants, baguettes, and éclairs are sold alongside Yucatecan sweet treats and deli items making this a unique place to shop. My go-to dessert is the lemon tart “tarte au citron,” an authentic French dessert that brings me back to the streets of Paris. In the mornings, I am known to run and grab croissants, coffee, baguettes and some cheese that seems to start the day off in this great walking city. Pistache is a reminder that I can savor international and local flavors in the city.
The owners are French, and they take French baking seriously. Their “pâte sablée” (sweet shortcrust pastry) is authentic, and we recommend any dessert that has it. Located just a short walk from the main plaza, this Parisian break sets off your tour of Paseo de Montejo perfectly. If you want, you can stroll down after the theatre or the weekend festivals. Every Friday night at the bottom of Paseo Montejo you can listen to music, stroll the food and craft stalls, and see Yucatecan dancers. Pistache is open till 10 p.m so the perfect place for a late night snack.
Location: Paseo de Montejo 470, between 37 and 39 right by Casa de los Geminis
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Specialties: French Bakery with authentic pastries, breads, and croissants