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From the same convent belonging to the Nuns of Saint Claire that was the home of Anastasia, one of the five heroines of Mérida who took part in the War of Independence, also come some of the sweets that are most representative of regional cuisine. These delicious products include small cakes, stuffed figs, glazed candies, and much more.This culinary tradition has been well preserved in many bakeries, among which La Nieve de los Andes is one of the best known. It specialises in hand-made stuffed figs, milk candies, and the famous "dulces abrillantados" (glazed candies).
The name of Cama y Mesa (Bed and Table) would seem to suggest accommodation with meal included, but this is not so. Rather, it is a prestigious store offering rustic-looking furniture, antiques and handicrafts.In addition to beds in several sizes, and dinner and coffee tables, you can also find other kinds of furniture such as shelves, hangers, benches and chairs, bottle racks, cabinets, and much more, made principally of wood, iron, leather and glass. There is also a collection of textile crafts, including covers, hammocks and table cloths.
When shopping in downtown Mérida, it may be advisable to go to the stores that are slightly off the beaten track. The Centro Comercial Las Pirámides is four blocks from Plaza Bolívar, which is enough distance for you to be able to shop in peace. It occupies a large colonial house that was tastefully refurbished. In addition to a spacious coffee shop at the entrance, you will find thirty-two stores distributed on two floors, with a diverse range of formal and sport clothing, footwear, bookstore, boutique, jewelery shop, mobile phones, and a computer/scanner/printing service.