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This 3-hour Mexico City food walking tour takes you to Centro Histórico’s local markets rich in culinary history and traditions. Sample unusual treats and pick up unique artisanal craft items as you explore San Juan Mercado de Especialidades and Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela. Your in-the-know guide introduces your small group, limited to just eight people, to some of the exceptional people who make this city center bustle with life.

Highlights

  • Food-and-market walking tour of Mexico City’s Centro Histórico
  • Visit San Juan Mercado de Especialidades and Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela
  • Awaken your palate with Mexican coffee, cheeses, seafood, edible flowers and other culinary offerings
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food and market favorites
  • Interact with vendors and learn the secrets behind their specialties
  • Food tastings included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A fun and unique way to engage with the culture and traditions of Mexico City. Great for food and culture lovers alike!

What You Can Expect

Mexico City Food and Local Markets Walking Tour

Admire the colorful handcrafts during your tour!

Kick off your morning tour with a cup of award-winning, organic coffee from Veracruz at Cafe Triana, located inside the lively San Juan Mercado de Especialidades (San Juan Market).

Your guide then leads you into the labyrinth of stalls that make up San Juan Market. The stalls you visit have been carefully chosen to give you with an array of Mexican cuisine, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2010. Chat with stall owners and listen to how they prepare their specialties from scratch.

The San Juan Market is known for its unusual foods. Sample grasshopper, Mexican crackling, river shrimp and the edible flower, and return to familiar ground with gourmet cheeses. You’ll see exotic delicacies piled on counters row after row — imported crocodile, wild boar, quail, and creatures of the sea, including freshwater gar, eel and stingray.

Next, walk over to Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela (Artisan Market), boasting the city’s largest selection of wares.

Discover exquisite handcrafted goods from all over Mexico, including lacquered trays from Olinalá, Talavera pottery, silverware, leather belts, tile-encased mirrors, guitars, rugs and papier-mâché skeletons. Meet artisans and traders from select booths, and hear about their backgrounds and artisanal craftsmanship.

Your all-in-one culinary and cultural tour complete, take the afternoon to further explore the food and market stalls recommended by your guide.

Customer Reviews

Sarah J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time with our tour guide Angelica Zamora. She was really good in explaining the different foods of Mexico and explaining the history and culture ! We Had a hard time finding the market , she was sweet enough to pick us up from the place we were ! Loved every bit of it and highly recommend

Paul J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I highly recommend this tour. Luiz, the guide is very good at explaining many things of historical significance about the market and its vendors.

Noriko G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

It was a fun learning tour on food there. Not only did the tour guide speaks English very well, but he was also friendly, kind, and knowledgeable of interesting food. I enjoyed it a lot.

Ludivina R

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Food tour was good and informative. Your instructions said to be there 15 minutes early, but our guide was 5 minutes late. Then why be early? Overall we had a good time and enjoyed it.

Kathleen P

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

The tour itself was excellent. I enjoyed talking to the people in the market and eating foods i had not eaten before. The market is beautiful and very clean and all of the vendors are friendly and happy to talk to you. My guide was friendly, fairly knowledgeable and did a good job. The price for the tour, however, is completely unjustified. 58 for 2 hours walking through the market compared with, for example 76 for 12 hour trip to Puebla just doesnt make sense. If you speak Spanish you could have the same experience four about 15 to 20 for the food.

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