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Mexico City: Half-Day Market Secrets & Cooking Class Tour

4.9 / 5

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Mexico City: Half-Day Market Secrets & Cooking Class Tour

From US$ 42 per person

Uno dos tres cuatro cinco! Join this Mexico City tour to see 2 of Mexico's best street markets. Shop for groceries, ride public transit and savor street foods like tacos and tamales, before finishing with an cooking class with a local family.

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  • Get a glimpse into Mexico City’s local way of life
  • Visit with a local family
  • Shop for everything from local produce to love potions at two different street markets off the tourist trail
  • Savor several tasty Mexican culinary samplings
  • Hop on the Mexico City Metro and travel just like locals do
Full description
It’s time for a food adventure. Mexico City’s markets are some of the most vibrant places in the city, and this tour opens them up to you, just as locals experience them. Your first stop on your Mexico City tour is a relatively unknown market that boasts a large art collection depicting the political movement from the first half of the 1900s. Your guide will explain the importance of the murals and bridge the gap between the political movement of that period with what is going on in today’s Mexico. After this, travel the city just like the locals do, by riding the public metro. This market boasts an unmatched selection of flowers – you’ll be mesmerized by the variety and by the vendors, who will be all too happy to help you match the perfect bouquet to your eye color. You’ll also find fruits, herbs, meat, fish, pinatas and more, all for sale among the various stalls. You might even find a love potion available amid all the goods. Along the way, you’ll also get to sample some classic Mexican street foods, such as tacos and tamales, along with a coffee or atole – a traditional warm drink made from masa. After buying some fresh vegetables (and learning about local farming practices), head over to a local family business, where you’ll learn how to prepare your own salsa. Together, you’ll wash, cut and grill the ingredients, then smash them in the traditional way, using a molcajete (mortar and pestle). Taste your homemade salsa with a classic huarache.
  • English- and Spanish-speaking local guide
  • Public transportation costs
  • Samples of local food
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Extra food beyond included samples
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You are advised to dress conservatively as you will be exploring a non-touristy areas. Long pants or jeans and a T-shirt are recommended.
  • Leave your valuables, such as passports and credit cards in your hotel, and bring a small amount of cash. Only small cameras are allowed.
  • During the rainy season (May to September), you are advised to bring a raincoat or umbrella
  • Please notify the local partner in advance of any dietary requirements. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 63 reviews

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Eduardo was an amazing guide! He let us know each step of the way what to expect and where we were going. He had a wealth of knowledge of each location and was able to answer our questions. The food was delicious! We enjoy trying new food and we definitely had the opportunity to do that. We were stuffed at the end! It was wonderful being able to get away from the tourist locations. We enjoyed using local transportation (bus and subway) and felt very safe everywhere we went. We highly recommend this tour.

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January 3, 2020

This tour was fantastic for those who are adventurous and curious about an authentic cultural experience. If you want to get a local insiders look at the local markets and street food, I highly recommend this. It is well worth the cost of the tour. Our guide, Ernie was great. He gave us so much more than markets and street food. We learned about little the muralist movement and witnessed spectacular murals located within the markets that are rarely scene by tourists. There were many other tidbits of pre-Columbia’s history, politics, colonialism, and Mexican subcultures. The average age or people on the tour was 35. I was the oldest in my early 60s.

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November 2, 2019

We got to zip around town not worrying about how to get anywhere. Our tour guide was such a local so the whole day was super fun. We got samples at the market, amazing tacos and tamales. My only suggestion would be to give the guests a little more time to shop.

October 3, 2019

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