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Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience
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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Peruse 2 of Mexico City's top street markets during this 5-hour cultural and l cooking class tour. Navigate the bustling markets packed with goods like exotic flowers, traditional piñatas, super hot tamales, taco lesson and taste, food history, and 'magic' love potions with your guide, who will give you the inside scoop on the best places to find whatever you're after. With tasty samples along the way, you'll finish your tour with panza llena, corazon contento: a fully tummy and a happy heart.
  • Explore 2 of Mexico City's local markets
  • Shop for items like fresh produce, local flowers, and local candies
  • Indulge in lots of tastings along the way
  • Learn about the history of Mexican cuisine, ingredients, local producers, and how Mexican families are involved.
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Bilingual local guide
Public transportation
Samples of local food as tamale, taco, huarache to share, and coffee or atole
Food and drinks, unless specified
República de Guatemala 4 , República de Guatemala 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral facade / entrance. República de Guatemala 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06020 Ciudad de México, CDMX

8:30 AM
Palacio de Bellas Artes , Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Palacio de Bellas Artes facade /entrance. Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Meet your guide at the Hostel Mundo Joven facade. Begin your insider tour of the city's best markets the way the locals do:

Your first stop is a market that even some locals don't know about. As you have a look around, learn about the context of this place in Mexican social and political history in the early 20th century. Hear about the market's connection to prominent Mexico City historical figures Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. 

Jump back on public transport and head to the 3 in 1 flower market. Continue a few blocks to a market that has 3 parts: flowers, fresh produce and prepared food. Ask one of the vendors in the largest flower market in the city to pick out some flowers that match your eye color. Stroll through the warren of stalls chock full of local products, atole, taco, huarache dish, tamales and pineapple tepache as you walk. 

Last stop is a local patio for some more food samples, also a cooking spicy hand-on class ensuring you won't end your 5-hour tour hungry.
Stop At:  
Enjoy the local atmosphere on 2 hidden Mexican markets. The Mural market and the Flower market. Visit the mural market in the very heart of Mexico City and learn about the social-political issues during the early 1940s. Try the best tamales in Mexico city and learn more about Mexican dishes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mercado de Jamaica
Catch the Mexican subway to get to the flower market. A 3 in 1 market, where we will try some tacos, tepache, buying some local ingredients, and smelling the colorful flower area while we walk to a family local business. Meet a local family that has been here almost 100 years keeping the family business and learn how to cook spicy Mexican sauce on a traditional way.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • We recommend dressing conservatively as we will be visiting non-touristy areas. Long trousers or jeans and a t-shirt is recommended. Leave your valuables, such as passports and credit cards, in the hotel and bring a small amount of spending cash. Only small cameras are allowed and during the rainy season (May to September) we recommend bringing a raincoat or umbrella
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • On this tour, you will learn about the socio-political history of Mexico, support independent market vendors, and experience real connections by meeting with a local family.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Latin America
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience.
What is the social distancing policy during Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience.

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  • "Lots of walking - wear comfy shoes - and bring water because it is hot and you may be eating some spicy foods :" See review
  • "You even go super local and take local transport to your stops!" See review
  • "The tour was a little more than we wanted to pay but man was it worth every minute!!" See review


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Must do for first timer - do it early in your trip
, May 2022
Alphonso's knowledge of history and how he wove it interestingly in our tour is amazing. He was always calm, smiling and made this tour amazing!
Highly Recommended Cultural Experience
, May 2022
Had an amazing experience with Nathan our guide. We met at the meeting point right on time and proceeded on an educational and tasty tour of the markets. He was very knowledgable about the history of everything we saw along the way and gave us a local's take on life in Mexico throughout the ages. The food was also incredible and not something we would have normally discovered on our own.
Fantastic Gastronomic Tour
, May 2022
Alfonso (Poncho) is a fantastic tour guide. He sincerely cares about the history of Mexico, specifically in relation to this food tour. Poncho walked us through the Mexican agricultural history as he guided us through the city and introduced us to various foods such as atole, lamb barbacoa, tepache, mamey sapote, and huaraches in local markets. We ate to our full and got to see so many unique markets influenced by social and political events. This tour included breakfast, lunch, and a snack that we made the sauce for at Ramoncita. We learned so much and wished we could have taken Poncho with us for the rest of our trip since he is so knowledgeable.
Be a local not a tourist!
, Apr 2022
I don’t know what you expect from a market visit & cooking class, but I can assure you it’s beyond your expectations. Our tour guide Garuda (Rene?) took us back in time to ancient Mexico City established B.C., changing landscape during Spanish rule, independence, then revolution, while walking on the (market) streets. Murals on the walls, colourfull vegetables & fruits, cooking green salsa, eating breakfast / taco / huarache…I was no longer a tourist but one of the locals. Highly recommended. Thank you Garuda (I hope spelling is correct)
Great way to experience local food tour
, Apr 2022
Poncho was so great touring us around, He knows the history and culture of Mexico. I recommend not have anything to eat before tour because it is breakfast lunch and snack for 5 hours. So much food and fruit to taste as well. We had a great Time.
100% Recomended, bring confortable shoes
, Apr 2022
Great information and knowledge, had some great food, our guide was amazing. The markets were very interesting, full of flavors and art in the walls
Great way to spend half your day in Mexico City
, Mar 2022
This was a great tour with Poncho. We were able to see markets and parts of Mexico City that are off the beaten path with a wonderful guide full of information about the city. It was the highlight of our trip!
Great walking food tour of the historic district in Mexico City
, Feb 2022
My husband and I signed up for this group tour. Lucky for us there were only 3 of us in the tour. Nathan was our tour guide. He was exceptional. He was awaiting us at the meeting place, introduced himself and reviewed what we were going to do and see. He took us to all of the places that were mentioned in the tour sign up. It was so much fun! The food was amazing and the knowledge he shared about Mexico was all great. I highly recommend you taking this tour.
Excellent guide & tour
, Dec 2021
The guide was fantastic, clearly loved what he was doing. Long tour but never felt bored. Tried lots of different foods that I hadn't ventured out to before. Highly reccomended.
Best experience we had in the city
, Dec 2021
Alfonso is very knowledgeable and speaks very good English. The tour not only gives us an unforgettable experience, it provides a deeper insight about Mexican history and culture thru touring around the city. Definitely recommend everyone to take this tour.
Highly recommend - Rodrigo is the best!
, Oct 2021
This tour was great, we highly recommend it! We learned a ton of history about CDMX and visited the grocery + flower markets, and then made our own salsa with lunch. Lots of delicious snacks along the way too. It was about 6 hours, so be sure to factor that in. Rodrigo was an amazing tour guide — very personable and super knowledgeable about all things CDMX! Ask for him if you can. Evelyn and her family at the final restaurant where you make salsa and eat lunch are also very kind.
Wonderful and unforgettable
, Sep 2021
Our guide Evelyn gave us an unforgettable tour. Helped us understand so much of Mexican culture and history. She has great passion on so many subjects and she is very very knowledgeable with Mexican history, politics, art and definitely cooking and local food. Her passion about the culture makes her very generous with every information she is giving in the tour. She took us to many little secret places with great pleasant surprises. We learned so much on this tour and definitely enjoy and appreciate Mexican food even more afterwards.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Market of Mexico
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide was Hash and I cannot say enough good things about him and the tour experience. He took us to three different markets and we saw various things that we never would have experienced had we not been with him on the tour! He delighted us in his choices for food samples along the way. He loved our questions and he was so genuine telling us of his background growing up and living in Mexico. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Mexico City.
1 traveler found this review helpful
a tour you canoy miss
Rolando V
, Dec 2019
What we loved about this tour was the rich knowledge of our guide and his flexibility related to what the clients interest were. We especially liked the tour to the flower market and the butcher sections. It was very interesting trying chapulines (grasshopers) in the market.
Must see
Smadar Q
, Dec 2019
It was our best tour in Mexico city( out of 7 tours) First of all our guide wlices was great He really one of a kind. The market and the stories behind together with tasting local food made a great experience. I warmly recommend to take this tour with Wlices👌
1 traveler found this review helpful
Mexico City street market tour
, Dec 2019
Ulysses was our guide, and we had a wonderful time and learned so many fabulously interesting things! Thank you!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great market tour!
, Nov 2019
Cesar was a great guide. We went to 3 different markets outside of town. Cesar was nice, friendly and informative. We tried a number of tasty food along the way. I would highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Top 5 food tour!
, Nov 2019
Out of 35 countries of travel, this would be a top 5 food tour! Great job Eva! It was fun taking the bus and metro and seeing other parts of Mexico City.
Great way to see Mexico City
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Alfonso, was amazing. He gave us a lot of information about Mexico City's markets and food.Highly recommend!
Great way to feel safe and tour the traditional markets in mexico city
Josephine P
, Nov 2019
Guide was great with timing, food options and interesting history discussed. Guide supported us in using local transportation and was able to answer any hard hitting questions. Thank you!

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