Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class

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4.5 Based on 11 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Food tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 5 hours
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 6+ yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ends Mexico City, Mexico
  • Shop for everything from local produce to love potions at two different street markets that are far off the tourist trail
  • Learn about the country’s political history and how it has shaped modernday Mexico
  • Savour iconic Mexican street foods like tacos, tamales and huaraches, and make your own salsa from scratch
  • Visit with a local family and learn about their daily life in Mexico City
The Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class tour starts and ends in Mexico City. The Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class is a food tour that takes 5 hours.

Get a glimpse of local daily life as you walk the streets of Mexico City with your friendly, local guide. Shop for groceries in two off-the-beaten-path street markets, ride public transit and savour traditional street foods like tacos and tamales. Along the way, learn about the history, culture and politics of this great city before finishing with an interactive cooking class with a local family. 
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
  • Ms. Anna V.
  • On Aug 01 2016
5 - Excellent
“Evelyn was fantastic - very knowledgable about the markets, but also very friendly to chat with while we were walking between places. She was also helpful in finding food samples that I could eat due to dietary preferences. It was a great way to spend my first morning in Mexico City. Thank you so much Evelyn, and thank you Urban Adventures for running the tour on a different day.”
  • Ms. Christie K.
  • On Jun 07 2016
4.5 - Excellent
Very Good
“Eva was a lovely guide, who really seemed to love showing off her wonderful home town, Mexico City. If only I could have managed to eat MORE!”
  • Ms. Nadine F.
  • On May 03 2016
5 - Excellent
“Our guide Eva's love for Mexico City was obvious and infectuous, I really enjoyed the Market tour.”
  • Mrs. Eunice C.
  • On Mar 26 2016
5 - Excellent
“Itzal was wonderful, spoke good English, and really gave a flavor of Mexico City with her knowledge.”

For Mexico City residents, markets offer a one-stop shop for groceries, flowers, household items, prepared foods and even clothing. Being such an important part of daily life, some markets have also become a showcase of politics and culture.

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.

To reach our second market you’ll travel the city just like the locals do, by riding the public metro. This market boasts an unmatched selection of flowers – you’ll be mesmerised by the variety and by the vendors, who will be all too happy to help you match the perfect bouquet to your eye colour. You’ll also find fruits, herbs, meat, fish, pinatas and more, all for sale among the various stalls – no matter what you’re shopping for, you’re in the right place. And that could even include romance! If you’re looking for love, 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.


  • Public transportation
  • Bilingual local guide
  • Samples of local food.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • souvenirs
  • additional food beyond included samples
  • tips / gratuities for the guide.
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Cancellation for this Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date -full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 24 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 24 September 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Mexico City Market Secrets & Cooking Class tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

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

Meeting end point :

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

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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