Mexico City

Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Contemporary Mexican Dishes Inspired by Family Recipes

Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore Mexico City’s oldest gourmet food market, Mercado San Juan, with Ismael, a professional chef, wine expert, and passionate home cook. Visit Ismael’s favorite stalls and purchase ingredients for your upcoming meal. After a quick subway ride to Ismael’s home, sip wine while learning to prepare two or three traditional Mexican dishes in his family kitchen. Enjoy the fruit of your labor with a delicious, multi-course lunch or dinner.
  • Visit the historic Mercado San Juan gourmet market with a professional chef
  • Enjoy a quintessential Mexico City experience with a knowledgeable local
  • Learn to cook two or three authentic Mexican recipes while savoring wine
  • Eat a homemade meal of traditional dishes and take home new cooking skills

Sample Menu


homemade guacamole


special sangrita


(A more complex dish. Ismael will give options.)

What's Included

  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Ismael
  • Home-cooked lunch or dinner
  • Wine or beer
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mercado de San Juan
    2ᵃ Calle de Ernesto Pugibet 21, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06070 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

    Meet your host Ismael at Mercado San Juan in Mexico City. Please contact Ismael directly for exact rendezvous instructions after your booking has been confirmed.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Menu varies based on season
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note that this is not a professional cooking class, rather than an experience to visit an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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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Wonderful experience.
Heather_L, Mar 2022
Ismael is incredibly personable and knowledgeable. The three of us had a wonderful day visiting the market, learning about food and cooking in Ismael’s home. The dishes we helped prepare were delicious. We try to take a cooking class when we travel internationally. This experience did not disappoint.
Trevor_W, Jun 2021
This was a wonderful experience for us! Ismael is a knowledgeable and fun guide to the city and its food. Some highlights for us included tasting fruits we had never seen before at the market, understanding the progression of making a delicious soup, and learning more about the history of the city. As first-time visitors to Mexico City, we found this to be a great way to begin our stay. Thanks, Ismael!