Mexico City

Mexico City Market and Salsa Making Secrets with Local Family

Ciudad de México, Mexico

From $50.63

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • Join Bilingual local guide and experience real connections by meeting with a local family.
  • Experience Mexico City like a local by navigating public transit (public transportation included)
  • Discover two different street markets that are far off the tourist trail
  • Savour iconic street foods like tacos, tamales and huaraches
  • Visit a local family business and learn about their daily life in Mexico City
  • Take an interactive salsa making lesson and taste your homemade salsa
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • República de Guatemala 4
    República de Guatemala 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06020 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

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • 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

What To Expect

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.


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Mercado de Jamaica

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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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Traveler Tips

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


247 reviews
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Friendly and Informative
Joakim_B, Apr 2023
I had a good experiance, i was about 7min late and the host was still waiting for me, so that was a pleasant surprice. The tour have a lot more infiormation about the city, history and art, then i thought when reading about the tour. You do get to do everything that is stated on the tour if you want to. The host was very friendly and was intresting to talk to. He also seemed keened on that you should have a good time. It's for sure a nice experiance to do if you are in Mexico City. If i would have any kind of constructive criticism it's that everything felt so well planed and flowing on in a steady pase, that it felt i didn't really have time to stop and look at the shops in the markets to maybe buysome stuff. But still five out of five stars. Kind regards all the way from Sweden
Solo woman traveler.
Charlene_I, Mar 2023
I had a great time and learned a lot about Mexico City and the markets and subway system from my beautiful guide. My only suggestion would be that we only made one salsa. I was expecting to make a few different ones that I would not have experienced before. I am from Tucson so my expections might have been a bit different from most tourist.
You won’t regret this tour!!
Paola_H, Mar 2023
As a solo traveler I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone thinking of visiting CDMX! It was my first tour of my trip and really set the tone for the coming weeks! Esteban is super knowledgeable and very well versed on all of the murals and market activity! Fernando and his family were so welcoming and kind when teaching us how to make authentic salsa! 10/10!
A wonderful food and history tour.
Edward_D, Feb 2023
I had an amazing time on this tour. I was lucky as it was only me and the guide on tour. A really interesting and deep history of Mexican culture and food. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone interested in this topic. Many thanks for a truly wonderful 5 hours.
Don't hesitate, just book it already:)
Andrea_G, Jan 2023
I did this tour on my first day in Mexico city, and I am so glad that I did! I had an amazing time. I learned so much about the past and present of Mexico, and went to places I definitely wouldn't have found on my own. Esteban was an amazing guide! I really enjoyed it, thank you so very much!!! :)
Do not take this class
Sona_K, Jan 2023
this is not a cooking class we do not visit the local family or make salsa from scratch its just walking around history class i do not recommend this at all
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Sona - we're so sorry if your Urban Adventure did not go to plan and for your understandable disappointment. We've begun an investigation into your tour to better understand what happened. Our Customer Care team will be in touch with you directly today.
Gem of a tour!
Susan_C, Dec 2022
Alfonso “Poncho” was a fantastic guide explaining everything we saw and was so helpful shepherding our group. Loved the food. It was very educational and would highly recommend. Loved the Mercado Jamaica flowers and making the hursche. It was a little bit of everything with a knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend.
A great time!
srybas, Dec 2022
We had an amazing time, and we would highly recommend this tour to anybody interested in a truly authentic cultural experience in Mexico City. Great guide! Great food! The whole tour takes about 5 hours overall, which is just the right amount of time. We (a family of two adults and two kids, one preteen and one teen) couldn’t be more pleased.
Excellently guide
Ada_C, Dec 2022
Caesar is wonderful. He gives excellent historical backgrounds and goes above and beyond to ensure our tour is great
Amy_C, Nov 2022
Really cool way to tour the city and understand some local food. Cesar was also so friendly and knowledgeable!
Mexico City Market Secrets is really secrets
Yuka_T, Nov 2022
Caesar is very knowledgeable and explained Mexico's history, art, and food culture very well. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone visit to Mexico City.
A day of walkabout Mexican dining!
Yvonne_G, Oct 2022
Sampling new dishes in really authentic surroundings. It was a lot of fun and our guide brought it all alive
Tasty, informative, individually tailored, super friendly vendors and tour guide.
Noah_A, Oct 2022
Learning the history of all the sights was awesome. Such an in depth and enriching conversation about Mexican history and the present. Food was amazing of course and the vendors were very generous. I had so many questions and the tour guide really packed in tons of information during our trip.
Wish I booked it earlier!
Megan_P, Sep 2022
This was a great tour of different food markets in CDMX, not only was the food delicious, but I got to meet and talk with a lot of locals. My guide, Alfonso was super knowledgeable about the area and it was really useful to learn how to navigate the metro.
Great first experience
Marta_I, Sep 2022
Our tour guide, Adriana, was knowledgeable, helpful, and patient with all of our questions. We felt well-cared for right away as she took care of all details including food and metro ride. Above all, the ability to understand how the culture of art, food, people, and history have developed into the complex society that is Mexico. Recommend this tour 1000%. Bring comfortable shoes and small denominations for shopping.
Delicious and educational
Jesse_M, Jul 2022
Poncho was an amazing guide. His enthusiasm for the history of Mexico City, and the clever ways he tied it to the food made this an unforgettable educational experience. We saw hidden murals, got comfortable with the metro, and of course ate amazing food. What a blast!
A morning in the City
Amanda_G, Jun 2022
Excellent private tour, lots of great history and culture information. Definitely recommend, perfect for small groups of 3 or less…..we’ve taken tours like this in the past in other cities with bigger groups but the smaller/private group is where it’s at!
What’s not to like?
Sharon_S, May 2022
Adriana is a wonderful, knowledgeable guide who had an impressive grasp of history and culture. Delicious food. What’s not to like?
Must do for first timer - do it early in your trip
Swetha_S, 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
Juan_B, 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.

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