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Mexico City: Market Tour

1. Mexico City: Market Tour

In this urban adventure you'll discover the flavors, folklore and hidden treasures of Mexico City's vibrant markets. Begin your tour at La Merced Market, where you'll experience all of its colorful culinary traditions. Get a taste for the authentic Mexican way of life, while understanding how social, economic and political issues collide with centuries old culture and traditions. Try market eateries, and learn about local modern and pre-hispanic food. Then, uncover secrets of sorcery at Mercado de Sonora. See the diverse spiritual beliefs present in this country, as well as the natural healing traditions. Watch out for the very unique and sometimes shocking animal section. Next, wander through the oldest neighborhood in town, where the city was founded in the 14th century. Explore hidden plazas and the best taqueria in the area. Indulge in fresh tortillas and tacos. Visit ancient houses and churches, and witness the diversity of colonial architecture. Take a trip to one of the city's oldest pulquerias and experience an authentic Mexican scene, while you try traditional drinks. Walk to the oldest cantina in Mexico and enjoy a beer while listening to traditional music. Hear the story of this bar and its role in shaping Mexico's cultural life. Witness street art and historical monuments as you walk to the last market. Decorated after the revolution by Diego Rivera's most renowned students, this one is an unforgettable hidden gem. Finish your adventure downtown on the Zocalo.

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Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

2. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of vibrant Mexico City on a personalized tour of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its lively and lesser-known streets. Start your experience in the artsy enclave of Roma, a chic area with a hipster edge and incredibly diverse food, culture and art scene. Explore the quirky combination of colorful colonial buildings, Art Nouveau architecture, vintage bookshops, and veggie restaurants. Stop off at Mercado Roma, a covered market featuring some of Mexico City’s most popular eateries, and see Mercado Cero, a trendy zero-waste market born in 2018. Make your way down the tree-lined streets to Condesa, a nirvana for art-lovers. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you head towards Parque México, a leafy urban oasis and one of the city’s prettiest gardens. Join hordes of locals browsing at the traditional La Merced Market just outside the city center. Wend your way through the oldest part of the city in the Cuauhtémoc borough. Get lost among shelves upon shelves of books in the huge Vasconcelos Library in San Rafael. Explore the Centro Histórico district, home to ancient Aztec landmarks embedded into the fabric of the modern city, and see iconic buildings like the 200-year-old Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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Mexico City: Private Roma and Condesas Walking Tour

3. Mexico City: Private Roma and Condesas Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to receive an authentic experience of Mexico City in two of its coolest neighborhoods. Explore the artsy enclaves of Roma and Condesa - two chic areas with a hipster edge and an incredibly diverse food and art scene. As you travel, fall in love with the quirky combination of colorful colonial buildings, Art Nouveau architecture, vintage bookshops, and vegetarian restaurants. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host in Roma - where the food scene is as diverse as the culture, before stopping off at Mercado Roma - a covered market where you can visit some of Mexico City’s most popular eateries. Make your way down the tree-lined streets to Condesa right next door, which is an absolute heaven for creatives and art-lovers. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you explore the area’s galleries, and stroll through Parque México - one of the city’s most attractive urban gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s Art Deco attractions like the ironwork clock tower, and end your day simply strolling through the streets, exploring their restaurants, street art, shops, and bars, as your local guide shares stories of this fascinating city.

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

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

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.

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Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

5. Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

Learn how Christmas is celebrated in the heart of Mexico on this private boat tour with a local guide. Experience a wide variety of Mexican traditions and customs and sample some local cuisine as you enjoy a boat tour on Xochimilco Lake. In the company of your professional guide, visit the lake's most beautifully decorated spots. You’re sure to feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere of the waterfront. Taste local products and pick up some unique souvenirs at the floating Christmas market.

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Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

6. Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Mexico City, and then visit the former Aztec village of Coyoacán. Get a detailed explanation about the origins and importance of this quarter and its surroundings. Get some free time to walk around its streets if you want to enjoy a light breakfast, at your expense.  Next, learn more about the life of the artist Frida Kahlo at her former home and hear about her intense relationship with her work and fellow artist – and husband – Diego Rivera. Continue to one of her favorite locations in the city and explore the pre-Hispanic origins of Xochimilco. Climb aboard a traditional trajinera boat to get a different perspective of the area. Try some of the local food in the surrounding area or go to the crafts market before making your way to the Ciudad Universitaria to see the famous murals of the Rectoría and Central Library of the National University.

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Mexico City: Private Taco & Street Food Walking Tour

7. Mexico City: Private Taco & Street Food Walking Tour

Join a local guide for an authentic experience. Explore Mexico City’s food culture in its coolest neighborhoods, Roma and Condesa, on a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at your specified meeting point and set off on a fully personalized guided food tour. Explore Mercado Medellín, a no-frills neighborhood market where locals stock up on fruit and vegetables. Browse the market’s fresh flowers, craft beers, moles, and handcrafted furniture. Then, sample street food like tlayudas (toasted tortilla covered in beans, meat, and cheese), barbacoa (tender steamed meat), or cochinita pibil (roast pork) and try a taco or two. Next, head to the slightly more upmarket Mercado Roma, a food market with a gourmet food hall. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you explore the area and stroll through Parque México, an urban oasis of greenery. Let your guide suggest the perfect spot for a taco and a cold drink, so you don't get overwhelmed by the hundreds of types of tacos and taquerías in Mexico City. Choose from suadero tacos made with thin-cut beef, barbacoa tacos with meat traditionally slow-cooked in an underground oven, and canasta tacos stacked high in a cloth-covered basket. Then, give your stomach a break as you walk through the streets of Condesa, a nirvana for creatives and art-lovers. Pop into boutiques and shop for souvenirs before ending on a sweet note with dessert tamales, ice cream, or coconut candies from local haunts. Finally, if you still have room, finish off your tour with another drink at a trendy bar in Condesa.

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From Mexico City: Cider and Food Tour to Puebla and Cholula

8. From Mexico City: Cider and Food Tour to Puebla and Cholula

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Mexico through its food on this tour. Start your food experience by meeting your guide in Mexico City in the morning and heading to the "magical town" of Cholula. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the city center and get the chance to see the Great Pyramid. Afterward, visit a local cider production and explore the flavors of Puebla's food specialties at the market. Later, head to the state's capital Puebla. There, visit a monastery that is considered the birthplace of the most famous regional dish - mole poblano. Enjoy a walking tour of Puebla and see its colonial buildings, colorful lanes, and historic churches. Throughout your tour, stop at various local foodie spots to sample the best of Puebla's cuisine. You will also have the chance to visit the famous Parian craft market and purchase some unique artisanal souvenirs and local candies. Throughout the day, sample some of the most popular regional drinks, such as local hand-made liquors, pulque and artisanal mezcal. After a full day of discoveries, relax and begin the journey back to your hotel in Mexico City.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

9. Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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Mexico City: 4-Hour Taco Night Private Food Tour

10. Mexico City: 4-Hour Taco Night Private Food Tour

Your tour begins with the collection in a private vehicle from your hotel at night. Throughout this tour you will visit the colonies Narvarte, Roma and Cuauhtemoc, which are characterized by being quiet areas where you can find traditional establishments such as taquerias and canteens. In each of them, you will taste different tacos and typical Mexican drinks. Your last stop will be to the Jamaica Market (flower market) which is open 24 hours and is best known for the sale of flowers. There are over 1,150 positions dedicated to flowers, floral arrangements and ornamental plants, and the variety of flowers ranges from typical roses to flowers of different tropics. The Jamaica Market in the past was located at the eastern end of the Mexico-Tenochtitlán city, oriented towards the Xochimilco Lake. The area was full of artificial islands called "Chinampas", which were used for for agriculture and service ports to the thousands of canoes and boats that passed by on their way to the markets of the city. All food tastings are included, and after the tour you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Mexico City

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 77 reviews

I had a fabulous tour with Alfonso. We spent several hours touring around the city visiting markets, tasting delicious foods, learning about Mexican history and meeting lovely local people. Every where we went people came up to Alfonso to say hello. Meeting the wonderful family who taught me how to make salsa was definitely a highlight. It felt like Alfonso took me through a secret door and showed me a little piece of real Mexico, I would recommend this tour and guide to anyone who is interested in exploring this wonderful city.

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.

Nicolas was my guide today. We had a wonderful conversation, he is very knowledgeable, open and friendly. There was so much covered, from the markets to small hidden gems of churches, churches, the ruins of Templo Mejor. So much history was covered. I have been to Mexico City and seen various aspects of the city. However, this walking adventure help a vast amount of new information for me. Thank you. I'm so happy I chose to do this tour.

It was a great experience, I went to places I would have never got only by myself and the guide was well prepared, has shown flexibility when needed and was a pleasure to be with.

Fun, loads of information Lots of walking and different modes of transport. Small group.