FOODIES DELIGHT TOUR OF TRADITIONAL SAN JUAN MARKET
A 4 hour culinary journey at a superb traditional Mexican market.
Mexican food is in a class of its own. Delicious, inventive and deeply local! We deliver you straight to the heart of its culinary techniques, unusual ingredients, and traditional recipes via the place where ALL food preparation begins: the market.
This tour gives you the chance to learn about essential & lesser known Mexican ingredients and to try them within an authentic traditional food market. You will safely explore the best of Mexican cooking via tried-&-tested food stalls and local vendors' street food kiosks.
If you are a foodie then this private 3 hour tour in Mexico City is a must! Try 4 sampling courses that represent the very best of Mexican traditions & flavours!!
Monica's Foodie's Delight Tour eliminates the confusion and alienation that we foreigners can feel when eat at a very traditional market.
All the dishes have been thoroughly tried 'n tested and every stall holder knows and loves her!
Our expert Paco (centre) does not wear a bow tie, but he does know A LOT about mezcal!
San Juan is a very traditional Mexican market. On this private tour you will explore traditional ingredients, cooking techniques and culinary philosophy in an authentic Mexican cultural setting.
Monica navigates you to the best street-food sites where she knows you will meet the absolute crème de crème of local Mexican gastronomy.
Insects were the pre-hispanic equivalent of a protein bar.
They are definitely worth a trying...even if it's just to raise the bar on your Instagram following!
MEET YOUR MEXICAN GASTRONOMY EXPERT
Your guide is a Mexican food aficionado, who's culinary obsession stems from a passionate grandmother!
Monica, is NOT a chef. She is just food obsessed and deeply aware of what makes Mexican cuisine distinctive.
Monica learned most of her culinary know-how from her grandmother. She is, to- this-day, the guardian of several secret family recipes which have been passed down from generation to generation from the mining town of El Oro, where her family created the Brockmann Dam.
Monica's husband is a chef and hotel restauranteur, so naturally enough their favourite pastime is investigating and critiquing the full range of gastronomic offerings in Mexico City - be it a new taco stand or a chef's signature style flagship project .
Monica also belongs to a social club of hospitality professionals, which critique a new dining option each month.
Just when you think you know all about chilies, think again. Let your Monica refresh your perspective!
Discover why traditional Mexican food has been named UNESCO cultural heritage.
We only offer private tours. This means you when you come on the Foodies Tour Of San Juan Market, you will NOT be dragged along in a group. You can take your time and ask questions.
- Total for 2pp group - US$231
- Additional members: US$29 per person
*Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax.
If you are travelling alone, or if your group is bigger than than the maximum of 5 per guide, please do contact us with your request.
MEXICAN FOODIES - TOUR TIMES
- Tues - Fri : 11:30 am
- Sat & Sun 11:30 & 12:30
*The tour is THREE HOURS long.
*Guests meet their guide at a nearby hotel lobby at the tour start time. From there, they go to the market together.
Native maize is not just a crop. It is central to the Mexican identity. Discover how this wonderful range of landrace textures & flavours is being affected by food security issues and political stability.
WATCH & SAVOUR MEXICAN STREET FOOD!
We love celebrity Chef Monica Patiño's down-to-earth approach to food!
Here she explains some differences between tacos and quesadillas.
THE BEST STREET FOOD MEXICO CITY - WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TOUR!
This tour offers trusted grazing & first-hand sampling of the best street food in Mexico City. You will also learn about the history of Mexican cooking and the cultivation of its traditions.
So many colors, sight sounds & smells! Your guide is your trusted food tour companion & confidante.
Mónica helps you understand all the new & exciting things around you and explain the traditions behind the ingredients & dishesyou see!
The San Juan Market is a very traditional food market where key ingredients, (and some lesser known ones) are found. As with all authentic markets, it is really important to know where to eat and with whom. This is not a typical tourist destination. It is a place where locals still come to get their daily food supplies, so because of this your guide is a key to bridging your interaction with the local vendors and cooks. Mónica makes the techniques, food preparation behind the foods you'll sample really come alive. It is one thing to have a taste sensation enliven your taste buds, it is another to discover the know-how behind the making of it.
During this tour, you'll have a chance to try insects such as grasshoppers and maguey worms, but everything is optional. There are several small savoury dishes we help you try along the way, as well as the option of mezcal and or dessert!
We tailor your food experiences to you. If you are vegetarian, your guide will craft a veggie-only tour route. Likewise, if you are allergic tor sensitive to anything, please let us know. We always find a way to make your tour time, interesting and enjoyable.
Food markets have been around forever in Mexico City, but we are definitely seeing some fresh new variations on traditional food presentations!
MEXICAN FOODIES - TOUR OVERVIEW:
Your tour program - the essential facts!
- Duration: 3 hours.
- Discover traditional MX culinary ingredients, food history, cooking techniques by exploring the market and its food providers.
- This is a private tour. Although we recommend a minimum of 2people, if you are travelling solo you are welcome to book.
- Your guide meets you at a secure and quiet meeting point in a nearby hotel lobby. From there you go to the market together.
- Try 3 traditional savoury sampling dishes (AND dessert , should you wish)
- Sip a traditional alcoholic pulque or mezcal
- Sip a traditional agave cactus pulque drink or mezcal
- If you are vegetarian, please let us know! We can accomodate you but we do need advance notice!
- Your tour price includes the planned menu of food and drink.
Raw fish that is 'cooked' by the citric juices of fresh lime.
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HOW DO I BOOK MY FOODIES DELIGHT TOUR? (and then what happens?)
Your booking is reserved via our secure online booking platform. Here's what to expect...
- Click on the orange booking button.
- Identify which tour slots are available in our live bookings calendar.
- Reserve your preferred time/day with our secure online payment gateway.
- Receive an instant booking confirmation! The tour is 100% yours. It is not a group tour!
- You'll receive detailed info about tour meeting point, and your guides mobile number via email.
- The day of your tour, your guide is waiting for you at the meeting point, ready to make introductions and get the ball rolling.
If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!
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Monica, our tour guide, led us through the San Juan Market in a way we could never have done alone. Sure, we looked up the place on the map and read about it in the guide books, but without her, we would have been lost and never have experienced a tenth of what there is to see, taste, smell, learn, or talk about.We aren't normally guided tour people, but with only a few days in the city, we decided to go ahead and book the tour. Monica's knowledge of the stalls, her relationship with the vendors, and most importantly, her enthusiasm and pride in showing off her home's culture and traditions made this tour a highlight of our trip.She made the market accessible. We got to chat and ask questions of the vendors, taste fruits, vegetables, samples of almost everything on offer, and explore things we wouldn't have even known to look for. The ceviche was a great example - sure we've had it in restaurants and parties, but we wouldn't have thought to order some in the market! Let alone known to rely on the vendor's recommendations for what was freshest and best without Monica's knowledge and relationship with the stall owner. And who knew you could have spicy grasshoppers, garlic grasshoppers or just "plain" grasshoppers. Aren't all grasshoppers equal? Evidently not. (The mescal helped).Bottom line. Take the tour, enjoy the experience, make a new friend. It's time well spent.