Private Mexican Market Tour and Cooking Lesson in a Local Home

23 Ratings
  • Live Guide
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  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 4 hr

Your hosts Alex and Ale will accompany you to the San Juan market, a traditional Mexican market in the historic center of Mexico City that specializes in gourmet and exotic foods. Alex will help you discover the different items for sale - from fresh produce to dried chiles, spices, mole mixes, and much more! Taste a few local specialities before walking home together to begin your cooking class. At your host's kitchen learn to make 3-4 homemade Mexican dishes including a homemade salsa. You might learn dishes such as flatuas, tostadas or enmoladas with mole, a popular dark chocolate-and-spice based sauce that is easy to cook - a great addition to your Mexican cooking repertoire. As Alex and Ale have a small kitchen you can expect to do the cooking preparation in the bar area and use the kitchen for the final cooking. After cooking sit down to enjoy the food you've prepared together over great conversation with your local hosts.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Traveling Spoon, Inc

Alex is a K3 teacher in the American School Foundation, while Ale is a professional tour guide who is passionate about sharing her Mexican culture and cuisine with guests. Ale has a wealth of knowledge about the country's history, anthropology, folklore, and of course, culinary traditions - so don't hesitate to ask her anything you want to know about Mexico!

Alex drew inspiration to cook from his grandfather who would serve delicious nopales (grilled cactus paddles) at his home every Sunday. He learned to cook watching his mother and experimenting in the kitchen after watching food shows on TV. The smells and flavors of his childhood and family meals inspired him to cook more, and now he loves sharing this knowledge with his 6-year old students during their regular cooking class. Both Alex and Ale love sharing meals with friends and family as much as they enjoy cooking. 

Enjoy a private market tour of the San Juan market and return to your host's kitchen to learn to make 3-4 traditional Mexican dishes including a homemade salsa. You might learn dishes such as flatuas, tostadas or enmoladas which are corn tortillas stuffed with chicken in a mole sauce. Mole is a dark chocolate-based sauce with lots of spices that is very popular in Mexico and easy to cook - a great sauce to add to your Mexican cooking repertoire. You can also let Alex and Ale know at the time of booking if you want to learn a particular dish.

Share the homemade Mexican meal you helped prepare in Alex and Ale’s simple yet modern and vibrant apartment. The food that they serve is a mix of modern Mexican dishes as well as Pueblan cuisine, where Ale comes from. Alex and Ale will talk to you about the importance of food in Mexican culture as you enjoy a meal that includes 3-4 dishes and one or two salsas followed by a dessert. Your meal will be accompanied by beverages like fresh hibiscus water and if you select alcohol, beer and mezcal. Your menu may include traditional and modern Mexican dishes such as picadillo tostadas, enmoladas or flautas or a variety of tacos which will be served with a selection of salsas like salsa verde or roja. Your meal will conclude with a dessert like sweet Mexican corn cake.

Please note: This experience is great for travelers traveling with children!
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