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Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen

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icon2 hours 10 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Get beyond the tourist restaurants on a 3-hour culinary walking tour of Playa del Carmen, as you discover the city’s locally-owned cafes and street food stalls. Come hungry for tastings and drinks at five locations, and get an insider introduction to the Playa del Carmen food scene.
  • 3-hour food walking tour of Playa del Carmen
  • Explore Yucatecan food with an insider
  • Visit family-owned restaurants
  • Try the best street food
  • Get inside tips from a local
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Playa del Carmen , Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula

Meet us 20 Minutes before Scheduled time. at Entrance of Old Downtown City Hall (Palacio Municipal) Avenue 20th, North. between Calle 8 and Calle 10.

6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to a central location in Playa del Carmen where your tour begins, and where you'll meet up with a local foodie guide. Hear stories about Playa del Carmen history and culture as you walk to your first stop, part of a hand-picked itinerary that highlights the city’s most distinctive food.

From panuchos to cochinita pibil, food from the Yucatán has arrived on the international scene in recent years, and you’ll try food and drinks that highlight local flavors. Taste a variety of sauces—Yucatec chefs top their cuisine with refreshing, mild flavor to fiercely hot salsa made with habaneros—and find out which ones you prefer.

Over the course of the tour you’ll get a good overview of local food, so this is the ideal way to start a trip, with insider tips on the best restaurants, bars, and markets to visit during your stay. At the end of your walking meal, walk back to downtown Playa del Carmen, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Juan More Taco Tours
Your guide will meet and start your walking tour from the main entrance of the Old City Hall, aka: "Palacio Municipal del Centro" This tour will take you into the non-touristy neighborhoods within Downtown Playa del Carmen to taste the local flavors (sabor del Barrio) You will discover the other face of Playa while you learn about the traditions and history of the Mexican dishes to be tasted in the eateries, form street taco carts to small family owned restaurants and at the same time you will learn about the urban history and stories of the local's way of life. A very tasty and culture enriching experience along the streets of Playa del Carmen. We can always customize our tour to your dietary preferences, please advise at the time meeting your tour guide
Stop At:  
Playa del Carmen
The travelers will be accompanied by the tour guide in a walking tour of the local and non-touristy neighborhoods of Dowtown Playa del Carmen, along the way they will stop at several different eateries managed by local families from street carts to local restaurants for delighting themselves with the native flavors and they will enjoy different tastings and the guide will share with them the traditions behind the Mexican recipes and also stories about the local culture and folclore of Playa del Carmen
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Playa del Carmen
The travelers will stop for the food tastingS in several different spots. They will try: Squash Blossom or Chorizo Quesadillas from Mamá Carmen’s place; Los Elote de la esquina for a delicious sweet corn treat, they will enjoy of a delicious Taco al Pastor in El Fogón Taqueria. They will also enjoy of the tastiest tamales of the Gonzalez family street stand; at the familiy park they will taste a Marquesita (one of Yucatán People’s favorite desserts)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant meals not included
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please Let us know of Food Allergies, Food restrictions or Mobility issues
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cookin' Vallarta
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Walking Food Tasting Experience in Downtown Playa del Carmen.

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star-5
A walk with the locals
Styles_M
, Jun 2022
This was great opportunity to get away from the tourist traps and try some local cuisine. Alma was very friendly and knew a lot about Playa Del Carmen’s history. The tour felt like going to visit a friend in a foreign country. Come hungry, because there is a lot of food on the tour!
star-4
Authentic Food at Curbside Stands
James_L
, Feb 2022
We tend to be a bit reluctant to end at curbside stands. Frankly, we wouldn't have done it had it not been a big part of the tour. We were pleasantly surprised and our guide was very informative. It did seem a bit pricey though for what we got. I would have thought a drink or two would have been included as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Playa del Carmen at its best!
Peter_C
, Jan 2022
What a fabulous night out with our guide Alma!! She was very personable and knew great deal about the food we ate. Food that we had was delicious and would not have been able to find ourselves. We thoroughly enjoy the evening and would highly recommend the food tour especially with Alma.
star-5
A great experience!
Villette H
, Oct 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Alma. We learned alot about the food and culture of Playa and had more than enough food to sample. We tried foods and went to places we never would have on our own. A great experience! Thanks Alma!
star-5
Fantastic!!!!
Justin_W
, Sep 2019
Alma is fantastic. She took us to several small restaurants and stops around town. All the food was great. She knows the history of the foods and the town. The places she picked were great. We will repeat this tour when we’re in PdC
star-5
This tour all over downtown Playa...
Kasey F
, Jun 2018
This tour all over downtown Playa del Carmen was the highlight of our trip! Francisco felt like family by the time we left. We got to see the real Playa, not what all the other tourists experience. I feel so lucky to have found this particular tour - I can't say enough good things about it. We made so many stops, every single thing we tried was delicious, and we learned SO much about Mexico and the city. We walked all over looking at street art, different neighborhoods, and we even took the bus. If you have an interest in the local culture and you love food, you definitely won't regret spending your night on this tour. Make sure you arrive with an appetite, your camera, and comfortable walking shoes!
star-5
The evening was very cool, it was...
John V
, Apr 2018
The evening was very cool, it was me, husband and two kids high school and college. My favorite was the traditional tacqueria in a neighborhood we probably wouldn't have went to on our own, but then returned on the same trip at the request of the kids. After the evening we also regularly bought fresh juices from people selling them out of coolers on their bikes no-one got sick and crepes from the same way. The guide was very nice and really into it. We loved it, but it was too long. 3 hours is good, it was 5 hours which makes it worse than too short. I would probably cut out one of the food spots we hit the tacqueria, a mayan restaurant and a seafood restaurant it was too much to the point people were showing it but trying to be polite. I'd keep the tacqueria, the crepe food vendor, maybe keep the street tamale and end with one desert we stopped at two then coffee? Just a thought. We still liked it I gave it 5 stars, but 3 hours would have been a 5.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fransisco aka Pancho was a great...
Daniel_W
, Mar 2018
Fransisco aka Pancho was a great guide and an absolute font of information on not only the food but the region, Mexico and the cultures that make up Mexico. We had some great food, ranging from a tacqueria to a street vendor selling banana and Nutella waffle wraps, to a restaurant serving a volcano-like seafood dish. Our tour was almost 4 hours long and we came away very full of food as well as information. We will definitely return to several of the places in which we ate, as well as visit a few that Fransisco recommended before we leave Playa del Carmen. This is a must do tour at the start of any visit to Playa, to find out where to eat and to experience some tastes you otherwise might not find on your own.
star-5
Francisco is a terrific guide and a...
Joni_K
, Mar 2018
Francisco is a terrific guide and a natural at sharing the foods of Playa del Carmen. He is a wealth of knowledge on so many traditions and trends. Had the very best experience,
star-5
Excellent tour! Very customizable...
JAMESH_W
, Mar 2018
Excellent tour! Very customizable based on your tastes and hunger level. Relaxed pace, with a conversational approach. Do yourself a favor and take this walking tour while you're in Playa. You will try and learn about everything from authentic street tacos to delicious regional ice cream. If the tour doesn't appear to be available on your desired date, call Viator and they can contact the operator directly. That's what I did, and I got a tour that fit my schedule.
star-5
One word - AMAZING!!! This tour is...
Thomas V
, Feb 2018
One word - AMAZING!!! This tour is for the person that is interested in the culture as well as the food. The guide takes you through behind of what you see on your plate. In our opinion this guide should do this full time!! Even my wife, who is Hispanic, learned the history of Mayan food. Thank you for a wonderful time.
star-5
Francisco is the best. He gives you...
Phil H
, Feb 2018
Francisco is the best. He gives you great history about the food and its origins, and the food itself is amazing. Plenty of walking, but you get so much food. If you are a foodie this is for you. Thanks again Francisco!!
star-5
This is an awesome food tour and...
David_C
, Feb 2018
This is an awesome food tour and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue to some tasty places you might otherwise just walk past. We were the only ones on our tour so it was very much a private tour but in no way was it awkward. Francisco is very knowledgable and passionate about the places we visited and Mexico itself. My favourite was the store we bought beautiful agua fresca at and El Fogon unreal tacos. My partner loved Taqueria Dos Hermanos even if we had to wait a little while for it to open. A must do for anyone who likes to eat. Wear comfy shoes though - you will walk quite far and come with an empty tummy!
star-5
This was a fun way to experience the...
Vincent_S
, Feb 2018
This was a fun way to experience the authentic Mexican fare. Our guide was adorable and the tour way well thought out. The food was awesome!!! Glad we did it.
star-5
This is a must take tour. Francisco...
Bryan S
, Jan 2018
This is a must take tour. Francisco was everything that was expected and more. When we started the tour he said that he wanted to feel more like our friend than a tour guide and I felt that he delivered this experience. We not only learned about some of the more off beat places to visit in Playa del Carmen, but learned about its short history as well. We had a group of 7 people and everyone of us were very satisfied. It was my wife's birthday and Francisco made sure to include that into the tour as well with some special things planned for her along the way. This listing is billed as 3 hours but you will find that Francisco will continue on way past that. We started at 6:00 PM and were getting back into the taxi to our resort at 11:00 PM. Never a dull moment.
star-5
Amazing food, really enjoyed this...
Chelsey_K
, Jan 2018
Amazing food, really enjoyed this walking tour! Francisco is a wonderful host, so warm, accommodating, and knowledgeable. I was pleasantly surprised when he brought out an archaeology magazine and showed us a map of Mexico. He pointed out the various regions of Mexico, talked about the Yucatan peninsula, the Mayan people, the history of Playa del Carmen, and much more. I had felt sick earlier in the week, and wondered if going on this food tour was a good idea. But, we ate at all sorts of places some that I would have been hesitant to try on my own, and my husband and I felt totally fine. I especially enjoyed sampling the chorizo tacos at El Fogon, icecream from Michoacan, and fresh juice from a local fruit vendor. The juice flavors / combos were fantastic! I had beet and orange, and my husband had watermelon. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Alma, our tour guide, was a...
Pat_R
, Jan 2018
Alma, our tour guide, was a delightful, engaging, and knowledgeable. Our food started with chicken tamales wrapped in banana leaves which was light and almost fluffy. We had a hibiscus drink and traditional corn dish--brushed with mayo, sprinkled with cheese, and dabbled with chili sauce. The finale was a crisp dessert crepe filled with nutella and gouda cheese--actually a wonderful not too sweet yet creamy sweet. Along the way, Alma also told us the story of Playa Del Carmen, its people, and its traditions. All together it was a pleasure.
star-5
We had a delicious and informative...
Jeet W
, Jan 2018
We had a delicious and informative evening with Francisco. We stopped and sampled at 7 different places. This included very authentic taco experience at El Fagon, freshly made juices so many kinds to choose from, tamale tasting, ice cream, amazing seafood, a marquesita at a street stand, and real hot chocolate my husband opted for a cold fruit drink. We were totally stuffed by the end, with big smiles on our faces. Francisco explained menus to us, told us about the various foods, and we learned a little about the history of the area. Be sure to be hungry, wear comfortable walking shoes, and ready for a really great evening. Francisco was so patient and wanted to share so much with us that the evening lasted almost 5 hours. He went above and beyond. This tour is highly recommended.
star-5
Such a great tour. Francisco was a...
Val M
, Jan 2018
Such a great tour. Francisco was a genuine guide - so knowledgable . The tour takes you away from 5th Avenue and you get a great variety of food in a small group. Excellent value
star-4
My husband and I enjoyed this...
facetnating
, Dec 2017
My husband and I enjoyed this walking city/food tour. It should really be called a city/food tour as we were expecting just a food tour, but Francisco our guide is not only knowledgeable about the local food places, he knows everything about the city. Francisco was very friendly and easy to spend a several hours with. There were a few stops for sweet foods, like frescas,ice creams and chocolates, which were a little too much sugar for my husband and I--but we learned so much, got to have some tasty food and great company, so we are glad we went!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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