Family Friendly Streets & Sweets

Downtown Walking Tour

Great For Kids

Playground Stop Included

Traveling with children? This tour was designed with them in mind. Join us in strolling through the heart of Mexico City—the downtown historic center—as we try a mix of tacos, churros, and other sweet and savory snacks. We’ll visit the city’s famous Gourmet San Juan Market, while the kids get an activity book to keep them engaged!

Highlights

Tour a 1920’s-era bakery with cakes stacked seven and eight tiers tall

Try the freshest seafood tostadas in all of downtown

Sample crickets, or chapulines (an ancient Mexican delicacy) at the Mercado San Juan

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Price

Adults: $79
Teens (13-17): $39
Children (4-12): $29
Young children (0-3) & babies in carriers: free

Looking to go private? Private tour option $40 per adult


Availability & departure time

Daily: 10AM


Meeting point

Please meet next to the front steps of the Sears building in the Historic Center (across from the front entrance of the Bellas Artes Palace), Av. Juárez 14, Colonia Centro.


Duration

2.5 to 3 hours


Group size

Minimum 2 people (including children aged 4 and up), maximum 8 people (including children aged 4 and up)


Included
  • All the food you can eat (enough for a big breakfast and lunch)
  • Mexican fruit tasting
  • One sweet Mexican bread
  • Traditional Mexican candy
  • Churros with ice cream and hot chocolate
  • Filtered water throughout the tour
  • Generous tips for vendors

Not included
  • Transport to/from the meeting and end points of the tour
  • Souvenirs
  • Tip for your guide
  • Additional personal beverages, outside what’s included on the tour itinerary

What to bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • An appetite
  • Water to stay hydrated
  • Tip for your guide if desired (we also offer the option of pre-paying the tip at checkout)
  • An umbrella during the rainy season months (June through October)
  • Tote bag for purchases, if desired

Participation requirements

Guests should be able to walk for three hours, with breaks in between at some of the stops. Small strollers are welcome.


Staff on tour

You’ll be accompanied by one of our local, bilingual culinary guides. Each has a degree in gastronomy and/or has worked in local kitchens. They’ll enrich your experience by sharing their knowledge of Mexico City’s food scene, their own personal traditions, and the vendors’ stories. Read more about our guides here.

This tour takes place in the vibrant downtown Historic Center, the historical and geographical heart of Mexico City. Across 2 to 3 hours, you’ll join our expert culinary guide in trying some of the best foods in the neighborhood, while you learn about Mexican history and culture from a culinary perspective.

Your children have a great time, too—trying new things and coloring in our tour activity book. We’ll also stop at a playground to let the kids burn off some energy.

The items you’ll try include:

Seafood Tostadas
Picture fresh cooked octopus or shrimp, tossed with tomato and onion and served on a crunchy tortilla. Add a spritz of lime juice and a drizzle of salsa for the most delicious seafood snack you’ll have while you’re here.

Turkey Tortas
Often tortas in Mexico City are huge, but these sandwiches—filled with tender turkey, smoky chipotle salsa, and slices of avocado—are small and mighty.

Typical Oaxacan Snacks
At the San Juan Market, we’ll visit a stand that specializes in snacks from Oaxaca, including crunchy cooked crickets, tangy quesillo, and garlicky peanuts.

Churros
Freshly fried and dusted in sugar, these are a Mexico City speciality. We’ll visit a historic churrería and try their newest invention—the churro ice cream sandwich.

Plus more items!

  • The tour is conducted rain or shine.
  • We like to blend in with the locals. Dress in comfortable clothing, and leave any flashy or expensive clothes and jewelry at home. Note: Mexico City can be chilly in the mornings and warmer in the afternoon, so it’s best to dress in layers.
  • This tour includes a lot of food. We recommend arriving hungry and not eating breakfast beforehand.
  • Vegetarians can be accommodated on this tour, but meat and vegetables will be cooked on the same surface.
  • Feel free to bring your own water bottle. We’ll stop to refill it with purified water.
  • Mexico City sits at nearly 7,300 feet high. This means you’ll feel more tired than normal if you’re not used to the altitude. Don’t do this tour if you haven’t gotten any sleep the night before, or if you’re arriving to the airport on the same morning.
  • If you’d like to make any purchases (see our FAQ on souvenirs), bring cash and a small tote bag. Credit cards are not accepted here. Please note that prices at this market tend to be slightly higher than other neighborhood markets around the city.
  • On this tour, we’ll stop at a playground for the kiddos to take a break.
Does the tour end where it starts?

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No. The tour meets at the front entrance of the Sears building on Av. Juárez #14, Colonia Centro. It will end at Churrería El Moro on Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Colonia Centro. If you need help getting back to your hotel at the end of the tour, your guide will help you find the nearest subway station or an Uber.

Will I eat a lot of food?

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Yes! You can eat as much as you want in each of the stops. Our guide will let you know how many stops remain so you can pace yourself. No one knows your appetite better than you!

Do I need to take cash with me?

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If you plan to tip your guide, you should bring enough cash to cover that—about 10 to 15 percent is standard. (We also offer the option of paying your guide’s tip ahead of time at checkout.) You may also choose to bring a bit extra for any market souvenirs. All the food you can eat, plus at least two drinks and purified water, are covered by us.

Is there an ATM on the route?

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No, please bring cash if you plan on buying anything outside of what’s included on the tour.

Will my guide speak English?

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Of course! Our guides are culinary experts and speak perfect English.

Is this market good for souvenir shopping?

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Not really. It is a good place to buy food or Mexican ingredients. Outside of the market, we will spend a few minutes walking by some of the arts & crafts stands that sell items such as colorful ceramics, Mexican textiles or folk art.

Can I bring a stroller?

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Due to narrow market aisles and uneven sidewalks in part of the tour, we recommend a carrier for parents traveling with babies and toddlers. If you must bring a stroller, a light and narrow umbrella stroller is best—bigger strollers will not fit on the sidewalks or in the market aisles.

Is it safe to walk in this neighborhood at night?

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We have offered this tour since 2010 and never had an issue with violence or theft. That said, Mexico City is an enormous place and pickpocketing can happen. If you wear plain clothing, leave your jewelry at home, and keep your wallet and cellphone tucked away, there should be no problem.

Can I do the tour if I am traveling alone?

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We usually require a two-person minimum on our tours. If you’re a solo traveler, you’re welcome to book the date of your choosing—if it has other guests, you’re good to go. If three days prior to the tour date, the tour does not have any other guests, we will reach out to you about choosing a different date or refund your ticket.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

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