We recently went on the Narvarte at Night tour, and it was great fun. The food was delicious, especially the Al Pastor tacos that are served from a shop that does auto repairs by day, and sells tacos at night. The variety of food, and the different locales was super fun, as it gave you a real sense of how people in CDMX live.
Narvarte At Night: Tacos, Chelas & Mezcal
Calm Residential Neighborhood
Private Mezcal Tasting
Beyond the glitz and gloss of the Condesa/Roma sits the Narvarte, a solidly middle-class neighborhood known for its dozens of family-style taquerías and a tranquil setting that hasn’t changed much in decades. On this walking tour, we’ll show you the vibe of a typical Mexico City colonia at night, as we visit taquerías and bars, and join a local chef in a small-batch mezcal tasting.
Taste the best tacos al pastor in the city, served from a huge outdoor roasting spit
Soak up the vibe in a typical neighborhood cantina
Engage in a private small-batch mezcal tasting with a local chef
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Note: this is a tour only for adults 18+.
Looking to go private? Private tour option $40 per adult available at check-out. Subject to availability.
Availability & departure time
Tuesday through Saturday: 7PM and 7:30PM
“La Costilla” on Cumbres de Maltrata 352, Colonia Narvarte
3 to 4 hours
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people
- As much food as you can eat (enough for a large dinner)
- A private mezcal tasting that includes: a tasting of 4 (1-ounce) mezcals, three small appetizers, and one dessert per person
- One beer or cocktail at the cantina
- Filtered water throughout the tour
- Generous tips for all street vendors and restaurant staff
- Transport to/from the meeting and end points of the tour (Note: Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off is available as an add-on at checkout.)
- Tip for your guide
- Additional personal beverages, outside what’s included on the tour itinerary
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- An appetite
- Tip for your guide if desired (we also offer the option of pre-paying a tip at checkout)
- An umbrella during the rainy season months (June through October)
Adults only 18+ due to bar visits on the tour. Guests should be able to walk for three to four hours, with breaks in between at all of the stops. Families with children who are interested in this tour, please contact us at email@example.com to discuss some alternate options.
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 also includes the services of a bilingual chef/restaurant owner and mezcal connoisseur.
Narvarte is known throughout Mexico City for its tacos, and we’ll kick off the tour with a visit to a neighborhood taquería that specializes in volcanes, a type of crispy tortilla cooked on a charcoal flame, smothered in cheese and poblano peppers. From there we’ll try tacos al pastor—picture a big outdoor roasting spit, shooting flames—and suadero tacos from vendors who’ve been in the neighborhood for decades.
We’ll visit a lively cantina to learn more about cantina culture in Mexico City, where we’ll toss back a chela, slang for cold beer, or a cocktail if you wish. And we’ll finish by trying a flight of small-batch, artisanal mezcals in a cozy neighborhood restaurant, part of a private mezcal tasting led by a local chef and expert.
If you want a tour that combines food, culture, and drinks, this is not to be missed!
- This tour is conducted rain or shine. In June through September, there’s a good chance it will rain at night, so check the forecast and bring an umbrella if necessary.
- Due to the bar stops on this tour, guests must be at least 18 years old.
- It’s best to come hungry. Think of this as a heavy dinner—plus some!
- This is a food tour that we balance with some fun stops for alcohol. It’s not a pub/bar crawl. We don’t allow drinking while you’re walking through the streets because it’s illegal in Mexico City. We’re also unable to add on additional bar visits to this tour.
- Mexico City rush hour starts at 5pm and can last two to three hours, so it may take you a while to arrive to the meeting point. Please allow more time than you think you will need to arrive 10 minutes early.
- We like to blend in with the locals. Dress in comfortable clothing, and leave any flashy or expensive clothes and jewelry at home.
- 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 on the same day as another day-long activity (like a visit to the Teotihuacán pyramids), or if you plan to arrive directly from the airport.
How long is the tour?
3 to 4 hours.
Does the tour end where it starts?
No. The tour starts at La Costilla on Cumbres de Maltrata 352, Colonia Narvarte and ends at Piloncillo y Cascabel on Torres Adalid 1263 (in the Narvarte neighborhood). If you need help getting back to your hotel at the end of the tour, your guide can assist you in getting an Uber.
Will I eat a lot of food?
Yes! You’ll visit three taquerías and a cantina where you can eat as much as you want. We’ll also visit a restaurant where you’ll be served an appetizer platter. Our guide will let you know how many stops are left throughout the tour so that you can pace yourself. No one knows your appetite better than you!
Do I need to take cash with me?
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 little bit extra if you’d like more beverages. All the food you can eat, plus a drink at the cantina, the mezcal tasting, and purified water, are covered by us.
Will my guide speak English?
Of course! Our guides are culinary experts and speak perfect English.
Is this a good option for people who do not drink alcohol?
On this tour, we visit a cantina (similar to a bar/restaurant) and another restaurant for the mezcal tasting. If you don’t drink, we can offer you non-alcoholic beverages at these places, but it may not be enjoyable to sit through the mezcal tasting without trying anything. Unfortunately we’re not able to offer discounts or partial refunds for adults who do not drink alcohol. If you are traveling with people under 18 years old, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what your options might be.
Is it safe to walk in this neighborhood at night?
We’d say so. The Narvarte is a family-oriented neighborhood. We have offered this tour since 2017 and we’ve never had any issues with violence or petty theft. We highly recommend trying to blend in with the locals as much as possible—that means wearing pants and comfortable shoes, and leaving any expensive jewelry at home. Wallets and cell phones should be carried in zippered bags or purses. Cell phones should be tucked away when not in use for taking pictures.
Can I book this tour on the same afternoon I arrive?
We strongly discourage you booking this tour on the same day you arrive as many of our guests end up delayed at the airport and miss their tour—either because of a flight delay or they’re stuck waiting in line in immigration or customs. Due to the small-group nature of our tours, we’re not able to offer full refunds to clients who cancel at the last minute, and we don’t grant exceptions for flight delays. If your flight is delayed, we will try to accommodate you on a different tour on another day, but that depends entirely on our availability.
Can I do the tour if I am traveling alone?
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.
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See what previous guests have to say
I loved this food tour – put me in a neighborhood that I wasn’t familiar with and that wasn’t touristy (so I likely wouldn’t have gone there on my own and definitely would not have known where to eat). 5 awesome foods stops, including one with a mezcal tasting (learned a lot!)