Beyond Cancún’s pristine beaches lies a food culture all its own.
What the locals eat, contrary to what most travelers usually encounter, is an exciting mix of influences from all over Mexico, brought by Mexicans who’ve flocked to Cancún over the past 50 years to work in the thriving tourism industry. Cancún was established in 1970 and it doesn’t have the deep history of other colonial Mexican cities. But a definitive, energetic culinary identity exists here, as seen in the fresh, homemade Mexican food sold in the fondas, streets, and markets.
On our tours—each carefully designed to highlight delicious local food, Mexican food history and traditions, and Cancún’s skilled local cooks—we’ll show you where to find the city’s best food and how to order it, and you’ll learn the stories of the people who make it.
You’ll finish our tours with an entirely new perspective on Cancún.
CANCÚN MERCADO 23 TOUR
The Mercado 23, opened in downtown Cancún in 1978, is a magnet for locals doing their daily shopping and snacking. On this tour we’ll navigate through the market and its nearby food stalls, getting a sense for what makes the market tick, who shops there, and the top-notch food available. You’ll try some of the best that the market has to offer: freshly fried fish tacos; panuchos, a fried corn tortilla stuffed with beans and layered with mouth-watering toppings; pozol, a pre-hispanic beverage of corn and chocolate, and the decadent, fried pork belly called castacán.
We’ll learn about and nibble on local fruit, and try corn tortillas hot off the press, before finishing the tour at a casual bar nearby. There, we’ll toast to everything we’ve tried and learned.
This tour features as much food as you can eat, so bring your appetite and your sun hat! We'll start early to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Note: This tour is located in downtown Cancún, a 20- to 30-minute drive from the Hotel Zone. If you’re staying in the Hotel Zone, let us know and we’ll send you detailed instructions on how to arrive via taxi or public transport.
NEW TOUR DISCOUNT! Get 10% off with the code EATCANCUN.
Daily, Monday through Sunday.
8:30am to 11:30am
$55 USD for adults, $23 USD for children ages 8 to 13 years. Price includes 5 to 8 typical Cancún snacks (as much as you can eat); as much water as you can drink, and one beer or soft drink per person
In front of the McDonald’s kiosk in the ADO bus terminal, next to the Deli Mart
The maximum group size is 6 people
Tour Good For:
• Anyone interested in learning about Cancún’s real food culture
• Families with children are welcome (strollers can be used on this tour)
• Tour can be adapted for vegetarians