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Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours

Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 2086 0851
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Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Xochimilco

The boat ride through the canals was peaceful, beautiful, and interesting. Seeing the chinampas... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Cheryl M
Interesting but overpriced

We really enjoyed the tour of the Merced and Jamaica markets, and our guide Paco was great. The... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Chad W
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Mexico City's Centro Historico is where it all unfolds: centuries-old buildings decorated with saints carved in stone; churches that once housed cloistered nuns; family-run fondas dishing out home-style classics just as they have for more than a hundred years. Picture all of this against a bustling backdrop of thousands of people buying necessities for their daily lives. There's a Centro that tourists visit, and then there's the one we visit: an enclave south of Bellas Artes that has changed little since it was "modernized" in the 1930s. Laundry still hangs from windows. Lines at butchers' stands still snake down the block. Corn mills and tortillerias still supply neighborhood families and nearby restaurants, churning out masa (corn meal) and fresh tortillas daily. On this walking tour we'll not only eat, we'll also learn about the history and preparation of each food item. Along with taking an up-close look at how tortillas are made, we'll try light, flavorful seafood tostadas, which the city's serious foodies claim to be the best in town. We'll meander through the neighborhood and try flat, crisp masa patties called tlacoyos, stuffed with beans or cheese and topped with cactus, that are made on a grill propped up on the sidewalk. We'll have an artisanal cheese-tasting at a covered market favored by local gourmets, where we'll also learn from a tropical fruit vendor what separates a mamey from a chicozapote. We'll end the tour with a taste of pulque, a native Mexican alcoholic beverage made from fermented maguey sap, whose history dates back to pre-Hispanic times. It's a fitting end in a city where the Aztec influence still runs deep and centuries-old culinary traditions are as vital as ever.
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

The boat ride through the canals was peaceful, beautiful, and interesting. Seeing the chinampas first hand and then going to the market and sampling some of the delicious foods was a memorable experience. Our guide Ricardo was knowledgeable about the history of the chinampas and...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Thank you for the feedback! That is exactly what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We really enjoyed the tour of the Merced and Jamaica markets, and our guide Paco was great. The food was delicious for the meat-eaters, but the vegetarian options were pretty basic. The only reason I hesitate to recommend this is the price: for $120 USD-ish...More

Thank Chad W
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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review our walk. We take the narrative of the culture and cuisine of the neighborhoods we visit along with the insight our expert local guides provide as seriously as the food samples, although it can be difficult...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

This market tour of Mercado Merced and Jamaica was a wonderful way to get to know more of the food culture of Mexico in an engaged five hour walking tour. We know CDMX reasonably well but wanted to enhance our knowledge. We'd already done one...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for the feedback! That is exactly what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We had a brilliant experience. This was a great way to get under the skin of CDMX and its food culture. Paco, our guide was outstanding, he’s extremely knowledgable but also great fun. He really made the day! Thoroughly recommended. CDMX can be intimidating but...More

Thank Jonathan G
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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

We were on a family women’s trip—8 women/3 generations. This food tour seemed like a perfect way to spend one of our days. Because of the price we thought we would be sampling top notch food from a variety of places. That was not the...More

1  Thank Julie B
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We very much enjoyed our tour of Xochimilco with Paco. He's an expert guide - relaxed, friendly, and provides a wealth of information without overwhelming. Any sort of question we had, be it about food, history, current politics, Paco was able to provide an informative...More

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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I would never have made it to this neighborhood without Culinary Backstreets. Everything we tried was delicious and I learned a great deal about the history of food, agriculture, and fusion of cultures at the end of an amazing city.More

Thank Kate L
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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thanks so much for your feedback! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Wonderful evening street tacos tour that ended with a tasting of Mezcal and Pulque and included a stop for churros and chocolate. Bem was a tad quiet at first but as the tour went on opened up and knew the answers to all questions we...More

1  Thank Gary H
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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for the feedback! That is exactly what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

4-hour walking tour with visits to market stalls, hole-in-the wall eateries, and street stands. Had some of the best food of our Mexico City visit on our tour with Ubish. Really good experience, hightly recommended.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Honestly this was our trips highlight. CDMX has fabulous museums, but the food can not be beat! This made everything come to life and an interesting way to see the city. We read a recommendation on TripAdvisor to do this at the beginning of your...More

Thank Katy H
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Response from madeleine805 | Property representative |
Hi. We are fully booked until January 2nd when we do have space on our Jamaica Mercado walk! We would love to have you with us then... Madeleine at Culinary Backstreets
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Emily T
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Response from Katie W | Reviewed this property |
Go to the Culinary Backstreets website, and select Mexico City under Culinary Walks. Enjoy!
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