Classic Centro Food Tour

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Tour starts near Santa Domingo church (exact location provided with tickets)

Adult

$80 USD

Includes Mezcal samples

Child

$60 USD

10 and under

All sales are final and non-refundable, rain or shine.

From mole and Mezcal to chocolate and chapulines — discover why Oaxaca is one of the top food destinations in the world.

  • Taste over 20 different traditional foods from 5 locally-owned restaurants and shops
  • Sip delicious aguas frescas (fruit waters) and multiple types of Mezcal
  • Explore the historic center and learn about the food and culture with a local
  • Support local non-profits with a donation included in your ticket price

Tours occur rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing, (hat, sunscreen) and good walking shoes.

Tours 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tues, Fri, Sat. Please meet the group 15 minutes prior to your tour.

Small group size — 10 people maximum.

Tickets must be purchased online prior to the tour. No walk-ups or cash are accepted.

Eat a light breakfast. There is plenty of food on the tour for a filling lunch.

Tours are conducted in English. Bi-lingual guides will translate in Spanish as needed.

Distance walked is about a mile. Mostly flat walking, some stairs.

We can accommodate vegetarians or those who are lactose intolerant.

Santo Domingo church

“Oaxaca is for chefs what Paris once was for painters.”
Alejandro Ruiz, Chef, Casa Oaxaca for Travel + Leisure 2016.

 

Tour Basics

Oaxaca Eats Food Tours is passionate about Oaxaca and eager to share with you the culinary and cultural delights this historic city has to offer.

Our Classic Centro tour is a guided 4-hour excursion that will take you to 5 unique tasting locations. During our explorations, you will sample over 20 different foods and beverages (including Mezcal) from local restaurants and specialty shops. Participants will be seated at all locations. The tour is about 1 mile of walking and suitable for most fitness levels.

At each tasting location you will explore and enjoy foods that contain some of the most important elements found in traditional Oaxacan food like corn, chiles, and chocolate. You will also taste a variety of mezcals – straight up or in a cocktail as well as delicious agua frescas (fruit waters) and specialty coffees. In addition, you will learn about the families and history of each destination. Along the way, your guide will share information about the culture and history of Oaxaca and answer any questions you might have.

 

Giving Back

Oaxaca Eats Food Tours is a socially responsible business, and 5% of each ticket sold is split between these two charities in Oaxaca. Click on the links below to learn more.

 

Ready your taste buds for great food and drink at some of Oaxaca's best local restaurants and shops;

Mezquite Gastronomia Y Destilados

Sample a botana Oaxaqueña featuring local cheeses, grilled meats, chapulines and more. Sip a Mezcal cocktail on the terrace and enjoy the view of Santo Domingo.

Los Danzantes

Enjoy innovative Mexican fusion cuisine in one of Oaxaca’s most architecturally striking restaurants. Chef’s choice of a farm-to-table offering will not disappoint.

Tierra del Sol

Chef Olga Cabrera prepares exquisite Oaxacan traditional dishes, with an emphasis on those from the Mixteca region. The special house mole is a tribute to her grandmother.

Don Juanito Taquería and Pozolería

A family tradition since 1966, indigenous and mestizo elements infuse the rich food offerings, like Pozole, at this soul-filling restaurant.

Cafébre

Artesanal extraction methods with locally-grown beans, combined with owner Kate Avansino's passion for coffee, make this special place a major player in Oaxacan specialty coffee.

La Autentica

With their aptly named chocolate rebeldía or chocolate rebellion, this small cooperative brings talent and innovation to the chocolate making process.

El Huateque-CocinArt

Chef Dana Andrade's plates are pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. Enjoy traditional Oaxacan dishes as you admire the beautiful art in this cozy space.

Tour starts near Santa Domingo church on Calle Macedonio Alcala (exact location provided with your tour confirmation)

Parking available at Estacionamiento Real Santo Domingo.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes. Tickets must be purchased prior to the tour. We do not take walk-ups or accept cash. Our tours are limited to 10 participants and often sell out in advance. Please click on “See Dates” in the right-hand sidebar of the webpage to purchase your tickets and ensure your spot on an upcoming tour.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. We cannot guarantee there will be an alternative food or drink item for you but we do want to ensure your health and safety.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

Tours are held rain or shine. However if you are visiting between November and April, it is unlikely that you will experience rain. We ask you to check the weather and dress appropriately. Because Oaxaca is situated over 5,000 feet above sea level the sun can be quite intense even if the temperature isn’t, so a hat and sunscreen will come in handy. And don’t worry, in the event of a severe weather situation we will not put you in harm’s way and will reschedule if possible. If it’s not possible we will refund your ticket price.

Are babies and young children welcome on a tour?

Yes, babies and children are welcome on our tour. However, we ask you to use your judgment to determine if the tour is appropriate for them. Please take into consideration that the tour is 4 hours long,  requires walking over a mile and sitting or standing for most of the time.

The streets and sidewalks of Oaxaca are uneven and demand close attention at all times. The tour is not baby stroller accessible. We recommend using a carrier.

Babies and small children who will not be joining the food tastings do not need a ticket. If your child is 10 years old and will be participating fully in the tour, then a full-priced ticket will need to be purchased. If your child will not be eating or will be sharing food with you along the way, there is no need to purchase a ticket.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available at each food-tasting location.

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"Excellent! I really enjoyed the experience. Great insight into the local food and drink of Oaxaca. Food sizes good, well-presented and delicious. I'm a travel agent and would definitely recommend this tour."

Jessie, Tasmania, Australia
Jessie at Danzantes