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Classic Downtown Food Tour

Quick Details

Child Ages 12 and under
Private Group Tour Prices starting at:

Discover why Oaxaca is one of the world’s top food destinations.

From mole and mezcal to chocolate and chapulines (grasshoppers) — explore the magic of Oaxacan cuisine!

  • Sample up to 20 traditional food and drink selections from 4 locally-owned restaurants.
  • Sip delicious aguas frescas (fruit waters) and taste multiple types of mezcal.
  • Explore the historic center and learn about the food and culture with a local guide.
  • Meet the chefs and discover the stories behind the food.

Other information

  • Tours are in English. Bilingual guides will translate in Spanish as needed.
  • Ticket price includes food, drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic), restaurant and guide gratuities.
  • Vegetarian and dairy-free options available.
  • Eat a light breakfast. There is plenty of food on the tour for a filling lunch.
  • Distance walked is about a mile. Mostly flat walking, some stairs.
  • Tours occur rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing, (hat, sunscreen) and good walking shoes.
  • Tickets must be purchased online prior to the tour. No walk-ups or cash are accepted.
  • We suggest not making an early dinner reservation on the day of your tour.
  • We practice responsible travel by donating 5% of each ticket sale to local nonprofits.

What to Expect

a large stone building

Tour Basics
Our Classic Downtown Food Tour is a guided four-hour excursion that will take you to four seated tasting locations. You will sample over 20 different foods and beverages (including Mezcal) from local restaurants. The tour is about one mile of walking and suitable for most fitness levels.

At each tasting location, 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 aguas frescas (fruit waters). 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.

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