Whether it’s a private tour for friends, family, or colleagues, Oaxaca Eats Food Tours will tailor your needs to a special day or evening.
Classic Downtown Food Tour
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 12 & Under
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.
- 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
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.
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.
La Rambla Antojería
Seafood is the name of the game at La Rambla. Chef Ardnol thrills with housemade smoked marlin tacos and other delights.
Levadura de Olla
Chef Thalia offers traditional Oaxacan dishes like cheese tamal with mole in a lovely courtyard location. The tomato salad is pure heaven.
Chef/owner Daniel Garcia creates beautiful plates with unique recipes sourced from traditional cooks and elders. The result is always an occasion to cheer.
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.
La Casa del Tío Güero
Housed in a historic 16th century building, sister chefs Ximena and Daphne offer tasty daily menus and a la carte offerings like Chiles en Nogada. A popular spot with locals.
Note: Tour stops may vary.
Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.
We take pride in maintaining a strong standard for safety on our tours, and we’ll continue to reevaluate our measures for employees and guests to ensure a safe, healthy, and FUN vacation experience.Currently, Oaxaca Eats Food Tours and our restaurant partners are following guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health for the State of Oaxaca. We have also instituted our own additional protocols.
- Tours are limited to small groups of 6. Please contact us if your group is larger than 6 guests.
- Oaxaca requires face masks indoors (when not eating) and outdoors wherever social distancing is not possible. Please bring your own face mask.
- Temperature checks for guests prior to tour start.
- Hand sanitizer and restrooms will be available throughout our tours.
- Food will be individually plated.
- Food servers and staff will wear masks at all restaurants.
- Your tour guide will wear a mask for the entire tour.
- Guides will be temperature checked at tour start and will monitor and report any symptoms prior to tour.
Please let us know if you or anyone in your group has a dietary restriction and/or food allergy (e.g. vegetarian, no beef, lactose intolerant, no peanuts, etc.) by checking the appropriate boxes during the ticketing process. We would ask that you bring any medication you might need such as an epipen.
We cannot guarantee there will be alternative food or drink items if you don’t make us aware of allergies or dietary restrictions prior to the tour start.
If you have food allergies or intolerances and decide to try tastings in addition to those that have been specially prepared for you, please be aware that you do so at your own risk and Oaxaca Eats Food Tours assumes no responsibility.
The tour is 4 hours and covers about a mile or 1.6 kilometres which is walked at a moderate pace. Most locations are within 5-10 minutes of each other. One restaurant requires climbing a staircase (with handrail) to reach the second floor terrace. The tour is appropriate for most fitness levels. It is not wheelchair accessible and a stroller is not recommended.
Note: Oaxaca sits at an altitude of 5,102 feet or 1,555 meters. For those not acclimated to higher altitudes, you might experience some altitude-related symptoms such as shortness of breath. Walk slowly, keep hydrated, and rest when needed.
All food, drinks (including alcohol), restaurant and guide gratuities are included in the ticket price. A donation of 5% from each ticket sale will be divided between two non-profit charities that we support – Esperanza Infantil and Institute of Historic Organs of Oaxaca.
Extra costs would include additional beverages not part of the original tour and/or items for purchase at tasting locations along the way.
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.
Yes, bathrooms are available at each food tasting location.
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