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Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours

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Mexico City, Mexico
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About Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours
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 1 week ago

We had done a culinary backstreet in Istanbul so were familiar with it. But we did that one towards the end of our trip. This time we decided to do the Mexico City tour the second day of our 8 day trip. It did not...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jonesyray
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not normally one to do tours, preferring to explore on my own. But going with my wife and 6 year old son on the Xochimilco tour was a total highlight of our week in Mexico City. Nuria was a great guide, very knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank matmcdermott
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the walk. Each of our walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists like...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating and deeply personal, we ended up cooking a wide range of dishes and had a fantastic experience in Lucia's amazing home with gorgeous vistas of the city. She knows everyone in the market and you learn a tremendous amount as well as having a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DickSimonPhotography
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, 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 have collected.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the 3rd CB tour we have taken. Nuria was our guide and after nearly 4 hours my knowledge of Mexican food was vastly improved on the Tex Mex we get in Australia.More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank nellie52
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks! We are always glad to have guests back on our walks . We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk and learning about Mexican cuisine with Nuria, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Nuria. Our family (including an 11 year old and 6 yo) loved getting onto the trajinera in Xochimilco’s ecological preserve. It was quite peaceful and we enjoyed being away from the mariachis. We had a delicious tamale for breakfast...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jgoldbergdc
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed the experience and Nuria's passion. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgeable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is so different from most Xochimilko tours that I researched before signing up for the Culinary Backstreets tour. It was so much more enriching to actually meet a "farmer" and to visit his very special chinampas and see the crops that he grows. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Deborah J
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the walk. Each of our walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists and...More

Reviewed April 19, 2019

Our Culinary Backstreets tour was a definite highlight of our trip. From booking and pre-tour communication to the day-of logistics and the tour itself, everything went off without a hitch. Our guide, Ricardo, was so knowledgeable and friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Matt S
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive feedback, we are more that happy to see that you enjoyed the tour. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both...More

Reviewed April 4, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our market tour with Nourya last week. She was very informative on food and culture and the geography of the area. We got to eat at places we never would have found on our own. My only criticism is that we would...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Aimee R
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2019

Hello Aimee, Thank you so much for the feedback! We are always happy to have you back and we are delighted to see that you enjoyed the day spent with Nuria. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the...More

Reviewed March 23, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our five hours of walking around sampling foods with Paco our guide and the four other delightful members of our tour. This is what I would consider a premium priced experience but I think worth it if you can afford it. Price includes...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sridhar R
CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

Thank you for the positive review and the recommendation. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed experiencing Mexico City. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals...More

Reviewed March 23, 2019

Tour guide Ricardo picked us up on time at a coffee shop in Condesa and drove us in a small van to Xochimilco for our trip through the canals on one of the well-known flat bottomed boats (trajineras). Our destination was Ricardo's chinampa, one of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets Mexico City Walks - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for the positive review and recommendation. We are happy to see that you enjoyed the day with Ricardo. Each of out culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of...More

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We met our tour guide at a coffee shop then he arranged for an Uber to take us to/from Xochimilco.
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Hi, thanks so much for your interest in our culinary walks. Our "Market Watch: Feasting on the Building Blocks of Mexican Cooking" culinary walk would be best fit. You can read about it and book directly on our Culinary... More
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