- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Your hosts Alex and Ale will accompany you to the San Juan market, a traditional Mexican market in the historic center of Mexico City that specializes in gourmet and exotic foods. Alex will help you discover the different items for sale - from fresh produce to dried chiles, spices, mole mixes, and much more! Taste a few local specialities before walking home together to begin your cooking class.
At your host's kitchen learn to make 3-4 homemade Mexican dishes including a homemade salsa. You might learn dishes such as flatuas, tostadas or enmoladas with mole, a popular dark chocolate-and-spice based sauce that is easy to cook - a great addition to your Mexican cooking repertoire. As Alex and Ale have a small kitchen you can expect to do the cooking preparation in the bar area and use the kitchen for the final cooking.
After cooking sit down to enjoy the food you've prepared together over great conversation with your local hosts.
- Private market tour and cooking class with your hosts Alex and Ale
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Please meet your hosts at Alex's apartment.
Alex is a K3 teacher in the American School Foundation, while Ale is a professional tour guide who is passionate about sharing her Mexican culture and cuisine with guests. Ale has a wealth of knowledge about the country's history, anthropology, folklore, and of course, culinary traditions - so don't hesitate to ask her anything you want to know about Mexico!
Alex drew inspiration to cook from his grandfather who would serve delicious nopales (grilled cactus paddles) at his home every Sunday. He learned to cook watching his mother and experimenting in the kitchen after watching food shows on TV. The smells and flavors of his childhood and family meals inspired him to cook more, and now he loves sharing this knowledge with his 6-year old students during their regular cooking class. Both Alex and Ale love sharing meals with friends and family as much as they enjoy cooking.
Enjoy a private market tour of the San Juan market and return to your host's kitchen to learn to make 3-4 traditional Mexican dishes including a homemade salsa. You might learn dishes such as flatuas, tostadas or enmoladas which are corn tortillas stuffed with chicken in a mole sauce. Mole is a dark chocolate-based sauce with lots of spices that is very popular in Mexico and easy to cook - a great sauce to add to your Mexican cooking repertoire. You can also let Alex and Ale know at the time of booking if you want to learn a particular dish.
Share the homemade Mexican meal you helped prepare in Alex and Ale’s simple yet modern and vibrant apartment. The food that they serve is a mix of modern Mexican dishes as well as Pueblan cuisine, where Ale comes from. Alex and Ale will talk to you about the importance of food in Mexican culture as you enjoy a meal that includes 3-4 dishes and one or two salsas followed by a dessert. Your meal will be accompanied by beverages like fresh hibiscus water and if you select alcohol, beer and mezcal. Your menu may include traditional and modern Mexican dishes such as picadillo tostadas, enmoladas or flautas or a variety of tacos which will be served with a selection of salsas like salsa verde or roja. Your meal will conclude with a dessert like sweet Mexican corn cake.
Please note: This experience is great for travelers traveling with children!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Menu may vary depending on the season
- If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Private, personalized experience
- Please note, this is not a commercial cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into a Mexico City home to meet a local who is an expert cook, and share Mexican culture and cuisine together.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
This was such a special experience. Alex and Ale have a lovely home. Ale was not able to attend but Alex made me feel like a welcome friend. The tour of the San Juan market was both informative and delicious. The cooking, the meal and the dinner conversation were all first rate. Highly recommend!
The best, most memorable part of our trip! What an awesome experience exploring and shopping at the beautiful market, cooking wonderful food and enjoying an incredible meal with Alex and Ale. They made us feel so welcome, like we were enjoying a meal with old friends. Don’t miss this experience!!
An excellent experience. My friend and I had the best day with the charming young couple in their apartment in Mexico City.
They were both so knowledgable and warm and friendly.
We visited the San Juan market, which was so interesting. We saw fresh tacos being made, and were allowed to sample them along with other samples as we wandered around the market.
The chicken flautas we all cooked along with all the accompaniments were all delicious.
Cannot praise our experience enough. Many thanks to Alex and Ale, our hosts.
I hardly know where to begin it was such a great experience. My friend and I the lesson was just the two of us met Ishmael not far from the market and after a short walk we were surrounded by sights and smells and tastes that were just delightful. We got to try cherimoya, the freshest mangos and figs I've ever had, plus edible flowers, and that was just at the fruit vendor.
Ishmael suggested the menu--guacamole, lime soup, chicken adobo tacos, zapote and we bought all our ingredients there at the market. We also bought some crickets. Yes, I said crickets, they're nicely crunchy and go great on a guacamole taco.
We took an Uber to Ishmael's home and met several family members where we started cooking. Besides learning a lot about the ingredients and the recipes, we got to try making tortillas.
While we cooked, we tasted frequently for spice/salt levels so we knew we'd like everything. I feel we got a great feel for Mexican cooking, some excellent recipes, and a warm welcome in to Ishmael's home. I highly unreservedly recommend this excursion.