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Eat like a local on this small-group food tour which offers a thorough introduction to Mexican cuisine and the authentic dishes of the Yucatan in Playa del Carmen. Visit and eat at places that are far from the tourist mainstays. A great experience for adventurous food lovers.
  • Playa del Carmen food tour: dine at five under-the-radar establishments
  • A foodie guide ensures a more personalized experience
  • Food, transportation, and gratuities included
  • Visit a local farmers market
What to Expect
Mexico’s excellent food comes in many regional flavors and styles of cooking. The Yucatan has its own cuisine and the price and availability of fresh ingredients, combined with the Riviera Maya lifestyle, have drawn renowned chefs to set up shop in the once-sleepy city. Meet your guide, a passionate foodie, in downtown Playa del Carmen near the bus station. From there, leave the throngs of tourists on 5th Avenue behind, as you make your way to where the locals dine. The first stop is for tacos (your host’s favorite in the city). Taste your way through town on foot and by taxi, making five stops in all and ending with a sweet treat. Then visit an open-air market to learn more about the ingredients you tasted and how to cook with them at home. The tour concludes at the Paseo Del Carmen shopping mall.
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Departure Point
ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen, LTE 2, Calle Quinta Avenida, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Departure Time
10am (Playa del Carmen Local Time)
Return Details
Paseo del Carmen, 10 Avenida Sur 8, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
  • All food and drinks (tastings at 5 locations)
  • Transportation (some taxi transportation is required)
  • Local/ Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 6 August 2019

Booking the food tour was a breeze and you are provided email confirmations and instructions, even if you book it through trip advisor. You are required to reconfirm your tour a few days prior with the owner Emily, but she is responsive and confirms your...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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emilyeegge, Owner at Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2019

Wow! Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review! We are so glad that you took the opportunity to join us for the day. I am glad that Xantal shared the history of the food tour and Cozumel Chef with you....More

Reviewed 7 July 2019 via mobile

Our guide was kind and informative. The food was magnificent. I recommend it to everyone visiting Playa Del Carmen.

Date of experience: July 2019
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emilyeegge, Owner at Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2019

Thank you for joining Xantal for the day! So glad that you enjoyed and thought the food was tasty! Hope to have you back in Playa again soon!

Reviewed 9 May 2019

Must say this food tour was excellent! A food tour for us has become a norm at many places we have visited. Xantal was very knowledgeable nice and friendly, she took my husband and I to small and homey places, which is what we like...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 19 April 2019 via mobile

We did this tour this past week while on vacation with another couple. The food was amazing and the market was really neat to see! The guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about authentic Mexican cuisine and tried places and food...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2019 via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip! Our guide Xantal met us at 10am to start our day. Come with empty stomachs as you will be eating a good amount of food. Here is what our tasting menu looked like: Stop 1: Street tacos (amazing,...More

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25 August 2018|
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Response from SmokoEdmonton_AB | Reviewed this property |
The Playa del Carmen food tours runs whenever there is demand. Our tour started in the morning and there was no alcohol on the tour we did - but we did not ask for alcohol and I suspect beer would be available but not... More
28 June 2018|
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Response from tropical_art | Reviewed this property |
Tour starts at 10am. One of the places is a food cart stop at a local park. I don't recall them selling alcohol, but they might. Bottled soda was provided at that stop. You also stop at two quick-service restaurants. They... More
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