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Playa del Carmen Food Tour
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Playa del Carmen Food Tour

By Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef
Recommended by 99% of travellers
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Come hungry because on this food tour, you’ll be sampling several of the Yucatan’s tastiest dishes. Visiting a mix of street stalls and restaurants, a local guide takes you to off-the-beaten paths to spots where locals dine. Visit an open-air market to learn about the foods you taste during the tour.
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HK$568.51
per adult
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HK$568.51
per adult

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Ages 7-99, max of 8 per group
Duration:
2h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English, Spanish

Highlights
  • 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

  • All food and drinks (tastings at 5 locations)
  • Transportation (some taxi transportation is required)
  • Local/ Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Departure details
  • ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen, 5 Av. Nte. LTE 2, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Please meet in front of the white church that is located on the corner of 5th Ave and Ave Benito Juarez (both the ADO Terminal and the church are located on this intersection of 5th Ave and Ave Juarez).
Return details
  • Paseo del Carmen, 10 Av. Sur 8, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico We end the tour in the nice shopping complex - Paseo del Carmen. There are public restrooms and shopping available.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7035P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Playa del Carmen Food Tour?
Playa del Carmen Food Tour price starts from HK$554.60. Discover and book Playa del Carmen Food Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Playa del Carmen Food Tour cancellation policy?
Playa del Carmen Food Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Playa del Carmen Food Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Playa del Carmen Food Tour?
Playa del Carmen Food Tour is hosted by Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Playa del Carmen Food Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Playa del Carmen Food Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Playa del Carmen Food Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7035P2

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

dancingbearz
dancingbearz
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Feast King
We had a fantastic time touring the local market and multiple authentic restaurants. No Señor Frog’s or Cabo Wabo
daniellew32754
daniellew32754
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Fun & unique experience!
We had a great time learning about the different ingredients while making delicious appetizers and chicken mole mea
DayTrip307577
DayTrip307577
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Great food.
We enjoyed the trip to the market and learned so much about the local ingredients. Isa was great answering all our
pghriverside
pghriverside
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Best thing to do in Playa del Carmen
On our 6th trip to Playa del Carmen, Isa’s Authentic Mexican Cooking has been the best outing of all of the other t
SmokoEdmonton_AB
SmokoEdmonton_AB
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Xantal Delightful
Enjoyable and informative tour starting from the carts in the park. Highlight is the pozole soup and the insightful
Wandering_Family_88
Wandering_Family_88
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Worth the price!
One of the best tours we had, and allowed us to trace our travels to get groceries plus treats as we enjoyed the lo
LindaB6661
LindaB6661
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Playa Del Carmen food tour - a great part of our trip!
We really enjoyed our food tour with Xantal, it was a great part of our trip to Playa. Our group was small which wa
1968jacquiw
1968jacquiw
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Cozamel Chef Food Tour
We spent a wonderful few hours with Xantel exploring the back streets and market tasting many different types of Me
Jeremy J
Jeremy J
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Please go on this tour
My wife, 17 yo daughter and I went on this tour. It was one of the top highlights of our vacation. Xantal is a frie
WhitneyJusMe11
WhitneyJusMe11
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Awesome Tour
If you get a chance to do this and you're a foodie who would like to eat and learn history about PDC at the same ti
Michael B
Michael B
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Perfect morning
A great start to our PDC trip. We were pretty unimpressed with the town and how touristy it was until Xantal showe
Julie D
Julie D
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Best Food of our Vacation, Off the Beaten Path
***dont eat breakfast morning of*** This tour is a must if you want to experience Mexican culture that isn’t found
David W
David W
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Excellent Experience
Excellent way to experience genuine Mexican food and to tour a market with a detailed explanation of the unique Mex
Squiddave
Squiddave
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Good times, good food.
My wife, son and I had a great time on this food tour. Our guide took us to local favorites away from the tourist a
William P
William P
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Delicious, Educational, & Fun!
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Xantal, was superb; very knowledgeable and she kept it fun (and she he
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Shirley S
Burke, VA3 contributions
Great tour of authentic Mexican food from the different regions of Mexico prepared by family businesses ranging from basket tacos to street carts to a small restaurant. Our destinations were off the tourist areas giving us an authentic daily atmosphere. We also went to a grocery shop with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a large variety of dried and smoked chilies. We ended the tour with frozen fruit bars that were super tasty and refreshing.
Written 20 September 2022
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Emery Lee D
San Antonio, TX86 contributions
Family
I can only support all the positive reviews regarding Xantal's street food tour. Very private, informative, interesting and tasty. Great meeting point, great insight to street food of their area. I know a lot of restaurants which would be fortunate to produce some of the taste and quality we enjoyed on this brief tour. Xantal is very sweet, knowledgeable, personable and has perfect command of English. Cheers.
Written 23 June 2022
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Gabrielle L
Chicago, IL3 contributions
My guide, Xantal tailored our time to things we were interested in. The food was spectacular but what made it really special and unique was our guide's depth of knowledge, variety of food options to try, and the chance to better understand the history of where the food originated and some of the traditions behind the ways the food we tried was prepared. I am so glad I had this opportunity.
Written 12 February 2022
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Dandi Zhu
San Pedro, Belize1 contribution
We had a private food tour with Maria in Playa Del Carmen, visiting 4 restaurants and a local market over 2.5 hours or so.

Our guide had impeccable English and fielded all of our questions about history/culture, the food preparation, and all the ingredients to each dish we tried. We started at a taco truck that had been around for 35 years (amazing pork tacos), then went to a Quesadilla spot, the local market for some fruits (guava, zapote), then a carintas taco spot and a pozole (soup) spot. Ended with delicious fruit popsicles.

Would definitely recommend the food tour!
Written 1 January 2020
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Glad you got the chance to take this tour privately and experience authentic Playa/ Mexican flavors. Thank you so much for joining us for the day and of course recommending us! Hope to have you back again soon, we would love to share another great fun food filled day with you!
Written 23 January 2020
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Percypooch
Washington DC, DC109 contributions
Xantal was a phenomenal tour guide. She led three 50 somethings and a 26 year old on a tour of food stalls -- we tasted every conceivable kind of taco, empanada, chicken quesadilla, fried plantain with cactus (my favorite), mole (unbelievably good) and a kind of pork that they cook all night. She also took us on a tour of a market, showing us all the different kinds of peppers, honey, hot sauces, and fruits. She finished with wonderful popsicles in every conceivable kind of flavor (mango and chili for example). We were stuffed and had learned SO much about Mexico, the flavors of food, and Xantal, who was so warm and welcoming (ask her about her husband's bakery). It was one of the best tours I've done, really worth it.
Written 28 March 2022
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Mark Fournier
Brentwood, TN1 contribution
This was the first thing we did once we settled into our hotel. Great way to start a vacation, as we were able to try lots of food and get our bearings on the city. Our tour guide was excellent and we really enjoyed sampling all the of food. Doing this on the front end prepared us for what we wanted to eat later in the week.
Written 22 March 2021
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Josefina G
I totally agree, this is a great way to start a vacation...it gets your the "lay of the land" so to speak when it comes to food. I am glad that you enjoyed our guide, she is fantastic and enthusiastic about food. Thank you so much for leaving your 5-star review!
Written 16 August 2021
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Rafael V
12 contributions
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, our favorite)
Stop 2: Quesadillas
Stop 3: Pozole
Stop 4: Carnitas tacos
Stop 5: Ice cream

The tacos were amazing and we came back to get more. Our guide Xantal was very knowledgeable and taught us about cuisines, history, and even brought us to a local market and we brought a few things like hot sauces to bring back home.
Written 9 March 2019
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NiagaraK8
Wainfleet, Canada93 contributions
Couples
What a great time! Our guide, Xantal was lovely, on time and her English was 100%. This was truly a great way to get to know downtown Playa, 'where the locals eat', and most importantly got me more comfortable with eating at some random, local Mexican restaurants rather than staying in the safety of an all-inclusive resort. The favourite part by far was visiting the taco stands in the park by the church - this is where all the locals eat and my Husband and I even came back the next day because they all were SO delicious, SO cheap (lunch is a dollar? two tops?) and its way more exciting than sitting down and eating more americanized food that they seem to make in all inclusives.
I'll admit, I was thoroughly nervous going to a Mexican food tour, mostly because I have had food poisoning on a vacation before, and it's a great way to ruin a vacation.. BUT these places all have been vetted and visited often by the tour group, and you soon drop all hesitation and dive in. One of the best things you can do to get OFF of 5th avenue and find out all the great little spots are. Just do it!!!!!!
Written 22 January 2018
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Marks1117
Austin, TX11 contributions
Family
We took Emily's Playa del Carmen food tour just over a week ago during our most recent stay in Playa. Without question this was one of our highlights. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to get a local perspective on the food scene in PDC. Plus, taste some amazing food in the process!

Our family of three (including our 15 yo daughter) joined a small group of like minded travelers and embarked on our food adventure. There are some excellent details of what you visit in some of the other reviews and likewise we hit about 5 great stops along the way. You won't leave hungry!

My suggestion is to book this tour early in your trip though. Don't wait until the end. Why? Because you will want to re-visit several of the places Emily shows you -- and more than likely you'd never discover these gems on your own. They are all amazing, and super affordable too! So, go early in your trip. Plus she in an encyclopedia of local knowledge so grill her with questions for the rest of your stay -- that's why I say go early.

Now, if I could just figure out how to replicate those conchinita pibil tacos at home! Guess we need to go back to Playa...
Written 22 February 2015
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Christine357
Albany, NY9 contributions
Friends
The Cozumel Chef’s Playa del Carmen Food Tour is simply fantastic. Emily has done it again in creating an informative, fun, and mouth-watering tour-de-food in the bustling tourist town of Playa. From traditional Yucatecan cochinta pibil to handmade, artisanal ice cream, this tour satisfies the senses. Eating barbacoa tacos with locals on their way to work from one of the many push cart vendors to leisurely slurping pozole in a family-run restaurant cannot be beat. Emily’s kindness and expertise shine throughout the tour, scouting out hard-to-find green peppercorns in an amazingly abundant market to explaining the intricacies of different cuts of carnitas, her zest for all things culinary make you want to pick up a recipe book and try it yourself--- or just order another savory taco! This tour is recommended for those wanting to dive further into Playa’s budding food scene, taste local Yucatecan specialties, and see more of this great city than just the pristine coastline.
Written 14 August 2012
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