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Playa del Carmen Food Tour provided by Playa del Carmen Food Tours - By Cozumel Chef

Playa del Carmen Food Tour
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from €60.47 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7035P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
All food and drinks (tastings at 5 locations) • Transportation (some taxi transportation is required) • Local/ Professional guide
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen, Calle Quinta Avenida 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).
Paseo del Carmen, 10 Avenida 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.
Inclusions
All food and drinks (tastings at 5 locations) • Transportation (some taxi transportation is required) • Local/ Professional guide
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen, Calle Quinta Avenida 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).
Paseo del Carmen, 10 Avenida 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.
Duration
2h
Return details
Paseo del Carmen, 10 Avenida 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.
Additional information
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 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
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Chasity17
Houston, TX119 contributions
More than 5 stars
May 2021 • Friends
This tour was excellent it was a food tour mixed with history. Xantal was very knowledgeable about Mexico history in general and knew in depth history about the food itself! The food was excellent and to top it off they give you all of the information about the places we ate in case you forget! I wish I had known they offered a cooking class because we would have signed up for that too!
Written 23 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark Fournier
Brentwood, TN1 contribution
Stuffed
Mar 2021
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jordan C
9 contributions
A foodie adventure not to miss
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had an absolute blast! Totally worth it! The food was amazing and our tour guide was unbelievable!
Written 4 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We are so glad that you had a blast! Thank you for taking the time to join us during your vacation to Playa del Carmen. I am so glad that you found the food to be amazing and of course our food tour guide too :)
Written 8 June 2020
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Denise L
5 contributions
Wonderful food and info
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a fantastic time sampling local food with local insight. We even got recommendations for a few places to try during our stay for the week. This is the best way to start your trip here in playa!
Written 26 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We are so glad that you enjoyed our "taste of Playa" and got a chance to try a variety of authentic Mexican dishes. I am also happy that Xantal provided you with local insight and got additional recommendations for your stay. Thank you for joining!! And yes, such a great start to your time in Playa!
Written 19 March 2020
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Dickfinlay
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
Great experience to discover the best spots and history of ingredients
Great experience! Not too much walking, plenty of food, great tour guide with knowledge of the history of Mexican food and ingredients. Brought our three and four year old with us and they loved it!
Written 15 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
So glad you shared this experience with your children! We highly recommend it too! And best part.. those under the age of 6 are FREE, but we are happy to share nibbles with them and try to get them to taste new foods. Thank you for taking the time during your family vacation to walk and eat with us!
Written 24 January 2020
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Dandi Zhu
San Pedro, Belize1 contribution
Delicious food and wonderful guide!
Dec 2019
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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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Kristina R
15 contributions
Great food tour, Go hungry!
Xantal our tour guide was wonderful! It wound up being a private tour with myself, my husband and Xantal. She took the time to explain and describe everything. The 5 places we visited were foods from different regions in Mexico. She took us to a market where we could purchase things. We had different fruits which were great to try! All the food was delicious, make sure you go hungry, and you leave stuffed! Can't wait to do it again!!
Written 16 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
I am so glad that you got a chance to take our tour while on vacation - and for sure lucky you on the private tour :) We look forward to hosting you on another fun food filled day! Thank you for joining us on this visit!
Written 19 November 2019
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William L
Langley City, Canada67 contributions
Accommodating, Friendly and Educational Tour! - 29Oct2019
Oct 2019
A very fun and interesting tour. I feel so bad as I cannot remember our tour guide's name. She spoke very good English and was knowledgeable and took care of our group of 6 of which we were 4. Well worth it except for the brutal heat!
Written 29 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for joining us for a fun and educational foodie experience. No worries on not remember Xantal's name ;) We know its a lot of food to eat and info to absorb. And yes, my apologies for the heat. It is that time of year unfortunately. We look forward to our "winter season" (and high season) to start at the end of November. Hopefully Xantal kept you well hydrated with the drinks that are offered at each stop. Glad it was worth it though!
Written 30 October 2019
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Travelling_Terp27
Bowie, MD296 contributions
Food Tour was Fantastic!
Jul 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 tour! We learned from our guide Xantal (pronounced SH-ANTAL) that Emily owns the business but works from Cozumel where she runs the business and other ventures; she actually was the one that started doing her tours personally after guests to her and her husband's inquired about where was the best local cuisine in Playa del Carmen.

Thus, the business was born!

Xantal met us at the corner of Benito Juarez Ave and la Quinta Ave. We stood in front of the white stoned church on the corner, directly across from a souvenir store as instructed in the email. Xantal greeted us promptly and introduced herself and gave us free water! We then walked a few blocks to the first stop, a street taco stand!

We had the best tacos here ever, made from Cochinita Pibil. We learned the making of this meat takes hours and overnight preparation through underground heating. This was honestly the best tacos we had the entire week we stayed in Mexico!

The next stop was a quesadilla stop, which you had the option to put your choice of vegetables and meat. The drink is also included here! The taxi ride is also taken care of by the tour.

The next stop is at a local market where Xantal showed us various herbs and local ingredients along with their historic value to local cuisine and the Mexican people. You have the option here to buy some of these items if you wish!

Right next door is the next stop where we have posole (soup). This soup is so tasty and is a classic dish with mayan roots. We learned that there are 3 variouations, a white base, a red base (which you will have here), and a green base (all colors of the Mexican flag).

The next stop is another tacos stop which specializes in carnitas and is also very delicious. The drink is included and the taxi ride is also covered by the tour.

The last stop is an ice cream shop, which had homemade flavors with fresh fruit and cream with a variety of flavors and your basic favorites from back home too!

We then walked back to the church and ended the tour!

Xantal through the entire experience was very informative, hospitable, and relatable! She did her best effort to make us feel welcomed and made the tour about us! We got lucky we were the only ones scheduled that day for the tour, so it was a private tour!
I would recommend if you have dairy restrictions to bring some lactaid pills with you.

Overall, well worth it, especially to avoid the touristy food that might mistake you to be local!
Written 5 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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. We are very proud of what we do and we hope to continue to share our passion of all things food with everyone! Hope to have you back in the area again soon and perhaps join us on a different foodie adventure (perhaps a cooking class, or our other food tour in Cozumel). Thank you again!!!
Written 6 August 2019
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Sheena W
1 contribution
Such a must have experience!
Jul 2019 • Friends
Our guide was kind and informative. The food was magnificent. I recommend it to everyone visiting Playa Del Carmen.
Written 6 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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!
Written 11 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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