Mexico City is a food lovers' paradise. From street food to fine dining, the city has something for every taste. Explore the culinary richness of Mexico with the walks we have prepared with our partners at Culinary Backstreets for new and seasoned visitors. Taste different kinds of tacos and mescals. Learn more about our ingredients at a local market. Go deep into thousand-year-old canals to meet the people who are feeding the city using pre-Hispanic agricultural methods.
If you want to learn the ropes, take a cooking class with one of our co-founders who spent the first 20 years of his life at his parents' fonda, a small, family-run restaurant where the owners do basically everything, from cleaning and shopping for ingredients to cooking the food. Or come to our Agave Spirits tasting to dive into the world of tequilas, mezcals, sotols and more.
We guarantee these food experiences will satisfy your curiosity and hunger for Mexican cuisine. If you want a more customized experience, please contact us and we'll be more than happy to create one especially for you.
Mexico City Culinary Walks
Culinary Secrets of Mercado Jamaica
The best way to understand Mexico is through its markets. These bustling and colorful places are where the country’s soul – culinary and otherwise – truly resides. And, in our opinion, there is no better market through which to do this soul searching then at Mexico City’s Jamaica Market.
District of Tacos: Urbanism Wrapped Up in a Tortilla
Tacos might be the most iconic of Mexican dishes, but they are more than just food. In Mexico City they are what the city runs on, with each commercial district – even profession – having its own go-to taqueria to help keep it operating.
One for Everyone: The Downtown Cantina Crawl
To call Mexico City’s cantinas simply bars would be unfair. Yes, drinks are served here, but these old-school watering holes serve a much more important function, offering the neighborhood a place where locals can gather to drink, socialize, play dominoes and, most importantly, eat.
The City Green: Exploring the Urban Eco-Reserve of Xochimilco
Mexico City may be a sprawling metropolis of 21 million, but on its edge is an oasis of green unlike any other in the world. Known as Xochimilco, it is the last part of the city that preserves an ancient system of canals and farms first built by the Aztecs when the area was on the edge of a long-gone lake.
Ben Herrera was born to a family of cooks and bakers. From an early age, he started cooking at his parents' restaurant in the south of Mexico City. He has dedicated his adult life to learning more about Mexican ingredients, techniques, and regional dishes.
Are you an experienced or amateur cook? Ben will customize his cooking lessons to your level of expertise! Learn how to make basic Mexican salsas such as red and green; which are the basis for many Mexican dishes. You will also learn about different peppers and ingredients that are quintessential to Mexican cuisine.
If you're an experienced cook, Ben will prepare with you more complex dishes such as moles and pipianes. This experience starts with a tour to a Mexico City market and ends enjoying the food we cook together at a lovely house in a historical neighborhood in the city center.
Cost: 225 USD for groups of up to 4 people.
Includes: Ingredients, market tour, class, and tasting.
Starting time: 10 am
Duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Amazing, informative meal in the home of a local
As a journalist with magazines like National Geographic, I have traveled to a lot of fascinating place in my day and taken a lot of food tours. But Quest's "agave spirits" night was something unique. Set in one of the guides' lovely homes, it was a virtual tour through mescals of Oaxaca, sotol, and wonderful tequilas. Each was pair with delicious, traditional food cooked right there in the kitchen. The guides were friendly, accommodating and most of all, masters of the topic. This is a true hidden gem. If you are reading this right now and you love food, do not miss this opportunity.
A great way to know the ins and outs of Mexico City
Paco and Ben love Mexico City and are intimate with it. Under their guidance our group saw places and had experiences that they wouldn't have had otherwise and that they will never forget! For an interesting, fun and tasty experience, I highly recommend spending time exploring your interests with Quest Tours!
Excellent, informative, customized experience
We had the opportunity to take a Street food tour with this group. Paco, was a treasure with lots of interesting information. More importantly, we went to places that we never would have found or gone to. And we are experienced, pretty adventuresome travelers.
Uniquely, as the day unfolded, without our suggestion Paco changed things to fit our interests. For example, as Paco learned I really liked bullfights, he took us to an old restaurant that was the hang out for the Mexican bullfighting community. Not only was the food unusual, beef marrow soup, bull's testicles, but the memorabilia was exceptional.
My wife and I give them multiple thumbs up.
Shopping, Cooking, Learning, and so much more!
If you are looking for a unique, informative and personal cooking and dining experience then Quest Mexico is for you! My husband and I have done a number of cooking classes around the world, this was by far the most personal and customized class we have ever done. Ben is a great cook, knowledgeable about his ingredients, his cuisine and his city - put all three together and the time just flew by. Ben met us outside his local San Cosme market where we shopped for the ingredients of our cooking class/meal. We were welcomed into Ben's comfortable kitchen to begin our class. Under Ben's watchful, and informative, instruction we learned about every ingredient we were using, and how to chop, mix or cook to bring out the best flavor. Ben had been to Oaxaca, and brought back some amazing ingredients which he share with us. What a wonderful treat! We felt like friends that had come over to help out to make a great meal...except we were learning so much along the way! And the grand finale...an amazing and delicious meal with dishes that we hadn't ever tried before. We had an amazing and unforgettable experience cooking and learning from Ben. Thank you so much!