Kick off your morning tour with a cup of award-winning, organic coffee from Veracruz at Cafe Triana, located inside the lively San Juan Mercado de Especialidades (San Juan Market).
Your guide then leads you into the labyrinth of stalls that make up San Juan Market. The stalls you visit have been carefully chosen to give you with an array of Mexican cuisine, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2010. Chat with stall owners and listen to how they prepare their specialties from scratch.
The San Juan Market is known for its unusual foods. Sample grasshopper, Mexican crackling, river shrimp and the edible flower, and return to familiar ground with gourmet cheeses. You’ll see exotic delicacies piled on counters row after row — imported crocodile, wild boar, quail, and creatures of the sea, including freshwater gar, eel and stingray.
Next, walk over to Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela (Artisan Market), boasting the city’s largest selection of wares.
Discover exquisite handcrafted goods from all over Mexico, including lacquered trays from Olinalá, Talavera pottery, silverware, leather belts, tile-encased mirrors, guitars, rugs and papier-mâché skeletons. Meet artisans and traders from select booths, and hear about their backgrounds and artisanal craftsmanship.
Your all-in-one culinary and cultural tour complete, take the afternoon to further explore the food and market stalls recommended by your guide.