Mexico is a food lover’s paradise. From street food to fine dining, the city has something for every taste. For the past six years, I have been exploring the food wonders this city has to offer. I have been showing off how phenomenal my city and country can be on this blog and on my contributions to Culinary Backstreets as their Mexico City correspondent. You could say that my explorations are my own Mexico City culinary walks.
However, that wasn’t enough. I wanted tourists to have an unforgettable experience while visiting this vibrant city. That’s how a few months ago, I decided to start my own tour company with Paco de Santiago, a good friend, fellow tragón (good eater) and colleague. We called our business Quest Mexico Tours and our motto is to help our clients maximize their Mexico experience.
Our business model is to create customized private experiences for our clients. However, after some talks with the Culinary Backstreet folks, we decided to offer four walks in Mexico City in partnership with them. These Mexico City Culinary Walks are the result of a lot of research (aka eating) and tweaking to make them enticing, interesting, and a lot of fun to food lovers — and to just about anyone visiting the city. We want our visitors to leave satisfied, happy, and knowing a lot more about Mexican food, history, and culture. If you are ever in Mexico City, I invite you to take one of these walks. I promise they will be the highlight of your visit!
Culinary Secrets of Mercado de 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.
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 – sometimes entire families – can gather to drink, socialize, play dominoes and, most importantly, eat.
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.
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.