From the market to the stove, Mexican Food in Downtown

CDMX, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Diana

  1. 4 hours
  2. Hosted in English, German, and Spanish

What you'll do

Enjoy downtown in the early morning!

We will visit the most famous exotic gourmet market in Mexico City before the official opening hour.

We will visit my dear friends at the market who have the best quality ingredients. In there, we will have samplings and tastings of local products that we will get for our menu.
After that, we will walk 15 minutes across Chinatown and the most beautiful paedestrian street Downtown.

We will see the most beautiful buildings and I will show some hidden gems of this ancestral city before it gets crowded.

At my kitchen, we will be ready to cook most typical and famous mexican and prehispanic dishes such as:

HandMade Corn Tortilla
Nopal cactus
Wild edible herbs
Mexican "Corn Truffle" Huitlacoche
Oaxacan Tlayuda with Chorizo
Salsa Molcajete

Menu can be vegan/vegetarian friendly by request :)

To provide a safe and comfortable environment, we will start very early in the morning before market opens to the public, groups will be reduced and we all will be asked to wear face mask, mantain social distancing, use hand sanitizer and remove shoes indoors.

Please feel free to ask me for special food requests/larger groups/different time options/meeting points

Experience available in English/German/Spanish
Enjoy downtown in the early morning!

We will visit the most famous exotic gourmet market in Mexico City before the official opening hour.

We will visit my dear friends at the market who have the best quality ingredients. In there, we will have samplings and tastings of local products that we will get for our menu.
After that, we will walk 15 minutes across Chinatown and the most beautiful paedestrian street Downtown…

What's included

  • Food
    All ingredients
    Please let me know of food allergies
  • Drinks
    depending on fruit of the season
  • Equipment
    necessary tools to cook

Meet your Host, Diana

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 123 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a Mexican chef proud of my cultural heritage and deeply in love with Mexico and its food. In addition to my studies and experience in the gastronomic field, the best recipes I have, come from my family. I have studies in kitchens and food culture of Mexico by the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH). I have traveled to many places (inside and outside of Mexico). I really like meeting people and other cultures. I am excited to share my love and passion for Mexico and my roots through food.
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Where you'll be

Our whole experience will take place at Centro Histórico CDMX.
We will visit the most famous gourmet market in Mexico City "Mercado de San Juan". After that we will walk 15 minutes across Av. Juarez and Av Madero (peadestrian street) to my kitchen (very close to Zocalo). At my kitchen, we will cook typical mexican dishes

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 123 reviews.

November 2021
Diana estuvo increíble! Nos encantó la experiencia. Conocimos el mercado exótico en el centro y nos contó muchas historias. Cocinamos platillos deliciosos. 100% recomendada!
November 2021
Diana is a truly passionate person who gives you a warm welcome to Mexico and its fabulous food! A must have experience in CDMX!
November 2021
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Diana is one of the sweetest souls you'll ever meet. Her passion for food, Mexican culture and people truly shines through in this experience. She takes you through Mercado de San Juan, shares knowledge about the food, and you get to taste a good amount of the market's fresh and authentic offerings. After taking a walk through Centro Historico, Diana welcomed us into her wonderful home. The group we took the tour with were strangers at first, but by the end we all felt like family and this is attributed to Diana and the experience she created for us. Highly recommend Diana's experience in Mexico City!
November 2021
One of the best things we did in Mexico City. Diana is a gracious host and well versed in anything you’d want to know from cooking to history. She really went out of her way to make everyone feel at home while cooking and sharing a delicious meal together.
November 2021
Es war ein sehr gelungener Tag! Wir lernten vieles dazu. Auch das Esse war fein. Diana spricht nicht nur Englisch sondern beherscht ein sehr gutes Deutsch! Wir können es sehr weiterempfehlen
November 2021
The day I spent with Diana was one of the most joyful and meaningful experiences in my (admittedly still short!) lifetime of travel. We began our adventure at Mercado San Juan, where we sat down and got to know each other over a delicious concha pastry that Diana had brought from a famous bakery nearby, as well as what was perhaps the best cup of coffee I have ever tasted. Diana instantly made me feel so welcome and at home in her presence, sharing her lifelong relationship with Mexican cooking with both intentionality and a sense of humor that made me comfortable sharing about myself, too. After breakfast, she took me to her go-to fruit stall, where we tried practically everything on display--an incredible culinary education on the unique flavors of this land. This education continued with vegetables, chilies, and herbs, Diana providing nuanced explanations of ingredients I had long been using but never thought so deeply about before. We then stopped at a stall selling traditional Oaxacan ingredients, where I was presented with a glorious tasting platter of various chapulines, toasted corn, cheese, chocolate, and even a little bit of mezcal. At every stop, Diana would ask me if anything else caught my eye or sparked my curiosity, and she made sure I would get the chance to try those things as well. After one more big lap of the market, highlighting its more off-the-wall meat products, we left to begin our walk back to her apartment. The walk itself wasn’t just about getting from point A to point B--it was an opportunity for Diana to share her rich knowledge of Mexican culture and history as it pertains to food and beyond. We strolled down a street I had walked down once before on my own, and it was like seeing it with completely new eyes. When we arrived at her home, Diana opened the door and my jaw instantly dropped. She had arranged her dining room table to accommodate various cooking stations (a molcajete, a cutting board, etc.), and all around the room were beautiful woven cloths, bowls, photos, herbs, seeds, and other crafts that sparked my curiosity and excitement for the cooking ahead. On the wall was a whiteboard with a special welcome sign for me, in addition to our menu for the day--a veritable abundance of flavors and textures. She put on some music and we got to work, chatting along the way as I asked countless questions about our ingredients and her life. Diana’s culinary expertise, gleaned both from her ancestral cooking history and her time as a professional chef, was abundantly clear, shared in the most patient and generous way. When it was time to eat, we sat down together in celebration of the unbelievable bounty and vibrance we had created from relatively simple ingredients, made rich and exciting through Diana’s wisdom and care. She invited me to ask her any and all questions about cooking or life in Mexico, and I would have stayed for hours more if I had not needed to get on my way. If you are at all passionate about food and cooking, or if you want to start to learn from one of the most gentle, attentive teachers, this experience is for you.

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the Host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the Host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Peanut allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.