Riviera Maya Food & drinks

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Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

1. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

Dive into Mexican food and cultural experience in one of Playa del Carmen’s most unassuming neighborhoods on this 3-hour walking guided food tour. Taste incredibly distinct cuisine from Italy and Lebanon to Chiapas and Mexico City, all brought together in a multicultural city. Visit street stalls that are famous for their secretly spiced tacos: cochinita, carnitas, pastor, and more. Walk to a local restaurant known for the best chocolate-spiced mole in town - a rich spiced sauce that pairs with slow-cooked chicken. Sample the culinary diamonds of Playa del Carmen while becoming deeply aware of the Mayan Riviera’s history, culture, and geography. Learn the origins of one of the world’s most-loved cuisines: traditional Mexican food. See secret, less known areas kept under the radar, such as family-run markets where they stock hard-to-find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fresh-squeezed juices. Finish your walk on a sweet note: at one of Playa del Carmen’s best, handmade popsicle shops. Try classic, Mexican ice or milk-based frozen popsicles that are infused with the local, exotic fruits of the area.

Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

2. Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

This magical place with an ambiance of fiesta, music and tradition, captures the imagination of all who set foot in it because it maintains the charm and memories of Mexico’s golden age. This new attraction makes an encounter with Mexico’s rich past possible. Expect a grand experience, a delightful tasting dinner, vibrant music, ancient legends, and the best Mexican party. This is a place where past and present mingle among the celebrations, friends, romance, nature and flavors that make this country unique. Decorated with motifs from the 32 States of Mexico, the famous trajineras, once used for the transportation of flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in floating gardens, have now become a means of transportation and a cause of joy for all those who come to Xoximilco looking for a unique moment they can only experience in Cancun. Come and enjoy this old tradition in its updated version filled with the charm of those magical moments we hold dear to our hearts.

Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

3. Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

Start the tour by meeting Chef Alma, a local professional and embark on a true culinary and cultural experience in Playa del Carmen. Set off together into the vibrant neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen to purchase groceries and produce from stores and markets. Discover how the people of Playa select their produce and where they buy the best ingredients for family meals. After picking up everything you need to cook with, the chef will welcome you into her home and you will start cooking up a feast of Mexican home-style dishes. Learn how to cook a 3-course Mexican meal and enjoy delicious tastings of the food and tequila for lunch. Receive an email with all of the recipes you have learnt at the end, so you can take your flavorful memories of Mexico home with you.

Playa del Carmen: The Travelers' Table Food Experience

4. Playa del Carmen: The Travelers' Table Food Experience

Go on a unique culinary journey through the history of Mexican cuisine, starting with the flavors and techniques of the Mayans and continuing right through to the present day. Learn about the Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences on Mexican food with a delicious 5-course tasting meal alongside travelers from all over the world. Enjoy 5 paired boutique wines as well as sampling fine tequilas and mezcals. Relax in the exclusive Punta Venada beach club outside Playa del Carmen, the perfect environment to enjoy this communal dining experience with travelers from all over the world.

Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

5. Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore Tulum and discover local eateries. Enjoy authentic Mexican food while learning about the city's culture and history. Your tour begins with delectable bites of tacos de guisado, followed by fresh fruit juices and some more regional tacos. Afterwards, hear about the history of Tulum and the surrounding areas as you make your way to the local market. Arrive at the market to enjoy more flavors of Tulum. While here you'll try the authentic Mexican dishes of tamales and mole. Continue on to avoid the tourist hot spots and head to the fruit market where you'll conclude your food tour with a refreshing dessert. This is a unique experience where you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide that will take you around Tulum, typically away from common tourist hot-spots to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

6. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

Flavourful dishes, refreshing drinks, and off the beaten path, experience a unique tasting tour featuring Mexican seafood. Stroll through Playa del Carmen's downtown with a guide as you try local bites. Visit 3 seafood eateries and try some of the best pescaderia to the most amazing tostaderia in the Mexican Caribbean. Cool down with a refreshing local beer and enjoy tasty handmade ice cream as you walk through Playa del Carmen. During this 3-hour tasting tour stop by seafood restaurants where the locals go and receive a special introduction to Mexican food and culture.

Puerto Morelos: Tasty Mexican Cooking Class & Feast in Riv

7. Puerto Morelos: Tasty Mexican Cooking Class & Feast in Riv

Traditional Mexican cuisine was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Learn how to make authentic Mexican dishes during this hands on cooking lesson at a private cooking school. Prepare a 6 course gourmet meal, and feel like a member of the family during this small group experience. Your experience will start with a greeting from the friendly staff who will lead you to the dining room where you will have a small Mexican breakfast. Visit an organic garden where you will have the opportunity to learn about some of the herbs and chills that are used in Mexican cuisine.

Playa del Carmen Food Tour

8. Playa del Carmen Food Tour

Travel and food go together perfectly, so why not have a delicious trip while visiting Playa del Carmen? Take your taste buds for a ride on this 2-hour all-inclusive food tour of Mexican cuisine. The cuisine is known for its varied flavors, vibrant colors, and variety of spices and ingredients. It is a blend of indigenous (Mayan/ Aztec) and European elements (mainly Spanish), and in the busy streets of Playa, you will be sure to find it all! On our food tour, you will indulge in authentic Mexican food and regional dishes of the Yucatan. Your local foodie expert will guide you to small, out-of-the-way eateries and locales, away from the tourist mainstays and the tourist path of 5th Avenue. Leave everything in the hands of your passionate, highly knowledgeable guide, including transportation, menu selection, and even paying the bills. All you have to do is savor the food and take a photo or two to remember your culinary journey. The general itinerary includes stops at local food stalls/ stands and restaurants. Begin your tour with the regional cuisine of the Yucatan by trying one of the best tacos you will ever have. Next, discover where “real BBQ” comes from while refreshing with Mexican cola. In addition to the local food stalls and restaurants you will visit, you will also get to see the local Mexican open-air market. Learn about some of the ingredients you eat and how they are used. Stop at a Pozoleria and try a traditional Mexican stew. And you cannot end your tour without dessert, so take your chance to cool off and try Mexican ice cream. You will be guided along the streets of Playa del Carmen, which serves some of the best local food. Some walking is involved, so bring comfortable shoes. Also, be sure to come prepared to eat; even though these are tastings, you will leave quite full!

Playa del Carmen: Vegan Food Walking Tour

9. Playa del Carmen: Vegan Food Walking Tour

Experience Mexico’s vegan culinary world in the streets of Playa del Carmen. Meet your professional guide and take a tour of the area’s history and culture and, most importantly, its food. Enjoy the complexity of Mexican flavours in a contemporary and healthy way. The walking tour will take you through the city, from a classic fruit market with diverse and exotic produce, to small, authentic eateries selling things like Yucatec dishes, ceviche and, of course, tacos. The small group tours host a maximum of 10 people in order to ensure an intimate and highly immersive experience. Perfect for couples, groups of friends, and families. The tour will also highlight some of Playa del Carmen's wonderful street art.

Riviera Maya: Sunset Cruise with Beach Dinner and Open Bar

10. Riviera Maya: Sunset Cruise with Beach Dinner and Open Bar

Discover the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya with this catamaran cruise. Watch the sunset paint the sky, sea, and Mayan jungle. Sip on drinks from a national open bar while you glide over the sea. Indulge in a variety of canopies before stopping for a 4-course dinner on the beach.   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected Riviera Maya hotels in a van and sit back and relax on the transfer to the catamaran. Be welcomed aboard the ship with a delectable welcome cocktail. Set sail and take in the colors of the sunset. Capture pictures of yourself as the sky glows for the evening. Relax with a drink from the bar or snack on a range of canapes like shrimp, caprese, chicken bruschetta, prosciutto and melon, and fruit tart. Return to the Maroma Beach Club and make your way out to the beach for a candle-lit dining experience. Taste a variety of drinks from the international open bar. Choose from a main course of sirloin steak or beef steak and lobster. Return to your hotel at the end of your fine dinning experience.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

We met up with Louis and started the tour off with a nice cold lemonade with chia seeds. From beginning to end, we were treated with kindness and learned so much about the city as we hopped restaurants. We stopped at places that the locals ate at and tried delicious foods best tasted in Mexico. Really enjoyed the experience and would do it again!

When we finally got to our destination we had a great time. Nice secluded romantic area with great food and great drinks. We also got to learn a few things while enjoying our food and drinks.

It was very authentic, you cooked at Alma's home. Alma and her friend were very nice and both explained everything in great detail. Highly recommended

We learned so much and tried so many things I would highly recommend it was such an authentic experience

Amazing..good food, s lot of joy and happiness..good energies..good people..wowee