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Authentic Mexican Cooking Lesson With a Gastronomic Historian in Mexico City provided by Traveling Spoon

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Authentic Mexican Cooking Lesson With a Gastronomic Historian in Mexico City

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 04/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Learn to make authentic Mexican dishes in the kitchen of a local host, then enjoy the homemade meal you’ve helped to prepare. Lucía, an expert in Mexican gastronomic traditions, uses fresh, local ingredients to teach techniques and recipes based around a seasonal menu. Learn how to prepare some of the country’s most revered dishes—like pre-Columbian mole sauces and chiles en nogada, Mexico’s national dish—during this private, hands-on experience.
  • Gain immersive, hands-on experience with one of the world’s great cuisines
  • Cook authentic Mexican dishes with the help of a passionate expert
  • Enjoy a delicious homemade meal prepared with local, seasonal ingredients 
  • Learn techniques, recipes, and culinary history with private instruction
What to Expect
Arrive at the welcoming home of Lucía, an expert in Mexican cooking who holds both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in Mexican food and culinary history. Escape the busy streets of Mexico City in Lucía’s traditional kitchen in the colonial San Ángel neighborhood. There, learn the techniques and recipes passed down through generations of Lucía’s family (as well as that of her husband, who is from the southern Mexican state of the Yucatán) during this private experience. With Lucía’s guidance, cook a seasonal menu that includes beloved Mexican dishes such as sopa de nopalitos (cactus paddles in bean broth), albondigas en salsa de chile chipotle mecos (meatballs in a smoked chili sauce), and traditional moles (savory meat dishes cooked in spice and chili sauce). Then, sit in her enviable garden and eat a home-cooked meal.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mexico City, Mexico
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private cooking class + meal with your host Lucia
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • Please note, this is not a commercial cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into a Mexico City home to meet a local who is an expert cook, and share Mexican culture and cuisine together.
  • Minimum numbers apply. Lucia has a two guest minimum. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cathy G wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
Lucía was a fabulous hostess and the cooking class was full of great information about Mexican history and it’s relationship with the country’s delicious food. She has a wealth of knowledge about the culinary heritage of Mexico.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Christopher F wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
I have done multiple Traveling Spoon experiences in multiple countries and by far my favorite has been the day with Lucia. Lucia might be the most delightful person in Mexico, what a great day from start to finish! The food was delicious and she made us feel like we were part
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Date of experience: December 2019
philngu wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Let me just start by saying that our guide Lucia was absolutely STELLAR. My wife and I managed to book her last minute during a holiday week but she was kind enough to work with our schedule. We arrived at Mercado San Angel for the tour and she was extremely knowledgeable of all
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Date of experience: January 2020
Sassy Sarah wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the best travel decision I have made in a long time! Lucia was delightful and the food we made was absolutely delicious and I would go back again in a heartbeat. Lucia is a top notch Mexican gastronomer and she made our experience interesting, informative, and hands
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Date of experience: October 2019
Lilytravels wrote a review Sep 2019
Canada44 contributions37 helpful votes
What a great day from start to finish! This wonderful very unique experience of learning with Lucia exceeded every expectation. Starting with a tour around the market and learning about ingredients, sauces, spices, new (to me) fruit and vegetables along with the history of uses
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Fun, easy and most importantly delicious!
Margarita is a wonderful and engaging host. Our remote team was looking for a fun activity for a remote get-togethe
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Wonderful day with Ismael
Ismael's personality, knowledge and skill set make him an excellent choice for a cooking class in Mexico City. The
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Market visit and cooking class
Lucia is terrific. She met my friends and me in the market and took us on a tour. We visited various vendors and le
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Amazing Experience!
Amazing hosts and experience. It was fun to get an insiders look at the market, and a warm experience in Alex’s and
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Market and cooking with Alex
We enjoyed the authentic experiences of the market and cooking in his home including the wonderful fresh food. Than
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Perfectly wonderful experience!
Simply put, our experience with Alex could not have been better. We learned so much about the neighborhood, the mar
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Tara B
Great time with Ishmael
My mother and I really enjoyed this day! We loved the market and took away great, easy recipes! Fun day!
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Margarita, a Traveling Spoon hostess, provides an awesome, authentic Mexican food experience
My wife and I had the good fortune of visiting the home of Margarita and her husband, Gonzalo, in Mexico City as pa
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An Authentic Mexican Cooking Experience
If you like cooking (or if you want to learn more about cooking) this experience is perfect. Margarita taught us h
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Christi B
Excellent & Special Experience!
We (mother/daughter) had an incredible day with Chef Margarita! Everything from her warm welcome, beautiful home,
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Lorraine P
Amazing experience
Our host, Margarita, was incredible. Her home is lovely; she is knowledgeable, organized, and had all 3 of us parti
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Amazing cooking class
My friends and I had the pleasure of experiencing a hands on cooking class and tour of Mercado de San Juan with Ale
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Cooking Lessons in Mexico City
We had such a lovely time with Alex and Ale! From the ease of communication before our home cooking lesson to the b
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Great market tour and in home cooking class
Went with Ismael to a local market, where we tried different fruits and vegetables, which was really awesome. Then
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Our cooking class with Alex and Ale was a real highlight of our trip. From the visit to the San Juan Market to bust
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