San Jose

San Jose Bites and Sights Walking Food Tour and visit Gold Museum

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose Food and Gold Museum Tour
  • 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Turn exploring San Jose into an ultra-rich cultural experience with this guided “bites and sights” tour. You’ll start at the city’s best markets—Central and Borbon markets—tasting empanadas, fresh fruits, coffees, and more, plus learning all about local goods and handicrafts. You’ll also get a guided exploration of the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, diving even deeper into the city’s gilded history.
  • Snacks, lunch, and museum entrance included
  • Explore two fantastic markets with a local guide leading your sensory adventure
  • Dive into the city's history with complimentary museum access
  • Limited to 12 travelers, you'll get a fun, small-group experience

What's Included

  • Visit the Central Market
  • Visit Borbon Market
  • Food and drink samples
  • Entrance fee to Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
  • Lunch is included
  • Local Guide
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Banco Central De Costa Rica Garden
    WWM9+PQW, Av. Central, San José, Paso De La Vaca, Costa Rica

    At the Los Presentes Monument in front of the Central Bank of San Jose, in between Avenue 1 and Avenue Central

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

  • Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop
    Urban Tours, C. 5, San José, El Carmen, 10101, Costa Rica

    After the museums we will visit Mr sloth to enjoy authentic food like tamales and classes to cook banana empanadas. we will also enjoy preparing Costa Rican-style drip coffee and tasting authentic soft drinks such as toad water.

What To Expect

Central Market (Mercado Central)

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Mercado Borbón

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by San Jose Urban Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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19 reviews
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Amazing Tour!
Amman_A, Mar 2024
Amazing tour of San Jose and enjoyed some delicious food along the way. For the last stop we made empanadas and had some delicious coffee. Highly recommend. Family friendly as well, we brought our 2 year old son and there were no issues.
Great combo!
Razia_Z, Mar 2024
This was a great tour. We sampled a large variety of foods which were a meal in themselves. Our guide was really nice and knowledgeable. It was a perfect combination to go to the gold museum and see the downtown too. Costa Rica is wonderful but San Jose is a one or 2 day destination and this tour takes care of the highlights. Highly recommend.
Great food and cultural experience
George_B, Jan 2024
Our guide was very friendly and informative about local culture and history. Enjoyed learning about native foods and coffee, and making our own empanadas! Museum was very interesting. Nice experience!!
Enjoyable trip
Hwangji_L, Nov 2023
I had great time and tried various foods in this tour. Originally, we were supposed to visit Gold Museum. But the museum was closed due to unexpected emergency. The tour guide contacted his boss, so the boss as the 2nd tour guide, took us to the National Museum. We had wonderful time learning in the National Museum.
Can’t miss this walking food tour & gold museum while visiting San Jose costa rica
Cindy_B, Feb 2023
Our guide Ernesto was very friendly knowledgeable and made this tour a lot of fun. There was so much culture and history that was explained, and so many delicious locally grown fruits we sampled. Every shop seemed to know who Ernesto was, and it was very clear that he had made many friends in San Jose over the years. The coffee testing at Mr. sloth’s coffee was extremely educational on how coffee is growing, harvested and manufactured, and the taste was delicious. We learned how to make empenadas which was a lot of fun, provided a cultural experience, and also very delicious. After the walking food tour, the gold museum contained intricately, detailed, miniature pieces of various gold items depicting rank and caste of previous civilizations. It was very fascinating to learn about the Costa Rican culture before modern times. This tour was an enjoyable, and must do must experience tour while visiting San Jose Costa Rica. Ernesto is a top guide, highly recommend asking for him when considering this tour. It is very clear that he loves his country and is proud to be its citizen.
Keith_R, May 2022
The tour didn’t show up and they advised he will be 2.5 hrs late. Asked for a refund and have still not received it
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Keith, you must have made us very sad, but that day the guide on the way to the meeting point, due to the rains, a bridge collapsed and I was left at a point with no signal, but we were able to communicate with you by phone on time, and the return of the item was immediately made. money, we really apologize for what happened but it got out of hand.
A must do tour of San Jose!
pckrusk, Apr 2022
Gladys took us to the market in San Jose and that was awesome. She really knows her way around and introduced us to some interesting local items. She was awsome!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello, I am glad that you had a good time during our experience, every day we try to improve what we do and now it includes many more activities for the pleasure of our clients
Fun and informative
BC_C, Mar 2022
Our guide, Ernesto, was really good. We began at a local outdoor market that features fresh meat and produce and an assortment of CR foods prepared for consumption at the market. We then moved on to a general merchandise mart on the street. There was a wide assortment of goods including tee shirts, sun glasses and the usual as well as many hand crafted items. Then we stopped at the National Theatre, which is a stunning edifice where some of the furnishings in the cafe are original -- more than one hundred years old. Finally, it was off to the Gold Museum, which offers far more than gold. Although there are many precious artifacts displayed at the museum, there is also a history of Central America going back to when indigenous peoples occupied the land. All in all, it was a very nice experience and well worth the money.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hello Bc yes this tour is excellent not only for history food and also shopping and get a good contact with locals, glad you had a good time, Thanks from San Jose Urban Tours Team
Nicht tour
Leonhard_S, Nov 2021
Nice guide Ernesto, knows a lot. Very interesting and informative. The entry fee for the Gold museum is included.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Hello and thank you for taking the tour with us. we are glad you had a good time. Thanks
Underpriced tour Great Value . Lots of Exotic fruits
danielleeberhardt, Sep 2021
Guide is a costa Rica local . Seems very social and knowledgeable of san jose . Safe and conformal from a single woman traveler . Meet up location directions were on point. Tour is underpriced SO GREAT VALUE for my money. Love the cup of coffee and exotic fruits even tobacco. Also i know now ,where to buy 20$ Nike's shoes in town . Tip! Bring water and good shoes. Your tour guide Pickup details Waiting time Value for money What you loved What could have been better Tips for travelers
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Hola Danielle, so glad you had a good time and thank you to support local own companies. Thank you from San Jose Urban Team
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