San Jose

Explore San Jose on Foot: Food Delights and Sights Tour

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San Jose Walking Tour Food History and Architecture
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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and food samples on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
  • San Jose walking and food-tasting tour
  • Explore the city on foot with a local guide who shares insider knowledge
  • Wander through San Jose’s Mercado El Registro and view its famous stands
  • Stroll through the Central Market and sample Costa Rican fruit and tasty artisanal ice cream
  • Choose from private or small group tour
  • Enjoy this carbon neutral, operated by a B Corp certified company committed to using travel as a force for good.

What's Included

  • See a side of San Jose known only by locals with a Local English speaking guide
  • Savor several tasty seasonal samplings and sample local drink (Fresco)
  • Enjoy artisan ice cream
  • Discover colourful markets: Mercado El Registro and Central Market
  • Take a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • National Theatre of Costa Rica
    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, San José, Catedral, Costa Rica

    Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • San José Central Market
    Mercado central de San José, Av. Central, San José, Paso De La Vaca, Costa Rica

    Mercado Central

What To Expect

Awaken your taste buds on this flavorful walking tour of San Jose. Start the morning off right with an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee when you meet your local guide at the local Mercado El Registro. Explore the stalls of this traditional market and discover the agricultural history of the produce and medicinal products you see. Sample fresh tropical fruit and see a side of San Jose known only by locals and not found in guidebook.

Your next stop is the historic Central Market, which has been providing fresh produce and local goods to San Jose residents since 1882. Wander through the maze of vendor stalls and sample from the incredible variety of fresh produce and other Costa Rican kitchen specialties while your guide discusses the history of the market.

Finish your tour with a visit to a local cantina to taste traditional snacks and drinks another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.

National Theater of Costa Rica

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Plaza de la Cultura (Pass By)

Museo de Oro Precolombino (Pass By)

Edificio Steinvorth (Pass By)

Parque Central de San José (Pass By)

Metropolitan Cathedral of San José

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Old Registry Market

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Central Market (Mercado Central)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a child friendly Tour.
  • This Tour can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Small Group or private option available.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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.

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A little taste of Costa Rica
Johna_E, Mar 2024
I did expect more food on the tour for somereason and there was a bit of walking and history before getting to any food which was maybe 45-1 hour in so keep that in mind. When you see other food items on the tour besides the free stuff you taste BUY it so you don't miss the opportunity. Very good host and overall good experience.i appreciated trying things I might not have tried otherwise.
The guide had such a...
DONALD_M, Feb 2024
The guide had such a grasp of the history and culture of Costa Rica. He spoke English clearly with a good delivery.
Fun city walk and Intro to Central Market
Heather_R, Jan 2024
This was a great tour with Inuel (not sure if the spelling). It was a great history lesson on a lot of areas, buildings, parks. Loved the hot chocolate!!! We enjoyed central market very much. There were 3 guests in our tour.
Very good walking tour
Daniel_D, Jan 2024
5 stars because we had a great guide. Mateus-Emil, a young man who just graduated from high school was great, very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. We have learned a lot about the city and the country and a little about the local culture. It was a nice, pleasant and easy walk. I should mention that we had a private tour. I would suggest a new title for this tour as it is a bit misleading. It is not a food tour. That being said such a tour should be offered…with a real focus on food.
Short tour.
Deborah_C, Aug 2023
A very good way to see some of San Jose in a short time. Our guide tailored the tour to our wishes. The cocoa cafe and market were the highlights. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Historical but not a good tour
Heather_M, Apr 2023
Was not a food tour. Spent too much time sitting in a coffee shop. Was an interesting historic tour but this was supposed to be a food tour.
A fun & informative morning
Anne_J, Feb 2023
We met a group of really nice fellow travelers which was fun. Also really enjoyed the traditional coffee and hot chocolate experience. Seeing the central Mercado was great and much more meaningful with our guide to explain things.
History and food come alive in San Jose!
Angela_T, Jan 2023
Fabulous tour with Luz, our fabulous guide who taught us so much about the history of San Jose and Costa Rica! She took us into the markets where we sampled gorgeous tropical fruits and then tamales and coffee! Would thoroughly recommend this tour. Luz was very generous with her time also as we had so many questions!
Amazing experience
Manuela_H, Nov 2022
I was lucky to get a private tour because it was just me and my guide Venicio. His knowledge about everything at central market was just amazing. I could try fruits I have never seen before and got to taste Costa Rican specialties. He showed me important places in San Jose and could tell me a lot about their history. It was so much fun! I highly recommend this tour.
Pura Vida
Vernitra_S, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience. To be immersed in the Costa Rican way of things…the culture was a unforgettable experience. I would definitely do it again.
Don’t miss this tour!
Matti_S, Aug 2022
Malo was an amazing tour guide. His stories and knowledge made the entire day a joy with lots of fun and learning. He truly wanted us to experience San Jose and made sure that we got many different experiences.
Learned so much on this...
Elizabeth_G, Jul 2022
Learned so much on this tour! The tour guide, Vini, was wonderful - it was like hanging out with a friend who just happened to be an expert on Costa Rica food & history. I was a little concerned about the rain, but the markets are indoors, so it turned out not to be an issue at all. Highly recommend!
A Perfect Introduction to Costa Rican Culture
Avandi_C, Jun 2022
My husband and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed our tour with Vinny. It was our first time visiting Costa Rica and this was an excellent way to be introduced to some of the cuisine and history of the country. Vinny was very knowledgable, personable and he truly felt like an old friend. He took us to Mercado Borbón where we interacted with some of the locals and sampled some native fruit and we also visited Mercado Central and had the chance to try some empanadas and some other tasty bites. We also stopped at the famous La Sorbetera De Lolo Mora - a definite must-try! After all of that incredible food, we had the chance to walk it all off with a nice and not to mention informative stroll through the city, thanks to Vinny and his insights. All in all, we would HIGHLY recommend this tour. It's the ideal way to be introduced to Costa Rican culture via food and history.
Great tour of a beautiful city
STEVEN_L, May 2022
Saw several historic buildings and monuments then a wonderful tour of the Fresh Market where we had a taste of several different fruits, juices and local foods. Learned the history of the city and the people. Fabulous day.
Perfect!
O_M, Apr 2022
Great experience with a wonderful guide, the tour was exactly as described. Would recommend to anyone.
The guide (Luz was her...
Christopher_S, Apr 2022
The guide (Luz was her name, I think?) was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She did a great job. She brought the city to life for us.
Great orientation to the city & food
John_S, Apr 2022
Luz was great! Very fun and knowledgeable. We got to taste lots of local fruit, pastries and coffee as well as getting orientation to the markets and centre of San José.
Amazing tour of San Jose !
Cynara_D, Mar 2022
My tour guide was wonderful, she knew a lot about the history and shared her knowledge with me. We tasted many different fruits and vegetables and I really enjoyed my tour with her! Highly recommend this tour !
great introduction to history of San Jose, Costa Rica.
CHIWHEI_L, Feb 2022
excellent introduction to the history of San Jose, Costa Rica. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable about the city. Showed us around the important landmarks of the city. also took us to sample some great coffee, desserts and candies only found in Costa Rica, and a variety of different fruits.
It was so informative and...
mac_g, Nov 2021
It was so informative and the sites we were taken to really have me a better understanding of San Jose and Costa Rica
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