San Jose

Bites and Sights: Walking Food Tour in San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose around Bites Sigths and Markets

From $33.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Sample a wide variety of Costa Rican flavors while learning about the country's cultural heritage with this San Jose walking tour. You'll shop for fruits and veggies at the Mercado Central and the Mercado Borbón, visit the National Theater and La Laguna Plaza, and try all sorts of local treats along the way.
  • Explore San Jose on foot with a local guide
  • Choose from private or small-group options
  • Early-morning and late-morning departures are available
  • Food and beverages are included in the price

What's Included

  • Tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado.Try our famous Agua de Sapo, with sugar cañe and lemon.
  • A tamale, Costa Rica Style, cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf
  • Make Tortillas and learn how to make mature plantain empanadas with cheese
  • In the Borbon Market you can try the seasonal fruits.
  • Try in the Central Market the traditional caldosa.
  • Private transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Los Presentes
    C. 4, San José, Paso De La Vaca, Costa Rica

    Between Avenue one and Central Avenue on street 4, we have the Central Bank of Costa Rica, in front of the main entrance we have a Monument with several small green people, this monument is known as the Monument de los Presentes, there is where the we will be waiting to start the tour.

End point

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

    The tour ends at Mr Sloth Coffee Shop, a very special cafeteria of fine coffees and chocolates, where we will taste coffee food and cook dessert.

What To Expect

Central Market (Mercado Central)

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Mercado Borbón

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Correos de Costa Rica

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Templo de la Música

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Parque Espana

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop

30 minutesAdmission 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
  • Safety Tips, San Jose is a big city like any other, it is a preventive measure to dont wear flashy jewelry.
  • Dont eat before the tour.
  • The groups are 12 people with a guide.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 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.
  • 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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This is a 3 hour journey through San Jose that will take you into the places you’d never find on your own.
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Delightful walk and variety of foods of Costa Rica
Gregory_T, Feb 2024
Really enjoyed the Markets and food stops along the way. Daniel did a great job of navigating us thru and explaining a lot of history of the markets and several landmarks and points of interest. Finish at the coffee shop was a nice finish and I liked the empanada making.
A Fabulous Tour for the Whole Family!
David_W, Feb 2024
My tour was amazing! Learned so much from my female guide whose name I can’t remember. My favorite was the farmer’s market and all the wonderful fruit we sampled. The sample of ceviches was fabulous. Now I know how to look for fresh fish! This tour was well worth the small cost. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen!
Great walking tour
Alex_S, Feb 2024
Great walking tour around downtown San Jose, we enjoyed eating locally grown produce, sampling food from the farmers market, and making some traditional Costa Rican. Very educational and fun
San Jose delight
Juliette_O, Feb 2024
Excellent variety of food tasting Andrea our guide was very informative and her mission was to ensure we had a great experience in San Jose 😎😎
Sites and Bites Rock
Fred_H, Feb 2024
Angel was great. His knowledge and humor made for the perfect tour. Trying new food was satisfied my curious pallet. Meeting new people was a BONUS. Keep up the good work!
Fun to explore places we wouldn’t have found otherwise and sample multiple foods
Heather_R, Feb 2024
We enjoyed everything about this tour, it was a nice mix of food tastings and history of the city. My favorite parts were the fruit tastings in the farmer’s market which seems to the central to life in San Jose but we would have never found it on our own. As well as the portion in the Central Market; the ceviche, as well as the ice cream there were delicious. The tour ends with a delicious tamale as well as a hands on cooking moment which was fun. Definitely recommend.
Amazing tour!!!!
Tom_C, Feb 2024
We.loved this tour! Our guide (whose name starts Dino…) was amazing. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. The tour took us through the markets where we got to try a great variety of local fruits, many of which were new to us. We ended at a meeting room above a coffee shop where we ate tamales, drank “frog juice”, made our own empanadas to eat, and learned how to make Costa Rican coffee which of course we sampled. All the while we learned new things about this beautiful country.
Open your taste buds to new sensations
Richard_B, Feb 2024
We were a small group of just five so we learned how to pick the best quality fruit. Our guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable, willing to answer all question, and most importantly, seemed to enjoy leading us.
Wonderful afternoon in central San jose
Maria_C, Feb 2024
This tour was so so good!!! Eric is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Everything we tasted was delicious and the experience at the coffee shop was unique and fun!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
A must do when in San Jose for a few days.
Susan_S, Feb 2024
Our guide, Daniel, guided us through the city sharing stories and different types of food from the local markets. It was a fabulous tour!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Best way to start a Costa Rica adventure.
Wolfgang_R, Feb 2024
Angel was great in sharing information about the country and its history, and he took us on a tour of two beautiful abd amazing markets, where we got to experience some delicious samples. Finishing off with making empanadas and eating tamales. 3 great hours
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Great 3 hour tour!
Mary_M, Feb 2024
We had a Wonderful tour guide - answered all our questions. The tour was equally split between cultural sites and food stops. Would recommend this tour to others.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Fun and informative tour. The market visits were awesome!
Joelle_M, Feb 2024
Angel was our guide and he did a fantastic job. He was so informative while being entertaining. We learned so much about the culture and traditions of Costa Rica as well as some history. The markets we went through were great and loved the various foods we tried. Angel was always focused on food safety and washing his hands often when handling food. It was truly an authentic view of San Jose. The cooking class and coffee demonstration was at the conclusion was fun and a very special edition. The only suggestion though is the room the class was in was too warm. A fan would have made it much more comfortable. Also well there was no water the building at the time of our visit and since these were the only restrooms we had access to during our 3 hour time together they were not pleasant to use. If maybe a heads up had been given to Angel we have found a functioning bathroom before heading to final stop. I highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Best Value!
Marie_W, Feb 2024
What a value! Guide great! Has fruit, tamale wrapped in banana leaves, made an empanada, ice cream, coffee tasting. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Excellent experience!
Sheri_W, Feb 2024
Dinera was an excellent guide. She was enthusiastic, informative, kind, helpful, approachable, flexible. We had a great time, ate very well, and learned a lot.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Delicious and friendly
Susan_P, Feb 2024
We ate 7-9 fresh fruits that were new to us and they were absolutely delicious. And the other food tastings were things we wouldn’t have tried but they were delicious! Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and didn’t rush us. So glad we did this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Yummm
Jessica_B, Feb 2024
This was a really fun tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of fun facts about Costa Rica while giving us lots of laughs as well. We got to taste some yummy food, the fruit was the best. It was a great way to spend some time in San Jose.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
A must do!!
Tayllor_P, Feb 2024
Great tour that showed us around San Jose and gave us a glimpse of how the locals shop and cook their delicious food! I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to take a deeper drive into the city and learn more historical and culinary backgrounds.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Must do in San Jose!
Scott_D, Feb 2024
Our walking food tour in San Jose with guide Dinora was amazing! She was kind, friendly, and knowledgeable. We visited markets and tried various local fruits and snacks, saw local sights, ate a delicious tamal, made empeñadas, and tasted the local coffee in various preparations. Our entire group absolutely loved this tour and our guide and we would highly recommend it to anyone.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
Must do!
Aliya_M, Feb 2024
This was incredible! HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a fun and unique way to experience the city. Our guide was so sweet and personable and had so much knowledge to share. We got to try great food and even try our hand at making some! Genuinely went above and beyond my expectations!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for taking the tour with us, we are a 100% local family company, in which we faithfully believe in the development of the ecological urban tourism concept in which to make history known through its local gastronomy, creating at the same time a circular economy, thank you very much for your support.
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