Playa Del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience And Local Markets Tour

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  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM
  • Return Details :
    Meeting instructions Please ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the corner of "SILVA" store on: 50 Avenida Norte, Ejidal, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Chef Alma will be waiting for you ther.. read more
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Meet Chef Alma and begin your Cooking day with a visit to some of the Local Spice Markets to buy the fresh ingredients for the dishes and the salsas of the day, we look for the local spice and product shops for the original flavors.
After selecting and shopping the produces, we will go to the home of the Chef for the hands-on cooking class. Our Chef and her family will share with you the best of her own family recipes, as well as the finest of the traditional Mexican dishes.
You will hand make your own corn tortillas, learn cooking techniques and you will indulge yourself into the delicious and more representative dishes of the Mexican cuisine.
And the best of all: you eat what you cook during the class.
All this in authentic "Mi Casa es su Casa" atmosphere


Meet your Master Chef and start a day of cultural and culinary immersion, you will discover the authentic local neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen while you shop and visit the local markets for the produces and ingredients that you will need to cook the recipes of the day.


  • Cooking class by Master Chef
  • All ingredients
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Food tasting


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Public transportation options are available nearby

Infants are required to sit on an adults lap

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Language: English & Spanish

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Please Let us know about Food Allergies, Food restrictions or Mobility issues

We respect and follow all health and safety protocols recommended by authorities.

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  • 27-Jul-2023

    Had a really special day learning about the community, culture, and cooking. We felt like honored guests in someone’s home making and learning about amazing food we can’t wait to try at home. I highly recommend if you like to cook and want an opportunity to connect with a beautiful, local family. (Don’t eat a big breakfast before you go!)

  • 26-Jul-2023

    I loved learning about the (short) history of Playa del Carmen, and the food we made was delicious! Very friendly instructor with perfect English (she spent many years in the US) and her amazing aunt.

  • 15-Jul-2023

    Alma and her aunt were amazing! I highly recommend this cooking experience to everyone visiting Playa del Carmen. We felt so welcome in her home. The food was excellent!

  • 09-Jul-2023

    This cooking experience has it all. You learn some history of Playa Del Carmen as well as shop at their local market. Alma is a wonderful instructor. She gives great instruction and helpful tips while cooking our food. Once we have prepared our meal we sat down and enjoyed our delicious food with a mango margarita. I would highly recommend this experience.

  • 24-Jun-2023

    We had a wonderful time at Cookin’ Playa with Chef Alma. It wasn’t just a cooking class – it was a lesson in Playa Del Carmen history, culture and community. We first got acquainted with each other in the Cookin’ Playa kitchen, and met Chef Alma’s assistant and aunt, Tia Lily. Chef Alma then walked with us through her neighborhood to the tortilleria where they showed us the process of large-batch tortilla making and we learned the role tortilla’s play in the Mexican food supply. There she purchased some masa which we later used in the tamales we made. Then we crossed the street and visited the market – an open-air grocery full of fresh fruits, vegetables and other food staples. Chef Alma shared with us the importance of these businesses in the neighborhood – once the grocery opened, a juice bar was able to open as they had access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Then two restaurants were able to open. In neighborhoods like this, without these businesses, the residents would need to travel miles. Shopping and dining in local neighborhoods, not just the tourist zones, during your travels is important. We returned to the Cookin’ Playa kitchen, which is one unit of a larger complex built by Chef Alma’s parents, Tia Lily was ready and waiting with a few items prepped. Throughout the course we learned “basic, not boring” recipes that are extremely versatile and can be used in many dishes including soups, stews, pasta, casseroles, etc. Daily menu items always include salsa and guacamole, and we were there on a Tuesday – tamale day! Throughout the course Chef Alma answered our many questions, shared with us how food availability, over time, has influenced various dishes and recipes, and provided tips and techniques for handling various foods (if you want to know the best way to peel a mango, store cut avocados or guacamole, or prepare banana leaves for tamales, take this class!) Chef Alma and Tia Lily are a terrific team who are part family legacy chefs. Their warm hospitality and easy conversation, plus the most delicious meal we had during our 9 days in Playa del Carmen, was beyond our expectations. Don’t hesitate – sign up and take this class during your stay in Playa Del Carmen!

  • 21-Jun-2023

    Absolutely incredible! Alma walked us through the neighborhood, talked about the history and her story of living in the area. She took us to local stores and then back to her beautiful home to prepare some dishes! Everything was delicious and it was a very fun experience for us preparing the meal and hanging out with her and her aunt! We got to take home a full belly, apron and a cookbook. Highly recommend

  • 23-May-2023

    Alma was a wonderful host. The experience was much more than expected. Alma shared history of some of the foods and her family. The visit to the local market and tortilla factory gave an added touch to the local culture. Alma and Lily were full of fun and we felt comfortable and as if we were at home in her kitchen. I highly recommend this to any age group; even if you don’t cook you will enjoy this.

  • 23-May-2023

    Alma was wonderful and everything was amazing! This exceeded my expectations 100% and I’ll definitely return and do this again!

  • 29-Apr-2023

    Such a great experience, absolutely a highlight of my trip! Suited to all skill levels, you just need an appreciation for good food and great company!

  • 28-Apr-2023

    This was such a wonderful experience and definitely a highlight of our trip to Playa. Cooking with Alma and her Tia in their kitchen with old family recipes, sharing stories, and laughter was just so special. They made me feel at home and well cared for in their space. The food was delicious and we left with lots of new recipes to share back home. Before coking we walked to the nearby market which has absolutely fresh food and we also made it to the local tortilleria. Walking distance wasn’t too far, maybe 1/4 mile. We had a vegetarian in our group and Alma took care to make our meal veg friendly. Would definitely recommend and hope to be able to do this again!

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