Explore San Jose on Foot: Food Delights and Sights Walking Tour

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From $39.30

209 reviews   (4.79)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Learn about local life in San Jose through its architecture, history and food. This 3-hour walking tour shows you the typical lifestyle of the capital as you stroll through the streets with a knowledgeable local guide. Get to know the city through its grand markets and coffee history, ending at Mercado Central (Central Market) where you’ll sip Costa Rican coffee and sample some tasty food. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.

What's Included

Discover colourful markets: Borbon and Central Market

Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay

Savor several tasty seasonal samplings as well as its famous organic coffee

See a side of San Jose known only by locals with a Local English speaking guide

Take a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables

What's Not Included

Additional food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Service animals allowed
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

Your San Jose food tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Central Market (Mercado Central)
Your San Jose market tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. Seeing the diverse sites of these markets will help you get to know the country and its rich history and on this tour, you’ll be another sense – taste – to get more in tune with San Jose.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Learned so much on this...
Elizabeth_G, 14-07-2022
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!
Pura Vida
Vernitra_S, 27-08-2022
Wonderful experience. To be immersed in the Costa Rican way of things…the culture was a unforgettable experience. I would definitely do it again.
The wonderful fruits of San Jose
Daniel S, 26-08-2022
Andrew, our tour guide, was a wonderful companion for the 3 full hours we wondered around the markets of San Jose Costa Rica. He knew the history and had many interesting stories to tell us about how San Jose came to be. We met at the National Theatre. He explained how coffee was the base from which San Jose grew. We then walked to a fruit market where we ate many tropical fruits which were all delicious! My favorite was the Mormón china. A red fruit that looked crazy on the outside but once you peeled the skin there was a sweet delicate fruit that tastesed wonderful.
We then walked to the Central Market and had Caldados. That is ceviche in a bag of doritos. It was wonderful. We also stopped by and had a tasty cup of coffee. All in all a wonderful experience. We are very happy we did this excursion and recommend it highly.
Don’t miss this tour!
Matti_S, 06-08-2022
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.
A Perfect Introduction to Costa Rican Culture
Avandi_C, 25-06-2022
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.
Food tasting and exploring
sharonz527, 10-01-2023
Very enjoyable as my daughter and I got an understanding of the local culture and food. Enjoyed the fruit tasting and making plaintain empanadas. We ended it with amazing Costa Rican coffee.
San Jose walking tour and gourmet dinner!
TravelbugFL, 02-12-2022
What a great experience! Daniel was a great tour guide polite, professional, and informative! Not too much walking just enough to get a taste of the area. The drinks were fun and tasty the restaurant was super charming and the food and service was excellent!
Amazing experience
Manuela_H, 23-11-2022
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.

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