Bites and Sights: Walking Food Tour in San Jose

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328 reviews   (4.92)

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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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Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll get up close and personal, through local food, history, culture even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables in the Borbon Market. We’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting empanada with cheese and beans. Seeing diverse sites like the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful Morazan parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history and from this experience, you’ll have another sense taste to get more in tune with San Jose. For the end visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado, enjoy a tamal cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, try our famous Agua de Sapo make with sugar cañe and lemon.

What's Included

A tamale, Costa Rica Style, cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf

The traditional empanada made of Corn, you can choose from various flavors such as cheese with bean

Try in the Central Market the traditional empanada made of corn, with cheese or beans.

"October 31 Cocktail Halloween Show" Included on this date.

In the Borbon Market you can try the seasonal fruits.

Make Tortillas and learn how to make mature plantain empanadas with cheese

More than coffee, you will enjoy various types of very old local drinks.

Seasonal fruits Samples

Tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado.Try our famous Agua de Sapo, with sugar cañe and lemon.

What's Not Included

Alcoholic Beverages


Private transportation

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 8 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 75

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Private option
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Central Market (Mercado Central)
The San Jose Central Market is an important cultural site in Costa Rica as it is one of the oldest and most representative places of San Jose, the capital city of the country. The market opened in 1880, making it one of the oldest landmarks in Costa Rica as the country declared independence in 1821.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Mercado Borbón is a true sensory experience of sights and smells, and you might catch the daily hand-truck race among the workers. The focus is on produce, though it sells a bit of everything

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Correos de Costa Rica
This is the best to understand, why is hard to find an address on here.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)
The Metropolitan Cathedral is the main church in San Jose Costa Rica. This Catholic cathedral stands superbly with neoclassical posture overlooking Central Park and the crowded streets and avenues of the capital city.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Is include a visit to the entrance hall of Costa Rica’s National Theater. In the heart of San Jose, the National Theatre (Teatro Nacional) remains one of the capital city’s most popular tourist attractions.” The ornate Neo-Classical theatre is considered the finest historic building in San Jose, and is known for its exquisite interior decorated with lavish furnishings and beautiful murals.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Parque Espana
With this walking tour we can also enjoy of the beauty of the nature when we visit the Spain park.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


Start your time in San Jose with this!
CozumeLover, 22-09-2022
I can’t recommend this tour enough! Just wear some good walking shoes and come hungry and with your phone charged to take lots of pictures! Ernesto was amazing and made our time in San Jose everything we wanted it to be!
Love this tour
Chenfong L, 22-09-2022
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide with plenty of local fruit and food to eat. Worth every penny!
Go on this tour!
Iliana M, 14-09-2022
Such a fun time getting to explore San Jose. If you want to see San Jose then I would recommend this tour. As two women it felt not as safe to walk alone but with this tour we were able to see what we wanted and tried some great food too!
Great food and a great tour
Thomas_Z, 13-09-2022
This tour was amazing! We got to taste many of the local delicacies and learn about some of Costa Rican culture. Our tour guide Daniel was excellent and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Nice tour to explore a bit of San Jose
Lisanne_v, 10-09-2022
Lovely tour! We booked the tour to fight our Jetlag and where very pleasantly surprised. We got to try different types of typical Costa Rican foods and even ice cream that was only served in one place in San Jose (we forgot to go back for that but was so goooood)!
wodonga, 12-01-2023
Excellent tour from start to finish. Good communication on booking. Easy to find start location. Angel was excellent and engaged everyone in the group. Enjoyed the mix of foods we tried. Loved both markets, fruit market and the central market. Really enjoyed the stories and history of the various locations. Lovely ending tasting coffee and making empanadas. Highly recommended
A tasty welcome to Pura Vida
IsahMaazing, 10-01-2023
Great intro to Costa Rican culture via the stomach. Angel our tour guide was patient and knowledgeable. He introduced many foods to us and gave a good overview of Costa Rican culture.
I enjoyed the pace of the tour as well, not too fast, not too slow.
We had the opportunity to ask questions between our stops as needed.
Tour through San Jose markets
Mike_T, 07-01-2023
We had a great experience on the bites and sights tour of San Jose. It was great getting to experience the different markets. Our tour guide knew everyone and all the great spots and which local fruits to try. Overall a really great tour that I'd highly recommend.
A great introduction to SJ and tico culture!
Amanda S, 06-01-2023
A perfect way to spend an afternoon in SJ! It’s very much worth the price, we got so full on all the delicious fruit, food and dessert. Our guide Dino was great and was the perfect person to introduce or advance your understanding of tico food culture and the city’s history.

This tour was so well rounded and we really wished we would have taken the tour at the start and not the end of our vacation, since we discovered many places we wanted to visit again.

Anyone who says San Jose is not worth staying in are wrong!
Amazing experience, your and your guide!
Steven_R, 12-01-2023
Angel was a great tour guide. This your in general exceeded my expectations. The story telling was good, we had a good amount of food and dive into the Costa Rican culture. Would absolutely recommend booking this your if you are in Costa Rica!
Great value and fun tour!
8katherinel, 12-01-2023
Great way to see and learn about the city and have some fabulous food too. The guide was very knowledgeable and we had lots of fun.
Good variety of food and sights
J6683TLterrim, 06-01-2023
Enjoyed the ceviche it was so good. The cooking of the empanada and having coffee sitting at the end of tour was fun as well as trying many different fruits.

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