TJ BITES is a curated and guided foodie dream tour of Tijuana's vibrant culinary scene. This full-day tasting tour visits gourmet restaurants, world-famous taco stands, locals-only street carts, a Mexican craft brewery, the birthplace of the iconic Caesar Salad, and Tijuana's famed outdoor produce market. You’ll eat the best tacos and sip amazing craft beers and cocktails. As you and your guide wind through Tijuana's barrios on this comprehensive culinary tour, you'll be walking (and tasting) right in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, and Chef Rick Bayless!

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TIJUANA BITES TASTING TOUR - SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note: This tour is not offered on Mondays due to limited vendor availability. This tasting tour is not well suited for strict vegetarians or vegans. 

  • 9:30am: Our bilingual culinary guide and driver will meet your group at the prearranged departure location
  • 9:30-10:30am: Drive to Tijuana (departure and drive times vary based on departure location)
  • 10:30-12:30pm: 1st Stop: Tour Tijuana’s famed produce market (eat street-style birria tacos, carne asada tacos, fish tacos, and shrimp tacos; drink an agua fresca or liquiado)
  • 12:30-1:00pm: Drive to Avenida Revolución
  • 1:00-3:00pm: 2nd Stop:  Visit the home of the Caesar Salad (eat Caesar salad; drink a glass of Valle de Guadalupe wine); Visit a Mexican microbrewery (drink: 3-beer taster flight of Mexican craft beer); Visit a stylish gastro bar (eat modern-Mexican tapas; drink mezcal craft cocktail)
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Drive to a chic gourmet taco joint that boasts Tijuana's only "experimental taco menu"
  • 3:30-4:30pm: 3rd Stop: Visit Tijuana's hippest taco spot (eat gourmet tacos; drink craft beer or agua fresca)
  • 4:30-5:00pm: Drive to Tijuana's premier chocolatier
  • 5:00-5:30pm: 4th Stop: Visit Tijuana’s Premier Chocolatier (eat a handcrafted mezcal, tequila, or wine-infused chocolate truffle)
  • 5:30-6:30pm: Tummy full, and pleasantly buzzed, sit back and enjoy the picturesque drive back to your tour's departure location (drive time will vary based on your return location)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All-inclusive full-day foodie tour package for two or more people | Group discounts & private tours available | All food and beverage included as described in the itinerary above - you'll leave Tijuana stuffed! | Round-trip transportation in our well-appointed air-conditioned tour vehicle | Our bilingual culinary guides are knowledgable ambassadors of Northern Baja California's culinary scene | This particular culinary tour is designed for meat eaters, and is thus not advised for strict vegetarians or vegans  | Tour guide gratuity is not included

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS TOUR

This comprehensive foodie dream tour will introduce you to Tijuana's best bites, extending our shorter Taste of Tijuana Market & Street Food Tour, and kicking it up an epicurean notch with an extra stop at one of Tijuana's highly-rated chic gourmet restaurants, where you'll sit down for a more sophisticated taste of Baja California's modern-Mexican cuisine. Did you know that the world-famous Caesar Salad was invented in Tijuana in 1927 during prohibition in the U.S.? Even if you did know that, you probably didn't know that during World War II, some of the key ingredients for this iconic salad became hard to find, prohibitively expensive, or unavailable, prompting Caesar's competitor, the now-defunct Victor's Restaurant, to create an all-Mexican ingredients version of the salad. On this tour, we'll do a "salad showdown," where both salads are made table-side while you watch, and you'll choose the winner! All of our culinary tours will leave you stuffed, but for this tour, we advise participants to wear their stretchy pants. As you'll be eating and drinking all day long, there's no need to make other dining plans for the day of your tour... So what are your waiting for?

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For more information about our TJ BITES tasting tours for two or more people, including a price quote for your group, please complete the inquiry form below; or view our calendar of upcoming scheduled group tasting tours.

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Please note that Mondays are not the best days for culinary tours, as most restaurants and craft breweries are closed Mondays, and accordingly the choices are very limited (especially in the winter months).
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In case your first choice tour date is not available, please provide your second choice. Please note that Mondays are not the best days for culinary tours, as most restaurants and wineries are closed Mondays, and accordingly the choices are very limited (especially in the winter months).
If you aren’t sure how many people your group will be, please provide an estimate now and we can adjust your reservation as necessary later.
Where should we plan to pick you up? For tours originating in the U.S., you'll meet your guide at a designated meeting point on the U.S. side of the border, then walk across the border together to your tour vehicle. We'll send you detailed directions to the designated meeting point. If you'd like to be picked-up and dropped-off at an address in San Diego, you'll pay a cross-border transportation surcharge in addition to your other tour fees (surcharge applied/paid ONCE for your group). There is no transport surcharge for pick-up locations in Northern Baja (Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito, North or Central Ensenada, Port of Ensenada, or Valle de Guadalupe).
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For groups of 1-9 participants, a one-time $150 private tour surcharge will be added to your group's tour fees if you select 'Yes'. If you select 'No', smaller groups may be combined into a single tour vehicle. For groups of 10 or more, there is no additional charge for a private tour experience.
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