Taste the Market: Galeria Alameda Cali Food Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on October 11, 2022

Hi 👋 I'm Juan, Cali local, born and raised here. Tourism is: something I love to do, something I am good at, and something I can make a job out of. That's why I have found a vocation in it. My tours keep growing, expanding, innovating, always a project-under-construction. They're never finished as I keep improving them with the experience every traveller brings. I speak superb english, native spanish, fluent portuguese, and some french. Thanks for considering me to show you my hometown. Welcome to Cali!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

THE GASTRONOMIC HEART OF CALI: you won't find anything more flavourly authentic! Food, fruits, and everything local.

*When you book, you could be the only booking*

CHECK THIS TOUR ON VIDEO: https://youtu.be/3-9rbH3ptS0

Galeria Alameda is every caleño's (person from Cali) place of choice for fresh fruits, artisanal drinks, great sea food, colorful flowers, quality souvenirs and everything local you can think of. Exotic variety characterizes this place!

This will be a journey through our senses, using our eyes 👁️👁️ ears 👂 noses 👃 and mounths 😋 to explore everything around us. Taste fruits you have never seen before, fresh colombian cheeses, empanadas I haven't seen anywhere else, traditional liquours, coconut water, aphrodisiac fruit (chontaduro) in fruit & juice, a tamales factory, and many more!

If you enjoy eating, if you enjoy the ambience of a public market, this is a tour for you.

Some fruits we may taste: mangostino, chirimoya, anón, mango, curuba, chachairú, grosella, chontaduro, níspero, and many more.
Cheeses we may taste: cuajada, campesino, costeño.

Did you know flowers are the 2nd biggest agricultural export for Colombia, only below coffee? Now you know, and you will get to see them in this market.

We will even go to the esotericism side of the market, and see where witches and magicians buy their stuff... spooky 🔮

Come around and experience the exotic variety and great quality Cali's central market has to offer, you won't find anywhere else in the city!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cra. 24 # 8-53, La Alameda, Cali, Val...
    Cra. 24 # 8-53, La Alameda, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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    Let's meet outside Artesanías La Caleñita (souvenir store). There is usually heavy traffic around the market, so plan ahead or walk a few blocks.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Galería Alameda

    FOOD STOP - TASTE THE RAINBOW: my fruit tasting experience of tropical fruits you may have never seen before. Gulupa, mangostino, mamoncillo, anón, curuva, uchuva, just to name a few.

  • 2
    Free admission
    Pig Lab

    FOOD STOP - Empanadas! As you have never had them before (at least myself). Different from the traditional empanada, they fill it with premium pork meat and rice.

  • 3
    Free admission
    Deliquesos Don Juancho

    FOOD STOP - cheese! My experience is, most people seem to enjoy a little cheese. Give yourself the opportunity to try fresh colombian cheese here.

  • 4
    Free admission
    CABA Restó

    FOOD STOP - where you can buy champús, regional beverage of indigenous origin. Also, argentinian empanadas.

  • 5
    Free admission
    Floristeria Te Amo

    VISUAL STOP: You may not know Colombia's biggest agro export only second to coffee are... flowers! Great quality, great prices. This is a visual stop.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Artesanías La Caleñita

    VISUAL STOP: We will finish our tour with a great souvenir shop. This is a visual stop.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Tienda Esotérica Okanani

    Besides catholicism, there are belief systems based on indigenous and african cultures. You can buy drops with different scents and purposes.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Trinitario Coffee Alameda

    BONUS - place where, after the tour, you can sit down and enjoy a cup of actual colombian coffee.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Holta 22 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
This was the second tour of Juan’s which I took in my second day at Cali and it was incredible. His passion for this city is very clear and my experience of the city and the food and culture was so much more enriched because of it. I wish I had more time in Cali so that I would have taken more of his tours. Thank you Juan!
Erick 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Highly recommended!!!
Sarah 30 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Juan is an amazing Tourguide. He made this Tour very fun, interessting and over all an exeptional experiance. His knowledge and professionalism are impressive. We were able to taste and try so many different exotic fruits, cheeses and coffees as well as many other local and national foods. Juan also showed us beautiful flower stands and lead us through souvenirshops where local sell their handmade goods. All in all a great experiance and I can only reccomand it. That you Juan, it was a pleasure, you are an amazing Guide.
Anna 01 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
The tour was fun and we learned a lot about food-culture in Cali
Theresa 17 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
This was an incredible experience that I highly recommend. The guide was informative, friendly, and experienced. The market was an explosion for all the senses, and all of the vendors who participated were kind and generous and absolutely lovely.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 12 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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