Madrid is home to amazing food.
We’ll help you find it, and introduce you to the hard-working, passionate locals who’re making it!
Who are we?
Madrid’s diverse gastronomy comes from the eclectic mix of Spaniards from all over the country who’ve made the capital their home. And we’re no different! A Spaniard, an American, and a Kiwi, we love showcasing how Madrid’s blend of Spanish cultures coexist… in the kitchen! Given this passion for Madrid and the history of Spanish cuisine, we founded Madrid Food Tour as the city’s first food tour company, allowing a range of authentic, local, and off-the-beaten-path experiences to visitors and Madrid residents. We’re dedicated to supporting small businesses, eating locally, and being fully immersed in the community, culture and history of our adopted hometown. Guidebooks and blogs will tell you where to eat. But we want to tell you what to eat and why. We want to give you a true and authentic understanding of the gastronomy of this fabulous city and country. People have told us that our enthusiasm is contagious – we think you’ll agree!
More than another Madrid tapas tour…
Our tours are in-depth cultural and food experiences. Our daytime cultural food tours include much more than tapas (although the tapas they include are delicious!), and our evening Madrid tapas tour brings you on an immersive and enchanting journey through this city’s exhilerating history, by way of medieval streets and age-old bars. It also includes a thirst-quenching and informative introduction to Spanish wines. If you are looking for people to hold your hand as you barhop, all within a few blocks, our tours are not for you! If you want to learn about Madrid’s local food culture, history, current trends, and long-standing traditions, while also meeting the locals behind the scenes, by all means, join us! So why not let our dedicated and passionate team take care of you on your visit to Madrid? We can’t wait! Buen provecho!
Founder & Tour Guide
Born and raised in a small New England town, Lauren grew up with farm fresh milk and an Italian-American family of talented home cooks. Five years ago she moved to Spain, where she has been writing and blogging about food, wine, and travel ever since. She loves the simplicity of Spanish cuisine, and the fact that at its core it is all about top quality, seasonal ingredients. Her favorite days in Madrid start with a visit to the market, where after shopping she usually stays for a vermouth or a glass of wine. With over 10 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, there is nothing she enjoys more than sharing Madrid’s food history and best bites with guests.
Lauren’s Madrid food tip:
A steaming slice of tortilla de patatas from Casa Dani in Mercado de la Paz. Go early (and go hungry!).
Field Director & Tour Guide
A New Zealander by birth, James has lived in Madrid with his Spanish wife Yolanda. When not leading curious visitors through the medieval backstreets and tucked-away taverns of the Spanish capital, he writes about travel and food for the international press. His favorite Spanish dish is boquerones en vinagre (pickled anchovy fillets served with garlic and parsley), especially if they’re accompanied by a cool glass of albarín wine (which, he wants to make clear, is different from albariño!). Check out his Madrid bar and restaurant recommendations at his site www.madridchow.com and his YouTube videos at http://goo.gl/bYLVrz.
James’ Madrid food tip:
Only order vermouth in Madrid if the bar serves it on tap… bottled vermouth is for drinking at home.
Alejandro is from the southern Spanish coast of Cadiz, a region world-renowned for its fresh, delicious seafood. His ideal afternoon would be spent in a simple beachfront snack bar, eating the specialties of his hometown: fried fish, cured tuna, and a cold glass of gazpacho to wash it all down. Here in Madrid, Alejandro loves the city’s the gastronomic diversity and mix of ethnic cuisines. But, at the end of the day, he says he wouldn’t trade Spanish food for anything else!
Alejandro’s Madrid food tip:
Despite what you might think you know about sherry – think again. Try the dry styles we Spaniards drink and then make up your mind!
Paula originally hails from Guatemala but has been living in Madrid for the past 10 years, making her practically native! Her dreams of being an actress put on hold, she managed to turn her ever growing obsession with food into a career as a food writer and blogger. She loves Spanish cuisine’s exciting fusion of flavors and stresses that the importance of good food is all about sharing. When not working, she’s probably holed up in a Spanish bar, eating sweetbreads, pig ears, or morcilla de León (blood sausage from León). Yum!
Paula’s Madrid Food Tip:
Grab a drink at the ‘bares de Manolos’ (called affectionately in English, “old man bars”) where you can enjoy low-key afterwork caña with friends.
Grainne left the rainy emerald isle of Ireland in search of a more thrilling life on Iberian shores. Landing far from the sea she found herself in central Spain, in the ancient capital of the country, Toledo. After soaking up the history there she decided to move to Madrid, a cosmopolitan capital and, as Hemingway described it, the most Spanish of all cities. She certainly found what she was looking for with exciting flamenco shows, cloudless skies and endless tapas evenings. She originally worked as a history tour guide and now she’s delighted to specialize in her greatest passion, food!
Grainne’s Madrid food tip:
Breakfast at the Mercado Mostenses bar amongst the locals, who will already be onto their first beer. Basic, cheap and most importantly, authentic.
Luke is an Englishman who left the rainy land of royalty and tea for the sunnier climbs of Madrid. He is a Spain addict and when he’s not taking hungry – or thirsty – visitors through the city’s old alleys to hidden bars bursting with wine and food, he travels and writes or translates Spanish and Russian texts. On his travels he has visited every part of Spain but feels like Madrid is his home. He’s never more happy than when he’s sat in an old tavern with a steaming bowl of fabada (a hearty meat and bean stew from Asturias), a hunk of cabrales (a blue cheese from the same region) and a glass, or bottle, of Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra red wine. To see Luke’s Spain obsession visit www.lukedarracott.com.
Luke’s Madrid food tip:
For great cider, sumptuous roast chicken and blocks of cabrales cheese head to the 126-year old Casa Mingo.