What is a food tour?
Our food tour is a perfect introduction to Madrid, Spanish food, or both. Designed for tourists and locals alike, we will visit some of the city’s best eateries, markets, as well as some hidden gems that few people know to enter. The signature Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and spending the morning checking out their favorite spots in the city.
When should we schedule a Madrid Food Tour?
If you are thinking about a Madrid Food Tour please contact us in advance so we can be sure to accommodate you. We highly recommend taking our food tours at the beginning of your visit in order to really be able to use the advice and knowledge you gain during the tour. Many of our participants return to the locations various times throughout their stay, or take advantage of the guide’s other recommendations. Tours are ideal during the week when the city is at its best, and due to closings the signature tour is not offered on Sundays (private tours are offered).
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance as our tours are quite small and usually sell out quickly ahead of time. To request your booking fill out the contact form and we will confirm and send a payment request.
If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
At this time we are unable to provide a waiting list. If your desired date and time is sold out, we may add an additional tour that day. Please contact us to let us know the date you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate you.
How long is the tour? How much walking is involved?
The Madrid Food Tour signature walking tour usually lasts between 3.5 and 4 hours as we visit 10-12 different places. We will be standing or walking for the majority of the time, although we do make a couple of sit down stops too, for at least 45 minutes total. We walk at a casual pace and remind participants to dress with comfortable foot wear.
How much food is served on the food tour?
The signature Madrid Food Tour is a tasting tour and cultural walking tour. We will taste a lot of different foods– around 8 or 9 different things! We believe it is enough food so that most participants don’t require lunch afterwards. Depending on your own needs, you may wish to eat a light breakfast before the tour or an extra tapa after. If this is the case, we can give you some great recommendations! Other Madrid Food Tours vary on the amount of food they provide. If you are unclear after reading their descriptions, please contact us.
Is there a wine tasting included on the tour?
Yes. In one of the tasting establishments all participants (18+) will be invited to taste a Spanish wine.
Are your tours only for tourists?
Absolutely not! Our tours are perfect for tourists and locals alike, as we visit some very unique and lesser known food havens of the city. They are an especially good choice for anyone new to Madrid who wants to discover the best places to go from the start. If you feel you know a lot of great places in the center, contact us for a neighborhood tour or a customized itinerary.
Does the tour guide expect gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although never expected nor mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.
Can you accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies?
Certain dietary restrictions can be accommodated but people please check with us first. If we cannot accommodate you on our signature tour, we could likely plan a customized itinerary. Please let us know if anyone in your party has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when contacting Madrid Food Tour. We will do our best to find a suitable option.
Can I shop during the tour?
The signature Madrid Food Tour does include some time to shop at certain food shops, however unscheduled stops are discouraged for the sake of finishing the tour on time. We will be sure to give you directions and advice to continue your shopping after the tour.
Should I eat anything before taking the tour?
We would recommend that you only eat a light breakfast before the tour, as we will start tasting right away. Most of our guests feel comfortably full after taking our tours.
Can children participate in a food tour?
Children are certainly welcome on our tours, however we remind participants that there is a lot of walking involved and the samples may not always be what children are used to. If you have any doubts, please contact us and we could also design a custom tour for your family.
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Unfortunately, due to small Spanish alleyways and restaurants, the signature Madrid Food Tour is not wheelchair or baby stroller accessible.
How can I book a private tour?
Private tours are available with the itineraries here or are also fully customizable. Please contact us with your requests and we will provide a quote.
Are any beverages served on the tour?
The signature Madrid Food Tour offers one drink tasting of wine, beer, or a soft drink. It is also possible to buy water and/or beverages at the beginning of all tours at the meeting point.
Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
Yes, the Madrid Food Tour starts and ends at the same location.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
The signature food tour offers samples of Madrid’s best sweets, cured ham, cheese, olives, and candies. Our other tours include combinations of tapas and other Spanish specialties.
Do we only walk around tasting food?
A Madrid Food Tour is delicious, but it is so much more than a just a tasting experience! Your guide is there to tell you about the city, its history, monuments, and food evolution. During your 3.5 hour experience you will learn loads about Madrid’s culinary history, current food scene, typical plates, and ingredients.
What happens if it is raining?
Grab an umbrella and vámanos! Madrid Food Tours are held rain or shine. Please check the conditions and dress appropriately.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at various of our food-tasting locations.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes! Cameras are not only allowed, but encouraged! Your guide can even give you tips about food photography and make certain photos from the tour available online.
Can I get a refund or reschedule my tour?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the tour. Our tours are very small, and often sell out.
What does the ticket provide?
- All food and drink tastings (enough for a meal)
- An Insider’s Guide to Madrid
- Authentic Spanish Recipes