5 Gourmet Food Gifts from Madrid

Many people will pick up a shot glass or a postcard from each city they visit. We at Devour Spain tend to fill our suitcases with something else – food!

Luckily, Madrid has plenty of incredible gourmet food gifts to bring back home, and they make great souvenirs and presents for yourself, friends, and family. There are many gourmet food gifts from Madrid that we absolutely adore, but here are our top five recommendations for foodie “souvenirs” from the Spanish capital.

Looking to take a bit of Spain home with you? Here are our top tips for amazing gourmet food gifts from Madrid! Which one will you stuff your suitcase with?

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1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This one product alone should convince you to book your tickets, reserve some airport parking, and pack your suitcase for Madrid. Although the majority of the world’s olive oil (that’s right, the world’s) is produced in the Jaén province of southern Spain, the good stuff always reaches us in Madrid!

Where to buy: Patrimonio Comunal Olivero (Calle de Prim, 12) This is actually the official olive oil store of the Department of Agriculture!

Spanish olive oil is some of the best in the world, and getting the perfect olive oil for you from the experts at a specialist shop is a great option if you're looking for gourmet gifts from Madrid
Spain’s liquid gold: Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

2. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota

This is the best of the best – the product that most Spaniards would probably go to war to protect. Iberian ham is any cured ham that comes from the black Iberian pig, but when you see de bellota, that is the good stuff!

For this meat, the pigs have been raised free range, in oak forests and fed a diet of rich and nutty acorns. They are then cured for at least 36 months, leaving you with a rich, fatty ham that just melts in your mouth.

Unfortunately, Americans cannot bring this back with them, as the USDA doesn’t allow it. Check with your country’s restrictions and cross your fingers that you can stock up!

Where to buy: They sell it vacuum sealed in small packages at the Mercado de San Miguel (Plaza de San Miguel) and Enrique Tomás (Calle Cuchilleros, 5) 

The leg of cured ham hanging from the ceiling are a symbol of bars and restaurants in all of Spain. If customs will allow you to take it home, it's one of the best gourmet food gifts from Madrid.
Jamón Ibérico: Pricey, but so worth it.

3. Pimentón de la Vera

Smoked Spanish paprika is one of our favorite Spanish products, and the paprika produced in the small town of La Vera is the best. You can find it in sweet (dulce), semi-sweet (semi-dulce), and hot (picante). It is a steal here in Madrid, around 2€ per bottle, so try them all!

Where to buy: Spicy Yuli (Calle de Valverde, 42) has the best in Spanish spices, you won’t want to leave!

These pyramids of smoked Spanish paprika show off variety available in Madrid, from sweet to spicy - a great gourmet food gift from Madrid!
Smoked Spanish paprika is a must buy for anyone who cooks.

4. Pedro Ximenéz

This super sweet, dark dessert sherry is an after dinner treat, especially during the holidays. People even serve it over vanilla ice cream for a grown ups only dessert. Viña 25 is a delicious brand at a very reasonable price.

Where to buy: Mantequeria Bravo (Calle Ayala, 24) has all sorts of gourmet products to tempt your palate – including some delicious sherry!

The Sherry Corner in San Miguel market proudly displays its pyramid of sherry barrels, each with a unique design on the front! If you're in the city, try some yourself and make sure and take some home as another great gourmet gift from Madrid
You can taste Pedro Ximénez at The Sherry Corner in the San Miguel Market.

5.  Paella Rice & Saffron

When making a good paella, it is all about the rice! Here in Spain, most paellas call for Arroz Bomba, a kind of round short grain rice from Murcia, Spain. It is said to hold three times more broth than other varieties, yet still hold its own shape in a paella. Arroz Bomba is sold in various supermarkets and specialty shops in cute canvas bags, perfect for gifting.

When buying paella rice, you can’t forget to pick up some real Spanish saffron. As one of the most expensive spices in the world, it is a real treat to find the good stuff here in Madrid at a reasonable price.

Where to buy: You can find the Bomba rice in almost any supermarket, but if you don’t see it try the El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience on the bottom level of the Callao store (Plaza del Callao, 2).

Paella may be of Valencian origin, but if you're looking for gourmet gifts in Madrid, there are plenty of places to get amazing rice and saffron - this bright bowl of tasty seafood paella is in your future!
Rice dreams come true at some of our favorite places for paella in Madrid, just make sure it’s for lunch!

Do you have a foodie friend who is making their way to Madrid soon? Give them the gift of an authentic food experience with one of our Madrid Food Tours. With a variety of experiences available to satisfy every foodie traveller’s needs, it’ll be the best gift you’ve ever given!

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