Key Information: Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour
|Offered Monday-Saturday at 10:15 am (we often add extra tours, check calendar!)|
|Tours last approximately 3.5 hours|
|Starts in Plaza Santa Ana. Ends in Plaza de los Cortes.|
|€75 per adult, €65 per teenager, €45 per child age 12 & under (prices include 21% Spanish sales tax)|
What to Expect on Your Tour
Discover Madrid like a local as you immerse yourself in the daily life of the beautiful Huertas neighborhood. Also known as Madrid’s Literary Quarter, this is one of the city’s most historic local neighborhoods and a place where Spain’s literary idols have lived (and eaten!) for centuries. You’ll fall in love with its tree-lined cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture, and small family-run boutiques and eateries— which is where you’re headed on this fantastic food tour!
Your expert guide will lead you to quaint food shops, quirky tapas bars, and a locals-only market. You’ll taste the city’s best churros and chocolate from an off-the-beaten path cafe, Spain’s famous Iberian ham from Jesús our passionate ham slicer, amazing Spanish wines and cheeses from a neighborhood deli and wonderful tapas and vermouth from the most surreal tapas bar in Madrid. In short, you’ll discover the foods and flavors that are a true expression of a real Madrid neighborhood.*
Along the way you’ll meet the hardworking local people behind Madrid’s great food and learn their stories. Plus your guide will point out the fascinating sights that are hidden in plain view throughout this famous neighborhood.
How much food is included? Enough delicious tastes for a light breakfast and full lunch.
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, you’ll get our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, which is packed with all our favourite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay!
So bring your appetite for a morning of off-the-beaten-path foodie bliss!
Why choose this tour?
- Experience Madrid like a local! You’ll spend the morning exploring the local, family-run food scene in a small Madrid neighborhood. You’ll visit people who are extremely proud of what they do– and you’ll taste how that love and passion shines through in their delicious food.
- All-inclusive pricing Your tour includes all food and drink, an expert English-speaking guide and 21% Spanish sales tax. The food offered is enough for breakfast and lunch and also includes a tasting of four traditional alcoholic beverages (wine, cava, vermouth)– though non-alcoholic options are also available. The tour also includes our Devouring Madrid printed guide to the best things to eat in Madrid.
- 9+ food stops! As complete as a food tour can get, this 3.5 hour experience includes stops at nine (or more!) local food businesses. It’s perfect if you’re eager to learn more about Madrid’s food culture as a whole (from a traditional Madrid breakfast, to shopping at the local market, to where to get your sugar fix).
- Taste 4 Spanish wines: We wouldn’t call this tour a wine tasting– but you sure do taste Spanish wines! You’ll taste red, white, cava and vermouth on this tour and learn all about how the locals enjoy these delicious drinks.
- Beyond the food In addition to the wonderful tastes on the tour, you’ll also learn lots about the history of Madrid’s beautiful Literary Quarter as well as gaining valuable local insight into Madrid’s culture and traditions.
- It’s so much fun! There’s really no better way to see a city– the sights, the bites and the culture, this tour has it all!
*Because we work with small, family-run establishments, stops and tastes may change depending on availability.
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Why Choose Devour Spain Food Tours?
Frequently Asked Questions
Great question! A Devour Madrid Food Tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the majestic city of Madrid. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional eateries, including tapas bars, local markets, taverns and shops, and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of Madrid’s best local food, and gain fascinating insight into its age-old traditions. We keep our groups small and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows Madrid like the back of their hand, and loves it to bits.
And the experience doesn’t finish once the tour is over. Our tours are full of invaluable insider tips and recommendations so you’ll know how (and where) to keep eating well during the rest of your stay.
In short, taking a Devour Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and letting them take you to their favorite spots, as well as giving you lots of tips for doing it yourself!
Head off the beaten path into the city’s picture-perfect Literary Quarter – former home of great Spanish writers like Miguel de Cervantes and nowadays a true Madrid neighborhood packed with delicious food made by the locals. You’ll taste the city’s best churros con chocolate, discover one of the top (and most surreal) local haunts for tostas (a Madrid tapas tradition), and you’ll eat your way around a working traditional food market, meeting the proud vendors and tasting everything from the melt-in-your-mouth cured ham, to a wide variety of Spanish olives to real market-fresh cooking. All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious!
Of course, you’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and Madrid expert.
Plus, every guest receives our Devouring Madrid mini guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll keep eating well for the rest of your stay!
The tour lasts approximately three hours and 45 minutes (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.2 kilometers (1.35 miles) and there is seating at two stops.
Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive hoard following a guide with a flag or a flamenco fan! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 10 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
We currently offer the tour Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. The tour is not available on public holidays or August (because a number of the vendors closed). Also, we sometimes add other days depending on the season – please check the booking calendar for all available dates!
The tour starts promptly at either 9:30am, 10:15am or 11:00am (please check your booking confirmation email for which tour you’re on). We ask our guests to come to the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time in order to check in with your guide. This ensures we get off to a timely start, and that first taste doesn’t get cold!
The tour meets in the Plaza Santa Ana (scroll up for a Google Map view). When you book your tour you will receive an automated email from us with more precise meeting details.
The tour ends in the Plaza de las Cortes
This tour is currently adaptable for vegetarians and pescatarians and those who don’t eat either pork or beef. Also, if you don’t drink alcohol we will serve you non-alcoholic drinks.
Unfortunately, this tour is not adaptable for those who do not eat gluten. Please see our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour, which is adaptable for those who do not eat gluten (though not for those with celiac disease). The tour is not adaptable for those on a vegan diet.
Please mark any dietary preferences when you book.
If you have another dietary requirement or a food allergy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before you book and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you have a food allergy, we may ask you to sign a waiver at the start of the tour.
The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are).
Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.
Most importantly, your appetite!
Also, keep in mind that tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.