Tapas Like a Local: Devour Madrid Tapas Tour

Go on a tapas adventure, just like the locals!

Meet your foodie guide for an action-packed evening-- you'll hop from tapas bar to tapas bar, tasting their signature drink (think locals wines, vermouth and draft beer!) and specialty tapas. You’ll devour the most typical Madrid tapas and learn the true art of a “tapeo”! You can’t leave Madrid without an authentic tapas crawl, and this is the best way to do it.

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Includes: Traditional Madrid tapas across 4 locally loved family-run tapas bars including drinks at each bar. Enough food for dinner!
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Duration: 3 hours

What's Included

  • Dinner across 4 of Madrid’s emblematic tapas bars in the bustling city center--these are the authentic places locals love, handpicked by the Devour Madrid team
  • Meet the proud families behind the tapas as we take you to the bars they've been running for generations, and tell you their stories
  • Going for tapas is also about the drinks-- taste local favorites like draft beer, wine and vermouth
  • A cultural experience-- a true tapas experience can’t be had in other countries, this is something you must experience in Spain and Madrid is the best place to discover the art of the “tapeo”!

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. This tour is not recommended for vegans and, due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT

    Join us for a true Madrid tapas crawl, led by a passionate foodie. You’ll visit the most authentic family-run gems in the city center, and pop in and out of the busy bars just like the locals do. By the end of the evening you’ll know exactly how to do tapas like a local, and have tasted some of Madrid’s best specialty tapas and drinks.

    STOP-BY-STOP

    Start your night off in true Madrid style—surrounded by locals as you sip vermouth and nibble on tapas. Your expert guide will let you in on the secret to this local aperitif tradition as you discover what going for tapas really means here in Spain.

    Next, head across one of Madrid’s main squares to a popular local tapas bar for a draft beer and delicious bites. You’ll learn the owner’s story and fall in love with the chef’s amazing food.

    At the third tapas bar, you’ll taste one of Madrid’s signature tapas, gambas al ajillo—a dish this family-run bar claims to have invented! They’ve been in business since 1906, so we’ll take their word for it! You’ll also be able to order a glass of wine made from the same family’s vineyard in the Toro region.

    Finally, you’ll squeeze into one of Madrid’s last remaining traditional tapas institutions– a no-frills place where locals pack in for favorite dishes (including the Madrid specialty– pig ear!). Adventurous or not, there’s something delicious for everyone at this spot.

    By the end of the night, you’ll know exactly what it means to do tapas like a local, and why tapas culture can’t exist outside of Spain (so you’ll have to come back!).

    And as with all Devour Madrid tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Madrid guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Madrid like a local!

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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

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    Meeting point Calle Arenal
    Places we'll visit Madrid's Historic Center

    Explore Madrid's most famous historic squares and hidden lanes in the capital's majestic center.

    Ending point Puerta del Sol
    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.
    You’ll visit 4 traditional tapas bars, trying a delicious assortment of homemade tapas including Madrid’s most famous garlic & chilli prawns and the city’s most incredible grilled tapas at a local favorite. The tapas will be accompanied by different Spanish drinks (like wines, beer, and vermouth) and you’ll learn lots of tips for tapas in Spain. You’ll try at least 10 tapas, enough for dinner. All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious! You’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and Madrid expert. Plus, when you book you’ll receive a link to our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll eat well before and after your tour.
    The tour lasts approximately 3 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) and there is only seating guaranteed at the final bar. Please note that it is traditional and authentic in Madrid tapas bars to stand and eat at the bar, and some of the taverns we visit do not have tables or seating.
    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 all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just 1 person.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    This tour is a great fit for curious teens and children who would enjoy learning about Madrid's tapas culture and tasting local food. We offer teen and child pricing and they will be served non-alcoholic drinks throughout the tour. Please do keep in mind that this tour is a quick paced and authentic evening experience. If you're a family with younger kids who need a slower pace, check out our daytime Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour and Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour. We also offer private family tours, just get in touch!
    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.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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