Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour
Get a crash course in Spanish food by tasting all of Madrid's star dishes in one morning.
- Visit the places we love so much, we had to include them on our first-ever tour (this one!)
- Step inside one of Madrid's oldest kitchens to learn how they make their signature dish.
- Discover the dishes that Madrid is made of, and try our favorite version of each one.
- Eat where the locals eat in Madrid's most central neighborhood.
- Go beyond the tapas bars at specialty eateries, including a gourmet deli!
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This was one of my best experiences in Spain and an excellent primer on Spanish cuisine. Due to timing, I planned it for my second-to-last day in the country during a two-week trip, but I still learned a lot about the cuisine and tried dishes that I hadn't yet had, like the cocido madrileño, calamari sandwich, and Asturian cider. The locations for the tour are definitely off the beaten path and not super noticeable to a typical tourist, and the size of the group (12 people maximum) allows for conversation and an intimate shared experience. This tour is worth the price and helps open doors to experiences you might not otherwise have on your trip.
We tried foods we never would have tried and visited places we never would have seen on our own. Arantxa made the tour fun and informative, we just loved her! The food was wonderful and Arantxa and Devour Tours clearly have great relationships with all the places we visited. It was the perfect introduction to Madrid's food and culture! I would take this tour again and if I ever visit another city where Devour Tours are offered it will be the first reservation I make!
I never thought I'd say this, but: there was almost too much food and drink on this tour! Along the way, our guide, a native of the city, regaled us with stories of Spanish history and food facts, along with a candid insider's perspective on the culture and the people. Encouraged by Eduardo to mingle amongst ourselves, we really got to know the other folks on our tour, all of whom were friendly and kind. It was fantastic and worth every euro!
What to Expect on Your Tour
You know there are dishes you can’t leave Madrid without trying, and on this tour you’ll try all of them. From breakfast to lunch, you’ll visit the century-old establishments that are the backbone of the city center—the places that make Madrid, Madrid. And like the capital itself, the bites on this tour are a melting pot of Spanish essentials (melt-in-your-mouth jamón ibérico) and only-in-Madrid classics (a calamari sandwich?!).
You’ll start your morning off at a century-old bakery with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate, as well as coffee or tea, and a sweet treat.
Next, in a city that seems full of jamón shops, we’ll introduce you to a family-run gem stocked with blue-ribbon bites. Here it’s time for our ham challenge: a tasting of three of Spain’s most-renowned (and most expensive) cured hams. By the time we leave, you’ll have an understanding of the differences between them—and a favorite!
The third stop is an iconic Madrid tavern in a spot where you’d expect to find tourist traps. Here they’ve put a modern twist on a traditional dish tied to the city’s history with bullfighting.
Next we’ll sneak you into one of Madrid’s oldest kitchens specialized in making the city’s famous stew. This dish is a Madrid essential and this restaurant, open since 1870, is known across the country as preparing one of the best in town.
Move over paella—at the next stop you’ll taste Spain’s true national dish, tortilla de patatas or Spanish omelet, paired with one of Spain’s oldest and most misunderstood wines.
Finally, we’ll clue you in on some local knowledge: Madrid’s signature sandwich is made with fried calamari! For a landlocked city, this may seem strange, but we’ll initiate you into the emblematic tradition. You’ll try this perfect combination of crispy and crunchy at the only restaurant in Plaza Mayor frequented by locals.
Last but not least, you’ll head to a gourmet sweets shop to taste three different types of Spanish turrón and toast with a shot of locally-produced liqueur!
You’ll leave the tour having tried all the foods on your Madrid bucket list—and with tons of recommendations of where to eat next!
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, you’ll receive our Devouring Madrid guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Madrid like a local!
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!Meet them here!
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Discover the non-touristy tapas bars & restaurants that are the essence of Madrid.