Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour

Discover the story of Spanish cuisine and try the city's most famous dishes at 100-year-old family-run eateries!

Light Breakfast + Full Lunch
Daytime Tour
4 Hours
8 Food Stops
Start times: 9:45am, 10:30am. Check calendar for available times.

Highlights

  • Savor Madrid’s best hot chocolate at a classic family-run pastry shop with a royal connection
  • Dive into the famous San Miguel Market for pre-lunch tapas like a local
  • Go behind the scenes and into one of Madrid's oldest kitchens to see how a historic dish is made
  • Bite into Madrid’s most famous sandwich-- at the best place in town.
  • Take the ham challenge and learn what makes Spain's famous black-hoof ham so delicious
  • Discover a secret gastronomic tradition that’s centuries old and still practiced in Madrid!

You'll Eat

  • Mug of homemade hot chocolate
  • Freshly-baked pastry with a rich history!
  • Mouth-watering bull-tail stew
  • 3 types of jamón, including the famous black-hoof acorn-fed variety
  • Tasting of Madrid's most famous stew
  • Award-winning tortilla de patata (Spanish omelette)
  • City's best freshly-fried calamari sandwich
  • Gourmet olive skewer
  • Madrid's famed local olives
  • Rosemary-tossed Marcona almonds
  • Cured manchego cheese
  • 3 varieties of Spain's most-loved festive sweet

You'll Drink

  • Spanish vermouth on-tap
  • Rioja red wine
  • Natural Spanish hard cider
  • Madrid's most classic liquor
  • Coffee or tea to start the day!
* Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Dietary restrictions
    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.

    Cultural Highlights

  • Explore 100-year-old family-run establishments that are like local museums.
  • Discover Madrid's key sites - the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor & Plaza de la Villa.
  • Learn how to pour Spanish cider from a local expert - and give it a go yourself!
  • What to Expect on Your Tour

    Come discover the secret of Madrid’s cuisine – a melting pot of flavors shaped over the centuries by people from all over Spain. A steaming cup of sinfully delicious hot chocolate, a taste of Madrid’s most classic cocido stew from a 100-year-old kitchen, the city’s best homemade Spanish omelette, and a blowout tasting of three types of cured Spanish ham (including the world-famous acorn-fed Iberian jamón) are just a few of the 12+ tastings served during this tour – including 7 of the city’s most typical dishes! The Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour is for those serious about discovering Madrid’s best flavors. Wash it all down with famous Rioja wine, as well as local Spanish vermouth on tap and hard cider from the north of Spain (which you’ll learn how to pour the local way!). Where did all this delcious food come from? Almost 500 years ago, Madrid suddenly became the capital of the Spanish Empire, and the city’s Madrid’s population boomed as Spaniards from all corners of the country came in search of a better life. And they brought with them their regional recipes, making Madrid the best place in Spain to taste the diverse flavors of this country— which you’ll do on this wonderful morning food tour! As you explore the narrow streets and broad squares of the historic centre of Madrid, you’ll pop in and out of tucked-away family run eateries– many over 100 years old– to taste their homemade specialties. You’ll meet local vendors (from a family of expert ham slicers to a fourth generation tavern owner) and your expert English-speaking guide will tell you their stories and the history and culture of each dish you’re tasting. Between bites you’ll pass by and hear the fascinating stories and secrets of emblematic Madrid sites like the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the Plaza de la Villa as well as lots of lesser-known hidden corners of the historic centre. And as with all Devour Madrid tours, your guide will give you a copy of 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 put down your guidebook and 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 Plaza Mayor
    Places we'll visit Madrid's historic centre

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

    Ending point Plaza Mayor
    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!
    Wandering the gorgeous streets of Madrid’s historic centre, you’ll visit a number of classic local establishments and family-run gems, trying rich tapas, tasting and learning the difference between Spain’s world-famous array of cured hams (including the acorn-fed black-hoof variety), discovering how locals take their aperitif (hint: it comes on tap…) and getting a behind-the-scenes peek into one of Madrid’s most historic kitchens where they make the city’s famous stew the old-fashioned way. Along the way you’ll learn about Madrid and Spain’s gastronomic traditions, and the different peoples who have shaped them. All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious!
    The tour lasts approximately four hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) and there is seating at three 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 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.
    Families love getting a true taste of Madrid together on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens, and your guide will bring a fun worksheet full of games and puzzles for younger kids to complete during the tour. We also offer child and teen pricing. Families also love our Hidden Madrid Food & Market Adventure.
    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 kilometres. 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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