Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour

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

RATED FIVE OUT OF FIVE:
INCLUDES: 12 delicious tastes at 8 iconic establishments in Madrid's most historic neighbourhood. Enough food for breakfast & lunch.
SMALL GROUP: Maximum 10 guests
TIMES: 9:45am, 10:30am
DURATION: 4 Hours

What's Included

  • Madrid’s best hot chocolate at a 162-year-old family-run pastry shop!
  • A visit to the world-famous San Miguel Market for tapas like a local
  • Behind-the-scenes entry to one of Madrid's oldest kitchens to learn their signature dish
  • Madrid’s most famous sandwich—at the place locals know is best
  • Our "ham challenge" tasting of 3 of Spain's best (and most expensive) cured hams
  • A glimpse at Madrid's top sites—the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor & Plaza de la Villa

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Foodie Highlights

You'll Eat

  • Madrid's best homemade hot chocolate
  • Freshly-baked breakfast pastry
  • Award-winning oxtail tapa
  • 3 types of jamón, including the famous black-hoof Iberian ham
  • Madrid's most famous stew, Cocido Madrileño
  • City's best tortilla de patata (Spanish omelet)
  • Signature fried calamari sandwich
  • Gourmet olive skewer
  • Local Campo Real olives
  • Rosemary-tossed Marcona almonds
  • Cured manchego cheese
  • 3 types of turrón, Madrid's favorite candy bar

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
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • 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.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT

    Discover the secrets of Madrid’s cuisine alongside a local expert! Not only will you get a glimpse of Madrid’s melting pot of flavors, but you’ll also be privy to well-kept local secrets, taste Madrid’s most emblematic flavors and rub elbows with the locals! As you wind through Madrid’s streets and squares, you’ll pop in and out of family-run eateries trying all sorts of specialties! This crash course in Spanish food and culture is an ideal introduction to Madrid’s food scene and all it has to offer!

    STOP-BY-STOP

    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 up is the very market that’s paved the road for Spain’s current buzzing market scene. Here you’ll taste a selection of aperitifs paired with a cold glass of vermouth.

    The third stop will let you in on a secret tradition that’s been taking place since the 17th century! We don’t want to give away too much, but it’s a sweet little surprise.

    Next, you’re off to an iconic Madrid tavern where they’ve put a modern twist on traditional, slow-cooked beef stew.

    At the fifth stop, we’ll sneak you into one of Madrid’s oldest kitchens specialized in making the city’s famous stew.

    Next, it’s time for the jamón challenge! By the end of it, you’ll have tasted three varieties of cured ham (and know the difference between them!)

    At the next stop, you’ll taste Madrid’s best Spanish omelet, and pick up a new skill you never knew you needed!

    Next up is a stop at the only restaurant in Plaza Mayor where you’ll consistently find locals, where you’ll try a fried calamari sandwich.

    Last but not least, you’ll head to a gourmet candy shop to taste three different types of Spanish turrón and toast with a shot of locally produced liqueur!

    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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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaza Mayor
    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 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 kilometers (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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