Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour

Get a crash course in Spanish food by tasting all of Madrid's star dishes in one morning.

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Includes: 11 delicious tastes at 7 iconic establishments in Madrid's most historic neighbourhood. Enough food for breakfast & lunch.
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 9:45am, 10:30am
Duration: 4 Hours

What's Included

  • 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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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

    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?!).

    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, 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.

    At the next stop, you’ll taste our favorite tortilla de patatas, or Spanish omelet, in all of Madrid, and learn the love story that made it possible.

    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!

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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

    Discover the non-touristy tapas bars & restaurants that are the essence of Madrid.

    Ending point Plaza Mayor
    The tour lasts approximately 4 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) and there is seating at 3 of the 9 stops.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! 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 12 people, and all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just one 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.
    Families love getting a true taste of Madrid together on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens.
    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% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind 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.
    Our tours are available as private experiences for groups of 6 guests or more. We also offer customized private experiences for groups of 11 or more. 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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