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: 15+ delicious tastes at 6+ iconic establishments in Madrid's most historic neighbourhood. Enough food for breakfast & lunch. Optional add on available: The Full Drinks Experience.
Experience Size: Small Group
Times: 9:45 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am
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 a bustling Madrid market and meet the vendors and taste their amazing produce.
  • 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!
  • Risk-free booking: Full refunds up to 24 hours before your tour

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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

    Please note that this description is an example and stops or tastes may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have a delicious experience.

    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

    Start your morning off with freshly-fried churros and thick, homemade Spanish hot chocolate at a spot that many madrileños don’t even know about.

    Next, meet the young entrepreneurs behind one of only a handful of traditional, natural bakeries that are retelling the story of bread in Madrid. Here we’ll try a traditional snack and pick up a loaf to go.

    Now it’s time to visit one of Madrid’s traditional markets, where neighborhood residents still come every morning to pick up ingredients for that day’s lunch. You’ll be one of those shoppers today as we visit our friends who work here and taste their products, from cured ham to olives to seasonal fruit. And that bread we picked up earlier? It’ll come in handy here, where some Spanish olive oil is calling its name.

    We’ll weave through the colorful neighborhood streets, which by now will feel like your own, to our next stop. At this specialty deli that’s been open since the 1930s, you’ll enjoy a gourmet cheese and wine tasting.

    From there, we’ll head into Madrid’s historic center as we make our way to the only restaurant near Plaza Mayor where you’ll consistently find locals. Here, you’ll try Madrid’s most beloved street food: the city’s signature fried calamari sandwich!

    And since we couldn’t end without something sweet, we’ll pop into a historic pastry shop just down the road for one last bite.

    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!

    Meet them here!

    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaza Santa Ana
    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 10 people, and we only require a minimum of two people to operate. However, currently our group sizes are much smaller (maximum 6 to 8 people) due to the current pandemic.
    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.
    Absolutely! We regularly organize private tours for families, groups of friends, and 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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