Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour
Experience day-to-day life the way a Madrid local does, with stops at a market and food shops.
- Taste your way through a traditional market, meet its vendors and hear their stories.
- Forget the big names and try the churros and chocolate that locals prefer.
- Escape the hustle and bustle of the center and experience a lesser-known corner of the city.
- Support local, family-run eateries, from bakeries to market stalls and tapas bars.
- Discover a side of Madrid you wouldn't see on your own and feel like a local for a day.
We walked throughout the charming Huertas neighborhood, learning interesting local history and stopping frequently to taste the food and drink of the area. Our guide, Arantxa, a chef and native of Madrid, had many interesting insights to share with us about Spanish food and wine. Now I feel confident to do my shopping in a traditional Spanish market, as I have Arantxa's shopping tips (and introductions to the best vendors) to guide me. We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience Madrid through the eyes (and food and wine!) of a local!
So many secrets! We had a lovely food tour of the Huertas neighborhood with Arantxa. Arantxa pointed out details and pieces of history that will be in our memories forever. We marveled at every stop and loved to interact with the small business owners. Went back to some of the places we visited already for a second round! Worth every penny and more. You haven’t been somewhere until you’ve done a food tour there. Just go!
Took the Huertas neighborhood tour with my wife and two daughters - it was great! The daytime tour was a good choice for bringing children; all the places were welcoming with alternatives for children who were not imbibing. As a family we went back to two of the stops for dinner, much better equipped for ordering and appreciating the amazing food and wine. Well worth the price; I would love to go back.
What to Expect on Your Tour
The phrase “like a local” is popular these days—this is the real deal. We’ll show you a neighborhood that, though just a few minutes from the bustling city center, feels a world away. Here you can see how locals really live and shop every day, and today you’re one of them. Walk through a traditional market and marvel from a distance? Nope, we’ll be speaking with the vendors and making purchases—and that’s just the beginning.
Start your morning off with freshly-fried churros and thick, homemade Spanish hot chocolate at a spot that most madrileños don’t even know about.
On to the next stop! At this specialty deli that’s been open since the 1930s, you’ll enjoy a gourmet cheese and wine tasting.
Next, meet the young entrepreneurs behind one 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. Here, we’ll wrap up with the one element of Madrid’s food we haven’t tried yet: tapas in a historic bar packed with personality.
And since we couldn’t end without something sweet, we’ll pop into a bakery down the road for one last bite.
You’ll leave the tour knowing not only what it means to visit and fall in love with Madrid, but what it means to live here too.
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!
We love two of these stops so much that we also include them on our Tapas & Flamenco Tour, so we don’t suggest doing both on the same trip. If you’re interested in booking another tour along with our Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour, try our Gourmet Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour or our Tapas, Taverns & History Tour.
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