Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour

Go off-the-beaten-path and discover Madrid’s neighborhoods on a Madrid food tour!

Spend the morning with a local foodie as you explore the gorgeous Literary Quarter, taste Madrid specialties at family-run shops, and visit the vibrant neighborhood market. This tour is perfect for getting a true glimpse at daily life, as you discover the lesser known corners of Madrid, and meet proud food artisans with incredible stories to share.

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Includes: 10 delicious tastes at 7 neighborhood establishments (including a traditional market) in a beautiful Madrid neighborhood.
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am
Duration: 3 Hours

What's Included

  • A fun off-the-beaten-path food & culture tour through Madrid's vibrant Literary Quarter
  • Visits to Madrid's unique owner-operated specialty shops, market stalls, and tapas bars-- we support small businesses through this tour
  • A gourmet wine pairing at our favorite neighborhood deli as we learn its amazing story
  • Tasting tour through the historic Antón Martín Market to meet the vendors and taste their incredible food
  • Indulge in a classic local dessert and Madrid’s oldest and most enchanting tapas bar

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • 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

    Discover Madrid’s gorgeous, off-the-beaten-path Literary Quarter on a daytime foodie adventure! You’ll fall in love with this neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and everyday charm as you taste delicious bites from family-run eateries and wander through one of Madrid’s best local markets. In between tastes, you’ll find out why it’s called the Literary Quarter today and also learn how gentrification is affecting Madrid’s neighborhoods and small businesses.

    STOP-BY-STOP

    Start your morning off right with freshly fried churros and thick, homemade Spanish hot chocolate. Find out why these aren’t your average churros, and why they’re some of the best in Madrid!

    Onto the next stop! You’ll head to our favorite local deli to taste local wines paired with gourmet treats.

    Next, meet the young entrepreneurs behind one of Madrid’s best bakeries and taste a traditional Spanish snack.

    Now it’s time to pop into one of Madrid’s best local markets, where you’ll meet the vendors and taste their specialties.
    Spain’s best ham (jamón), incredible artisan cheeses, local olives… you’ll discover these foods and more on this Madrid market tour.

    Finally, head through the colorful neighborhood streets on your way over to one of Madrid’s most incredible and historic tapas bars. Learn about tapas traditions in Madrid and taste their delicious specialty.

    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!

    *Please note that this tour shares two stops with our Tapas & Flamenco Tour. It is not recommended to take both of the tours during your stay in Madrid.

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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 Santa Ana
    Places we'll visit Huertas Neighborhood (the Literary Quarter)

    Madrid’s most beautiful local neighborhood, a place where Spain’s literary idols have lived (and eaten!) for centuries.

    Ending point Plaza de las Cortes
    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.
    Head off the beaten path into the city’s picture-perfect Literary Quarter – former home of great Spanish writers like Miguel de Cervantes and nowadays a Madrid neighborhood packed with delicious food. You’ll taste the city’s best churros with chocolate, indulge in a Spanish wine tasting at Madrid’s most famous old deli, and you’ll eat your way around a working traditional food market, meeting the proud vendors and tasting everything from the melt-in-your-mouth cured ham, to a wide variety of Spanish olives as well as artisan cheeses. 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 3 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.2 kilometers (1.35 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 12 people and all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just 1 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 Hidden Madrid Food & Market Adventure. 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 Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour, which visits the historical center.
    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 kilometers. 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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