Hidden Madrid Neighborhood Food & Market Tour

Go off the beaten path on our insider's Madrid food tour! Explore the gorgeous Literary Quarter and taste local specialties at family-run shops and the neighborhood market!

RATED FIVE OUT OF FIVE:
INCLUDES: 12 delicious tastes at 9 neighbourhood establishments (including a traditional market visit) in a true Madrid neighbourhood. Enough food for breakfast & lunch.
SMALL GROUP: Maximum 12 guests
TIMES: 9:30am, 10:15am, 11am
DURATION: 3.5 Hours

What's Included

  • An off-the-beaten-path food tour through Madrid's vibrant Literary Quarter
  • Unforgettable visits to Madrid's owner-operated specialty shops, market stalls and tapas bars
  • A gourmet wine and cheese pairing at our favorite neighborhood deli
  • Access to the secret back room of Madrid’s oldest grocery store, where you'll taste the best local products
  • Tasting tour through the historic Antón Martín Market to meet the vendors, learn their stories and taste their incredible food
  • The chance to experience Madrid's midday tradition of cold vermouth and delicious tapas

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Foodie Highlights

You'll Eat

  • Madrid's best churros and chocolate
  • 4 delicious styles of Spanish artisanal cheese
  • Artisan jams, honeys & olive oils
  • Homemade vinegar-cured anchovies
  • Freshly made Spanish croquettes
  • 2 styles of Spain's famous cured ham (including best-of-the-best Iberian jamón)
  • Mouthwatering cured smoked beef—a local delicacy
  • 6 styles of olives, most only available in Spain
  • Madrid's creamiest cheesecake baked in 100+ year old ovens!
  • Tostas—Madrid's go-to tapa!

You'll Drink

  • Steaming homemade hot chocolate
  • Spanish red wine
  • Spanish white wine
  • Sparkling, dry Spanish cava
  • Sweet red Spanish vermouth straight from the tap!
* 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 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 as your expert guide brings Spain’s literary idols—who have lived and eaten in this neighborhood for centuries— to life!

    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!

    Next, you’ll head to the neighborhood’s oldest gourmet grocery store. Your expert guide will take you to the secret back room to taste various jams and honeys, olive oil and a few other sweet surprises.

    On to the next stop! You’ll head to our favorite local deli where you’ll try three different types of Spanish cheeses paired with two wines.

    Now it’s time to pop into one of Madrid’s best local markets, where you’ll meet the vendors and taste their specialties. First up is an olive tasting, where you’ll try six different olives, and a vinegar-cured anchovy if you dare!

    Next up, you’ll see a more modern side to the market as you taste delicious slow-roasted pork porchetta on freshly baked bread. Though inherently Italian, this recipe is made with 100% Spanish ingredients!

    As you wind your way through the market, your expert guide will point out a few of the more traditional stalls.

    Finally, at the last market stop, you’ll meet a local expert on jamón and cured meats, and you’ll try three of his best—jamón serrano, jamón ibérico and cured beef!

    After the market, you’ll head to a neighborhood bar to enjoy Madrid’s quintessential aperitif—an ice-cold vermouth poured straight from the tap—with a selection of gourmet open-faced toasts.

    And to finish, it’s time for something sweet! You’ll visit a local bakery to try the creamiest cheesecake in Madrid!

    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!

    Meet them here!

    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaza Santa Ana
    Places we'll visit Huertas (aka the Literary Quarter)

    One of Madrid’s most historic local neighborhoods and 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 true Madrid neighborhood packed with delicious food made by the locals. You’ll taste the city’s best churros con chocolate, discover one of the top (and most surreal) local haunts for tostas (a Madrid tapas tradition), 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 to real market-fresh cooking. 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 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.2 kilometers (1.35 miles) and there is seating at two 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 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 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.
    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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