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!
- 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
This tour was an absolute highlight of our trip to Madrid. The tour was a bargain, with several stops and more food than we could even eat (although somehow we managed). In addition to the many delicious bites (and drinks), there were really interesting stops to a hundred-plus year old grocery and an authentic, non-touristy mercado. I could not rate this tour more highly.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Hidden Food and Market tour with Joy. Joy was brilliant—welcoming, friendly, engaging and most of all knowledgeable about Spanish food and history. We certainly didn't finish the tour hungry!! We had a great morning and we definitely recommend this tour. Even our girls (6 and 9 years) enjoyed it!
I loved all the tastings, and explanations. Our group size of 6 was perfect, making it feel more personable than a larger group. I loved trying all the different olives and hams, which I never would have done on my own. At the end, Luke's recommendations for dinner were also spot on.
- 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!
- Steaming homemade hot chocolate
- Spanish red wine
- Spanish white wine
- Sparkling, dry Spanish cava
- Sweet red Spanish vermouth straight from the tap!
What to Expect on Your Tour
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!
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!
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!
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One of Madrid’s most historic local neighborhoods and a place where Spain’s literary idols have lived (and eaten!) for centuries.