Hidden Madrid Food & Market Adventure

Experience Madrid like a local in the gorgeous Literary Quarter where the city's best tapas, sweets and delicacies are waiting to be discovered!

Light Breakfast + Full Lunch
Daytime Tour
3.5 Hours
9 Tasting Stops
Start times: 9:30am, 10:15am, 11am. Check calendar for available times.

Highlights

  • Discover a thriving neighborhood through the eyes of a local as you pop into shops, tapas bars, the local market and more. You’ll be an honorary Madrileño for the day!
  • Taste local wines and cheeses at our favorite neighborhood deli and learn its mysterious past from the Spanish Civil War!
  • Visit the secret back room of Madrid’s oldest grocery store, and taste things you can normally only buy!
  • Explore the local Anton Martin Market where you’ll meet the vendors, learn their stories, and taste their incredible food.
  • Learn how to do tapas like a local enjoy the midday tradition of draft vermouth and 'tostas' piled high with fresh ingredients.
  • Finish with the creamiest cheesecake in town baked in 100+ year old ovens with fresh Galician cheese.

You'll Eat

  • Freshly fried Madrid-style churros
  • 4 unique styles of Spanish artisanal cheese
  • Tasting of artisan jams, honeys & olive oils
  • Homemade vinegar-cured anchovy
  • Slow-roasted porchetta atop homemade bread
  • 2 styles of Spain's famous cured ham
  • Cold smoked cured beef shaved paper-thin
  • 6 styles of olives, most only available in Spain
  • Galician cheesecake
  • Tostas--Madrid's go-to tapa!

You'll Drink

  • Steaming 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
  • 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.

    Cultural Highlights

  • Go off-the-beaten-path in the gorgeous Literary Quarter, where Spain's Golden Age is still alive and well.
  • Learn the mysterious story of Miguel de Cervantes' missing bones outside the convent where he's "buried".
  • Walk in the footsteps of Spain's literary greats and discover the tapas bars they once frequented.
  • What to Expect on Your Tour

    Discover a side of Madrid few visitors ever see! On this daytime foodie adventure you’ll immerse yourself in Madrid’s gorgeous, off-the-beaten-path Literary Quarter, one of the city’s most historic local neighborhoods and a place where Spain’s literary idols have lived (and eaten!) for centuries. You’ll fall in love with its tree-lined cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture, and small family-run boutiques and eateries— which is where you’re headed on this food tour! Go behind the scenes at the oldest grocery store in Madrid and try their locally made delicacies in a secret tasting room. Indulge in the city’s best tapas & treats at family-run bars and cafés that are hidden in plain sight. Stroll through a buzzing neighborhood market, meet the the vendors and taste their specialties including acorn-fed black-hoofed ham from friendliest butcher in the business! In short, you’ll discover the foods and flavors that are a true expression of a real Madrid neighborhood. Along the way you’ll meet the hardworking local people behind Madrid’s great food and learn their stories, along with the fascinating history of the neighborhood they call home. Hidden gems, intriguing stories and mysterious tales await throughout this beautiful neighborhood! And as with all Devour Madrid tours, you’ll get our Devouring Madrid Guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat, drink and shop in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay! Bring your appetite for a morning of off-the-beaten-path foodie bliss!

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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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    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 kilometres. 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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