Key Information: Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour
|Offered Monday-Saturday at 10:30 am (we often add extra tours, check calendar!)|
|Tours last approximately 4 hours|
|Starts out in the plaza, in front of 27 Plaza Mayor (the building with colorful murals). Ends in the same location.|
|€85 per adult, €70 per teen, €55 per child age 12 & under (includes 21% Spanish sales tax)|
What to Expect on Your Tour
Come discover the secret of Madrid’s cuisine – a melting pot of flavors shaped over the centuries by people from all over Spain. After suddenly becoming the capital of an empire in 1561, Madrid’s population boomed as Spaniards from all corners of the country came in search of a better life. And they brought with them their regional recipes, making Madrid the best place in Spain to taste the diverse flavors of this country— which you’ll do on this wonderful morning food tour!
A steaming cup of sinfully delicious hot chocolate, a taste of Madrid’s most classic cocido stew from a 100-year-old kitchen, the city’s best homemade Spanish omelette, and a blowout tasting of three types of cured Spanish ham (including the world-famous acorn-fed Iberian jamón) are just a few of the 12+ tastings served during this tour. The Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour is for those serious about discovering Madrid’s best flavors. Wash it all down with famous Rioja wine, as well as local Spanish vermouth on tap and hard cider from the north of Spain (which you’ll learn how to pour the local way!).*
As you explore the narrow streets and broad squares of the historic centre of Madrid, you’ll pop in and out of tucked-away family run eateries– many over 100 years old– to taste their homemade specialties. You’ll meet local vendors (from a world-champion ham slicer to a fourth generation tavern owner) and your expert English-speaking guide will tell you their stories and the history and culture of each dish you’re tasting.
Between bites you’ll pass by and discover emblematic Madrid sites like the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the Plaza de la Villa as well as lots of lesser-known corners of the historic centre.
How much food is included? Enough delicious tastes for a light breakfast and full lunch.
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, which is packed with all our favourite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay!
So put down your guidebook and experience Madrid like a local!
Why choose this tour?
- Visit centuries-old eateries You’ll visit some of the best traditional eateries in Madrid, colorful places that have stood the test of time. All family-run, you’ll learn their stories and taste their unforgettable signature dishes!
- All-inclusive pricing Your food tour ticket includes all food and drink, a local English-speaking guide and 21% Spanish sales tax. The food on this tour is enough for breakfast and lunch and also includes four traditional alcoholic beverage (wine, vermouth, cider and liqueur)– though non-alcoholic options are also available. The tour also includes our helpful Devouring Madrid printed guide to the best places to eat in Madrid.
- 8+ food stops! Over the course of four hours, you will explore Madrid like a local, following your trusty local guide from one food location to the next, tasting everything from sweet to savory, breakfast to tapas! In between stops, you’ll learn the fascinating history of Spain’s capital city, and how the people who moved here from all over Spain truly shaped Madrid’s gastronomy.
- Discover the historic centre! This tour explores the beautiful historic centre of Madrid, meaning you’ll see the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and other iconic sites.
- Taste typical Spanish beverages From the city’s best hot chocolate to classic Rioja wine, local vermouth and northern Spanish cider, this tour will introduce you to some of Spain’s most important local drinks.
- The best morning tour in Madrid! There’s really no better way to see the Spanish capital– you’ll be treated to some of the city’s best food right in the heart of classic Madrid!
*Because we work with small, family-run establishments, stops and tastes may change depending on availability.
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Why Choose Devour Spain Food Tours?
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
And the experience doesn’t finish once the tour is over. Our tours are full of invaluable insider tips and recommendations so you’ll know how (and where) to keep eating well during the rest of your stay.
In short, taking a Devour Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and letting them take you to their favorite spots, as well as giving you lots of tips for doing it yourself!
Wandering the gorgeous streets of Madrid’s historic centre, you’ll visit a number of classic local establishments and family-run gems, trying rich tapas, tasting and learning the difference between Spain’s world-famous array of cured hams (including the acorn-fed black-hoof variety), discovering how locals take their aperitif (hint: it comes on tap…) and getting a behind-the-scenes peek into one of Madrid’s most historic kitchens where they make the city’s famous stew the old-fashioned way. Along the way you’ll learn about Madrid and Spain’s gastronomic traditions, and the different peoples who have shaped them. All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious!
Of course, you’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and Madrid expert. Between tasting locations your guide will lead you lead you past and explain key central Madrid sites like the Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace.
Plus, every guest receives our Devouring Madrid mini guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll keep eating well for the rest of your stay!
The tour lasts approximately four hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 3.2 kilometres (2 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 10 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
We currently offer the tour year round Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Sometimes we add additional days, so please check the calendar.
The tour starts promptly at either 9:45am or 10:30am (please check your booking confirmation email for which tour you’re on). We ask our guests to come to the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time in order to check in with your guide. This ensures we get off to a timely start, and that first taste doesn’t get cold!
The tour meets in the Plaza Mayor (scroll up for a Google Map view). When you book your tour you will receive an automated email from us with more precise meeting details.
The tour ends very near beside the Plaza Mayor.
This tour is currently adaptable for vegetarians and pescatarians and those who don’t eat either pork or beef. Also, if you don’t drink alcohol we will serve you non-alcoholic drinks.
We can adapt the tour for those who do not eat gluten as an ingredient in a dish, but the tour is not suitable for those with celiac disease (due to the risk of gluten cross-contact). There is one stop where a gluten free option may not be available. The tour is not adaptable for those on a vegan diet.
Please mark any dietary preferences when you book.
If you have another dietary requirement, or a food allergy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before you book and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you have a food allergy, we may ask you to sign a waiver at the start of the 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.