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Food Lover's Guide to Madrid

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Food Lover's Guide to Madrid
The lively Spanish capital of Madrid loves to eat, and the unpretentious food scene is characterized by leisurely meals enjoyed with friends over good wine. Here are some signature Spanish dishes and food tours you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Like many big cities, Madrid is a melting pot, but it has a few of its own typical foods as well. Some dishes, like patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a slightly spicy tomato sauce), tortilla de patata (Spanish omelette), and Iberian ham have become popular throughout Spain. When the weather gets cold, Madrileños reach for a bowl of cocido madrileño, a rich and flavorful pork stew simmered with chickpeas, vegetables, and chorizo. For a quick and easy bite on the go, it doesn’t get more local than a bocadillo de calamares (calamari sandwich)—squid rings fried to a golden brown and tucked within crusty french bread. After a long night out on the town, a popular dish called churros con chocolate makes for a must late-night (or early-morning) treat.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Take a nighttime walking tour of Madrid’s old town to sample the city’s best Spanish food.
  • Uncover the secrets of Spanish wine with tastings at tapas bars and historic taverns.
  • Learn to make paella and other traditional dishes in a cooking workshop.
  • Eat like a local on a private guided food tour to Madrid’s hidden eateries.
  • Explore some of Madrid’s food-centric neighborhoods, like Lavapiés and the Literary Quarter.
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Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting TourDining Experiences

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in MadridHalf-day Tours

4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

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Uncover the secrets of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Madrid. Get hands on as you create classic dishes such as tapas, gazpacho, or paella; master new skills under the guidance of an expert chef; then sit down to feast on your homemade creations, accompanied by a glass of Sangria.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and DinnerHalf-day Tours

Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital on a history and tapas walking tour in Madrid, including dinner. Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the old city center while your guide illuminates the many-layered history of sights like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Along the way, stop at several authentic tapas bars, to feast like a local on an array of traditional appetizer-sized dishes paired with Spanish wine, sangria, and typical liquors.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Tapas, Taverns & History Tour in Madrid Half-day Tours

Tapas, Taverns & History Tour in Madrid

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In Spain, culture and cuisine are inextricable. Experience Madrid’s historical and culinary highlights on an evening walking tour, perfect for beating the capital’s scorching daytime heat. In between critically acclaimed tapas bars, you’ll learn about the ancient history of Madrid’s Old Town and sample local specialties washed down with sangria, Spain’s favorite summer beverage. This small-group tour is limited to 10 food lovers.
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner Half-day Tours

Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

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Treat your taste buds to this 3.5-hour walking tapas tour of Madrid! Gain insight into the cherished Spanish culinary tradition from your local guide as you visit four or five eateries around the city on a lunch or dinner tour. Sample authentic tapas like Iberian ham, locally produced cheeses and paella, accompanied by regional wine or beer at each stop. All tapas and drinks are included, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and your appetite!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid Tapas Night Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

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Enjoy Spain's legendary nightlife and mouth-watering tapas culture during this small-group walking tour in Madrid. Follow your expert foodie guide as you trace the typical evening rituals of your average Madrileno, stopping along Madrid's hard-to-find side streets for snacking at some of the city's incredible array of tapas bars. Come away from your evening with a renewed appreciation for the lively people and tantalizing food and drink on offer in the Spanish capital. This small-group walking tour, limited to just 10 guests, also includes visits to multiple bars, a drink and tapas at the first bar and language assistance and advice when ordering.
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  • 4 hours
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Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food TourWine Tastings

Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food Tour

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Savor the best of Madrid’s world-famous cured meat and wine during this 2.5-hour tasting session at two top Iberian ham producers. Taste high-end samples of specialty products like salchichón, lomo, chorizo and more, complimented by local wines, Spanish Manchego cheese and other classic tapas. During your visits you’ll also get to observe the slicing methods of a professional Iberian ham cutter, learn about the different curing styles and get tips on shopping for some of your own. An expert food guide, plus all ham, tapas, cheeses and wines, are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Old Town Madrid Gourmet Tapas and Wine Tasting Walking TourWine Tastings

Old Town Madrid Gourmet Tapas and Wine Tasting Walking Tour

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Indulge your taste buds on this gourmet walking tour of Madrid’s old town. Follow your guide, a local food and wine expert, to some of the best and most atmospheric eateries in the city center, including an 18th-century mansion and a historic tavern. Taste authentic tapas and regional specialties like Iberian ham, valdeon cheese and the Spanish omelette, accompanied by fine Spanish wines that are all rated between 95 and 100 points. It’s a great way to learn to eat like a true Madrileño!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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