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Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Learn about Spanish culture through its world-famous food on a 4-hour walking tour of Madrid’s historic city center. Taste 12 dishes and four beverages, enough for a breakfast and hearty lunch, and meet the vendors behind each family-run eatery as you go.
  • 4-hour culinary walking tour of Madrid
  • Tour the city center and learn about the city’s attractions
  • Sample Madrid’s famous foods over the course of 7 tasting stops, including 12 food tastings and four beverages
  • Enough food for a breakfast and lunch included
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Small-group tour (maximum 12 guests)
Food tastings (enough for breakfast and lunch)
Wine tastings
Expert local culinary guide
Our Devouring Madrid guide, packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city
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Departure Point

Plaza Mayor, 27, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Check in with your guide in the historic Plaza Mayor by 10:20 a.m. (10 minutes prior to tour start time). Learn the history of the square, and then begin your culinary tour, starting with a cup of decadent hot chocolate.

Continue to the renovated 20th-century San Miguel Market and browse the stalls of produce and prepared foods; let your guide help you pick out a mix of local-approved sweet and savory bites.Then, taste Madrid’s classic cocido stew (made with chickpeas, meat, and vegetables) from a 100-year-old kitchen, before sampling three types of cured Spanish ham, including famous acorn-fed Iberian jamón (ham) — meet the vendors behind each family-run eatery.

Other tastings on your tour include what is arguably the city’s best homemade Spanish omelette, washed down with rioja red wine, Spanish vermouth, and hard cider from the north of the country; and treats from a traditional family bakery.

Between bites, learn about Madrid’s landmarks including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa, as well as lesser-known enclaves in the historic center.

Complete your tour with a full belly, knowledge of Madrid, and a deeper understanding of Spanish culture.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Madrid
Discover the heart of the city of Madrid. In between the century-old establishments that are the backbone of the city center—the places that make Madrid, Madrid, you'll see landmarks and hear stories of Spain's capital.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Riojano
You’ll start your morning off at a century-old bakery with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate, as well as coffee or tea, and a sweet treat.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Mercado San Miguel
Pass by this traditional local market which has been revamped into a favorite hang out for food and drinks.
Pass By:  
Convento de las Carboneras
Pass by one of Madrid's convents that hides a sweet treat inside.
Stop At:  
Plaza de la Villa
Plaza de la Villa, or Village Square, is one of the oldest square in the city. Your guide will share stories that bring the square's history to life.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercado Jamón Ibérico
In a city that seems full of jamón shops, we’ll introduce you to a family-run gem stocked with blue-ribbon bites. Here it’s time for our ham challenge: a tasting of three of Spain’s most-renowned (and most expensive) cured hams. By the time we leave, you’ll have an understanding of the differences between them—and a favorite!
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Royal Palace of Madrid
As you are discovering the hidden back streets of the center of Madrid you will get a glimpse of the Royal Palace.
Stop At:  
El Anciano Rey de los Vinos
The third food stop is an iconic Madrid tavern in a spot where you’d expect to find tourist traps. Here they’ve put a modern twist on a traditional dish tied to the city’s history with bullfighting.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
LA BOLA
We’ll sneak you into one of Madrid’s oldest kitchens specialized in making the city’s famous stew. This dish is a Madrid essential and this restaurant, open since 1870, is known across the country as preparing one of the best in town.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La botijería
Move over paella—at the next stop you’ll taste Spain’s true national dish, tortilla de patatas or Spanish omelet, paired with one of Spain’s oldest and most misunderstood wines.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bar La Campana
Finally, we’ll clue you in on some local knowledge: Madrid’s signature sandwich is made with fried calamari! For a landlocked city, this may seem strange, but we’ll initiate you into the emblematic tradition. You’ll try this perfect combination of crispy and crunchy at the only restaurant in Plaza Mayor frequented by locals.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Turrones Vicens
Last but not least, you’ll head to a gourmet sweets shop to taste three different types of Spanish turrón and toast with a shot of locally-produced liqueur!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Plaza Mayor
You will finish the tour in the historic Plaza Mayor, perfectly located to continue exploring the city on your own.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Non-eating children under 5 years old do not require a ticket
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Available for vegetarians, pescatarians and gluten free with prior notice
  • Not recommended for vegans
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tours require a minimum of just two people to operate
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Devour Madrid Food Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid.

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Food, wine delights!
Debra_B
, Mar 2020
The food tour in Madrid with Arancha as a guide was wonderful. She explained the differences in all the types of food, especially the jamon which was very helpful. She explained the different regions of wine making and how to order properly. She incorporated historical knowledge with food knowledge which made the tour very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Great food, fun tour!
Maria_M
, Mar 2020
This was such a great tour! The food was varied and delicious. We were very full after the tour. We got to visit a working kitchen as they prepared for lunch! I loved the experience and would highly recommend. This is great introduction to Spanish cuisine and traditions!
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Good tour
jellybabe2
, Mar 2019
Lots of lovely food Our guide Paula was great Loved the place by the Palace the best,beef in pastry with pepper jus & Vermouth
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