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.