Madrid Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour

Highlights

  • Enjoy 15+ delicious tastes at 6+ family-run spots.

  • Try top-quality products from a typical local market.

  • Taste the foods that make Madrid what it is.

  • Eat among locals in central Madrid.

  • Step into tapas bars, pastry shops, delis, and more.

Summary

Taste all of Madrid’s must-try foods in one morning in a delicious initiation to Spanish cuisine. 

Tour info

Duration
4 hours
Group Size
10
Pricing (From)
Adult: (13-99 years)
€99.00
Child: (5-13 years)
€69.00
Infant: (0-4 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Plaza de Sta. Ana, Madrid, Spain, 28012 , ES

Dropoff location

El Riojano, Calle Mayor 10 , Madrid , Spain, ES

Why take this tour?

First, you’ll unlearn everything you thought you knew about churros—and discover the real origins of chocolate—at a beloved neighborhood café serving up the best versions of both in all of Madrid. 
 
Next, you’ll set off to the next stop in many Madrileños’ morning routines: buying bread for the day. At a tiny storefront managed by a passionate young baker from northern Spain, you’ll learn why good bread in Madrid can be surprisingly hard to come by—and taste for yourself why this spot is the exception, in the form of their delicious homemade chorizo-stuffed rolls.  
 
From there, it’s off to the market! You’ll explore the vibrant Mercado de Antón Martín as locals from all walks of life do their daily grocery shopping. Along the way, you’ll stop at a variety of stalls to taste their finest products: flavorsome olives, cured meats, locally sourced produce, and Spain’s very own liquid gold: extra virgin olive oil.  
 
After tasting your way around the market, you’ll make your way to an unassuming neighborhood deli with a surprising past. It was here that the owner’s father held clandestine meetings to plot against Spain’s newly established dictatorship in the 1930s! Today, that same space is where you’ll sit down for a mini tasting of cheeses from around Spain paired with two different wines. As you snack and sip, you’ll discover the origins of each product and get insider tips for ordering wine in Spain.  
 
Your next stop is located in Madrid’s picturesque historic center. A favorite among locals, this spot is infamously hard to reserve—but luckily, your table is already guaranteed! Here you’ll try freshly fried croquettes—a staple of tapas bar menus across Spain—and wash it down with an ice-cold beer while learning all about tapas culture.  
 
The only thing you should eat around Plaza Mayor is your next bite: a calamari sandwich. You can find it almost anywhere in the surrounding area, but today you're trying the best one around, with light, crunchy batter and cooked to perfection. Enjoy it standing outside the bar, just like the locals.  
 
Finally, you’ll finish on a sweet note at a pastry shop that’s been going strong since 1855. Opened by the Spanish queen’s own pastry chef, this incredible spot is seemingly hidden in plain sight. Here you’ll try a classic Spanish dessert with your choice of coffee or tea.  
 

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • 8 tasting stops with 12+ tastes and 4 drinks

  • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off

  • Gratuities

Things to know

Before you book

  • The tour is in English.

  • Guests with serious food allergies will need to sign an allergy waiver at the start of the tour

  • This tour is not recommended for vegans.

  • This tour is adaptable for: Vegetarians, Pescatarians, Gluten free (not celiacs), Dairy free & Pregnant women. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking.

  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not adaptable for those with celiac disease

Before you go

  • Meeting time is 10min before the tour star time to check in. If a guest is more than 5min late, they should go to first stop (stated in confirmation email).

  • Comfortable shoes recommended

  • This tour covers breakfast and lunch

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no-shows are non-refundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.

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