MADRID, SPAIN. Throughout Madrid, from the posh neighborhood of Salamanca to the more gritty streets of Lavapiés, terraces fill with people sitting around little tables eating and drinking. Tasty food is engrained in the culture of the Spaniard, and anyone with an interest in a gastronomically diverse diet has many treasures to discover in Madrid. But in any place where food and drink are used to tempt the busy tourist, the result can be a disappointing mix of tacky shops and restaurants that dole out standardized food posited as local cuisine.
Madrid Food Tour specializes in guided tours for those who want to eat and drink, Spanish style, with particular attention to authenticity and local knowledge. Much of the best local food in Madrid comes from modest markets and small businesses that have long traditions of producing tasty treats and delicious drinks. On the tour (70.00 Euros per person), you’ll be invited to choose from a surprising variety of Spanish classics and typical dishes from various ethnic origins and receive a healthy dose of Spanish culinary history. There is also interesting information on cooking tips and ingredients, as well as essential inside perspective on the ever-changing food scene in Madrid.
The tour begins in the morning, when Madrileños start to stir, and the tasting takes off with samples of fresh, hand-made pastries and sweets, some of which are produced in a very surprising place. The walk continues to two bustling markets, where locals arrive daily to buy their eating essentials, and where anyone can sample, among other things, a vast variety of olives from all over Spain or witness butchers slicing up and selling crucial ingredients for countless Spanish dishes. And later, samples may include hand-crafted cheeses, the famous Jamon Serrano, and the always excellent roasted Padrón peppers.
The Spanish eating experience in Madrid has an inexorable relationship with ambience, so on this tour participants find themselves immersed with locals, on terraces and sidewalks, sitting around tables with panoramic views, and in the cozy environs of cafés and bars. And throughout the walk, expect informative and revealing stories relating to the surrounding architecture and pathways around the city center, as well as facts on foreign influences that have contributed to the diversity of Spanish culture and cuisine.
Apart from the Signature Tour, there are also more specialized tours available, like the Gourmet Tapas and wine tour in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood, the Spanish Drink Tour, the Bizarre Foods Tour, the Chef’s Tour (informative shopping for those adventurous cooks) and Pork on a Fork (an “A – Z” Spanish pork products food tour).
Madrid Food Tour
Tel: +34 695 958 187
Monday – Saturday, 10:00am (meeting time for signature tour), other tours by request