Get acquainted with the city’s world-class culinary scene on this 4-hour tapas walking tour in Madrid. With a local guide at your side, uncover foodie hotspots across three different neighborhoods. Brush shoulders with the locals at a lively, central market, and then stroll through Madrid’s literary quarter and the Lavapiés district to taste some of the freshest, most delicious tapas in town. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from the guide.
Your tapas adventure begins in Plaza de la Villa, the old main square in central Madrid. After a brief introduction to the city and its tapas credentials, we’ll head towards Mercado de San Miguel, the first gourmet market in all of Spain, for the first of many food tastings. Here we’ll start with an aperitivo, what else?! We’ll try traditional vermouth and we’ll taste some of Spain’s most succulent olives too.Spain is a well-known cheese producing nation, offering the world such cheesy delights as manchego, mahon and idizabal. We’ll try some delicious Spanish cheese, alongside a glass of wine of course at one of the best cheese stalls in the market.Next, we’ll head to the pulsating barrio of La Latina to explore its narrow lanes and fascinating history. This neighbourhood is ultra trendy right now and is popular with locals for its vibrant food and drink scene. We will visit a tiny, off the beaten path restaurant that is well known for their traditional tapas dishes - with a fusion twist. This tiny spot only has 6 tables so it’s always busy and it has a great atmosphere!From there, we will head back to the oldest part of Madrid, as we walk we’ll continue to chat about the city’s history and food culture and your guide will point out some artisanal stores where you can pick up authentic, handmade souvenirs made by locals. If there’s time and the group are interested, we’ll make a quick stop at one of these shops. Our next stop, right in the heart of Plaza Mayor is to try the iconic bocadillo de calamares, the famous sandwich of the city. To wash it down, we’ll try some local beer too! Back on the streets, your local guide will point out interesting sights and alternative food and drink stops for you to explore on your own as we head to our penultimate foodie highlight of the day.Does it get much better than potato croquettes?! The perfect snack at any time of day and with so many different flavours to choose from, croquettes are the best! We’ll try some of Madrid’s most famous croquettes together at a heritage tavern that was originally built in 1860 and only specializes in these special potato treats.After that, we’ll cross Puerta del Sol, one of the most iconic spots of Madrid and finish our tapas adventure with a local dessert and sweet wine in yet another historic location. This join has been run by the same family for over 100 years, serving a traditional Spanish dessert that might just remind you of something familiar.Once you’ve finished your dessert, your guide will take you back to Puerta del Sol, where they can help you out with directions back to your accommodation or ideas on where to go next!