We meet at Plaza Mayor, the largest square in Spain, to spend the next four and half hours walking and tasting the specialties of Madrid, listening to the story of Spanish cuisine. Four and half hours: eating and walking.
This is what Madrid Food Tour is about. I went and tested – and tasted – invited by Lauren, who runs it (Barcelona Food Tour is also her brain child).
This is an excellent option for those who want to get to know the foodie side of the city, and to avoid overpaying for poor grub in a random tourist-trap. Lauren is really well organised, so the food was on the table the moment we entered a restaurant. We also had a chance to look behind the scenes, inside the kitchens, peek into the pots, meet the owners and chefs.
Madrid Food Tour gave me a chance to visit a hot chocolate cafe, a restaurant with great wine, a restaurant with great soup, a market with delicious olives and Sangria, a nunnery with cinnamon biscuits baked at dawn, a bar with home-made cider and tortilla, a meat and cheese shop, a take-away food place, Spanish fast food with squid in a roll, a shop full of local sweet delights, and more.
If you don’t eat meat, just let the organisers know, each place serves vegetarian dishes. Options galore.
There are different thematic routes available on the tour:
- Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
- Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour
- Ultimate Spanish Cousine Tour (I’ve been on this route).
What you are going to see now is only a part of the whole menu.
Tempted? Go to Spain, Madrid Food Tour, you will see and try more.
And when you meet Lauren, say hello from me!