MADRID FOOD TOUR
One of our most memorable experiences in Madrid was going on a food tour, something S and I have been doing for quite some time now. We chose the Ultimate Spanish Cuisine tour offered by Devour Madrid Food Tour company to enjoy the ultimate Spanish cuisine kick-ass food tour on our second day in the city. You definitely need to book tickets in advance since it is one those rare European food tours that accommodates vegetarians (my friend who was traveling with us is one). A good food tour is not only a lot of fun in terms of tasting and getting a peak into what locals eat, but also a repository of good information on stores or restaurants one can revisit or have their rest of the meals at. Our tour guide Luke, was awesome-super sweet, friendly and a great Brit who had mastered the Madrid Lisp.
We met promptly at 10:30 AM at Plaza Mayor and went on our 4 hour Madrid food tour to myriad places, starting from late breakfast at El Riojano pattisierre in Calle Major, next to Plaza mayor to fritata, Gaspacho, bites of almonds, olives, other tasty fish Tapas, simmering stews, Iberian hams and cheese, sumptuous Spanish candy (like middle eastern Halwa) and many more of the 12 food tastings and beverage pairings (non-alcoholic substitutions available too). It was a lot of food so an empty stomach is well recommended for this Madrid food tour. We loved our Madrid food tour, specially the nuggets of history and information (such as the strange eating habits of the good old Spanish folks) that was shared at every stop, including the one where we got delicious cookies from the nuns at a convent who had vowed never to see another human face ever (you just get the cookies from a window like Luke did). Best of all, we got goodie bags with Spanish meringue-like dessert at the end and also recommendations for amazing places to shop and eat, including our food stops for the day, all printed out on a sheet of paper for our convenience. Get ready to indulge in some serious food-porn with photos below:
Food tours are a wonderful way to discover a new city or country’s local cuisine, without which travel is is kind of incomplete. Read about my “Everything you need to know about food tours” in this post here.
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