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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Madrid

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Madrid

With its homely cuisine and penchant for languid lunches, Madrid is a delightfully laid-back food destination with a reputation for serving up delicious Spanish classics. Whether you like sweet or savory cuisine, here are some of the don’t-miss dishes to try while in Madrid.

Spanish Omelets: Known as tortilla de patata (literally, potato tortilla) in Spanish, these dense but delicious circles of potato, egg, and onion are Madrid comfort food at its finest. Try a slice from any downtown Madrid spot, served either warm, in a crusty baguette, or both.

Churros and Chocolate: The quintessential Spanish dessert, sugary deep-fried churros (which are typically skinnier than Mexican churros) are served alongside a cup of thick, sweet chocolate that’s more like a sauce than a sippable drink. Enjoy on any Madrid plaza and people watch as you eat.

Cocido: Rich and hearty, cocido is a typical Madrid stew of sorts, made from chickpeas, meats, and assorted vegetables. You might learn how to make cocido, best enjoyed on a cool evening, during a Madrid cooking class.

Iberian Ham: Available across the city, Iberian ham is commonly included in tapas tastings at restaurants and markets all over Madrid. Bonus points if you enjoy Iberian ham alongside patatas bravas, Manchego cheese, and fat, stuffed olives, as well as red wine.

Squid Sandwiches: Squid rings aren’t typically thought of as a sandwich food, although you might be convinced otherwise after eating one (or several) with a beer in Madrid. Typically served on crusty bread, they make for excellent midsightseeing snacks.

Patatas Bravas: Cubed and fried potatoes topped with a sometimes-spicy sauce similar in appearance to ketchup plus an optional drizzle of aioli, patatas bravas should be enjoyed washed down with a local Spanish beer.

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Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid
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4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

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Uncover the secrets of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Madrid. Get hands on as you create classic dishes such as tapas, gazpacho, or paella; master new skills under the guidance of an expert chef; then sit down to feast on your homemade creations, accompanied by a glass of Sangria.
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The 10 Tastings of Madrid With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Madrid With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Madrid is one of Spain’s great gastronomic cities and this private 3-hour tasting tour is the ideal introduction to the city’s foodie scene. Explore the street food markets, hip bars, and traditional restaurants of Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood and enjoy 10 delicious food tastings including Spanish specialties like ‘croqueta’, ‘rosquilla’ pastries and ‘tortilla’.
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Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food Tour
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Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food Tour

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Savor the best of Madrid’s world-famous cured meat and wine during this 2.5-hour tasting session at two top Iberian ham producers. Taste high-end samples of specialty products like salchichón, lomo, chorizo and more, complimented by local wines, Spanish Manchego cheese and other classic tapas. During your visits you’ll also get to observe the slicing methods of a professional Iberian ham cutter, learn about the different curing styles and get tips on shopping for some of your own. An expert food guide, plus all ham, tapas, cheeses and wines, are included.
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3-Hour Tapas Secret Food Tour of Madrid w/ Private Tour Option

3-Hour Tapas Secret Food Tour of Madrid w/ Private Tour Option

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Sample the culinary secrets of Madrid as you taste and tour your way the historic center of the city. You’ll visit eight delicious stops with your group, as your guide fills you in on the rich culture and history of Madrid, and the Spanish approach to food. Your tour will include tastings of savory tapas, sweet treats, and Spanish wines and cider (or a non-alcoholic substitute).
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Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid

Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid

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Learn about Spanish culture through its world-famous food on a 4-hour walking tour of Madrid’s historic city center. Taste 12 dishes and four beverages, enough for a breakfast and hearty lunch, and meet the vendors behind each family-run eatery as you go.
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Small-Group Tapas Cooking Class in Madrid
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Small-Group Tapas Cooking Class in Madrid

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Spain is famous for its traditional tapas and the bite-size dishes are an ideal introduction to Spanish cooking. Master the art of making tapas under the guidance of an expert chef on this 3.5-hour small-group cooking class in Madrid, create 10 different tapas, then sit down to enjoy your homemade dinner, accompanied by a selection of regional wines.
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Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

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Get a taste of Madrid’s culinary scene on a tapas walking tour led by a guide. Explore the local haunts in three of the city's neighborhoods, sampling tapas and learning about the history of Madrid’s literary quarter as you go. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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Flamenco and Flavours Experience

Flamenco and Flavours Experience

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Celebrate Spanish culture on this multi-stop, guided, half-day tour that mixes food, dance, and drink in the city of Madrid. Taste the chocolate covered pastry-delight of one of the city’s most iconic desserts, churros, and sip on a local favorite liqueur, Madrilian during a lively pub and club crawl. Enjoy the night and stomp along to a spirited Flamenco show at local club.
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