Tapas, Taverns and History tour with Devour Madrid Food Tours
At the end of this summer, my friend Victoria and I were planning the autumn fun we were going to have since we’re both nuts about food, we decided to head to Madrid for a couple of days to check out their food scene, both healthy and not so healthy options.
As we did our research on Madrid we thought it would be great fun to do a food tour, which is really popular here in Spain.
Our eye fell on Devour Madrid food tours since we know they operate in Barcelona as well. They do five different day and night tours throughout Madrid that lasts from 3,5 – 4 hours. The one that caught our attention were Tapas, Taverns and History tour at night. What´s better than eating, drinking and get to listen to someone that knows the way around town, right?
By the name you can kind figure out what it´s about, yes it´s like it sounds, while we nibbled on delicious Spanish tapas in traditional taverns we got to hear about the Spanish history and fun curiosa.
The tour started out at Plaza Isabel II, where our tour guide Joy originally from New York, waited to take us for a walk through the old centre of Madrid and it´s food history. We were a small group of only four, a young couple from the US, Victoria and I.
The first stop on the Tapas, Taverns and History tour were just by our meeting point at Plaza Isabel II, we had the pleasure to try what are for sure two of the top five most known foods from Spain, Jamón Iberico/Iberian and Campo Real olives. The ham we tasted were from Joselito´s black Iberian pigs, which is the most renowned Jamón producer in Spain, a whole leg goes for about 900€-1.000€.
As we are savouring the Jamón and olives accompanied by a glass of Vermouth, Joy, who’s a fountain of information and a great storyteller narrates the history behind the famous Spanish tapas and how Madrid actually ended up to be the capital of what we today call Spain.
As we keep up with the tour we walk by the beautifully lit up Royal Palace, here we get to know all about the monument of Philip IV, his horse and Galileo (yes he had something to do with it).
As we walk the streets keeps getting narrower, less crowded and stories about Velazquez, Madrid´s catacombs and the nuns baking cookies behind closed doors kept us on our toes.
As we are getting closer to Plaza Mayor and our second stop, the streets start to get more brimming again and you can feel the pulse of the city.
By the name of our next stop, Mesón del Champiñón, we can pretty easy guess their speciality, besides their world-famous grilled mushrooms (delicious btw!) we get to try, flash fried Padrón pepper and to wash it down with the refreshing drink Tinto de verano/ summer red wine.
Tinto de verano is a wine-based cold drink, similar to Sangria without being overly sweet, perfect to quench your thirst.
With new energy in our bodies, we head to Plaza Mayor, crossed over into Plaza del Sol, where we find the famous badge Km0, the saying is that if you stand on it you will return to Madrid in the future. On Sol, we also find the acclaimed bear of Madrid and a lighter Tio Pepe on a new location.
As we steer towards the third stop we find the smell of garlic, shrimps coming at us, absolutely fab. Even Allison from the US who does not as seafood loved it. When done with the shrimps, we move over to the bread, starting to soak up the flavourful oil, so good!
At the last stop, we got a selection of hot off the grill tapas and Joy handing out extra inside information about Madrid and specific tips for our stay.
On the Devour Madrid Food Tour, we only visited traditional taverns that have their own specialities that make just that place unique, which cause the tour to be genuine and interesting. The portions were good sized to be on a food tour and the drinks good, worth the money!
A special shout out to Joy! She´s a wonderful guide, her empathy and energy when she speaks of Madrid is contagious. She really makes it her own city, she´s part of it, not just a stranger passing. She made Madrid her home and she is a part of its history that will be written.
Madrid Devour Food Tours operates:
Length of Tapas, Taverns and History tour:
Approx. 4 hours
+34 695 111 832