Madrid Food and Wine Tours

Taste your way through Spain's Bustling Capital

Few cities on earth are as alive as Madrid, a fascinating place that really knows how to live. It’s the capital and largest city of Spain and best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage; it also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in Europe. Spain may be in an economic low, but judging from its capital’s packed markets, restaurants, and tapas bars, it’s bustling. Every night, people fill the streets of Madrid’s Malasaña, Chueca and Salamanca districts, hoping from tapas bar to tapas bar.

Madrid, today, has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe; it has passionately embraced the creativity and innovation of Spain’s gastronomic revolution as a country. This, however, has not replaced another passion, the enduring traditions of Spanish cuisine, from tapas in sleek places to meals beneath centuries-old arched ceilings, eating in Madrid is a real pleasure.

Tradition is important in Madrid, and these days, market-oriented menus dedicated to home-style yet grand versions of dishes are what’s in: hearty meat stews or cocidos; crispy fried croquetas of ham or potato; and seafood. It’s no coincidence that as economic indicators drops, comfort food rises. The dishes that are called really madrileño in Spain are mainly hotpots, like the Cocido Madrileño with chickpeas. As a complement to such a meal are the young and aromatic wines from the region; and to finish your dinner in a typical way, try a bit of Anisado de Chinchón, anisette schnapps.

Madrid is also a hub of Michelin star restaurants, contemporary Spanish fusions and traditional culinary culture. The city is well known for its social customs that revolve around the country’s passion for food and is home to some of the best chefs in the world. Madrid is definitely a must for foodies that range from those who love experimental molecular gastronomy to those who go for state of the art traditional culinary dishes. 

Sobrino de Botin, is one of Madrid’s gems, it’s considered to be the world’s oldest working restaurant and dates back to 1725. The menu has hardly changed since then, serving mouthwateringly traditional food, which includes their famous suckling pig.

All in all and historically speaking, Madrid has always had a captivating effect on the remaining Spanish regions; over the years it has become a melting pot of people, cultures and gastronomies. Today Madrid accepts all types of different influences from all types of gastronomic creations. It does have its own dishes and traditions, which, although some did not originate in the area, have become "madrileño" over time.

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