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We recently visited Madrid for a long weekend to celebrate Neil’s Birthday. As it was a special occasion it was essential that we treated ourselves to lots of really good Spanish food and drink – so we decided to book a food tour. We booked onto a group ‘Picoteo’ tapas bar crawl with a company called Food lover Tour (the word “picoteo” means eating small bites from several shared plates).
Unlike a lot of the Madrid food tours available, this one takes place a short distance from the main city centre, away from the usual ubiquitous foodie places – and this was for us, what made it so special, as it felt like we were one of the locals.
During the tour, we visited several bars and restaurants, sampling the local beer, wine and spirits and enjoying a hearty feast of the most delicious food you can imagine. Both the chorizo in cider sauce, and the blue cheese croquettes (croquetas de quest cabrales) we tasted on this tour were the best we have ever tried (our mouths are still watering as we write this!). Seriously – we would return just to eat those croquettes again.
The group size was also on the larger side compared to most food tours we’ve done recently but because it was such a fun group, this worked in its favour, and we got to speak to some lovely people from all over the world. We would totally recommend doing a food tour as part of your Madrid itinerary!
Here are a few photos of some of the delicious things we had to eat!
If you are a lover of food and visiting Madrid shortly, make sure you do this tour – you (and your stomach) won’t be disappointed! Also make sure you visit the awesome Mercado de San Miguel food market in the city centre.
You can book onto this food tour in Madrid by visiting the Food Lover Tour website. The experience lasts around 3.5 hours and costs €57 per person which includes 10-12 tapas servings and local drinks.
Photography is by myself and Neil Hassall and is copyrighted. Please do not use without permission.
Disclosure: The tour places were complimentary but as always, opinions are all my own.