Madrid Markets, Gourmet Tapas & Local Neighbourhoods Experience

Discover Madrid’s lesser known, historic neighbourhoods and learn about the city’s history and how these areas have changed over time. We’ll explore the hidden gems of these residential areas and together we’ll experience how the locals live — and eat! Along the way, we will stop at a few local spots to sample some of our favourite traditional tapas dishes


  • Indulge in a traditional Spanish breakfast in an iconic chocolateria

  • Experience the charming local tradition of shopping for sweets in a cluster convent

  • Visit one of the most famous gourmet markets in the whole country

  • Taste local, organic wines and Spanish olive oil some of our favourite Madrid markets

  • Discover the secrets of La Latina and Lavapies neighbourhoods and learn all about the capital’s scintillating history as we wander the pretty streets

Local English-speaking guide
Food & drink samples (hot chocolate with churros, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, 5 tapas dishes)
Additional food and drink
Any sweets bought from the cluster convent
Tips and gratuities for your guide
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local English-speaking guide, food & drink samples (hot chocolate with churros, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, 5 tapas dishes)

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drink, any sweets bought from the cluster convent, personal shopping, tips, and gratuities for your guide

Where do we meet?

Plaza Isabel II, at the statue of the woman in the middle of the square, facing the Opera House’s façade(Metro stop: Opera). Your guide will be holding an Urban Adventures sign

Where does the tour end?

The heart of Barrio de Las Letras neighborhood: Huertas Street corner with Calle del Leon street

What is the duration of the tour?

4 hours

What is the minimum group size for the private tour?

The private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book the private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +34 677 61 80 87

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity


Your Madrid gourmet tapas adventure will begin in front of the Opera House, in the oldest part of the city. After setting the scene, your expert local guide will lead you towards one of the most famous chocolaterias in town where we’ll enjoy a deliciously sweet breakfast of hot chocolate and churros! Energy levels sufficiently topped up, we will take a stroll around the city centre,  as your guide shows you some key landmarks including Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa and regales you with historic tales about the Spanish monarchy and the people of Madrid over the centuries. Our second stop will be the first ever gourmet tapas market in Spain, Mercado de San Miguel (built in 1916), where we’ll taste a few different tapas dishes, as we chat about Spanish culinary culture, food traditions and the introduction of gourmet markets to the foodie shopping scene. Next, we’ll head over to Madrid’s only remaining cluster convent to buy homemade sweets. This is a proud tradition of Spain that’s slowly getting lost as younger generations change their perspective on religion. After our visit to the convent, we will leave the city centre and make our way to the neighbourhood of La Latina, there you will be surprised to discover hidden historical corners such as the remains of the old walls of Madrid, plus heritage Inns from the 18th century. Our third stop will be the local grocery market of La Latina, where you can browse a variety of high-quality and organic products. Then, it’s onto the oldest candy shop in Madrid, where you’ll get to try caramel de violeta. These small, flower-shaped treats are violet-flavoured and an iconic sweet of Madrid. The Lavapies neighbourhood is next on our foodie agenda, Madrid’s most multi-cultural neighbourhood and home to the original born-and-raised Madrileños, a common name for the people of Madrid. This area has now transformed into an exciting (and tasty) fusion of world cultures. African restaurants rub shoulders with Asian shops and Indian cafés and local traditions mix with what’s hot on the alternative art scene. Your gourmet tapas tour of Madrid will end in Barrio de las letras, a very bohemian and chic neighborhood in the heart of Madrid. We’ll make a stop at the market of Anton Martin where you will enjoy a tasting of organic olive oil and wine. Spain is the orchard of Europe and its wine and olive oil industries are amongst the largest in the world. The agriculture is moving more towards organic production now, respecting the land and promoting high-quality products. This tasting will help you better understand this organic revolution! After our tasting, you’ll dig into dishes of delicious gourmet tapas paired with a glass of Spanish wine. Then we’ll go into the heart of this charming neighborhood where your guide will be happy to orientate you / help you get back to your accommodation and /or give you more tips on what else to see, do and eat in marvellous Madrid.

Madrid Markets, Gourmet Tapas & Local Neighbourhoods Experience
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