Last Updated: 5/12/22 | May 12th, 2022

During my first visit to Madrid, I was so sick I didn't do anything. I knew I had to give Madrid the attention it deserved when I got back to Spain.

A lot of eating was involved.

Since the city is famous for its incredible food scene, I wanted to take a food tour to learn about the history of Madrid's cuisine and learn what I should be ordering when I wander into restaurants. When I asked for the best food tour in Madrid, many of my friends pointed me to a different one. The tour run by a fellow blogger I had met at a small world conference turned out to be the one I was following.

They took me around the city and showed me the history of Madrid's food scene. I learned a lot about the history of the city when I tried some mouth-watering food.

I filmed a video on my food tour to show you how amazing the food scene is here.

I ate a lot while I was here. Some of the best foods to try during your visit are:

  • Chocolate con churros
  • Cocido Madrileño (pork stew)
  • Bacalao (salted cod)
  • Huevos Rotos (potatoes and eggs)
  • Fresh olives
  • Oreja a la Plancha (pig ears)
  • Jamon Ibérico

I spent four days in Madrid and ate my way around the city, moving from market to market and restaurant to restaurant.

It's easy to wander this beautiful city and eat amazing food without a food tour. If you want to learn more about the city, its food, and its culture, take a food tour in Madrid. You will learn a lot more that way and have a more nuanced experience.

Lauren and James provided the food tour for free despite me offering to pay.

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