A Weekend in Madrid: Indulge in Food & Explore History

A Weekend in MadridA weekend in Madrid presents a perfect little getaway. Exploring the cuisine of the region offers a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and history. James Fraser, local expert and founder of Madrid’s number 1 rated Tapas Tour (Adventurous Appetites), crafted this itinerary so you can taste the best of Madrid, in just a few days.

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Day 1

A Weekend in Madrid: Indulge in Food and Explore History

La Mallorquina

La Mallorquina - A Weekend in MardridA famous pastry shop that’s been in business since 1894. Line up with locals for something sweet to start your day off right.

Palacio Real

Palacio Real - A Weekend in Madrid2,000 rooms formerly inhabited by Madrid’s royalty are yours to explore. Get lost in antiques from Spain’s Golden Age.

La Bola

Famous for the traditional Madrileño cocido, a meaty vegetable stew. A delicious and filling meal you don’t want to miss out on, so make sure to get reservations!

Sorolla Museum

Sorolla Museum - A Weekend in MadridRevel in the artwork of Joaquín Sorolla–his beautiful depictions of Spanish landscapes drenched by the sun, his commentary on human life seen through the portraits of people.

Adventurous Appetites

A great way to get a taste of Madrid. The Adventurous Appetites tapas tour is four hours long and will take you to places you otherwise probably wouldn’t have found. Along the way you’ll hear stories and get excellent tips from your guide.

Day 2

A Weekend in Madrid: Indulge in Food and Explore History

CaixaForum

CaixaForum - A Weekend in MadridA contemporary art gallery and wacky vertical garden, this stop will definitely implore your imagination.

Mercado de San Antón

Mercado de San Antón - Weekend in MadridA brand new indoor market full of fresh foods and tapas bars. Get things for a picnic that you can have under the sun on their top floor. Or, opt for the penthouse restaurant which will cook the goods you purchased at the market!

Calle Augusto Figueroa

Shoes. Oh my God. Shoes. Madrid is known for its craftsmanship, and the shoes sold on this shopping street can definitely attest to that.

The Botìn Experience

El Botìn - A Weekend in MadridTour the world’s oldest restaurant and hear stories about its colorful history. Afterwards, dive in to a seven course meal.

Tablo las Carboneras

A visit to Madrid would not be the same without a flamenco show. You’ll have an excellent night of entertainment and drinks.

Day 3

A Weekend in Madrid - Indulge in Food and Explore History

Chocolateria San Ginés

Chocolateria San Ginès - A Weekend in MadridAlong with tapas, churros and hot chocolate are a staple in Madrid, and this spot has been in business for over 100 years, so you know it’s good. Get your dunk on! We’re guessing you might want to come back here after a late night of drinking…

Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado holds one of the most famous pieces of Western art: Las Meninas by Velazquez. This is worth the trip alone, but we’re sure that even if you don’t appreciate it, there is bound to be some art you do among the 7,600 paintings and 1,000 sculptures.

La Barraca

The place for paella. Need we say more?

Parque del Buen Retiro

Parque del Buen Retiro - A Weekend in MadridLeafy walking paths and beautiful monuments. Rent a rowboat for a few dollars, or just relax in the shade of a tree with a book and your journal.

Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado del San Miguel - A Weekend in MadridAnother food market that offers you the chance to taste many of the regional specialities of Madrid. We encourage you to try something new!

La Latina Tapas Bars

After the tapas tour on your first day, you should be ready to go tapa bar hopping on your own. La Latina is a young, vibrant neighborhood and you may find yourself partying till the wee hours.

Curious to learn more about Spanish food? Read 5 Things You Need to Know About Spanish Cuisine & Tapas Bars You Musn’t Miss

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