A 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.
A famous pastry shop that’s been in business since 1894. Line up with locals for something sweet to start your day off right.
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!
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.
A 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!
Shoes. Oh my God. Shoes. Madrid is known for its craftsmanship, and the shoes sold on this shopping street can definitely attest to that.
A visit to Madrid would not be the same without a flamenco show. You’ll have an excellent night of entertainment and drinks.
Along 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 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.
The place for paella. Need we say more?
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.
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