|More information on Madrid tapas tours, city neighborhoods, traditional dishes
and eating habits.
Another organized tapas tour in Madrid is: Adventurous Appetites Tapas Tour, go-madrid tapas tour, viator madrid tapas tour, etc. They are all the same tour. Watch out! their fee only covers drinks and tapas in the first bar!.
Most interesting and sightseeing is the Madrid of the Hapsburgs. An off the beaten path neighborhood, quaint and misterious that provides an assortment of authentic Spanish restaurants, taverns, bars and entertainment places undiscovered by tourists.
Some recommendations for eating & drinking in Madrid:
GREAT PLACE TO BUY WINE IN MADRID: Santa Cecilia. Other Madrid wine shops: Lavinia, Enoteca Barolo and La Fuente.
BEST TAPAS TOUR IN MADRID: Walks of Madrid
FAVORITE SPANISH WINE: Hacienda Monasterio Reserva Especial 2001
FAVORITE WINERY IN MADRID: Jesus Diaz
FAVORITE GOURMET DINING IN MADRID: La Terraza del Casino
PRIVATE LUXURY MUSEUM TOURS: http://www.madrid-museum-tours.org/
FAVORITE DAY TRIP: TOLEDO
BEST TAPAS TOUR IN MADRID: Walks of Madrid MADRID TRADITIONAL LOCAL DISHES: Cocido and callos. Cocido: A stew of chickpeas, cabbage, chorizo and possibly other meats, blood sausage, and vegetables.
Even though Paella is a mediterranean dish it is available at many restaurants but we recommend that you go to the top restaurants that specialize in paella also known as "arrocerias".
POPULAR FOODS OF MADRID: During christmas is tradional to eat fried squid sandwiches at Plaza Mayor.
BREAKFAST-This is usually eaten in a bar and most madrileños have little more than a coffee and a sweet roll or croissant for breakfast. Freshly squeezed orange juice is also popular. Probably the most traditional Spanish breakfast is churros con chocolate.
LUNCH MEALS-Eaten between 1:30PM and 4:00PM, it is probably more appropriate to refer to this meal as dinner as it is the principal meal of the day for many madrileños. Virtually the restaurants in Madrid offer a lunch time menu; which is invariably much better value than an "a la carte" selection. A menu is a three course meal, with a limited amount of choice for each course, and generally includes wine. The first course can be as light as a bowl of soup of a salad, or as hearty as a bowl of lentils with chorizo. The second course will probably be selection between fish and meat or poultry. Dessert will often be a choice of fruit or some sort of pudding from Spain. the price of the meal will almost never be of the finer variety, and it is often mixed with casera or gaseosa, a sweet carbonated drink. Of course it's possible to get a better wine. Madrid restaurants have a lot to offer for those wishing to eat good Spanish food without spending a lot of money.
SEAFOOD in Madrid is much cheaper, and often fresher, than in other European countries. In fact, Spain is the second biggest per capita seafood eating country after Japan. Sit-down meals are usually more expensive at supper than at lunch. Its probably more economical to eat tapas for dinner, which are well accompanied by a glass of wine or a caña (small glass of beer). Tapas also offer Madrid tourism a means of trying a large variety of ethnic Spanish food and visiting different eateries on the same night.