Buen Retiro Tapas & Lifestyle
Come with us and enjoy the traditional Madrid lifestyle: a walk through El Retiro Central Park, on the steps of illustrious personages, followed by a tasting of tapas & wines in one of the most enchanting areas of Madrid. Visit genuine local gastrobars and taste sophisticated and traditional tapas while discovering one of the city main attractions, the historical Buen Retiro Park.
Experience CategoryFoodie & Wine
Average Length4 hours
Buen Retiro Park
Walking tour & Vanguard Tapas Route
Come with us and enjoy the traditional Madrid lifestyle: a walk (“paseo”) through El Retiro Central Park, on the steps of illustrious personages, followed by a tasting of tapas & wines in one of the most enchanting areas of Madrid.
We will go to 3 different taverns called “Gastrobars” by locals, similar to Gastropubs but specialized in Spanish cuisine with a brilliant and authentic local atmosphere. In this area, the tapas bars are actually true vanguard restaurants with an outstanding cuisine which renovates a whole tradition through the hands of a new generation of creators.
BUEN RETIRO PARK
With 350 acres at the edge of central Madrid, the Buen Retiro Park, also called El Retiro, is the favorite “paseo” (walking place) for Madrid lovers since the 19th century. Right in the center of it the lake in which the Crystal Palace reflects its architecture is the favorite place for painters. This park provides a relaxing atmosphere made of peaceful afternoons at the heart of a busy metropolis, a great place to wander before or after this private gastronomical tour in Madrid.
One of our favorites is La Montería, an outstanding vanguard restaurant situated between the Park and the entrance of Salamanca district, the place for luxury shops and Top restaurants. La Montería was opened in 1963 and has been recently entirely renovated with a modern design which combinates vanguard materials with traditional tones. Just as the cuisine, traditional in essence and genuinely representative of Spanish gastronomy latest trends. However, the same way that other gastrobars in the area La Monteria is primarily a great place to discover fabulous wines, exclusive signature wines from all Spain’s terroirs.
The atmosphere is all an experience in itself: Truly Spanish in a fascinating elegance made of simplicity and authenticity. And of course, as always in Madrid, with a touch of Madness!
THE TAPAS REVOLUTION
As we know Spanish people eat late, a way to escape the terrific temperatures which have become a trait of Lifestyle. To be able to wait for Lunch or dinner men began to take a break in the bars where they were served a glass of wine or beer with a small portion of food. That way was born one of the most famous Spanish traditions, eating tapas! Then women were invited to participate also in a new way of enjoying dinners after a hot day, walking all along the boulevard and taking tapas in different bars depending on their various specialties. But the real tapas revolution has come recently through a new generation of creators which have converted their stoves into technological tapas laboratories, following the old recipes and innovating at the same time.
Tapas should have died in this globalized world, but they have not, they have undertaken their own creative revolution becoming once more an indispensable part of the unique Spanish culture and lifestyle!