Grab the typical madrileño breakfast of chocolate and churros at Pasteleria Mallorca on Calle de Serrano, one of Madrid’s best-known cake shops, then head for Tiffany, nearby on Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, to survey its exquisite gems before exploring the other fine jewellers in the area, which include Joyería Suárez, Bulgari and Chocrón.
Purchase the perfect souvenir at the many food shops and markets taking part in the festival. Choose sweet treats, rich cheeses and fine wines from Accademia del Gusto on Cristóbal Bordiú, Mercado de San Miguel on Plaza San Miguel or Mercado San Anton on Augusto Figueroa, where you can pick up the best fresh products and have them cooked to your taste.
Take a gastronomic arts tour at the famous Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza on Paseo del Prado and survey works related to gastronomy chosen from the museum’s permanent collection, ending with a tapas treat specially devised for the occasion.
Join a cookery course or demonstration with a renowned chef such as Chema Soler, Nacho Garbayo, Carlos Durán or Juanjo Padilla at Sueños de Cocina on Avenida de Arcentales – or an express Spanish wine tasting course at Aula Española del Vino on Calle Simancas.
Make a date for dinner with one of Madrid’s stars of world cuisine, such as Gi Ho Yim at La Terraza del Casino restaurant on Calle Alcalá.