This tour is all about places to stop on the way - whether they be down-to-earth bars or more upmarket restaurants. Nevertheless, if you just fancy a quick coffee, you'll be passing a variety of cafes as well.
The idea with this tour is to help you work up a healthy appetite for lunch, whilst perhaps staving off a few hunger pangs as you go. Don't forget, lunch in Spain is eaten later than in most English-speaking countries and doesn't start until around 2.30pm. If you want to enjoy it to the fullest, the best time is between 11am and 1.30pm, before the lunchtime rush sets in. Be aware that some bars will be closed on Mondays, whilst the lead up to Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes are especially busy. On the other hand, this is a good time to see Madrid's tapas culture in full swing.
If things are too crowded, you might prefer to take the tour in the afternoon, at around 5pm when the bars re-open (although some are closed on Sunday evenings). In August, everywhere is quieter as many Spanish people head out of town.
Below are times for all the spots on the tour:
Mercado de San Miguel
Friday, Saturday: 10am-1am
Monday: 1-4pm, 8pm-12am
Wednesday-Friday: 1-4pm, 8pm-12am
Saturday: 1-4pm, 8pm-12:30am
Saturday, Sunday: 10:30am-1:30am
Monday-Thursday: 1-4pm, 8:30pm-12am
Friday, Saturday: 1-5pm, 8:30pm-12am
Sunday: 1-4pm, 8:30pm-12am
Mercado de Cebada
Monday-Friday: 9am-2pm, 5:30-8:30pm
Monday-Sunday: 1-4pm, 7:30pm-12:30am
Friday, Saturday: 9:15am-12am
Friday, Saturday: 9:30am-12am
Museo de Jamon
Monday-Sunday: 11am-3:30pm, 6-11pm
La Casa del Abuelo
Friday, Saturday: 12pm-1am
Fatigas del Querer
Friday, Saturday: 11am-2:30am
Monday-Thursday: 12:30-4:30pm, 7-11:45pm
Friday, Saturday: 12:30-5pm, 7pm-12:30am
Sunday: 12:30-5pm, 7:15pm-11:45am
Saturday, Sunday: 11am-12:45am
Monday-Sunday: 1-4pm, 8pm-12am
Tuesday-Saturday: 1:30-4pm, 8pm-12am
Keep an eye on your belongings, as pickpockets do operate around central Madrid. In particular, make sure you don't leave phones and other valuables out on tables, especially outside. Also, ensure bags are stored safely. Whilst sitting outside, it's best to keep bags on your lap and even strapped across your body. Inside bars and restaurants you can be more relaxed, although always be vigilant.