Oh, tapas, the quintessential feature of the sweet Spanish life. Let me take you on a tapas crawl in the madrileño neighbourhood of Lavapiés. Beware, because these aren’t just the regular tapas you can find everywhere, but an international version to eat your way around the world (and of course, they are celiac friendly).
Are you ready to taste some delicious tapas? Let’s go!
Gluten-Free in Spain
On a side note, this will be the first feature on the new blog section "Going Gluten-Free in Spain". Being gluten-free at home might have its challenges some times, but if you add a different scenario, on a foreign place to the mix, that will put you out of your comfort zone for sure. Not only you have to learn about this new place you are living in, but start from zero about its costums, specially food and cuisine related.
Ever thought about visiting Spain? Be it for a quick trip or a longer stay, let me help you with valuable coeliacs tips and know-hows, I know a thing or two about Spain.
What is Tapapiés?
Tapapies is an event/festival that takes place every year at Lavapiés neighbourhood in Madrid. This place is known for its unique mixture of nationalities living together (aka, the international neighbourhood),thus, this is the place to go if you want to try out international cuisine.
To honour this international background, they’ve created this Multicultural Tapa Tour, where not only you will found great food, but also live music and plays.
What’s the meaning of Tapapiés, you might ask. As a fun fact, this word does not exist in Spanish, but if we do the following math: Tapas + Lavapiés = Tapapiés. Easy right? ;)
Now let’s talk about food.
Most of Lavapiés restaurant participate in this event, offering the public a unique tapa that has been created specifically for this occasion. Curious? Check out all the delicious tapas, just waiting to be eaten. Price is 1,5€ per each tapa, and 2,5€ for tapa + beer (Estrella Damm).
There’s a competition to choose the best tapa of them all, and we, the public, have a lot to say about it. We can vote to our favourites one via the Tapapiés webpage or through an app (which is free and available at Apple Store and Google Play). It’s all as easy as walk around eating your way around the world, choose your favourite one and vote.
Be aware that there will be A LOT of people and most places here are quite tiny, so you might have to “swim” your way through the people, but that’s part of the experience. I’m just informing of how it looks like so you know what to expect (but there’s always so many people in Madrid anyway).
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