Madrid Food Adventures: Churros at Chocolatería San Gines


I had churros in Spain! And it was a funny little story to get there, as while I had this very place written down in my travel notes, I didn’t remember at the time when we were searching for it. My guide, Peter, also couldn’t quite remember both the name of the churros place he wanted to take me to, nor its location. But after some wandering around, we stumbled across this one, which seems to be one of the most famous in Madrid, established in 1894! One of its shopfronts had a large line outside it, so we snuck into the one next door and were seated right away. Churros have been adopted into restaurants all over the world, so I’ve certainly had different versions of churros over the years, but often snuck into a dessert with ice cream, and without the chocolate.

So what does the original taste like? Those star-edged deep-fried donut sticks are crisp and light, and taste somewhat delicate, and not greasy at all. Dipped into a thick melted chocolate mixture, much akin to a good French hot chocolate, it is a delightful combination of liquid and crunch, sweet (but not too sweet) and a little savoury. Just four euros an order… and a beautiful Spanish experience.

Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
28013 Madrid

(near Sol metro)

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