The Oldest Chocolatería in Madrid

Spain, you pleasantly surprised me. Forget Switzerland and Belgium. Of all the chocolate in Europe, I didn’t know Spain is where I would find the richest kind.

In Madrid, the oldest chocolatería serves up the country’s best chocoloate. Madrileños have flocked here since 1894 for a cup of their pure hot cocoa. But it’s not the kind you’re used to ordering back home.

Chocolatería San Gines


At Chocolatería San Gines the chocolate is richer, darker, and less sweet than the Swiss or American versions. It has a creamy, thick, and velvety consistency. You don’t exactly drink the hot chocolate here and its never enjoyed by itself. Chocolate and churros is a pair that you must eat together!

Churros are straight, spiralled or twisty snacks. They’re fried and crunchy, made with a churrera – a pipe-like press that designs the ridges that make churros recognizable. Who would have thought that fried dough shaped like a stick rolled in chocolate would be a good idea?

It’s easy to find churros in Spain (sometimes out of a greasy paper bag from a street vendor) but the locals savour fresh churros for breakfast and dip them into their hot chocolate. To top off the experience, the staff serves free water here, which is a luxury in Europe and worth taking advantage of when it’s +30°!

Chocolate con churros from San Gines is now my new favourite breakfast in Spain.

How can you go wrong when your meal is 50% chocolate?!

The Spanish breakfast


chocolate con churros


Tip: One order of chocolate con churros is big enough to share between two people but if you want your own, the price is only 2€. Order at the register and grab a seat outside.

Getting here: The chocolatería is located in a quaint backstreet near Puerta del Sol. Don’t expect to find it easily but when you do it’s well worth the hunt. Pasadizo San Ginés, 11. Metro: Sol.

What I also didn’t know: I didn’t know the churro was invented in Spain (not Mexico!) and that it’s actually named after a sheep!

The original churro. Photo: Wikipedia