Of all the chocolate in Europe, I didn’t know Spain is where I could find the creamiest kind.
In Madrid, the oldest chocolatería serves up the country’s best chocoloate. Madrileños have flocked to this chocolate-making café since 1894 for a cup of their pure hot cocoa. But this chocolate is nothing like the kind back home.
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 – it’s a breakfast meal paired with fresh churros for dipping rather than sipping.
Churros are straight, spiralled or twisty doughy snacks. They’re fried and crispy, made with a churrera – a pipe-like press that designs the ridges that make churros recognizable. It’s easy to find churros in Spain – usually out of a greasy paper bag from a street vendor.
How can you go wrong when your meal is 50% chocolate?!
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 tucked away in a quaint backstreet near Puerta del Sol. Pasadizo San Ginés, 11. Metro: Sol.
Interesting fact: Churro was invented in Spain and it’s actually named after a sheep.