Churros, known as xurros in Catalan, are deep-fried pastries that are particularly delicious when dipped into a cup of hot chocolate. Chocolate con churros is served just about everywhere in Spain, from restaurants to cafés, and read on to discover our guide to five of the country’s best spots.
Chocolatería San Ginés
Located in the Puerta del Sol area of Madrid, this café has been renowned as one of the top places for chocolate con churros since it was founded in 1894. Desserts here are so good that there are often queues in the evenings, with visitors and locals alike waiting to sample the sweet treats. Its website records how many churros have been sold, and the figure currently stands at over five million.
Chocolatería San Ginés, Pasadizo de San Gines 5, 28013 Madrid, +34 91 365 6546
La Xocolateria by Oriol Balaguer
Opened in 2014, this chocolate shop is owned by celebrated pastry chef Oriol Balaguer and is a relatively new addition to the Spanish churros scene. The café serves up some of the country’s best churros, together with hot chocolate made from 75% cocoa – perfect for those who like their drink full-bodied and slightly less sweet. An added bonus: the interior here is extremely Instagram-worthy.
La Xocolateria by Oriol Balaguer, Carrer de la Fusina 5, 08003 Barcelona, +34 93 348 5267
Home of all things chocolate, this sleek café in central Barcelona offers up some of the city’s best churros con chocolate and has a devoted loyal following of regular customers. If you can’t bear the thought of going without these tasty treats when you return home, why not take part in one of the café’s cooking workshops and learn how to make them for yourself?
Chök, Carrer del Carme 3, 08001 Barcelona, +34 93 304 2360
This chocolate shop is famous for its cupcakes and crêpes, and its churros are also among Barcelona’s best. Order your churros at the in-store café and don’t forget to sprinkle them with sugar for a traditional taste of Spain. If you want to dunk them into hot chocolate, there are a wide variety of flavours – we recommend the slightly spicy hot chocolate.
Cacao Sampaka, Carrer del Consell de Cent 292, 08007 Barcelona, +34 93 272 0833
La Antigua Churrería
Established in 1913, this family-run business boasts a secret churros recipe that has been passed down through four generations. Now with five branches throughout Spain, it is one of the most well-respected names in churros making and offers white hot chocolate and chocolate-covered churros alongside classic flavours.
La Antigua Churrería, Calle de Bravo Murillo 190, 28020 Madrid, +34 91 570 0645