Paella ✓ cochinillo ✓ sangria ✓ tapas ✓ the only thing left on our food craving list was churros con chocolate. It was our last night in Madrid and we desperately wanted churros so we went to the where the guide books recommended, the oldest chocolateria in Madrid, Chocolateria San Gines.
Living in the Philippines I’ve been exposed to Spanish food all my life. I remember when I was young my favorite snack was churros con chocolate from La Cibeles in Greenhills. Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember that place. When that closed Dulcinea came into the scene and the presence of churros prevailed. When my cousins come home from the US churros from Dulcinea is a must.
We wanted to try the real and authentic churros and see how it compares to the ones in Manila.
The procedure at the popular chocaleteria was to line up at the entrance, place your order and pay for it then sit at a table and wait for your freshly fried churros or fried choux pastry.
We saw a guy cooking churros non-stop in the kitchen. The churros comes out as one whole long, circular pastry.
This guy is in charge of cutting the pastry into long stips. An order has 6 pieces of churros.
We were greedy and had 2 orders of churros.
My friend who just came from Spain told me not all places cook churros on site. Most places have churros delivered to them already cooked and they serve it to the customers either warm if you’re lucky or hard and cold which my friend experienced first hand.
The churros we had was hot and fresh but we were a bit disappointed with the oily and salty churros. The chocolate was thick and sweet but I found it lacking in intensity. I wanted it more chocolatey and preferably more bitter. It tasted just a little better than milk chocolate.
For those who are trying churros for the first time this would probably satisfy them. I’m sorry to say it didn’t meet my churros standard.
chocolate con churros €3,70
Chocolateria San Gines
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5 · 28013
telephone: +34 91 365 6546
Big Groups Booking Phone : +34 91 366 3733
Open everyday from 9.00 am. untill late night.
8 thoughts on “Madrid: Chocolateria San Gines”
Leslie, in San Francisco Mission St. where it a Latino neighborhood we get Mexican style churros. It coated with cinnamon sugar sometime chocolate sauce for dipping. There a few Mexican bakeries on Mission St.
Which is better dulcinea’s or this? I love dulcinea’s churros but i also love to drink the chocolate sauce alone, yum! 🙂
I haven’t eaten Dulcinea’s churros in years but from the last time I did I would say Dulcinea.
I had Churros in Madrid and they were Yummy. The chocolate was nice and thick and the churros crispy and not oily. I even had ensaymada, it was the flat type…you dip i in the chocolate…it would just make you smile. The place was really run down looking, not like the place you wen in Madrid, but the Churros con Chocolate and the ensaymad was worth it. Sofitel Manila used to have Churros in the buffet…that was good…hit or miss lang kasi sometime too oily.I enjoy reading your blog.
Thanks Taffy! Yeah I remember the churros at Spiral.
There are better places in Madrid for Churros. Next time you might want to try Valor.
My husband and I also didn’t find the Chocolateria San Gines’ churros and chocolate impressive. The hot choco was thick but not chocolatey enough; and you’re right, the churros was a bit greasy. I also think Dulcinea’s churros and hot chocolate are better. This Chocolateria was even featured in one of Samantha Brown’s episode!
Hi Laurent! I guess it’s for tourists who don’t know what good churros and chocolate should taste like.