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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on April 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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The Best Churros in Madrid

Churros churros churros: a simple snack so crazily obsessed by the Spaniards. But when you get a taste of it, it’s easy to understand why. The Spanish love affair with this sweet aphrodisiacal snack started centuries ago in the 1800s. Churros are simply dough sticks fried to a crisp golden brown before sprinkled upon with white powdery sugar. It is perhaps one of the most famous foods from Spain, having its fame spread all over the world, especially in the North and Latin America.

Today, churros remain the most popular and typical breakfast for the locals. To the surprise of many visitors, churros here are always enjoyed with a thick lathery glass of melted chocolate, creating a delicious combination known as ‘chocolate con churros‘.

Head out to any cafeteria in the morning and you’ll find hungry locals savoring a crunchy dish of churros, dipped in steamy chocolate. Churros are also a popular late-night snack in the wee hours after a night of partying. The sweet savory flavor is a perfect cure for hangover; so expect to find many churrerías opened through the night.

For the best chocolate con churros in Madrid, you don’t have to go far. Any local will tell you that the oldest and most traditional churrería in town is the Chocolatería San Ginés (map). With age-old traditions and a vintage decor, the chocolateria manages to maintain a loyal following and continue to attract new clients.

The classic chocolateria has been in business since 1890, drawing in crowds with its light-as-feather churros and perfectly blended chocolate. It’s a great way to start your Sunday off, you’ll find it listed in my previous post on 5 Sunday Activities in Madrid. A chocolate con churros set costs 3.20euros.

Chocolatería San Ginés

Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid 28013

Tel: +34 913 656 546

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 6pm – 7am; Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 7am.

Photo credits: Flickr Creative Commons by nako

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