My first stop in all of Spain is Chocolateria San Gines, probably the oldest and most popular
place for churros con chocolate in Madrid
I had a couple of hours before my train to Seville so I sprinted from Atocha Station to the
chocolateria as soon as I stored my luggage in the locker. It was a good 20 minutes of
brisk walk each way. I was that determined.
A mural with the famous Spanish novelist Benito Perez Galdos. This must be his favorite place.
Chocolateria San Gines is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There was already
a line forming when I got there at 10am
The line moved pretty fast. Before I knew it, I was already inside.
Photographs of famous customers covered the walls
You place your order and pay at the counter
Within seconds, you get your churros con chocolate
The churros were fresh from the fryer, golden and crisp
The chocolate, however, was a letdown for me. I expected it to be so much more - richer, darker,
more decadent. The flavor was bland, like it was one part chocolate and four parts something else.
Dear tourists, you can find better churros con chocolate at Valor
Still, I guess it is something one must do when in Madrid,
just to say you've been there, done that.
TIP: MANAGE EXPECTATIONS
Best part about my trip to Chocolateria San Gines was passing through Plaza Mayor
Must not let this photo op pass!
Chocolateria San Gines: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 913 65 65 46