Chocolatería San Ginés
It was at the top of my Where to Eat list for Madrid, and it’s no surprise since it’s been around for nearly 125 years and has, in my humble opinion, the best churros around.
Chocolateria San Gines is open 24 hours a day, so if you’re looking for a late, late, night snack or up super early you can get your fix. Of course if you go, you’ll need to order churros con chocolate, but they do have other delicious things there for you to try. The churros & chocolate come in a bag and to-go cup if you’re headed out for some exploring, or you can be served inside or outside with a full plate of churros and a mug full of piping hot melted chocolate.
The place itself will make any smartphone photographer happy, it’s tucked away in a little alleyway not far from Puerta del Sol, and at night it’s lit up with old fashioned street lamps and a shining neon sign. It can be pretty easy to miss, as with most little side streets in Madrid, it looks like you’ll hit a dead end if you turn and walk down the pretty path. The interior and exterior is complete with vintage photos and look like not too much has changed in their 125 years.
In the summer time you can hang out outside, sitting at their small tables surrounded by locals and tourists alike, hearing 4 or 5 different languages being spoken at the same time, while mist gets sprayed on you from the canopy above for those hot Spain evenings. The thing that I found the most appealing about this lovely place, is even with its popularity and fame, you still get the feeling that you’re cut off from the rest of the bustling city. They’ve also managed to make it feel like a private little nook despite the tables being close together. There’s just something small and quaint about it, and I don’t think it’s possible to not smile while you’re there.
I went 3 or 4 times myself during a 4 day trip to Madrid, because yes, they’re just that good. If you’re heading there I’d say it's definitely a must.