Chocolatería San Ginés

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Chocolatería San Ginés Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid's nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they've had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried... Madrid Spain 40.4167577 -3.7068531
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Party Earth Review Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid’s nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Sol

  • Phone:

    91 365 65 46

  • Hours:

    Continuous hours daily, closed only 7–9am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid's nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they've had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried...

Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid’s nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried dough served with a large teacup of thick, melted chocolate for dipping.

The Chocolatería is one of the few all-night spots in town – and one of the most popular – so patrons can stop by to satisfy their late-night food cravings.

Large booths downstairs accommodate the up-all-night partiers who gather to discuss the evening’s events, while upstairs the tiled floors, bright lighting, bow-tied waiters, and collection of old photographs create a vision of the good old days when people didn’t count their calories.

And local myth has it that San Ginés’ churros con chocolate can cure hangovers, so suffering partiers can dig in at Chocolatería San Ginés, where the atmosphere is always inviting and the sugar is always sweet.

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Tip from Lucas:

Right off the Puerta del Sol, Chocolatería San Ginés attracts the thousands of people out in Madrid’s center who can’t resist swinging by this cornerstone of the city’s nightlife. The waiters are busy, so those who just can’t wait for table service can order and pick up their own food at the front counter and then scout out a table.

  • Crowd

    All ages, all the time.

  • Entertainment / Music

    No music, but the people-watching is highly entertaining, especially around 4am.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Churros con chocolate and other desserts.

  • Prices

    Churros €3 for two.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    At the end of a long night of clubbing.

Chocolatería San Ginés User Reviews

Average rating:
Tourist Trap worth the stop.
Courtney B. Jun 4, 2013
Doing touristy things is just that... touristy. Sometimes you've just got to be the tourist. Whether you're in Madrid on vacation, studying abroad in Madrid for a semester, or spending the rest of your life here, it is absolutely obligatory you make at least one stop here during "la madrugada". There are certainly far better chocolate y churros to be found in this magnificent city, but none with quite the nostalgia and fame as this.
Take a bite out of Madrid's choclate history
Tamar A. Mar 12, 2013
During the time of Franco people were not particularly amused or having a lot of time. He would shut the city down pretty early and people had to stay at home, wjich for Spaniards is practicly a death sentence. But Chocleteria San Gines would not give up. They are located in a street corner by the palace and even though right now there is a large red iluminated sign, take that away and it is pretty discreet. The people of Madrid would practicly risk there lives to eat some Churros and Choclate during the night. So why shouldnt we? It is open 24 hours a day (which is not very common in Madrid) and you are very welcome to pop in and dip some Churros at 6 am after a long night. The only problem is that it is kind of expensive, so if you ran out of money in the party, you'll need to give it up. but for a hot choclaty bite of history, it is worth the 6 euro...
CHURROS Y CHOCOLATE
Blake Z. Feb 25, 2013
I always get hungry writing a post about food, but I figured it was about time to tell everyone about churros y chocolate (pronounced “choco-latté”). Churros and their sweet counterpart are as much a part of the Spanish cuisine as Paella, Tortilla Española, Sangría, and Jamón Serrano. However, churros can be tricky, so I have taken the liberty of doing the research for you. A “churro” is nothing more than a golden wand of fried dough. In fact, if you asked me, it’s pretty boring which is why someone came up with the idea to serve it with chocolate. With that being said, Spaniards traditionally just have the churros plain or dip them in their coffee. I’m convinced the chocolate is just included as a way to market them to tourists… Either way, the best churros are served warm and with hot chocolate. I made the horrible mistake my first two times in ordering churros from some random café and they were served COLD! Do not fall for this stunt. Cold churros are gross – there is nothing appetizing about cold, greasy, fried dough. If you are going to break your diet, make if worth your while. Everyone, let me introduce you to La Chocolateria San Gines – one of the original homes of churros y chocolate. Now I can’t go so far to say that San Gines has the best churros y chocolate in Spain (and by Spain I mean Madrid), but it is by far the best I have had to date. I can assure you that the Zanardi family will be making a trip when they get to Spain. San Gines’ recipe for success is keeping it simple. The have fresh HOT churros, rich-creamy chocolate, and they are located right by La Plaza Mayor – how much more Spanish can you get?! Another important thing to understand is that Spanish chocolate (in this sense) is very different from how we think of hot chocolate in the United States. Spanish chocolate is very rich and creamy – in between the consistency of our hot chocolate and hot fudge, which makes it great for dipping. Drinking it straight is another story. Enjoy, Blake blakezanardi.wordpress.com
A "must try" Spanish tradition
Ashleigh O. Jan 16, 2013
Chocolatería San Ginés is famous in Madrid for its "churros con chocolate" served in traditional Spanish style. Photos of celebrities enjoying San Ginés cover the walls for a truly authentic experience. Open all night, this place is usually packed during the hours of 4-6am as club-goers crowd in for a snack as they wait for the metro to open after a night of partying. Order your food first and then scope out a table - lots of extra seating downstairs! Prices are fairly cheap and location is convenient, right off Puerta del Sol. Whether it is for a traditional Spanish breakfast or in the late-night hours in attempt to prevent a hangover (it works!), San Ginés should be at the top of any Madrid visitor's list.
Awesome wonderful and you must go there
Jody P. Dec 10, 2012
Churros con chocolate is typically a breakfast item in spain, but in madrid it is also an after-bar item too. I can't even count the times we ended up at chocolateria at the end of the night crowding in with all the other kids coming from the clubs. I used to love late-night pizza but late night churros and chocolate is a whole other world. Even if you are in madrid for a short time, you should really try to make it here.
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