Apparently just as popular as the afternoon siestas in Madrid is the treat of hot chocolate and churros. You don’t have to go very far to spot a hot chocolate shop, almost like how you’d spot a Dunkin’ Donut.
One chocolateria steep in tradition is right in the shadows of the Church of San Gines just off Calle Mayor, north of the Plaza Mayor. The forest green trimmings of Chocolateria de San Gines gives a nostalgic feel to the place, which serves cups after cups of hot chocolate and freshly fried churros – and apparently to a lot of Spain’s celebrities as indicated by the black-and-white photos on the wall.
With the warm summer days, doesn’t seem like hot chocolate would make a lot of sense. But luckily one of the days we were sightseeing it was cool enough in the afternoon to warrant a trip to the Chocolateria.
I shared a plate of churros and a cup of hot chocolate with my niece, who dusted her churros with powdered sugar before dipping it into the hot chocolate. The chocolate was thinner than I expected, and even after dipping all the churros there was still a lot of hot chocolate remaining.
I saw some other diners just drinking the hot chocolate with a spoon, almost like a dessert soup. That seemed like a lot of chocolate to me. But you can’t deny that the Spanish knows how to enjoy life, taking a break from the hectic pace for some simple treats of chocolate con churros.
Chocolateria de San Gines, Pasadizo de San Gines, 11, Madrid. PH: (34) 91.365.65.46. Cash only. Metro: Sol
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