Yes, times are hard in Spain at the moment. So hard that it can be tricky to fine a good dose of churros con chocolate (strips of fried dough served with a cup of thick chocolate for dipping) in the city centre. We’ve had a few churro mishaps recently – dried-out churros, greasy churros, churros that cost as much as a main meal. We’ve even been driven to franchise churros – something we aren’t too keen on here at Gusto Guides. But, as the old proverb goes, churros are churros.
After all of these misadventures we stumbled upon Chocolat, a modern, unpretentious chocolatería in the Huertas area of Madrid. And what did we find? Proper churros! Proper chocolate! A reasonable bill! Since opening 12 years ago, Chocolat has apparently made a name for itself in this central neighbourhood, just a few minutes from the Museo del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. We visited on a Saturday morning and the place was packed with local families, older couples and hung-over (or still drunk) youngsters looking for the ultimate sweet start to the day.
The young waiters were friendly, the chocolate was served ultra-fast and the churros weren’t too oily. The only downside to this place was the limited size of the seating area, meaning that it can be hard to find a table at times (although you can reserve). As well as a chocolateria, Chocolat is a cafeteria and has a wide menu if you have (weird) friends who don’t like churros – think orange juice, cakes and sandwiches for starters.
- 2 chocolates and churros (of course)
- Total: €7.00
- Web: http://www.chocolatmadrid.com/
- Tel: +34 91 429 45 65
- Address: Calle Santa María 30, 28014 Madrid
- Metro: Anton Martín
- Opening hours: 0730h – 1600h, Wednesday to Monday