When I arrived in Madrid, Spain way back in 2015, Chocolateria San Gines was one of the establishments that I tried, being aware of the immense popularity of this joint even when I was still in Manila. Easily, San Gines is the most popular of the chocolate shops in Madrid, if not in all of Spain. Needless to say, when in Madrid, it is a must that you try and savor this classic postre pair, that is, a cup of hot and rich chocolate and churros.
But instead of the traditional order of churros, I mistakenly ordered porras. For most diners, six pieces of churros is already quite a plateful — it can be difficult to consume. And so, you can only imagine the look on my face when they delivered porras at my table. In my lonesome, I tried to finish up 4 crispy, really thick batter sticks, to no avail. This, even with the delicious choco that went with it. Everything was just too much for me to “conquer.” At least now, I am aware of my limitations, and since then, have ordered the more manageable churros.
Happy to have accompanied Francois Versele, a good friend from France, on an afternoon treat at the chcolateria. He has been regularly visiting Spain since 2015, doesn’t get tired of roaming around Puerta del Sol and the Palacio Real de Madrid. However, it is his first time to try San Gines, which he said will not miss this time around.
This popular churros and hot choco restaurant is not just a popular eatery in Madrid – it is an institution that goes way back in 1894. Right from the start, it has been patronized by Madrileños mainly for its delicious treat. Whenever I am within the Puerto del Sol or Plaza Mayor, and had lunch or dinner within these areas, I always pass by San Gines to enjoy the perfect postre.
Now, I observed that customers form a line by the counter to pay for their order before getting served. Make sure that you get ready with your receipt — a server will come over to check it and have everything delivered in a jiffy.
And by the way, as you join the queue to make an order, you will surely not miss the numerous photos posted on the walls of popular Spanish and international celebrities who were once or regular customers of the Chocolateria.
Did you know that the Chocolateria San Gines is one of the few establishments that are open 24 hours, 7 days a week? I’m sure the place is packed even in the wee hours of the morning.
5 Pasadizo de San Ginés Madrid 28013