Churros, Chocolate and Other Sweet Things | Short Madrid Food Guide

It took travelling to Spain to realise that the Spanish do indeed have a sweet tooth. If you find yourself with chocolate constantly on your mind then you’re like me, a total sugar junkie. You’re going to be in heaven if you decide to pack up and travel to one of the food capitals of the world, Madrid! Famous for its authentic Spanish sweet treats, which are enough to make anyone’s mouth water.

Churros and chocolate are Spain’s famous take on breakfast. The MUST place to go for this when in Madrid is Chocolatería San Gines. This café has been making the world famous treat since 1894 so it’s fair to say that they know what they’re doing. You will not be disappointed with their perfected chocolate recipe. We spent the morning in there and by the end of it I thought my teeth were going to fall off, but I loved every mouthful. When we went I ordered the basic dish of 6 churros with a little pot of chocolate, and that was enough for me first thing on a morning. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can opt for the 12 churros instead. I think they’re meant for sharing but we all know that’s not going to happen! They also do a range of other dishes as well, so if you’re not in the mood for chocolate then you can indulge yourself in their other delicious treats instead. It’s the kind of place where you can even just sit with a coffee and be happy.


The next stop on your Madrid food tour is the Market of San Miguel. This small market is home to a large number of food stands, selling everything from pizza to seafood to burgers to sweet treats. You can visit one stand and order a large portion for about 10Euros or so. You can also do what we did and visit a number of stands and have a smaller portion from each one. This can range from 1-5Euros and this way you get a taste of everything. We went here for lunch a number of times while we were in Madrid, each time we had an individual experience so it was like going somewhere different to eat every day. The dessert stand was my favourite out of them all because they have a full range of treats ranging from about 0.50-5Euros. You can pick out a nice selection, which we did a number of times!


This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vibrant world of Madrid’s food scene but it’s a good place to start. When you find yourself in the hustle and bustle of a big city desperately trying to fit in all of the attractions, it can be hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a meal. Madrid is home to many places like the ones in this article for you to quickly pick up a sweet treat or delicious lunch and still enjoy classic Spanish food rich with authenticity.


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