Chocolateria San Gines

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11 Pasadizo de San Ginés, Madrid, Spain
913 65 65 46
Chocolateria San Gines - Brightly lit at 5a
Chocolateria San Gines - Early morning 5a
Chocolateria San Gines - My last meal in Madrid
Chocolateria San Gines - My maiden churros + chocolate
Chocolateria San Gines - captured!
Chocolateria San Gines - And this was the start of the queue early on
Chocolateria San Gines - Tons of people sitting outside with their churros

Chocolateria San Gines Madrid Reviews

Vikram Vikram
297 reviews
It's the stuff Madrilenos can drink, and we tourists can only dream of! Oct 21, 2012
Well well well, so we have hot chocolate all over the world, and then we have hot chocolate in Madrid! San Gines is the hallmark and the benchmark of the hot chocolate phenom in Madrid. Established in 1894 and hidden in a rather 'visible' spot away from Plaza Mayor, this is *the* place to visit to get a taste of what Madrilenos consider their comfort food.

Given the constant onslaught of tourists during daytime, kids and students during the night and scholars and early birds during the wee hours, the chocolateria is open 24 hours. Yes!

The most famous tourist "attraction" here is chocolate con churros which is basically churros (as greasy as greasy can be) served with thick chocolate sauce (that's "hot chocolate" for the Spaniards, love 'em). For less than 5E, you get 6 churros with the chocolate wihch I thought was a lot. Plus, after eating 2, you start to taste the oil and it kind of becomes a tongue sore.

But the surprising thing is its modest interiors, clockwork like staff, the line of sitting tables outside and the long, long queue of people outside, come rain or shine wanting a taste of Madrid's finest.

I loved the hot chocolate, so much that I had it about 3x here. But sadly, the churros were awful, service was a bit snobby and slow, and it was awfully crowded. The tables are so close to each other a lady's long blonde hair nearly got itself my chocolate fondue. LOL!

But all said and done, I'd thorougly recommend this. If you're thinking of visiting Madrid for the tapas, SCREW IT. This is the real deal!
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Early morning 5a
Brightly lit at 5a
And this was the start of the queu…
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rsvpme says:
Nice whimsical way to go.....
Posted on: Dec 16, 2012
HelenP says:
not sure about the curros but the place looks lovely. If they serve milky chocolate with cream and marshmellows count me in!
Posted on: Dec 15, 2012
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