Churros and Chocolate in Spain A Spanish Antidote for a Spanish Anecdote

By Abi King | Europe

Nov 22

Churros and chocolate in sevillePeople never believe me, but it’s not always sunny in Spain. Even in Seville, Europe’s hottest city, winters are COLD, COLD, COLD. Well, OK, probably only the one “cold” would have done. In normal, lowercase letters.

Look, it did snow here. Last year. For about a milllisecond…


I was looking for a reason to explain the need for hot chocolate so thick it would fill the eurozone deficit and churros so hot it puts George Clooney to shame. I was searching for answers, for an explanation, for words to justify why I ended up in a churrería, reaching for the hot stuff when it’s 18 degrees outside…

Churros and chocolate. They just go together so well…

Research, that must be it. A good journalist is compelled to research. Particularly on such a cold day…

Have you ever tried churros and chocolate in Spain?


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Jools Stone November 22, 2011

Lovely stuff. Definitely one of the highlights of my Granada trip a few years back. You can get them in Edinburgh now, not even a Spanish resto, just a regular cake n coffee shop! Wonder if they’ll become the ‘next macarons’?

    Abi King November 23, 2011

    Edinburgh just moved up my travel list…

dtravelsround November 22, 2011

Ahhhhh. I remember when I went to Spain, my friend took me to this amazing chocolate cafe in Madrid and ordered hot chocolate. The hot choc was sooooo thick it plopped from the spoon, not dripped. Amazing. That looks sooooo tasty!

    Abi King November 23, 2011

    One day I shall take a photo of a spoon standing up in hot chocolate…Just as soon as I’ve developed a little more willpower…;)

Katrina November 22, 2011

Italians have amazing, pudding-like chocolate as well. Blew my mind the first time I had some. No wonder people think American cocoa is so weak!

The title of one of my high school Spanish books was Churros y Chocolate. It has been in my mind for years, so I desperately tried to have churros y chocolate when I was in Tenerife. For some reason several of the restaurants had closed recently. Huge disappointment, HUGE!

    Abi King November 23, 2011

    It took me a while to find some good churros in Seville as well. In the tourist hotspots, it’s often a bit limp and lukewarm and the really good places often only serve it early in the morning…

    It sounds as though I shall have to spend more time in Italy as well…:)

Alfonso November 22, 2011

Don’t worry, your mind know that it’s winter because it’s night at 6 o’clock… an 18 degrees beautiful night…

    Abi King November 23, 2011


Linda November 22, 2011

In answer to your question: Oh YEAH!

Travelista73 November 22, 2011

I loved eating my morning Churros while in Spain – DELICIOUS!!!!

Amic Andreu November 22, 2011

Everytime i Go To madrid i take porras WITH chocolate as Breakfast. In mallorca we take ensalmadas WITH chocolate .

    Abi King November 23, 2011

    I clearly need to do more research…

Angela November 23, 2011

I didn’t try churros in Seville, mainly because due to a nasty toothache I was avoiding anything sweet. However, I was very tempted because I saw something similar to churros (actually the very same shape, now I don’t know about the taste) in Turkey and Iran. Do you know if they are the same sweets? That would be so weird.. or not, due to the Moorish connection..

    Abi King January 30, 2012

    I have no idea – but what an interesting question. I could easily imagine there’s a link…I shall have to keep an eye out for the sweets you mention in Turkey (and Iran if they ever let me in!)

Sandra November 23, 2011

Of course I have! Both in Madrid (where I am originally from) and in Seville. It’s by far my favorite breakfast. Unfortunately, it’s not the healthiest one either…

In Madrid, one of the best places is the Chocolatería San Ginés. I’m sure you already know about it. It’s very famous because people go there after New Year’s Eve celebrations. I also like a cafetería called Java (c/ Santa Engracia, 43).

In Seville, I’ve tried chocolate con churros at the Puente de Triana kiosk (good), at the Macarena kiosk (very good) but I need to try the ones at c/ Arfe. Have you tried them?

Oh, and I agree with you, Seville can be very cold INSIDE. Houses here are definitely not prepared for low temperatures (if they can be seriousli considered low…) :-)

    Sandra November 26, 2011


      Abi King January 30, 2012

      Sorry, I could have edited that for you :)

    Abi King January 30, 2012

    No, not too healthy I’m afraid. I try to hold myself back as much as possible! Having said that, I have tried the kiosks you mention except for Calle Arfe…so I obviously haven’t been holding myself back ALL that much.

    Cheers for the backup about the cold!

Darlene Foster November 25, 2011

OMG I want some right now!!. I LOVE Spanish chocolate.

    Abi King January 30, 2012

    Me too. Feeling the cold again…

Laura Mannering November 26, 2011

I lived in Madrid for three years and churros and chocolate are part of the staple diet there. The best? Chocolateria San Gines – go there for breakfast after a night out on the town. Hmmm, need to squeeze a winter return to Madrid into my diary/finances…

    Abi King January 30, 2012

    Y’know, I’ve never actually made it to Gines…Next time I’m in Madrid I will make sure I close that gap in my research ;)

Roy Marvelous November 26, 2011

OH. I had this in Madrid in summer of 2005. And I can still remember how amazing it was.

    Abi King January 30, 2012

    Mmmm…I shouldn’t have started to answer these comments on an empty stomach. All I can think about now is HOT CHOCOLATE!

Sonja March 4, 2012

Haven’t tried it, but we’re on our way this summer!

    Abi King March 23, 2012

    Mmmm…Enjoy. Make sure you find somewhere that serves it fresh, rather than reheated from frozen. And I prefer the thicker chocolate but others prefer the more watery versions…(Disappears into cloud of chocolate dreams…)

Rachel March 14, 2012

Tried it too many times and keep coming back – not good! But hard to avoid.

    Abi King March 23, 2012

    I try to limit myself to the cold days…With variable results…:)

Kelly March 29, 2012

Pretty sure I could commit to churros and chocolate everyday while I’m there…followed by a very long walk!

sofie November 14, 2012

Mmmmm churros con chocolate… *drool*

Adam August 21, 2013

I loooooooooveeeeeeeeeeeee churros…Both those with chocolate and also only with bit of sugar.

AMtraveltimes October 5, 2013

YUMMMM! I miss churros con chocolate; they sound so good right now, but they are so far away. My favorite churro place is Valor :)

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