It’s hard to beat the Madrileños’ classic combo of hot chocolate with churros (a light, crisp Spanish doughnut that is often imitated but seldom matched by Mexican restaurants and fast-food chains). And for what may be the best hot chocolate and churros in Madrid, the place to go is the Chocolatería San Ginés, which is just off the Calle Arenal’s pedestrian zone west of the Puerta del Sol.
The Chocolatería San Ginés has been around since 1894, and it looks about the same as it must have appeared on its opening day more than a century ago. Pretty young waitresses serve cups of thick, sweet chocolate at the marble bar or at small tables amid the green wood paneling and mirrors of the 19th Century café. Churros arrive through a kitchen portal as long spirals of extruded and quickly-fried dough that the waitresses cut to length with scissors before serving.
The Chocolatería San Ginés is at Pasadizo de San Gines 5 in Madrid center.