Winter is here and what better way to enjoy those cold days than with some Churros con chocolate!
When most people hear the name Barcelona they think of our football team, the magical architecture and obviously having tapas in a plaza. But what about churros? The fried-dough pastry is a supremely popular snack in Spain, and especially so in Barcelona.
They can either be thin or thick, but always served hot and straight outta the fryer! They’re long, star-shaped pieces of deep fried dough covered in powdered sugar. And as delicious as they are on their own, churros in Spain are served with a side of melted chocolate for dipping or drinking.
Eating churros in Barcelona is an essential Spanish thing to do!
Where are some honorable mentions for the best churrerias in Barcelona:
Xurreria el trebol
Near the Diagonal metro station is Xurreria El Trebol, which has been around since 1950. Here, they serve three types of churros – original, chocolate and cinnamon. Skinny, fat and regular churros, churros with every kind of filling, including some totally original variations like their churros filled with dulce de leche (Argentinian creamy caramel sauce). Together, the menu and its opening hours exert a gravitational pull on party-goers stumbling home after a night out in Gràcia and craving a greasy, sugary fix.
Address:Carrer de Còrsega, 341, 08037 Barcelona
Tucked away in an alley near to Barcelona’s famous market, La Boqueria. Granja Viader is an old-school cafe that has been serving coffee, pastries, hot chocolate and churros since 1870. It’s one of the oldest establishments that sell fresh milk and cream in Barcelona, Granja Viader is a total classic when it comes to creamy Spanish hot chocolate. We recommend to go for the suizo – thick hot chocolate topped up with their homemade whipped cream!
This classic, usually overrun by mobs of people, is also a noted Raval landmark, because it was where the Catalan hot chocolate brand Cacaolat was invented. Since its opening, five generations of the same family have stubbornly, and successfully, preserved its original appearance and spirit.
Address: Carrer d’en Xuclà 4-6
Churrerías are around every corner in the south of Spain, but Barcelona only has a small handful of its own. It should come as no surprise that one of the very best places for churros in Barcelona is run by a family from the south of Spain. If you want to try something different than the typical churro, go for the porras. A Spanish pastry similar to churros but made with more flour and baking soda. Unlike churros the dough is left to rise, giving it a light and spongy texture.
If you decide to go on a mission for Spanish churros Xurreria Laietana should definitely make your list! Situated near the Cathedral of Barcelona, this churros shop has been diligently serving churros to its regulars over the past 29 years.
Address:Via Laietana 46
Comaxurros was opened in 2013. Located in the neighborhood of Sarrià, this churrería serves their modern take on the centuries-old treat: it can be enjoyed savory or sweet with a number of toppings, alongside perfectly sweetened hot chocolate. The two masterminds behind this café were looking to create the perfect churro, have they accomplished it?
Some of their unique ideas, such as their churrito bravo and other combos like churros with ham and salmorejo, or with sobrasada, honey and cheese, these are just some of their delicious churros. One of their newest additions is the Comaxurros food truck, so you might run into their travelling churros.
Address: Calle Muntaner 562
Churreria Manuel San Ramon
One of the truest churrerias in Barcelona, this spot is always busy and well worth the wait. In Churreria Manuel San Ramon you won’t find any fancy recipes and spins on classic dishes. The most popular are the chocolate covered churros that save you the trouble of dunking the churros in chocolate.
Manuel San Román is a native from Andalucía who inherited his dedication to the art of making churros from his grandmother, and got into the family business when his sister and brother-in-law opened their churrería on Calle del Banys Nous in 1968.
Address: Carrer dels Banys Nous, 8
So make sure to pass by one of these magical churrerias on your next visit to Barcelona.
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