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Chocolateria San Gines

#323 of 7,272 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Centro
As featured in Best Food in Madrid and 2 other guides
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Pasadizo de San Gines 5 | Pasadizo de San Gines 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 65 46
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Founded in 1894 is one of the most famous of Madrid located in the passage...
Founded in 1894 is one of the most famous of Madrid located in the passage of San Gines,in the heart of the city close to the Puerta del Sol. This is one of the most popular to have chocolate con churros. Nowadays it's place where visitors and locals gather to taste the famous chocolate with churros.
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Good for:
Families with children

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  • 142
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If you have a VERY sweet tooth you'll love this!

Stumbled upon this completely by chance as it was near to the hotel we were staying in. Open 24/7 we contemplated going here for breakfast but ended up going for a late night snack instead. The churros was crispy and not greasy at all. The hot chocolate was definitely more edible than drinkable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
nikonikora
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I read in Lonely Planet that this was one of the "it" places to try out. My wife and I visited on our first day in Madrid and enjoyed the atmosphere but were not that impressed. They didn't have napkins which was odd and to be quite honest the chocolate sauce wasn't all that wonderful. The churros were good and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We walked here early morning from our hotel. The place was already packed! There are two entrances apparently...we decided to go to the one in the back, as we really didn't care where we sat. We were here for the CHURROS! The chocolate is so yummy and rich! The Churros are a bit on the oily side, but very tasty!... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I love churros so I was on a mission to go to this restaurant. Sadly though these people are so used to non-stop tourists that they could care less if you have a nice experience or not. Our group of 4 adults and 5 children went in the late afternoon (not a busy time). The cashier could hardly be bothered... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stumbled upon this completely by chance as it was near to the hotel we were staying in. Open 24/7 we contemplated going here for breakfast but ended up going for a late night snack instead. The churros was crispy and not greasy at all. The hot chocolate was definitely more edible than drinkable given the sweetness so I could only... More 

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Baden, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I am not the biggest fan of churros (because of the fried part), but this place came highly recommended and is certainly worth a visit, in particular if you've never tried churros. You pay for your order at the bar and then give the payment slip to the waiter, who in our case promptly brought the delicacy.

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Woodstock, Illinois
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

San Gines is a famous Chocolateria in Madrid, which is located just a block off the Plaza Mayor. "Chocolate con Churros" was around 3 Euros and it was more than one person could eat. These were the best chocolate & churros we had while in Spain. San Gines is open 24 hours and always seemed to be very busy. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Everyone who visits Madrid must have chocolate con churros. It is a real treat and a real Spanish tradition.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Can go wrong here. Located in the alley behind San Genis church (literally it's in an alley). Show up at the counter, pay, get your receipt, find a seat, give it to a waiter, they bring you the food. Just that simple. Sit outside, watch the people, enjoy your dessert. Can't miss, can't go wrong. I had this in other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This is not just the best in Madrid,it is a taste of ambrosia. Don't worry about adding pounds think kilo. Try the hot chocolate,coffee and cakes. It is based in a shadowed location so you can cool off and enjoy. There is no better place if you are a chocaholic. I warn you nothing will ever compare. It is a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I really did not understand why this chocolateria has such great reviews. They treated us very bad. I will never come back there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pasadizo de San Gines 5 | Pasadizo de San Gines 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 65 65 46

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Founded in 1894 is one of the most famous of Madrid located in the passage of San Gines,in the heart of the city close to the Puerta del Sol. This is one of the most popular to have chocolate con churros. Nowadays it's place where visitors and locals gather to taste the famous chocolate with churros.

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Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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