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Chocolateria San Gines

#322 of 7,492 Places to Eat in Madrid
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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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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Delivery, Late Night
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Very friendly service ... Which is unusual for an old-time institution that made its reputation decades ago. That is very welcoming to visitors who may not know the system! Super rich chocolate and decent coffee paired with the churros makes for a really fun morning with the kids ... Even if they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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  • Families with children
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

One order of churros won't be enough to dip into this deliciously thick hot chocolate pudding! You'll want to order more than you think when you enter. Enjoy!!

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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Churros were great, although it really did not live up to the hype. However, the chocolate was delicious. It wasn't too sweet and it was just the perfect blend. The staff were friendly but the place itself is very crowded and the ambiance was just too bland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very friendly service ... Which is unusual for an old-time institution that made its reputation decades ago. That is very welcoming to visitors who may not know the system! Super rich chocolate and decent coffee paired with the churros makes for a really fun morning with the kids ... Even if they are 19 and 21!!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

1 order comes with 6 churros and a cup of melted chocolate. There is powdered sugar on the table. The churros were nice and light, not greasy at all. The chocolate was good for me because it was not too sweet.

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Spanish hot chocolate is like no other. It's so rich and savory (and extra fatty, I guess.) I recommend churros over porras. The difference is that the former's got a smaller radius. I found churros being more crispy and less greasy. Always full of people (there are seats downstairs, too!) but that just pretty much tells how good this place... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a famous chocolate cafe in Madrid. I recommend visiting it. They serve churros and hot chocolate. First you order and pay at the cashdesk then you go, take a seat and wait for your order. The walls are decorated with photos of famous visitors.

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

San Gines is a charming and typical place that serves the best churros, porras ( a thicker version of churros), and chocolate I have ever tasted. Do not leave Madrid without having these delicious treats that have been delighting hundreds of pleople for hundred of years....

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stopped here on our last night in Madrid... for what else but the churros and Chocolate.. The Chocolate is very good but be ready for the sugar rush... The churros are good but could be a little more crispy and more cinnamon sugar. .

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Once in Madrid you must try the chorros so why not do that in the famous historic restaurant that is selling this dish for hundreds of years. The place is nice. The chorros good, though they are simply fried pastry sticks you dip in chocolate so don't expect too much. One helping is enough for two unless you are starving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

After a trip to Mexico City we fell in love with churros and chocolate; however, Chocolateria San Gines dwarfed that experience. The chocolate is a thick warm semi-sweet dark chocholate genache and the churros are beautfully crisp. A perfect ending to tapas and good spanish wine and a long day of walking the city before returning to your hotel!

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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: Pizza, Dessert, Spanish, Asian

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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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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