When researching where to eat in Spain, one item seemed to be featured on many breakfast menus: churros con chocolate.
I am normally the type to prefer a sweet breakfast over a savory one so these seemed right up my alley! I was so excited to try these churros that I had to order it on our first day in Spain.
We had arrived in the afternoon and had a long wait until dinner time since Spanish dinner doesn’t start until around 8pm at the earliest. While wandering the Barrio Gotico we got hungry and needed something to get us through.
Luckily Spaniards have a snack in between lunch and dinner which they call merienda. This is usually between 3 and 6pm and is generally a sweet snack, such as a slice of cake, pastry, even ice cream, and a coffee. I don’t know about you but merienda might just be my favorite meal of the day – tell me why we don’t partake in this in North America?! I love this concept. Then again I am a dessert fiend so it might not be for everyone 😉
Anyway, merienda came in handy our first day in Spain. We sat down at a cafe and ordered our first sampling of churros con chocolate and two cafes con leches. My cafe con leche came with a chocolate on the side. Say whaaat? Can I always get a chocolate paired with my coffee? I would be in heaven.
The churros came on a plate with a mug of hot chocolate with a small spoon. Now, this was not regular drinking chocolate . This was thick, dense, rich chocolate! The type you need to add a packet or 2 of sugar to (unless you like it bitter) and eat with a spoon. The churros were crispy and super greasy and dipping them into the dense molten chocolate was mind-blowing. Muy rico!!
I announced to Ryan that we must eat this as much as we can while in Spain to take advantage of this amazing treat. Thus churros con chocolate became a daily thing. Luckily for me there were entire restaurants that specialize in these fried delicious snacks called “churrerias“.
Every city we went to I had to have my churro fix and sought out the best churreria. Below are my favourites:
We ordered the churros con chocolate and a cafe con leche which came with a chocolate treat. Both were very tasty and were a decent price. Service was very friendly here, more so than at other places we visited. There is also a bathroom downstairs if you need one as they aren’t always easy to find when you are exploring the maze of streets.
Churreria Alba is located on the main shopping strip in Ronda, “La Bola” aka Carrera Espinel. To be honest, it wasn’t our favourite churros we ate in Spain but it seemed to be the best choice in town that we could find. They were still good! Just not as good as the other wonderful places we tried. The chocolate was less thick and the churros less crispy. They did have other good options on the menu, though.
Now with a name like Cafe Futbol you might not know what to expect. It certainly threw me off at first. But we are so glad we tried it as it turned out to be our favourite churreria in all of Spain!
This cafe is located in the heart of Granada and appeared to be a very popular place! It was very charming and had an old-school vibe about it. There were men meeting there for an early morning chat over cafe con leche with churros and office people stopping in on their way to work.
The churros here were perfectly crispy and the chocolate just right. Ryan ordered an ensaimada as well and it was amazing. Don’t miss this cafe when in Granada!
If you have any other suggestions of places to try great churros, please let us know in the comments below!