Barcelona’s coolest churrería has some adorably eccentric ideas – such as their churrito bravo (churros with spicy salsa brava, more commonly eaten with patatas bravas) and other way-out combos like churros with ham and salmorejo (thick bread-and-tomato cold soup), or with sobrassada (cured pork with paprika), honey and cheese, which is a big hit with the intrepid clientele of this eye-catching establishment, nestling between a comic book shop and a cupcake store. Our tip? Churros, freshly fried in extra virgin olive oil, with chestnut purée and cocoa
Recommended for those who like their churros on the chunky side, with as little grease as possible, and prefer their food artisanal and additive-free. If you’re also a fan of real chocolate, it’s a no-brainer. This specialist outlet serves an irresistible, 100-percent-natural cup of chocolate, which makes the perfect accompaniment for a stack of churros, freshly made every day in their bakery.
If you’re not keen on the yodels of infants at play, if you’re looking for a quiet corner in which to ponder the great things you’re going to do with the rest of your life, then this very-
kid-friendly café is not the place for you. So whatever you do, don’t be tempted by the scent of melting chocolate in the air, or the skinny, crunchy churros over which they’ll drizzle chocolate, if you ask. La Nena, with its apparent ambitions to be a tea room for grannies, has so much life that the doors can barely contain it, and it serves the best churros in Gràcia.
More than 50 years making churros have given this Eixample churrería (with a little sister on Carrer Fabra i Puig) a level of know-how few can match. The owner, Mario, who for many years made and sold churros in Madrid, complains that the people of Barcelona don’t appreciate the virtues of these marvellous products: the churros at San Román are hand-made and fried in groundnut oil. At weekends and on public holidays they also make porras – the churro’s thicker, softer cousin – and, at around 1pm, deep-fried salt cod fritters (bunyols de bacallà).
Skinny, fat and regular churros, churros with every kind of filling, including some totally original variations like their churros filled with dulce de leche (creamy caramel sauce) or the frankfurter churro. All this plus a selection of croquettes, fritters, crisps, pork crackling and other delicacies, are available every day at El Trébol. 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.
Carrer de Petritxol is to churros what Carrer del Parlament is to vermouth. We could hardly discuss this jewel of popular gastronomy without mentioning one of the several legendary establishments on Petritxol, a narrow street in the old city, where hot chocolate with churros has been the classic pre- or post-shopping treat for generations of kids dragged along behind mothers or grandmothers. And it’s true, after subjecting your credit card to some serious abuse, there’s nothing better than chocolate with churros, sponge fingers or a pastry in a café that’s been open for more than half a century – and has all its original charm.
A family establishment that opened its doors in 1950 and still sells the classic range of churrería snacks (from pork scratchings to all kinds of crisps), this miniature shop is the churrería of choice for the whole Sagrada Família area. You’ll find spectacularly good churros, slim, chunky or standard, with optional Nutella, pastry cream or dulce de leche fillings.
An outwardly unremarkable neighbourhood café that serves a scandalously good hot chocolate with churros, as well as the classic pork scratchings, which have legions of fans (and rightly so), and excellent home-fried potato crisps. If the weather permits, it’s obligatory to bag one of the tables on the terrace and watch Poble-sec’s busy life unfold, while enjoying delicious churros made by a family of churreros who have been in the business since the ’60s. Unmissable.
This newcomer to the world of churros is a haven for all those who mourn the gradual decline of the berenar or merienda – a light mid-afternoon snack – in contemporary society. An impeccably restored shop in the Born has been turned into a chocolate-lover’s paradise, where master chocolatier Oriol Balaguer offers several types of hot chocolate accompanied by crepes, churros and butter croissants that have just been crowned the best in Spain.
This classic, usually overrun by mobs of older ladies, is also a noted Raval landmark, because it was where ubiquitous Catalan hot chocolate brand Cacaolat was invented. The café opened in 1870, and since then five generations of the same family have stubbornly, and successfully, preserved its original appearance and spirit. They serve delicious churros, but also excellent hot chocolate with cream (the 'suizo'), pastries, 'crema catalana' – and, what’s more, they do it
in charming premises that are always packed.