Every city should have a can’t-miss delicacy served up at some simplistic bar, filled with locals and trolled by the odd camera-clenching tourist.
Fortunately Barcelona has two or three, and though Spain may not be famous for breakfast foods and snacks one of these is surely churros con chocolate.
The History of Churros
400 years ago Portuguese sailors ripped off a Chinese cruller called you tiao – and though it’s not exactly clear how it came to be one of the most famous sugary treats in both Spain and Mexico, one thing is clear: the history doesn’t matter because they’re TAF*.
* tasty as fuck
What Exactly Are Churros?
Served hot and straight outta the frier – they’re elongated, star-shaped pieces of deep fried dough covered in sugar. Hot damn, is there any way we can go wrong here?
And as delicious as they are on their own, churros in Spain are served with a side of velvety melted chocolate for dipping. Or drinking. Or spooning into your lover’s mouth. Another winning combination.
Where do I get my Churro Fix in Barcelona?
You’ll find them nearly everywhere but don’t fall for cheap imitations. For the BEST CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE IN BARCELONA you need to head to Calle Petrixol, found between the metro stops Liceu and Catalunya. Check out the map at the bottom of the post.
La Calle Petrixol, a narrow street full of charm and history, is located in Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter. Legend has it that during the ninth century when Barcelona was under Muslim rule, the streets around the Santa Maria del Pi basilica were forbidden to Christians, leaving the church nearly deserted.
Fortunately a priest found coffers of gold hidden by the Christians and was able to buy one of the roads connected to the church from the ruling Amir. The name Petrixol comes from the door that opened to allow the Christians passage back to the church.
Nowadays Calle Petrixol is FAMOUS FOR ITS CAFES that offer the best chocolate with churros in Barcelona.
The best cafes are THE PALLARESA at 11 Calle Petrixol – one of the few remaining places where you can taste menjar blanc, an almond cream with cinnamon and lemon. Another great cafe is the GRANJA DULCINEA at 2 Calle Petrixol , which was frequented by Salvador Dali.
Go and get yourself some churros!
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