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.
Preferably in donut form.
Fortunately Barcelona has got one, and though Spain may not be famous for breakfast foods and snacks you just can’t leave without experiencing churros con chocolate.
Let’s find out where we can sample the best churros in Barcelona.
What Are Churros?
Served hot and straight outta the fryer: 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 to Find Churros in Barcelona
Yes, you’ll find them nearly everywhere but don’t fall for cheap imitations.
The 3 meter wide street is full of charm and history. Legend has it that during the 9th century when Barcelona was under Muslim rule, the streets around the Santa Maria del Pi Basilica were forbidden to Christians.
Fortunately a priest found coffers of gold hidden and bought one of the roads connected to the church from the ruling Amir. The name Petrixol comes from the door that opened to allow Christians passage back to the church.
Nowadays Calle Petrixol is famous for its cafes and is the spot for churros in Barcelona.
The Best Churros in Barcelona
La Granja Pallaresa
For a breakfast of fresh churros con chocolate this Barcelona dessert institution is right on the mark, albeit with a more old school and slightly less sweet chocolate dipping sauce. This place will be packed with locals so make sure to have your order ready.
It’s also one of the few remaining places where you can taste menjar blanc, an almond cream with cinnamon and lemon. Visitors also love the crema catalana (a local take on crème brûlée), flan, and rice pudding.
This famous family run cafe was frequented by Salvador Dali back in the day and has shown no signs of slowing down since. A great selection of cakes and desserts as well. The churros with chocolate is on the sweeter side and the big portions mean one is fine for two people.
A nice touch here is the bar’s association with the Homeless Pictures Project, a project to help give a voice to the homeless via art and other forms of communication. Keep an eye out for the paintings.
Taking a bite into bliss can get noisy here with the crunchiest churros in Barcelona, but who cares when a couple can fill up for €6.00? It’s rare to get friendly service in a place near the Picasso Museum that’s packed with clumsily ordering tourists, but that’s what you get.
Another big hit here are the porras, a Spanish pastry similar to churros but made with more flour and baking soda. Unlike churros the dough is left to rise, giving it a light and spongy texture. It goes with chocolate, cafe con leche, or even licorice liqueur.
It sounds like a broken record but here the churros con chocolate are fresh and cheap and you’ll get a serving of six for €4.00. This Barcelona churreria offers more variety with filled churros stuffed with vanilla or chocolate creme, nutella, and dulce de leche.
Xurreria San Román
The uninterrupted service (no siesta!?) at this classic Barcelona churro spot is a great midday option. The crispy churros with chocolate that’s neither bitter nor too sweet really hit the spot.
This churreria has been open since 1969 and really keeps the tradition alive. Owner Manuel with his 50+ years of experience is a member of the churro makers trade union: the Gremi Artesà de Xurrers de Catalunya.
Another great spot for delicious filled churros.
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