So, the next day, Ateng E and I followed his advice and headed for Puerta del Sol, the plaza at the center of Madrid (look at the map and it kinda resembles a wheel with the streets as spokes). The chocolateria is west of it, off one of the side streets. We were there early, around 9 a.m. I note this because apparently, in Madrid, breakfast is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch is 3 to 5 p.m. and dinner is from 9 p.m. onwards. Seriously! The streets were empty, the shops closed before 10 a.m. Fortunately, the chocolateria is open 24 hours a day (365 days a year).
I’ve had churros con chocolate before (most recently here), but I have to say this is the best combo I’ve ever had. And for a good price, too: 2 cups of chocolate and a serving of churros cost us less than 8 euros. The chocolate was thick and strong. Dark, not sweet and with just a hint of bitterness. It was great for dipping, but you can also drink it and not feel you’re swallowing goo. The churros were crispy on the outside and very light inside. The restaurant itself is cozy and very charming, decorated in green wood panels, mirrors, gilded lamps and small marble tables. Black-and-white photos of mostly European celebrities, with a sprinkling of American ones such as Tina Turner, dot the walls.