Few institutions offer better evidence of Madrid’s insomnia than its perennially popular chocolaterías (also known as churrerías), typically abuzz with late-night revelers from 4 a.m. to breakfast time. Their trademark dish is the churro, a long waffle-like stick of savory fried dough, eaten dunked into very thick bittersweet hot chocolate.
The Chocolatería San Ginés at Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, in central Madrid has served principally chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and churros) since 1894. This is a bar reminiscent of the cafes of the late nineteenth century. The interior is decorated with mirrors and green wood panels, with green velvet seats and marble tables. The hot chocolate is served in Spanish style - thick, dark and strong - and the churros - deep fried batter similar to a light, crispy, linear doughnut, cut to length by the staff - are served hot and freshly cooked, ready for dunking.
Due to its proximity to the Puerta del Sol, it is the place, if you have patience, to enjoy your first chocolate of the New Year. But if you miss out, it's open every day of the year. Stop in at the venerable Chocolatería San Ginés. Expect entertainingly brusque service, bright lights, and a frenzied atmosphere. It's open all night.
Chocolatería San Ginés is in downtown Madrid on Pasadizo San Ginés.
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Source: The National Geographic book Food Journeys of a Lifetime