To go out for “chocolate“, is a curious way to spend an afternoon. As if it were a ritual, on the cold days we want to find shelter in a cafe and press our hands on a warm cup of hot chocolate. A very homely gesture; the typical plan for Sunday afternoon or the most recurrent between ladies and gentlemen.
So we spend our evenings wrapped in the heat that emanates from a tasty hot chocolate while we eat some fluffy churros or the traditional melindros. A tradition rooted in Christmas time, the time of kings and children, horseback riding and reindeer; time for gifts and chocolate. If you’re looking for a refuge to shelter yourself from winter, here we have five of our favorite hideouts where you can spend a relaxed afternoon among a diverse and local crowd; and where you can enjoy a delicious combination of chocolate and churros. A treasure that becomes addictive!
This second generation of the Canal family pastry shop has been able to express their idea of today’s modern pastry, a modern churro shop where the tradition of kneading with their hands is maintained. A familiar Neo-churro shop where it boasts its avant-garde and colorful decor in a location that combines the bakery with other family businesses next door.
To shout “Comaxurros” we are shocked by its neon pink entrance, and icon for the contemporary churro shop; and a counter full of innovative variations of traditional churros. But what really leaves us perplexed is its hot chocolate and sweet churros in an ideal format, to carry it with you wherever you go. The traditional churros in a modern format!
Gentlemen with berets, ladies fresh and pristine just out of a hairdresser, children with churros, young people without Instagram and waiters with bowties. An intact and timeless society gathered between four walls full of history. A postcard that may as well be from the 1920s; a modern image of the essence of our most authentic legacy.
A longstanding estate inheritance from four generations and fruit of Marc Viader, the architect for the Cacaolat, and icon in Catalan society. Here their churros with chocolate are from their regional heritage, the pure essence of the estate of M. Viader.
We like to hide from the tumult of curious customers, drawn in by the tasty hot chocolate or the aromas that ooze from the little bakery. Sit between the diverse crowd, and ask for some gingerbreads, churros and creamy Swiss chocolate.
A unique place, it resists the passage of time and is considered to be one of the most emblematic cafes in the history of Barcelona.
Another estate that keeps on standing generation after generation; a tunnel to the past, a trip to another time where its essence is held intact in a place that has changed little in the past 75 years. An establishment that well-served as a winery for 30 years; converted to a chocolate shop in 1941 by Juan Mach and Elvira Farràs.
A bakery, home of chocolate and churros, is a local historical pilgrimage where you can make a stop during the cold winter and delight you with a hot chocolate. Wooden tables, floor tiles, and historical pictures on the walls.
Another winter morning in Barcelona that we fight with a creamy hot chocolate to soak our gingerbread in before we devour the snack.
Many know this churro shop, but probably not by the name, but as the obligatory stop after a night of uncontrolled lust at Razzmatazz. A millennial churro stall in the busy Marina street that fascinates us, and is certainly one of our favorite places to enjoy some churros with chocolate.
José Argilés, the boss of this churro stall, has been in charge for almost 60 years. On the corner of Ademuz, it settled a few years ago in the city and since then has not stopped making these delicious churros with a lot of love.
A house of churros for all life, an icon in the city. This winter, churros J. Argilés!
You enter Casa Nova and you are surrounded by a sense of familiarity and nostalgia. The decor, the menu and the classic bar will make you feel you have been there your whole life.
Its owners, the brothers Sergi and José Luis, with the intention of recovering Barcelona 30 years ago, decided to open Casa Nova, a bar and tapas restaurant strategically located in the hear of the El Born district.
Here you can enjoy some delicious churros with chocolate and put the finishing touch on a first-class lunch.
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Anel González