Churros, or Xurros in Catalan, are pastries made of fried dough. The dough consists of flour, water and salt. Nothing more, nothing less. Being fried in oil, they are quite filling. But oh so delicious!
While originating in Spain and Portugal, Churros are also popular in France and in a lot of Latin American countries. There are slight variations of the Churro, depending on the country or region. Some are straight, some are spiral shaped, some thicker, some thinner, some are filled and some have a topping.
In Barcelona you can find Xurrerias, little street stalls and shops where you can buy Churros wrapped in paper with sugar sprinkled over the top. And then, there is “Churros con Chocolate”. This is another and very indulgent way of eating your Churros. When you order Churros con Chocolate, you will get a cup of hot chocolate. But it is probably quite different to what you are used to. This hot chocolate is so thick that you cannot just sip it. You rather eat it with a teaspoon, much like custard. The chocolate is served with a few Churros, which you dip into the hot chocolate. And let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a sweet, fried pastry dipped in this thick chocolaty creation. The other great thing about Churros con Chocolate is that you can order it all day long. It could be your breakfast, but also your afternoon snack.
On a particularly chilly and grey Sunday afternoon we decided it was the perfect day for Churros. When we arrived in Carrer Petritxol, in the Barrio Gótico or Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, we found out that we were not the only ones with this idea. We stood in line at the popular “Granja La Pallaresa” between two big families with yelling children. After a few minutes we decided to call it a day and we walked down the street when we saw that the other bar “Granja Dulcinea” had no line out the door! Score! And we were just in time. After we had found an empty table, the bar quickly filled up with local families and little groups of friends. The young waiters were very attentive and fast. Dressed in black and white and sporting hipster beards and hairstyles, they looked just right in this old and beautifully decorated bar. Dark wood, white walls and Spanish floor tiles have to be the perfect decor for an indulgent Sunday afternoon. The “Churros con Chocolate” were exactly what we wanted; warming, filling and full of flavour. The chocolate is not too sweet and neither are the Churros. Even if you don’t have a massive sweet tooth, you can still enjoy this snack.
So if you need a little energy boost during your stay in Barcelona, do go to Carrer de Petritxol and visit one of these two great cafés.
If you just want to try some delicious Churros but are not too keen on chocolate, visit Churrería Manuel San Román in Carrer dels Banys Nous. This Churrería opened in 1968 and is still going strong. The owner and his son make the best Churros in Barcelona, using the right flour, good oil and the perfect frying temperature. They even supply Churros to the cafés that serve them with chocolate, like “La Pallaresa” and “Dulcinea”.
Granja La Pallaresa: Carrer de Petritxol, 11
Granja Dulcinea: Carrer de Petritxol, 2
Churrería Manuel San Román: Carrer dels Banys Nous, 8