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Cheap and Chocolaty: The Best Churros in Barcelona

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Every city should have a can’t-miss delicacy served up at some simplistic bar: filled with locals and trolled by camera-clenching tourists.

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 fresh out of the fryer.

Let’s find out where we can sample the best churros in Barcelona.

Where to Find Churros in Barcelona

Yes, you’ll find them nearly everywhere but don’t fall for cheap imitations.

For the best churros in Barcelona you need to head to Calle Petrixol, found between the metro stops Liceu and Catalunya just off the famous La Rambla in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

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

Area: El Gotico | Carrer de Petritxol 11 | Metro: Liceu (green line L3) | Website

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.

Granja Dulcinea

Area: El Gotico | Carrer de Petritxol 2 | Metro: Liceu (green line L3) | Website

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.

Careful! They take a long siesta from 1 pm to 5 pm (closed Christmas and August)

Xurreria Dels Banys Nous

Area: El Gotico | Carrer dels Banys Nous 8 | Metro: Liceu (green line L3) | Website

You wouldn’t know if from its minimalist decor but the here the chewy deliciousness is real! The made to order churros here are nothing short of genius.

Most locals get these cheap (less than €3.50) churros to go in paper cone since the bar is always packed. You can also up the ante by going for one of the king-sized Nutella or cream filled ones which will only set you back a couple of euros.

Comaxurros: The Fried Community

Area: El Born | Carrer de Muntaner 562 | Metro: Vallcarca (green line L3) | Website

The best hot chocolate and churros in Barcelona don’t have to come out of a fry basket that has been in use since 1872. The modern takes on this classic at Comaxurros are proof.

Here you find slick contemporary decor, a children’s play area, cooking workshops, and adventurous renditions including jamon serrano or even anchovies.

Don’t worry though: they’ve still got the classic chocolate ones.

Churrería Laietana

Area: El Born | Via Laietana 46 | Metro: Jaume I (yellow line L4) | Website

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.

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Xurreria Trèbol

Area: Gracia | Carrer de Corsega 341 | Metro: Diagonal (various) | Website

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.

A big bonus here is that on weekends after your night out at the bars it’s open super late! Try the hotdog churro for a savory hangover solution.

Looking for churros near Sagrada Familia? This is your best price-quality ratio option.

Xurreria San Román

Area: Eixample | Carrer Consell de Cent 211 | Metro: Urgell (red line L1) | Website

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.

Forn d’En Pau

Area: Eixample | Carrer de Calabria 23 | Metro: Poble Sec (green line L3) | Website

A great place for a snack or breakfast smack dab in the Poble Sec neighbourhood. The churros here are fresh and the coffee is about as good as it gets as well.

One of the benefits of this churros place is that there are even little tables outside so you can enjoy some of the sunshine and fresh air on an easy weekend afternoon. The sandwiches are also top here if you need something savory – and the WiFi is quick!

La Nena

Area: Gracia | Carrer de Ramon i Cajal 35 | Metro: Joanic (yellow line L4) | Website

Here’s a must in Barcelona’s most chic and local neighbourhood – the chocolatiers here make arguably the best chocolate topping for your churros in Barcelona.

You’ll also be able to grab yourself some homemade cakes, crepes, biscotti, and sandwiches all the while playing any of the classic board games available to customers.

The top churros choice for visiting Barcelona with kids.

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.

Try Me for More Valuable Barcelona Information

Yes, I’ve hit you with a list of the best churros in Barcelona but maybe I missed something? If you’ve got any questions about eating your way through the city or any of the tourist attractions I am here to help in the comments below!

Also don’t be afraid to join the Barcelona churros discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, chat with fellow travelers, and more – anything goes!

Happy dunking 🙂

10 comments
  • January 5, 2020 at 5:16 am
    Valerie Jablonski
    I was in Barcelona chaperoning a high school group about 12 years ago. The local guide took us for churros con chocolate where the tables were downstairs in a grotto or perhaps an old wine cave. Does that ring any bells with you? I would like to go back to it. Our hotel was just off La Rambla and we walked there in the evening.
    • January 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Valerie, This description unfortunately does not ring a bell :( If it's near La Rambla though it'd be a good bet to walk over to Calle Petrixol and see if by chance one of the ones there is the one you remember. In the meantime I'll ask around to see if anybody knows! Cheers, Ash
  • March 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    Praj
    hi there, could you do a post of the best barcelona desserts.
    • March 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Praj, This is a great idea! I will put it on the list :)
  • March 4, 2019 at 3:35 am
    Kristin
    Hi - We are staying at H10 Cubik. Best churros, taoas, dinner and drinks?
    • March 4, 2019 at 11:15 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello! Walking distance (up to 25 minutes) from you I'd say: Churros - La Granja Pallaresa Tapas - Ciudad Condal, Elsa and Fred Dinner - El Nacional, Bodega Joan Drinks - Paradiso, Harlem Jazz Club, Bar Oviso Ash
  • October 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    shelly
    Hi Ash, Do the churro places you mention here as well as other places such as the markets or small boutiques accept credit cards for small purchase amounts? I prefer using a credit card but don't want to limit spontaneous small purchases. I'm wondering how much cash to have on hand when we're there. Thanks!
    • October 9, 2018 at 5:37 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Shelly, I can't comment on every individual place from my own memory but the rule of thumb is most places take card… but it's still best to have a bit of cash on hand especially for small purposes. Some of the real mum n' pop shops still opérate cash only so best to have some just in case. Ash
  • December 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    Alexandra
    Hello, please can you tell me the best Churros place that is closest to Camp Nou? Thank you!
    • December 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Alexandra, On this list the closest to Camp Nou would be Xurreria San Roman. For the ultimate closeness to Camp Nou there is also Churreria Chocolateria Fernandez. I haven't been but the ratings are very good. Hope this points you in the right direction :) Ash
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