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.
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 having some of Barcelona’s best cafes and is the spot for churros in Barcelona.
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The Best Churros in Barcelona
La Granja Pallaresa
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.
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.
Xurreria Dels Banys Nous
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
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.
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.
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 Barcelona’s best 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
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) |
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!
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.
Still Looking for Places with the Best Churros in Barcelona?
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 🙂