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Chocolate is one of the basic food groups in Spain next to ham and wine. For the best chocolate in Madrid, our guest expert, Lauren Aloise, has the best Scoop. She owns Madrid Food Tour and she and her team conduct excellent culinary tours in Madrid.
By Lauren Aloise
Don’t you dare think of dieting when visiting Madrid– resisting the delicious eateries of the Spanish capital would be a crime! In addition to savory tapas and flaky pastries, Madrid also has a long tradition of some of the best chocolate shops in the country. Take a look at five of the shops a true chocolate lover can’t miss in Madrid:
1. Chocolatería San Gines
This is the place to have churros and chocolate in Madrid. Open 24 hours a day, you are guaranteed that your churros will be always hot and crispy and that the chocolate is always freshly made. We aren’t talking about cocoa powder and milk. At San Gines the chocolate is thick and rich– many people eat it with a spoon. Perfect for dipping and drinking alike, get your fix any time of day.
2. Cacao Sampaka
Possibly the most famous chocolate shop in Madrid, one of Madrid’s most tempting shops sells only the best quality chocolates, using authentic cocoa and no preservatives. Visit their shop for one of their melt-in-your-mouth truffles, or take home a chocolate bar or two for the perfect gift.
3. Chocolaterías Valor
Valor has been making chocolate in Spain since 1881 and it is safe to say that they know what they are doing! Although now a popular franchise, their quality has stayed the same and their cafés and shops are to taste thick Spanish drinking chocolate or buy a special bar to be able to make chocolate a la taza at home.
4. Moulin Chocolat
For beautiful (and delicious) artisan truffles and bonbons, Moulin Chocolat has you covered. Located only steps away from Madrid’s Puerta de Alcalá and Retiro Park, this shop is ideal for buying some truffles and continuing your tour of the city.
5. La Mallorquina
People line up daily at La Mallorquina for one reason: their neopolitanas. This Spanish pastry has the flaky texture of a croissant and is filled with rich and creamy chocolate. The famous bakery, located in a corner of the Puerta del Sol, is so busy that you are almost guaranteed to buy your neopolitana still warm. Take it to go, or head upstairs to their tea room for a view of the city.
If you are a chocolate lover, Madrid won’t disappoint. From its many chocolate shops to the world’s most famous hot chocolates, don’t miss these stops when visiting Madrid.
Originally from small-town Massachusetts, Lauren always planned on trading cold,rural winters for the buzz of a big city. Currently going on her fourth year under the Spanish sun, she lives happily in busy Madrid where she runs Madrid Food Tour and writes about travel and expat life at Spanish Sabores. She appreciates fantastic cuisine and the high quality ingredients found in any Spanish kitchen, and when not writing is surely out for a tapa and a glass of Spanish wine.