A churro is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America and the Southwestern United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin (and sometimes knotted) or long and thick. They are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in champurrado or café con leche. The dough is a mixture of flour, water and salt. Some versions are made of potato dough.
Churros are fried until they become crunchy, and may be sprinkled with sugar. The surface of a churro is ridged due to having been piped from a churrera, a syringe with a star-shaped nozzle. Churros are generally prisms in shape, and may be straight, curled or spirally twisted. In Madrid there's also a thicker version of Churros called Porras. These are more puffy, but delicious.
In Spain churros are available in most cafes for breakfast, although they may be eaten throughout the day as a snack. Specialized churrerías can be found in the form of a shop or a trailer during the holiday period. The best part of the whole thing is that you dip these deep fried pieces of heaven in a thick chocolate sauce. In Madrid you will find that your Churros will always come with a saucer of warm delicious chocolat for dipping your churros or porras.
We walked around Madrid to hunt down the best Churrerias. We tried quite a few places and here are the ones we liked the best:
Chocolateria San Ginés: Probably the most historic churros joint in Madrid. This place has been visited by pretty much every celebrity the last century. Go here for your churros and chocolate - a must in Madrid. This place is huge and quite crowded. It's probably the most well known and most frequented place in Madrid. They are open 24/7 every day of the week so you can always go here to satisfy your craving for churros.
Chocolat: Less touristy than San Ginés - this is more of a local Churreria. This place is absolutely amazing. We tried both the Churros and the Porras here and we both agreed that the Porras here were the best - actually the best we had in Madrid. The owner is really nice and friendly and makes you feel like a local.
Chocolaterías Valor: This is one of the oldest chocolaterías in Madrid. The cool thing about this place is that it offers a wide selection of melted chocolates for dipping (most places just have one kind). One of the things on the menu is a selection of 4 different dipping chocolates which spans from light chocolat to very intense dark chocolate. Great thing to try when visiting Madrid.
La Antigua Churrería: La Antigua Churrería is popular for its great prices. This chain has four stores in Madrid. The first shop was opened in 1913 and since that moment they've been serving up finger-licking-good churros.