After the suckling pig lunch at the world’s oldest restaurant, we went for dessert. High on our list of stuff to eat in Madrid is churros and hot chocolate. Yeah, we had eaten that several times already for the past two weeks but visiting this one restaurant is gonna be different. This time we are going to the restaurant that is regarded as the best.
Central Madrid is not very big. We could walk to most of the places. So we walked to look for the restaurant. I knew it was along Calle Arenal which is just minutes from our hotel. This is one of the many busy pedestrian malls radiating from Puerta del Sol which is the center of Madrid.
We walked up and down this street three times and could not locate a place called Chocolaterier St Gines.
It was only the third time on this street that we finally spotted a lighted sign with that name. All the while we thought it was going to be on Calle Arenal but it was not. It was on a side street and if we did not look hard enough we would not have noticed at all.
I love that place. It is hard to believe that this restaurant had been around for the past 120 years. The place looked like the same as it was back when it opened. The place does look upscale and definitely very clean and bright which is accentuated by the mirrors and waiters in white shirts and gelled hair.
See the big shiny copper pot in the picture above? That is where the hot chocolate is dispensed from.
Gosh, this place reeks of sugar and sweetness that I can virtually feel it.
They do have other things but every table we saw had churros and hot chocolate.
We are here for that only. So we said to the waiter that we wanted churros and hot chocolate but he asked us … (more…)