This blog post was originally posted on October 18, 2018 and was updated on October 6, 2020.
You can’t leave San Sebastian—or Spain in general—without trying churros at least once. (We don’t make the rules.)
But when you do head out in search of churros in San Sebastian, make sure you get the good stuff. Read on to learn where to go and how to enjoy your churros like a local—accompanying cup of hot chocolate optional (but highly encouraged).
When to eat churros in San Sebastian
Is there any better way to start your day than sitting down to a relaxed breakfast of piping hot, crispy churros and thick, rich hot chocolate? We think not, and many locals feel the same. That’s why you’ll often find people eating churros in San Sebastian for breakfast.
But not everyone is a morning person, and we get that. Luckily, if you slept in or went with a savory option for your morning meal, you have another chance to eat churros in San Sebastian. Many locals also enjoy them at merienda, or the midafternoon snack around 6 p.m.
And of course, if you’re up for indulging in Spain’s famous late-night party culture, you’ll also be able to take part in the tradition of late-night churros on your way home.
There’s one place that you should never find churros in Spain, and that is on a dessert menu. If you do find churros listed there, run—you’re likely at a tourist trap.
Finally, while churros are not as widespread here in San Sebastian as they are in other parts of Spain, that just means that the ones you do find are sure to be unforgettable. Indulge in some of the best churros in San Sebastian at one of these lovely cafes—your tastebuds will thank you.
Where to eat churros in San Sebastian
Churrería Santa Lucia: The old-school favorite
We can’t talk about the best churros in San Sebastian without mentioning an age-old favorite for the sweet treats: Churrería Santa Lucia (Portu Kalea, 6).
This place has been serving up perfect churros con chocolate for more than 60 years, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. If you don’t believe us, just ask any of the dozens of cultural icons who have stopped by over the years (like Barbra Streisand, for example).
Despite the star-studded clientele, however, the place still remains true to its humble roots with its humble vintage interior and freshly made breakfast treats. We’re sure it will continue to be a local favorite for decades to come.
La Madame: The modern hotspot
What type of place is La Madame? It’s hard to sum up concisely.
As a contemporary international restaurant, sleek cocktail bar and trendy brunch hotspot, the popular locale offers something for just about everyone. But let’s go back to that third point: their famous three-course brunch menu. It offers a delectable choice between several savory and sweet options—among them, some of the best churros in San Sebastian.
The churros themselves are lightly fried—not at all greasy or oily—with a light dusting of sugar. They’re perfect on their own, but also taste perfect when dipped into the simple yet delicious chocolate sauce. Treat yourself!
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.