It's Churros Season in Valencia and Here's Where to Try Them

Enjoy some churros with chocolate at Horchateria Santa Catalina
Enjoy some churros with chocolate at Horchateria Santa Catalina | © Wikimedia Commons

If you’re visiting Valencia in spring, you’ve got the perfect excuse to indulge in some of the famous Spanish churros with chocolate. Early spring, especially the time around Las Fallas, is traditionally the time for eating tons of these sinful, sugary snacks. But they can be enjoyed all year round, so here’s our pick of places to get your fix of hot, chocolatey Spanish pastries.

1. Horchatería Santa Catalina

Cafe, European

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This famous central café in the Ciutat Vella (Old City) area is well known as being the place to go for churros with chocolate, other pastries, the local drink horchata, or just a coffee on your first trip to Valencia. The traditional, folksy tiled décor is almost as big a draw as the rich, melted chocolate, and stepping through the door is like stepping back in time.

2. Horchateria Fabian

Cafe, Spanish, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Bunuelos with sugar are a traditional Valencian snack during Las Fallas
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This unassuming little place has a reputation for frying up some of the best buñuelos in the city. Brave the queues during Las Fallas to grab a bag of a dozen or half-dozen with sugar or chocolate, or stop by at other times of year to enjoy the pastries as well as the horchata, a popular local cold drink made of tiger nut.

3. Chocolateria Valor

Cafe, Candy Store, Dessert Shop, Spanish, Dessert, Pastries, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea

This well-known chain of cafés has a branch in Valencia’s Placa de la Reina, not far from the cathedral, which makes it perfect for a quick stop while sightseeing. It has a reputation for serving up good quality churros and chocolate, plus coffee, tea and all kinds of chocolatey treats. Grab a table outside next to the busy square and enjoy the atmosphere while you sample the churros.

4. Buñolería El Contraste

Bakery, Spanish, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan

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You can try both churros and buñuelos all year round at this family-owned spot in the trendy Ruzafa neighborhood. Several generations have perfected the recipes for all kinds of sweet, fried snacks, made with pumpkin, squash, sweet potato and more, as well as a particularly good version of churros and chocolate.

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