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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Booth

Chocolate 24/7

I’ve never had an obsession with waiters before, but seeing the speed and fluidity with which the staff at the San Gines Chocolateria moved, while balancing large trays piled high with churros and cups of hot chocolate, was a sight to behold. Open round the clock, seven days a week, this Madrid institution has been going since 1894. Churros and hot chocolate may be a Spanish custom but it’s a pairing that’s spread far and wide with visitors from around the world enjoying a cup of sweet, molten loveliness partnered with lengths of fried doughy deliciousness.

The constant stream of customers at San Gines made the waiters a difficult subject to photograph and after two hour-long attempts, I decided that I had spent enough time hanging around this historic eatery. Perhaps I’m chocolate crazy after all!

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