When you think of traditional Spanish food, churros likely come to mind. So naturally, you’ll want to know where you can find the best churros in Seville if you’ll be spending time in the Andalusia province.
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Churros in Madrid vs. Seville
Since you’re researching the best churros in Seville, you may have heard of- or eaten at- the famous Chocolatería San Ginés in Madrid.
Why am I bringing up a churro shop in Madrid, you ask?
After spending three weeks in Madrid and too many stops at Chocolatería San Ginés to count, I assumed I’d go through churro withdrawal when I arrived in Seville. On the contrary, I found Seville to be packed with delicious churro options.
Does Seville’s churros live up to the ones at Chocolatería San Ginés?
I’ll share my opinion with you at the end of this article.
In any case, you can pretty much bet I’m hitting the gym as you’re reading this!
Churros vs. Porras
Before I reveal the best churros in Seville, let’s establish some churro lingo. To a foreigner, you may assume a churro is a churro.
Not so, my friends.
The Spaniards have given two distinct names to their fried pastry.
“Churro” is the traditional, compact dough that most westerners think of. In Spain, they also have a version called “porra”, which is a blown-up version of a churro with a lot of extra air.
In Seville, it’s common for the word “papa” to be used instead of “porra”.
I’m no churro chef, but as far as I can tell, there’s about the same amount of dough used for both churros and porras. Personally, I prefer to eat my fried dough without so much air, but I digress.
How to order churros
While you can order a serving of churros without anything else, to do it the Spanish way, you should order your churros with chocolate or café.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you order chocolate you won’t be getting churros and a chocolate bar. Instead, you’ll get a cup of hot chocolate (oftentimes on the thicker side) to dunk your churros in.
You can also order coffee (café) instead of chocolate to dunk your churros in. However, the most traditional way for Spaniards to eat churros is with chocolate.
Lucky for me, since I’m not a coffee drinker (I saw that cringe!), this review of the best churros in Seville is based solely on the traditional churros and chocolate.
Best time to eat churros in Seville
Churros are the Spanish version of donuts. They’re a perfectly acceptable, sugar-packed breakfast.
In fact, outside of breakfast time and an afternoon snack, you may have trouble ordering churros. By late afternoon and evening, tapas are in full swing.
I’m about to get to my recommendations for the best churros in Seville, I promise. But if you want to sound like a local, here’s some Spanish churro vocab to help you out.
Chocolate con churros: Hot chocolate with churros.
Café con churros: Coffee with churros.
Una ración: A full portion (Beware, portions are huge in Spain!)
Media ración: A half portion.
Para tomar: Literally meaning “to drink” in Spanish, this is a colloquial word used in Spain to indicate “for here”. Use this if you want to eat at the churro shop.
Para llevar: To go / take away.
Best churros in Seville
Behold, below are eight cafes where you can find some of the best churros in Seville. I did a lot of churro tasting for this article and these are the places I felt deserved to be on this list. Did I mention that I’m likely at the gym while you’re reading this? 🙃
1. Bar El Comercio
Located on a quaint street in the historical center, Bar El Comercio offers the best of both worlds- some of the best churros in Seville and the decor of a traditional tapas bar.
Bar El Comercio was founded in 1904 and is famous for its chocolate con churros. In fact, they have a large churro on display at the entrance of the bar, enticing people to come inside. The very first photo at the top of this post was taken at Bar El Comercio.
Head to Bar El Comercio early in the morning if you want to hang with locals and have a chance to grab a spot at the bar. There isn’t outdoor seating, so the other option is to munch on take away churros while getting blissfully lost in Seville’s historic quarter.
Bar El Comercio has a barrier-free entrance. There’s only seating along the bar, which is out of reach for wheelchair users, so you’ll need to get your churros to go.
Bar El Comercio Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 9:00pm; Saturday 8:00am – 9:00pm; Closed on Sundays.
2. La Centuria
If you’re planning on visiting the Metropol Parasol, combining it with a churro stop at La Centuria is the perfect option. Located in Plaza de la Encarnación, you’ll get to enjoy your churros while having unbeatable views of the massive, wooden art structure.
Of course, the views aren’t the only reason to visit La Centuria; their churros are among the best in Seville.
La Centuria’s churros are porra style. Their hot chocolate is some of the thickest I encountered in Seville which, in my opinion, makes for the best churro dunking experience.
Unlike many of the churro shops listed here, La Centuria sells churros both in the morning and afternoon.
La Centuria has a barrier-free entry and wheelchair accessible seating both inside and outside.
La Centuria Hours: Monday – Saturday 6:45am – 9:30pm; Closed on Sundays.
3. Cafetería Bar El Pilar(s)
This is a two for one churro recommendation.
When I typed in “El Pilar” into my GPS, it took me to an El Pilar that was 1.5 miles away from the historical center. The location seemed off to me, but the churros were the best I had had in Seville up that point, so I didn’t argue it.
Until…I passed an El Pilar churro shop on my way to Plaza España.
Folks, if you hear someone mention how great the churros are at El Pilar, they’re probably talking about the tourist-oriented one behind Plaza España.
However, I have my GPS to thank for taking me to the local El Pilar on Calle Marqués de Nervión. The churros and hot chocolate were to die for.
The outdoor seating at both Bar El Pilars is wheelchair accessible.
4. La Calentería
Founded in 1860, there’s no doubt about it- La Calentería was designed to be, and continues to be, a churro shop.
La Calentería offers two kinds of churros- larger, airy porra-style ones that have almost a flakey texture, or dense, mini churros. On the quiet Monday morning when I visited, they gave me a few of both kinds for one price. It’s worth a shot to ask if you’d like to try both!
The hot chocolate was average and a normal consistency unlike some of the thicker hot chocolate at other churro shops.
One thing to keep in mind about La Calentería is that there’s very little outdoor seating and no indoor seating. In fact, only a few customers at a time can fit inside the shop to order.
However, La Calentería is located in the historic center, so there’s plenty of sightseeing to be had while eating your churros along the way.
La Calentería has a small ledge to get inside that’s manageable for most wheelchair users. The small amount of outdoor seating available is wheelchair accessible.
La Calentería Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 12:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 8:00am – 12:00pm.
5. Chocolatería Virgen de Luján
Tucked back in the district of Triana, Chocolatería Virgen de Luján is undeniably a churro cafe for locals.
The churro portions at Chocolatería Virgen de Luján were the biggest I came across- and that’s saying a lot, since all churro portions I had received seemed big up to that point.
You have the option to sit either at the bar or be waited on at a table.
In either case, Chocolatería Virgen de Luján has a laid-back, casual atmosphere. This is a great option to take a break from the crowds after exploring the more touristy part of Triana.
Wheelchair users will need to pass over an approximately 3-inch ledge to enter Chocolatería Virgen de Luján. The tables are accessible and the cafe is quite spacious.
Chocolatería Virgen de Luján Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:30am – 1:00pm & 4:30pm – 9:00pm.
6. Churrería Los Especiales
Churrería Los Especiales has a different feel than the other churro places discussed so far. This churro shop is in a small, round stand-alone structure along the Guadalquivir River.
There’s a good amount of outdoor seating, but make sure to let them know if you intend on eating there. Otherwise, you might automatically be given a to-go box as they did with me.
The churros at Churrería Los Especiales were sweeter than anywhere else I tried in Seville, thanks to a light coating of sugar they automatically cover them in. Yum!
The hot chocolate was also among the sweetest I tasted in Seville, so Churrería Los Especiales is undoubtedly the best fit for those with a sweet tooth.
You can order the compact, traditional churros or the larger porras. However, if you want to order chocolate con churros, you’ll automatically be given the porra churros.
I asked if I could switch them out with the smaller churros and was told I couldn’t, but I’ve heard that others have had better luck with this, so it might depend on who you speak to or the number of churros they have available.
The counter at Churrería Los Especiales is high for wheelchair users. Aside from that, this churro shop offers some of the best wheelchair accessibility, thanks to lots of open space and 100% accessible tables.
Churrería Los Especiales Hours: I didn’t see opening or closing times, nor are they available online. Given their location, it seems the hours of operation may vary according to the season and weather.
7. Cafetería Doña Carmen
You may think twice about stopping at Cafetería Doña Carmen when you’re exploring the historical center of Seville, for it has a more modern look than some of the other churro places we’ve talked about here.
However, Cafetería Doña Carmen is known for having some of the best churros in Seville.
For starters, unlike so many churros places, they offer the option to have either small churros or “papa” churros. Cafetería Doña Carmen’s churros and hot chocolate also have a different flavor than any other that I’ve tried in Seville.
Namely, less sugar.
If your sweet tooth is throwing a fit, I get it. While I firmly believe that Cafetería Doña Carmen deserves a place on this list, it wasn’t my personal favorite churro place in Seville.
Nonetheless, Cafetería Doña Carmen is a fantastic option for people who are looking for a churro that’s on the savory side. Based on the number of locals in the shop the day I visited, this is many!
Cafetería Doña Carmen offers good wheelchair accessibility, thanks to a ramp at the entrance and low-lying tables that aren’t tightly packed together. However, the door may be too narrow for larger wheelchairs.
Cafetería Doña Carmen Hours: Monday – Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday closed.
8. Bar Duque
Cafe Bar Duque offers the best churros in Seville for those looking to eat churros like a local without having to stray from the historical center.
This no-frills churro bar is just that- a place for churros, not porras.
Freshly made, these churros will melt in your mouth…unless they burn your tongue! As is the case with any churro place, make sure your churros are cool enough to eat before taking a big bite.
Wheelchair users can order churros from Bar Duque at the outdoor (hightop) bar. All tables are too high for wheelchair users, so it’s best to get your churros to go and eat them across the street in Plaza del Duque.
Churros in Seville vs. Chocolatería San Ginés
If you’ve already been to Madrid, this is the part you’ve surely been waiting for.
Is there a churro in Seville that matches- or even exceeds- the churros at the infamous Chocolatería San Ginés?
In my opinion, no.
The closest runner-up I encountered is the chocolate con churros at the local El Pilar churro shop outside Seville’s historical center. But even then, the hot chocolate didn’t have the same semi-sweet flavor or as thick of a texture. The churros also didn’t have the same crunch and uniquely Chocolatería San Ginés flavor.
Long story short, if you want to turn your quest for the best churros in Seville into a country-wide endeavor, put Chocolatería San Ginés on your list.
Conclusion: Best Churros in Seville
So, what’s your favorite? A churro or porra? Have you already “churro-ed” your way through Seville? If so, let me know your personal favorites and recommendations for the best churro shops that I should put on my list for the next time I’m in Seville.
Psst…Now that you’ve got your fill of churros, make sure to head over to our post on thirteen of the best tapas bars in Seville.
Also, make sure to work off those extra pounds you’ll be gaining in Spain with our tips on fifteen irresistible free things to do in Seville.