In Madrid, both churros and porras (the larger version of the churro, the famous deep-fried dough sticks) are a regular feature for breakfast. They are especially good when you have them with a cup of hot chocolate, although not all locals feel that it is mandatory. It is, however, for bars like La Austríaca, on Calle San Onofre, 3, (perpendicular to Fuencarral), where they serve the best value-for-money hot chocolate in the whole of Madrid. They serve you a full cup of it in its thick and creamy greatness. Make sure you try it.
A five-minute walk from there, in a more chic and sophisticated atmosphere, is Cacao Sampaka, which will fulfil the expectations of all chocolate lovers in any of its shapes or forms. In the shop, they sell many different kinds of cocoa in modern, clean and attractive wrappings that bring even more elegance to this adult pleasure. However, make sure you try its hot chocolate, either the Classic or the Azteco, the latter with a slight bitter twist, accompanied by some exquisite pastries. Find it on Calle Orellana, 4.