Eating local foods is one of the most enjoyable parts of traveling. I can almost say, it’s our top favorite thing to do! Doing so usually involves fun urban investigation and rubbing elbows with locals, other favorites for us when we visit new places.
A lot of time we venture off the beaten path in search of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries that locals love. Sometimes we’ll consult travel review sites, or local restaurant reviews on sites like Yelp to help us locate tried and tested options.
But we find, a more reliable source for intel on goods eats in the places we visit involves going for a walk off the tourist trail, keeping our eyes open for packed restaurants and tiny hole in the wall places with lines of locals clamoring to get a bite. Those places never disappoint.
We love authentic Mexican food, love, love it! Finding two specific specialties has been a priority for us right off the bat while visiting Guanajuato, Mexico locally loved tacos el pastor and a tasty sweet treat we fell in love with when we visited Spain, CHURROS!!
It was extremely easy to find the tacos, we have a delicious little taqueria just steps from our Airbnb. Finding the churros involved a bit more searching and a lot more steps, 362 stairs down to old town for starters!
To be totally honest, we did a little Googling to find the best churros in Guanajuato. The day we went hunting for them was Mak’s birthday! So we didn’t want to waste any time getting lost, although most times we look at getting lost as a good thing. On this day we had plans to see and eat a lot!
But, in trying to keep with our more adventurous approach to finding tasty treasures on foot; and because I was doing the research (I never seem to get enough information on how to find places we plan to visit), I only noted the name of the place to find the churros and took a quick glance at Google street view to see its location and that was it. No address, just a general idea for direction and we were off, down, down, down, those steps to old town Guanajuato.
Our intended location at the onset of our expedition was a small leather shop Rob had procured a spiked leather cuff for Mak for his birthday. Our now 9 year old has become a lover of punk type style; Mohawk hair style, leather, spikes, and boots. I am happy to say he’s not interested in piercings and tattoos at this time!
On our way from the stairs heading toward the leather shop we entered a busy square. A quick survey of the area revealed a few buildings and public art pieces that looked familiar.
On further inspection, I realized the churro place was tucked into a small corner shop between two buildings across the street from us! We quickly amended our plans and bee lined to get a taste of not one of our international favorite sweets, but two together!
Tutti Gelati is a gelato and churro bar located at Sostenes Rocha 28, Zona Centro in Guanajuato. Garnering six, 5 star Google reviews at the time Tutti Gelati is is a newer business in the city. It looks as though there are more places to find excellent churros in Guanajuato but something about Tutti Gelati piqued my interest, the gelato!!
I'm allergic to wheat, so anytime I can find a gluten free sweet thing to eat I'm absolutely delighted. Rob and I visited Italy in 2006 and enjoyed eating a lot of really great gelato. Ice cream never tasted as good again in comparison. The thought of tasting gelato and churros together was almost irresistible!
Walking into Tutti Gelati we knew we were in for something special. They offered a variety of delicious, beautiful looking gelato and sorbet flavors. We didn't waste any time trying every flavor they had!
The extremely generous staff encouraged us to sample every gelato and sorbet they had, (as many as we wanted!). They chatted with us explaining the various ways they could serve up the cold deliciousness.
Their gelato is made from 100% natural ingredients, no dyes, artificial flavors or gluten! An authentic taste of Italy in lovely Guanjuato. We ordered gelato; Ferro Roche Chocolate for Rob, Chai tea for me , and Lemon Pie for Mak. The flavors were so intense!!
The gelato is one of the things that makes this shop unique. The fresh churros they make to order are what really sets them apart.
Tutti Gelati makes churros a few different ways right on the spot, fresh. The options include churro bowls that you can fill with their delicious gelato or sorbet (that's what Rob and Mak had), and straight churros plain, or stuffed covered in sugar and flavored to your liking.
Rob and Mak thought the churros were amazing! Made even better by the gelato and chocolate sauce they added to their tasty crispy bowls.
The flavors of gelato and sorbet change regularly, another excuse for us to visit again. We're so glad we found them early in our trip!
Have you visited Guanajuato, Mexico? If so where are your favorite places to eat churros, or tacos, or anything really, really good? Please share your findings in the comments below!
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