We love ice cream, it’s actually one of our favourite treats, particularly because it comes in so many different flavours. To show our support for local businesses in our city, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots for ice cream in Barcelona. These are all places that we’ve been to ourselves and love. From Italian-style gelaterias to flavours created by Michelin-Starred chefs.
This spot is known throughout the city as being the best of the best when it comes to ice cream in Barcelona. They’re so popular in fact that there’s often a long queue down the street just to buy one of their ice creams. DelaCrem is located on Carrer d’Enric Granados, one of the prettiest streets in the city, lined with colourful architecture, palm trees and hip cafes. The shop produces Italian artisanal style ice cream made from fresh raw ingredients. All of the flavours contain no gluten and all are low in fat compared with other ice creams. They also offer several sorbets, which are all vegan.
Gocce di Latte
Occupying an enviable position on the edge of El Born, just before you reach the port area, Gocce di Latte is a great spot to grab an ice cream in Barcelona en route to the water. They are best known for their adventurous flavour combinations such as date, cardamom and orange or ginger, cinnamon and pear. They also do several vegan flavours made with rice milk such as almond and orange, coconut and turmeric or avocado and lime.
Swiit Ice Cream
Owned by international couple Tracey and Giovanni, Swiit offers Italian style gelato made from organic milk. The ice creams come in much-loved flavours such as Oreo, mint choc chip and rum and raisin. They also do a couple more unusual flavours like mascarpone and fig, and ginger pear. The shop is located in the trendy El Born neighbourhood and offers a rustic, yet chic interior, where you can enjoy your ice cream, as well as coffees and other nibbles.
Gelaaati Di Marco
Without a doubt, Gelaaati Di Marco is one of the most famous places for ice cream in Barcelona. Located just off Plaza Jaume I in the centre of the Gothic Quarter. The serves all wear cute black and white uniforms with mini bowler hats and there’s often flashing disco lights and music. Gimmicks aside, however, their gelato is the real Italian deal and looks amazing, topped with pieces of fruit, chocolate, nuts or other treats. Opt for one of the classic Italian flavours such as hazelnut, ricotta or pistachios that come all the way from Sicily.
Rocambolsec is the brainchild of Jordi Roca, the youngest of the Roca brothers who run two-time World’s Best Restaurant winner El Celler de Can Roca. His small chain of ice cream shops are now in Barcelona, Girona, Madrid and Alicante. Like a wonderous Willy-Wonkaesque factory, they’re filled with colourful contraptions and delights for the eyes. Ice cream flavours are inspired by the desserts he creates at the Michelin-Starred restaurant and include things like dulce de leche with guava jam and topped with candy floss or coconut with strawberry pieces, honeycomb and a violet-flavoured marshmallow. They also make panets – toasted brioche buns filled with your favourite flavour of ice cream, and a perfect excuse to eat ice cream in winter too.
Deliziosa Gelateria Italiana
This Barcelona ice cream spot sits under the radar compared with many of others in the city, but it shouldn’t do because it serves good quality ice cream with real authentic flavours. We’re obviously not the only ones who think it’s good, because they now have two other branches, as well as their tiny shop in El Born – one in Gracia and one in Barceloneta. They make low-fat Italian-style gelatos made from 100% natural ingredients.