When it’s hot, cooling off will be pretty high on your list of priorities. What better way to do that than with ice cream?
Paral-lelo: one of the best ice cream places in Barcelona
Let’s start our roundup with a great address located in a pretty street in the district of Gràcia.
Paral-lelo is the (parallel) world of 4 passionate Italian friends who offer their customers in Barcelona delicious ice cream 100% artisanal and mostly organic and km 0.
In their shop-workshop, traditional scents such as chocolate, pistachio or hazelnut (the latter two with vegan option)… share the spotlight with more original flavors such as lemon-ginger, pineapple-basil, peach-cava or melon-mint. Yummy!
The little plus that makes the difference
Here, creativity is in the spotlight and Paral-lelo is also widely known for its tasty salted ice cream (parmesan, goat cheese or gorgonzola are just a few of them). Lovers of inventive recipes will be delighted as these original flavors add a creative touch to the kitchen.
Why? For its original and seasonal flavours
How much? About 4 euros: a pot of average size
When? Sunday-Thursday from 2pm to 9pm, Friday-Saturday from 12:15pm to 11pm
Where? Seneca, 18; quartier de Gràcia, metro: Diagonal
Oggi: authentic and quality Italian ice cream
To be honest, we discovered the delicious ice cream Oggi during a stay in Bologna. We loved the artisanal flavors.
When we returned to Barcelona, we found out that this famous brand had also had the great idea to open a shop in Barcelona, such a good new!
The ice creams of Barcelona do not have much to envy to those of Bologna and for good reason: every morning, the glaciers of Oggi Barcelona elaborate their ice creams and sorbets with the same good recipes.
The wide variety of their ingredients also makes it possible to create daily between 20 and 25 different flavours. Even the lactose intolerant and the vegans will enjoy!
Why? For its balanced flavors
How much? About 4 euros
Where? Carrer Comtal, 15 (Gòtic) metro: Urquinaona (L4)
Ice cream in Barcelona: Gelaaati! Di Marco
The ice cream at Gelaaati! is made on the day, in the Italian style, using carefully-selected fresh products. Fans of artisan ice cream will simply melt with pleasure from the first mouthful.
In addition to being utterly delicious, the range of flavours on offer includes some rather unexpected options: banana split, mojito, chocolate and chilli (fantastic), chocolate and parmesan, chai tea… and even marijuana! The strawberry sorbet is to die for, as are the Catalan creme caramel and cheesecake ice creams.
- There are several gluten-free and lactose-free options, so everybody should be able to find a cool, sweet treat to suit!
For the original flavours
How much? Around €4 for a medium-sized pot (as shown above)
When? Monday – Sunday, 10am-midnight
Where? Llibretería 7 (Gòtic) métro: Jaume I (L4)
Sirvent: a catalan ice cream shop
Sirvent is more than a simple ice cream shop: it’s a true haven of Catalan authenticity. This little establishment is also famous for its horchatas. On arrival, take a ticket and enjoy a spot of people-watching whilst you wait your turn!
The ice creams on sale are richly flavoured with a range of typical Catalan tastes, including hazelnut and Catalan creme caramel. We tried the turron de xixona ice cream: delicious!
Why? For its authentic ambiance
How much? Around €2 for a cone with one scoop
Where? Parlament, 56 (Sant Antoni), metro Sant Antoni (L2)
Ice cream in Barcelona: DelaCrem
DelaCrem is a small, artisan ice cream shop on Carrer Enric Granados, next door to Brunch&Cake. Its delicious ice creams are created using a finely-honed process, free from gluten and animal products. If you’re on a diet, note that the berry sorbets are also fat-free.
The variety of flavours on offer changes with the seasons, and there’s always more choice in summer: the price to pay for 100% artisan ice cream! Rest assured, however, that original and delicious options are available year-round.
Last time we visited, we were tempted by the mojito and grapefruit-mint options. But finally we went for something with more of a Spanish feel: touron and leche merengada (a culinary marvel made from milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon: try it!)
Why? For super-tasty, 100% vegan ice cream
How much? Around €2.50 for a small cone (like the one in the photo)
When? Monday – Thursday and Sundays, 9.30am-9.30pm / Fridays and Saturdays, 9.30am-12.30am
Where? Enric Granados, 15 (Eixample Esquerra), metro Universitat (L1, L2)