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Barcelona's best ice cream

We take on the sweet mission of searching for the best ice cream in Barcelona so you can discover and devour them yourself

By Ricard Martín
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Don't give up searching for relaxing outdoor oases, like beaches, parks and terraces, and bars where you can quench your thirst, but also don't forget another tempting way to cool off in the warmer months (or enjoy a tasty treat anytime) is with our selection of the best ice cream in Barcelona. They're original, and from a variety of different origins, but they all have one thing in common – they're delicious!

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Manna
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Mannà Gelats

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours El Gòtic

This artisan ice cream parlour specialises in ice cream made with tropical fruit: its owners are from Venezuela, and you can try flavours made with exotic fruit you might not be used to, but they are and only too happy to share, such as guava, cherimoya and soursop. The owners learned their ice-cream making in Italy, and all their ice cream is made by them. There are specialities that are pure gluttony, like the Madagascar chocolate cake with passion fruit. If you're a fan of peanut butter, ask if they've made any that day; and the pistachio is the best you'll ever have. Their waffles are also good, and home-made with quality butter. They're open all year.

Delacrem
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Delacrem

Restaurants L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

Massimo Pignata left his native Italy to open this artisanal ice cream shop in l’Eixample. His ice cream is made with pure, 100% natural ingredients, just like his Piedmontese grandparents would’ve wanted. If you prefer hot refreshments, try the coffee with one of the day's sweet treats, prepared by Massimo himself.

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Belgious

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Sant Martí

With over 30 flavours, this ice cream parlour claims to make its ice creams using only the finest ingredients: the mango flavour is made using mangos from Goa, and the pistachio from Iranian pistachios. They call them high-definition ice creams, because they are so compact and filling. They even have a cannabis ice cream.

Shanti Gelato

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Here's an ice cream parlour run by Argentinian couple Daniel and Julieta, who have found their place in the world in Barcelona making artisan ice creams. Their sorbets are made with seasonal fruit from the Boqueria market, fresh on the day, and you can choose from among flavours such as peach, grapefruit, fig, cherry, green apple and kiwi. Ice creams are made with cream, fresh milk and sugar. In addition to some of their surprising flavours – red wine ice cream! mojito sorbet! – they have offerings from their bakery for vegans (brownies, muffins, cakes...) and they have ice creams made with rice milk for anyone who's lactose intolerant, as well as plenty for celiacs and others who are gluten-free.

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Arcobaleno Gelats

Curiously, there's another engineer/ice cream maker who deserves a mention in this list: Italian Alex Avamini opened Arcobaleno and earned a reputation as an artisan ice cream maker. There is no actual shop you can visit, but they supply top material – with organic certification from the Italian Insituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale – to establishments throughout the metropolitan area. If you see ice cream with the Arcobaleno label, order without reserve. May we recommend the cookie flavour with apricot?

Kakigori

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours

Japanese ice cream is called 'kakigori': some would say it's more like a slush, but it's not. It's actually shaved ice (and so called in English, as you might know) bathed in flavoured syrups. When you say it like that, it might not seem like much, but the ones you'll get at Kakigori in Gràcia aren't your everyday shaved ice delights. The ice is made with mineral water, so it's healthier, and between each layer of ice they add whatever flavour syrup you want: the most popular are ginger and lemon, and chocolate and strawberry. The result is very refreshing, and there's no lactose, preservatives or dyes. The shop is owned by Martin Kunz, an Austrian who lived for a decade in Japan and brought back his own kakigori machine.

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Bodevici

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Gràcia

Bedevici continues to grow across Catalonia: they've opened a shop in the town of Vallirana, and they sell their product in the Veritas shop on Via Laietana in Barcelona. They're the first shop in all of Spain to sell 100 percent organic ice creams – certified by the Catalan Council of Ecological Agricultural Production – and all are gluten-free. They also keep their customers with diabetes in mind with a sweet yet sugar-free 'orxata' (tigernut-based drink) that's made with Stevia. Among some of their seasonal flavours, ice cream maker and engineer Jordi Rivera highlights the fig biscuit and then Reus hazelnut with an intense taste. And Bedevici's ice creams pass the true test: they don't make you thirsty.

Vioko
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Vioko

Shopping La Barceloneta

With an interior design that looks more like a clothes shop than an exclusive ice cream parlour, Vioko has more than 50 flavours of ice cream, some of them truly amazing. In winter they also serve chocolate delicacies and patisserie.

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La Heladeria Mexicana

Shopping La Barceloneta

This, the only Mexican ice cream parlour in Spain, is dedicated to the production of home-made ice creams. This is essentially sorbets made from fruit and water, no dairy involved – with exotic fruits such as the soursop. The house speciality has to be their spicy ice creams, including one made from mango and chamoy, a type of caramelised chilli – quite a challenge! They also serve typical Mexican pastries.

Gelaaati di Marco

Restaurants El Gòtic

Possibly one of the best Italian ice cream shops in the city. They have a huge variety of flavours, and all of their products, including the Sicilian cannoli (€3 each) are prepared with natural ingredients and no artificial colouring or preservatives. It’s paradise for lovers of healthy treats. Viva Italia!

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Xococake
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Xococake

Restaurants Pâtisseries Vila de Gràcia

Chocolate fanatics, pay close attention: chocolate magic man Albert Badia of Xococake has incorporated into his shop an ice cream selection with ten different chocolate flavours. The idea is that adding bonbons to the ice cream respects the flavour intensity along with a chocolate base. Try the passion fruit with white chocolate. Or Badia's favourite, the Guanaja dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa): the lush flavours make your mouth feel like it's gone on holiday to the Caribbean. The cocoa they use for the ice creams is the same that they cover their bonbons with, and it's straight out of a dream.

Biscuiter
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Biscuiter

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Ciutat Vella

The name of Bruno Balbás's ice cream parlour is a reminder of 'Spain in the 1960s, where it seemed like you could do anything with very little'. The original idea was to sell cut ice cream, like a ice cream sandwich, but in the end he decided to have some 20 flavours of high-quality artisan ice cream, made by a master in nearby Gavà. What are customer favourites? The caramel, the Belgian chocolate, and the Smurf. None of them, by the way, have artificial colouring.

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L'Eivissenca

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours

The jewel in the crown of Plaça Eivissa isn't in any bar or restaurant, but the ice cream parlour L'Eivissenca. It's not only because of its scrumptuous ice creams or the tasty 'orxata' (popular drink made from tiger nut), but for their amazing 'granizado de pomada'. What's that? It's a crushed-ice drink made of Mallorcan gin and lemonade. Quite the sinful treat. And a great reason to get to the barrio of Horta.

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