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Rocambolesc Gelateria – Amazing Ice Cream In Girona, Spain

Rocambolesc Gelateria serves cool ice cream in Girona, Spain with Willy Wonka style and Michelin star finesse.

Panettone Ice Cream at Rocambolesc in Girona Spain
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Candy canes, multicolored swirls and a wall of eccentricities greet you as you enter Jordi Roca’s ultra-chic and ultra-fun Rocambolesc Gelateria ice cream shop – ice pops made of Girona icons, candy bars with a design seemingly lifted from Willie Wonka and a flavor wall filled with a list that requires minutes of careful perusal.

This compact gelateria celebrates ice cream while elevating the simple dessert to a higher level. Decor aside, this shop is notable for the quality product worthy to carry the Roca name. In other words, a stop at Rocambolesc Gelateria is a must for any visit to Girona.

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Jordi Roca, the youngest brother and pastry chef in the clan responsible for the Michelin three-star powerhouse El Celler de Can Roca, runs the ice cream shop’s four locations when he’s not working at Cellar.

To do this, he utilizes the restaurant’s dessert team to create rich, smooth, flavorful soft serve ice cream and gourmet toppings that speak to the Roca brothers’ high level of gastronomy.

Liquid topping options like the multiple apple compotes and purées that top the baked apple ice cream are intensely defined yet balanced. Even the candy cookie toppings are elevated beyond typical ice cream shop varieties.

Yes, when you eat ice cream at Rocambolesc Gelateria, you are eating ice cream and toppings prepared by Michelin three-star pastry chefs!

What To Eat At Rocambolesc Gelateria

Rocambolesc Gelateria serves a selection of six flavors at any one time. Since pastry chefs make the ice cream with milk instead of cream, the resulting product has a lighter soft-serve texture.

But don’t think that quality is sacrificed with this approach. Our favorite ice creams, the baked apple and panettone, have a creamy texture, while the yogurt has a flavor profile that’s both bright and tart.

Toppings at Rocambolesc in Girona Spain
The unique toppings at Rocambolesc Gelateria are beautiful and colorful. You can pick your own or leave it to the server.

The real magic happens with the addition of the toppings. Although the shop allows customers to choose from 34 toppings, most people go for the suggested combinations.

It’s hard to imagine a better combination than baked apple ice cream topped with caramelized apples, baked apple and shortbread cookies unless it’s panettone ice cream topped with candied fruit, sugar pearls and dark chocolate (pictured above). Both are true feasts for the eyes and mouth.

Ice Cream with Candy Floss at Rocambolesc in Girona Spain
This sweet candy floss, also known as cotton candy, provides a sweet contrast to the tart yogurt. Plus it’s fun to eat and looks good for the camera.

Made to order in the shop, candy floss, known as cotton candy in North America, is the star topping. Eating a cone or cup with candy floss on top will make the most sophisticated adult feel like a kid at the circus. At least that’s how we felt while eating a cup of yogurt drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a candy floss crown.

Pro Tip
Though ice cream is the shop’s main event, Rocambolesc Gelateria also serves a treat called Panet – a hot brioche stuffed with cool ice cream and lots of toppings. Trust us, you’ll want to try a Panet during your visit.

Rocambolesc Gelateria is always crowded but is well worth the queue. While not everybody can score a reservation and experience the exclusive El Celler de Can Roca menu while visiting Girona in Spain, anybody and everybody can enjoy the Roca family’s world-class ice cream.

Rocambolesc Gelateria‘s flagship shop is located at Carrer de Santa Clara, 50, 17001 Girona, Spain, with additional locations in Barcelona, Houston and Madrid.

Rocambalesc Gelateria Video

Watch our YouTube video to see what it’s like to eat ice cream at Rocambolesc Gelateria in Girona.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: January 9, 2017


Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Geez, that's delicious! It even gave me hunger.


Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Oh, my! Thanks so much for a guide to this tempting treat in Girona. Aside from beer, we always love to grab a gelato when we visit a new place. Great way to get a nice refreshing flavor of a destination. Also, many thanks for the toppings suggestions. You rock! -- JR

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

You will love Girona. There is no doubt.

Milton Garcia

Thursday 19th of January 2017

Hey, I am addicted to ice cream! Can I have one?

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 21st of January 2017

Sure - just get on a plane to Girona. You won't be sorry!


Friday 13th of January 2017

Oh, ho, ho!!! We always travel with the kids and boy would they LOVE this!!! They have favorites but I know the candy floss would be a must try - it looks so delicate!! We find food a great way to explore and enjoy a destination!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 21st of January 2017

Your kids will be in ice cream heaven but so will you. Rocambolesc is a great spot for kids of all ages!


Friday 13th of January 2017

These gelatos look very sweet, but I bet they're just soooo delicious to eat!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 21st of January 2017

The ice cream wasn't so sweet, in fact, the yogurt was on the tart side. The toppings, however, were indeed sweet. Everything was delicious, so I'm sure you will find the perfect combination when you visit.