Belgious crepes, ice creams and other dirties – Poblenou, Barcelona

Belgious Creperie and heladeria, Poble Nou, Barcelona
Rambla de Poblenou, 24
Poblenou
Barcelona

Tuesday to Sunday 13hrs – 24hrs

www.belgious.com

In the middle (ish) of Poblenou’s most lovely street – la Rambla – you can find this Belgian waffle, creperie, ice cream shop, café.  A couple of doors away from Republica Café on the corner – bright and sparkly and modern in brown and orange.

Ice creams come in a variety of flavours from the usual yogurt, chocolate, peach, Baileys, coconut and mandarin to the more unusual turron (Catalan nut brittle/nougat kind of thing), violet, blood orange, macadamia nut, mojito, tiramisu – to the quite strange eg red wine, to the downright disgusting: spinach, bacon and raisins. Luckily, I don’t eat spinach, bacon and raisin ice cream because I’m sane, not to mention vegetarian.

Anyway, you can choose from cups  or cones, with small cups starting @ €2.50 for the smallest, up to €5.30 for an extra large vat. Cones come in two sizes with either two or three scoops of ice cream and cost €2.50 and €3.50 respectively.

You can also buy chupitos (ice cream shots) which cost €1.50 or €1.80. Or at the other end of the scale you can buy ice cream to take home and scoff privately in either 500ml or 1000ml tubs costing €8 or €15.

They also have crepes: either savoury or sweet and with options for vegetarians eg four cheeses, a Zurich (with goat cheese, emmenthal and nuts), or a Campo with eggs, butter and oregano. These cost from €3 and you can supplement with additional ingredients such as rocket, mushrooms, tomato and spinach. Additional ingredients cost from €0.50.

Sweet crepes come in combinations such as lemon juice, butter and sugar (oo it’s a classic!), Belgian chocolate, dulce de leche (like caramel) or cinnamon. If you are trying to avoid sugar (like we all should be, but especially me) then there is a variety with goat cheese, nuts and honey – which is sweet but not sugary, although of course, not vegan either. The Belgian chocolate with broken biscuits amalgamation is simply divine.

They do actually have a couple of smoothies if you want something healthy – and why wouldn’t anyone want that? – you can choose from a detox (with acai, banana and honey), or a Carioca with acerola, papaya and honey. There are other smoothies but they’ve seen fit to add sugar. Also make sure that you stipulate without milk or sugar when ordering (sin leche y azucar) – as they have a habit of slipping a bit in willy nilly do the Spanish.

They also have juices such as mango, pineapple, peach, strawberry, banana and fruits of the forest, plus acai (with banana, guarana and papaya). Again, check they aren’t spooning the white stuff in there for extra sweetness.

They do hot chocolates that come in two sizes: too small or woefully inadequate. The hot chocolate is good and tasty and not too sweet, but not hot enough. It costs €1 or €1.50 – so a bargain, but I’d pay extra to have it heated up.

Indoor seating area or grab to go and sit on the beach – less than five minutes away at the end of the Rambla.

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