Believe it or not, I found the coolest icecream ever! Literally 😅! Eyescream and friends is a small and cozy icecream store with the cutest characters you’ve ever seen.
The story of Eyescream and friends
Did I say it’s a small icecream store? Well I meant small as in occupied space. Because in design, notoriety and franchise numbers it’s pretty big. Eyescream and friends in Barcelona won the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for Best Identity in 2013. They are very proud of it, and they should, the award is highly prestigious in the design world.
The store design is minimalist. The true value that got them the award lies in the whole concept, from carefully designed trays to the extra cute characters that represent each icecream flavour, and of course the googly eyes that put the “eye” in eyescream.
It all began with this cute store in Barcelona in 2012, but since then the concept grew internationally in a franchise system. They now have two stores in Singapore, one in Dubai, and in 2017 they opened two more, in Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait City.
In Barcelona you can find them at 30 Paseo de Joan Borbó, on your way to Barceloneta beach. A cool and cute icecream costs 4.50 euro. Unfortunately we visited them during a cloudy and rainy weekend, but I’m positive that on a sunny day, on your lazy walk to the beach, you will find the icecream at Eyescream and Friends much more enjoyable.
How it works
First you choose your favourite icecream flavour (or ok, your favourite character).
You grab an empty tray and flip the bowl to face up. That’s where the icecream will go. Afterwards you choose two toppings and place them in the tray. Easy to say but so hard to do.. Just look at all the colored jellos! They have cookie toppings, Oreo, gummy bears, chocolate, caramel, white chocolate, peanuts, musli, literally everything you ever dreamed mixing icecream with!
You give the tray to the happy people there (wouldn’t you be happy to work in such a cute place?) and you tell them the icecream flavour you want. It’s shaved icecream, so they shave it in your bowl, and at the end they put two googly sugary eyes on top. And that’s it! The coolest dessert I’ve ever had!
Photos in this post: Eyescream and friends, personal