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Susan's Guidebook for Palma

Susan

Susan's Guidebook for Palma

Food Scene
The best fish, meat, ham, vegetables and cakes in Mallorca. This covered market is available Monday - Saturday and there are tapas stalls you can enjoy a everything from Sushi to Oysters as well as traditional spanish tapas.
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Mercat de l’Olivar
s/n Plaça de l'Olivar
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The best fish, meat, ham, vegetables and cakes in Mallorca. This covered market is available Monday - Saturday and there are tapas stalls you can enjoy a everything from Sushi to Oysters as well as traditional spanish tapas.
Great Fixed price lunch menu and interesting cuisine only a few minutes walk from us.
Bocalto Bar & Restaurante
7 Carrer de la Gerreria
Great Fixed price lunch menu and interesting cuisine only a few minutes walk from us.
Great coffee, bagels and interesting people - late breakfast or lunch are our favourites. Hours seem a bit erratic at the moment - opening at 11am though airBNB say 10:30 and Tripadvisor 10 so watch out to avoid disappointment.
Bagel
4 Carrer dels Set Cantons
Great coffee, bagels and interesting people - late breakfast or lunch are our favourites. Hours seem a bit erratic at the moment - opening at 11am though airBNB say 10:30 and Tripadvisor 10 so watch out to avoid disappointment.
When you need a sweet pickup Mariola's bakery - actually a coffee shop and not a bakery is a good place to go and also often on your route to or from the main shopping areas in Palma.
Mariola's Bakery
6 Carrer dels Set Cantons
When you need a sweet pickup Mariola's bakery - actually a coffee shop and not a bakery is a good place to go and also often on your route to or from the main shopping areas in Palma.
Reference point for all things coffee shop in Mallorca - this is not a cafe - its an institution - if you haven't ever been and enjoyed an Ensaimada and a hot chocolote then you haven't really experienced Mallorca.
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Ca'n Joan De S'aigo
10 Carrer de Can Sanç
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Reference point for all things coffee shop in Mallorca - this is not a cafe - its an institution - if you haven't ever been and enjoyed an Ensaimada and a hot chocolote then you haven't really experienced Mallorca.
Great vegetarian menu del dia at lunch time and nice juices.
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Plaer Natural
3 Plaça de Quartera
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Great vegetarian menu del dia at lunch time and nice juices.
Classy fine eats in a beautifully restored setting.
La Despensa del Barón
8 Carrer del Pes de la Farina
Classy fine eats in a beautifully restored setting.
Real bakery which also serves good coffee and small eats. Enjoy proper mallorcan bread - these guys also have an outlet at Olivar market but this is where the locals go.
Casa Canet SL
18 Carrer de la Corderia
Real bakery which also serves good coffee and small eats. Enjoy proper mallorcan bread - these guys also have an outlet at Olivar market but this is where the locals go.
Tapas - of course !
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Moltabarra bar de tapas
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Tapas - of course !
Take out Sushi or eat at the market. We think its the best on offer there.
Sushi King Mercat Olivar
4 Plaça de l'Olivar
Take out Sushi or eat at the market. We think its the best on offer there.
The reference point for Thai food in Palma - great food and great people - book to avoid being disappointed.
Restaurante Koh
The reference point for Thai food in Palma - great food and great people - book to avoid being disappointed.
Take away or eat in Vegan food - expensive but high quality.
Ziva To Go Market
Take away or eat in Vegan food - expensive but high quality.
Our breakfast / lunch on the go / sweet tooth staple. Sit outside and watch the world go by or inside and walk over the glass floor and watch the bakers at work literally beneath your feet.
Panaderia S'Estació
66 Carrer del Sindicat
Our breakfast / lunch on the go / sweet tooth staple. Sit outside and watch the world go by or inside and walk over the glass floor and watch the bakers at work literally beneath your feet.
Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch -healthy good food on a quiet street with a nicely reformed interior. They focus on fairtrade and organic food and high quality above all. Its not cheap (though there is a menu del dia at lunchtimes which is good value) and they do dinner 2 nights a week and tapas on some other nights.
Harvest Cuina
2 Carrer de la Volta de la Mercè
Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch -healthy good food on a quiet street with a nicely reformed interior. They focus on fairtrade and organic food and high quality above all. Its not cheap (though there is a menu del dia at lunchtimes which is good value) and they do dinner 2 nights a week and tapas on some other nights.
Worth a trip for tapas at the various stalls and great range of different Mallorcan, Spanish and international food types. Lunch and Dinner.
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Mercado Gastronómico San Juan
6 Carrer de l'Emperadriu Eugènia
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Worth a trip for tapas at the various stalls and great range of different Mallorcan, Spanish and international food types. Lunch and Dinner.
Before you die, visit Badal once and you will die happy. Cool concept with great handmade cook to order burgers, including a shrimp burger which is great for non meat eaters. Reservation essential most of the time.
Badal Corner
25 Plaça del Comtat del Rosselló
Before you die, visit Badal once and you will die happy. Cool concept with great handmade cook to order burgers, including a shrimp burger which is great for non meat eaters. Reservation essential most of the time.
Proper Spanish Jamon - cut to take away or to have in store in a sandwich with a beer or a glass of wine or as a breakfast special with coffee.
Can Ibèric -Mallorca-
22 Carrer del Sindicat
Proper Spanish Jamon - cut to take away or to have in store in a sandwich with a beer or a glass of wine or as a breakfast special with coffee.
This is where the cool kids roast ! Not the cheapest but high quality coffee and good location.
Arabay Coffee
5 Carrer del Sindicat
This is where the cool kids roast ! Not the cheapest but high quality coffee and good location.
Because great coffee and cake deserve to be eaten !
Rosevelvet Bakery
15 Carrer de la Missió
Because great coffee and cake deserve to be eaten !
Marc Fosh is the inventor of the Michelin star restaurant in Palma and this is where it all began.
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Marc Fosh
7 Carrer de la Missió
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Marc Fosh is the inventor of the Michelin star restaurant in Palma and this is where it all began.
Tapas y Copas or full blown Menu del dia or a la carte - Casa Gallega is where they show the others how things should be done.
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Casa Gallega Avenidas
19 Avinguda del Comte de Sallent
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Tapas y Copas or full blown Menu del dia or a la carte - Casa Gallega is where they show the others how things should be done.
One of our neighbourhood favourites - this cool quirky location is on a pedestrianised road with outdoor terrace but we usually sit in and enjoy the decor and the homemade food. Menu del dia, breakfast and very nice people. This is where the locals go.
Café Sibil-la
7 Carrer de Blanquerna
One of our neighbourhood favourites - this cool quirky location is on a pedestrianised road with outdoor terrace but we usually sit in and enjoy the decor and the homemade food. Menu del dia, breakfast and very nice people. This is where the locals go.
Location location location - Worth a coffee once just to see and enjoy the location (if not the service and the price !)
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Cappuccino
53 C/ Sant Miquel
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Location location location - Worth a coffee once just to see and enjoy the location (if not the service and the price !)
If you are in Santa Catalina this is fun place for breakfast, coffee or a light lunch.
The Living Room Palma
3 Plaça Alexandre Jaume
If you are in Santa Catalina this is fun place for breakfast, coffee or a light lunch.
Korean food in Mallorca ? Yep - and its good too - try the Bibimbap sizzling hot rice bowl with salmon, beef or veg on a cool day to warm you up, or on a hot day enjoy the cool sushi and rice paper wrapped treats.
Bi Bap
3 Plaça del Mercat
Korean food in Mallorca ? Yep - and its good too - try the Bibimbap sizzling hot rice bowl with salmon, beef or veg on a cool day to warm you up, or on a hot day enjoy the cool sushi and rice paper wrapped treats.
If you want another top flight restaurante in a cool location (reformed palace thats now a hotel) then Quadrat is the place to go for treat - they do a menu del dia which is good value too for those on a budget. Book as it gets busy lunchtime and in the evening.
Quadrat Restaurant & Garden
If you want another top flight restaurante in a cool location (reformed palace thats now a hotel) then Quadrat is the place to go for treat - they do a menu del dia which is good value too for those on a budget. Book as it gets busy lunchtime and in the evening.
ICECREAM - every flavour under the sun, from a business that has been in Palma since I was a child. Good coffee too and a nice place to sit, relax and chill if you have been shopping in Jaime III.
C'AN MIQUEL
12 Carrer de Francesc Suau
ICECREAM - every flavour under the sun, from a business that has been in Palma since I was a child. Good coffee too and a nice place to sit, relax and chill if you have been shopping in Jaime III.
20 mins drive from Palma - Dining on the edge - at the top of the old road to Soller through the winding mountains you can enjoy tapas or a full meal with amazing views in the cooler mountain air when you need a break from the city or the heat or both. Lunchtime and some nights open - check to avoid a long trip and book at night - we always go at lunch though for the view.
Restaurante Dalt des Coll
km22 Carretera Palma Sóller
20 mins drive from Palma - Dining on the edge - at the top of the old road to Soller through the winding mountains you can enjoy tapas or a full meal with amazing views in the cooler mountain air when you need a break from the city or the heat or both. Lunchtime and some nights open - check to avoid a long trip and book at night - we always go at lunch though for the view.
25 mins drive from Palma - Iconic Mallorcan food - possibly the best Paella on the island (though everyone has their own favourite) plus great steaks, mussels, frito mallorquin, lechona, cordero, pescado and on and on and on. This is a lunch and dinner location but its really a family Sunday lunch location above all else where you will need to book to get a table to compete with the Mallorcans who want to come and eat here with their families every week.
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Restaurant Es 4 Vents
KM 21,700 Ctra. Manacor
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25 mins drive from Palma - Iconic Mallorcan food - possibly the best Paella on the island (though everyone has their own favourite) plus great steaks, mussels, frito mallorquin, lechona, cordero, pescado and on and on and on. This is a lunch and dinner location but its really a family Sunday lunch location above all else where you will need to book to get a table to compete with the Mallorcans who want to come and eat here with their families every week.
From the same team that brought us Koh (Palma's best thai) now Kurobota bring us Japanese tapas with lots of small plates for sharing. Great cocktails, friendly people - Tuna tartar, Cured Salmon, Beef Ramen with Squid ink noodles... You get the idea... BOOK to avoid being disappointed as invariably full during peak periods.
Kuroböta
9 Plaça del Progrés
From the same team that brought us Koh (Palma's best thai) now Kurobota bring us Japanese tapas with lots of small plates for sharing. Great cocktails, friendly people - Tuna tartar, Cured Salmon, Beef Ramen with Squid ink noodles... You get the idea... BOOK to avoid being disappointed as invariably full during peak periods.
Churreria 1830 - 4 minutes from the apartment - if you need Spanish thick hot chocolate and churros in Winter then this is a place to try.
Plaça Alexandre Jaume, 8
8 Plaça Alexandre Jaume
Churreria 1830 - 4 minutes from the apartment - if you need Spanish thick hot chocolate and churros in Winter then this is a place to try.
Locals go here for excellent value / quality set lunch and they also have a la carter and dinner menus too. Just near Plaza Espana up from train station one Street. Book as it gets busy, especially towards the end of the week.
Bri restaurant
9 Carrer Reina Maria Cristina
Locals go here for excellent value / quality set lunch and they also have a la carter and dinner menus too. Just near Plaza Espana up from train station one Street. Book as it gets busy, especially towards the end of the week.
Old school shop selling coffee beans but also has a take away coffee spot at the back. This is how coffee used to be done... step back in time and enjoy. Opposite the Mercado de Olivar.
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10 Carrer de Josep Tous i Ferrer
Old school shop selling coffee beans but also has a take away coffee spot at the back. This is how coffee used to be done... step back in time and enjoy. Opposite the Mercado de Olivar.
This is a great organisation - they help young people with learning difficulties to learn skills like baking, cooking and gardening. Their organic garden provides the food for this Palma Old Town restaurant and the food is great with a well priced menu del dia. Enjoy it and feel good about helping the cause at the same time.
Amadip Esment Fundació
1 Carrer d'En Bosc
This is a great organisation - they help young people with learning difficulties to learn skills like baking, cooking and gardening. Their organic garden provides the food for this Palma Old Town restaurant and the food is great with a well priced menu del dia. Enjoy it and feel good about helping the cause at the same time.
Fresh bread - in just about every style imaginable, as well as site in for coffee and cake. 5 minutes walk from the apartment.
Granier
67 Carrer del Sindicat
Fresh bread - in just about every style imaginable, as well as site in for coffee and cake. 5 minutes walk from the apartment.
Neighbourhood eatery with changing menu. Frequented by locals and a chilled place to enjoy menu del dia at lunch or an a la carte evening meal.
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CLAXON, cruce de cocinas
9 Carrer del 31 de Desembre
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Neighbourhood eatery with changing menu. Frequented by locals and a chilled place to enjoy menu del dia at lunch or an a la carte evening meal.
Essentials
Veritas is an organic supermarket that has lovely organic bread and other organic products. Pay more but get great quality.
Veritas
6 Plaça del Comtat del Rosselló
Veritas is an organic supermarket that has lovely organic bread and other organic products. Pay more but get great quality.
Supermarket on the first floor above the Olivar Food market - for all your other staples once you have bought everything fresh downstairs.
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Mercadona
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Supermarket on the first floor above the Olivar Food market - for all your other staples once you have bought everything fresh downstairs.
Probably our nearest mini supermarket - most essentials. This is underground - use the escalator entrance to the Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre next to the Cafe Arabay at the end of Calle Sindicato.
Eroski
15 Plaça Major
Probably our nearest mini supermarket - most essentials. This is underground - use the escalator entrance to the Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre next to the Cafe Arabay at the end of Calle Sindicato.
Corte Ingles is "the" department store of Spain. This one is the largest in Mallorca and covers 7 floors. They also have a high quality (but also quite expensive) supermarket in the basement which is convenient for the apartment and for treating yourselves.
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El Corte Inglés
12-16 Avinguda d'Alexandre Rosselló
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Corte Ingles is "the" department store of Spain. This one is the largest in Mallorca and covers 7 floors. They also have a high quality (but also quite expensive) supermarket in the basement which is convenient for the apartment and for treating yourselves.
Our nearest Bank and Cash Machine - Just around the corner.
Santander
6 Carrer del Sindicat
Our nearest Bank and Cash Machine - Just around the corner.
Getting Around
Good prices, helpful people and even an outdoor machine to pump up your tyres with an honesty box if you want to contribute to the cause ! Bike lanes pass by the store and its about 300 metres from the apartment.
Milenium Bike
6 Plaça Alexandre Jaume
Good prices, helpful people and even an outdoor machine to pump up your tyres with an honesty box if you want to contribute to the cause ! Bike lanes pass by the store and its about 300 metres from the apartment.
Palma's central train station - from here to Santa Maria market on a Sunday, Inca market on a friday or the train to Manacor. The metro also can take you out to the UIB university from here and next door the historic wooden train takes you to Soller from where you can connect on the tram to the Port of Soller which is a great day out.
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Estació Intermodal
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Palma's central train station - from here to Santa Maria market on a Sunday, Inca market on a friday or the train to Manacor. The metro also can take you out to the UIB university from here and next door the historic wooden train takes you to Soller from where you can connect on the tram to the Port of Soller which is a great day out.
Our backup bike rental location after Milenium Bikes - also around 4 minutes walk from the apartment. These guys also do a bike tour for 3.5 hours including guide, bike, insurance, helmet and a soft drink which is quite fun - price in summer 17 was €25 each.
Happy Bike Palma Centro
2 Carrer de Sant Felip Neri
Our backup bike rental location after Milenium Bikes - also around 4 minutes walk from the apartment. These guys also do a bike tour for 3.5 hours including guide, bike, insurance, helmet and a soft drink which is quite fun - price in summer 17 was €25 each.
E-bikes, E-Scooters and Bikes for sale and rent - they actually make some of them themselves - very cool! Decent prices too and only 5 minutes walk from the apartment. They also arrange tours.
Urban Drivestyle Mallorca
11 Carrer de Sant Francesc
E-bikes, E-Scooters and Bikes for sale and rent - they actually make some of them themselves - very cool! Decent prices too and only 5 minutes walk from the apartment. They also arrange tours.
Drinks & Nightlife
Food and Drinks and a good scene favoured by locals and visitors alike. Another Mallorcan institution since the nineteen forties !
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Bar Flexas
12 Carrer de la Llotgeta
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Food and Drinks and a good scene favoured by locals and visitors alike. Another Mallorcan institution since the nineteen forties !
Drinks, eats and fun... on our doorstep.
Lemon Tree Palma Burger Bar
10 Carrer del Pes de la Farina
Drinks, eats and fun... on our doorstep.
Walking distance from the station and a good vineyard with tours - the Wine Train also kicks comes through so if you want to go on and visit a range of other vineyards without having to drive - this is a good place to start.
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Bodegas Macià Batle
s/n Camí de Coanegra
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Walking distance from the station and a good vineyard with tours - the Wine Train also kicks comes through so if you want to go on and visit a range of other vineyards without having to drive - this is a good place to start.
Traditional Village Vineyard with high quality wines to try and buy.
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Bodega Ribas
2 Carrer de Muntanya
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Traditional Village Vineyard with high quality wines to try and buy.
One the best known producers on the island - Binisallem is the perhaps the epicentre of wine in Mallorca - if you can go and visit the village during the grape harvest festival then its a sight to behold.
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Bodegas José L. Ferrer
103 Carrer del Conquistador
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One the best known producers on the island - Binisallem is the perhaps the epicentre of wine in Mallorca - if you can go and visit the village during the grape harvest festival then its a sight to behold.
On the stepped vineyards looking out to the mountains of Alaro, you may feel like your have died and gone to heaven - especially if you are trying their amazing wines. Check website for opening times or book a tasting - though often showing up works out fine ! NB - Mapping location is not accurate though road name is correct - Go to Alaro then take road to Lloseta and you will find Castel Miguel on the right about 2KM out of town on the right hand side.
Bodegues Castell Miquel
Km 8,7 Carretera Alaró-LLoseta
On the stepped vineyards looking out to the mountains of Alaro, you may feel like your have died and gone to heaven - especially if you are trying their amazing wines. Check website for opening times or book a tasting - though often showing up works out fine ! NB - Mapping location is not accurate though road name is correct - Go to Alaro then take road to Lloseta and you will find Castel Miguel on the right about 2KM out of town on the right hand side.
Arts & Culture
Modern Art museum with a great cafe restaurant on the terrace overlooking the bay and yachts in the beautifully restored setting of the city wall. Even if you hate art, this is worth going to for the experience and the vibe
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Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma
10 Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina
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Modern Art museum with a great cafe restaurant on the terrace overlooking the bay and yachts in the beautifully restored setting of the city wall. Even if you hate art, this is worth going to for the experience and the vibe
Arabic Baths of Palma - Doesn't need more introduction.
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Banys àrabs
7 Carrer de Can Serra
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Arabic Baths of Palma - Doesn't need more introduction.
Entertainment & Activities
Kids need softplay and air conditioning. Parents need coffee and cake. Kids Republik has both ! Just near Es Baluard so good as a combo destination to keep the whole family happy and near the outdoor park for fun on the swings too.
Kids Republik
Kids need softplay and air conditioning. Parents need coffee and cake. Kids Republik has both ! Just near Es Baluard so good as a combo destination to keep the whole family happy and near the outdoor park for fun on the swings too.
Its fun - not too big, interesting for small people and large, outdoor and indoor and air conditioned soft play area for small people after the shark tank. Near to the beach if you want to make a day of it and spend some time on the Playa de Arenal
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Palma Aquarium
21 Carrer de Manuela de los Herreros
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Its fun - not too big, interesting for small people and large, outdoor and indoor and air conditioned soft play area for small people after the shark tank. Near to the beach if you want to make a day of it and spend some time on the Playa de Arenal
Water Park that has been an institution in Palma for years. If you need a cool down and a day out of the city then this ticks all the boxes for the whole family.
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Aqualand El Arenal
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Water Park that has been an institution in Palma for years. If you need a cool down and a day out of the city then this ticks all the boxes for the whole family.
Independant showing films mostly in english, french, spanish and even japanese - right next to the mercado gastronomic san juan... combine tapas and movie night !
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Cineciutat
6 Carrer Emperadriu Eugènia
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Independant showing films mostly in english, french, spanish and even japanese - right next to the mercado gastronomic san juan... combine tapas and movie night !
If you (or your inner or real kids or teenagers) like trampolining and jumping then Palma jump is for you.... Amazing array of different activities and lots of fun for all ages - you can buy jump socks when you buy your ticket and an hour or two is gone in seconds. Easiest to get there in a Taxi from the old town.
Palma Jump
3 Calle Textil
If you (or your inner or real kids or teenagers) like trampolining and jumping then Palma jump is for you.... Amazing array of different activities and lots of fun for all ages - you can buy jump socks when you buy your ticket and an hour or two is gone in seconds. Easiest to get there in a Taxi from the old town.
Large indoor swimming pool open to the public a stones throw from our location, and activities like tai-chi, yoga and pilates all available there too. Pay per use. Current timetable - Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 22:30, Saturdays: 08:00 to 22:00 and Sundays from 08:00 to 15:00.
Poliesportiu Estel IME
4 Carrer de l'Hostal de l'Estel
Large indoor swimming pool open to the public a stones throw from our location, and activities like tai-chi, yoga and pilates all available there too. Pay per use. Current timetable - Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 22:30, Saturdays: 08:00 to 22:00 and Sundays from 08:00 to 15:00.
Shopping
For your emergency Apple needs, this is as close as Palma comes to its own Apple store.
K-tuin Tiendas Apple
12 Carrer del Sindicat
For your emergency Apple needs, this is as close as Palma comes to its own Apple store.
Cool shop that also has a good cafe restaurant just off the beaten track. Good location for presents for friends and family, household goods and all manner of things you didn't know you needed but now can't live without.
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Rialto Living
3 C/ San Feliu
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Cool shop that also has a good cafe restaurant just off the beaten track. Good location for presents for friends and family, household goods and all manner of things you didn't know you needed but now can't live without.
Sunday Morning Market - Take the train from Palma and buy fresh produce from local producers from fruit to cheese to jamon. Large organic area and also huge number of clothing and other stands. Market square is ringed by cafes you can get a coffee at and there are two good bakeries with stalls in the market itself. Train from Palma takes about 20 minutes. TIP - get there early before the heat and the crowds.
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Santa Maria del Camí
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Sunday Morning Market - Take the train from Palma and buy fresh produce from local producers from fruit to cheese to jamon. Large organic area and also huge number of clothing and other stands. Market square is ringed by cafes you can get a coffee at and there are two good bakeries with stalls in the market itself. Train from Palma takes about 20 minutes. TIP - get there early before the heat and the crowds.