A: “You’re going to Palma? You mean spending vacation under a Palm tree?”B: “No, I’m going to Palma, Palma de Mallorca, the perfect island in the Mediterranean Sea”.
Palma is the capital city of Spanish Balearic island Mallorca in the western Mediterranean opposite Valencia.
Perfect summer destination
Palma is an incredible city that offers something for every kind of visitor, so you can visit it every year. Rich with historic sites in honey-colored stone it rises out of clear blue waters and offers endless diversity of galleries, bars, craft shops, and restaurants.
You can enjoy Palma’s historical heart by strolling its medieval streets, admiring baroque churches or relaxing in bohemian neighborhoods. If you a more a sporty outdoor person there are many outdoor activities from going on a boat or sailing cruise to enjoy the clear blue waters, swimming and relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach Cala Llombards, visiting the Aquarium to see the deepest shark tank in Europe or escape the hustle and bustle of Palma on a day’s hiking excursion in the Mallorca countryside. You can appreciate the vibrant city also while indulging yourself with some great food and drinks in the best restaurants in Palma.
There are over 1000 restaurants in Palma, which offer from typical dishes to a wide range of cuisines from all over the world. The best restaurants in Palma can be found in the old part of town, on the seafront promenade, Es Molinar, Santa Catalina, Paseo del Born… To get the taste of the typical dishes we suggest you visit and of Palma’s old cafés and traditional bakeries.
Local Mallorca food (known in the native tongue as ‘Mallorquin’ food) is based on pork, fish, and vegetables. And everything tastes better with the help of olive oil and garlic. Best restaurants in Palma offer local cuisine from ingredients that can be found on the island. Tasty olives, delicious almonds, walnuts, lemons and many more make the food rich and always on one’s mind.
We have handpicked 5 best restaurants in Palma you have to visit:
#1 Adrián Quetglas
One of the best restaurants in Palma for many years and really worth the visit. Chef Adrián Quetglas from Buenos Aires, but with roots from Mallorca, is passionate about the islands’ cuisine. Pamper your taste buds with traditional recipes from natural products made with avant-garde techniques for available prices. Accompany that with the rich taste of local wines and you will want to experience this again.
#2 The Duke
The perfect place to blend the Mediterranean, Asian and South American tastes is The Duke restaurant in Santa Catalina district. One of the best restaurants in Palma offers cozy interior also happy to accommodate larger groups and very friendly service. Here you can find a good range of options of gluten-free dishes, vegan or vegetarian dishes. You won’t regret if you order the Cheviche!
#3 Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria
If your budget allows you, don’t miss trying the exquisite dishes at Sadrassana, the Cocktail Restaurant of Horrach Moya Gallery, which is housed in a nineteenth-century Majorcan manor house. It offers consistent excellence in serving traditional dishes and new creations inspired by Balearic cuisine. Perfect setting with various stylish spaces, friendly service, and stunningly presented dishes make the experience just amazing.
#4 Las Olas Bistro
Little family restaurant in Palma is a unique place. A little bit unconventional owner with a special type of humor offers an experience outside the typical tourist wishes for pasta or pizza. Las Olas Bitro customers praise the food which is a fusion of Spanish-Asian tastes. So, if you want a superb location, interesting conversation, and original and tasty food, then this is the place to go. And the prices are very good, no worries.
Located in the heart of the city Ambigú has been one of the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca for more than 10 years. A visit here is an exquisite gastronomic experience. Their prices a reasonable, therefore just weight off your feet and indulge in some fabulous freshly prepared dishes. We recommend you try the delicious Tuna fish tartare with sesame and avocado and the salted caramel panacotta for dessert which is truly delicious!
Delicious local dishes you must try
Some say the Mediterranean cuisine is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. And the Balearic culinary offer remains true to the principles of Mediterranean cuisine. In some of the best restaurants in Palma you can taste original products such as sobrasada, Mahón cheese, and Binissalem-Mallorca wine or try out other local recipes.
Tumblet (a vegetable stew with potatoes, fried peppers, and aubergines in tomato purée), fish with rice, pa amb oli (a slice of bread with oil and tomato) and botifarron (blood sausage made with pork blood, pepper and a mix of herbs and spices) are not to be missed. And for dessert, the best thing to have is an ensaïmada, spiral pastry made with flour eggs, water, sugar and a mother dough. Enjoy a slice over breakfast with a coffee or in the afternoon accompanied with one of the liquors from the area (palo, gin or herbs).
And here's our tip: if you want to buy typical products like sobrasadas, cheese, almonds, cakes and pastries and suchlike, the best idea is to visit one of the charming typical markets like the El Olivar market.
Experience food on your own
There are many other options in Mallorca to test delicious food. One of them is also catching your own dinner. There are many boat trips available where you can enjoy the stunning coast of Mallorca and even throw a rod to check your fishing luck. If you prefer cooking your own meal you can join a cooking workshop in Mallorca where a professional chef will teach you to prepare some easy recipes that you can take home to prepare for your friends and family after your trip.