Yes, we know! Palma is a hot destination, and to some even a bit too hot.
But you can’t argue the reason for it.
It is far more than just the gateway to Mallorca’s beach resorts. The Balearic capital is a dynamic city of stylish restaurants, chic bars and a unique architecture that mixes the Gothic with the Moorish. Best of all, it is small enough to explore on foot and the easy access makes it perfect for a long weekend away. It is truly unbeatable!
For those of you who haven’t been, or maybe also for the more seasoned Mallorca traveler, we invite you to share our favorite places to eat, drink and hang out.
WHERE TO STAY
From the cherry-red exterior, Hotel Cort looks like a café with people-watching tables outside that are full from breakfast (with unbeatable croissants) until last orders. Inside, there’s a Soho House-meets-the-Balearics kind of vibe with Mallorcan Ikat fabrics, monochrome tiles on the floor in the restaurant, and suites with sitting rooms that have little libraries, vast velvet sofas and Juliet balconies overlooking the square.
Hotel Sant Francesc Singular
Located in an elegant 19th-century mansion this hotel has a sophisticated and grown-up feel exquisitely decorated with custom-made furniture and commissioned artworks. It has what is probably the biggest and best rooftop terrace in the city, and a pool in the shadow of the beautiful looming basilica. The rooftop cocktailbar is open to the public, so don’t miss the 360 view even if you are not staying here.
On the outskirts closest to Palma you find Hotel Portixol, a retreat favored by savvy travelers and now a classic among the boutique hotels in Palma. Guests spend their days splashing in the pool overlooking the Med, and evenings on the terrace. A long-time favorite of ours, a place we keep returning to.
Maybe you already know the Cappuccino cafés? They’re placed all over the island, but Hotel Mama is their first hotel in Mallorca. The Old Town is still the beating heart of Palma and Hotel Mama is in one of its loveliest squares; Placa Cort. There’s a buzzy vibe from the main cafe, rooms feature big bathrooms and there’s an in house cinema. The interiors nod to the Art Deco period and Jacques Grange’s signature eclectic style: jazzy hand-painted ceilings and statement art are married with exquisite textiles. And the roof terrace with its splash pool is a little gem.
WHERE TO EAT
Tucked away down an atmospheric narrow street in a former spice shop.
The menu features typical Mediterranean dishes and some creative Med/Asian fusion plates too. Sharing is recommended. Canela is very busy at night so you need to book. You dine here for the intimate experience, the lively crowd and the relaxed Spanish pace.
Plays up to its heritage as a former social club for retired fishermen: lobster-cage lights and nautical flags hang from the ceiling and a series of portraits on the walls include co-founder Javier Bonet’s grandfather, a local angler. Not always sure if it is the space or the food, but always a place we keep coming back to.
A hipsters’ watering hole and great for breakfast. It’s easy to understand why this quirky spot has a place in the heart and stomachs of Palma’s breakfast lovers. The café works with small suppliers and uses local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. All very Instagram friendly!
La Rosa Vermuteria
With floor to ceiling tiles, marble and soft lighting, an inspiration for your next kitchen maybe? The best grilled squid, excellent tapas and of course a whole range of different vermouths. Also owners of La Rosa Chica.
Toque de queda
A very cute place at the end of the same street as Canela. With a personal décor and friendly staff, this is the place to relax and eat simple excellent platters of cold cuts and such. Often full, don’tunderestimate the restaurant scene in Palma, always book!
Perfect for your post-workout refreshments. Enjoy their outdoor garden and sip on a Green Sensation smoothie or the Super C juice accompanied by a healthy snack.
Scandi chic meets classic Mediterranean interior.
From the street you can have a sneak peek into the kitchen and pizza oven – including a heavenly smell. It’s hard to resist going in! A mix of classic tapas, pizza, pasta or dishes like tuna tartare and octopus’ carpaccio. They also do excellent cocktails.
A top pick for alternate fine dining is Fosh Lab where British expat chef and restauranteur
Marc Fosh experiments with a daily changing menu. Impeccable service, stylish decor and divine food offers more of an experience than just a dinner out.
Balangan by Etoh
Fusion food with a twist and stylish décor. Opened by four friends from different parts of the world who liked to hang out. All the dishes on their menu are sharing platters so that the whole party can go on a trip around the world together. You can also just enjoy a cocktail in their funky bar.
And a steaming hot tip!
Newest kid on the block
We havn’t been, but heard it is excellent, and if you check out their FB page you see some pics of a very impressive bar. And that sure looks promising!
WHERE TO DRINK
This is the closest you’ll find to a dive bar in Palma.
Tiny Agua is run by two former New Yorkers and features live music most nights.
Sunday is open mic night.
Clandestino Cocktail Club
Easy to miss, but don’t, it is one of Palma’s best cocktail bars. There is no sign on the door, part of the secrecy, but if you stand outside Canela restaurant it is just across the alley.
With an unbeatable view of the harbor and part of Palma.
A great option for a snack or a lunch on the run. Or sip a glass of wine watch the locals buying fresh fish and produce for supper.
Mercado San Juan
Mercat de l´Olivar
BEACH CLUBS (NEAR PALMA)
…means to season in Mallorquin. Now a stylish gastro beach club, the formerly Nassau Beach Bar has undergone a carefully thought out transformation to give it a cool and relaxing feel inside and out. Its design combines wood, straw and understated colors to take advantage of the beautiful landscape. The true gem is their terrace. With sun loungers right on the white sandy beach, you can enjoy drinks and food as you take in the views of Palma Bay. This beach club also boasts a jetty, so you can arrive by boat.
Cap Falcó Beach, Calvia
The idyllic beach of Cala Falco is an oasis in the Magaluf area. The small beach club and restaurant offers stylish seats, loungers and sun beds to relax overlooking the glistening waters of the Bay of Cap Falco.
Puro Beach Illetas
This cosmopolitan beach club is located in a beautiful spot in Illetas. Their large terrace overlooking the sea features comfortable sun loungers and day beds from which you have direct access to the sea. Resident DJs plays music throughout the day.
Roxy Beach Club Portals
An authentic beach bar just some steps down from Portals Nous. Great cocktails with stunning sunsets in an idyllic setting and a casual atmosphere. Try their delicious white sangria!