Food for Thought #
From breakfast to dinner, sweet to spicy- Affordable Mallorca offers your guide of the very best foodie hotspots on the island!
‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ Virginia Woolf
It can be hard to keep up with ever changing food trends here in Mallorca. With new restaurants popping up every few minutes, the sheer amount of choice can make choosing somewhere to eat seem almost impossible! The combination of cuisines on the island means that there is something for everyone- and here is our very best pick of the bunch!
Breakfast and Brunch #
Is there anything better than sitting in a quaint cafe, watching the world go by and nibbling on a croissant? Or maybe you prefer eggs benedict, with a perfectly poached egg? Whatever you fancy, you can be sure to find it at either of these fabulous breakfast hotspots!
Situated in the heart of Palma, La Molienda focuses on delivering healthy breakfast and brunch dishes made solely from local produce. Although incredibly healthy, these dishes do not scrimp on taste, and the combination of Mediterranean flavours are truly delicious! La Molienda also claim to offer ‘the best coffee in Palma’, and although this is a bold claim, it is the honest truth! Catering for all dietary requirements, and offering many vegan and vegetarian options- this really is one of Mallorca’s best breakfasts!
Address: Calle Obispo Campins, 11, 07012, Palma
Telephone: 634 52 48 21
A little further out from the centre and hidden amongst Palma’s[ intricate streets, Mama Carmen’s brings meaning to the phrase ‘hidden gem’. Serving up spectacular breakfast and brunch dishes made only from organic and local ingredients, the varied menu will be sure to keep your hunger pangs at bay! Whether you like pastries or poached eggs, all options are available and served alongside an array of exquisite coffees and teas, as well as local juices. The quirky interior design, and intimate sun terrace make it the perfect place to while away the hours with friends or family.
Address: Carrer de Cervantes, 21, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 871 77 41 25
Bakeries and Sweet Treats #
For those of us that have a sweet tooth, we often can’t resist a slice of cake. Mallorca is responsible for some of the best homemade cakes; from tarta almendra, to ensaimadas and bunyols- it’d be rude to not try them whilst visiting the island!
As well as the baked delights tasting absolutely delicious, the interior design of this ancient bakery is jaw dropping! When entering the shop, you are greeted with a glass floor where you can see the bakers working tirelessly below. Everywhere you look there are artefacts and items from hundreds of years ago- this bakery is more than just somewhere to sample cake, it is a true dining experience! Offering an array of traditional pies and pastries (including empanadas and ensaimadas) there are also various other cakes and treats available- and fabulous coffee to accompany them! Miss this place at your peril!
Address: Carrer de Sindicat,66, 07002, Palma
Telephone: 971 77 14 02
Thomas Bakeshop Boutique
Offering a more modern take on baking, the Thomas Bakeshop Boutique is renowned for its outstanding bread! Their artisan loaves are available to buy on a daily basis, and are certainly popular with the locals! The light and bright interior is warm and inviting; and although not offering somewhere to sit back and relax- Thomas Bakeshop Boutique is perfect for collecting a sweet treat on the go, or taking home some baked goodies to enjoy later on!
Address: Carrer Anibal, 24, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 678 64 66 99
Burgers and Take Away #
I’m not sure if you can beat the feeling of tucking into a juicy burger, yes it may be messy- but that’s half the fun!
La Nueva Burguesa
In the trendy district of Santa Catalina, nobody does burgers like La Nueva Burguesa! Homemade burgers made from the finest cuts of meat (or vegetarian/vegan equivalents) and loaded with your favourite toppings- and every single burger is available for under 10 euros! Each burger is handcrafted, providing a sense of rustic charm to the presentation. The rustic feel continues into the ‘shabby chic’ style decor, and relaxed ambience that oozes across the restaurant. All burgers are accompanied with a tasty bun, and hand cut chips- you certainly won’t leave feeling hungry, and your wallet won’t feel too light either!
Address: Calle Sant Magi, 76, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 871 50 95 30
Los Amigos D Paco
Although you can’t beat heading out for a burger, sometimes it’s nice for our food to come to us! This way we can indulge whilst wearing our pyjamas, and finishing our latest Netflix series- it doesn’t get better than that! Los Amigos D Paco will answer all of your prayers! Available on ‘justeat.com’ they have an extensive menu offering gourmet burgers, fries, nachos and more. For any order over 20 € delivery is free- but if you’re not feeling like spending quite so much, then you are able to pop into the store and collect your chosen burger! Los Amigos D Paco also offer a range of meal deals, and lunchtime offers- making your money stretch further, and leaving your tummies full! Rated as the best takeaway burger in Palma, you won’t be disappointed!
Address: Carrer Industria, 23, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 971 77 34 81
Tapas and Markets #
Despite all the culinary offerings on the island, traditional Mallorquin cuisine is some of the finest around. There are many hidden restaurants offering some of the best local dishes, but here are just a couple of our favourites!
The unique concept of the harbour front restaurant, combines Mallorquin cuisine with international flavours. The various stalls within the gastro market allow you to order ‘tapas style’ portions, and combine dishes from across the globe! The trendy location and vibrant atmosphere make this a perfect setting for a relaxed lunch or lively dinner (Tito’s nightclub is just next door, so you could party into the night!). Mercat 1930 really does offer everything you could ever want (and more)!
Address: Avenida Gabriel Roca, Paseo Maritimo,07014, Palma
Telephone: 669 78 78 04
Mercado Gastronómico San Juan
Originating in Palma, Mercado Gastronomico in Centro Comercial S'Escorxador offers a dining experience like no other! Rivalling the food markets of Berlin or Madrid, the display of dishes and flavours is unbelievable! You will find produce from every corner of the globe available to sample there and then, or take away and enjoy in the comfort of your home. The building itself is an exquisite display or architecture and design- this really is one of the coolest eateries in the city!
Address: Calle Emperatriz Eugenia, 6, Centro Comercial S’Escorxador, 0710, Palma
Telephone: 695 48 51 73
Fine Dining #
Mallorca is now home to 7 Michelin starred restaurants, with the majority situated in the city of Palma. Although not so affordable, the experience is unforgettable, and many restaurants offer set menus or lunchtime offers to ensure (almost) everyone can experience Michelin dining to celebrate a special occasion!
Renowned British chef, Marc Fosh, has been well established in Palma for many years, attracting customers from across the world. The only British chef to have his work recognised in Spain, his reputation proceeds him- and quite rightly so, the food is to die for! Marc Fosh offers a weekly lunchtime menu, where 3 courses will cost you 29.50 € per person, and an indulgent 5 course meal is 39.50 € per person - amazing value for Michelin star dining! Marc Fosh uses only local produce, with certain products being grown at his finca (Fosh Farm)- you don’t get fresher than that!
Address: Carrer de la Missio, 7A, 07300, Palma
Telephone: 971 72 01 14
Adrian Quetglas was born in Buenos Aires and has travelled the world, working extensively in London, Moscow and of course, Mallorca! Upon his return from Russia, Adrian Quetglas established his restaurant in Palma and very quickly was awarded his Michelin star. Offering a set lunch menu for 33 € per person, and a dinner menu for 50 € per person - Adrian Quetglas makes Michelin affordable. To accompany your meal, which will encompass flavours that display Adrian’s culinary knowledge of global flavours and fusions, a tasting wine package of 5 glasses of wine can be purchased for 25 € (per person). Although pushing the boat out a little, this certainly is a dining experience that you won’t forget!
Address: Paseo Mallorca, 20, 07012, Palma
Telephone: 971 78 11 19
International Cuisine #
Mallorca is a fusion of cultures, everywhere you go waves of languages wash over you, and this is clearly demonstrated in the abundance of international cuisine available on the island.
Described as the ‘spirit of Asian food’ Bindi is not your average Indian restaurant. With every dish cooked to order, Bindi promise to tailor make and customise your meal to fit you. As well as offering a large evening menu, they open every afternoon for a ‘Thalli Menu’. For just 14.50 € you can choose a plate of 3 (out of 4 available) curries, served with rice, naan bread puri, starter and dessert- one of Mallorca’s most affordable feasts! Offering outdoor and indoor seating, so you can soak up the sun or get toasty by the fire as Bindi is open all year round! Bindi invites you to not only enjoy its delectable curries, but also to sample some of their tasty cocktails - what more could you want?
Address: Calle Sant Magi 84, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 871 96 83 20
Isaan Thai Cuisine
A careful balance of traditional flavours and hearty portions, served in a peaceful and tranquil setting - Isaan Thai Cuisine has it all. Thai culture is present within every ornament or decoration that adorns the restaurant; and whilst relaxing with a glass of wine, you can observe the chefs cooking your meal (always nice to see, in my opinion!). Catering for vegetarians, vegans and those with dietary requirements, Isaan Thai is the perfect choice for a night out with friends.
Address: Calle Pursiana, 14, 07013, Palma
Telephone: 971 15 86 79
Affordable Mallorca Tip: Try ordering a selection of dishes and creating your own ‘Thai Tapas’!
Outside of Palma #
With so many eateries in the city centre, it’s easy to become complacent, and forget that every corner of the island is home to hundreds of great restaurants- and of course you must try them all!
The North #
The North of Mallorca has some of the most picturesque scenery in Mallorca, and with miles and miles of coastline, some of the best eateries are located along the beachfront.
Situated in Alcanda, right next to Port Alcúdia, La Terrazza is a family owned restaurant that has been delivering home cooked Mallorquin cuisine for years. Offering panoramic views of the ocean, and serving some of the freshest fish dishes on the island, it’s easy to see why La Terrazza is popular with locals, and tourists alike. Available to hire for weddings and special occasions, La Terrazza is the heart of the community.
Address: Plaza Pompeu Fabra, 7, 07400, Alcanada, Pto Alcudia
Telephone: 971 54 56 11
Celler La Parra
In the picturesque coastal resort of Puerto Pollensa, one of Mallorca’s oldest restaurants Celler La Parra, defines Mallorquin cooking. Handed down through three generations of family, and with more than fifty years of history the interior of this restaurant transports you back in time. In fact, if the walls could speak I am certain they would whisper stories of families in times gone by, enjoying paellas, and Abuelo getting a little too drunk on glasses of Hierbas! Renowned for their paella, yet offering an array of tasty dishes (at very affordable prices) it’s a must on any visit to Mallorca!
Address: Calle Juan XXIII 84 0747;0 Puerto Pollensa
Telephone: 971 86 50 41
The East #
Pretty calas and small coastal towns are scattered across the East coast of Mallorca, and within these tiny towns are some of the island’s best eateries.
I’ve eaten in many fabulous restaurants here in Mallorca, but Quince wins everytime. Located on the harbour, in the quaint fishing village of Porto Cristo, the locally sourced menu is simply delicious. With fresh daily fish specials, and local wines and liquors on offer - Quince provides fusion flavours without straying too far from traditional Mallorquin cuisine. The service is sublime, and the setting stunning. Be sure to visit this exceptional eatery!
Address: Carrer de Veri, 1, 07680,Porto Cristo
Telephone: 971 82 18 30
Once owned by the family of Rafa Nadal, this restaurant is tucked along the coast between Cala Bona and Costa Los Pinos in the Son Servera municipality. Although best known for its seafood, Sa Punta offer a large array of Mediterranean dishes, in an incredibly romantic and intimate setting - perfect for dates or anniversaries. Although not the most affordable of all restaurants on the East Coast, the view is simply priceless!
Address: Port Verd, 14, 07559, Son Servera
Telephone: 971 58 53 78
The South #
This trendy and diverse area of the island is full to the brim with exciting restaurants, enough to tickle the fancy of any foodie!
Located in Portals Nous, Baiben offers a contemporary, and eclectic, mix of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The cool vibe, and port side location, allows for perfect relaxation; and the attention to detail in presentation and design of both the food and restaurant itself, are outstanding. For a winning combination of Spanish and fusion flavours, Baiben is a must when visiting the south of the island!
Address: Calle Antonio Maria Alcover, 2, 07181, Portals Nous
Telephone: 971 67 55 47
This modern restaurant delivers bold flavours and fine cuisine, at affordable prices. Using produce grown on the restaurant’s allotment, dishes are fresh and flavoursome, and changed in accordance with what seasonal produce is available to the chefs. For a relaxed family lunch, Bistro 49 hits the spot!
Address: Gran Via El Toro, 49, 07182, Calvia
Telephone: 971 23 41 68
The West #
Mallorca’s most affluent area, with exquisite hotels and restaurants a plenty. The West coast will never disappoint when it comes to culinary delights!
This 16th century olive press is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. Situated in Belmond La Residencia, El Olivo is renowned for its rich European flavours, served in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. Not the most affordable restaurant in Mallorca, but certainly worth the money, El Olivo is one of Mallorca’s finest restaurants.
Address: Belmond La Residencia, 07179, Deia
Telephone: 971 63 90 11
Port de Sóller is one of the islands most visited resorts, with its stunning scenery, it’s easy to see why! Along the waterside are many bars and restaurants, which can make decision making tricky; however, SaBarca takes the crown! The interesting and innovative menu is centred around locally caught fish, and fresh produce, combining Mallorquin flavours with international fusions. The relaxed ambience is aided by a guitarist (most nights during the summer) - it’s the perfect place to wine and dine on a warm summer’s night.
Address: Passeig Es Traves 19, 07108, Port De Soller
Telephone: 971 63 99 43
By Zoé Holmes
25 February, 2019