The most variety of food and drink in Mallorca can be found in the island’s capital, Palma. Among the modern architecture mixed with charming medieval terraces a simple stroll around the streets of areas such as Soller or Pollensa will easily uncover the local tapas bars most visitors come to expect when they visit a Spanish city. Even touristy and tacky Magaluf has great offerings of Spanish cuisine.
For those famished after their flight take a quick taxi ride to Son Sant Joan restaurant – which is where aircrew go to chill out after their shifts. At 20 euros a head for classic Mallorcan dishes served in a calm, relaxing atmosphere it’s a great place to wind down.
Even Michelin rated restaurants are affordable – like the Can-n Nofre. At around 30 euros a head including wine this restaurant makes fine dining affordable with an unpretentious and homely panache.
There are so many cheap and kitsch beachfront restaurants in Magaluf it can be hard to know where to start. Many travellers are tempted to head straight for the ones with the best view of the sand and sea – not to mention slowly tanning bodies. For an easy going-friendly vibe try Pardos fish restaurant in front of Hotel Trinidad, for a 15 euro meal and conversation with the chatty owners.
Places to eat in Mallorca outside Palma still include international meals – but traditional Mallocran food is too good to miss so definitely make sure you sample the local bistros dotted across the island. For breakfast try ensaimada – a icing-sugared spiral bun great with a nice fresh coffee.
Lunch often includes excellent seasonal salads along with local cheeses, trampos – roasted vegetable pizza slices and pa’amb oli – traditional bread with tomato, garlic and delicious virgin olive oil.
Later on the main dishes available will include the classic selection of mini dishes, tapas – which could be anything from fresh sardines to baked aubergine slices. For something new try fideua, the local paella which uses noodles instead of rice.