I love going to markets! I love walking through the different aisles and tasting and exploring the different foods on offer. Not surprisingly then, one of my favourite things in Mallorca is going to the Santa Catalina Market in Palma. You can shop any kind of food possible – seasonal fruit and vegetables, meats catering to all tastes, perfect jamon, fresh fish of the day, locally made olive oil and (my favourite) delicious, ripe and tasty tomatoes! Everything is of the highest quality, making shopping here a little pricier than in your average supermarket but the quality you get makes all the difference.
But what makes this market truly amazing is the fact that you can have your fresh fish, prepared right there and then. Buy at your favourite stand and then head over to Bar des Mercat where you can have them prepare your fish anyway you like. This is not haute cuisine but simply really good food! Sit at the bar and enjoy your catch of the day.
Enjoy a cortado or beer at one of the bars…
…and then head over to Bar Des Mercat to have your fish prepared! Buen provecho!
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I have seen the city of Palma de Mallorca transform itself from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan thanks, in part, to the many people visiting the island. Every time I go another house has been restored, a new store has opened and of course a new restaurant is beckoning. If you happen to be going to visit Palma anytime soon, here’s what a typical late afternoon, early evening of mine looks like. First, I walk from the Harbour up the Born, the Mallorquin equivalent of Barcelona’s Ramblas, and do a bit of strolling and window shopping. Then, I meet my friends/family at the Bar Bosch (Plaza Rei Joan Carles I, 6, 07012 Palma), which is a true Mallorquin institution. It is filled with locals, tourists, and the odd celebrity enjoying a drink. It’s central location makes it a people-watching place. Definitely one of my favourites! After a nice aperitif, it is dinner time at La Bodeguilla (Carrer de Sant Jaume, 3, 07012 Palma). With friends, I usually go to the more casual tapas bar, where you sit on high stools and enjoy a delicious menu of tapas. These are not your usual tapas but a more sophisticated version with a modern twist. They are truly delicious! For an elegant dinner, you can go next door to their elegant restaurant. Here the menus is more diverse and refined. Also they have a great wine selection. For an alternative, there is La Boveda (Carrer de la Boteria, 3, 07012 Palma). I love the atmosphere here, always full, loud and lively. The food is good Mallorquin food but more basic serving ham, pan amb oli and the likes. However, this place is not for those seeking a hidden treasure! Instead, expect your neighbouring table to speak anything but Spanish. Knowing this, I recommend going as a party of two and sitting at the bar and enjoying the vibrancy and food.