Where to eat in Palma

The Spanish expression ‘Buen provecho’ translates to ‘enjoy your meal’ in English, and in the foodie hotspot of Palma, you’ll find all sorts of quintessential Spanish delicacies. While the food in Majorca has its own identity, there are a few dishes that you’d do well to try where they are made best. As part of a cheap holiday to Majorca, savoring these unique flavors becomes an affordable luxury, allowing you to indulge in the region’s culinary delights and make the most of your dining experiences on the island.

Exploring this city will work up an appetite, so read on for a few more of the best restaurants in Palma. 

For more insights and tips on making the most of your visit, don't forget to check out our guide on the best things to do in Palma. It’s packed with information to help you discover all the must-see attractions and hidden gems this beautiful city has to offer. And if you're planning to venture beyond Palma to discover what the rest of the island has to offer, be sure to consult our Majorca travel guide for comprehensive coverage of the entire island.

Sobrasada is a Balearic speciality – a soft, pâté-esque sausage, often spread on crispy bread. It’s a staple of Majorcan tapas ensembles. 

Vegan? Look no further than Tumbet, a veggie-friendly dish that is commonly found all over the island. Sliced layers of potato, aubergine and bell peppers make up this versatile casserole, served often as an accompaniment to meat or fish dishes but just as delicious when it’s the main event. Due to its similarities with ratatouille, courgette has wormed its way into many a recipe, and you may find Tumbet with a fried egg or two perched atop. 

While we’re still on savoury specialities, let’s talk about Coca de Trampó. This common snack is essentially pizza without the cheese, so your desire to try it may vary depending on how important you think cheese is to a good pizza. These strips of crispy, vegetable-topped pastry make for the perfect on-the-go meal. 

On a sweeter note is ensaïmada. Start your day right and pair this spiral-shaped pastry with your morning café con leche. Most versions of this icing-sugar-dusted treat come as just a shell of impossibly light pastry, but filled variations are out there – keep an eye out for cream, chocolate and even pumpkin-filled ensaïmada. 

Has your appetite been suitably whetted by all that? Watch our video guide to find out where you can try some of these Majorcan classics first-hand:

La Paloma

For a spot of fine dining in Palma, consider La Paloma, located in the city’s vibrant La Lonja district. Here, a talented team of multinational young chefs serves up Mediterranean classics, such as fresh meatballs, garlic prawns, cheese-coated asparagus, and mushroom and spinach-stuffed salmon.

However, the culinary delights are just one part of the overall experience. Dining in the restaurant, housed in a 15th-century building, is an adventure in itself, with three distinct dining spaces offering unique perspectives on this striking setting. The ambiance, combined with exquisite food, makes La Paloma a must-visit spot.

Additionally, the La Lonja district, with its historic charm and lively atmosphere, is arguably one of the best places in Majorca for couples. The area's blend of history, culture, and gastronomy creates the perfect setting for a romantic evening. After your meal, we recommend taking a stroll through this enchanting part of Palma to fully immerse yourselves in the romance and beauty of Majorca.

Address: Calle Apuntadores, 16, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Website: lapaloma.es

Any more tips for fine dining?

If you’re after more in the way of fancy food, head to Clandestí Taller Gastronòmic (Carrer de Guillem Massot, 45) in Palma’s Bon Aires area for boundary-pushing tasting menus, or tuck into inventive Balearic dishes at the impossibly stylish Sadrassana (15 Plaça de la Drassana, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) in the Old Town. 

Buscando el Norte

You’ll find this buzzy, characterful restaurant on the northern edge of Palma’s Old Town and a diverse, mouthwatering menu awaits anyone who makes the trip.

Popular with the locals (so you know its good), this quirky eatery specialises in everything from tapas-esque pintxos bar food to expertly cooked steaks, with some more left field options (mini burgers and tiny fries, anyone?) thrown in for good measure.

Address: Carrer de Sant Miquel, 77, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain Website: restaurantebuscandoelnorte.com

Forn de Sant Joan

Tapas is a ubiquitous part of Spanish culinary culture and can be found all over the country, and Majorca is no exception. ‘Saint Joan’s Oven’ is indicative of the forward-thinking nature of Palma’s food scene and is committed to a particularly progressive type of tapas.

Visit this family-run establishment for four individually themed floors of cocktails, a generous wine list and creative dishes that often have a hint of Asian fusion about them. 

Address: Carrer de Sant Joan, 4, 07012 Palma de Majorca, Spain Website: forndesantjoan.com

Any more tips for amazing tapas?

Want your tapas a little more on the traditional side of things? No-frills Bar Dia (Carrer dels Apuntadors, 18, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain) is responsible for some of the best tapas in Palma, trading innovation for time-honoured recipes and more-than-generous portions. Mercat 1930 (Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 33, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain) is a food market where you’ll be able to find tapas bars tucked away among sushi stalls and burger joints.

La Rosa Vermuteria

The Spanish love their vermouth, and if you want to revel in the newfound popularity of this old-school drink, then head to La Rosa Vermuteria in the centre of town.

Traditional Majorcan takes on tapas classics are on the menu here, alongside a dizzying selection of vermouth brands. It might also be the most Instagram-worthy spot in the city. Arrive early or book ahead (for large groups) if you want to avoid a lengthy wait.

Address: Carrer de la Rosa, 5, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain Public transport: www.larosavermuteria.com

Marc Fosh

Last, but by no means least, is Marc Fosh. The eponymous restaurant of British (yes, British) chef Marc Fosh - the first Brit to earn a Michelin star in Spain – opened this restaurant in 2009 and has consistently earned rave reviews ever since.

Décor is minimalist here, because Fosh leaves the food to do the talking. Tasting menus are brimming with bold Mediterranean flavours – the Mallorquin suckling pig is a highlight – and carefully constructed using local produce.

Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you can’t go wrong with the imaginative veggie-friendly ‘Menu Natural’. Whatever you order, leave room for one of Fosh’s famed desserts – the preserved lemon ice cream with cherry-rosewater sorbet is to die for. 

Address: Carrer de la Missió, 7, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain Website: www.marcfosh.com

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Looking for more from your trip to Majorca than just food? For more things to do in Majorca, take a look at our guides to the island’s best beaches and water sports, as well as our overview of Mallorca’s most famous destination, Magaluf.

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