Off-season getaway to MallorcaMarch
Striking natural beauty, quaint hill towns, plenty of sunshine, and first rate tapas
Duration: 5 Days
- Sight Seeing 80% 80%
- Food 90% 90%
- Ease of Transportation 60% 60%
- Activities 70% 70%
Best Food & Drink
We came for tapas and were not disappointed. Jamon and queso is ubiquitous, but delicious. The quality of the produce, bread, cheese, and local wines is so good that one of our most memorable meals was a picnic assembled from the local grocery store. Breakfast, particularly at the hotels where we stayed, was an indulgent all out affair. Make sure to try fresh juice as the citrus here is sublime, and a gin cocktail even if you aren’t typically a gin drinker. Gin and tonics are elevated to spa water concoctions with locally made gin, fresh herbs and cucumber, and balanced, less bitter tonics, served in globe-like glassware.
1. Ca’n Pinxto
This super popular local restaurant has pinxtos lined up in the window but the real draw are the beautifully composed small tapas, and the steak for two served with potatoes and vegetables. We opted for a few pinxtos to stave off hunger, including grilled octopus, and the best tapas dish on the menu: the Rockefeller with pork tenderloin, goat cheese, carmelized onion, and pistachio. By the time we saw the expertly sliced heaping plate of steak go by with a pile of crispy potatoes, we had ordered too much so we’ll have to come back. There are plenty of Mallorcan wines to sample, and the free sweet wine at the end of the meal is a nice touch. The staff are lovely as well.
This tapas and vermouth bar has a great menu filled with classic tapas and gourmet canned fish, the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is lively and cool. We shared fantastic grilled octopus, rich, garlicky patates bravas, expertly presented canned tuna over vegetable puree, pan con tomate, and gazpacho with a glass of Mallorcan rosé.
3. Casa Alvaro
Another great little tapas bar in Sóller, right next to C’an Pinxto. The food is delicious, the plates are beautifully composed, and the atmosphere is unpretentious and relaxed. We had amazing bacalao (salt cod), and artichoke hearts cooked with feta. The pork cheeks looked amazing, and they also have a selection of paellas, and fideuas if you want a larger meal.
This is a prime spot to enjoy the view, people watch, soak up the sun, and have a G&T and a snack between meals. The outdoor tables get busy but we were able to get a spot in the sun where we ordered from their elaborate list of gin and tonics with ingredients like hibiscus petals, cherry tomatoes, and rosemary. For a snack, we had olives and garlic prawns, which ended up being one of the best seafood dishes we tried in all our tapas sampling on the island. The enormous prawns were shelled (rare to find), and served in a delicious garlic sauce that warranted an order of bread for dipping.
This popular Palma restaurant has gained mentions in the NY Times 36 Hours and seems to be popular with locals and tourists alike. Reserve to make sure you get a seat. We happened to arrive a bit early for dinner and got the only non-reserved seat available by the door, where we watched group after group arrive only to be turned away. The food was fantastic, and the elegant, modern wine cellar vibe felt a bit fancier than some of the other meals we had. Don’t be alarmed by the prices, these tapas were larger in size than other restaurants and felt closer to a main dish than a small bite. A particular standout was the grilled Iberian pork shoulder that came out tender, and thinly sliced to perfection over a bed of leeks with crumbles of pistachio on top.
- Restaurant Ca’n Boqueta – the most upscale option in Sóller with a reasonable prix fixe menu that is supposed to be delicious
- Restaurante Dalt des Coll – off the beaten path en route to Deià, teh food looks amazing, as does the open air seating with views of the mountains
- Cafe Sa Font Fresca – in Deià
- Xelini – Deià rec from a friend
- Cafè Sa Fonda – as the photos on the wall can attest, this is where the party’s at for drinks in the evening, particularly in the summer season when celebs flock to Deià, as mentioned in this solid article of Mallorcan recs by fashion types
- Forn de San Juan – came highly recommended as the favorite restaurant of a Spanish friend who lives outside Palma
- Bar Dia – super fun, local scene in Palma (allegedly)
- Restaurante Casa Julio – a friend who spends a lot of time in Palma recommended their reasonably priced 2-course lunch
- Bar España – supposedly a super local scene with great pinxtos
- Quina Creu Tapas – another spot in Palma recommended for pinxtos, electic and cool ambience
- Tast Club – popped up on a bunch of lists and was highly recommended by a Spanish friend living in Palma
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