So it is time for lunch in Palma. Be prepared, the Spanish stomach runs on a slightly different schedule to that of a Northern European. Whilst the Brits, Germans and Scandinavians are hearing the rumble about 12.30pm, the Spanish still push on for another hour or so. From a quick sandwich on the run, traditional tapas in a bodega, a stand up market lunch or fine dining, Mallorca has it all.
But sometimes when I am in Palma, I just don´t have a minute to sit. I hope that this won’t be your problem and you will be able to linger but, if it is, here are a few ideas for lunch in Palma.
Think ´Cafe Rouge´ style fare with slick service, if a little on the expensive side. Usually a sit down affair, but they have recently opened a small take way sandwich bar at the entrance to the Plaza Major.
Be mindful though, if you takeaway there are no seats in Plaza Mayor or anywhere until to get down to the cathedral area.
Carrer dels Set Cantons, 4, Plaza Cort, Palma. Five different delicious bagels made on the premises. Also offering yummy coffee and a wide selection of vegan cakes and pastries. Run by Andrew (UK) and Stephan (South African) the place is a haven of calm. The service is snappy and always with a smile.
My favourite bagel is the cheese and fresh tomatoes, toasted and dripping in local virgin olive oil. Delicious!
After a Cathedral visit, you might find yourself in the Passeig del Born, then head for Number 8. It is actually a cafe/restaurant . Take aways can be ordered at the counter, but if you have time sit, there is ample seating inside and outside on the pedestrianised Born. Enjoy a bocadillo ( sandwich ) or one of their mouthwatering cakes.
Lastly, but definitely not least, this bakery, offering salads, sandwiches and cakes to eat in or take away, can be found in five locations in Palma.
Probably the most central is Carrer San Nicolas for sit down, but for takeaway you will find a stall now in the Placa Mercat Olivar.
These are my favourites for lunch on the run in Palma, but wherever you find yourself the food will not disappoint!