You know when something’s missing but you just don’t know what it is? Well, it turns out it was our very own food hall in Palma, San Juan Gastronomic , which opened in June 2015 to great fanfare.
There have been several food halls which have opened on the mainland in Madrid and Barcelona in recent years and now in Mallorca we have our very own.
The old municipal abattoir (´S´Excorxador´), a magnificent collection of Modernist giant red brick buildings, just a few minutes walk north of the Avenidas in Palma, have seen the renovation of the largest of the buildings, into the fabulous San Juan Gastronomic Market.
As the sliding doors open, you are welcomed into this cavernous and hip food emporium, with stark white metro tiles, modern mosaic floor and central wooden benches on which to perch and dine communally.
Open 360 days a year from 12.00pm-12.00am and offering 17 stalls of high quality local and international fare, you are spoilt for choice. Take your time to wander through and see what is on offer. Chat to the stall holders who will be happy to explain in more detail what each dish contains and then try a few small plates and I guarantee you will be back for more!
You can start with a cocktail in a dedicated bar and please make sure you leave some room at the end to sample one of the amazing ‘desserts’ on offer made by a local French patissier!
So if you hit a wet or windy day and need a plan, fill your stomach first at the San Juan Gastronomic and then linger a little longer because literally across from the foodhall, is Cineciutat, our local international cinema, showing films in English and various other languages www.cineciutat.org.
It can get pretty busy at weekends but there is always a little room somewhere to squeeze in.