Palma de Mallorca : Old Favs & New Spots

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La Rosa Chica

 

 

La Rosa is new to me this year and an instant hit in my book. The second outpost, La Rosa Chica is on a busy corner in Santa Catalina. This is a lively, local Tapas restaurant with high tables and inexpensive food. You may have to wait a while for a table but you'll be rewarded with delicious tortilla, patatas bravas, meatballs, croquettes et al. 

Old Favourite: I'm not the biggest pizza fan but I can't resist at Diablito. Tear and share at buzzy Portals or quieter Portixol. Dont miss out on the top terrace at Portals in the summer. Very chic....

Ram Bar is the newest addition to the Tast portfolio. The Tast Club is a stunning space in the heart of Palma and this new restaurant doesn't disappoint. Sit at the bar for drinks or grab a table and enjoy  the New York inspired restaurant.

Another old favourite, Cappuccino San Miguel is a good resting place to have a coffee. Admire the architecture and enjoy the elegant service from the Cappuccino team.

New Spot: Another first this summer is Kurobota, a casual Japanese and East Asian tavern in Santa Catalina. Unpretentious, seriously delicious food and friendly service.

Over the last ten years Rialto Living has come to represent the ultimate in interior design. Now incorporating  both fashion and lifestyle you will also find a stylish cafe on the ground floor. 

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Rooftop Terrace

Want to chill out on a rooftop terrace? I would head to Hotel Sant Francesc or Hotel Hostal Cuba which are both beautiful at night and perfect for pre or post dinner drinks.

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I finally made it to these boutique apartments on a quiet street in Santa Catalina. A family run affair, there are just five units ranging from studio to two bedrooms. I now know why they are always booked up in advance... a great alternative to a hotel if you like being left to your own devices.

Old Favourites: No fancy pants dining here but just good value and a casual atmosphere in my favourite area of Palma, Portixol. Try Coccos for Italian and The Tapas Club for ....Tapas!

From the owners of the Portixol Hotel, the sports club is located in Santa Catalina and offers a variety of fitness classes, clay tennis courts, swimming pool and spa. Discounted rates on a day pass if you stay at the Portixol Hotel.

Mercat 1930 opened earlier this year and  is a good spot for drinks and tapas. Communal tables, good atmosphere and something to suit everyone in the food stakes.

One to Watch: Hotel Cappuccino is scheduled to open March 2018 at Placa de Cort and will offer 32 state-of-the-art rooms & suites, cinema, pool terrace, spa, Tahini sushi bar & restaurant and Cappuccino grand café.

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A relaxed restaurant tucked away up a side street in the middle of Palma. My first time here and hopefully not the last. I was impressed with the superb food, relaxed ambience and the friendly service. Sitting at the Chef's table was an experience in itself with dishes including Acquerello risotto, beetroot, pine nuts and ricotta, "Khmer" crispy spring rolls of pork, ginger, mint and ripe mango sauce, and Soft shell crab served with citric melon, almonds, chilli and herbs.