Having been to Palma a couple of times previously for work, it’s somewhere I had briefly stopped to smell the roses, inhale some tapas and gawp at the incredible gothic Cathedral, but never enough to truly soak the city up.
Although Joe and I were only there for an evening- we were keen to make a pit-stop from our previous hotel and en route to the north west of the island at our final stop of Port de Soller.
Checking in at Hotel Mama to a soundtrack of Molly Burch (sold) and an ornately decorated art-deco bar which wouldn’t look out of place in a Spanish-set Wes Anderson movie, we knew we’d made the right decision to have a night in the city. Despite the hotel certainly being a bit of a luxury spend (there are so many beautiful boutique hotels and Air BnB’s in the city so it’s not hard to find somewhere lovely)- we fell in love after hearing about it from Kim, and couldn’t resist as a pre-wedding treat.
Seeing as we only had just shy of 24 hours in the city- we really wanted to soak up as much of Palma as possible, however- unlike most city stays we do, didn’t want to stress ourselves out with doing as much as humanly possible, but simply pottering to some locally recommended spots- taking it in as we went. Fortunately Amy’s wonderful mama pointed us in the right direction- and we were well in for some brilliant food, some ultimate sightseeing and a little shopping too…
If you want to stay somewhere central (really, we were able to walk everywhere so easily from here), beautifully decked out in the most wonderful interiors, boasting delicious food and the most brilliant rooftop terrace and pool- look no further. Although it was definitely a bit of a treat stay, the hotel was absolutely stunning- and even if you’re simply popping in for a drink at the art-deco bar, I couldn’t recommend it enough. All of the staff here were incredibly warm and friendly, and it made for the perfect spot for a romantic evening in the city.
Plaça de Cort, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Although I would happily let you judge us for finding pizza on our only evening in Palma- both feeling pretty tired we asked the gentlemen at reception where they’d recommend for food- and this is somewhere that came up trumps. Situated on the front of the harbour, L’Artista Pizzeria Napoletana is pretty much a one-stop shop if you want bloody delicious Italian food in Palma. For cloud-like fluffy crusts on Neapolitan thin bases, delicious desserts and a menu with enough pictures of mouth-watering dishes that you’ll be there all day deciding what to order- it’s no wonder this place is so popular (we were lucky to get a table without booking) and if you’re in doubt I can’t recommend this spot enough.
Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 34, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
La Seu Cathedral
It feels like it goes without saying to include such a monumental building on this list, but even if you don’t pay for the tour (which we didn’t have time to do), taking a walking around Palma’s stunning Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral is a bit of a must do. With gardens and a totally postcard-perfect view, it’s the most beautiful spot to watch the sun go down and truly absorb the city.
Whether you’re in search of some local treasures, a new interior design love, an outfit for your evening out or even a chic guide book (which I’m sure is 2019’s answer to a postcard)- Rialto Living is the perfect place. A little like Liberty in Palma, it has a gorgeous courtyard café for an afternoon treat- and is pretty much the ultimate concept store in the city.
Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
After having this shop highly recommended by Mama Magpie, I dragged Joe along to have a nosey at some of their treasures. With everything from the most beautiful wicker and rattan basket bags, to local Spanish jewellery designers- it took all of my self control to not do a complete accessory overhaul (just leaving with a controlled pair of earrings instead).
For coffee lovers and breakfast fiends alike, Café Riutort is the perfect spot for some delicious, fresh Spanish brunch. Although they have a wealth of creative dishes for the culinary adventurer- they also specialise in simple toasts with crushed tomato, flavoured to perfection and paired with morning favourites such as the humble ripe avocado. A true hidden gem that will make you feel like a true local.
Carrer del Carme, 25, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Finally, before we hit the road we couldn’t resist a visit to Rosevelvet Bakery. Specialising in the mother of all cheesecakes (as well as brunch, cakes and coffee) we picked up a brownie and peanut butter cookie for the journey and were thrilled we had decided to make the trip there.
Carrer de la Missió, 15, Local 1, 07003 Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain