A guide to authentic Mallorcan cuisine

Bursting with Mediterranean flavour, Mallorca’s food scene is worth exploring


A guide to authentic Mallorcan cuisine

Bursting with Mediterranean flavour, Mallorca’s food scene is worth exploring

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Blessed with bountiful, locally grown produce, Mallorcan cuisine is rooted in the flavours of a typically Mediterranean culture. Naturally, its food is similar to mainland Spain, yet it draws on African and Roman influences as well. With its juicy lemons, shiny Padrón peppers and freshly caught seafood, the Balearic island is abundant with tasty organic ingredients that lend themselves perfectly to simple, delicious food. Here, we guide you on a journey through true Mallorcan food.

Olives and olive oil at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa


What to eat

For breakfast, Mallorcans love ensaïmadas. In fact, they’re one of the island’s signature eats. A sweet or savoury swirl of pastry rolled into a coil - much like Moroccan m’hanncha - ensaïmadas, that are perfect alongside a morning’s coffee.

Wherever you travel on the island, you won’t be far from the simple pa amb oli. A staple since the 18th century, a slice of fresh crusty bread is rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil and topped with plump, juicy slices of tomato. It’s the most versatile offering in Mallorcan cuisine, served at breakfast, as a snack or a more substantial bite when layered with sliced meats or cheese.

Unlike the French, who serve their snails baked with garlic butter, typical Mallorcan caragols are cooked in a blend of fresh herbs such as mint and fennel, and garnished with a generous helping of aïoli.

The scenic roads that cross the island are lined with almond trees, and it’s their freshly harvested nuts that make their way into many of Mallorca’s most popular desserts, such as moist almond cake or chewy turrón – a sweet nougat candy. Be sure to purchase some raw almonds from the market before you leave.

Jumeirah Port Soller Afternoon Tea

Where to dine

The island’s most noteworthy dining spots offer some great vantage points from which to savour views and the best local food. At Cap Roig Brasserie in Port de Sóller, your meal comes with dramatic clifftop vistas over the azure Balearic Sea. Indulge in the island’s freshest seafood delicacies such as octopus, red prawns or fish from the morning’s catch.

For a unique dining experience, Es Fanals serves exquisite Spanish Signature Cuisine located at the top of the hotel. The open kitchen allows you to watch the meals being forged in front of your eyes. Awaken your senses through a selection of 12 signature dishes or a tasting menu specially curated by chef Javier López.

Es Fanals Terrace tables overlooking mountain view


Where to shop

Palma is a great place to pick up some great foodie souvenirs. At Mercat Olivar – a well- stocked market hall – you can shop for dried fruits and herbs, cold-pressed olive oil and local nuts. Pause for some tapas on your stroll around the many stalls. Mallorca’s gourmet sea salt is internationally renowned, harvested from Flor de Sal on the east of the island. Find it at Santa Catalina Market in Palma along with seasonal fruit, vegetables, pickles and fresh, warm pastries.

On Thursday mornings locals and tourists alike flock to Inca, where you’ll find Mallorca’s largest market. Weave around the stalls and peruse the artisanal deli products, pretty craft items and souvenirs.

Mallorca market street


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