Palma de Mallorca is a vibrant and exciting city, easy to explore, and fun to get lost in. One of the best ways to immerse yourself is to stroll down the back streets, making pit stops for ice-cold beers and tapas along the way. Tapas is an integral part of Palma’s foodie culture, and is also a fantastic way of cheaply eating yourself around the city. To avoid falling into any tourist-traps, here are three of the best tapas bars in Palma.
1. The Tapas Club
Only quarter of an hour from the centre of Palma de Mallorca, you will stumble upon the Portixol area. Once a run-down fishing quarter, it has now been spruced up to become a prime location, with luxury hotels, top-class restaurants and renovated fishermens’ cottages. The Tapas Club serve fantastic cocktails and generous tapas plates, including baby squid, meatballs, prawns, goats cheese and greek salad, and chorizo. They also offer a great-value set lunch menu.
Taste, in the centre of town, is the perfect place to stop and re-charge when shopping in Palma de Mallorca. It is hugely popular with locals – always a good sign – and its colour-coded plates make for a fun experience that also helps you keep track on what you are spending. Dishes are very reasonable, considering its prime location, and the patatas bravas (crispy potatoes smothered in a rich, spicy tomato sauce) and pintxos (small kebabs) are the best of the bunch. Diners can help themselves to cold tapas served on the bar if you’re after something really quick.
Just like Tast, at Lizarran you can also help yourself to the cold tapas on the bar. Dishes include Serrano ham, roasted peppers and prawns on French bread. This is definitely not a fancy restaurant, but rather somewhere guests come to experience a cosy, local atmosphere. Instead of colour-coded plates, you pay your bill by the waiter counting the number of toothpicks left on your plate. If you fancy something a bit more substantial, tuck in to one of their a la carte main meals, featuring veal, loin, fried fish and chicken – all made with locally-sourced ingredients. They make a fantastic cocktail too, including a Caipirinha – perfect for washing down a selection of tapas in Palma de Mallorca.
These are just a few of the many amazing restaurants and Tapas bars in the centre of Palma de Mallorca however on almost every cirner you will find fabulous food incredible service and a warm and friendly welcome from people who really love food.