Whether you’re hankering after the traditional Mallorquin tostada con tomate
in a street-front cafe, fancy a cooked breakfast on a sea-view rooftop, café con leche
in a medieval plaza, or a full continental spread on a sandy beach, Palma
has the lot. So without further ado, chow down on our guide to the best spots in the city for a morning munch.
Mise En Place
Cafe, Tea , $$$
Mise En Place is a great place to start off a day in the old town – it’s tucked away in the corner of Plaza Mayor, almost hidden by a Burger King and various other more downmarket eateries on the historic main square. It has plenty of seating both outdoors and in, and don’t be put off by the tearoom-esque shabby-chic interior, the set price brunch is generous and tasty, and includes bacon and eggs, yoghurt and granola, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. It’s also a great place to sit on the square and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Santa Fe Café
Cafe, Spanish, $$$
Santa Fe Café consists of a handful of table and chairs in a sleepy little plaza of the same name, on the edge of the Old Town, in Sa Calatrava. Breakfast options are limited but tasty – it’s all about the tostada con tomate (served with pickled jalapeños and olives) and the excellent coffee. Relaxing and people-watching are the main reasons for coming here – the atmosphere is very chilled and the staff are particularly friendly. The trees create dappled shade over the tables, and locals drink beer and play cards at their regular tables. It’s also a great place to bring a book if you’re on your own.
Cafe, Healthy, $$$
Santosha only serves brunch on weekends, and their menu is extensive, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. They aim to use locally-sourced, organic and fair-trade produce wherever possible and the food is consistently delicious – home-made pastries, fruit salads, granola, eggs, avocado on toast, salt beef. Slightly cave-like, Santosha is not the place to go if you want sunshine, but it’s cosy and relaxed, the owners are very amiable, and it’s a popular breakfast haunt for families – if you take a table in the back room (where there is also a tiny courtyard), the kids can play in the adjoining playroom and you get to eat your eggs in peace.
The Sky Bar at Hostal Cuba
If you want a good value buffet breakfast, then the Sky Bar at Hostal Cuba is definitely the place to go. Located on the rooftop of an iconic building in the lively Santa Catalina neighbourhood, breakfast comes with unbeatable views over the marina and the Cathedral. The roof terrace is small so booking is advised, the array of food on offer is so huge that you will likely want to linger a while. This is a great place to set yourself up for the day with full cooked breakfasts, eggs, cold meats, freshly-squeezed juices, coffee, fruit, pastries (including the typically Mallorcan ensaimada) and much more, all included in the set price.
Cafe, Bakery, Healthy, Tea , $$$
The Rosevelvet Bakery wouldn’t look out of place in Williamsburg
, and is a welcome addition to Palma’s brunch scene. Tucked away in the old town, not far from La Rambla, this bakery and café is small with a definite hipster feel and a pretty, sunny courtyard. The cakes and pastries are to die for, the coffee great, and the ever-changing brunch options are truly excellent. Their zingy avocado on toast with a rocket salad on the side is particularly good and their Instagram page is enough to make anyone drool.
Bistro, Restaurant, Dim Sum, Asian, Thai, Fusion, $$$
During the week, Appetite Palma is an Asian fusion restaurant that’s only open in the evenings (and lunches Thursday and Friday), but at the weekends they open their doors at 11am and extend the menu. Their regular Asian-style light bites of dim sum and Korean buns are served along side brunch staples such as eggs benedict on potato rosti, pancakes (topped with crispy bacon), chicken quesadillas, and Appetite’s take on the obligatory brunch time Bloody Mary. The restaurant is tiny and there are only a couple of tables outside so it does get busy, but it’s certainly worth the wait.