The Mallorquins love their baked goods, particularly pastries, and are fiercely proud of traditional delicacies such as the famous ensaïmada, a traditional Mallorcan pastry. As a result, when strolling around Mallorca’s capital Palma, you’re rarely far from one of its numerous bakeries. We’ve come up with a list of the best, from traditional pastries and artisan breads hot out of the oven, to decorative cakes and novelty croissant-muffin hybrids.
Bits of Glory
Bits of Glory sell just a handful of different pastries, with their specialty being the cruffin – essentially a muffin-shaped croissant. While the range is limited, their display is tantalising, with each of the towering pastries a miniature work of art. The cruffins filled with custard cream and topped with homemade honeycomb are one of our favourites, as are the chocolate ones with a pretzel topping. They also bake some glorious cakes to order, and if savoury items are more your thing, very tasty foccacias.
Plaça Mare de Déu de la Salut 3 Bajo, 07002 Palma +34 871 51 56 00
An unassuming shopfront and a dimly lit interior mean that it is easy to walk past Panaderia Fiol and assume it’s closed or not worth a look, but don’t be fooled. Once inside, the light may remain disconcertingly off, but on the counter you’ll find trays of croissants that are among the best we’ve tasted. Buttery, soft, and delicious, the homemade pastries are so tasty they can’t be good for you, but it’s hard to resist popping in.
Carrer de la Carnisseria, 6, 07001 Palma +34 971 73 38 89
The Rosevelvet Bakery is a small cafe with a pretty courtyard and a mouthwatering array of baked goods. A fantastic place to stop for coffee (as well as breakfast or lunch) the cakes in here are irresistible. Freshly baked every day, there is an ever-changing selection, with the lemon tart and the New York cheesecake being particularly good. The coffee is excellent, too.
Carrer de la Missió, 15 Local 1, 07003 Palma +34 871 70 69 46
Horno Santo Cristo
Horno Santo Cristo has a small chain of bakeries in Palma and have been making ensaïmadas since 1910. They even deliver to mainland Spain and Portugal, with takeaway pastries served in the classic octagonal pizza-style boxes. While the traditional icing-sugar dusted swirls are a firm favourite for breakfast, the sweeter cream-filled or angel hair (caramelised pumpkin fibre) versions are popular later in the day. Tea, coffee, sandwiches, and the local almond cake are also available, but this place is really all about Mallorca’s much loved ensaïmada.
Carrer de Sant Miquel, 47, 07002 Palma +34 971 72 55 28
Fornet de la Soca
A trip to the artisan bakery of Fornet de la Soca is a must on any trip to Palma. A traditional bakery with a strong focus on authenticity, this is the place to go if you want to taste classic mallorquin baking. Using high-quality, local, and often organic produce, this bakery brings back to life long-forgotten recipes from around the Balearic Islands. They offer a huge range of delicious sweet and savoury pastries, from the classic ensaïmada, to the pizza-like coca de trampó and panades (small meat pies) and cocarroi (vegetable pasties).
Carrer de Sant Jaume, 23, 07012 Palma +34 673 49 94 46
If you’re looking for a tasty and interesting loaf of freshly baked bread, D’Horno is the place to go. A small bakery right at the heart of the old town, this place sells some seriously delicious loaves, with everything from classic baguettes and seeded bloomers, to breads stuffed with peppers and goats cheese, fruit and nuts, and even a curry loaf. There are also a handful of pastries, sandwiches and quiches behind the counter, but really it’s all about bread, bread, bread.
Calle Carnisseria, 9, 07001 Palma +648 73 22 65