One of the last remaining traditional basketries in Palma, Mimbreria Vidal has been run by the same family for decades and sells every kind of wicker item you can imagine. Almost impossible to walk past and not be drawn in, the whole place is filled with baskets in every colour, shape and size, as well as wicker mats, hammocks, chairs, hats and much more. The most popular items with tourists and locals alike are the senallas – traditional wicker basket bags with leather straps that are commonly used as beach bags and are hand-woven on the island from local palm leaves. After buying your wares, it’s worth popping next door to Ca La Seu, which was also a basketry for hundreds of years but is now a fantastic pintxos bar.
Carrer dels Hostals, 4, Palma, Spain +34 971 71 12 43
The Thursday morning market in Inca town centre covers many streets and is the biggest on the island. At first glance, it seems as though there are mostly stalls selling cheap tat, but on further inspection there are plenty of quality goods too – the market is so huge that it can take a while to get your bearings and figure out which sections are better than others. The artisan craft stalls are generally very good and have wooden items, baskets, olive oil and delicious deli-style foods. Inca is famous for its leather goods, so there is an abundance of stalls selling shoes and bags. If shoes are what you’re after, famous Mallorcan shoe brand Camper has a factory shop on the outskirts Inca. The train from Palma to Inca is an easy – and cheap – half-hour journey.
Calle Pau, 0, Inca, Spain +34 971 50 57 45
The Gordiola Vidrios de Arte glass factory, museum and shop are well worth a visit, particularly if you have room in your suitcase for a vase or two. The Gordiola family have been involved in the craft of glass-making since the 1700s, with the museum detailing the history of the family and glass-making in general. You can watch craftsmen at work in the factory and the shop sells a huge array of traditional glassware including glasses, jugs, vases, lamps, candlesticks and many other household decorative items. The palm tree-inspired items make ideal holiday souvenirs.
Carretera Palma-Manacor, KM 16, Algaida, Spain +34 971 66 50 46
Harvested traditionally in the salt lakes at the Salines of Es Trenc in the south of the island, this gourmet Flor de Sal d’es Trenc sea salt has nothing added or taken away in the production process and is completely natural. Often combined with Mediterrean herbs, spices or fruits, the salt is sold in beautifully labelled tins and makes a fantastic gift or souvenir from your trip to Mallorca.
Ctra. de Campos a Colonia Sant Jordi, Campos, Spain +34 971 65 56 29
If food is your thing, then perhaps some sobrassada sausage, delicious olive oil or other local delicacy will suit your needs. The indoor market in Palma’s hip Santa Catalina area has numerous stalls, laden with traditional meats and cheeses, fantastic Spanish and Mallorcan wines and liqueurs, as well as delicatessen-style stalls with oils, chutneys, honey and other beautifully packaged goodies. You can soak up the buzz of the market while enjoying a glass of chilled Cava and even some fresh sushi. The market is open everyday except Sundays, with most stalls closing after lunch.
Plaça de la Navegació, Palma de Mallorca, Spain +34 971 73 07 10
One of the coolest markets I've been to in all my travels. The have everything. For people who like sopressada? Cut right in front of you ready to eat. Fresh veggies and fruits and nuts oh my! Cakes, sweets, and gelato oh my! And one last thing that I find unique? They have a few different drinking holes in the market that, if you saddle up to the bar, will cook whatever you just bought from the vendors. Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, they'll make your breakfast or lunch with your ingredients while you sit patiently sipping on whatever beverage you choose. Is there any other way to shop in the world? Hey New Seasons, get with the program pal! #wanderlust #travelforlife #theyearoflivingdangerously #getinmybelly #thepursuitofhappiness #fuckyeah
An artisan textile factory producing traditional Mallorcan fabrics, Teixits Vicens is a family company and has been running since the mid 1800s. The Mallorcan ikat fabric is known locally as Roba de Llengües (cloth of tongues) and on weekday mornings you can visit the workshop above the premises where the products are made. The shop itself is bright and bold, with bolts of fabric, handmade espadrilles, bags, cushion covers and other items crafted from the distinctive patterned cloth. A fantastic place to grab yourself a stunning handmade and genuine Mallorcan souvenir or gift for someone back home.
Rotonda Can Berenguer, Pollença, Spain +34 971 53 04 50