In 2015 the Vegan Society
declared Mallorca the top vegan holiday destination in Europe, so it’ll come as no surprise there’s no shortage of places in Palma
for diners who want to keep their meal strictly animal-free. We’ve narrowed the list down to give you a more digestible selection of the best veggie and vegan eateries island’s capital has to offer.
Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
(meaning feel good) opened in 1978 and, thanks to constant reinvention, is still going strong. It was the first vegetarian restaurant on the island and is now completely vegan, attracting a healthy mix of both locals and tourists. The head chef, Toni Rodriguez, is famed for his exotic creations — he has a vegan bakery line that is sold in the Whole Foods health store giant, as well as two published cookbooks under his belt. The four-course lunch menu is specifically designed to energise, while the dinner menu is a creative and delicious mix of raw and cooked foods at refreshingly low prices for such high quality fare.
Simply Delicious by Ronen
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, $$$
Fresh, healthy, and tasty Israeli and eastern Mediterranean food is what’s on offer at Simply Delicious
. It’s not completely meat-free but the vast majority of the dishes are either vegetarian or vegan, and the falafel, shakshuka and hummus platters are all fantastic (as is pretty much everything on the menu). Owner Ronan Levy, who is usually to be found chatting away to his many regular customers, is well travelled and his love of food along with interior design, shines through at this popular eatery.
Cafe, Healthy, Mediterranean, $$$
While Temple Natura
might not look like much from the outside, as well as being a health food and herbal medicine shop, it is also a vegan and vegetarian cafe and has a real hidden gem of a patio garden at the back. Food is light and tasty, served by friendly staff in a beautiful setting, plus there is an extensive beer and cocktail menu, accompanied by healthier juice options. It’s a lovely place to while away a couple of hours, with the bonus of regular art exhibitions put on in the garden.
Ziva to Go
Cafe, Healthy, $$$
Using only local or organic ingredients, Ziva
serves delicious raw and vegan food – mostly to takeaway in biodegradable containers. There are two locations in Palma
, one in Santa Catalina, and one in the old town, which has an attractive outdoor space with alfresco seating. They have an impressive range of smoothies and juices, as well as various non-dairy ‘milks’ for your coffee, and a mouth-watering array of sweet treats. Food includes a delicious raw ‘lasagne’, as well as numerous porridge, salad, and soup options. On the first Saturday of every month they also do a set price brunch (with an optional mimosa add-on). The food is so good here that many of their regular customers are not actually vegan but still keep coming back for more!
Cafe, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
Plaer Natural is a cosy, traditional-style restaurant with al fresco tables on a relatively quiet square in the old town. Run by a Mallorquin couple, and a popular locals hangout, this restaurant has a friendly, laid-back vibe and a deliberately slow pace so that customers can relax, enjoy their food and linger a while. The food is primarily vegetarian, but with plenty of vegan options, and the excellent menu del dia offers either three or four courses, which will leave you stuffed. They also have a great list of beers and wines — including some locally produced.