Mallorca has a thousand and one things to show you: and a highlight is the delicious cuisine, so we’re going to tell you all about it so you and the family can enjoy the experience.
Travelling with your children is a pleasure that you look forward to all year long, and if you’ve decided to visit Mallorca, you’re sure to be enchanted by the food. Will you let us give you some ideas? One of the stand-out products is delicious homemade ice cream. Children love it, and here on the island, they can try the best there is! You must visit Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo when you visit Palma, an emblematic business that serves homemade ice creams with flavours from the island: almond, hazelnut, apricot, coffee cream, or cava, uniquely served in a glass. Don’t leave without trying the beautifully moist ‘cuarto’ sponge cake, or the traditional ‘ensaimada’ sweet pastry, made on the premises and ideal to eat with a classic hot chocolate. Did you know that ice cream came about around 1700 when snow was collected in the ‘cases de neu’ (ice houses) in the Serra de Tramuntana, taken to the city and blended with fruit? Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo has three cafés in Palma: the oldest one on Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, which conserves part of the original café from 1700; another on Carrer Baró de Santa Maria del Sepulcre, 5, and a third on Carrer Sindicat, 74, on the corner of the Avingudes.
Leaving the city behind, we take a trip to the famous Sa Fàbrica de Gelats de Sóller that sells ice cream with flavours typical of this part of the island: made from oranges from the valley. Its products are branded ‘Fet a Sóller’ and they are made without using any artificial colours or flavourings. Why not be adventurous and try a different flavour? Maybe Sóller prawn? Sit and watch the traditional tram trundle by, or maybe find a spot from where you can admire the view of the picturesque Port de Sóller.
Chargrilled meats, ‘arròs brut’, ‘frit’, ‘tumbet’, ‘trempó’ or ‘sopas mallorquinas’. Just thinking about these dishes is making our mouths water! Sobrasada, Mahon cheese, ‘camaiot’ or ‘botifarró torrat’, served with rustic bread or sourdough rubbed with ‘ramallet’ tomatoes…. we’re talking about another popular Mallorcan food, pa amb oli, which is super simple but delicious, often served with ‘fonoll marí’, olives, green peppers, pickles, figs, or a pot of ‘all i oli’. There are several places in Palma that specialise in pa amb oli, such as Bar Cabrera, on Carrer Can Baró, 9; or Sa Llimona, in the Santa Catalina neighbourhood, Carrer Sant Magí, 80. If we move away from the city, Restaurante Tigy’s in Sant Elm will prepare a pa amb oli for you after your swim, so you can sit and enjoy your food while admiring a panoramic view of Sa Dragonera. The restaurant serves a wide variety of options, but the most popular is the one topped with sardines. In Montuïri, you’ll find Bar S’Hostal, on Carrer Constitució, 59, which only serves ‘pa amb oli’, nothing else. Restaurante Ca’l Dimoni, on the Palma-Manacor Road, km 21, in Algaida, is another classic venue where you can sample a variety of typical Mallorcan dishes.