One of the best parts about a Foodie Cycling holiday with me, Mar, is access to all the delicious foodie treats the island has to offer. There’s nothing better than working up an appetite cycling the inclines of the Serra de Tramuntana before stopping at an unassuming little restaurant to discover incredible food. Through my experience living and working on the island, I’ve come to know all the best spots which means you’ll try a great range of Mallorcan food – with no disappointing meals I promise!
Here are some of my discoveries to tempt you for your next trip.
Traditional & Tapas
You can’t come to Mallorca and not try tapas but it’s important to find the right place which will serve authentic tapas. In my opinion, one of the best places to try a range of delicious tapas would be the markets in Palma but my absolute favourite is Can Joan Frau bar in Palma. It’s bustling, full of locals, as it’s known as the meeting point for a pre-lunch tapa and it serves hands down the best tapas. If you’re seeking the best authentic Mallorcan food I would highly recommend Los Patos in Port d’Alcudia in the northeast of Mallorca. A real institution, it’s here you can try traditional dishes such as Sobrassada, lamb, lobster and paella. Another in-the-know spot is Miceli, set back in rural countryside. It has honest, seasonal food and a daily changing menu according to what looks good in the market and I can tell you it tastes very good on your plate too.
Being an island, we have as strong tradition of cooking fish and seafood, and you’ll find many examples of it on menus. But to try the best, you do need to know where to go. That’s where I come in. For the freshest just-caught fish and the tastiest fish paellas I would head to Palma and go to Sa Roqueta, an unassuming-looking restaurant that I absolutely love. I can also tempt you to Los Faroles in Puerto Pollensa which is right on the port and serves delectable grilled fish. To try traditional fish and seafood recipes, head to Bodega Barahona in Ses Salines to try authentic Mallorcan cuisine – such as the fish rice soup – so simple but so good. Their grilled calamari is also highly recommended too.
Not to Be Missed
Of course, it’s not just about seafood and tapas, personally I think the ambience of an eatery can be just as important. Which is why I always recommend that guests make time to have a romantic dinner at the organic Bistro at Hotel Son Brull – with its terrace and idyllic rural views, you won’t forget this meal in a hurry. Similarly, La Terraza in Port Alcudia is located right on the seafront and the ocean panorama is simply stunning. For another occasion meal, Ses Coves Café & Grill, encased by beautiful countryside has an incredible aged meat selection – perfect for treating yourself. Lastly, never forget about ice cream! My pick for the most delicious ice cream on the island is Can Miquel in Palma and Garrido in Pto Alcudia.
So now you have some of my in-the-know recommendations, there are many more – when are you coming to sample them in Mallorca with me?