Best shopping in Palma
Palma is a shopping paradise and when asked where you can shop best, you can almost say: everywhere. But there are also the hotspots. Whether international fashion chains, charming boutiques, Mallorca trend stores, vintage articles, luxury goods, souvenirs, delicacies or wine shops - the opulence with which Palma scores here is more than worthy of an island capital..
The most famous shopping streets in Palma are Paseo del Borne, Avenida Jaime III and Carrer de Sant Miguel including Carrer Jaime II. From high-priced designer shops to local shops with a select range of products, everything is represented here. Especially in the small alleys of the old town there are so many insider tips, which should not be ignored, especially if you want to shop for something extraordinary. In many respects trends are set on Mallorca. The creative people prefer the small streets in the in quarters like Santa Catalina rather than the boulevards.
Shopping tours in Palma are particularly worthwhile during the autumn and January sales. This is where the luck of the bargain can strike you. But also in summer, a Palma trip through the shops, possibly in combination with sightseeing, will easily become a fulfilling day trip. And because shopping makes you hungry, a real shopping ceremony in Palma naturally includes a snack. If you want to enjoy Spanish delicacies, stop off at the Olivar Market or the Mercat de Santa Catalina with perhaps the largest selection of Mallorcan snacks and products. Or you can stop in one of the countless cafés, bars and restaurants to put the bags down for a moment and exchange them for a coffee.
Heart of Palma shopping - Passeig des Borne
Probably the most beautiful boulevard in Palma is a feast for the eyes. The windows of the upscale boutiques and those of the old-established Majorca merchants are not the only reason. The biblical plantanes, which provide welcome shade in summer, and the dignified architecture of some of the Art Nouveau facades make a stroll along Borne Boulevard a glamorous pleasure. Relaxed and curious, you stroll past Hugo Boss and Massimo Dutti, Zara and Louis Vuitton. A detour to Calle Sant Felio leads to the lifestyle hotspot Rialto Living - the showroom is a must see. Just like the Bar Bosch, which is an institution. Opened in the 1930s by a chef, the bar quickly became a popular meeting place in Palma. Its good reputation was also followed by many celebrities who stopped by for a drink. The guest book bears more than 100 signatures of illustrious personalities.
The Paseo del Borne (or Passeig des Borne) extends between the Plaza de la Reina and the Turtle Fountain in the Plaza Rei Joan Carles I. If you move eastwards from here, follow the small streets to the Placa de Frederic Chopin and further to the Carrer de Sant Nicolau. You are already right in the middle of the turmoil of the small alleyways of the old town, where one shop follows the other. Here, it is best to let yourself be carried along and decide by eye which shop you would like to see from the inside.
Shopping in the old town of Palma
Shopping Avenida Jaime III
Not for nothing does Palma's main shopping mile bear a royal name - it is worthy of the variety, choice and exclusivity of some of the brands based here. Everything you may or may not be looking for you will find here - and a shady piece of Palma to boot. In the passages to the right and left of the wide street you will pass the shop windows of international brands. The Avenida Jaime III serves all styles and generations. You can buy very exclusive products here and just as well make a bargain. The shopping experience starts at the Cartier jewellery or the Rituals wellness brand, passing by Camper shoe fashion and Pikolinos Palma, Calzedonia, Kiko Milano, as well as shops selling modern women's and men's clothing, bridal and festive fashions, galleries and restaurants.
Stopover at Corte Ingles
If you prefer something compact, stop by the department store Corte Ingles and work your way through the floors. For a break from shopping, the roof terrace of the Nakar Hotel with its sensational view is recommended. The Avenida Jaume III directly connects to the Paseo del Borne. So you can combine both well and at the end you continue to the Carrer Unio. Here, the shop windows and the shopping offer are smaller, but not less selected. The Chocolat Factory and the Gran Hotel are definitely worth the detour and the atmosphere past the Placa de Mercat is worth the trip anyway.
Most of them turn here and go back the Paseo del Borne, others move straight on to the Rambla, also called Palmas Flower Street. Between the fragrant blossoms you can shop here in small ladies' fashion boutiques, antique shops or at Bang&Olufsen.
Shopping Carrer de Sant Miguel
Probably the biggest challenge for shopping fans is the Carrer de Sant Miguel. In the stream of the many shops and people on this mile one can get lost. But it is also simply an experience to follow this street through the city. The best place to start your shopping tour is the Placa d'Espanya. There is a parking garage and it is the central point for bus and train connections of the island. From the square, go straight ahead and then keep left - you can't miss the bustle. After a few meters you cross the Placa Olivar with the market hall. Here you can shop for typical Majorcan snacks and fresh produce - delicious, straight to your hand. And on to Sant Miguel, passing fashion boutiques, opticians and lingerie shops, shoe shops, souvenir shops, chocolatiers and jewellers.
Stopover Placa Major
Through one of the charming archways you will reach the Placa Major - the central square of Palma. Here you will be welcomed by warm facades and beautiful architecture, by street artists, traders and the sounds of a historic market. We recommend that you pause for a moment to soak up the sun, before sliding over to the Carrer Jaume II on the right-hand side. Here too, the crowds are packed. Children's clothing, Mallorca souvenirs, a traditional hat shop and other good shopping addresses follow. It is best to walk to Placa de Cort, where you can see the centuries-old olive tree.
Close by there is the Mallorca Pearl Museum and a branch of the Natura brand, which is popular on the island. A detour to the popular Secret-Shop and via the Carrer de Colom you will get back to the Placa Major. Also this stretch is still paved with some boutiques.
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Palma Shopping in Santa Catalina
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the big shopping miles, you will find yourself in a different world in the in district of Santa Catalin. Casual, modern, relaxed and with some surprises. A shopping tour through Santa Catalina is best started with a breakfast in the oldest market hall of the island in the Plaça de la Navegació. All around you get a nice impression of the style in Santa Catalina, in former times the fishermen's quarter and still today like a small village. Of course, during the stroll around the market hall, one also stands some time in front of one of the concept stores, vintage shops, second hand shops or interior designers as "Bconnected" and "Frida Watson". If the range on offer reminds you of Scandinavian residential idyll, you've come to the right place. Santa Catalina is also often called Little Scandinavia because it has attracted a striking number of Swedes, Norwegians and Danes.
Besides the small shops and studios of hat makers, shoemakers and other craftsmen, Santa Catalina is mainly a nightlife district with always new restaurants and bars, bistros and fusion kitchens. A stroll here can quickly become a gourmet's delight. But it is worthwhile to simply continue walking towards the sea and discover the small quarter El Jonquet with its windmills, which also belong to Santa Catalina. In the midst of the changes and development that the district has undergone in the last 10 years, there is an institution with a permanent presence: the ironmongery Ferreteria La Central, located on Sant Magí street. Opened as early as 1908, the family still sells things there that cannot be found anywhere else.
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Besides downtown Palma, there are two other large shopping centres that invite you to stroll: Porto Pi, directly in front of the harbour on the Paseo Maritimo, and the FAN Shopping Centre between Palma and Arenal, opened in 2016 (accessible by bus or car). Both centers have a beautiful outdoor area with a large terrace and a variety of national and international shops. At the gates of Palma, more precisely in Marratxi, there is another shopping attraction: "Festival Park Outlet". On about 35,000 sqm you will find everything you expect from a shopping centre: well-known brands at strong prices. All this is surrounded by a selected entertainment offer: 3D cinema, bowling alleys, Barbie museum and restaurants.
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