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Many of the best restaurants are situated in Palma, but head out to coastal towns such as Port d’Andratx and Porto Colom and you’ll also find acclaimed restaurants offering fine-dining experiences.
Yet you don’t need to eat in five-star establishments to enjoy high quality cuisine. Across the island, restaurants serve everything from fresh seafood and paella to traditional fare in old wine cellars, plus fusion cuisine and sushi.
Be sure to head to one of the markets too, and jostle with local women for fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and cured meats. Palma’s very old but incredibly trendy Mercat de l'Olivar will awaken your senses, and where else can you quaff oysters and Champagne at 11am amid the salty scent of a bustling fish market?
Both seafood and hearty countryside ingredients play a role in Majorcan food, with olives, rabbit, snails and pork featuring heavily in traditional dishes.
Be sure to try pa amb oli (bread with olive oil), a humble dish that is essentially the age-old Majorcan take on a sandwich. Rustic bread is rubbed with local ramellet tomatoes and potent garlic, then topped with strong hard cheeses or the famous sobrasada, a paprika-infused sausage paste.
You also won’t be able to miss the famous ensaïmadas in their tell-tale octagonal boxes. This coiled pastry is an island favourite and is eaten plain or stuffed with peaches or cream.
In Palma, pintxos are the trendy new version of tapas, although their origins are actually decades old.
Bite-sized slices of bread topped with all manner of meats, cheeses, seafood and tortilla are washed down with a glass of local wine or caña (small beer).
On the subject of local wines, be sure to ask the waiter for something Majorcan. You’re in for a real treat as there are dozens of wineries producing extremely good reds, whites and rosés.
For those on a budget or who simply want to dine like kings at a fraction of the cost, the midweek menu del dia (menu of the day) is a godsend.
A deal consisting of three courses (plus wine, of course) for €10 is offered by many local restaurants. Soups, rice dishes, meats and potatoes feature heavily and it’s a great way to get to know the locals (who also take full advantage of this cracking offer).
For an evening out that goes on into the night, check out our guide to nightlife in Majorca.
Sharing tapas is a relaxing way to eat in Majorca, but keep an eye on the prices as ham, seafood and even cheese can be surprisingly expensive.