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Markets of Palma

August 2016 | Места | Mallorca

Every day foodstuffs from the sea and land of Mallorca reach Palma’s markets, which have now become the ‘cool’ gastronomy option.
  • El Olivar ©Tolo Balaguer
  • El Olivar ©Tolo Balaguer
  • El Olivar ©Tolo Balaguer

The city’s markets contain stalls selling the best fruit and vegetables on the island, fish and seafood caught by the local fleet, high-quality meats, local cheeses and cold cuts like the emblematic sobrasada, and also spices, pulses, dried fruit and nuts, wines and liqueurs. Establishments visited by Mallorca’s best chefs, who search for, and find seasonal products here which they use to prepare succulent creations.

Also abundant are the ready-made food options to take away, with a particular emphasis on Mallorcan cuisine, with dishes like aubergines stuffed with meat, Mallorcan-style snails or tumbet — a sublime combination of potato, red pepper and aubergine. But also, in recent years the markets of Santa Catalina and Olivar have turned into popular gastronomy venues, where one can enjoy a breakfast llonguet — a local bread roll served hot spread with tomato, virgin olive oil and salt —, choose an aperitif of tapas or eat fresh fish, oysters with cava or freshly-made sushi.

Essential places, frequented by locals and foreign residents, where you can soak up the local atmosphere and discover the best gastronomy at accessible prices informally, in small establishments with spaces where events like show cooking take place regularly.

Baked delights
Cocas topped with roasted red peppers or trempó (green pepper, onion and tomato), vegetable cocarrois and pork, chicken or lamb empanadas, or pies, are authentic snacks one can try in the bakeries in the markets. Titbits that taste of the region made, in Santa Catalina, by the Garau or Coll bakeries, and in Olivar market by Forn de Ca na Teresa — with homemade products — or Fibonacci, with its ecological loaves and a bar where you can feast on salads, sandwiches and cakes.

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