If you’re coming to Palma this year, you’re in for an adventure. This city has something for everyone. And as you’ll be staying at Nakar Hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy the best location to explore the city and make the most out of your stay. Today we would like to guide you through the city to get to Palma’s most emblematic shops. As our hotel is located in the city centre, we are very close to all of them, so just take it as a proposition for a nice morning or afternoon walk through Palma’s Old Town. Let’s get going!
Palma’s most emblematic shops
La Pajarita – gourmet products since 1872
Our first stop will be ‘La Parajita’, a typical Majorcan (and kind of the ‘since ever and for ever’) shop where you will find a spectacular selection of gourmet products and tons of delicious chocolate bonbons. Other traditional products to be bought at this beautiful shop are butchery products (like sobrassada), cheese, ensaïmadas and just a great variety of gourmet products from the island. This store is located on the also very famous ‘San Nicolás’ street, in the heart of Palma’s Old Town.
Cerería La Real – the traditional candle store in Palma
Enrique Vives started the candle business between 1917 and 1923, which was run by his wife. At that time, the grandfather of the current owner, Guillem Ramis, was his supplier and supplied the shop with the candles he made in his factory in Secar de la Real. In 1989, Guillem Ramis Carbonell took over the shop and gave it the current name of ‘Cereria La Real’, in memory of his grandfather’s factory. After Guillem’s retirement, his son Nicolás Ramis Cuenca, the fourth generation of the family, has taken over the business and continues the tradition of lighting the candles that lighten up many churches in the city centre.
Alpargatería La Concepción – a Majorcan espadrille shop like no other
If you’re walking on Calle de la Concepción, before reaching the end of the street, you’ll immediately see some baskets hanging on a façade. You’ve arrived at the handmade footwear shop with true Majorcan essence. ‘Alpargatería La Concepción’ is run by Jerónima Fernández and offers a wide assortment of traditional shoes from the Balearic Islands: porqueres, patateras, ibicencas, and other models of handmade footwear have been dressing the feet of Majorcans for over eighty years, with the satisfaction of having always worked with local manufacturers.
Llibrería Quart Crexient – a bookshop at the service of Catalan culture since 1982
Quart Creixent is a historic bookshop in Palma, a pioneer in the exclusive sale of books in Catalan. It is located in the Old Town, in Carrer Rubí, very close to Plaça Major. It was inaugurated in 1982 by Antoni Artigues, Jaume Corbera and Maria Pons, who left the project soon after; later Arnau Amer and Dolors Fernández were added and, a little later, Miquel Serra and Jerònia Oliver. The bookshop was born with the aim of giving books in Catalan the importance they have, which is why from the beginning Quart Creixent only sells books, magazines, records, videos and games in Catalan.
Floristería Miquel Capellà – the flower shop by excellence in Palma
This flower shop is a family business founded in 1948 in the Santa Catalina market, where it is still located. Run by Cati Capellá, who represents the third generation of the Capellà Moll family, the stall has a special vibe. They definitely make some of the most beautiful flower bouquets on the island and they always have the freshest and most beautiful flowers to choose from. If you’re looking for a special gift, this is the place to go to.
Bar Bosch – typical Majorcan ‘llonguets’ and centuries of history
Shortly after Jaume Bosch bought ‘Bar Bosch’, the Civil War broke out. However, he managed to survive the war and keep the business running. Not only is it famous for serving the best ‘llonguets’ in Palma, but also for being a place where customer service is impeccable. The current owner, Nofre Flexas, stresses the importance of ‘pampering the customers who coexist with tourists in one of the meeting points for many families in Palma’. No question asked, ‘Bar Bosch’ needs to be on the list of emblematic shops in Palma.
‘Colmado La Montaña’ – Mediterranean delicatessen in Palma
Francisco Miralles wanted to be a sculptor, but the outbreak of the Civil War, which forced him to enlist, made him abandon his Arts studies. At the end of the conflict, he founded the grocer’s shop La Montaña and began to cycle around different farmers’ houses, who supplied him with the best cheeses on the island. In 1960, he introduced sobrasada as the shop’s star product, winning the International Quality Award that certified the product’s category. Since 2012, after passing through the hands of Mateo Fiol, the brand has been owned by Mallorca Delicatessen, which has expanded the offer with oils, honeys, jams, liqueurs and other foods, maintaining the seal of quality that has characterised the grocer’s shop since its beginnings. It also has a space inside the Olivar market.
Forn de Sa Soca (former ‘Forn des Teatre’) – traditional Majorcan recipes in a stunning historic building
When walking around Palma, in the area of Plaza Weyler and ‘Teatre Principal’, there’s a shop window that stands out from all the others. It’s the one at ‘Forn de Sa Soca’. The 19th century building home to the bakery has a modernist façade and has been protected for its artistic value. The bakery opened its doors in 1916. However, beyond its visual appeal, this place hides much more than just a pretty façade. After the economic crisis of 2008, the business underwent name and ownership changes, while maintaining the original structure, thus preserving a piece of the city’s history. In this context, El Fornet de Sa Soca was born, when Tomeu Arbona and his wife María José Orero, decided to reinvent themselves as chefs.
We hope you liked our selection of emblematic shops in Palma. At Nakar Hotel we definitely take local shopping seriously and we’d love for you to get to know our city and traditions through its shops. If you have any questions regarding how to get to some of the shops listed above, please contact our team at the front desk, as they will be happy to help.