West of Palma de Mallorca’s Avenida Argentina, Santa Catalina is one of the city’s most appealing areas – with the ambiance of a village combining old and contemporary characteristics and lifestyles. Named after a former hospital dedicated to Santa Catalina of Alexandria (patron saint of merchants and sailors), and close to the sea, it used to be the home of fishermen. Rope makers and flour millers also lived here and 18th-century windmills remain in C/ Industria and Es Jonquet.
Santa Catalina’s photogenic traditional old houses boast cheerfully painted façades, old wooden shutters, and small front balconies – many decorated with plants and flowers.
The beating heart of this area is its indoor market, supplying residents, yachts, and the numerous restaurants, cafés, and bars that make Santa Catalina a popular culinary meeting place. The modern Teatre Mar i Terra offers cultural entertainment.
Built in 1920, Mercat de Santa Catalina is Palma’s oldest food market and packed with stalls selling fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, and other gourmet products. Regular customers include discerning yacht and restaurant chefs, as well as local residents. Keen cooks will find vegetables on Frutas Ramón’s stall that are usually difficult to source on Mallorca. Refresh yourself at a traditional market bar, or go Japanese at Arume Sushi.
Mercat de Santa Catalina: www.mercatdesantacatalina.com
Frutas Ramón: www.frutasramon.com
More about Arume Sushi
Arume Sushi Bar in Palma Mallorca is a Japanese-Mediterranean restaurant. […] Arume Sushi Bar and Restaurant
World on a plate
From Lebanese (Rotana) to Peruvian/Japanese fusion (Sumaq), a world of cuisine is cooked up in Santa Catalina’s eateries. Asian food is on the menu at Appetite, Naan, Vietnam, Kathi Roll Factory, Horapa Thai, Basmati, Bindi, and Koh. Delicious Italian dishes are prepared at A Casa Mia and Bunker’s.
Diner lives up to its name, serving American fast food with flair. And catch the surfing vibe eating international cuisine at Duke.
Share excitingly different mezze selections at authentic Lebanese restaurant Rotana, with exotic Eastern decor.
Find authentic Lebanese cuisine in this large restaurant in Palma’s cosmopolitan Santa Catalina district. […] Restaurant Rotana
Scale the gastronomic peaks of Peru at Sumaq, which consistently wins rave reviews.
Peruvian fusion cuisine is one of the hottest gastronomic trends on the planet – and Sumaq in Santa Catalina is a great place to experience it. […] Sumaq Restaurant in Palma de Mallorca
One of our top 101 restaurants for 2016, Appetite is a small, cozy cafe-bistro serving classy South-East Asian cuisine.
Treat your palate and give your body a nutritious boost at Appetite, a creative restaurant dishing up exciting and healthy Pan-Asian cuisine in Santa Catalina. […] Appetite Restaurant
Head to Naan for street food at its very best: mouthwatering plates crammed with flavour.
A special find in Santa Catalina is the genius Naan, doing street food in its own original, mouth-wateringly tasty way. […] Naan Street Food in Palma
If you like strong, sharp flavours, you’ll love Vietnam Cafe Restaurant, which is as real as it gets.
Vietnam Café Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma de Mallorca bring ingredients from Vietnam to prepare delicious food from the east in a stylish, intimate atmosphere. […] Vietnam Café Restaurant in Palma
Relaxed and soulful with a few lovely outdoor tables, Bindi concentrates on raw ingredients to create great Indian food.
Bindi Indian Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma has a cosy, informal setting offering traditional home-made northern and southern Indian food. Certainly worth a try! […] Bindi Indian Restaurant Palma
Settle into the elegant surroundings of Basmati Indian Restaurant for delightful home-made cooking and welcoming hospitality.
Basmati Indian Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma has a romantic intimate feel serving authentic homemade food presented by the charming owner. […] Basmati Indian Restaurant Palma
Fresh fresh fresh: popular Thai and Asian restaurant Koh is frequently packed.
Flavours of the Orient await you in Palma de Mallorca’s Santa Catalina district. Enjoy Thai and Asian cuisine. Check it out and book your table. […] Thai & Asian Restaurant Koh
There’s something to please everyone at A Casa Mia, a spirited Italian joint embracing Mediterranean flair.
A Casa Mia Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma is a family affair offering authentic Italian cuisine fused with a Mallorcan influence. It’s an entertaining place! […] A Casa Mia Restaurant Palma
When you want quality casual food in a cool atmosphere, Duke is hard to beat.
Duke restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma is surfers paradise with an informal relaxed vibe where you can enjoy great food and service. Highly recommended. […] Duke Restaurant in Palma
Ethical, environmental, or health reasons won’t prevent you eating out in Santa Catalina. Simply Delicious by Ronen’s Israeli/Mediterranean menu includes vegetarian and vegan dishes. La Golondrina bistro-bar serves vegan cuisine, and Ziva to Go offers organic raw and vegan food.
Simply Delicious by Ronen: www.simplydelicious.es
La Golondrina: www.golondrina-palma.com
Organic and local ingredients – and a lot of love – go into the healthy vegan raw food and drinks at the new tucked-away Ziva to Go in Palma. […] Vegan raw food at Ziva to Go in Palma
Fly the flag!
Mediterranean and other regional Spanish dishes – with occasional international influences – are on the menu of the following good Santa Catalina eateries: the excellent Nuru; Gin Burger (yes, serving gins and high-quality burgers); contemporary restaurant Bros; market-neighbour Café Zanzibar, and Xoriguer – serving Basque cuisine and meats for more than 40 years.
Wonderful food, interesting people, happening location – NURU restaurant in Palma checks all the boxes for a first-rate lunch or dinner. […] NURU restaurant – the one & only
Want to eat where the Mallorcans lunch and dine? For more than four decades people are enjoying delightful meat dishes at this restaurant. […] Restaurant Xoriguer
Gin Burger: Facebook only
Café Zanzibar: www.restaurantecafezanzibar.com
Whether you want organic, vegetarian, or vegan food or products, you’ll find them in Santa Catalina. Lo Vegano was Mallorca’s first specialist vegan shop when it opened in 2013, and sells an impressive range of vegan food, personal care products, clothes, shoes, pet food, books, and more. For organic seasonal local produce and other foods, head to Santa Catalina’s Loveat store or, in the market, Ecoilla or Eco Sa Teulera.
More about Lo Vegano
The new vegan shop in Palma de Mallorca to buy your organic fresh fruit and vegetables is Lo Vegano. Check it out now! […] Lo Vegano serving Mallorca’s vegans
Stop for a hot drink and buy your daily bread too, at a bakery/café. The best are close to the market: a branch of the Fibonacci chain, and French-style La Madeleine de Proust. The Room café – now with new owners – opens from 08:00h, but bread must be ordered in advance.
La Madeleine de Proust: www.lamadeleine.es
The Room: Facebook only
Experienced yacht chef Katy Rosales owns and runs The Galley Club – a purpose-built cooking school and gastronomic space, just a short walk from Santa Catalina’s market.
The Galley Club offers more than 30 different cooking courses, including evening workshops for everyone from kitchen novices to people keen to expand their culinary horizons. Those wanting to become professional yacht chefs or ‘stewies’ can learn the necessary skills on specialist courses here.
More about The Galley Club
If you would like to improve your cooking skills then The Galley Club in Palma de Mallorca is a great place to learn. Regular cookery classes and indivdual workshops available. […] The Galley Club
Enjoy a sleepover
Take full advantage of the many restaurants and bars in Santa Catalina by spending a 4-star night away from home in this cosmopolitan area. Check in at the Hostal Cuba (10 double rooms, two junior suites, and three suites) or choose one of five apartment-suites at Stay Catalina Boutique Hotel-Apartments.
Stay Catalina Boutique Hotel-Apartments: www.staycatalina.com
Bird’s eye view
Enjoy the best drink-with-a-view in Santa Catalina at Hostal Cuba’s Sky Bar. Atop this emblematic colonial-style building, dating from 1904, it’s open in the evenings for cocktails and other drinks, and offers a stylish setting in which to soak up – and photograph – awesome Bay of Palma, city, and sunset views.
Hostal Cuba: www.hotelhostalcuba.com
Achieve the goal of a healthy mind in a healthy body with the help of Santa Catalina-based international specialists.
Lucky Bodies & Happy Souls is an all-in-one treatment centre, where Patric, Petró,and Sarah offer yoga, naprapathy, and Rolfing, in a creative and welcoming environment. Earth Yoga’s spacious studio is open daily, with experienced teachers leading classes in different yoga disciplines – including Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha, and Yin – as well as meditation.
Earth Yoga: www.earthyoga.es
Lucky Bodies & Happy Souls: www.luckybodies.com
Complete that wellbeing feeling with expert hair styling. German hairdresser Stefan Werner worked independently in Munich before opening his Estefan salon here in 2001, where he uses Logona plant-based haircare and natural hair-colouring products. English-owned Eden Hairdressing offers cutting and colouring expertise and wedding hairstyle services, using mainly Redken products.
Stefan Werner: www.estefan-palma.com
Eden Hairdressing: Facebook only
Indulge in some professional beauty care in Santa Catalina. Opened during 2015, Blush Nail & Beauty Lounge offers a range of treatments, including mani/pedi, eyebrow and lash tinting, facials, waxing, massage, body treatments and make-up. English, Spanish, and Swedish spoken.
Blush Nail & Beauty Lounge: www.blushpalma.com
Love is all around!
And so is the name bconnected. The owners of this multi-concept business – with offices and stores around Santa Catalina – operate under the philosophy of ‘do what you love, and love what you do’.
Over more than two decades their company has expanded with their interests and passions, and includes a real estate office, home projects service, and fashion, living, and concept stores, selling items sourced during the owners’ travels.
Live the high life
Buying the three-storey architectural gem Can Pujol would mean living in fine style in Santa Catalina. Built in 1904, this listed property – attributed to architect Gaspar Reynés Coll – is superbly renovated, with many beautiful Art Nouveau features. You’d feel on top of the world on the large sunny roof terrace.
More about Can Pujol
Discover the renovated wonder that is Can Pujol – a listed townhouse in Santa Catalina painstakingly restored and ready to welcome the right owner. […] Through the keyhole in Santa Catalina
Attractive furniture and accessories store Syzygy offers stand-out contemporary pieces – including striking wall art – that will become talking points. Vintage furniture (including Danish designer pieces) from the 50s, 60s, and 70s can be found at Frida Watson’s carefully stocked shop, which also includes decorative items.
Mozaic is a creative lifestyle store stocking interesting interior design, home décor, fashions, and more, with styles including vintage, bohemian, Mediterranean, colonial, and Provençal.
Frida Watson: www.fridawatson.com
Mozaic: Facebook only
More about Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
The 101 Best Restaurants on Mallorca 2016
You can now read the new abcMallorca 101 best restaurants guide for 2016 online.
Whatever your budget, taste, style or location, we have a superb option for you in our thoroughly-researched list of the best restaurants on Mallorca in 2016. Read Now! […] 101 Top Restaurant Guide 2016
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