More and more of us men are rediscovering the simple pleasures of a visit to the barbershop. And Palma boasts some outstanding examples of this fine and long-standing tradition that goes beyond the experience of a simple haircut. We picked out the best barbers in the Mallorcan capital and even had a trim and a chinwag at one of our favourites.
La Barbería Haircuts & Wines
Tucked away behind Palma’s eastside Avenidas, the original La Barbería Haircuts & Wines isn’t somewhere you’d expect to just chance upon. Thankfully owner and head scissor-wielder Moises Rozalen Fernandez can rely on its reputation as one of the finest barbershops on the island to draw custom – not to mention a strong base of loyal clients. And it’s not hard to see why.
Sporting a wax-tipped moustache and tidy salt-and-pepper beard, Moises has that all-important quality of putting you instantly at ease with his affable manner and easy smile. I take a seat on one of the shop’s beautiful antique barbershop chairs and put myself in his capable hands. After a brief consult, he gets to work, his smooth tonsorial skills testimony to close to 25 years cutting gentleman’s hair; he’s a consummate professional with an obvious passion for the trade.
We discuss the phenomenon of the traditional barbershop and its recent renaissance. Moises doesn’t see it as a mere passing trend but about “men rediscovering a space where they can kick back and relax in the company of other men.” And with a second shop recently opened just off La Rambla, he’s banking on its continued popularity.
As the name promises, Moises has also integrated his love of wine into the experience – there’s a vinoteca area at the back of the shop. And an hour or so spent sipping on a glass of vino, enjoying fine company in a bubble of male bonhomie – all the while on the receiving end of an expert trim – you can’t help but exit with a spring in your step. I know I did.
Visit La Barbería & Wine at C/ Gilabert de Centelles 10 (Palma) Tel +34 871 237 194 or at C/ de la Riera 5 (Palma) Tel +34 871 871 078
Charismatic – and occasionally controversial – Dutchman Bob Van den Hoek is the skilful coiffeur behind this ‘Society of Men’, located on the leafy fringes of Santa Catalina. A no-women, no-children policy is maintained in this male-only sanctum where the atmosphere of relaxed cordiality can be enhanced with a cold beer or scotch from their safe-cum-drinks cabinet. An extensive record collection leans towards soul, jazz and funk, while quirky decor includes a wall-mounted hog head. It’s not the cheapest place to get a cut, but the quality is undeniable, plus you can pop back for a free touch-up a couple of weeks later.
Visit Syndicate Barbers at C/ de Joan Crespi 13, Palma, +34 661 015 215
Truhán & Señor
Don’t let the on-trend, hipster aesthetic fool you, Jose María and Marcos (owners of Truhán & Señor) have many decades of haircutting experience between them. The shop is nestled amongst the charming narrow lanes of historic Palma, the atmosphere is friendly and unpretentious, and a professional grooming experience is guaranteed. They chose to reject the busy accoutrements of the traditional ‘yanqui’ barbershop aesthetic, with an airy and uncluttered space where two fine-looking vintage barber chairs take centre stage.
Visit Truhán & Señor at Carrer de la Missió 2, Palma, +34 971 781 302
La Santa Mallorca
Opened just last year, this rough-and-ready locale immediately charms with its punky vibe and dive bar aesthetic. A scattering of seven-inch singles adorn the walls while various junk shop curios add to the laid-back vibe. The Palma-born owner, Gaspar, has two decades of barbery under his belt and believes in an unhurried and unpretentious hairdressing experience. A hidden rear bar offers a range of refreshments from tequila to Campari, and unlike most women can be catered to – as long as they have short hair.
Visit La Santa Mallorca at C/ de Sant Miquel 56, Palma, +34 971 875 686
With more than 30 years cutting hair, you could certainly say Tomeu is a seasoned veteran in the field. And as one of Palma’s longest running barbershops, the old-school atmosphere and original trappings make for one of the most authentically traditional barber experiences on the island. An impressive collection of black-and-while photos, vintage knick-knacks, and old-fashioned etchings all contribute to the charmingly antiquated vibe. Tomeu also notes down the details of your trim on a card, so you can have an identical cut on your next visit.
Visit Barbería Tomeu at C/ Temple 6, Palma, +34 607 738 314
A visit to one of Palma’s barbershops is a highly recommended way to spend some time relaxing, getting a haircut and beard trim, and perhaps even enjoying a drink or two in fine company. Not only will you leave feeling more relaxed, but also looking better than you did when you went in!
Photos by Estefanía Durán & Sara Savage