Inca is Mallorca’s third largest town, with just over 30,000 inhabitants. Those who only know it as a signpost off the main motorway to Alcúdia usually don’t feel too tempted to stop and explore the town. However, Inca is worth a detour; most notably for shopping.
It’s known as the leather capital of the island, boasting a shoemaking heritage that goes back centuries, and thriving little workshops still dot the town. Quirky Mallorcan brand Camper has its flagship outlet store here; an island success story with worldwide acclaim.
Wonderfully compact, the central old quarter is easy to navigate, and with a little guidance you’ll uncover many great boutiques and cosy cellar restaurants for you to stop and try traditional Mallorcan cuisine.
Besides the pedestrianised old town zone in the middle, Inca has several large leather outlet stores on its outskirts, with ample parking and good bargain hunting opportunities.
Palma is heaven for shoppers, but its little sister Inca offers a smaller, laid-back alternative – often with smaller prices, too. Visit on a Thursday and you’ll find yourself in the bustling atmosphere of market day, with superb fresh produce and stall after stall of interesting locally-made goods – including authentic woven baskets and accessories make from the distinctive patterned ‘Ikat’ fabric.
We’ll start in the old town.
Inca’s ‘High Street’
The busy thoroughfare of Avinguda del Bisbe Llompart is the start of a long succession of shops, amongst them a small Amichi for feminine womenswear, and the brilliant Adolfo Dominguez for both men and women. There’s also a Most & Most for mid-priced labels such as Fornarina, and cheap ‘n’ cheerful stores Kidz for children, and Inside for teens.
At the top of the street is cellar restaurant Can Ripol – right next to Optica Lluc, a chic opticians with Persol and Fuster’s designer sunnies within its range.
Bisbe Llompart continues onto Carrer des Comerc, the location of big-name stores such as Mango, Intimissimi, Springfield, Benetton and Xarig for cosmetics, perfume and toiletries.
Can Pere is a must for prestigious ladies and men’s designer labels like Hackett, Barbour, Michael Kors and Nudie Jeans.
Plaza de España
On the corner of Carrer de Comerç, where it opens out onto the wide square of Plaza de España, is the excellent Forum, stocking the latest fabulous pieces from the likes of Isabel Marant.
You can also access the aforementioned Can Pere from here and across the square, Shana for cheap basics. For sporting goods, pop into Orsai!, which offers a seemingly endless choice of trainers.
Head up Carrer Sant Bartomeu off Plaza de Espana, and you’ll hit upon two stores, Buboo and Orchestra, especially for babies and kids.
Inca’s designer street
Ok, so Jaime III it may not be, but Carrer des Hostals, adjacent to Plaza de España, has much to offer in the way of exclusive labels. It’s home to a clutch of choice boutiques including Class Boutique, which stocks 7 for all Mankind, See by Chloe, Hale Bop and Nougat London, amongst others, as well as shops Dersat, Naif and M. Villalonga (which has a sale outlet on the first floor).
More affordable is Kargo, for a wide selection of Vero Moda clothing. Tuent Zapatos has a small but interesting collection of shoes including the trend-led made-in-Spain Hispanitas label.
There’s also an excellent bookshop on this street, Univers Literari, and further along past M. Villalonga is the adorable Pomelo for gorgeous home accessories, scarves and robes.
Mere steps away, on the other side of Plaza de España, is Carrer Major, where the shopping pleasure continues. There’s something for every age and taste amongst the wide range of stores here, including a second, larger Adolfo Dominguez, a Calzedonia and a Women’s Secret.
Look out for the charming apothecary-style pharmacy, Apotecaria Armengol, and the wonderful Can Delante patisserie for a sweet treat. It’s one of Inca’s long-established bakeries and still decorated in the traditional style of the last century. Try a mouthwatering ensaimada with a delicious filling such as angel’s hair (pumpkin) or crème de caramel.
There are two very cute boutiques for babies and children on Carrer Major: Nenes and Pieds, plus an interesting independent shop for ladieswear, Dadà Chic. Stroll along to the little plaza next to Inca’s indoor market to visit young affordable fashion shops Cuple and Ursmart.
It’s also where you’ll discover Cellar Can Amer. A classic and stronghold of traditional Mallorcan cuisine, this rustic vault with its original wine tunnels delivers the delicious proof that Mallorcan cuisine is neither lacking creativity nor exclusively rich.
This leads us to the last little area of Inca shopping.
Indoor market area
The narrow pedestrianised street adjacent to Inca’s central indoor market has a handful of good men’s and womenswear shops, plus another lingerie and sleepwear store, Garau (Inca’s ladies are clearly fond of nice undies).
Nine Chic is an exquisite baby store, and you can’t miss darder deco, an eclectic decoration shop featuring beautiful window displays, on the corner of Carrer Estrella.
A few doors along is a curiously un-named large watch and jewellery store. Nevertheless, it stocks a prestigious authentic collections by the likes of Chopard, Cartier and Baume & Mercier. A little further down on the left is Mallorcan restaurant Cellar Sa Travessa, another nice place for a rest stop.
More for babies and children
Also worth seeking out are children’s stores Numa (Calle Corro, 19), Setnans (Calle Mossen Bernat Salas, 14) and Canada House (Carrer de Ses Garroves, 42).
Three hidden Inca gems
It’s a little distance out of the centre on a nondescript street Carrer de n’Antoni Torrandell, but the Audali boutique is very much worth seeking out; its cute collection of hand-made woven bags and purses have gained something of a cult following on the island, and are made right here in the Inca workshop.
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Just a few minutes’ walk away from Audali on Avenida Antonio Maura is George’s Shoes, which has been fashioning handmade shoes for men in Inca since 1967. The factory has a small shop attached, where prices are generally lower than in the shops.
No trip to Inca is complete without a look around Can Monroig. The fascinating studio – gallery is a trove of artful treasures curated by an interesting creative couple, who transformed the old building from ruin to ravishing.
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The leather outlets
Inca’s main peripheral road is the location of the main leather outlet showrooms. A must are Camper and Munper, where both price and quality add up.
Take exit 25 off the Palma to Alcúdia motorway for the first outlet, Barrats 1980. Situated on Avinguda del General Luque, it does men’s and women’s shoes of a high quality.
Back on the peripheral road, go over the next roundabout (where McDonalds is situated) onto Carrer dels Pagesos. The road running parallel is the location of both Camper and Lottusse, the former stocked with hundreds of styles from the famous brand, and the latter doing distinctly elegant footwear with good discounts.
On the same road, a little further along and also worth noting, is a large Müller store stocking all manner of German goods, plus a Danish JYSK furniture showroom. At the next roundabout on Carrer dels Pagesos is Antony’s, a large leather outlet with ample parking and a pleasant cafe and restaurant.
That leads us to the last outlet in this guide, Munper, situated over the next roundabout from Antony’s. A favourite of the organised tour guides, Munper is a large manufacturer of bespoke leather garments, though you may want to avoid it if you object to fur – it stocks plenty of this, too. The address is Avenida Rei Jaume II, s/n, 07300 Inca.
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Sure, Palma has more to offer regarding sights and architectural highlights, but if you are looking for a relaxed shopping tour without stress and queuing and the possibility to grab a few bargains, Inca is definitely worth a visit!
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