The area known as La Lonja in the old town of Palma is the perfect place to head to after dark, with a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs. La Lonja is the former maritime trade exchange, which gave its name to the surrounding area. The stone used to build it came from Santanyi – no easy feat back in the mid-15th century.
Wander through medieval streets to be immersed in history and culture. Alongside galleries and museums, you’ll find great shops and top restaurants. Find out more. […] Palma’s Old Town
Today, when darkness descends and this area comes to life, the superbly illuminated Catalan Gothic architectural classic is somewhat upstaged by the mind-blowing choice of places to eat and drink. A sculpture of the Guardian Angel of Commerce stands above the mighty portals of the landmark La Lonja building. It’s a reminder that centuries later, this atmospheric quarter is still an important one for business. The business of eating and drinking.
If this area represents the heart of Palma’s nightlife, Apuntadores is its main artery: as soon as you enter the narrow thoroughfare, you’re bombarded with businesses vying for your attention. Be sure to pay attention to the small side streets that branch off along this main street as some of the restaurants are tucked away offering equal or superior food off of the beaten track.
Other notable La Lonja hotspots include Hotel Tres, included in the 101 Best Boutique and Finca Hotels by abcMallorca, and Abaco Cocktail Bar. This over-the-top bar in an old mansion is a must-visit, despite the fact that it’s expensive and a bit cheesy . . . but it should probably be experienced once.
Here is the abcMallorca guide to the many bars and restaurants in the area of La Lonja in Palma.
When we reviewed this Ribello Italian restaurant it had been open only a few months, but was steadily building a regular clientele. Since then, the elegant restaurant’s capacity has been expanded from 46 to 70 covers, following an extension to its upper-floor dining area. Open for dinner only; closed Sundays.
Forn de Sant Joan
One of the best-known restaurants, open for more than 20 years, and one of the best the area has to offer. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If you can’t get a table, sister restaurant KOA across the street is chic and trendy, offering gourmet pizza, grill & cocktails. The third restaurant from this group is OMBÚ serving deliciously innovative tapas & cocktails.
Dining is on three distinct floors: the Celler, Cristal room (complete with chandeliers), and romantic top floor Red Room. Great for tapas too! […] Restaurant Forn de Sant Joan Palma
Open all day this restaurant is in the centre of La Lonja and is one of the oldest and most well established. Offering the best of tapas, meat and fish in an attractive setting – this is an authentic restaurant with a long history.
Palma’s vibrant area of La Lonja is the location for La Paloma housed in a charming building more than 500 years old offering excellent meat and fish dishes. Reserve Now! […] Tapas and more at La Paloma Restaurant Palma
Authentic Italian cuisine is served for lunch and dinner at this smart restaurant located within the boutique BO Hotel – just a few steps from the impressive Sa Llotja building. The restaurant is the sister establishment of Ritzi Puerto Portals and you can expect the same high level of service – overseen by restaurant director Claudio Marini – and style here in Palma.
Restaurant Can Marques
Located in the 18th century Hotel Palacio Can Marques this restaurant serves up classic French cuisine by Belgian-born Cédric Lebon in the intimate space with vaulted ceilings and low lighting. Every delicious dish demonstrates the chef’s attention to detail and passion for food and the cocktails are equally as delightful. Open for lunch and dinner.
This is a well-known traditionally decorated steakhouse restaurant run by an Argentinian family who have built an excellent reputation for good quality meats and also offer an extensive wine list at very good prices. The ‘menú del día‘ is excellent value for money and a good choice if you are in the area of La Lonja and fancy a nice steak and a good bottle of red wine. Cheers!
An excellent choice for lunch or dinner, if you are yearning for some good meat, accompanied by a decent bottle of ‘tinto’. Well-established in La Lonja, Palma. […] Restaurante Bruselas Steakhouse
The premises were once occupied by McGowan’s Irish Pub, but Chez Camille opened here after a huge renovation and it quickly became one of the trendiest places in La Lonja. La Paloma’s sister restaurant, Chez Camille is good for oysters, champagnes, and flavourful meats cooked on a Monolith Kamado grill, and is a short walk away in C/del Mar.
Fast gaining a new reputation for its meat dishes, this La Lonja restaurant is using the trendy super-efficient Monolith Kamado grill. Find out what we discovered when we dined there. Book Now! […] One of Palma’s best steak restaurants!
La Taperia Restaurant
This German-owned tapas restaurant serves up high-quality tapas in a traditional Spanish setting that makes you feel instantly at home. The selection of dishes is extensive with plenty of options for vegetarians and a changing menu of specials throughout the week. Open for lunch and dinner.
La Taperia is always to be counted on for quality, ‘wow’ tapas, in a welcoming Spanish setting. This exceptional restaurant also does large gourmet tapas plates for the hungrier. […] La Taperia Restaurant
Housed in a handsome old building, the renowned restaurant La Bóveda often has a queue of people waiting outside for a table and, from outside, it certainly looks enticing. Named for the vaulted ceilings in the romantic cellar dining area, it serves good Spanish Basque cuisine and traditional Spanish tapas. Open for lunch and dinner.
Looking for tapas? Then this is a must-visit place in Palma de Mallorca. Famed for its excellent Iberian ham and traditional tapas, it’s an atmospheric place to share food and wine, and watch the waiters at work. […] La Bóveda Restaurant La Lonja Palma
The sister restaurant of well-known Forn de Sant Joan and Ombú in Plaza Reina, Koa takes its inspiration from the Hawaiian island of Maui and expertly offers fusion cuisine with tapas and mains taking influences from the Mediterranean and Hawaii alike. The service here is attentive and staff are on-hand to explain their menu or wine list. Open for dinner.
Koa Restaurant in the lively area of La Lonja in Palma de Mallorca is a trendy and popular grill and cocktail bar which is perfect for informal dining. Great decor & service! […] KOA Restaurant La Lonja Palma
Made ‘famous’ by some scenes that were shot here in ‘The Night Manager’, Sadrassana is housed in a stunning 19th century manor house with a distinctive decor and ambience. Traditional Mallorcan cuisine and tapas makes up the menu complemented by an extensive list of Spanish and Mallorcan wines. Open for dinner only.
Discover delicious gourmet Mallorcan cuisine – and a gallery of contemporary art – in the stylish setting of this renovated manor house from the 1800s. […] Gastronomy and art at Palma’s Sadrassana
A place where you can try a variety of wines (they offer more than 48) using their hi-tech dispensing system. Obtain a card (complete with microchip) and help yourself to your choice of wines, paying at the end of your visit. Food: good selection of tapas, and limited number of fish and meat dishes, salads and other snacks. Private group wine-tastings can be arranged. Wineing has won TaPalma and Vi a Vi awards. Open from 17:00h daily.
A must-visit for wine lovers, this bar uses innovative technology enabling you to help yourself to a wide range of wines by the glass. Good for food too! […] Discover a world of wines at Wineing
Tasty tapas, good service and a friendly atmosphere have resulted in good reports from members of TripAdvisor. Open daily from 18.00 hrs until late.
Restaurante El Tunel
At the very entrance to Apuntadores, El Tunel is the first place most visitors to La Lonja come across. It offers traditional Mallorcan cuisine and a large selection of tapas, with six for 15 €. Open seven days a week, from 12.00-00.30 hrs.
Provenzal offers a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy typical tapas, Mallorcan dishes, drinks or a coffee. Also offers food to take away. There’s nearly always live music here, courtesy of a guitarist. Open seven days a week from 18.00h.
A cellar tapas bar with a good choice of traditional tapas and two distinct eating areas. It was modernised and extended a few years ago, but still retains a good atmosphere and reputation for its decent-sized portions of tapas and friendly staff. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12.00 until 23:30h.
Located at the junction of two of La Lonja’s busiest thoroughfares, serving tapas from a counter-top display unit. It has more of the feel of a traditional tapas bar than some of its neighbours in the area and attracts a lot of locals.
Neo Cultural Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
A unique and charmingly Bohemian hotspot, owned by chef Esteban Aguirre and his artist wife Carolina, serving creative tapas and cuisine – and renowned for its cocktails. Read our review in The Cultural Issue (September 2010) on abc-mallorca.com
Botánic de Can Bordoy
Botánic located in the Can Bordoy Hotel offers diners an all-day menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a finely decorated main dining room or a garden terrace to be enjoyed in the warmer months. There is a focus on healthy food here but without compromising on taste or presentation. Open all day.
Hotels in La Lonja
This area of Palma is home to some of the best and most unique hotels in the city. From traditional Mallorcan mansions and palaces to swanky new hotel concepts there is something for every taste. The central location of La Lonja is another plus – the area is close to most of Palma’s major attractions with the La Seu Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the main shopping street of Paseo del Borne and the Palma Marina a few minutes walk away. The winding streets surrounding the hotels are host to a great selection of bars and restaurants.
Purohotel & Spa
In the heart of La Lonja in Palma, Purohotel & Spa is an urban oasis: a chic cosmopolitan boutique hotel, with a trendy bar and modern restaurant, comfortable spa, meeting rooms, and exclusive private wing. Unwind at the Puro Spa complete with massage and beauty treatments using only the best products.
Built as a 16th-century merchant’s palace, today it’s a Scandi-cool hotel where guests enjoy superb comfort and friendly service. As an alternative to the traditional Mediterranean fare found in La Lonja, Hotel Tres offers a ‘Scandi menu’, including Danish open sandwiches and delicious salads. Gorgeous views from the rooftop terrace.
An urban retreat, Hotel Tres is a trendy boutique accommodation in La Lonja in Palma de Mallorca. The roof-top pool and sun terraces are a great place to relax and unwind. […] Hotel Tres in Palma
Palacio Can Marques
Once a palace and home to the Marques family this 17th century building has been completely reformed and offers guests total luxury throughout. The rooms are comfortable and decorated to a high-standard with many of the original features of the palace still visible. Excellent food is available at the hotel restaurant or enjoy a drink with fabulous views on the terrace.
The five star Palacio Can Marques Hotel in Palma stands out with its exclusive luxury – choose your favourite from its 13 unique suites! […] Palatial Hotel Palacio Can Marques in Palma
Palau Sa Font Hotel
For a quieter stay in La Lonja, Palau Sa Font’s location at the end of a quiet street offers some respite from the hustle and bustle of this area of Palma whilst remaining walking distance from the heart of the action. There is local artwork all around and bespoke, handmade furniture throughout adding to the charm of this boutique hotel.
Right in the heart of La Lonja this hotel offers guests a relaxed environment, local products and a heartfelt welcome. […] Unpretentious Palau Sa Font Hotel
Stylishly renovated, this 19th century mansion combines modern decor with tradional Mallorcan elements to create a calm and well-balanced atmosphere. Located on Calle Sant Joan guests can eat in the hotel group’s popular Ritzi Palma Restaurant or stroll to one of the many surrounding eateries. Clean and comfortable rooms with charming features await at this boutique hotel.
Can Bordoy Hotel
Escape the buzz of the city at this tranquil yet refined hotel in the centre of La Lonja. Guests are greeted by a leafy, quiet garden before entering into this refurbished old building that feels comfortable and serene. Choose one of the well-appointed suites, recharge in the in-house spa, and enjoy the attentive service in this warm and inviting hotel.
Bars & Clubs in La Lonja
Although not known for it’s booming after-hours bars and clubs, La Lonja still manages to stand it’s own as an all/night destination in the city. With a sophisticated jazz club with an impressive line-up of musicians and more party-oriented clubs it is possible to stay in the area until the early hours of the morning.
Jazz Voyeur Club
An intimate live Jazz music venue, at the heart of La Lonja. Opened in 2006 by the organisers of the former annual Jazz Voyeur Festival and offering nightly performances – and a permanent exhibition of photographs by Gerardo Cañellas. Free entry except on Fridays and Saturdays, when the 5 € door charge can be offset against the cost of a drink at the bar.
Abaco Cocktail Bar
This iconic, over-the-top cocktail bar, has been open since 1981. Open every night from 20.00 hrs until late, it’s known for its profusion of fruit and floral displays, loud classical music, historic building, kitsch atmosphere – and expensive cocktails. Try and get a seat in the courtyard garden, with its tinkling fountain.
Abaco Cocktail bar in La Lonja is a must see when you visit Palma de Mallorca. It is truly a unique experience in the world! […] Abaco Cocktail Bar Palma
For something a little more lively, this small hole-in-the-wall club is anything but small in atmosphere. With electronic music late at night but more relaxed vibes up until midnight the club is popular with those looking to stay out a little late in La Lonja rather than heading on to the bigger nightclubs in Santa Catalina or on Paseo Marítimo.
Businesses in La Lonja
Bjurfors Real Estate
For a ‘Scandi’ approach to buying property in Palma look no further than this powerhouse of Swedish real estate agents. An emphasis on timeliness and a strategic location in La Lonja demonstrates the efficiency that this company demonstrate when finding properties for their clients.
There is a very high turnover of restaurants in La Lonja and although we do our best to maintain the information up-to-date, it may have changed since our last review.