West of Palma’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.
Spend a whole morning wandering around Mercat de l’Olivar, browsing, buying, and soaking up the atmosphere over a snack or drink. […] A Morning at the Market
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); market-neighbour Café Zanzibar, and Xoriguer – serving Basque cuisine and meats for more than 40 years.
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 Naan, Vietnam, Kathi Roll Factory, Horapa Thai, Basmati, Bindi, and Koh. Delicious Italian dishes are prepared at A Casa Mia and Bunker’s and for an authentic taste of La Belle France, head to La Fabrique. Vandal serves up flavours inspired by many countries including Argentina, Peru and Russia.
Diner lives up to its name, serving American fast food with flair. And catch the surfing vibe eating international cuisine at Duke.
Head to Naan for street food at its very best: mouthwatering plates crammed with flavour.
Partake in some authentic Thai cuisine prepared by Thai chefs at Isaan Thai Cuisine.
For tapas à la Parisian bistro made with market-fresh ingredients, head to La Fabrique.
Enjoy high-quality fusion cuisine in a sophisticated and romantic ambience at Sa Fulla.
Vandal proposes an innovate if not daring approach to their cuisine, bringing the best of flavours, spices and ingredients from such far flung locations as Argentina, Peru, Italy, Asia, France, Russia, and of course the Mediterranean.
Daring food, creative cocktails, and a funky-stylish interior all make Vandal a fun dining experience. Located in Santa Catalina, go with friends or on a date. […] Vandal Restaurant Santa Catalina
Il Tano is a must for Italian food lovers. It has an authentic and family friendly atmosphere that stays true to the Italian spirit.
La Perla de La Habana, is a warm and welcoming restaurant, with a cool, casual style, serving authentic Cuban Food.
Get inspired by the colour and flavour of Cuba at La Perla de la Habana in Santa Catalina with its traditional, home cooked food, mojitos, and live music. […] Restaurante La Perla de La Habana
Settle into the elegant surroundings of Basmati Indian Restaurant for delightful home-made cooking and welcoming hospitality.
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
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
Share excitingly different mezze selections at authentic Lebanese restaurant Rotana, with exotic Eastern decor.
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
To enjoy some of the finest Italian ice cream on the island, head to Bo Bom Gelato, with one of its two branches found in the Santa Catalina market.
Palma’s gelato options just got better thanks to the artisanal, handmade gelatos at Bo Bom, located in Santa Catalina and in Palma’s old town. […] Bo Bom Gelato
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 and Ziva to Go offers organic raw and vegan food.
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
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.
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.
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 Hotel Hostal Cuba (10 double rooms, two junior suites, and three suites) or choose one of five apartment-suites at Stay Catalina Boutique Hotel-Apartments.
Stylish hotel with comfortable rooms, cocktail bar with views, gourmet restaurant & club, the Hotel Hostal Cuba is a must-stop location in Santa Catalina. […] Hotel Hostal Cuba in Palma
Bird’s eye view
Enjoy the best drink-with-a-view in Santa Catalina at Hotel 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.
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.
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. Swedish-owned Eden Hairdressing offers cutting and colouring expertise and wedding hairstyle services, using mainly Redken products.
Stefan Werner: www.estefan-palma.com
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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.
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