Where to eat and drink in Mallorca, Spain
The Balearic Islands (Catalan: Illes Balears / Spanish: Islas Baleares) are an archipelago of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The four largest islands are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. We visited Mallorca for a long weekend.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is a vibrant city with a fascinating history, lots of buzzing dining, and the added bonus of having great beaches on its doorstep. Palma’s architecture is beautiful so make sure you wander around and explore Buildings such as the Cathedral Basílica de Santa María and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina or take a walk up the hill through a pine forest to Bellver Castle.
Palma is a foodies paradise. From Old Town charm and cool cafes to modern Michelin-starred dining. Tapas Tuesday, or Ruta Martiana, was introduced as a way of getting customers out on the quietest night of the week. It became so popular that it now takes place on a Wednesday nights as well. It takes place right in the centre of the Old Town in the Gerreria neighbourhood. It’s like a bar crawl with tapas and the bars on the route offer a glass of beer or wine and a tapas dish for just two (sometimes three) Euros. The tapas tend to actually be pintxos (tasty bite snacks on a slice of bread) and most bars have platters with a selection to choose from. Some have more offers on their menu too so if you are looking for gluten-free tapas make sure to explain carefully to the waiter and see if you can get a gluten-free option.
St Lorenzo is located in the heart of the old town of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and offers a wide range of homemade pizzas, pastas, fresh fish and meats, mixed tapas and desserts.
All dishes are 100% gluten-free and homemade. There is a great variety of choice for vegetarians as well as for meat lovers. There are also some dairy-free and vegan dishes so there really is something for everyone.
Since in Spain we only ate tapas, but the pizzas (from our neighbouring table) looked delicious as well. All was so good that we went back for a second time during our stay in Palma.
I shared with friends multiple tapas, among other thing, homemade bread with aioli, meatballs with rice (albondigas con arroz), spicy potatoes (patatas bravas), croquettes of cod (croquetas de bacalao), seafood risotto (risotto de mariscos) and squids Andalusian style (calamares a la andalza). The squids were simply the most delicious ever, super fresh and deep-fried in a thin coating of chickpea flower (yes, the staff told us their secret to these, in our eyes, perfect calamares). And although we were complety full after all the delicious dishes, I needed to try the brownie, which is definitely worth it!
You will find St. Lorenzo on Carrer de Sant Llorenç nº22, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain.
Alcúdia has a beautiful medieval centre as well as an authentic local atmosphere. Alcúdia is a perfectly restored walled city on the site of a Roman settlement with remains of ancient houses and a theatre.
On the north coast of Mallorca lies the Bay of Alcúdia, a coastline comprising of turquoise shallow waters and long, soft golden sandy beaches. Playa de Alcúdia is the longest stretch of sand beach in Mallorca with 7 kilometre. As the name Port d’Alcudia or Puerto Alcúdia suggests, this was once just a port serving the inland town of Alcúdia. The area around the old fishing harbour is now the most attractive, an upmarket marina where fishing boats sit along luxury leisure yachts.
We decided to eat at Moma for lunch during our day visits to Alcudia and Port d’alcudia. We found the restaurant simply by searching online for a bit.
On arrival, we were greeted by the owner/manager. He explained that family in the business also cannot have gluten. He was very informed on needing separate fryers to avoid cross contamination etc. which put my mind directly at ease. Nearly the whole menu was available in normal as well as gluten-free, among other things bread, tapas, burgers and pizza.
We choose tapas again including gluten-free bread with aioli and olives, calamares (twice, since it was so good) and shrimps fried in spicy garlic oil.
You will find Moma on Carrer de Carretera d’Artà nº2, Port d´Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain