Eat well - Eat with the Locals
I always try and search out places where the locals eat when I am in a city I have not been to before. Palma is no exception. As you would expect there are plenty of eateries in the main streets but most, if not all, of these are for "tourists".
In most cities the places where locals eat tend to be in the backstreets - probably where most tourists would not usually venture. This was the case in Palma. In Calle Santa Creu, about 10 minutes from the Cathedral, you will find Bar Martin. It doesn't look much from the outside but then again the best places often don't.
Bar Martin serves traditional Mallorcan fare in a bustling bar environment. Expect to wait for a table in busy times and expect to wait to be served also. But don't worry, it's worth the wait. The menu del dia (set menu) at lunchtimes offers a limited choice of excellent food. Just go with the flow and ask what they recommend.
On my visit I had fried local fish to start followed by steak and then flan for pudding. All washed down with a bottle of Mallorcan rosé and a cup of coffee. Two years ago this cost 9 euros per head (including wine and coffee). Great value and a great experience! [more ]
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