Is there a better way to spend a summer afternoon than on a terrace, soaking up the sun and feeling the Mediterranean breeze on your face? Or a wintery evening inside a warm and cosy café sipping on a hot drink? Mallorca has some great options to get your caffeine fix.
Cafés popped up all across Spain in the late 19th and early 20th century. They rapidly became the place for social meetings, where philosophers, writers and politicians gathered to chat for hours. Some of these places still exist, like the famous Café Gijón in Madrid, which regularly hosted intellectuals like García Lorca, Valle-Inclán or Ramón y Cajal.
However, good coffee is quite a recent thing in Spain. Up until the 1980s, coffee was a watery and bitter beverage that Spaniards drank in a crystal glass, almost always with milk. But espresso machines arrived and we learnt how to make proper coffee, which you can now find at any café in Mallorca. Most of the cafés in Palma have seating indoors and out, where locals and tourists flock to soak up the atmosphere and sip on a coffee.