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Top traditional tapas in Palma 2017

Best places to indulge in traditional tapas in Palma

Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital city, Palma, takes centre stage when it comes to the island's gastronomical culture, making it the prime spot to indulge in a spot of tapas.

It’s become a bit of a trend to experiment with ingredients to develop creative tapas in the city but some people are sentimental creatures and prefer to get their hands on their old age favourite tapas, so here are a few restaurants to try.

Tast Unio

Tast Unio, located in the heart of Palma, is one of the most popular tapas venues thanks to its extensive tapas menu. In fact, its success has led to the expansion of the Tast brand and to the opening of other successful culinary projects in Palma. The restaurant prides itself on good quality ingredients cooked in true Spanish style. It’s a no frills kind of place which means there are excellent prices to match. Expect pintxos from between 2-4€ and tapas dishes like croquettes for 7.50€, grilled octopus for 12.50€ and a large plate of gran reserve cured ham for 12€. You will also find a good selection of Spanish and Mallorcan wines on offer at 15-25€ per bottle. This is a popular eatery, so reservations are recommended.

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Bar Dia

Bar Dia can be found in the much loved and bustling neighbourhood of La Lonja in Palma’s old town. A typically Spanish tavern, this traditional tapas restaurant is overflowing with rustic Mallorcan charm. The casual setting doesn’t seem to put people off, so don’t be surprised if you find queues of people waiting for a table after dark. It’s cheap and cheerful, with most tapas on its broad menu priced at under 10€. You can sample typical Spanish treats like dates with bacon for 6.50€, fresh pickled anchovies for 6.50€ and typical Mallorcan dishes like snails for 7.50€ or sobrassada for 6.50€. It’s quite easy to get carried away here, so why not order a jug of sangria for 15€ whilst you’re at it?

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Quina Creu

This restaurant might be hidden in the backstreets of Palma’s old town but people still manage to find it. Quina Creu is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists who keep coming back for more. They embrace some traditional Spanish tapas in their offering but their décor has an artistic vibe owing to the mish-mash of traditional Mallorcan juxtaposed with contemporary modern fixtures and fittings, a far cry from the rusticity of traditional tapas bars. There’s a separate tapas and drinks area with a great selection of pintxos on display which can be seen from the entrance, but their main dining hall offers a more refined dining experience. Expect pimientos de Padrón for 8.90€ and cod, Iberian ham and mushroom croquettes for 8.95€ alongside some more innovative dishes like tartar of avocado and scallops with tender garlic sprouts for 8.40€. Wine connoisseurs will be pleased to know that good quality Spanish and Mallorcan wines are also available at this establishment.

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Ca La Seu

Ca La Seu, reminiscent of its former life as a 500-year-old basket shop, should be on your list of restaurants to visit in the city centre. The perfect place to soak up the local atmosphere, you can’t help but notice the sociable vibe here as many strangers get to know one another at the bar. On top of this, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the food modestly priced and the pintxos some of the best in the capital.  Make sure you try the spicy chorizo pintxo, it will be sure to tickle your taste buds. Ca La Seu is one of my favourite stops on the Rua Martiana (Tapas Tuesdays) where you can grab a tapa and a beer or wine for 2.50€, but is well worth trying anytime.

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Mari-Lin

Mari-Lin is a quaint restaurant residing in the bustling pedestrianized shopping streets of Palma’s old town. Don’t be deceived by the Parisian ambience derived from the rose-coloured rattan chairs, marble table tops and romantic brass candelabras because the artistic café serves up some of the finest traditional tapas in Palma. The grilled Mallorcan octopus on a bed of grilled vegetables and potato for 12.50€ is a must-try, alongside the calamares, patatas bravas and of course the seasonal specials. The owner Pepe Rubio visits El Olivar Market in Palma each day for the ingredients to create his dishes, so you can rest assured everything you are eating is exceptionally fresh.

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La Taperia

La Taperia is one of Palma’s hidden treasures you would be thankful to stumble upon whilst exploring the streets of Palma’s old town. The high-quality traditional tapas, its rustic setting with a modern flair and vibrant atmosphere mean it’s a bit of a hotspot attracting a trendy clientele in the evenings. Be sure to spoil yourself with their chorizo in wine for 7.20€, a plate of Manchego cheese for 8.80€ and jamón serrano at 9.50€, and don’t forget their meatballs for 5.80€ and croquettes starting at 4.20€. It’s the kind of place you will want to visit time and time again so don’t get too carried away on your first visit, you can always come back for more!

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More inspiration...

There’s ample opportunity to sample long time favourites like pimientos de Padrón, calamari, pil pil prawns, pulpo, croquettes, dates wrapped in bacon and other Spanish dishes we hold so dear to our hearts. But don’t forget to try some of the more modern twists on traditional tapas in some of the island’s 21st-century restaurants too.

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Location: Palma de Mallorca



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