The old town of Palma is where you can enjoy the best and most varied shopping. A bonus of shopping in Palma is being amongst magnificent architecture along with great bars and charming cafés.
Passeig des Born & Avinguda Jaume III – High-street brands
Passeig des Born is well-known for its popular high street brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti and H&M. Make sure you follow the street down towards the Cathedral and the harbour and turn right along Sant Feliu to check out Rialto Living for designer clothing, art, home furnishings and a café. Whilst you are there, it’s worth exploring this quaint pedestrianised street for boutique shops and art galleries too.
Passeig des Born branches at an enormous C&A (the end of the street away from the harbour). Turn left and you will find yourself on Avinguda Jaume III where you’ll spot the likes of Cortefiel, Mango, Loewe, Rituals and Kiko. An El Corte Inglés (Spain’s main department store) is also placed here with convenient parking.
Plaça Cort – Design & art galleries
For a distinctive shopping experience on the island, be sure to stroll around the maze of pedestrian cobbled streets behind Passeig des Born and head towards Plaça Cort. Here you’ll find various upmarket boutiques, shoe shops and high-quality furniture shops. The area is also littered with art galleries and cafes. Need to refuel whilst shopping? You’ll find crowds gathering to buy an ice cream from Eisladen Giovanni L (the best ice cream on the island) which you can enjoy sitting by the old olive tree in Plaça Cort.
Carrer Colón – Traditional shopfronts
When standing in front of the City Hall in Plaça Cort take the next left onto Carrer Colón to see some more of the islands impressive history. There are a great variety of shops in this zone, some of which date back a hundred years and have maintained their old storefronts.
Plaça d'Espanya – Big department stores
Plaça d'Espanya is more home to the transport hub in Palma than a shopping mecca but the main reason to come here is to visit the enormous El Cortes Inglés department store which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Similar to John Lewis in the UK, this one-stop-shop has everything you may need for the home plus fashion and accessories and an excellent supermarket on the lower ground floor.
Along the same road (Avinguda d'Alexandre Rossello), you will find all the big Spanish brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Bershka and Springfield. Another appeal to this area of Palma is the Mercat de L'Olivar food market. This traditional Spanish covered market contains many fresh produce stalls as well as a fish market.
Plaça Major – Traditional markets & shoe shops
The main interest of Plaça Major is the outdoor craft market, which is held there throughout the year. The square, whilst not as impressive as some of Spain's grand 'plazas' on the mainland does host the usual street entertainers and is home to some cafes and restaurants. It’s a nice place to sit and watch the world go by.
From the square, above a touristy shopping mall, you may leave by proceeding straight ahead onto Carrer Sant Miquel to find Desigual and a Pull & Bear as well as a wide variety of clothing, hardware and pastry shops. One interesting shop is the Alpalpateria Fornes, which sells all sorts of articles made of woven straw, from shoes to shopping bags. Alternatively, you can take the Carrer Sindicat exit from Plaça Major where the shoe shops seem to go on forever.
Santa Catalina – Trendy lifestyle retailers
Santa Catalina is the area to the west of Avenue Argentina (by Es Baluard Museum). Whilst best known for its trendy restaurant and bar scene, there are specialist shops popping up all over the place. Here you’ll find anything from interior design and art to health food shops and maritime fashion (for all sailing enthusiasts, here you have Helly Hansen). Look out for 'b connected' for fashion and interiors, they have two stores on Plaça Verge del Miracle and Carrer Dameto.
If in the area, you should make a trip to the Mercat de Santa Catalina market which sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. It's probably best just to wander around the streets browsing before finding yourself a nice place for lunch or a drink.
Unió & La Rambla – Food & fashion boutiques
The streets of Unió and La Rambla feature architectural gems of buildings lining the way. There are a number of beautiful Modernist and Gothic structures to admire - remember to look up. Most famous is the old Gran Hotel at Plaça Weyler. Here there is again a mixture of shops, from fashion boutiques to chocolate shops, and even a Nespresso boutique. You will probably find yourself tempted by Chocolat Factory’s mouth-watering displays along Plaça des Mercat before reaching La Rambla, famous for its flower sellers lined up on the central reservation.