Right next to the most exciting building in Palma is a beautiful square. Great Modernisme facades meet the proud medieval sandstone of La Llotja. The former maritime trading exchange gave its name to Café La Lonja. And anytime I am lucky to get a table on the terrace I marvel at the unique scenery.
The small café has remained an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the La Lonja neighborhood. A place where people meet for a coffee or a beer, for tapas and a chat with friends. But only a look inside reveals the tradition of Café La Lonja with the grand Art Deco furnishings, the tiled chess-board floor and the curved marble bar.
Café La Lonja is a meeting place for young and old, locals and tourists. Some of the regulars have been coming here since their teens. Engrossed in a conversation, a newspaper or a book under the grim faces of the gargoyles that have been watching the plaça for almost 600 years.
In addition to tostadas and a choice of classic tapas, the café also offers a daily changing special. Other than the prominent location might suggest food and drinks are reasonably priced. For me however, sitting in front of the Cathedral-like edifice with a drink and watching the passersby is almost priceless.