Palma has a lively coffee scene. Just a decade ago, there was only one café that served specialty coffee. Today, there are numerous coffee shops and even roasters on Mallorca. Catering to both local coffee aficionados and travelers from all over the world.
Here’s a little guide to Palma’s coffee scene. Each shop unique in a way, some focused on Mediterranean cuisine, others adding an international touch or concentrating on vegan options. And so a tour of the specialty coffee places is also kind of a culinary trip. Have fun discovering the Top 10 cafés in Palma.
1. Hotto Coffee Lab
The latest addition and maybe one of the hottest cafés in town right now is Hotto Coffee Lab. Take the large table center stage. Get some work done while having a coffee at one of the big windows. Or snuggle up on the wooden steps in the corner. In any case, don’t miss to try one of the sandos, the Japanese sandwiches Hotto is famous for.
2. Café Riutort
If you prefer lunch over laptop, you’ll love Café Riutort. Joanaina and Albert created an urban style reminiscent of Berlin or Barcelona. Regulars come for the relaxed atmosphere and the mostly vegetarian menu. It is not only called formula, it is a true formula for happiness. And the delicious cookies at Riutort are the perfect match with a café solo.
Mistral started roasting coffee beans in a small Seattle-style shop near Plaça Major. And in no time became the most sought-after specialty coffee brand on Mallorca. Sip a cup of freshly brewed coffee right there at the counter. Or at Mistral Coffee House on Plaça Weyler, next to splendid former Gran Hotel where Greg and Agata created a cool urban café that also serves sweet and hearty snacks.
4. La Molienda
The trailblazer, though, were Toni and Miquel with La Molienda. They began with the tiniest coffee shop but they always dreamed big. Meanwhile, there’s even two La Molienda cafés. And they became a roaster with its own brand La Base. La Molienda offers healthy vegetarian snacks and freshly squeezed juices, all made from regional and ecologic products.
If you want to find good coffee, follow the cyclists. Plumo is the place for cycling enthusiasts and coffee lovers in the heart of Palma. Whether you just want to meet like-minded people, rent a road bike or get your own bike tuned up in the workshop. Theo and Nilton share a passion for vintage bikes. And they serve great coffee and sweets like the fab almond croissants.
Bacan means awesome. The family-run café in the Bonaire neighborhood is a popular place for breakfast and brunch. Offering homemade pastries as well as freshly prepared toasts and bowls. When the sun’s out, the best place to enjoy your coffee is the cool terrace hidden in the backyard.
Nano is indeed a tiny coffee bar with only a few seats inside and on the narrow side street of Jaume III. Small but stylish. Enjoy your coffee in a beautiful mug accompanied by the signature focaccia. Or get your caffeine fix para llevar for a bit of window shopping under the arcades or on Passeig des Born.
8. Surry Hills
For friends of down-under coffee culture Tatiana and Felipe established Surry Hills. The couple from Argentinia fell in love with the Australian café scene while living in Sydney. After opening a first store in Buenos Aires, they brought an Argentinian-Australian combo to Palma. Reflected in the brunch menu and sweets like the tasty alfajors.
9. Mama Carmen’s
Apart from Palma’s casco antiguo, Santa Catalina has the most diverse culinary scene in town. And Mama Carmen’s Coffee & Kitchen is one of the popular veggie places. A coveted breakfast café with tables outside on the plaza. Get some of the best mueslis in town, homemade granola and loads of fresh fruit. And with Mama Carmen’s Coffee & Bakery just a block away, Alejandro transformed an old bakery into the mecca for vegans.
10. Café Elefante
Next to the Santa Catalina Market hall Café Elefante established another go-to specialty coffee place. Like the Sant Agusti café the second elephant is also a great place for brunch. Whether you go for toast, wrap, bowl or smoothie, all ingredients are organic and locally sourced, with plenty of vegetarian or vegan options.
Coffee aficionados recognize how it feels when you crave a coffee or badly need a caffeine fix. Did you know that the Finnish language has a special word for this condition? It’s called Kahviraivo. A term that translates into something like coffee aggression, when coffee withdrawal starts and someone becomes extremely bad-tempered. Something you won’t experience in Palma since the specialty coffee scene here takes good care of you.