One of my ‘must do’ activities in a new place (new city, new country, wherever!) is to find the best coffee spots. I had two and a half days in the city to find the best coffee in Palma de Mallorca and, of course, I accepted this challenge. I’m currently writing this while on my flight home since I’ve now had so much coffee today that I’m still buzzing…
This list is a mix of online research (thank you Culture Trip and Foursquare for always being there for my coffee needs), personal recommendations from friends and followers and some that I simply stumbled upon on my wanderings. Palma de Mallorca is a haven for independent coffee spots (their ‘local chain’ is called Cappuccino, and is actually also pretty good but also more expensive) – a fun fact is that Mallorca actually only got their first Starbucks in 2017! This possibly explains how many independent cafes there are, and I’m definitely not complaining. So in no particular order…
Cenia Coffee & Food
Conveniently located not too far from where I was staying (We Hostel), Cenia is an innocuous looking little café bar. However, it is well worth a visit! Possibly top on my list in terms of value, I enjoyed a delicious soy latte and a tostada con jamon Serrano (toasted bread topped with Serrano ham, and with a tomato spread) for a grand total of €3.70. Yup, not even 4 euro. That’s my kind of price point!
Calle Márquez de la Senia, 19, 07014 Palma
The Workshop Cafe + Cycles
I stumbled upon The Workshop while looking at Google Maps when I was sat in Cenia. It’s actually just a street over, so I basically walked about 30 seconds to go from breakfast to lunch. Don’t judge me.
The Workshop is a combination of a bike shop and a café, which is more of a popular thing than I ever would have thought. Berlin has quite a few of these cycle and café combinations so I’m somewhat curious if the German influence on Mallorca has anything to do with the fact there are quite a few of these on the island.
The brunch menu is excellent – from pancakes to avocado toast and everything else to satisfy our millennial brunching needs. I enjoyed the lumberjack pancakes (served with a fried egg, bacon and maple syrup) and fellow brunchers on Instagram seem to be big fans of the buckwheat waffles (although sadly only served during Sunday brunch, so I didn’t get to try them).
Also for those of us who can’t have normal milk, they offer coffees with oat milk (leche de avena), soya milk (leche de soja) or rice milk (leche de arroz). Hurrah!
Carrer Magalhaes, 1, 07014 Palma
Ziva To Go
Ziva is a bit of an odd one in terms of the actual location – I was actually somewhat confused by the entrance since one half of the store is a real estate agent (and high end at that, I spotted a rather lovely looking €3.6 million villa for sale). However, once I got over this mild confusion, I found a lovely vegan café. Offering breakfast bowls, lots of healthy smoothies, vegan and gluten free baked goodies and a large variety of coffee and tea options, Ziva definitely has something for everyone. They also have a beautiful terrace/garden area to enjoy your vegan noms.
Plaça de la Navegació, 11a, 07013 Palma
Touted by many as the best coffee in Palma de Mallorca, La Molienda actually came in second place for the absolute top coffee on this list. La Molienda is a classic hipster third wave coffee spot, with minimal seating but excellent coffee. They also have alternate milk options, including almond (leche de almendras) and soya (leche de soja).
While the coffee was excellent and I would definitely go back, my number one for coffee was…
Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11, 07012 Palma
Mistral Coffee Roasters
Hidden down a side street that’s down a side street, Mistral Coffee Roasters isn’t really somewhere you just wander past (possibly unless you’re lost, which in the old town isn’t entirely unlikely). I almost didn’t manage to fit in a visit, but just managed to get there ten minutes before they closed and I am so glad I power walked to get there in time. The coffee was amazing. I almost managed to drink it without any sugar (only almost, sorry guys).
The guys and girls at Mistral really know their coffee. Raving reviews on Google spoke of how the baristas would make a coffee for you based on what you stated your coffee taste palette was – I ordered my ‘normal’ (latte with soya milk, or ‘latte con leche de soja’) and was very, very content. Their coffee is Colombian and roasted right there in Palma. If you only have time for one café in Palma de Mallorca, then make sure it’s Mistral Coffee Roasters.
Carrer del Banc, 4, 07001 Palma
Arabay Coffee is a conveniently located café near Placa Major (Mayor Plaza), and also not far from Mistral Coffee Roasters (I know this well because I walked from one to the other in about 4 minutes). Their list of options for ‘summer’ coffees (iced coffees, frappes) is extensive and I had a delicious iced soya latte. It even came with coffee beans decorating the ice on the top, which I rather appreciated for the aesthetic.
Arabay is also not as expensive as I expected, considering its location. It’s definitely not at Cenia’s level of €3.70 for a tostada and a latte, but taking into account its very central (AKA touristy) location then it is of pretty good value. I also noticed that it was opposite a bio gelatería and also a jamonería (I do love how in Spanish you can add ‘ería’ after almost anything and it becomes a shop dedicated to that item. The jamonería (ham shop? Hamery?) sold a ‘ham cone’, which looked like the equivalent of the British chip cone from a fish and chip shop, except here it was just full of ham. I was quite tempted, to be honest.
Carrer del Sindicat, 5, 07002 Palma
Ca’n Joan de S’aigo
With an extremely fun name to say and spell, Ca’n Joan de S’aigo is a beautiful café with stunning interiors. They also do delicious ensaïmadas (a particularly Mallorquín pastry), which somewhat reminded me of a less flaky Danish pastry. I recommend the one with custard (ensaïmada con crema), but they also offer ones with cream (nata), apricots and a ‘sweet and savoury’ one.
While I didn’t actually try the coffee (my head was dying from too much coffee beforehand), one of my followers kindly recommended me the horchata and hot chocolate (yes, that makes it a horchatería). They also do quite a few types of ice cream and, since I was there at around 5:30pm on a weekday, it seems that it’s a popular spot for locals to go to after school (particularly grandparents with their grandchildren!). This is definitely a locals’ gem and well worth a visit, whether for the yummy ensaïmadas or the horchata or hot chocolate.
Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma
Unfortunately, when I went to Rosevelvet it was closed, even though Google clearly stated it was open. I was a bit disappointed since I’d seen excellent reviews, but it did mean I stumbled on some gorgeous streets in the close vicinity.
While I can’t offer an opinion on Rosevelvet, Google and Instagram seem pretty enamoured with the spot for both coffee and cakes!
Carrer de la Missió, 15, 07003 Palma
Another spot I didn’t manage to get to, Café Riutort comes up often on ‘best coffee in Palma de Mallorca’ articles. Kindly recommended to me by a follower, it’s definitely on my list to visit the next time I am in Palma! If you have been to Rosevelvet or Café Riutort, I would love to know what you think of these spots!
Carrer del Carme, 21, 07003 Palma
While I only had a few days in Palma de Mallorca, my self-guided coffee expedition took me to some amazing spots and absolute coffee gems. There are still so many that I need to visit (as well as many that I’m sure I completely missed!), so do let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for the best coffee in Palma de Mallorca.
If you got bored and scrolled down (or just want a little round up), here is my overall conclusion:
Best for vegans: Ziva
Best coffee in Palma de Mallorca: Mistral Coffee Roasters
Best local haunt: Ca’n Joan de S’aigo
Best value: Cenia
Best for brunch: The Workshop
Best for iced coffee: Arabay Coffee
Do let me know in the comments if I have missed any of your favourite spots on this list, or tell me if you’ve been to any of the places I mentioned!
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