What Palma might be lacking in fashionable shopping (it’s a holiday island after all) it definitely makes up for in food markets. Palma has no less than three, all worth a visit.
The biggest and most popular is the Mercat Olivar. It’s situated in the center of Palma, and is always busy and filled with both locals and tourists shopping for groceries. Veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses, homemade croquettes – they have it all. Don’t miss their spectacular fish area, both selling fresh fish and serving sushi and oysters to eat there.
Mercat Olivar, Placa Olivar, Palma. Open Monday-Saturday, 7am-2pm.
Just a five minute walk from Mercat Olivar you’ll find Palma’s organic food market. It’s much smaller (there’s only about 20 stalls) but that’s what I really like about it. It’s not so busy, but much more charming and they have a lot of veggies, fruits, breads, oils, nuts, seeds etc.
Mercado Ecologico de Palma, Plaça Bisbe Berenguer de Palou, Palma. Open Saturdays only, 8am-2pm.
In the hip Santa Catalina area (also mentioned here) is my favorite Palma market. Like Mercat Olivar it’s an indoor market, actually you can say it’s a mini version of that. They have everything you can dream of, but it’s less crowded.
Santa Catalina Market, Plaza de Navegació, Palma. Open all days except Wednesdays and Sundays, 8am-1pm.
No matter what market you choose, be prepared to get hungry instantly!