The Cool Guide
- Gallery 16
A three-floor store. Tea goods, alchemy goods, garments by designers such as John Galliano, McQueen, Red Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier and a floor dedicated to babies from newborn to 18 months old.
Open from 9.30 to 13.30 and from 17 to 20 h (Monday to Saturday).
Carrer Major 16 (Inca) – Tel: +34 971 883 086
- Piel de Gallina
An excellent selection of vintage and one-off pieces.
Iglesia de Santa Eulalia, 9A (Palma) – Tel: +34 971 728 999
“Dress well & be up-to-date”: Really cool high-level fashion, presented and sold in a chic two-floor store.
Can Danús 4, Pelaires 3 (Palma) – Tel: +34 971 724 567
Exclusive customising, extravagant party clothes and wedding dresses. Find latest editions of top brands like Sonia Rykiel, Stella Forest and Angel Schlesser.
From 10 to 13.30 and from 17 to 20 h – and on Saturday mornings.
Carrer Campana 16 (Inca), Tel: +34 971 883 176
- Marc Cain Store
Find top-class women’s fashions in Marc Cain boutique in Palma. Design, quality and materials will impress. The right shop for modern women.
Can Verí 5, Palma (Mallorca), Tel: +34 971 722 383 – Internet: www.marc-cain.com
- Tallo Floristas
Prepare to be surprised. A designer of floral arrangements who anticipates your needs. Their business evolves and changes to keep pace with trends.
Calle Aragón 21 (Palma) – Tel: +34 971 774 643
Very well-equipped CD and DVD store. Music connoisseurs will even find vinyl here. Furthermore, Xocolat is an important sales point for tickets for live music gigs and concerts on Mallorca.
Font i Monteros, 18 (Palma) – www.xocolat.com – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: +34 971 713 316
- Cala Agulla
A beautiful beach surrounded by pine trees and mountains, situated in the municipality of Capdepera, about 80 kilometres from Palma. The water here is sparklingly clean and appears wonderfully light blue, making it the perfect place for swimming and to practise marine sports. Well-connected by pedestrian paths to Cala Mesquida, and along the way you pass neighbouring Cala Moltó, frequented by naturists. Snack bar and a pay-to-park area. Take the Manacor road to Capdepera and then head for Cala Rajada.
- Cala Torta, Estreta, Mitjana
Cala Torta is one of the most appealing undeveloped beaches on Mallorca. Scuba-diving and snorkelling are highly recommended in this area. All of these three beaches are quite remote so be prepared for a bumpy ride through a small mountain range. They are some of the most unspoilt beaches on the island, though if you head for Cala Torta, there’s a small beach bar open in peak season. Directions: Drive out of Artà on the road to Capdepera and the beaches are signed on a small road on the left just past a petrol station.
- Bahia de Pollensa
Many consider the long stretch of Playa de Llenaire to be the best beach on Mallorca, situated within a wonderful bay. Lots of poets and painters have been inspired by Puerto de Pollensa.
- Cala Mesquida, nearCapdepera
The magnificent Mesquida bay lies six kilometres to the north of Cala Rajada and its open views make it one of the most beautiful in the north-east of the island. It has various facilities for beach visitors. A watchtower atop a small mountain looks down over the more built-up end of the beach. The fine white sands make it great for relaxing or walking, and this is one of the few beaches where surfers can often catch a wave.
- Cala Millor
The stretch of beach between Cala Millor and Cala Bona is sandy and one of the best on the east coast of Mallorca. It is a kilometre-and-a-half long and backed by a promenade perfect for walking, cycling, browsing the gift shops or taking refreshments in one of the many cafés, bars or restaurants. This promenade will take you all the way to the fishing harbour at Cala Bona. The sea is initially shallow and quite safe – appropriate for children.
- Es Trenc between Sant Jordi and Ses Covetes
Over 5 kilometres of white sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The water is turquoise and the beach has a real Caribbean feel. It does get busy in peak season with all the locals. Directions: Drive through Campos following signs to Santanyí. Immediately after leaving Campos there is sign on your right to Es Trenc.
- Cala Varques
One for those who don’t like to share the beach with too many others! On the east coast, near the Calas de Mallorca, it’s not easy to find – which is part of its attraction. Park in a lane, and pass through large metal gates to take the 15 minute walk through pines down to the cove. You’ll be rewarded with clear turquoise waters and tranquillity, but may be sharing the sands with a few naturists – and, possibly, the odd curious bull!
- Santa Catalina
Behind the promenade, near “Real Club Náutico” and Paseo Marítimo, it´s one of Palma´s most characterful districts. It´s famous for the historic market place “Mercat de Santa Catalina” – its market rights have been established since 1249 – and for the buzz around it. Local residents and chefs from the numerous surrounding gourmet restaurants come here to shop daily for fresh ingredients.
- Paseo Marítimo
Palma´s celebrated party zone, which begins at “Real Club Náutico” and extends to “Club de Mar” (some three kilometres). Nightbirds can find almost everything they might desire: Salsa clubs, pubs, restaurants, chic dance clubs (“Tito´s”, “Abraxas”, “Divino”), fast food takeaways, etc.
Romantically situated on the outskirts of Palma, halfway to Arenal. In former times it was a gipsy district and a harbour for fishermen, nowadays it´s a trendy place for strolling and having dinner. One picturesque restaurant after another invites you to stop. The town´s best seafood is served here. Furthermore there are two recommended city beaches in Es Molinar: Can Pere Antoni and Playa Portitxol, some metres behind the yacht port.
- Puerto Portals (Calvià)
Planned in 1932 on a drawing-board, it´s today THE luxury-place on the island and a haven for the “cool set”. Naturally, Mallorca´s most decorated restaurant “Tristán” (1 Michelin star) is located here, along with other top gastronomy brands like Flanigan, Cappuccino, Ritzi Lounge, La Concha, Titanic. Luxury fashion boutiques tempt the visitor to enter. With a little bit of luck, you could be dining next to Spain´s King Juan Carlos, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, in August, when regattas like “Breitling” and “Copa del Rey” take place.
- Tasca de Blanquerna (formerly Fosh Food)
One of three restaurants in the Fosh Group, Tasca de Blanquerna offers the best in regional Spanish cuisine. Authentic dishes with a sprinkling of “Fosh magic”. Since Blanquerna has now been pedestrianised, you can now dine here al fresco.
C/ Blanquerna 6, Palma – Tel: +34 971 290 108 – Internet: www.fosh-food.com
- Arume Sushi
Arume Sushi Bar and Restaurant in Palma offers an innovative mix of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, considered one of the five best sushi restaurants in Mallorca. Tomeu, the Mallorcan chef and owner of this restaurant, worked for five years in an exclusive Japanese restaurant, while he was living in Japan.
Arume Sushi Bar is closed on Sundays and opens from 13:30 – 15:30 hrs and from 21 – 23 hrs. During the weekend open till 23.30 hrs.
C/ Sant Miquel 83, Palma – Tel: +34 971 214 121
A very cool place for an informal rendezvous. It isn’t just fast food fans who know that this American Diner is the best place for hamburgers. The retro-style furnishings capture the feel of the 50s.
Joan Maura Bisbe 5 (Plaza de España), Palma – Tel: +34 971 462 567
Carrer Sant Magí 23 (Santa Catalina), Palma – Tel: +34 971 736 222
- Markassar BBQ Lounge
Restaurante “chic” in Puerto de Pollensa offering high quality meats cooked over hot coals. There’s also a pleasant lounge area for the night´s first drink.
Plaça Miquel Capllonc (Puerto de Pollensa), Booking Tel: +34 971 867 547
The very special white decor surprises every guest. Exquisite quality of ingredients. And it’s not expensive: it’s possible to have a complete meal for 12.50 euros.
Carre Barco, Des 18, Inca (Mallorca), Tel: +34 971 500 253, www.dolc.es
The German stylist is an insider tip in Santa Catalina. His regulars include some celebrities, and even Spanish football stars. But confidentiality is holy for Estefan. He´s recognised for his fancy cut and sophisticated technique. Clients are treated individually, adapting their hair to their personality.
Carrer de Pou 33 (Santa Catalina), Palma, Tel: +34 971 221 895
- Momo Pelos
Fancy beauty styling, crazy atmosphere, extravagance. Absolutely different to everything one expects: That´s Momo Pelos.
Jardín Botánico 10, Palma – Tel: +34 971 727 763
Gentrified hairstylist with 50s and 60s-style furniture in Santa Eulàlia. Hairdresser Mavi combines her skills with 17 years of experience in the fashion business.
Vidrieria 8, Santa Eulàlia – Tel: +34 971 728 778
- Antonio Bottino
One of the creative hairstyling hotspots in Palma´s city. Highly illuminated, chic salon.
Avenida Jaime III, 7 (entresuelo), – Tel: +34 971 728 055
- Udo Walz
Berlin’s grand master of the cut invites the cosmopolitan client to experience why famous clients like Catherine Deneuve and Gwyneth Paltrow put their hair in his hands. Two salons on Mallorca.
C./ Sant Feliu #2, Palma de Mallorca – Tel.: +34 971 723 038
Mardavall – Hotel & Spa Passeig Calviá, s/n – 07181 Costa dén Blanes – Calviá – Tel: +34 971 629 328 – www.udo-walz.com
This article was originally published in abcMallorca’s The Cool Issue (July 2008)
About the Author
Dr. Helen Cummins is the Editor of abcMallorca Magazine a high quality guide to mallorca printed in three languages including informative Articles about Mallorca, up to date Events Guide and a Business Directory.
Ticket Restaurante – comercial com Oscar Magrini (1993)
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