San Juan Gastronomic Market in Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca has a way to spawn and nurture distinctive foodies, due in large part to the diversity of its food scene and Michelin-starred cuisine. Despite your price range, there is always the jewel in the crown of Spanish cuisine, and it is the tapas (appetisers) culture. Tapas are one of the identifying features of Spanish gastronomy, which over time has evolved into an entire sophisticated cuisine. The crème de la crème of tapas in the city of Palma de Mallorca goes to the San Juan Market.
The market makes up a space of 1,300 square meters in a building designed in 1905 by the modernist architect Gaspar Bennàzar. This emblematic building was also a part of the old slaughterhouse of Palma de Mallorca, known in the local language as S'Escorxador. Thus there is also a history of the building being a convent called San Juan, it was only fair to the promoters to give it the name of the convent. Today, this public space has turned into a place with a diverse gastronomic offering and a cinema called Ciutat, with terraces that lead to bars and somewhere in the middle of all of this you can find a public library. The general director of the market María del Mar Rubí has said that the establishment's purpose is to "offer a pleasant space where you can have breakfast, drink a vermouth, eat lunch, go for a drink after work and even learn to cook".
Cooking4People is a sophisticated kitchen project designed by IKEA that is available to the users to carry out the activities they are interested in doing: show cookings, private tastings, product presentations or even celebrations with live cooking. This multi-purpose space can be used for a variety of purposes for groups, businesses or distinguished individuals.
There is a central square on the ground floor of the San Juan Gastronomic Market with 17 food stalls, cocktail bar, coffee shop, terrace spots and other amenities. Despite Spanish cuisine being at the forefront of the culinary options in the market, there are also Thai, American and European bites. Mostly made up of tapas, there are food stalls with an important selection of oysters, cheeses, cold cuts, fried baby squids, croquettes and even octopus. We tried 2 different kinds of spanish omelettes (tortilla de patatas); one had squid and the other was cooked with onions and garlic. In another food stall we had a bit of Camembert cheese with organic jam and prawn croquettes and a vermouth to drink.
Opened every day of the week, the San Juan Gastronomic Market is a great excuse to get together and enjoy superb food in a beautiful establishment. Although the prices can be a bit more than the average bar, think about the eclectic musicians that play at night, the vibrant atmosphere and vast options of food and wine! This is the only gastronomic food market in the whole of Mallorca, so be sure to not miss this great spot!
Website - www.gastronomicosanjuan.es
Opening Hours - Open everyday Bakery Monday to Sunday 10:00h to 24:00h / Food stalls and Cocktail bar Sunday to Thursday 12:00h to 24:00h and Friday to Saturday 12:00h to 2am
Location - Carrer de l’emperadriu Eugènia nº 6, 07010 - Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Island), Spain