Yes, they exist. In fact, they are the door to the most authentic cuisine on the island. This is because Majorca is meant to be enjoyed all year long and although it is true that high season is always frantic, the calmer side to the island starts now, when the sun is still shining and the climate calls for all kinds of sports to be practiced outdoors, unique places to be visited and a relaxing getaway to be enjoyed nearby to some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.
Take advantage of your getaway to Majorca to try some of it most typical cuisine, more commonly enjoyed away from high season. Enjoy the island’s most deep-rooted dishes like Majorcan soups, “arròs brut” (typical rice) grilled “gírgola” mushrooms, “frit de matanzas” (sautéed pork and vegetable dish), “caracoles” (snails), “coca de cuarto” (sponge cake), smoked broad beans, surprising you with their simplicity and quality of raw materials. You can find them on menus of restaurants that are open during autumn and winter. We have created a list of the locals’ top favourites for you below.
Celler Bar Randa: this is one of the most symbolic restaurants in this small town, whereby every Sunday Majorcans visit in their masses to enjoy traditional and home-cooked cuisine. It is neither a stylish nor glamorous nor intricate place, it simply provides tables with paper tablecloths, rice stew in the centre and giant desserts.
Celler Bar Randa, photo by Celler Bar Randa
Es Verger de Alaró: in the end of the route that runs from the village until the famous Alaró Castle lies a restaurant that serves typical Majorcan cuisine. You will share a table with other visitors (and people do not stop coming, especially at the weekend) and it is not luxurious but the dishes are simply delicious: kid, suckling pig, snails….
Es Verger, photo by abc Mallorca
Eu Centro Pollença: in the town of the same name: Pollensa, on the street: Carrer del Temple, you will discover a show of traditional cuisine in this classically decorated restaurant. Here, you will get the chance to try delicious food from the ‘menu of the day’ (except for on Wednesdays when it is closed) and typical dishes on weekends to enjoy with your family or friends. Make sure to book a table as it is always full of people.
Typical Mallorcan dessert at the Eu Centro Pollença restaurant, photo by gastronomicament.cat
Mesón Can Pedro: located in the Génova neighbourhood of Palma, this is a popular place for Majorcan families to organise a family meal or for groups of friends to plan a meal out. Organic and made with high-quality products and served without complaint. The menu offers the best dishes in traditional Majorcan cuisine. The restaurant’s specialties are: its meat dishes, “frito mallorquín” (sautéed meat and vegetable dish) and its snail dishes.
Mesón Can Pedro, photo by Can Pedro
Mercado gastronómico San Juan: a different culinary proposal open all year round for visitors to try both Majorcan and international cuisine. Located in the centre of Palma, in S’Escorxador, the market offers lots of stalls that range from Japanese cuisine to typical tapas and sautéed dishes. This is ideal for spontaneous meals or having a few beers with your friends.
Mercado Gastronómico San Juan, photo by Mercado San Juan