Category: Santa Catalina

Category: Santa Catalina

Nightlife in Palma

If you fancy painting the town red, then the nightlife in Palma will not let you down, there’s plenty of great venues to choose from. Whatever your ‘cup of tea’ is, you’ll find everything within easy walking distance.

The capital city has a year round, vibrant buzz fueled by tourists during the summer and kept sizzling by locals and expat residents throughout the winter.

The liveliest places are Santa Catalina, La Llonja and around the Old Town where you will find lots of busy bars and restaurants. During the summer, a popular area of Palma is the Paseo Marítimo, the wonderful promenade that runs parallel to Palma's seafront. There you will find many bars and many people of all different nationalities. In addition to the locals and tourists, the city has many expat residents from the UK, Germany and Sweden and also a lot of ‘yachties’ or yacht crew from the various marinas.

One of the most popular areas in Palma for nightlife is Santa Catalina, it has many restaurants and international bars and is usually very busy with locals and expats alike. There’s a few venues that are always busy such as Hostal Cuba Bar with its rooftop terrace Sky Bar, La Havana Club and LAB Cocktail Bar. If you enjoy Indian food, then we highly recommend Basmati Indian Restaurant, the Basmati menu changes every day, so anyone who goes two days in a row will be able to taste a different selection.

Located in Passeig Mallorca de Palma, one of the most central and cosmopolitan areas of the city, you will find Brassclub, one of the best cocktail bars on the island.

Other bars of note are Chakra Bar & Ginbo, the latter being the best Gin bar in Palma at the top of Avinguda Jaume III.

Craft beer lovers will find many ‘cervecerias’ in the back streets of the Old Town or around Mercat de l'Olivar. The biggest selection of beers can be found at Cerveceria Tramuntana in Santa Catalina which has over 200 different beers to try.

When it comes to nightclubs, then Tito’s is the hottest club in town (some would say, on the island), you can expect all styles of music across three dance rooms and performances from international DJ’s and artists.

Palma has many good restaurants and a few that are incredible such as Marc Fosh (Palma Old Town) and Adrian Quetglas (Passeig de Mallorca).

Mercat de Santa Catalina

Mercat de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Market) is Palma’s oldest food market located in Santa Catalina, one of Palma’s most appealing areas and an uber-chic enclave with painted cottages, art nouveau town houses, designer boutiques, bars and music cafes.

Today, Santa Catalina is a culinary and social meeting place for people from all walks of life and is very popular with the yachting community, locals and also tourists.

Predating all other markets in Palma, Mercat de Santa Catalina is housed in a building built around 1920 and was divided into individual stalls in 1978. Other renovations included a new roof in 2000 and the addition of public toilets, a cold room and offices.

It is not just a market selling seasonal, fresh and local produce. Santa Catalina market is a focal point for professional chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks, gourmands and people looking for advice about food. The stall owners have a vast culinary knowledge and understanding about how to get the best from the products that they sell. If you care about the quality and provenance of the food that you eat, this is the ideal market to go to.

There are a few market bars at Mercat de Santa Catalina where you can eat and taste samples of the food for sale at one of the over 50 market stalls. You’ll find a massive amount of produce for sale including freshly-caught fish and seafood, top quality meat from local producers, prepared foods, hams & sausages, including Sobrassada, the island’s best-known cured meat, cheeses, local and seasonal vegetables and fruit, flowers, plants, pickled foods and olives, wine, tapas bars as well as bakery and pastry products, including the curly ensaimada, rectangular quartos or traditional cakes like those made in the local convents.

The market is open from 08:00 hrs to around 14:00 hrs Monday through Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day because locals have a tradition to remain at the market after they have finished shopping to enjoy drinks and tapas.

For further information, visit the market's website.

Uber-chic Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina or ‘Santa Cat’ as the locals like to call it is a former fishing village; which was once a home to fishermen, flour millers and rope makers and is now referred to as the 'Soho of Palma' due to its fashionable mix of cultures.

Named after a former hospital dedicated to Santa Catalina of Alexandria, the area is now one of Palma’s most appealing areas and an uber-chic enclave with painted cottages, art nouveau town houses, designer boutiques, bars and music cafes.

You will find Santa Catalina west of Avenida Argentina and north of the harbour. It still retains a village atmosphere but with an arty, bohemian feel and this is where the locals come when they want to chill and enjoy a beverage or a meal.

You’ll find all kinds of bars and restaurants in Santa Cat, from dive bars to trendy and contemporary establishments offering cuisine from all over the world and every type of drink.

The area is well-known for the Mercat de Santa Catalina, an indoor market and the oldest food market in Palma. Built in 1920, the market is packed with stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, meat & other gourmet products.

Chefs from all over the island come to this market to purchase produce alongside local residents and restaurant & bar owners. The market is open from 08:00 hrs to around 14:00 hrs Monday through Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day because locals have a tradition to remain at the market after they have finished shopping to enjoy drinks and tapas.

Santa Catalina has many restaurants and international bars and is usually very busy with locals and expats alike. There’s a few venues that are always busy such as Hostal Cuba Bar with its rooftop terrace Sky Bar, La Havana Club and LAB Cocktail Bar. If you enjoy Indian food, then we highly recommend Basmati Indian Restaurant, the Basmati menu changes every day, so anyone who goes two days in a row will be able to taste a different selection.

Property prices in Santa Cat are extremely high and buyers tend to be International clients. A typical 2 bed, 81 square metre apartment will cost around 550,000 €.

Santa Catalina is very popular for yachties. Being close to the harbour, you’ll often see yacht crew relaxing in one of the many bars, the area is also home of Deep Blue Sea Training where the majority of crew go for Yachtmaster training.