Mallorca has long been a popular holiday destination for those looking for sun, fun and cosmopolitan flair, all of which can be found in generous amounts in the island’s vibrant capital.
Palma, with its narrow streets lined with boutique stores and world-famous brands, is renowned for being one of the glittering jewels of the Mediterranean. There’s a vast array of beautiful streets lined with all the popular brands, plus some lesser-known names, and with stores remaining open on Sundays and public holidays from April to October, you really can shop until you drop!
If it’s retail therapy you need, then this is the place to be. So, here’s my personal guide to some of the very best shopping in Palma de Mallorca.
Paseo Del Borne
For those who love a brand name, a stroll down “the golden mile” is a must. Over the past few years, Paseo del Borne has become the principal shopping street in the city, thanks to the arrival of Rialto Living, the home of luxury. This lifestyle concept store is a real favourite among well-travelled fashion and design enthusiasts, culminating in a mix of art, fashion and interiors to provide customers with a fabulous shopping experience.
You’ll also find some other big names on this popular designer street, such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and the luxury Swiss watch and bespoke jewellery creator, Nicolás Joyeros.
Calle San Miguel
If you want to experience the authentic Palma shopping experience, this long, narrow street will provide it in style. As you make your way to Plaza Mayor, you’ll pass local stores selling more traditional wares, such as haberdashery accessories and handmade shoes. Ribes & Casals is one of the largest retailers of fabrics in all of Spain, and you’ll find thousands of textiles under one roof.
This promenade used to be the reigning shopping street until being usurped by the up and coming Borne and you’ll still find the likes of Cartier and Farinelli providing the trendiest casual fashion for men and women. For lifestyle, however, this place comes up trumps. Trends Home Furniture & Decor is the leading retailer of contemporary design for your home, while Digital Cinema Mallorca has everything to satisfy your technology needs for both home and business.
Notorious amongst Mallorcans for its ridiculously small and winding stairs, Calle Quint and its ‘las escaleras bobas’ is one of the prettier areas of the city. It’s a lovely place to browse the colourful shop windows and explore a very different part of town.
Perhaps the most cultured of areas in the city, Via Veri is a treasure trove of gorgeous interior design retailers and interesting art galleries, such as Gallery Red. There are even a few old palaces hidden along this cobblestoned path. Nearby you can also find an exclusive swimwear boutique, offering the best brands and excellent accessories.
Where to Stay: Illetas
After a long day of credit card swiping, the luxury, adults-only Gran Melia de Mar.
is the perfect retreat to relax and recuperate. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel located in Illetas, just a 15-minute drive from the city, and provides easy access to some of the finest golf courses in Mallorca.
Contemporary rooms and suites offer guests stunning Mediterranean views, while the resort’s restaurant serves up delicious Mallorcan dishes using the freshest seafood. For ultimate relaxation, the onsite Spa by Clarins offers superior health and beauty treatments that will help you feel refreshed after a long day.
If you’re looking for some casual retail fun, Illetas has a small shopping area that’s easily accessible from the main road to Palma. There’s also a variety of stores scattered along the smaller roads that wind towards the beach front.