In the great Mediterranean food markets tradition, the Mercat de l’Olivar has been supplying Palma with the freshest fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish for more than fifty years. Its installations were extensively refurbished during the past decade, making it one of the best of its kind in Spain and a veritable paradise for food lovers. Many visitors to Palma have already discovered its charms, and no trip to the city would be complete without a stroll through its halls, soaking up its colorful atmosphere. Join us for a quick tour.
Start with the greengrocers’ stalls in the main building, where the displays of seasonal, local produce are beautiful: asparagus, strawberries, and apricots in spring; tomatoes, watermelons, and peaches in the summer months; while autumn sees the arrival of grapes, figs and different varieties of mushroom, such as the terracotta-colored “esclatasang” (Lactarius delicious) or golden “Picornell” (girolle).
In the neighboring meat and deli section, you will find mouth-watering Spanish specialties, from hand-cut Joselito “Iberico” ham (the best in the world, according to Ferran Adrià), to farmhouse cheese from Minorca or typical Mallorcan sobrassada, as well as other delicacies from around the world.
But perhaps the most spectacular feature of all of the Mercat de l’Olivar of is the fish hall, housed in the adjoining annex. Pile after pile of plump red prawns from Soller, pale pink langoustines, Minorcan lobsters, endless varieties of fabulously fresh, locally caught fish tempt passers-by. Should you find that the sight of all this fantastic food is whetting your appetite, help is at hand: an ever-increasing number of informal eateries are opening within the market.
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Whether you prefer half a dozen oysters with a glass of crisp white wine, a tray of sushi and sashimi to eat in or take away, or maybe traditional tapas accompanied by an ice-cold “caña,” it’s all here under one roof. Enjoy!
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