Latest shopping trends in Palma de Mallorca
Palma is ideal for shopping with its mix of small specialist boutiques combined with international designer names and home grown talent. The city’s historic and elegant centre has continued its transformation this year with the opening of stylish new boutique hotels and designer shops along Palma’s main boulevard of El Born and Jaime III. The city centre is only a 10 minute taxi ride away from Palma’s International Airport and only a 2 hour flight away from the UK. Plus the favourable pound sterling to Euro currency exchange rate means that shopping is even better value.
Most international designer names can be found in Palma including: Burberry, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Pinko, Carolina Herrera, Farrutx, Armani, Cartier, Hugo Boss, Bimba&Lola, Uterqüe, and Loewe with all the best of all the big high street names in the two El Corte Ingles department stores in Jaime III and Las Avenidas.
This winter scheduled flights are available from the UK with British Airways, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines and Ryanair.
Shoes – the island has a history of leather craftsmanship and today Mallorca features qualitybrands including shoes by Lotusse www.lotusse.com, Carmina hand crafted shoes: www.carminashoemaker.com and internationally renowned Camper shoes www.camper.com.
Jewellery – more designer jewellery stores are opening up in Palma including local designer, Isabel Guarch: www.isabelguarch.com; the new Nicolas boutique www.nicolasjoyeros.com, Relojeria Alemana, a local top quality jeweller featuring a wide range of international brands with their own designs: www.relojeriaalemana.com and the international Catalan brand, Tous: www.tous.com.
Boutiques – launching new Mallorcan and international designers, Bluebird Boutique www.bluebirdboutique.com, and shop luxury online Tara’s handmade leather Spanish handbags: www.tarasart.es. Local fashion designers include Toni Albons
(www.tonialbons.com) and CORTANA (www.cortana.es)
Handcrafted goods – typical Mallorquin lace and embroidery work can be found at some of Palma long established shops such as Bordados Valldemossa in Calle San Miguel. Handmade wicker baskets called “Senallas” are at Alpargatería Concepción in Calle Concepción:
The island’s famous “Tela de llengües” the traditional printed cotton with the colourful design in different bright colours are often seen covering furniture, as curtains and cushions and now local designers have started to incorporate this print in fashion articles. One designer called Aile is making bikinis, shoes, shirts and handbags: https://www.facebook.com/ailebyeliariche/timeline and a full display of her range can be found in the Mãos boutique on Calle Caputxines, 11 in Palma: https://www.facebook.com/maos.palma/timeline
Lifestyle - explore the side streets off the main shopping boulevard of El Born for one off original stores, art galleries, ceramics and fashion on Calle San Feliu featuring Palma’s newly refurbished lifestyle emporium and cafe within an 18th century palace called “Rialto Living”, art galleries, original ceramics and fashion: www.rialtoliving.com
Sweets and Pastries – “Forn Fondo” in Calle Union 15 is a traditional family pastry and “bonboneria” celebrating over a 100 years: www.ensaimadasmallorca.es. Forn de la Soca: www.fornetdelasoca.com it’s worthwhile seeking out this traditional bakery recreating forgotten local recipes from the turn of the century with a beautiful display of Mallorcan products to take home. “La Pajarita” in Calle St Nicolas, dates back to 1872 with a tantalising display in its two stores; a charcuterie with local sobrassada, cheeses, hams, olive oil and local sea salt and the other store offering handmade chocolates, “turrons”, glace fruits and bon bons: www.lapajarita1872.com.