The best shopping in terms of clothes, shoes or household items is clustered around the areas of the Passieg de Born and the Plaza Major, with more eclectic boutiques in Sa Calatrava and Santa Catalina, and more high-end designer stores around Av. Jaume III.
If you plan to take home edible goodies items are worth looking out for. The ubiquitous Majorcan pastry - an ensaimada - is a snail-shaped coil of dough, light and fluffy on the inside, sprinkled with icing sugar on the outside, and no self respecting Mallorquín would ever dream of going anywhere without one. Notice the cardboard boxes that everyone is carrying around tied up with string at the airports? Try them for breakfast, toasted and spread thickly with butter, which is how Majorcan immigrants served them on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
Majoran wine is a of a very high standard (with prices to match), but you'll be glad of the drinkable memory when you're sitting back home in dreary British weather. I really like Anima Negra and 4 kilos 12 vaults, but the best way to find out what you're into is to pay a visit to Wineing (C/Apuntadores 24, 971 214 011) who serve many local wines by the glass. Cheese, charcuterie, olives, olive oil, jams and dried fruit and nuts are also good buys.
Here are the places I pretty much always visit when I'm in town:
- Veri 5 Aromas (C/Can Veri 5, 606 966 922) is an extremely glamorous looking store specialising in richly fragranced candles made to ancient French methods.
- Camper (Avenida Jaume III, 16, www.camper.com) for groovy, good-for-you leather shoes.
- Rialto Living (C/Sant Feliu 3C, 971 713 331, www.rialtoliving.com) for high quality textiles available by the metre, ready-made table and bed linens, furniture, design books and a small selection of very expensive clothes.
- Lofre (Passeig del Born 28, 971 723 665, www.lofre.es) on the Passeig del Born, for beautiful, butter-soft leather goods.
- Born Decoració (Passeig del Born 16, 971 714 860) for island-chic interiors.
- Bombolini (C/ Costa d´en Brossa 4 B, 971 72 54 99, www.bombolini.net) for cool, high-end cookware.
- Es Baluard Shop (Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina 10, 971 908 200, www.esbaluard.org) for prints of your favourite Majorcan artists and natty stationery.
- La Pajarita (C/Sant Nicolas 4, 971 711 8 44) for traditional sweets and homemade charcuterie.
- La Vinoteca (C/Padre Bartolomé Pou 29, 971 761 932) for Majorcan and other Balearic wines.
- Chocolat Factory (Plaça d’es Mercat 9, 971 229 493) for handmade choccies.
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