Today, we will head down to central Palma to enjoy one of the most typical Majorcan desserts: ensaïmada. It is a type of pastry dating back to the 17th century and made out of flour, sugar, eggs, water and pork lard (its name comes from the Catalan word saïm, which means pork lard). It is so famous that in Mallorca and Ibiza it has also developed into a different sweet, greixonera, which is made using ensaïmada leftovers from the day before.
Some Majorcan businesses have truly specialised in this popular bite but not many of them can say they have been experts for over 300 years. The one that stands out and that I always recommend is Can Joan de s’Aigo. With two branches in the centre of Palma, it always comes in handy. Make note of the addresses and be sure to pay them a visit!
- Carrer Sans, 10 – 07001 Palma
- Carrer Baró de Santa Maria del Sepulcre, 5 – 07012 Palma
The one in Carrer Sans has indeed been around for 315 years and maintains a strong Majorcan style. It is hidden in one of the winding streets of the old town and is very pleasant. Its decoration is slightly rural and more laid-back than its sibling in Carrer Baró de Santa Maria del Sepulcre, which perhaps due to its proximity to the up-and-coming Avinguda Jaume III and Passeig des Born. The latter cafe has a more delicate decoration, red tapestry in their sofas and beautiful chandeliers.
Apart from their famous ensaïmadas, this place is famous for their hand-made ice cream. They have an extensive list of different flavours and are the perfect excuse for a break during your visit to the old town.