We are back in Valldemossa to discover one of its most famous and oldest establishments: a traditional café and bakery called Ca’n Molinas, at Via Blanquerna, 15. The family that opened it, originally from Bunyola, maintained the original oven from a previous business and made some other arrangements. The name comes from Cas Molí, the popular family name they had in their home village, even though they all eventually moved to Valldemossa to run the business. Three generations have gone by so far and the business is as successful as ever, being a popular stop for those visiting Valldemossa. No wonder there is always a long queue!
I can personally recommend the coca de patata, which is a typical Mallorcan sweet bun made of potato, especially popular in Valldemossa. Also try the equally typical almond sorbet, you will understand why Mallorcan almonds have such a good reputation. They also make all other sorts of pastries, cakes and biscuits, so take your time to look at all of their exposed products whilst you queue and try to make up your mind! Even if there is always a queue, the good news is they have a beautiful garden at the back of the café where you can have your drinks and food. This is shown in today’s photo, you might need to be lucky to find a seat if you visit in the summer but in winter time it is equally cosy!
Due to its proximity to the University of the Balearic Islands, it is common to see students wandering the streets of Valldemossa and stopping at places like Ca’n Molinas for a coffee and a sweet (only those who are not in their lectures – but we have all done that!).
Ca’n Molinas received the Ramon Llull Award in 2007 as a prize for being able to maintain their artisan know-how in patisserie whilst keeping a high standard of quality in traditional products from Mallorca. The award also recognised their coca de patata, which is known internationally. My advice is: make sure you try this place when you visit Valldemossa!