Commercial Centres and shopping areas in Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca. Plaza Weyler - Jaume III
An attractive walk which combines seeing shops of great trade names both national and international, with lovely walks, squares with terraces and gems of the modernist architecture of Palma de Mallorca.
The area extending between the Plaza Weyler and the Avenue known as Jaime III is one of the most select commercial areas of the city. In this street you can find from Antique shops to furnishing shops, clothes or shoes of well-known designers. The street with the name Union, where you can find interesting shops that have been there for many years, meets up and links with the Avenue Jaime III, whose elegant doorways and entrances have the best trade names inside both national and international. In the square Juan Carlos I also known as the Plaza de las Tortugas, in front of the Borne, there are plenty of cafes and bars with interesting and animated gatherings of people. In the hotchpotch of streets and backstreets, the street Concepcion can be found, with its many taverns and bars as well as bars with ‘tapas’ (light snacks). The parallel street Bonaire is another prestigious commercial street where exclusive products of the city can be found whilst the street called Calle Barón Santa María del Sepulcro is famous for its fashion shops for youngsters and children.
This route includes one of the most spectacular and emblematic buildings and is a first class example of Mallorcan modernism its own right, the Gran Hotel.
Palma de Mallorca. Zone 2: Plaza de Espana - Ramblas
It is a true commercial centre in the open air, the commercial heart of Palma in the street with an enormous quantity of shops and businesses of all possible types and sizes. The great multitude of shops cover clothes, footwear, accessories, perfumery, souvenirs, materials and Mallorcan embroidery. The inside market known as the Mercado del Olivar is to be found in this area, one of the best and of most charm in the city where it is possible to acquire authentic and original products of Mallorca: sobrasadas, cheeses, almond nuts and autochthonous pastry shops, together with meat, fish and fresh vegetables. The cafeterias and shops for all tastes and pockets are present along the length of the street called San Miguel, Calle de los Olmos and the commercial gallery in the area of Calle Velázquez. There are also some bars well known for their antiquity, which form part of the life and history of the city. The Rambla, with its authentic flower and plant stalls, form an image worthy of the best post cards.
The most intimate Palma de Mallorca, with its little side and back streets and traditional businesses can be known by entering these adjoining streets like the one that begins at the Hospital Square behind the ‘Misericordia’.
Palma de Mallorca. Zone 3: Plaza de Cort – Port of San Antonio
Within the proximity of such emblematic buildings such as the Town Hall in the Plaza de Cort, the church of San Francisco with its beautiful cloister and the church of Santa Eulalia, a set of streets can be found in which the spirit of the old merchants and Medieval and Renaissance crafts are still alive. There it is possible to see the work of the craftsmen in the Paseo de la Artesanía, with its innovate Centre of Interpretation of Craftwork. It is possible for the visitor to purchase genuine products and witness demonstrations of the manufacturing process of glass, wood, ceramics, paper and materials. Walking these side and back streets, one can discover a variety of premises with set in tradition that conserve all their character. This stroll also includes the commercial street for antonomasia: Vía Sindicato, at all times full of visitors. In this busy street, cohabite shops that have always been there with modern shops selling perfumes, accessories and fashion. Vía Sindicato reaches the Puerta de San Antonio, which was originally the entrance to the city.
Palma de Mallorca. Zone 4: Plaza de Cort - Plaza de la Reina
Establishments selling clothes, accessories, souvenirs and grocery shops, amongst others, are to be found in the street known as Calle Jaime II. Some steps lead to some very peculiar and special commercial side streets and back streets, in which the traditional physiognomy contrasts with the designer shops.
The framework of streets around the plaza Frederic Chopin combine exclusive and select articles with charming traditional shops around the Plaza San Nicolás, such as sweet and pastry shops. After the Calle San Nicolás, a maze of small streets converge onto the Borne, which makes you feel like a tranquil walk around at the same time as you visit some of the shops with exclusive trade and brand names.
The Plaza de la Reina joins the Avenue of Antonio Maura, where there are plenty of cafeterias with their terraces.
The Calle Apuntadores, the Plaza Drassanas and Plaza de la Lonja have premises and restaurants for all tastes. As well as these establishments, there are several interesting buildings in the area such as the Balearic Parliament, in the Calle Conquistador, the Palau March, the lovely modernist residence in the Plaza Marqués del Palmer or The Llotja.
Without doubt, it is the biggest Commercial Centre in Palma de Mallorca. It has all the services that these places usually have, such as a large car park and good access. It is very near to the port and to Paseo Marítimo. It consists of two levels and there are many well-known names in clothes, footwear, accessories and other goods and services. It also has a multiplex very popular with young people. In the exterior of the commercial centre and on the outside of it, there are many bars, restaurants of all categories as well as other businesses.
On the outskirts of Palma
In direction towards Inca from Palma, if you feel like going out of the capital city, you can go to Festival Park, a totally different concept of a commercial centre in the open air, situated at only 7 kilometres from Palma, where it is possible to get to by train and bus. The idea of the centre is to focalize on an open air surface, similar to a small commercial village, so that some international and national brands and makes can offer its products in an outlet. In Festival Park there are also a multitude of restaurants, bars, ice-cream shops, playground area for children as well as a multiplex with 20 cinemas.