The rise of market life in the city of Palma


The markets are the first shops to open in Palma de Mallorca. However, not only do they stand out for being the first businesses up and running, but also for the variety and quality of what they sell, as well as adding a more personal feel to the shopping experience.

Decades ago, the markets were affected by a crisis following the opening of supermarkets. However, they have worked out how to adapt to the present day, and today we can see a definite rise in the markets in Palma de Mallorca. Here we will tell you a bit more about the main municipal markets in Palma.

Mercat de Santa Catalina

Mercat de Santa Catalina is the oldest in Palma. It was built in the 1920s, when the Santa Catalina neighbourhood was still an old fisherman’s area, located outside the city walls.

You will always find a good atmosphere here, especially on a Saturday; the perfect day for experiencing shopping and eating within the same market. The markets are a fantastic social scene: an ideal place to get to know the community and make contacts if you want to buy property in Santa Catalina.

Mercado de Pedro Garau

Mercado de Pedro Garau is the second oldest market in Palma. It spreads over almost 1000m2 and has about a hundred stalls. This market can be found in one of Palma’s most populated areas, Pedro Garau, a multicultural area about a 20 minute walk from the city centre. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there is an outdoor market, where you can even buy animals!

Mercado del Olivar

Mercado del Olivar is the youngest of the three. It used to be located in the Plaza Mayor de Palma, but in 1951 it moved to its current location. The Mercado del Olivar is open Monday-Saturday and adapts to the needs of new consumers by opening until 8pm on Fridays. As well as fresh produce, it offers precooked, prepared and frozen foods.

The markets in Palma portray the gastronomy and character of Palma’s community perfectly. There is also an added benefit; being close to the market seller when you do your weekly shop in Palma.

In Mallorca, there are daily markets in a number of towns on the island. You can find all the information here to help you kick-start your adventure exploring Mallorca’s markets.