Fab food in the Mercat de l'Olivar
For me one of the best traditions of Spanish food markets is the amount of prepared food that is available; whether hot, cold, raw or cooked, it can be quite delicious and available to eat there and then or to take away.
Palma's main market, the Mercat de l'Olivar, is a gigantic cornucopia of gastronomy whether you're buying the super fresh ingredients – fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, pulses, herbs, spices or pastries – or want something to eat or drink there.
With seemingly hundreds of stalls in the enormous hall it is also packed with bars where you can eat and drink a wide selection of tapas, helpings of casseroled dishes, and wine and beer galore.
I strolled through the market the other morning and took plenty of snaps of all the 'bars' in just one section of the market, fish and seafood. The choice of gastronomy was absolutely amazing from stalls selling oysters and champagne, to sushi and sashimi, fried fish, griddled fish, smoked fish (yes, you can even get kippers) shellfish and squid, octopus and cuttlefish.
If you like fish, then everything you heart desires is available both in small individual portions or as part of meal deals or set menus, and as you can imagine, at very reasonable prices. I've created a slideshow of photos and as you'll see, there are super modern minimalistic style bars as well as the more traditional local eating places.
Fancy trying a bite or two in some of them? Then the market is open as follows
Monday to Friday* from 7:00 to 14:30 h
*Friday partial opening of from 14:30 h to 20:00 h
Saturday from 7:00 to 15:00 h