Yes, there are still one or two corners of Palma de Mallorca that remain untouched by the sticky hands of mass tourism. On out most recent visit, Gusto Guides was lucky enough to stumble across a little slice of old Palma known as Bodegas Bellver. On a little side street just near one of Palma’s most upmarket shopping areas, this is a good place for a sandwich and a beer, and popular among a young local crowd.
Since first opening its doors in 1920 Bodegas Bellver has seen it all, and kept much of its authentic interior intact through wars, dictatorship and the wave of money and tourists that saw many bars blandly refurbished. The walls lined with black and white photos of former clients and shelves littered with old sifones hark back to those early days.
Despite all of the personality it packs in, Bodegas Bellver is a tiny place with only a few, hotly-contested tables – consider booking or turning up early if you want a seat. We recommend the home made vermouth and sandwiches, many of which have a special Mallorquin flavour with local ingredients.
- 4 sandwiches (2 de pork loin and pepper, one blanquet of local longaniza and one chistorra)
- 1 bottle of water, 1 red wine, 1 vermouth and 1 beer
- Total: €25.20
Address: Bodegas Bellver, Carrer de Serinyà 2, 07003 Palma de Mallorca,
Tel: 00 34 971 724 796
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, from 1900h