Romantic Rooftops and Al Fresco Sushi


This really is the the most romantic rooftop in Palma, and in summer, you can relish the magnificent views of Spanish tiles as well as some Japanese sushi and sashimi classics! Those who pass on sushi can order bar food staples, such as burgers, Caesar salad, and Iberian jamon! (Keep calm! They have jamon! See the full menu hereOn the Japanese side, my husband requested they add his favorite Chirashi, but we'll have to go back to see if it happened!)

Every corner of the Hotel Sant Francesc is gorgeous, but the roof terrace is truly remarkable—even for Spain!—because it overlooks five historic Spanish churches, including Palma's famous Gothic cathedral La Seu, as well as a sliver of sea. There are numerous places on the island with stunning sea views (ok, my absolute favorite kind of view!), so sometimes I find the European rooftops a nice change of scenery. This exquisite hotel earned the Condé Nast Reader's Choice Award in 2016 for best hotel in Spain and Portugal and they whole-heartedly deserve the accolade! As a Palma resident for the last five years (although this has recently changed!), I haven't stayed there to test noise and service, but friends with demanding expectations have told me it's wonderful and quieter than some of the city's other luxury hotels.

In the heart of the Old Town, but too exclusive to become unpleasant with crowds, this place will take you away from the bustle of high season. My husband and I like to come here when we want an elegant and romantic dinner. In the chillier months (we have some of those too in Mallorca!), we love the elegant and modern with a flair Quadrat restaurant housed in the former stables of this converted mansion. The chef Alfonso Lillo's creations are how I love to eat when I dine out: unpretentious, classic, but creative and using the highest quality ingredients, with super attentive, but not intrusive service. For the warmer seasons, the restaurant has a lovely garden that's open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—as long as the weather permits!

Tip: Do make table reservations and arrive by foot or taxi as the Plaza Sant Francesc's parking is only for residents. The hotel also has limited valet parking, so you might be lucky to reserve a spot if you call ahead!