Pere Garau is a neighbourhood of Palma and is located in the north-east of the centre. Although it is a 15-minute walk from the city centre (Plaza Mayor), hardly any tourists get lost here. While there are no impressive monuments or particularly beautiful buildings to be seen here, this quarter has its own authentic charm.
We will tell you here why we like living in Pere Garau and why it is worth getting lost in the streets outside the city centre.
The Mercat Pere Garau is, in my opinion, the most authentic market that one can visit in Palma. The prices are a lot cheaper than in the Mercat Olivar or Mercat Santa Catalina. In the middle of the market place there is a market hall that is open from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there is more hustle and bustle here than on the other days, as some stalls are set up outside the market hall. The atmosphere here is just amazing: Customers swarm around the stalls, market traders promote their products and the smell of fresh herbs fills the air. At the outdoor stands you can find a variety of vegetables and fruits but also flowers and plants for the house and garden. The prices vary from stall to stall. Some stalls offer local products from Mallorca and these are obviously more expensive. In general the prices on the Mercat Pere Garau are very moderate and a lot cheaper than in the city centre. Inside the market hall there are various fruit and vegetable stalls, but also a wide range of meat and fish, some bakery products and a few stalls with wine and local delicacies. There are also a few tapas bars and even a sushi stand, as Pere Garau has a high percentage of Asian inhabitants.
I would recommend everyone to visit the market in Pere Garau and let the hustle and bustle take its toll. For me it is always a special experience and completely off the beaten track.
Pere Garau is also called Chinatown of Palma. Even Chinese New Year is celebrated here on the streets. It is therefore no surprise that the best and most authentic Chinese restaurants in Palma are to be found here. The top places are: Casa Li, Shi Shan Xuan and Kirin.
Chapultepec is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Mallorca and is located in the middle of Pere Garau. I can't count how many times we have been here for dinner... :D To get a table you should definitely make a reservation in advance. Beside the well-known tacos, enchiladas and co. there are also less known but very tasty dishes like rice with green beans and pulled pork. And what should not be missing obviously? The margaritas!
Would you pay Pere Garau a visit? We look forward to your feedback in the comments!