An assault course of temptations: Mallorca’s new gourmet market

The San Juan gastronomic market in Palma, the island’s capital, opened just over a year ago, but already has a place in the heart and stomachs of local foodies

Once the city’s abattoir, awarded an architectural prize in 1906, the S’Escorxador cultural centre had various reincarnations before its central building opened in June last year as the Mercado Gastronómico San Juan, Palma’s first gourmet food market. The £2m renovation of the 110-year-old dusky-pink building is stunning, from the high, beamed ceilings to the patterned tiles on the floors. But the real attraction is not the interior design, of course; it’s the food.

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