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Although better known for sun, sand and sporty diversions, the Balearic island of Mallorca is also a great place for strolling and shopping in chic boutiques. And it’s especially great for home decor buffs and foodies. Here’s a round-up of fave picks for retail therapy, from wine and olive oil to bikinis and contemporary art…

Home Decor: Paravana Design

Super chic home decor and furnishings shop owned by Sherezade Benet, an interior designer par excellence who combines an eclectic style with an American get-it-done work ethic. Need custom curtains or garden furniture for your villa? She’s the one to call. Her shop stocks such esteemed brands as Pierre Frey, Nina Campbell, Colefax & Fowler, Etro, Jim Thompson, among others, and is the exclusive distributor of Fendi furniture in the Balearic Islands. Highly recommended. | Phone:+34 971 791 246       
34 Camino Son Rapinya | Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands 07013 Spain

Organic Produce & Beauty Products: Son Barinna Farm

“Son Barrina’s farmshop in Llubi sells top-notch organic produce and all kinds of organic food and beauty products,” says my Insider Liz Barratt-Brown, owner of the gorgeous Mallorcan villa Pedruxella. “They also have a little restaurant for a quick bite between shopping.” Days and hours vary by season so check their Website. | Phone:+ 34 971 504 540       
Carratera Inca – Llubi km 6 | Llubi (near Inca), Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Swimwear & Lingerie: Lurelle

Babes with bikini bods should make a point to visit this little boutique for stylish and original swimwear and sexy lingerie from international designers, such as Made by Nikki and Ell & Cee. | Phone:+34 971 677 470       
26 Calle Palma-Andraitx, Local 8 | Portals Nous, Calvia, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Contemporary Art: Galeria Pelaires

This was the first contemporary art gallery in Palma when it opened back in 1969, and it’s still the island’s best, specializing in work from Mallorcan and Spanish artists. Take a peek whether you’re looking to buy or just browsing, and be sure to inquire about what’s on the calendar at their cultural center nearby at 3 Calle Can Veri, which hosts concerts, debates, book readings and other events. | Phone:+34 971 723 696       
5 Calle Pelaires | Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Espadrilles: Alpargateria Llinas

An absolute must for men and women in all the Balearic Islands is to tool around town in espadrilles, those casual slip-ons or sandals with rope soles. Stop by Alpargateria Llinas for kicks in an array of bright colors.

Phone: +34 971 717 696       
43 Carrer Sant Miquel | Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Local Wine, Olive Oil & Artisanal Food: Canaves Enseñat

“Located right in the heart of Pollença, near the main square, Canaves Enseñat is a family run butcher that carries all the local food products and wine from nearby wineries, including my farm’s line of olive oil,” says Liz Barratt-Brown, owner of Pedruxella, a stunning villa near Pollença, where she presses her own artisanal olive oil. “For wines, I recommend Mortitx and Can Vidalet from Pollença, both excellent and with multiple varietals.”

Phone: +34 971 530 688        ‎
Via Pollentia 14 | Pollença, Mallorca, Balearic Islands 07460 Spain

Personal Shopper & Image Consultant: Joanne Shawcross

Looking for an image overhaul while on holiday? Call Joanne Shawcross, a British expat who runs an image consultancy and personal shopping business on Mallorca. Ask her to find that perfect hostess gift, help you source a sexy summer wardrobe, and give you a personal color and body style analysis. She’s bi-lingual and has insider access to top local boutiques and designers. | Phone:+34 690 852 601   
Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Fresh Produce & Local Gourmet Food: Santa Catalina Market

Wake up early to hit this covered market before the crowds arrive. Stock up on farm fresh produce and locally made artisanal olive oil, sausages and other gourmet goodies, then stroll the charming side-streets of Palma’s increasingly trendy Santa Catalina neighborhood. Mondays – Saturdays from 7a.m. to 2p.m.

Phone:+34 971 230 710       
Placa Navegacio | Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Fashion, Art & Home Decor: Rialto Living

This newcomer is a fantastic spot to find a hostess gift or to pick up something for your Mallorcan villa or your place back home. Set within a restored former theater in a historic building, the expansive Rialto Living is a truly comprehensive lifestyle and home decor emporium that stocks it all: big furniture pieces, contemporary art, glossy coffee table books, tabletop and glassware, fragrances, scented candles, stationery, leather-bound journals, and unique designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. They also have a seamstress on site who can make custom curtains, bedspreads, tablecloths and napkins. After browsing, stop for coffee or lunch in their cool cafe. | Phone:+34 971 713 331       
3c Carrer Sant Feliu | Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain

Mallorcan Textiles & Furniture: Galleria Vicenç

“My villa, Pedruxella, is full of locally-made fabric, table cloths, napkins, and other textiles from Galleria Vicenç in Pollença,” says Liz Barratt-Brown. “The colorful fabrics are woven in Pollença using an old fashioned process, and you can visit their museum to see how the artisanal materials are made. Pedruxella is known as “Galleria Vicenç 2″ because of all the furniture and fabrics my father purchased there.”

Pollença, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Spain


Suzanne Aaronson, Co-founder of Suzanne’s Files, is our Travel Curator. Stay in-the-know on her latest finds and insider tips by signing up to receive Notes from Suzanne’s Files, a free e-newsletter. Spanish Conquest