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Local Intelligence | Mallorca

Barbara Bergman Words by Paul Richardson

"We often go to Port des Canonge, a little cove with a pebble beach, great for snorkeling."

Barbara Bergman and her husband Klas Kall are the founders of Palma concept store Rialto Living. Hailing from Sweden, this high-profile design couple have galvanized the island’s retail scene with Rialto Living’s chic Scandinavian take on fabrics, furniture, homewares and more. They also own a sumptuous finca on the lower slopes of the Tramuntana mountains. One of the Essentialist’s first Globalites, Barbara shared her Mallorca tips with Destination Editor Paul Richardson.

For dinner I always recommend Canela on calle Sant Jaume—the food is fabulous and really original. For drinks, I love Brass Club on the Paseo Marítimo: apart from the amazingly inventive cocktails, the interior is fabulous and it feels international—you could be in New York.


Bens d’Avall is a favorite restaurant of ours. We stumbled on it once when we were driving around the coast, looking for somewhere to swim. We certainly didn’t expect that view! And Andreu Genestra in Capdepera is one of the best chefs on the island: he works with Mallorcan raw materials and likes to keep it local, yet with a modern twist.


My recommenation for the best pamboli (the Majorcan snack of bread with olive oil and tomato)? Es Cruce, on the Manacor road. It’s a big, big place and very busy, but with a phenomenal ambience.

As for beaches, the best idea is always to go out on a boat with someone. But I still enjoy the unspoiled beach at Es Trenc—the sand is fantastic—and if it’s not too crowded, the little beach at Formentor. Living in Santa Maria as we do, we often go to Port des Canonge. It’s a little cove with a pebble beach, great for snorkeling.


When I want to get away from it all, I go home! But another way to disconnect is by walking: there are so many great hikes on the island. One of our favorites is from Port de Sóller to Deiá, a two-hour walk along the coast. It’s beautiful, because you’re going through cool pinewoods and all of a sudden you see the sea.

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