Shopping

Local Bakery

Local Bakery

La Cereria

La Cereria

Avarcas

Avarcas

Jade Interiors

Jade Interiors

 

Shopping

It’s worth a few hours mooching around the town centre in Mahon, as well as the ancient cobbled streets in Cuitadella – the chain stores haven’t taken hold yet and there’s plenty of variety.

Menorca is known for – amongst other things – its Mahon gin, cheese, leather goods including local sandals called ‘Avarcas’, rustic woven baskets, delicious ‘Amargos’ almond macaroons, ‘Ensaimadas’ (a light Danish-pastry style cake eaten at any time of day) and Pomada (gin and lemon rocket fuel).

There’s a full list of recommended shops at the apartment – from fashion and interiors/antiques, local produce markets, bakers/patisseries (Menorca is BIG on cakes!), need-to-know supermarkets and all sorts of other nice individual shops.

Here are a few of my must-go places for your trip:

FOOD

Get your fresh bread, ensaimadas and cakes (we recommend the apple cake!) from this lovely bakery round the corner – see photo on left – they’re still baking in the original ancient ovens.

For cheese, chorizo and other tasty fresh stuff there’s a local produce market in Claustre del Carmen, a 5 minute walk from Apartamento65; there’s also an organic food market in the square, more details in the guide.

And don’t miss the 1920s-built fish market (in Mahon town centre) to pick up the fresh catch of the day, or sample some sublime tapas at Cocina d’es Angels.


FASHION

LA CERERIA – my fave boutique in town.

Stylish, understated clothes from known and up-and-coming designers, as well as jewellery, shoes and bags – alongside candles and other interior accessories.   They stock mostly womenswear but their menswear stock is growing fast.  There’s so much lovely stuff in here that it’s the first place I head for once I’ve unpacked.

CASTELL – sells the famous Menorcan shoes called ‘avarcas’, the unisex, all-ages sandal (as worn by uber-hip NYC-ers!). There are many different avarca shops in town but Castell are the best in my view – good quality and with more stylish colours and designs than elsewhere.

INTERIORS

TRASTIENDA – for vintage and ingeniously up-cycled housewares, as well as a few vintage ladies clothes. There’s a real mix of enamelware, old tin signs, retro-lighting, old furniture. Think Barcelona flea market with a bit of craft thrown-in. (I picked up the old wooden ironing board which serves as our hallway table from here).

JADE – low-key, Asian interiors store with really unusual pieces which are beautifully presented. Gorgeous furniture, textiles, ceramics and accessories from China, Japan, Thailand, etc. The owners are part of the family who also own ‘Vives’ jewellers, a couple of doors down – all of the family have a real eye for style!