To sit here on the marina is one of my favourite places to sip a morning coffee or a chilled beer.
Cafes and restaurants along the marina have a slightly different vibe about them, and though they cater to anyone, they are largely frequented by the seafaring and boatie crowd that lives and works barefoot around the marina. I have chosen the two I like most, though there are others and all enjoy the sea breeze and magnificent views of the bay, where it's a few degrees cooler in summer than in town.
La Cantina del Moll Nou
I discovered this cafe recently, because unless you are refilling the gas tank of your boat, there is little reason why you would venture down here, at the end of the pier. But the spot is great, with shaded tables and chairs on the water's edge, looking out over the boats, and a varied menu of snacks and dishes. It has a in-the-know quality to it too, as it is mostly patronised by the boating crew and a few random wanderers like myself.
Often featured on this blog, Restaurant Stay is both restaurant and cafe, so fits the bill here too. There isn't much not to like about this place; the location is possibly the best in town, on the pier, next to the fishing boats and super yachts, with great views over the bay and the town, and with one of those menus that cater to everyone, from the simplest tasty snacks, cocktails and drinks, to elaborate Mediterranean cuisine. There is a lovely indoor dining room, glass walled and decorated in style, and outdoors a wraparound porch, shaded in the midday eat, delightful in the afternoon and evening.
If you are looking for luxury and excellence in beautiful locations then take a stroll along the front to one of these cafes; one at the start of the Pine Walk and the other at the far end.
Cappuccino Grand Cafe
Though part of a famous cafe chain, Cappuccino manages to feel and behave like an independent eaterie with exceptional quality food set in a great location. This one in Port de Pollensa is on the front, almost at the start of the Pine Walk and has commandeered one of the stone terraces that stretch out over the beach. Prices are on the expensive side but worth it if you're looking for tranquility in the bustle of summer and romantic at dusk.
Open to hotel guests and non-guests, La Terrassa cafe looks over the Bay of Pollensa from the far side of the Pine Walk, the most tranquil spot you can find in the whole of Puerto Pollensa. Ocasionally they have music and entertainment, which to my view lowers the standard, but mostly it is quiet and the sunsets from here are truly breathtaking.
Port de Pollensa is getting more trendy every year and one of the main reasons is the growing number of interesting cafes popping up. Beach bars serving amazing burgers, live music and sundowners to a cosmopolitan meddley of locals and tourists, cocktail bars, pop ups... here are two of our favourites.
Almost a beach bar, Sea.Bar.Is looks over the bay from across the road and offers a comfortable chill-out feel, with soft seating, DJ, smoothies and cocktails. The crowd is elegantly cool and the drinks are sophisticated here, and the vibe is best in rthe evenings.
The Store is an eclectic mix of shop, restaurant and bar that caters to the community that lives and works towards the end of the Pine Walk. In the evenings it isn't unusual to see live bands playing flamenco, jazz and funk, and cocktails flowing freely around large groups of friends.
The cycling community in Puerto Pollensa is large and growing, as more and more people discover the area and choose it as their base. Regardless of where the cyclists stay however, the lure of a chilled beer at the end of a hard day on the bike, or coffee and cake stop mid route, requires a certain kind of cycling-friendly cafe, where you can safely park your bike and take a breather with the whole group.
Tolo's bar and restaurant
Tolo's has always been the cycling bar of Puerto Pollensa. Situated on the Bay road leading out of town, it offers ample parking space and lots of seating on the terrace. In the last few years it was taken over by the Vila group and turned into a fabulous restaurant, serving some of the best paella in the area.
Pro Cycle Hire Cafe
The Pro Cycle Cafe is a relatively new addition to the Pro-Cycle Hire Shop, but has rapidly become a cycling hub in its own right; a place you can hire bikes, buy extra kit and supplies, maps, gels or inner tubes, download new routes and enjoy a refreshing beer, and snack.
Few places are quite as welcoming and suitable for family vacations as Puerto de Pollensa. Its beaches are safe, shallow and guarded by lifeguards, and the establishments along the beaches, the Pine Walk and in the main square invite you to eat with the whole family, kids included. However, there are a couple of cafes that seem to have been specially designed for children and here you have two of the best.
Laguna Restaurant Bar and Pool
This one is a great choice for the kids because there is a large pool at the back, free to use as long as you order drinks or food. Located just off the Pine Walk, behind Illa d'Or Hotel, Laguna is one of those places you turn for a coffee and end up spending the day.
Known by locals as the Poli bar, this is the cafe that serves the local Port de Pollensa sports centre and indoor pool, and is a favourite spot for taking young kids as it has an indoor bounce park and a playground by the tables outside. Particularly good to know for the rare rainy day.