It’s time to round up my time in Mallorca with my favourite place in Palma: Ca’n Joan de S’aigo.
The café is well hidden in Ca’n sanç, an alley that tricks you into believing that it’s the wrong one, simply because it looks more ordinary and dull then any alleyway should be allowed to. One look at it and people are more then tempted to just turn around and try their luck somewhere else.
To be fair: The café really is the only thing of interest in this alley. Other then that, there is nothing but suspiciously silent flats and some theatre flags, that look so old and weather worn, I don’t believe in their promising sign of life anymore.
If you bravely venture on and follow the narrow alleyway, you will be rewarded with the goal of your quest: the entrance to ensaïmades paradise.
Ca’n Joan de S’aigo has been around for quite some time – I confess, I lost the business card with the details, but I can recall that they made their money through cocoa bean trade. You can get gorgeous homemade cakes and tasty selfmade ice-creams there and of course the local speciality: ensaïmades with hot chocolate.
The pastries are fantastic and I already raved about the ensaïmades and the hot chocolate, but it’s the interior that turns this place into a gem. Despite the light being a bit of a nightmare for taking pictures, they still can describe the epicness of this place better then I.
While you get the odd tourist, mostly the people in there seem to be locals (us being the odd tourists); young people and old ladies enjoying their coffee with equal pleasure. The last time we were in there, we had a group of make-up artists sitting next to us. They were making a guy ready for some short of play/shooting. When they were done with him, he looked like he’d been in a very bad fight – and lost. My sister and I were quite fascinated with the process: it’s not everyday you can nip on hot chocolate while watching a group of women vividly dicussing fake blood to then rip open a man’s shirt.