A sweet shop (and more) with charm and history
Tucked away at the top of one of Palma's narrow pedestrian shopping streets is a charming shop with a long history which still retains its style and charm after 4 generations of business. La
Pajarita (it means a little origami bird) was originally opened in 1872 by the great-grandparents of Javier Mulet, though in a different location and selling only chocolates and sweets as they had
studied the art of sweet making in the Land of Chocolate, Switzerland.
Javier moved to the present premises in 1972 though the shop still retains its old fashioned style and attention to detail, both in décor and products, which are the finest that can be found on the
island. Divided into two sections, sweets on the right and cold meats and delicatessen products on the left, La Pajarita offers great customer service in the form of expert advice, individual
treatment and home deliveries – perfect if you've rented a villa, pad or boat nearby.
During its long history the shop has supplied many famous personalities and has many 'firsts' to its name. The Spanish royal family are still loyal customers of the shop when they holiday in Palma
and in the past Robert Graves used to pop in to shop with his straw basket and the Archduke Luis Salvador would stride imperiously around the shop as his lacky
acted as a food taster to prevent him being poisoned!
As well as being the first shop in Mallorca to sell bananas, coffee and Moet Chandon Champagne, it was also at the forefront of technology by introducing a meat slicing machine and an electric
ventilator to the retail scene, equipment we take for granted these days.
You can find La Pajarita on Calle San Nicolas in Palma, it's easy to spot because of its brightly coloured shop front and windows packed
to the gunnels with tempting delicacies. Happily, one of the retail traditions that hasn't been preserved in the shop over the years is the siesta, for as Javier says, it doesn't make sense to
close the shop for hours when there are so many cruise ship passengers and tourists about.
I think it's wonderful that little shops like this still continue to trade and thrive in today's modern world of homogeneous high streets where nearly every shop is the same. Well done Javier Mulet
and his ancestors!