ibiza foodie guide
"Nightclubs are great literary research centers. So is Ibiza!” - Roman Payne
stay: the old town
What most people don't know is that Ibiza is actually an extremely beautiful island, and the Old Town is exactly where you want to be if you're looking for 'the other side' of it. It's filled with white-washed buildings along winding cobbled streets, covered in the most beautiful magenta flowers. The perfect time to go for a walk is when the weather is just starting to cool down around 5/6pm. You can then also walk all the way up to the cathedral to get some great views of the the island and the sea, and if you're feeling romantic, stay up there to watch the sunset. Set aside a few hours, turn off google maps, and go get lost in all the beauty - you're sure to stumble across the prettiest little corners.
breakfast: passion café
If there's one thing you're guaranteed to find in Ibiza it's healthy food, so Passion Café is the perfect place to start your trip. From smoothies, juices, and milkshakes, to eggs, pancakes, and granola, the menu has all corners of breakfast heaven well and truly covered. Try the 'Green Eggs' (scrambled eggs with pesto, parmesan and rustic olive bread) and the 'American Pancakes' (pancakes with bananas, maple syrup, and caramelised pecans...some foods are good for the soul). There are several of these cafés dotted around, and breakfast is served until 1pm every day, but they offer a great lunch and dinner menu too.
sunset dinner: patchwork
Patchwork is possibly the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to. With views of the Marina and the most incredibly colourful and vibrant interior design, it is the perfect place to dine whilst watching the sunset over the island. The delicious Lebanese menu offers just the kind of light and fresh dishes you crave after a day at the beach. We found it whilst searching for some more affordable options for eating out in Ibiza, and although it was still fairly pricy, it was still one of the cheapest and definitely the best food we had whilst out there. I can't recommend going here enough - the photos speak for themselves.
lazy day: beachouse beach club
You can't go to Ibiza and not spend the day at one of its beautiful beach clubs. The clear waters and dreamy white sands are some of the best of the Spanish coast. Beachouse is a recent addition to the island, and being so, it's less crowded and doesn't carry an ounce of pretentiousness, which is exactly what we were looking for. We reserved one of their large beds between three of us, which also made the 70 euro price pretty fair. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming, and we sampled our fair share of their delicious fresh juices and several dishes from the amazing lunch menu. Whilst there on a Saturday, we also managed to snap up some free tickets to an Ushuaia Beach Party a few hundred metres away from promoters passing by.
explore: the markets
Whilst you're in Ibiza Old Town you'll come across lots of little market stalls which are great to wander around, and some of them offer some real bargains. You'll find jewellery, hair accessories, bags, souvenirs, and much more. Have a look around before you buy so you can scout out the best prices. There are also the bigger markets around the island like the famous Las Dalias which is held every Saturday, and also has a night market every Monday from 7pm. There are many food stalls and trucks there, so you could go spend an entire evening having dinner and a wander. Be warned, Las Dalias is about 30 minutes away from the Old Town so if you don't have a car, you might want to figure out your transport in advance.
cool down: vivi's creamery
Vivi's Creamery is the perfect pit stop on your wanderings. They have the most incredible and unique ice cream and sorbet flavours all made completely with natural ingredients, including Lychee, Snickers and Peanut Butter, which you can combine with a huge selection of fun toppings. They have smoothies, milkshakes and juices too, so there is sure to be something that takes your fancy. It's also super pretty, which obviously is a plus.
atmospheric eating: a meal in the old town
Dinner in the Old Town has to be on your to-do list in Ibiza. Most restaurants are set along the busy cobbled streets, buzzing with life, which as the sun sets and the lamps light up become the ideal setting for a traditionally Mediterranean meal. La Oliva is a good option, but as it is a fairly touristy area, the prices can be quite high. It's a good idea to scout out the restaurants in quieter roads, like El Bistro, which is just around the corner. End your night by exploring Ibiza Old Town's bar scene for a post-dinner drink.
cheap and cheerful: beach salinas
As well as being home to an array of beautiful beach clubs, Ibiza's coastline speaks for itself, so heading to a public beach is also a lovely way to spend the day. Beach Salinas is a great choice as it's easy to get there by bus from the town, and as it has a few restaurants along it, there is always atmosphere and food nearby. We took our beach towels and set up camp right by Guarana Beach Club, where we later popped in for a snack and some live Spanish guitar.
dazzling drinks: blue marlin marina
Blue Marlin is one of Ibiza's most iconic beach clubs, which has recently opened up a second venture in the Marina. More of a bar than a club, it's perfect for a pre or post-dinner drink in a much more relaxed atmosphere. If your on a girl's summer holiday, head there on a Friday evening for Ladies Night cocktails, and then wander down the marina to admire the crazy yachts and views of the Old Town on the other side of the bay.
under the umbrellas: asian food at ginger
Ginger is another gorgeous restaurant that makes for a great holiday dinner, and is in fact the latest opening by those who own Patchwork and Sa Punta, this time focusing on Asian-Fusion cuisine. The menu is designed for sharing, with smaller plates like the delicious vietnamese spring rolls, duck rolls and chicken ginger and lime gyoza. The passionfruit tart is a killer dessert too! The restaurant is a bit smaller than the other two, and so feels much more relaxed and intimate. It's also beautifully decorated with Balinese-style umbrellas and comfy low seating.
top travel tips:
- Organise everything in advance! We stayed in an airbnb apartment rather than a hotel, which worked out really well. It allows you the freedom to relax inside if you want to, and sometimes cook your own meals. It's also very cost effective if there is a big group of you. Ibiza is an expensive place!
- You might also want to think about hiring a car whilst out there, as there isn't really one part of the island where everything is concentrated. The main areas are the Marina, the Old Town, and Playa d'en Bossa, which are fairly spaced out, and San Antonio too if you're feeling really party-party. Taxi's are cheap but if you want to explore lots of different parts of the island and head to the markets, a car is the best option.
- Book some of the club nights in advance if you want to experience those (which you should, at least once!), as tickets are a lot more pricey on the door. You can find a calendar of everything going on at www.ibiza-spotlight.com, and you might even want to try one of the day beach parties too. You'll probably be able to catch some of your favourite artists and DJs!