I’ve long heard about the amazing weather, epic food and special energy in Ibiza and this Summer I finally got my act together and booked a trip to visit the Spanish island to ultimately see what all the fuss is about. It is safe to say that things far exceeded my expectations, so much so that I’ve since returned for a second trip to the island, yes thats twice in 2 weeks!
One major factor that puts Ibiza up there with my favourite Greek islands (Kefalonia & Corfu is you’re asking..) is the food, it really is rather spectacular, if you know where to go. Greek food is fantastic if not a little samey and in Ibiza there’s a whole plethora of options to satisfy even the pickiest of eater.
So here’s my favourite foodie hot spots, all well worth a visit and uniquely epic in their own individual way.
The Giri Cafe is located in the heart of San Juan and nestled within the walls of a 300 year old Spanish townhouse, making for a tardis-like resturant, that opens up once you’ve navigated the dark and typically Spanish entrance. The majority of tables are outside and sit within a garden area surrounded by field and farms, a great place to escape the hustle of beach clubs and sip on a double espresso or healthy juice in relative tranquility.
What To Order – Toasted rye bread with homemade guacamole & free-range poached egg (I always go for x4!)
Top Tips – Either get there early doors or call ahead to book, this place is popular and gets busy quickly. The local market is worth a visit and runs every Sunday.
Josie and I stumbled upon Deus Ex Machina by pure accident and we were intrigued so decided to pull up and stick our heads in. Funnily enough, the name when roughly translated means ‘an unexpected power’ and hence nicely sums up this hidden and rather rough gem of a cafe. Set alongside a bikers mechanics and surrounded by impressive Harleys mid-repair, this is a great place to fuel up for a busy beach day or re-fuel after a heavy night!
What To Order – Eggs, Bacon and Hash Browns (I went for salad and had serious hash brown envy)
Additional Tips – Located within 15 minutes of the airport, this is a great ‘final stop’ of your trip if you’re flying early doors or grab breakfast here upon arriving on the island, either way it’s cracking grub.
An ultra chilled and beautifully designed beach club, Atzaro Beach is probably my favourite spot on the island to spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sunshine. With views of the Cala Nova beach and crystal clear waters, it’s a fantastic spot to spend a full day indulging and relaxing.
What To Order – Order lots of small plates for the table (or direct to sun bed) to share. Personal highlights included the potato wedges with homemade beetroot aioli, the baby deep-fried squid and the sea bass, red prawn and grapefruit ceviche, the ideal dish after a morning spent baking in the sunshine. For an afternoon ‘snack’ why not order a plate of the Jamon Iberico, melt in the mouth and works well with an ice cold beer or fanta limon!
Additional Tips – The beds are €80 per person for the full day (open from 10am), which may sound expensive but the amount comes off any food/drinks bill. I’d advise booking ahead as this place gets busy after 12pm!
Chiringuito is a word you’ll likely see a lot of when you visit Ibiza and it quite literally means ‘open air restaurant’, of which they are hundreds on this island. One of the best in the business is located on Es Cavallet, a beach on the southern tip of the island with views of Formentera. The beach itself is without a doubt one of the most beautiful on the island and a short drive or 20 minutes walk from Ibiza Old Town, which is also well worth a visit during any trip.
What To Order – The seafood is on another level of freshness and the salt baked sea bass is particularly immense! Kick things off with the Jamon Iberico De Belotta, a seriously rich and oily cut of cured pork.
Additional Tips – Beware that further down the beach towards the lighthouse, people become less and less clothed and there is Europe’s 2nd largest nudist beach!
Atzaro Agroturismo is without a doubt one of the most beautiful hotels in Ibiza, situated on 13 hectares of fragrant orange groves in the very heart of the island. Josie and I fell in love with Atzaro the moment we stepped onto the grounds, it was once a traditional Spanish home and everything from the decor to the food reflects its original roots, traditional with a modern twist in places.
What To Order – A tough call with so many epic dishes on offer but I would order a host of small plates to share. Essentials include the jamon iberico, croquettes of the house (they change daily) and the grilled octopus.
Additional Tips – In similar fashion to Atzaro Beach, the beds are €80 per person for the day, but this will come off your food/drinks bill, so it’s best to book a bed and arrive early to make the most of the stunning surroundings, amazing grub and refreshing fresh water swimming pool!
Aubergine is a relatively new restaurant and is part of the Atzaro collection, which is a stamp of quality in itself. The restaurant is set in an old farmhouse and gardens and all the food served is from the restaurant’s gardens or surrounding farms, so seriously fresh and sustainable.
What To Order – The aubergine ceviche is a house special and an absolute MUST and the buddha bowls are a welcome health kick.
Additional Tips – Be sure to book ahead and ask for a table outside.
Purehouse Ibiza is another one on this list that defines the term ‘hidden gem’, an intimate oasis shrouded in nature’s abundance, nestled in between fields and fields of local farms. An exclusive boutique hotel with only a handful of rooms, Purehouse have started offering dinner in their candlelit restaurant every Thursday and Saturday evening and the menu, like the hotel, is cozy and oozing with a laid back atmosphere.
What To Order – the menu changes every time and is dependent on what fresh ingredients are available. We had duck breast cooked to perfection, local sea bass with homemade wild garlic pesto and a poached pear to finish.
Additional Tips – Dinner is only served on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Bambuddha has been a mainstay on the island for over a decade and if you are looking for a lively way to kick start your evening then this is it. Sat within an impressive asian inspired structure, Bambuddha is a real adventure for both your imagination and tastebuds.
What To Order – I’d recommend getting a whole load of small dishes to share and the crispy duck with pancakes and sea bass sashimi are not to be missed.
Additional Tips – Book to go to Bambuddha before a night out and make the most of their insanely good cocktails.