72 Hours In IBIZA: Eat, Sleep, Workout + Shop
You may remember me mentioning in my last post that Andrew and I were going away for a short break in Ibiza.
You may also be wondering what on earth has happened to all of the posts on Fuelling The Fork recently. Well, I may have accidentally had the best time EVER and slightly neglected my usual posting schedule. I’m sorry! But now that I’m back, regular posting is 100% back on the menu- and to kick things off, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Ibiza finds with you all!
The food in Ibiza absolutely blew me away. It boasts some of the best cuisine I have come across in all of my travels. And, not only was the food itself fantastic, the service was friendly and attentive and the restaurant settings stunning. From cool, clean, seaside inspired interiors to relaxed farmhouse locations surrounded by vineyards, vegetable patches and wild flowers… Ibiza is an island who know how to make an experience out of food.
One thing I usually struggle with when I go on holiday is the lack of healthy food options available. Sometimes it seems as though the only healthy option is a sad looking salad with a filling factor of 0. But in Ibiza? Not only is there an absolute abundance of healthy, nutritious options for all diets, but it’s mind-blowingly delicious, too. I’m talking a range of eco friendly, organic, vegetarian, vegan, locally sourced ingredients, clever combinations and bold, fresh flavours. Ibiza is a foodie’s paradise.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 places to eat in and around Ibiza!
WHERE TO EAT
1) Passion Cafe, San Jose
Ah, where do I begin?! Passion Cafe is the whole package. Fresh, healthy, nutritious and environmentally conscious food cooked to perfection and served in delicious and well thought out combinations. We visited the Passion located in San Jose but there are actually a total of six locations spread across the island- pretty damn impressive for an island as small as Ibiza. I will admit, I have a tendency to steer clear of ‘chain’ restaurants, because I think they can sometimes lose focus on producing good quality food. But Passion are different. Their menu caters to meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians alike with options so incredible you’ll wonder how you will ever pick just one thing. The interior of the San Jose branch is beautiful: calming blue and white seaside tones and a plethora of inspiring quotes line the walls making the visit a treat for not only the tastebuds but the eyes and the mind, too. The service is unwaveringly friendly and helpful, and the server’s are very knowledgeable about the menu’s offerings. The breakfast menu is the true winner- don’t miss the pesto scrambled eggs or the Passion porridge! Food is served from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on the weekends.
2) The Giri Cafe, San Juan
The Giri Cafe is one of the most beautiful eateries I have ever been to. Set in the main square of the village of San Juan, it looks utterly inconspicuous from the outside. Inside, however, the interior is stunning. Bohemian design influences are evident here with stone-stacked walls, reclaimed wood, beautiful fabrics and cosy, intimate dining areas. Walk through the restaurant to the outside area and you’ll be met with luxurious four poster lounge beds, sofas and a smattering of tables in a romantic courtyard a million miles away from the madness of Ibiza town. The food is fresh, healthy and local- much of it garnered from the onsite gardens. An absolute must try if you’re looking for a relaxed, delicious lunch amongst the sounds and sights of nature. For the location and quality of the food, you certainly can’t argue with their fantastic prices! The Giri Cafe is open every day except Mondays. Breakfast is served from 10am, lunch from 1pm, and dinner from 8pm.
3) La Paloma, San Lorenzo
Another stunning setting, La Paloma is housed within and old Spanish finca surrounded by lush garden and citrus plants. The interior is typically Mediterranean; white washed walls, pastel blue accents and large hanging lanterns. Guests are presented with a hand-written menu presented on a big slate board by the waiter, which is then stood against a chair whilst they decide. It all feels very laid back and effortless. The menu offers meat, fish and vegetarian options, all with a distinctively Italian influence. It is changed every few days, with the ingredients sourced right from the restaurant’s own garden. There are just a handful of options to choose from, which is lovely if you’re the type to feel overwhelmed by an abundance of choice. *cough* me *cough*. Be sure to check out the cocktail menu for some really awesome and unusual combinations! La Paloma’s lunch menu runs from 12.30-4.30pm 7 days a aweek. Dinner is served from 7.30-11.30pm Tuesday- Sunday.
4) La Luna nell’Orto, Sant Miquel
Yet another beautiful tranquil gem, La Luna nell’Orto is reached by descending down a set of steps into the garden of it’s casa payesa. Rustic white-washed walls, low hanging wooden beams and a mixture of small and large tables decorated with colourful cushions set the scene. But the food steals the show here. Like La Paloma, the menu is brought to the table on a hand-written slate board. On offer are a small handful of starters, mains and desserts ranging from pasta, seafood and their notorious grilled meat dishes. All delicious, fresh tasting and made to order. A must visit for a relaxed evening with friends or a romantic dinner with your loved one. La Luna nell’Orto is open for dinner everyday except Tuesdays from 8pm-12am. On the weekends, lunch is served from 1pm-4.30pm. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.
5) Eco Centro, Santa Getrudis
Eco Centro was the first place we ate in Ibiza and it set the bar extremely high. Part of a small complex comprising a farm shop with natural skincare and beauty products, Eco Centro is an entirely bio-vegetarian restaurant spread throughout a labyrinth of cosy little rooms. We visited on a Sunday evening and sat in the candlelit tent, which included a bar and a smattering of different sized tables, all occupied by smiling, laughing customers. A keyboard player entertained the room with a background of beautiful tunes. The food was fantastic and beautifully presented- the seitan spring rolls and carrot and cashew mousse are a must! Service is friendly and attentive, too. All in all, a beautiful restaurant with a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere. A must visit! Eco Centro is open Monday to Thursday from 9am-10pm, Friday to Sunday from 9am-11pm.
…So there we have it! My favourite restaurants in Ibiza. Also worth a mention is Wild Beets cafe in Santa Gertrudis for a fantastic range of superfood smoothies and Es Repos bakery in Ibiza Town for some seeeeriously delicious baked treats.
WHERE TO WORKOUT
Be Yogi Ibiza
Andrew and I knew that we definitely wanted to go to an outdoor yoga class while we were in Ibiza. I mean, why would you workout inside when the weather is so beautiful, right? So Andrew took on the job of finding the best class, and he stumbled upon BeYogi! What a brilliant find. Carina Bo is the brains (and beauty!) behind BeYogi, where she offers both group and one-on-one classes at her beautiful countryside residence. We opted for the Candlelit Yoga class which involved a 90 minute vinyasa flow sequence with some meditations to both begin and end the session. Carina was a brilliant teacher, helping us all to achieve the correct form and suggesting moderations in place of more advanced poses. The group was small which allowed Carina to offer optimal attention and focus on each student. Mats and props come provided, and we were even treated to some delicious rosemary tea! Carina’s story is an inspiring one, too. Once a worker in the busy city of London, her love of yoga saw her take a training course in Ibiza and proceed to move there permanently just a few months later! This is the kind of kick-ass chick we all need to know and learn from 😉
‘Rise & Shine’ morning classes run on Monday’s at 10am and ‘Candlelit Yoga’ evening classes run on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7pm. Both cost €15. Check out Carina’s website for more information on block bookings and one on one prices. Meditation classes are also offered.
BeYogi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beyogi.ibiza/
BeYogi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beyogi_ibiza/
WHERE TO SLEEP
There is an absolute abundance of beautiful Airbnb properties across the island, but they get booked up QUICKLY, so make sure to secure your accommodation well in advance of your holiday. We stayed here which is the ultimate base if you’re travelling as a couple or two friends. It’s small yet compact, with everything you need: cooking appliances, a great shower, towels and toiletries, a big comfy bed and an IDEAL location in the heart of Sant Jordi- just a 5 minute drive from the airport! A little courtyard accompanied by a wooden table and chairs is included- perfect if you want to cut costs by eating breakfast at the accommodation or even just to soak up the sun. A supermarket can be found a short walk around the corner, as well as a parade of restaurants and shops. The hosts were lovely and couldn’t have been more helpful. All in all, a great mid-range option close to all the essentials!
WHERE TO SHOP
Es Cucons, Santa Gertrudis
What an amazing find! Es Cucons is a beautiful little stone building full to the brim with everything from beautiful and unusual crockery and cutlery, to cute kitchen acessories, candles and homewares and both men and women’s bohemian fashion items. From the outside, it looks tiny, but inside it’s huge! Think the tent from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Except no wizards inside, unfortunately :(. If you’re looking for beautiful handcrafted pieces that’ll allow you to take a little piece of the island home with you, then Es Cucons is the place to shop. It is actually connected to a hotel and restaurant -also called Es Cucons- which look equally chic and stylish. Es Cucons can be found in the village of Santa Gertrudis. Prices are mid to high range.
And so concludes my guide to 36 hours in Ibiza! I hope this helps you out a little if you’re planning a short break. If you have any questions or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
And for those of you have been before, what are some of your favourite place in Ibiza?? 🙂
Ps. Check back soon for in depth reviews on Passion Cafe and The Giri Cafe!