Many people text or send me a message whenever I come back from a trip or holiday, asking me about hotspots and places to see. I just came back from another Ibiza trip and I must say I enjoyed it - once again - SO much !
When I booked my flight, I also got the chance to book a car at an interesting rate and on top, they would deliver the car of my choice at the hotel. As I don't like to stress about anything on holiday, I was very happy to experience a correct deal with the people of Sunny Cars. The car was delivered on time at our hotel so we could drive off about 10 minutes later. I just LOVE exactitude so much I literally started clapping hands when reception called me at 09.59h.
One of the places I want to recommend is The Giri Café in the village of San Juan ; discovered it just by driving around, stopping by because its public square looked so pretty and my curiosity led me to the back of this beautiful café into their garden.
Such bliss !
People mostly recommend La Paloma in San Lorenzo - I totally understand, it is an amazing spot to eat - but I'd like to keep my eyes and mind open for undiscovered gems.
|left : I took a salmon bruschetta - right : the amazing view of the garden|
The food at Giri was honest and made with love and the garden is absolutely pretty and chill ; the perfect place to stop by and enjoy an afternoon lunch. Please order a glass of their white wine .. it's dry and fresh and amazingly good.
I literally left this place with such a great feeling ; it amazes me sometimes how way more popular restaurants or bars attract so much people while service and friendliness are beneath contempt and make you wanna put a gun to your head (excuse my French).
Normally I would not spend energy on dragging a place down but when you expect everything and get sh*t instead, I just can't help but warning you guys, what to expect.
I booked a table at Es Torrent 3 weeks before date ; I booked it because I read so much about it, it was even recommended by chef Sergio Herman (the owner of The Jane in Antwerp). I admit we were a bit early but this has never EVER have been a problem anywhere in the world, as we wanted to enjoy the scenery with a glass of wine (it was apéro-o'clock after all) so we could wait until our table would be ready.
We were banned to the 'salon' .. we had to fetch our drinks ourselves at the bar because they did not serve at the salon (a mere 5 feet away from the tables) : when we asked if our reservation was actually confirmed, the guy at the booking desk reassured it if there would be a table free before our booking time, we would get it.
And so we waited and time went by, we saw total chaos and empty tables .. but no one took the time or energy to ask if we were ok. At this point we started to get that awkward feeling 'this is never going to turn out right' ..
For the record .. I'm not a complaining person, I'm actually very patient and sweet and will give everybody the benefit of the doubt .. but .. this was booked by me for our 10 year wedding anniversary and when you get that awkward feeling you are just a number and they just don't care and sentences fly around like 'the waiter is the boss', ' your reservation is actually a table on a waiting list' ..
I'm like .. ok thanks (in my head I said fuck you very much, talk to you never)
My point is, when a spot gets so popular & the people who work there are just robots and you get treated like poop .. I wanna run, real fast. And so we did.
Why am I telling you guys all this ; the island has some AMAZING unknown spots yet to be discovered, where the food is brilliant too (or even better) ; I love the feeling when I wanna hug the waiter because he/she was so sweet. Avoid popular and overrated places and discover small/new eateries instead !
Next up :
Experimental Beach cocktails
the cutest beach in Ibiza