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8 of the best tapas places on Ibiza

Tapas are a big part of Ibizan culture with lots of places for you to try at budgets to suit all.

Tapas are a big part of the local culture on Ibiza, so unsurprisingly there are a good many places to grab them. The best way to enjoy tapas is to try several dishes, place them in the centre of the table and share, so you get more variety. Or, do as the Spanish do and get one tapa per tapas joint before moving onto the next place.

Word is that the tapas came about because one of the kings of Spain wanted to ensure his workers would be able to work in the afternoon. Since they were more likely to drink wine than water, he ordered that they each be given a tapa to soak up the alcohol. True or not, tapas have certainly become synonymous with Spanish food culture.

Here is our selection of some of the best tapas places for all tastes and budgets. For a great selection of tapas and pincho places in Ibiza Town, head here.


RE.ART

Ibiza Town

Re.art is an avant-garde taverna where the motto is "eat to be happy". With plates as inventive and delicious as these, you can see why. Even the aficionados at Michelin seem inclined to agree. Tucked away in a quiet, pedestrianised side street of Ibiza, Re.art offers the best of the traditional favourite tapas staples, alongside their own modern creations. All plates are prepared with fresh local produce and presented with panache.


Tapas restaurant

San Antonio

Situated on a quiet side street close to the beach of San Antonio, Tapas Restaurant has a spacious garden terrace ideal for groups, large or small, to relax and indulge in sharing. True to its Spanish roots, the menu boasts a selection of freshly produced authentic classics, with the addition of the some spicy touches from other world influences. Look out for the daily chef's special tapa and do try one of its reasonably priced cocktails, guaranteed to get your evening in full swing.


Royalty

Santa Eulalia

Set in a splendid position next to the main walkway of Plaza España, Royalty, an island legend has been going strong since the 1930s. Stop here, sit on the pavement chairs and guzzle some gorgeous tapas. Go inside, have a look at what's behind the glass, ask what the dishes are and learn. Do try their delicious desserts made fresh each day by local Ibiza bakeries.


El Rincon de Pepe

San Antonio

El Rincon de Pepe is a little oasis of tradition tucked in the historic old town of San Antonio. A favourite of locals, people go back again and again for their authentic plates of tapas, served in the converted courtyard of an old house. Plates are reasonably priced with the albondigas or meatballs and tortilla being favourites. Drinks are not pricey either and the vine-covered terrace transports you to times past.


S'ESCALINATA

Ibiza Town

Located within the citadel of Dalt Vila is S'Escalinata, a picture-perfect spot, with brightly coloured seating set over stone steps. This is a great place to watch the world go by and enjoy some quality tapas, that have more of a European twist. The salami is top drawer and needs to be savoured. Here, you should also tuck into one of their sandwiches, made with the restaurant's homemade bread as well as one of its simply gorgeous cocktails.


Can Tixedo

Forada

Music and art meets great tapas in Forada near to San Rafael in the delightful cafe Can Tixedo. It may be off the beaten track but it is certainly worth the trip. The crowd you will find there love the tapas menu plus the staff is super-friendly and will help spend time explaining it, which is great if you are new to tapas.


Can Terra

Ibiza Town

Can Terra is a hot favourite in Ibiza Town and is always bursting at the seams with customers. Pinchos are what you get here, essentially small Basque tapas served on bread. Try tasty items like salted cod, or bacalao with peppers or the one with goats cheese. Here, the pinchos change often, so you will always be in for a surprise, plus they are affordable so you won't break the bank.


Destino Tapas

San José

Destino Tapas bar in San José takes traditional tapas and infuses them with world flavours. The waiting staff take you to the display on the bar and explain the dishes, where you choose, then sit down and wait for your delectable dishes to arrive. Anyone you take here will adore it and to be sure of a table, call ahead as it is always very busy.


WORDS | Julian Heathcote and Tim Dackombe

Article completely revised in April 2019

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