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Ibiza on a budget | Eat and drink your way around San Antonio

Day to night dining for bargain hunters.

As we head towards the end of the summer season, we bring back our popular article on great places to eat and drink well for less. Visitors coming in the low-season will find a good number of the places mentioned open, with some great winter gourmet set meal deals to come too.

Ibiza has its fair share of good value places to get a great meal, whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks and you'll be pleased to know, San Antonio has some real gems.

Check out our guide below to learn how to eat and drink for less whilst visiting this popular west-coast resort.

Morning glories

People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When it comes to a jam-packed trip to Ibiza, it's good to start the day right.

You can't go wrong for breakfast by visiting beloved local eatery Rita's Cantina. This homely port-side restaurant offers a mix of international flavours at good value at all times of the day. Breakfast has a choice of continental to athletic to English or German and.

Fancy kicking off your morning with some healthy treats? then head over to Café Bondi on the tree-lined main promenade. This cafe serves nutritional food with plenty of vegetarian options available as well. Both of these places open all year round.

Natural Pau, close to Playa Es Pouet, offers some of the best value freshly pressed juices and smoothies in San Antonio. You can sample a whole range of different blended concoctions whilst relaxing on swing seats at the bar. Another healthy choice is Yoggood, close to Cafe Mambo, where you can customise a yoghurt pot with a number of toppings, so be as indulgent as you like.

A spot of lunch

After enjoying a morning strolling around San Antonio, you'll find that you've worked up an appetite for a spot of lunch, so try a menu del día. That's a set menu where you can choose a selection of courses for a low price, often with a drink included.

For the menu del día, big groups of hungry people should head over to Villa Manchega. This Spanish restaurant sits on the edge of town and serves up sharing platters with an impressive amount of food with meat, fish and mixed versions. Another one open all year in the bay area is eatery Contra Vent, which offers nicely priced and very tasty food. 

Opposite the Nautic Club you can't miss the Rio Ibiza, an all-in-one venue that offers a "Bottomless Brunch" deal which is available daily from 11:00 until 16:00. It's a popular meeting place for cocktails in the daytime and an a-la-carte-restaurant with on-site club in the evenings.

Open all year and located on the fountain square, Bresca is a great little gem which has won the hearts and stomachs of the locals, serving traditionally made Italian food made with fresh ingredients and cooked with care.

On the seafront by the famous egg roundabout and a favourite with the younger crowd, Palapa offers Mexican street food and great cocktails. Open all day you can stop here for a drink and snack whilst watching the coming and going of the boats.

A popular spot on Sundays is Relish in the bay area, which alongside lots of other hearty dishes, serves up one of the best roast dinners around for those that miss it or are just plain curious about this British tradition. 

Star dining

As the sun sets and you prepare for a night out, it's important to get in a quick meal beforehand. You'll need all the energy for those hours grooving on the dance floor or staying up late on one of the resort's bar terraces.

Trying tapas whilst on Ibiza should be part of your culinary checklist. These small portions of food are the perfect way to cut the cost of your meal. Dishes include both hot and cold plates with a variety of flavours on offer.

Venturing into San Antonio's old quarter, Rincon de Pepe offers an authentic tapas dining experience with a rustic intimate atmosphere. Popular eatery Tapas Restaurant, located just on the outskirts of the resort, allows you to eat al aire libre and is a lovely option for the summer months.

Greedy indulgence for little can be had at Pennsylvania Burger, an American-style cafe around the corner from the West End and a local treasure. Queues of people line up every evening to take away the huge stacked burgers that have made this place a landmark food pit stop.

Perhaps a bit of Neapolitan nourishment in the shape of a pizza is what you want. In which case try firm favourite Pizzeria David's or head to Pizza Borsalino for happy hour, a bargain that is too scrumptious to pass up. 

Just Drinks

Casual drinking on Ibiza does not have to be expensive, especially in regular bars where the locals go. Try drinking Spanish wine, which is excellent and usually lower in cost. Tinto de Verano is a cheap sangria alternative, minus the the fruit, which mixes red wine with gaseosa, a fizzy slightly sweet soda. If beer is your thing, forgo the jarra unless you can drink it fast and ask for a caña, pronounced “kanyah”, which is more guaranteed to stay chilled to the last drop

In San Antonio Bay Es Puetó, a beachside bar known for its fruity Sangria, makes the perfect stop on a hot summer's day. Other establishments that line the seafront are also a good bet for good prices. Bay Bar offers a terrific two-for-one deal and close by Itaca is also friendly on the wallet. The funky Tulp Beach Café lies right between the previous two establishments, and is a really cool, laid-back, sand-in-the-feet-style bar, with great cocktails and very reasonably priced snacks. 

Bamboo Bar on the Sunset Strip offers some great bargain prices. At this homely location, you can sample 78 styles of beer as well as a great selection of cocktails, whilst enjoying the golden rays of a classic Ibiza sunset.

Lastly, the West End area of the town is filled with British-style pubs and clubs. Places like Joe Spoons and The Highlander are cheap and cheerful places to drink and with the streets being thronged with fun lovers, this is an ideal place for a pre-party night out.

Winter warmers

Finally, a special mention should go to two foodie events in the winter months. Restaurat usually takes place typically in November and offers gourmet set menus from the many restaurants taking part. A delicious way to enjoy San Antonio's finest

Then in the months of March and April, the town plays host to an annual food festival called Pintxa Sant Antoni, with pinchos (small tapas on a stick) and a drink for just over a couple of euros. For anyone visiting during that time, this is the ultimate way to eat out and experience the local culture for less.

Many restaurants are open all year round all across, the island, so do check out our list of top eateries to go to if you come in the winter.

Do share your own budget Ibiza experiences with us and let your friends know about these great value places.

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