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There is more than sobrassada and ensaimada in Ibiza. Well-known for its Mediterranean cuisine and produce, you can never go wrong with local olive oil, lobster or almonds. But the island also offers a wide range of places where to buy organic produce or enjoy a vegan or vegetarian fare.
Here are our top picks for a healthy summer holiday on the sunny island of Ibiza.
The best place to pick up organic produce is at some of Ibiza’s top markets that have a dedicated section. Your best bet is the organic produce & artisan market celebrated every Saturday from June to October in the town of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia. It offers a great selection of stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, bread, olives, oil and cheese, as well as traditional arts & crafts.
Forada Market also takes place on Saturdays, although this one is celebrated throughout the year. Hosted in front of Can Tixedo Restaurant, on a road that connects Sant Antoni, Santa Agnes and Sant Rafael, here you can buy locally-grown organic produce and cosmetics. Ibiza Town's Mercat Vell also hosts stalls selling organic produce inside its gorgeous Neoclassical building. Go to Plaça de la Constitució, right in the heart of Dalt Vila, for fruits, vegetables, meat and conserves.
Eco supermarkets & bio shops
If you don’t want to wait for market days to get hold of organic food, fear not, various health food shops are also popping up all over the island. Ibiza Town offers the largest selection with eco-supermarkets like Biorganic and Veritas, both in Avinguda d'Espanya, or Natural in the city's old town. Most of them also offer cold-pressed juices, supplements and other goodies.
Healthy food to go
Perhaps the most popular healthy food chain on the White Isle is Passion, a collection of cafes and delis that can be found in Ibiza Town (where there is also a small deli), San Jose, Santa Eulalia, San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa. Created by Lana Love in 2006 as a juice bar, the concept has evolved to embrace the vegan, macrobiotic and raw trend that's causing a stir worldwide. Their philosophy is to offer "good, natural, wholesome food using the best quality ingredients" which means that you will find cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, nutritious cakes and a lot more.
Vegetarian & healthy restaurants
The island has a nice selection of vegetarian and organic restaurants. A hidden gem in Santa Gertrudis, in the centre of the island, Wild Beets serves only raw, vegan, gluten-free and plant-based food created by nutrition specialist Cliff Grubin. It doesn't get any healthier than this as they claim that "each item on their menu has been carefully calibrated to ensure maximum nutrient density and flavour."
For an energy-boosting breakfast or a power-lifting lunch, there is no better place than The Skinny Kitchen. Located in the party hub of Sant Antoni, this cafe's motto embodies Ibizan culture with its "Eat clean. Rave dirty". Hailed as the best place in town to cure a hangover, their clean, fresh dishes will leave you ready for the next party no matter when you wake up, as they serve food all day long.