In contrast to the flashy Ibiza beach clubs along the coast, the charming neighborhood of Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera is filled with boho-chic restaurants and shops. Located in the center of the island, the small village is centered around the Santa Gertrudis church and buzzes in the afternoon with locals and visitors patronizing these can’t-miss spots.
The Best Restaurants in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza
Aubergine: Housed in a traditional finca (estate), the lovely Aubergine has a peaceful terrace where it serves farm-to-table fare, including mezze (hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki), quinoa risotto and grilled lamb chops with French fries. There’s also a small boutique with some nice fashion and accessories.
La Paloma: This very pretty garden restaurant is hidden away in the tiny village of San Lorenzo in the north of the island (just a 10-minute drive from Santa Gertrudis), and serves authentic Italian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients.
Wild Beets: A casual vegan hot spot, Wild Beets is known for its superb, health-focused cuisine. Don’t miss dishes such as quinoa bowls and nutritious takes on indulgent classics (raw lasagna and a BLT).
Bottega il Buco: This casual-chic Ibiza outpost of New York’s beloved Italian restaurant Il Buco serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine (think salumi, octopus carpaccio and salt-baked fish) and has a great list of biodynamic wines. The focaccia is particularly noteworthy.
Gitano: With a lovely al fresco terrace, Gitano is one of the most atmospheric restaurants in Ibiza with lots of flowers and plants, aztec print chairs and wicker furnishings. The menu offers ceviche and sushi and the tequila drinks are top-notch.
The Best Shops in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza
La Galeria Elefante: Situated in a farmhouse on the road to Santa Gertrudis, Galeria Elefante is a lifestyle store that stocks it all. The store’s jet set owner picks up her treasures from around the globe, and shoppers could come here to revamp their wardrobe Ibiza style as well as redecorate their entire house.
Es Cucons La Tienda: A bohemian paradise, the indoor-outdoor Es Cucons La Tienda has brands like Free People as well as home décor items such as ceramics, wicker baskets, towels, candled and more.
Nino D’Agata: This designer creates one-of-a-kind limited edition gold jewelry in the styles of the ancient Phoenicians.
Ceramics Icardi: At his tiny shop, Uruguayan potter Carlos Icardi Martínez creates everything from lovely glazed bowls to wood-fired black raku vases glazed with copper.
Sluiz: The massive Sluiz sells distressed wood tables and benches to furnish your relaxed island abode, summery tableware in blazing hues, stylish Ibiza fashion and irresistible linens.