The Giri Café – Après-beach lounging
The Giri Café in the village of San Juan is renowned for many things: as one of the island’s top breakfast spots; a gorgeous garden setting for a laidback lunch and as a decadent dinner destination. Something that’s remained a well-kept island secret (until now) however, is the fact The Giri Café also remains open from morning all the way through to night – there’s no break in service between lunch and dinner like many other establishments, in keeping with the restaurant’s ethos that absolutely everyone is welcome, at any time of the day or night.
It is during the tranquil hours between about 4pm and 8pm, when The Giri Café garden is drenched in glorious, golden Ibiza sunlight. Enormous bright blooming yellow sunflowers and tall bamboo reeds sway softly on the summer breeze while oversized daybeds (complete with camouflage netting shade casters) beckon provocatively like a mirage amongst the suntrap. Come and laze on us, they seem to whisper. Kick your shoes off, grab a magazine from the restaurant’s extensive collection, and just relax… you’re in a happy place!
Offering the perfect respite from overcrowded Ibiza beaches – which pretty much hit their peak at about 4pm daily, with temps of over 35 degrees, hordes of people, overcrowded restaurant spaces and the squeals of hundreds of holidaying children as they splash and play in the sand, plus the click, click of relentless paddleball getting j-u-u-s-t about too much to bear – The Giri Café is Ibiza’s very own garden of Eden, a little slice of paradise in the island’s north that’s ideal for when you’re ready to leave the beach, but not quite ready to go home.
Lush green gardens and grass replaces pesky sand and once you’ve found your perfect spot, you can continue soaking up the sun (or shade if you’re starting to feel a little crispy!) in a much more chilled environment. Kids are welcome of course – as always at The Giri Café – though the bat, balls and sandcastles are replaced with colouring books and a shaded tepee for fun and games.
The afternoon snack menu is a varied selection of light bites and plates perfect for sharing, ranging from the restaurant’s famous salmon toast – homemade focaccia topped with marinated salmon and tartare cream with rocket and soy-peanut vinaigrette to homemade hummus with pappadums – the perfect combination of crispy and creamy.
Then there’s the more traditional afternoon tea style offerings of coffee and cake, and for those with a sweet tooth, The Giri Café will spoil you for choice! Think avocado cheesecake and organic ice cream for the little ones (and grown-ups should they prefer!). Freshly pressed juices give refreshing afternoon boosts, homemade lemonade or jugs of sangria are the ultimate thirst quenchers, and the cocktail menu is available all day long.