Originally a solitary house, which just happened to be facing one of the most famous sunsets in the world, Café Mambo is a truly legendary spot on San Antonio’s sunset strip. Famed for its stellar line-ups of international DJs and bands, (everyone from Roger Sanchez to Pete Tong, Groove Armada and Faithless have performed there), Café Mambo has become a must-visit destination for those heading to The White Island.
We spoke to founders Christian and Alan Anadon, the Mambo brothers themselves, to get the inside scoop on Ibiza’s coolest spots. You can thank us later…
Where’s the quietest place on the island?
North west of the island there are lots of amazing small beaches which you can only get to via some pretty dangerous hikes, namely Portixol, Ses Balandres, Cala D’aubarca…
We also love to go to Can Cosmi in Santa Ines for tortillas – the authenticity of the place is unbelievable.
Where can you find the best sushi?
Sushi Mambo, on the San Antonio sunset strip. It’s the sushi with the best views of the island; if you make it be sure to try the beef tataki and the spicy tuna rolls!
Where’s the best place to watch the sunrise?
Talamanca Beach which is close to Pacha. It’s definitely the best spot after a crazy night out…
And the best place to watch the sunset (read pre-party)?
The San Antonio sunset strip: it has pretty much the most famous sunset in the world along with places to eat and drink like Mint Lounge, Mambo (of course!) and Savannah.
There is also a magic spot, closed to Punta Galera, called Sa Torre, where you can have a more laidback experience.
Where is good to go for good food that doesn’t cost the earth?
Café Bondi, a new place in San Antonio, does amazing healthy salads, fresh juices and organic food. It’s ideal for a dose of health and everything is very reasonably priced.
What’s your favourite daytime activity on the island?
Renting a boat for the day and seeing the island from another perspective. Tucking into tapas in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is out of this world.
Tell us about your favourite beaches on the island…
When we’re not working we always go to Cala Gracioneta, probably the smallest beach on Ibiza, which is ten minutes from San Antonio’s centre. There is a restaurant – El Chiringuito – that does one of the best paellas on the island.
Where are the best parties?
All the clubs in Ibiza have great nights, but we hang out at DC-10, Pacha and Amnesia.
Are there any good markets we should know about?
There’s a cool hippy market called Las Dalias in San Carlos. Tie it in with visiting some of the beaches on the north of the island.
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