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Not so hidden treasures of San Antonio Ibiza

The next place I visited, and one of Ibizahire’s favourite shops in San Antonio, is not so much ‘hidden’, but most definitely a ‘treasure’.

Walk up Carrer Ample from the fountains square, and about 30 metres or so on the left-hand side, on the corner of Carrer de Sant Antoni, you’ll find ‘Casa Alfonso’.

Within stumbling distance of the West End, this supermarket is a tribute to a bygone age, and it’s probably fair to say goes unseen inside by many tourists who visit San Antonio.

This is a supermarket with a difference! Founded more than 100 years ago by Alfonso Senior, the grandfather of the current ‘Jefe’ Alfonso Junior, and still at its original, albeit larger site, here you’ll find, apart from the usual supermarket fare, a fantastic selection of quality, less well-known goods, served by staff who care about their customers. In fact, looking around inside the shop, I think a large proportion of their customers have been shopping here most of their lives, such is the standard of their service!

The smiling lady I spoke with told me she’d worked there for 26 years, and her friend on the till had been there for 35! Inbetween serving locally-grown fruit and vegetables, she said that the family who owned Casa Alfonso still regularly came in and worked on the shop-floor, and suggested before I left I take a look at their display of goods produced in Ibiza.

There I found,  amongst other things, locally-made salt, marmalade, olive oil, wine, Hierbas (A herb spirit, famed for its digestive qualities), absinthe, and surprisingly, chocolate!

Over at the delicatessen counter, they have a good selection of meats and cheeses, along with chorizo, ham on the bone, and sweets and pastries, again with an emphasis on local produce.

At this counter, you can also buy different types of bread rolls, and have one filled with whatever they have on display. I chose a warm, freshly-baked, seeded wholemeal bocadillo, and asked for Gouda Cominos cheese, sliced tomato and a drizzle of olive oil.

Mmm…delicious! Less than €3.50 for something that makes eating a Subway taste like chewing on the wrapper it came in!

So you can see that top-quality service and goods don’t have to be expensive. For example, wines start from just €2.70 for a 2011 Conde de Caralt. If you’re feeling flush though, how about a 1964 Monte Real Rioja for €97.90? I’m going to be dropping not-so-subtle hints to all of my friends about that one, as it was made the same year I was born!

If you’re coming to Ibiza, and you have a kitchen in your accommodation, pay them a visit and choose something that little bit different to cook from their huge selection of produce.

If you don’t have a kitchen, then why not choose something tasty, and take a little piece of Ibiza home with you!

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