What Sardina Loca lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in style. This quaint little café in Cala Carbo, on Ibiza’s south west coast, takes cues from the culture of the fishermen who once frequented the area and twists them to suit the cosmopolitan travellers, digital nomads and families who live or holiday nearby. The project was a collaboration between KsaR Living and Yvonne Hulst, who custom designed each and every element used within the restaurant.
One of the most distinctive features of Sardina Loca is the charming bespoke tiles that line the walls and are laid into the floor. Inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean, the delicately painted pieces include fish, sea creatures and waves, as well as simplistic patterns that are intentionally mismatched in parts to create a feeling of nostalgia, as if time has stood still in this café. The sardine theme continues on the outdoor dining terrace, where reclaimed wood has been fashioned into fish and mounted on the wall.
Modern touches come courtesy of the lighting and a chic pebble-tiled bar area, while the outdoor area’s rustic wooden tables, wicker pendant lamps and a palapa roof evoke feelings of a seaside eatery.