Shop Café Del Mar History

Posted on June 11, 2016

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

As one of the most famous names on the island, it’s no surprise that visitors to the iconic Café Del Mar Ibiza want to take away a souvenir after making amazing holiday memories at the sunset bar and restaurant. Renowned for offering visitors stunning views when the fireball in the sky disappears into the Mediterranean sea, accompanied by delicious cocktails, food and the perfect soundtrack the experience is a true highlight for both visitors and White Isle residents, and, owning a little piece of Café Del Mar history is a popular memento of good times had.

Never knowingly turning down an opportunity to shop, we visited the Café Del Mar boutique to check out their music and fashion offering and find out more about the history of the store. Having moved the retail space when the venue was expanded six years ago, the new shop takes pride of place next to the original building and above the extended terrace overlooking the hustle and bustle of San Antonio’s famous Sunset Strip. Bright, spacious and modern, it even contains its own bar, allowing customers to enjoy a glass of bubbly or a cold beer while browsing the rails.

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal
Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

The offering is huge. There are, of course, the famous Café Del Mar music compilations and a big selection of branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and bags, as well as smaller souvenirs including coffee cups, lighters, bracelets, fans… and pretty much anything else you could think of. But for those that aren’t keen on big logos, the boutique turns out to a bit of a treasure trove for Ibiza-style bohemian jewellery, floaty summer dresses and eye-catching hippy inspired handbags, making it the ideal place to add to your holiday wardrobe, buy gifts or get your hands on some awesome souvenirs you will treasure long after your tan has faded. While we worked our way through the collection – we were especially taken with some vintage Café Del Mar sweaters from the ‘90s – we used the opportunity to chat to the boutique’s friendly and knowledgeable sales team to find out what’s hot this summer and what we should look out for while shopping…

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

How long has the Café Del Mar Ibiza boutique been open?
The original shop started out in 1997 as a little shack downstairs by the strip before Café Del Mar expanded, and it was doing amazingly well. This is our sixth year in the new space.

The Café Del Mar soundtrack is famous all over the world. What music compilation can people take away after watching the sunset?
The CDs start with Volume One and go all the way up to Volume 21, but the brand new compilation for this year is coming out soon – Volume 22. Then we have the Anniversary Editions, which celebrate the 20th, 25th, 30th and last year’s 35th birthday of Café Del Mar. There is also a limited edition called The Very Best of Café Del Mar, which features the most iconic tracks from each compilation. And then we also have the Chillhouse, Classics, Sunset, Dreams, Terrace, Aria and Jazz compilations. There is a lot of choice, but we advice customers and we have special offers for CD packages, so visitors can buy three for the price of two and build up their collection!

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

How has the digital download industry affected your sales?
Of course it has impacted the CD sales, but there is a certain generation that still values them as collectors items. And there is definitely a trend for going back to the old school audio recordings. At Ibiza Soul Week, people were going crazy for cassette tapes and CDs. And a lot of great DJs have gone back to playing vinyl, so we are thinking about reintroducing that into our musical offering.

What are your bestsellers in the shop?
Definitely the t-shirts. We have some iconic designs that we repeat every year, like the Café Del Mar sign that is set in stone outside the venue and a sunset motif. And accessories like key rings also do really well. We’re not changing up the designs too much, people like the iconic logo and brand name, as well as anything that says Ibiza. If you have a respected name like Café Del Mar, you don’t need to play around with it too much.

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal
Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

Cafe del Mar Shop by La SkimalWe spotted some sweet designs for kids!
For children, we have some really cute t-shirts, which make really nice souvenirs and gifts. The motif with the famous sunset and the hands forming a heart shape is the most popular, but we have some new designs coming soon. There are also rompers, bibs and hats.

What else is new for the 2016 season?
We have a new range this year made from organic cotton, which is not only made from lovely materials but also quite simple and chic. But we don’t just offer Café Del Mar merchandise; the shop is so big that we have added a few unbranded collections – like colourful beach dresses and tops – to fill up the space. And not everyone wants to wear a logo t-shirt, so it’s good to have some variety.

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal
Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

Do you get many celebrities and DJs shopping at the store?
Of course. There are a lot of celebrities on the island, and we also have footballers coming in. The DJs that play at Café Del Mar, we gift our merchandise to – or if they only wear black like the Music:On lot, we give them a CD for their mums!

When is the best time to come and shop?
Our opening times are from 11am until 2.30pm and then again from 5pm until midnight. We have a bar in store, so people can come and enjoy a drink while browsing. It gets busiest right after the sunset, but we are here pretty much all day, so drop in whenever you like!

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal

Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal
Cafe del Mar Shop by La Skimal