Top Restaurants in the Greek Islands
Collected by Rachel Howard, AFAR Local Expert
Maybe the Greeks break plates because they can’t think of a more exuberant way to honor their native cuisine—a vivid amalgam of the freshest foods and the most brilliant wines. Whether dining at a simple taverna or elegant boîte, you won’t soon forget these tastes.
Marmara beach, Sfakia, Greece
Perched on the rocks above the limpid Libyan Sea, this seasonal seaside taverna isn’t easy to get to, but the journey is half the fun. It’s a four-hour hike along the E4 coastal path from Sfakia, or a 15- or 30-minute boat ride...
Greece, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
This boho beach bar on Ftelia Beach is the quintessence of the Mykonos scene: buff windsurfers, trippy beats, wafting caftans, and eensy-weensy bikinis. The hippie-chic design—dried pumpkin-shell lampshades, giant cacti in whitewashed urns,...
Epar.Od. Mandrakiou-Molou, Idra 180 40, Greece
Most people come here for the soft-focus sunsets, but you could easily spend the whole day at this café-bar carved into the craggy coastline just beyond Hydra’s harbor. Stepped terraces squeezed between stone walls are lined with...
Astipalea 859 00, Greece
Spectacular hilltop villages are a dime a dozen on the Greek islands, but Astypalea, a distant speck in the Dodecanese, has the quintessential sugar-cube capital cascading over a rocky outcrop to a sheltered harbor. The oldest houses are huddled...
Santorini, Pyrgos, Pirgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece
Chef-patron Giorgos Hatziyannakis has been a pioneer of Santorini’s sophisticated food scene since 1986. Located in a handsome townhouse in the serene village of Pyrgos, Hatziyannakis’s restaurant celebrates seasonal, local ingredients...
Baxes, Oia, Santorini 847 02, Greece
While most visitors to Santorini squeeze along the cliffs of Oia to watch the sunset, those in the know kick back on the vine-shaded terrace of the Sigalas winery with a bottle of crisp assyrtiko and a platter of Cycladic cheeses and cherry tomato...
Kato Koufonisi, Koufonisia 843 00, Greece
Wooden boats ply the 650-foot strait between the drowsy harbor of Pano Koufonisi and the deserted jetty on Kato Koufonisi. This rocky islet, whose only inhabitants are sheep and goats, has some of the bluest, clearest water in Greece. During...
Epar.Od. Frikon - Stavrou, Platrithias 283 00, Greece
You have to know about this deliciously offbeat restaurant to find it. On a quiet junction high in the green hills of Ithaca, it’s beautifully designed and run by two Londoners: Mark, a former set designer, and Andy, a...
Artemonas 840 03, Greece
With its baby blue cabinets lined with icons and embroidery, the Theodorou family’s confectionery looks more like an old-fashioned parlor. Regulars gossip as their nougat wafers and Turkish delight are weighed on antique scales. Founded in...
Spetses 180 50, Greece
Several restaurants are squeezed between the colorful fishing boats and flashy yachts in the ever-so-cute Palio Limani (Old Harbor) of Spetses. At Tarsanas, wooden tables are lined up along the pier. The yachties know that the Kaloskami brothers...
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