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Top Choice Taverna in Northern Chios

Taverna Fabrika

Cheerful traditional eatery nestled in the trees of Volissos and occupying a century-old olive-and-flour mill, with some of the vintage equipment on display. Excellent grills, mayirefta and good barrel wine. Top it …
Top Choice Taverna in Chios Town

Hotzas Taverna

This comfortable and attractive taverna above Chios Town serves fine Greek standards with a twist, such as lamb kebab with yogurt and arugala, and white beans with tomato and mandarin, and dolmadakia (vine-wrapped r…
Top Choice Taverna in Mesta


With tables spread across Plateia Taxiarhon, this relaxed and reliable eatery appeals to locals and tourists alike and serves hearty portions of mayirefta, beef keftedhes (rissoles) and grills. Everything is local, …
Top Choice Mezedhes in Chios Town

Kechibari Ouzerie

This cosy gem of an ouzerie, a 10-minute walk up from the waterfront, serves a variety of small plates in addition to excellent fish, mussels, baked potatoes and grilled meats. Snappy service and reasonable prices. …
Top Choice Taverna in Central Chios


Excellent setting, service and food at this traditional hilltop stone taverna with superb mezedhes plus spit-roasted lamb and pork. Upstairs are five classy rooms (from €40) with names such as Mary, Irene, and Ben.
Museum in Chios Town

Korais Library & Argentis Folkloric Museum

On the upper floor of the remarkable Korais Library, the Filippos Argenti Folkloric Museum contains a 19th-century birthing chair, along with shepherds' tools, embroidery, traditional costumes and portraits of the w…
Museum in Chios Town

Giustiniani Palace Museum

Near the kastro’s main gate, the tiny museum (or 'Palataki') still looks like the 15th-century fortress it once was. Of particular interest are 12 Byzantine frescoes of the prophets, dating from the 13th century, al…
Seafood in Mesta

Limani Meston

For excellent seafood dishes, try this waterfront fish taverna. The special atherinopita (baitfish and onion fry) is recommended, while you can pre-order and subsequently savour astakomakaronadha. Good also for snac…
Church in Mesta

Churches of the Taxiarhes

There are two Churches of the Taxiarhes (Archangels). The older and smaller one dates from Byzantine times and features a magnificent 17th-century iconostasis. The larger, 19th-century church was built entirely from…
Museum in Chios Town

Byzantine Museum

The museum, housed in a 19th-century Ottoman mosque, the Medjitie Djami, contains relics from the Byzantine, post-Byzantine, Genoese and Islamic periods, including old canons, fine icons and Jewish, Muslim and Armen…