Restaurants

Top Choice Cretan in Iraklio

Peskesi

This foodie hotspot oozes rustic sophistication from every nook and cranny of its maze of stone rooms lidded by wood-beam ceilings. Chefs use heirloom produce and organic meats from their own farm to revive ancient …
Top Choice Greek in Iraklio

Parasties

Parasties’ owner Haris is Iraklio’s answer to a restaurateur who is genuine about serving great-quality local produce and top Cretan wines. And his passion shows in his small but gourmet menu of inventively updated …
Top Choice Cretan in Iraklio Wine Country

Elia & Diosmos

At this foodie destination, market-fresh ingredients shine in flavour-intense and progressive Cretan dishes. The menu chases the seasons, but classic choices include a mousakas (baked layers of eggplant or zucchini,…
Top Choice Seafood in Hania

Thalassino Ageri

This solitary fish taverna among the vestiges of Hania’s old tanneries in Halepa, some 2km east of the centre, is one of Crete’s top eateries. Take in the sunset from the superb setting and peruse the changing menu,…
Top Choice Cretan in Elounda

Hope

Clinging to a steep hillside in the ancient hamlet of Mavrikiano above Elounda, Hope has been a local lair since 1938. The terrace where fishermen once gathered nightly to suss out the next day's weather is now pack…
Top Choice Cretan in Myrthios

Taverna Panorama

Panorama is one of the oldest restaurants in the Plakias area and could not be more aptly named. On the shaded terrace, intoxicating views out towards Libya compete with the Cretan soul food prepared with passion an…
Top Choice Cretan in Zaros

Vegera

The vivacious Vivi has a knack for turning farm-fresh local produce into flavourful and creative dishes based on traditional recipes. Her philosophy is to ‘cook the way we cook in our house’ and indeed her cute plac…
Top Choice Cretan in Anydri

To Skolio

Whether gorge walker or hire-car driver, do not miss the chance to dine at wonderful To Skolio, about 5km east of Paleohora. The converted red schoolhouse has cheerily painted tables on a tree-shaded cliff-side terr…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

Bougatsa Iordanis

Locals start salivating at the mere mention of this little bakery-cafe dedicated to making the finest bougatsa since 1924. The flaky treat, filled with sweet or savoury cheese, is cooked fresh in enormous slabs and …
Top Choice Cretan in Myrtos

Katerina

Your taste buds will do somersaults at Katerina, where Yiannis is the kind of chef who puts a creative mark on even the most classic dishes. Sit back in the flower-filled alleyway to tuck into such flavour-bombs as …