Top Choice Taverna in Vamos

I Sterna tou Bloumosifi

The old stone taverna I Sterna tou Bloumosifi has a welcoming tree-shaded courtyard garden and is known far and wide for its excellent Cretan cuisine. For starters try the gavros (anchovy) wrapped in vine leaves, or…
Taverna in Iraklio


The oldest among the row of tavernas vying for business in a quiet passageway off Odos 1866, Giakoumis offers myriad mayirefta (ready-cooked meals) and grills. Don’t go past the lamb chops; the cook has been grillin…
Taverna in Hora Sfakion

Taverna Nikos

At the beginning of the gauntlet of harbour-front tavernas, family-run Nikos is a reliable standby for Greek staples, grilled fish and meat and Cretan specialities like smoked pork or sautéed snails. Don't get up fr…
Taverna in Sougia


Hidden in a grapevine-shrouded courtyard off the Hania road, this charismatic lair specialises in charcoal-tickled local meats, hearty stews like rabbit stifadho (cooked with onions in a tomato purée) and lamb tsiga…
Taverna in Kissamos

Taverna Sunset

Locals mix with in-the-know visitors at this quintessential family taverna presided over by Giannis, who’s usually ensconced behind the grill coaxing meat and fish into succulent perfection. It’s right on the waterf…
Taverna in Sougia

Taverna Oasis

Restore energies with a cold beer and classic Greek snacks after tackling the lovely Agia Irini Gorge. From here it's another 7km walk or a €15 taxi ride back to Sougia.
Taverna in Sitia

Zorbas Taverna

Gregarious owner Zorba, with his sailor’s roll, sea captain’s cap and bushy moustache, lays on the Greek clichés with a trowel and a wink. Bouzouki music accompanies the rich aromas of home-cooked food and grilled m…
Taverna in Imbros Gorge


At the start of the gorge in Imbros village, the friendly family taverna Porofarango has a big balcony with great panoramic views of the gorge and serves good-value Cretan cuisine and generous raki. The meat is usua…
Taverna in Armeni

Alekos Kafeneio

A good choice for lunch, this little taverna has a small but superb daily selection of traditional dishes. There’s no menu but they will take you downstairs to their kitchen and let you choose from simmering pots. I…
Taverna in Hora Sfakion

Three Brothers

The menu features all the staples, but it’s the location overlooking Vrissi Beach that sets this taverna apart from the others in the harbour. It’s especially crowded when Giannis fires up the barbecue. Great at sun…