Must-see restaurants in Cyclades

  • Taverna Glafkos

    Paros

    With tables practically on the sand on Agios Dimitrios Beach, this tucked-away place specialises in Mediterranean seafood with global touches. Try steamed…

  • 5F Taverna

    Antiparos

    Run with love and attention by Yorgis and Chrysoula, this souvlaki joint is Antiparos' finest. The pillow-soft pitta bread stuffed with smoky, moreish…

  • Marconi

    Cyclades

    Filling a long-empty niche in Alopronia, this snug little cafe-bar lures in customers in the mornings with freshly brewed coffee, pain au chocolat and…

  • Captain Pipinos

    Antiparos

    In the island’s south, right on the water at Agios Georgios and with panoramas of neighbouring uninhabited Despotiko, Captain Pipinos is a gloriously old…

  • Raventi

    Cyclades

    On the beach at Psathi, this fashionable cafe has a comfy terrace and a counter full of drool-inducing cakes, tarts and ice cream, all of which are made…

  • Kafeneio tis Marigos

    Paros

    If you love old black-and-white historical photos, this place on the square in front of the Cathedral of Agia Triada in Lefkes is a real find. Run by…

  • Apollon Taverna

    Santorini

    This marvellous taverna sits just across the road from the beach, about 400m along the Perissa waterfront from the bus stop. Try the mouthwatering seafood…

  • Brusco

    Santorini

    In Pyrgos, Brusco offers coffee, wine and local flavours in a sweet rustic cafe-deli with plenty of outdoor space. Stop by for the warm welcome, homemade…

  • Gialia

    Andros

    A few kilometres from Hora is the delightful crystal-clear blue of Gialia Beach, where this excellent restaurant serves snacks and Greek classics to…

  • Magazes

    Cyclades

    Run by Greek-Californian Stefanos, Magazes serves high-quality local dishes in a stylishly restored warehouse on the waterfront. It’s recommended for its…

  • Honey & Cinnamon

    Amorgos

    Look for the bright red window shutters and follow your nose. This tiny patisserie, a block back from the waterfront, bakes up cakes, pastries and lots of…

  • Eva's Garden

    Hora (Mykonos)

    Its patio shaded by hanging grapevines, this tempting corner of Eden focuses on traditional Greek home cooking, such as 'Mama's soutzoukakia' (oblong…

  • Ta Skalakia

    Andros

    Tables spill down the eponymous stairs from this charming bric-a-brac strewn taverna run by a mother-and-daughter team on a fairy-lit lane. There’s a…

  • Stou Stratou

    Serifos

    Sitting postcard-pretty in the sunbaked main square, Stou Stratou has a menu full of art and poetry (literally), plus it serves good breakfasts and light…

  • Sakis Grill House

    Hora (Mykonos)

    A welcome alternative to Mykonos' pricey restaurants, Sakis is perpetually crammed with hungry budgeteers tucking into heaped portions of pork or chicken…

  • Karnagio

    Small Cyclades

    This tiny taverna at Loutro, where the tables skirt the small harbour, has a magical setting. Karnagio means 'boatyard', and the taverna is owned by the…

  • To Limanaki

    Sifnos

    It's well worth detouring to the village of Faros just to dine at this seafront taverna, where fisherman and owner, Giorgios, cooks up the sea's bounty…

  • To Ouzeri

    Fira

    Central and cheerfully dressed in red gingham, this terrace restaurant has surprisingly reasonable prices and a good local following. Expect top…

  • Aloni

    Serifos

    Halfway up the hill between Livadi and Hora, signposted on the right, Aloni offers splendid panoramas and an upscale feel. Islanders rate it among Serifos…

  • O Apostolis

    Hora (Naxos)

    Occupying a tiny plaza right at the heart of labyrinthine Bourgos, O Apostolis serves up traditional dishes in its pretty flagstone courtyard. The…

  • Kalosta

    Mykonos

    Drunk with sunshine and skin tangy with sea salt, beachgoers make their way up to Kalosta's shady terrace overlooking Panormos Beach. Bask in the…

  • Araxe

    Folegandros

    With a lovely outdoor setting in the leafy town hall square, Araxe serves up Greek and local favourites utilising bounty from the sea and land. The lamb,…

  • Lucky's Souvlaki

    Fira

    A top spot for cheap eats on Fira's main street. Perch on a bar stool and demolish a tasty gyros pitta (pork, chicken or lamb), or attack a plate of…

  • Kafe stou Peri

    Small Cyclades

    Open year-round, this colourful and friendly little cafe on the main street of Hora has crêpes, waffles, sandwiches and fresh salads, as well as breakfast…

  • Taste Diaries

    Hora (Mykonos)

    If you've got a craving for sweet or savoury crêpes, waffles or creamy yoghurt – any time of the day or night in peak season – this is the place to come…

  • Akrogiali

    Ios

    In the complex across the road from the ferry quay, Akrogiali is a good, well-priced seafood taverna. The locals eat here, which gives it a tick from the…

  • Archipelagos

    Kythnos

    Come to this friendly, low-key taverna for grilled sardines, scorpion fish, red mullet and other bounty from the sea, as well as Greek salad topped with…

  • Amorgis

    Amorgos

    On the steps leading up from the ferry quay, Amorgis is all pastel colours and hanging pot plants overlooking the bay. Good at any time – for fresh juices…

  • Cafe Mikro

    Folegandros

    On a tiny dead-end street off Plateia Maraki, this thimble-sized cafe is popular all day long. Come here for pancakes and coffee in the morning, or nurse…

  • Akathi Restaurant

    Small Cyclades

    Run by the daughter of a local fisherman, this friendly spot is a fine bet for grilled catch of the day, excellent Greek salads and other standards. Head…

  • I Strofi tou Mimi

    Cyclades

    On the far side of Vourkari Bay, this waterfront restaurant focuses mainly on seafood, particularly grilled fish, with a few meaty dishes offered as well…

  • Metalleio

    Serifos

    On the road behind the waterfront, Metalleio dishes up quality cuisine from a short menu emphasising local products, such as risotto with goat’s cheese,…

  • To Paradosiako

    Paros

    An essential evening stop for a serve of To Paradosiako's legendary fresh doughy balls of goodness known as loukoumadhes (Greek doughnuts). It’s a self…

  • Ta Dichtia

    Santorini

    The quintessential seaside taverna with fresh fish daily. It's hard to go wrong with catch of the day or octopus and squid thrown on the grill just long…

  • Armenaki

    Cyclades

    Fresh fish dishes are the go-to staples at this traditional taverna in Hora, enhanced by an airy terrace, splendid views and occasional live music. Head…

  • Giannis Taverna

    Naxos

    With tables filling Halki’s pretty central square under a trellis of vine leaves, Giannis is well known for traditional fare. Try moussakas, pork souvlaki…

  • La Randa

    Ios

    Right on the port where the ferries dock, this place is fabulous for Italian cuisine. The owner has shipped an authentic oven over from Italy and makes…

  • To Steki To Garmpi

    Cyclades

    Pita gyros, stuffed with succulent pork or chicken, plus all manner of souvlaki are on offer here, served beneath a leafy canopy. Head into the tiny…

  • Ostria

    Kythnos

    Seafood is the main attraction here: grilled snapper, scorpion fish, grouper, calamari and lobster spaghetti all get the thumbs up. Stop by earlier for an…

  • Rolando's

    Cyclades

    One of the humbler looking tavernas on the waterfront strip, Rolando's serves tasty rustic food such as meatballs, katsiki (kid goat), an excellent…