Must-see restaurants in Cyclades

  • Meltemi

    Folegandros

    Perched above the port with lovely views, Meltemi stands out with its lovely terrace with blue balustrades. This is a mama's cooking, family-run place…

  • Delfinaki

    Naxos

    In a remote spot down on the northeastern coast of Naxos, Delfinaki serves up great home cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. Vassiliki, the hostess,…

  • Markos Falafel

    Mykonos

    Near Ornos Beach, this cheap and cheerful canteen-style Lebanese joint is the local go-to place for chicken taouk, shawarma, falafel, souvlaki, kebabs,…

  • Aristaios

    Cyclades

    On the road between Korissia and Ioulida, this excellent farm shop sells its own olive oil, delicious wood-oven-baked bread, pies, sweets and ice cream,…

  • Leonidas

    Kastro

    At the northern entrance to the village, this popular place offers tasty local dishes, including Sifnian appetisers like chickpea croquettes and cheese…

  • Skala

    Oia

    Watch life pass up and down to Armeni Bay from the high ground of Skala’s relaxed terrace. Traditional dishes like souvlaki, baked eggplant and cheese…

  • I Scream

    Hora (Mykonos)

    Mykonos' best ice cream is well positioned for those waiting for buses to the beaches, or those looking to cool off on the way back. There are 24…

  • Mouragio

    Amorgos

    An 'Aegean Cuisine' label bearer, this port-side tavern has been going strong since 1980. Fish soup and lobster spaghetti are specialities here, along…

  • Elia Kafenes

    Antiparos

    A handwritten menu details the day's offerings at this cool little cafe-bar just back from the waterfront on the main street. Stop by for a tasty…

  • Barrielo

    Milos

    Every evening, diners are lured to the little square below Trypiti's church by the wafting smells of sizzling meat on the grill. It's all organic and…

  • Molos

    Kythnos

    Quick, delicious souvlaki, kebabs, burgers stuffed with cheese, grilled haloumi and salads, served from an unassuming waterfront location near where the…

  • Dolce Vita

    Naxos

    Cool and inviting, with dark wood and a gramophone daring to be wound, this is the place to lounge over the amazing orange cake, coffee and ice cream.

  • Breeze

    Cyclades

    At the western end of the Vourkari strip, this hip little cafe serves excellent coffee along with delicious waffles, omelettes, sandwiches and salads.

  • Drosia

    Tinos

    Dine on fish or lamb and take in the magnificent views.

  • Fokos Taverna

    Mykonos

    The smell of grilled lamb chops, sizzling burgers and grilled calamari wafts down from this long-standing taverna and over Fokos Beach. It's been…

  • Assyrtico Wine Restaurant

    Fira

    Settle in on this terrace above busy Ypapanti for some imaginative takes on local dishes, accompanied by caldera views. Some creations are inspired while…

  • Cantina del Mar

    Ios

    Come here, at the entrance to Mylopotas, to chill out next to the beach over bumper brunches, sandwiches and wraps. Choose from a long, healthy-sounding…

  • Captain Dimos

    Amorgos

    The captain, who is seriously into good food, whips up mouthwatering dishes to serve on his convivial harbourside patio. Crowding the tempting menu are…

  • To Asygkrito

    Folegandros

    It would be a shame to miss this lovely taverna in a restored 300-year-old building, with avocado-green tables and chairs spilling out into Maraki Sq…

  • Mesklies

    Tinos

    This harbourfront cafe does a fine line in breakfasts, but it’s the patisserie's delectable sweets that catch most people’s eyes. From the homemade ice…

  • Mama’s House

    Fira

    Steps from the taxi station is this local institution, famed for its mega breakfasts (€6 to €10), hearty Greek dishes and creative salads, all enjoyed on…

  • Margarita Cafe

    Antiparos

    On Antiparos' main street, the shaded seating both on the street and on the verandah under a huge palm tree make this a good catch-all spot on a hot day…

  • Elia

    Mykonos

    Right on the beach of the same name, this light and bright restaurant is open right through from breakfast time. Seafood features prominently on the menu…

  • Armenaki

    Milos

    Armenaki is revered for its fishy business – this place is all about seafood (in fact, there’s little else on the menu). Seafood in all its guises is…

  • O Argiris

    Sifnos

    Sifnos specialities are helpfully indicated on the menu of this waterfront taverna, gazing at Kamares from across the bay in Agia Marina. It's a good…

  • Mamma Mia

    Sifnos

    Founded long before the movie of the same name brought romance-hunting Abba fans to the Greek Islands, this local favourite cooks real Italian…

  • Hippie Fish

    Mykonos

    Part of a glossy expanding complex that now includes a hotel (www.hippiechicmykonos.com), Hippie Fish is a sprawling, all-white restaurant-bar on Agios…

  • Captain George Restaurant

    Small Cyclades

    A mainstay in Stavros as it's open year-round, this taverna above the port serves up Greek staples with everything from gyros to Greek salads to fish…

  • Rambagas

    Sifnos

    Beautifully situated on a tree-shaded terrace off the Steno, this cafe and restaurant pays homage to Sifnos’ culinary traditions. Expect char-grilled…

  • La Cucina di Daniele

    Mykonos

    On the side of the main road near Ano Mera, Italian chef Daniele has been thrilling local palates with his take on Italian and Mediterranean dishes, using…

  • Dolci

    Kastro

    Enjoying fine valley vistas from its terrace tables, this loungy cafe serves cocktails, coffee, crêpes and waffles, but also more substantial fodder such…

  • Apaggio

    Mykonos

    Overlooking a bay filled with fishing boats, just along from Ornos beach, this restaurant is renowned for the owner's crushing handshake and delicious…

  • Nikolas Taverna

    Mykonos

    This seaside taverna has been run by the same family for three generations. The current proprietor, Nikolas, goes fishing for fresh catch of the day to go…

  • Ambrosia

    Oia

    On a stone deck overlooking the sea, Ambrosia serves modern Greek dishes such as duck with wild cherry accompanied by flickering candlelight and white…

  • Thai Smile

    Ios

    Ignore the international dishes and go for the authentic Thai flavours, created by the Thai owner-chef. A backstreet spot with plenty of atmosphere,…

  • Archontoula

    Milos

    The whole cheerful family is involved at this top-notch taverna in a picturesque lane. Classic Greek dishes have an assured touch and range from grilled…

  • To Koutouki Tis Elenis

    Tinos

    This colourful, rustic, little place is on the narrow taverna-packed lane veering off the bottom of Evangelistria. The menu bursts with local flavours…

  • Tasos

    Mykonos

    Tasos is from the old school of beachfront tavernas. Open since 1962, this perennially popular place, bang on Paraga Beach, is relaxed and unpretentious…

  • Bola

    Sifnos

    Trendy breakfast and lunch spot by day, cocktail bar with live sports by night, Bola seems almost too hip for laidback Vathi. Come to this 'tapas bar and…

  • Lolita’s Gelato

    Oia

    Near the bus station, Lolita’s sells scoopfuls of homemade heaven, including classics like blueberry and pistachio, plus original flavours like rosewater…