Top things to do in Ermoupoli

Top Choice Mediterranean in Ermoupoli


In this colourfully lit, intimate dining room, fresh local ingredients are the building blocks of creative Mediterranean cuisine, from slow-cooked baby goat and smoked mousakas to kalamari with Cretan smoked pork. D…
Top Choice Museum in Ermoupoli

Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli

This excellent chronicle of Syros’ industrial and shipbuilding traditions occupies a restored factory packed with more than 300 well-labelled items relating to sewing, printing, spinning, engines, ships and more. As…
Top Choice Church in Ermoupoli

Agios Georgios Cathedral

Ano Syros, originally a medieval settlement, has narrow alleyways and whitewashed houses. It is a fascinating place to wander around and has views of neighbouring islands. Be wise and catch the bus up to settlement.…
Square in Ermoupoli

Plateia Miaouli

This great square is perhaps the finest urban space in the Cyclades. Once situated immediately upon the seashore, today it sits well inland and is dominated by the dignified neoclassical town hall, designed by Ernst…
Area in Ermoupoli


Stroll the Vaporia district, east and northeast of Plateia Miaouli, for palm-lined squares and elegant shipowners’ mansions (some now home to boutique hotels). The shipowners’ wealth is evident in the grand Orthodox…
Cafe in Ermoupoli

Sta Vaporia

Down a signposted set of stairs behind Agios Nikolaos is this perfectly positioned all-day cafe. It’s a cruisy terrace with postcard panoramas and a menu of coffee, cocktails, homemade lemonade and sangria, and snac…
Cocktail Bar in Ermoupoli


A hip spot to sip a coffee by day, Kouchico turns into a buzzy cocktail bar at night, with a trendy young crowd spilling out of its doors. The signature cocktails are not all to our taste, but involve quality ingred…
Historic Building in Ermoupoli

Town Hall

Plateia Miaouli is dominated by the neoclassical town hall, which was designed by Ernst Ziller. A couple of elegant old-world cafes are found in the hall’s wings, with alfresco seating for great people-watching.
Theatre in Ermoupoli

Apollo Theatre

Built in the 1860s, this venerable theatre was partly modelled on La Scala in Milan. Keep an eye out for regular theatre performances (in Greek), or pop in to take a look around.
Church in Ermoupoli

Agios Nikolaos

The wealth of the shipowners who built the elegant Vaporia district is evident in this grand Orthodox church, loaded with fine murals, icons, gilt and chandeliers.