Top ChoiceMediterranean in Ermoupoli


In a colourfully lit, intimate dining room and spilling out onto Ermoupoli's main eat street, Kouzina makes use of fresh local ingredients to construct creative Mediterranean cuisine, from slow-cooked osso buco...

Mediterranean in Ermoupoli


Friendly and fun, this street taverna with a minty interior serves tasty traditional grills and seafood dishes alongside pasta, risotto and burgers. Vegetarians will find plenty of joy in the likes of the...

Church in Ermoupoli

St George's Cathedral

Proudly capping the medieval hilltop settlement of Ano Syros, this pretty cathedral is the mother church of the Cyclades' significant Roman Catholic minority. Call in to admire the pastel-hued interior and...

Church in Ermoupoli

Church of the Dormition

After being badly bombed during WWII, it's a wonder anything survived in this stately 1820s Orthodox church – which made the discovery, in 1983, of a signed icon painted by El Greco even more extraordinary. The...

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. Flanked by...

Museum in Ermoupoli

Ermoupoli Industrial Museum

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....

Cafe in Ermoupoli

Sta Vaporia

Down a set of stairs behind St Nicholas' Church, this perfectly positioned all-day cafe/restaurant offers postcard panoramas and a menu of coffee, cocktails, homemade lemonade and snacks, large and small. Down...

Church in Ermoupoli

St Nicholas' Church

St Nicholas' Church

Known locally as St Nicholas of the Rich, referencing the shipowners from the surrounding Vaporia neighbourhood, this beautiful Orthodox church (built in 1848) is loaded with fine frescoes, icons, gilt and...

Cocktail Bar in Ermoupoli


A cool spot to sip a coffee by day, Kouchico turns into a buzzy cocktail bar at night, with a hip young crowd spilling out of its doors.

Historic Building in Ermoupoli

Town Hall

Designed by German architect Franz Ziller, this grand 1889 building is one of the largest town halls in Greece. Visitors are free to explore the foyer, internal courtyards and corridors, decorated with...

Museum in Ermoupoli

Syros Archaeological Museum

The town’s small archaeological museum is housed in the rear of the town hall (enter from the side). Founded in 1834 and one of the oldest in Greece, it houses a modest collection of ceramic and marble vases,...

Theatre in Ermoupoli

Apollon Theater

Built in the 1860s, this venerable but intimate theatre was partly modelled on La Scala in Milan, with four layers of boxes and an elaborate ceiling fresco. Keep an eye out for regular theatre performances (in...

International in Ermoupoli


One of the self-consciously trendy spots along the waterfront, this 'food and wine bar' serves a menu of pasta, risotto and burgers, along with regular sushi nights. Otherwise you can just stop by for a drink and...

Museum in Ermoupoli

Markos Vamvakaris Museum

This museum celebrates the locally born patriarch of rembetika, a popular style of urban Greek music usually played on bouzouki and guitars.