Top Choice Seafood in Hania

Thalassino Ageri

This solitary fish taverna in a tiny port 2km east of the centre among the ruins of Hania’s old tanneries is one of Crete’s top eateries. Take in the sunset from the superb setting and peruse the changing menu, dict…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Hania

Taverna Tamam

This excellent, convivial taverna in a converted Turkish bathhouse fills with chatting locals at tables spilling out onto the street. Dishes incorporate Middle Eastern spices, and include tasty soups and a superb se…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

To Maridaki

This modern seafood mezedhopoleio (restaurant specialising in mezedhes) is not to be missed. In a cheerful, bright dining room, happy visitors and locals alike tuck into impeccable local seafood and Cretan specialti…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

Bougatsa tou Iordanis

You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten the bougatsa at this little storefront dedicated to the flaky, sweet-cheesy treat. It’s cooked fresh in enormous slabs and carved up in front of your eyes. Pair it with a coffee …
Cretan in Hania


Built as a soap factory in 1650, Ela has also seen incarnations as a school, distillery and cheese-processing plant and is now a charismatic roofless lair serving upscale Cretan specialities. The multilingual menus …
Taverna in Hania


This unpretentious restaurant tucked behind the harbour is half-hidden amid vines surrounding the outdoor terrace and parking area. The basic, traditional mayirefta are filling, if you can’t get in elsewhere.
Cretan in Hania

To Karnagio

This popular place fills outdoor tables on a harbourside plaza next to the Great Arsenal. There’s a good range of seafood and classic Cretan dishes, such as octopus stifadho (octopus in red tomato and wine sauce) an…
Middle Eastern in Hania

Well of the Turk

In an age-old stone building which used to house a hammam (Turkish baths), and flanking a quiet square, this romantic taverna specialises in richly textured dishes inspired by North Africa, the Middle East and Turke…
Cretan in Hania


Fine dining without the pretence. Both tourists and neighbourhood denizens give this place top marks for its creative Cretan fare that veers toward modernity without straying from simplicity. You can’t go wrong orde…
Seafood in Hania

Apostolis I & II

In the quieter eastern harbour, these well-respected spots for fresh fish and Cretan dishes are in two separate buildings. Apostolis II is the more popular as the owner reigns there, but the other has the same menu …