Restaurants

Top Choice Cretan in Iraklio

Peskesi

This foodie hotspot oozes rustic sophistication from every nook and cranny of its maze of stone rooms lidded by wood-beam ceilings. Chefs use heirloom produce and organic meats from their own farm to revive ancient …
Top Choice Greek in Iraklio

Parasties

Parasties’ owner Haris is Iraklio’s answer to a restaurateur who is genuine about serving great-quality local produce and top Cretan wines. And his passion shows in his small but gourmet menu of inventively updated …
Cafe in Iraklio

Fyllo…Sofies

With tables sprawling out towards the Morosini Fountain, this is a great place to sample bougatsa (creamy semolina pudding wrapped in a pastry envelope and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar). The less-sweet version …
Taverna in Iraklio

Giakoumis

The oldest among the row of tavernas vying for business in a quiet passageway off Odos 1866, Giakoumis offers myriad mayirefta (ready-cooked meals) and grills. Don’t go past the lamb chops; the cook has been grillin…
Seafood in Iraklio

Ippokambos

This long-running ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and light snacks) specialises in fish – freshly caught, simply but expertly prepared and sold at fair prices. In summer, park yourself on the covered waterfront terr…
Greek in Iraklio

Kouzinerie

Those wanting a traditional Greek experience might be disappointed here, but a faster paced crowd after an ultra-contemporary experience will be happy with modern music, cutting-edge design and more global dishes, f…
Greek in Iraklio

Brillant/Herbs’ Garden

The avant-garde decor at Brillant, the fashionable culinary outpost at the Lato Boutique Hotel, might almost distract you from the creatively composed, feistily flavoured Cretan cuisine; the menu changes seasonally.…
Seafood in Iraklio

O Vrakas

This spot, along the waterfront on the tourist strip, is neither grand nor out of the pages of a gourmet magazine, but it was started by the owner’s grandfather and has morphed from a streetside ouzerie grilling fis…
Mediterranean in Iraklio

Prassein Aloga

This neighbourhood-adored rustic restaurant does sharp and innovative Mediterranean cuisine from an ever-changing menu. Heaping salads, pasta loaded with shrimp and mussels, and dishes based on ancient Greek recipes…
Greek in Iraklio

Peri Orexeos

Be careful not to spoil your appetite with the free bread, black-olive paté and zucchini pie that arrive as soon as you sit down. The kitchen turns out creative modern Greek food such as creamy chicken-filled kataïf…