Top Choice Cretan in Iraklio


One of Iraklio’s recent additions to the city’s upmarket dining scene, and housed in a smartly converted cottage, this lovely eatery comes with a large dollop of snob value. It’s best described as ‘post-modern ancie…
Cafe in Iraklio


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

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


Locals give this smart ouzerie an enthusiastic thumbs up and we are only too happy to follow suit. Fish is the thing here – it’s freshly caught, simply but expertly prepared and sold at fair prices. In summer, park …
Taverna in Iraklio


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

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…
Bakery in Iraklio


Come here for delicious fluffy loukoumadhes (ball-shaped doughnuts drizzled with honey, sesame seeds and cinnamon).
Greek in Iraklio


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