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Top Choice Cafe in Western Kalymnos

Fatolitis Snack Bar

A favourite with the apres-climbing gang, this lively roadside cafe has a vine-shaded terrace and cosy interior spattered with rock posters. The menu is carb-focused – think waffles, omelettes and toasties. Opposite…
Top Choice Taverna in Western Kalymnos

To Kyma

Despite its humdrum laminated menu board, this extremely friendly beach taverna serves truly exceptional food, including a delicious barley-bread salad, red mullet, salted mackerel and swordfish souvlakia. Its name,…
Taverna in Telendos Islet

Zorba’s

Traditional cafe, a short walk from the jetty, with great sea views. The owner fishes for the seafood himself – guests can go with him – bringing up squid, octopus, tuna and swordfish. It also has three small but pl…
Museum in Pothia

Archaeological Museum

Kalymnos’ modern Archaeological Museum is hard to find, hidden in the backstreets behind the right end of Pothia’s waterfront. It’s worth the effort to enjoy beautifully displayed ancient artefacts dating as far bac…
Museum in Pothia

Nautical & Folklore Museum

The two parts of the Nautical and Folklore Museum, on the central waterfront, are not always open simultaneously. The folklore section holds costumes and furniture, while the nautical museum focuses on sponge fishin…
Greek in Pothia

Barba Yiannis

Smart, mercifully breezy and enjoying fine harbour views from its pretty decked terrace, Yiannis is a great spot to head for traditional Greek dishes such as stifadho (meat, game or seafood cooked with onions in a t…
Taverna in Western Kalymnos

Smuggler's Restaurant

This lovely seafront taverna, close to the jetty at the south end of Myrties, is built to resemble an old fishing boat. The perfect spot, then, to enjoy fresh tuna steaks, mussels, lobster or shrimps in garlic and o…
Greek in Pothia

Pantelis Restaurant

Homey taverna, set slightly back off a corner of the harbour near the ferry dock, where island specialities include goat in red-wine sauce and homemade dolmadhes. Be sure to try the 'Ancient Greek' salad with apple …
Taverna in Telendos Islet

Cafe Rita

Welcoming Rita serves succulent souvlakia, lamb in lemon and garlic and hearty lamb stifadho (lamb cooked with onions in a tomato puree). They also have a second hand bookshop and sell crafts, as well as a few chalk…
Taverna in Kalymnos

Galini Taverna

With its checked tablecloths, friendly manager, bougainvillea ceiling and fine view of the harbour, Galini makes a pleasant place to enjoy salads, seafood, flavourful dolmadhes and grilled meat. The attached hotel h…