Best restaurants in Kos Town

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    Elia

    With its traditional wood-beamed ceiling and partly exposed stone walls covered in murals of the gods of the pantheon, Elia is earthy and friendly, and its massive menu is fit for a hard-to-please local deity or adventurous traveller. The Mediterranean dishes span traditional Greek, such as pork and lamb stews, to marinaded chicken and vegetarian mezedhes. All fresh. All good.

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    Aegli

    Stretching from beneath the arches of a municipal building onto the main square, this bakery-cafe is run by a cooperative supporting low-income women and employs only female staff. The speciality is marmarites – translated as ‘crumpets’, but more like sourdough flatbread – with sweet or savoury toppings, but it also serves pies, juices, coffee and gigantic breakfasts (for two €20).

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    Taverna Lithino

    This incongruous place, behind the marina on a slightly 'busy' (for Kos) road, is worth the pilgrimage. Quality – not gourmet – Greek fare is the objective here. This means great grills, homemade mezedhes (appetisers; don't miss the meatballs) and even vegetarian dishes. There's a front and rear terrace; the latter is around a mulberry tree trunk. Friendly and family run.

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    Ta Votsalakia

    A lovely surprise awaits after the nondescript entrance of Ta Votsalakia. Pass the bustling kitchen and you'll be on the beach, almost netting your lunch yourself. The catch of the day is the thing to go for, but after this, choose from shrimps, mussels and seafood spaghetti. And much more. Vegetarians can munch on good mezedhes (appetisers). In-the-know locals head here.

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    H2O

    The city's glitziest waterfront eatery at Kos Aktis Art Hotel is patronised by fashionistas and makes for a great, if pricey, stop for a healthy lunch or dinner, out on the decked terrace facing Bodrum. Choose from bruschetta, grilled veg, battered shrimp, chicken risotto, or simply plump for a sundowner mojito.

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    Pote Tin Kyriaki

    Named 'Never on Sunday' to reflect its opening hours (yes, that's its day of rest), this traditional rough-and-ready ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and light snacks) serves delicious specialities such as stuffed zucchini flowers, dolmadhes and steamed mussels. Come late, and you'll be cheek by jowl with the locals.

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    Arap

    Located in the Turkish quarter, called Platani, on the way toward the Asklepeion, this casual grill house is tops for heaping portions of tender kebabs and delicious dips with fresh pitta. It's a bit of a dreary 2.5km walk from the centre; bike it or catch a cab, but it's an interesting little area once you're there.

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    Pikoulas

    All three outlets of Kos Town's favourite bakery (the others are at Ethnikis Antistaseos 5 and Makrigianni 28) sell the same dizzying array of doughnuts, pies, cinnamon buns, baklava and chocolate cake, as well, of course, as bread. Drop by first thing in the morning and set yourself up for the day.

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    Petrino Meze Restaurant

    Peaceful and balmy, this graceful, if rather 'sanitised', restaurant has a leafy garden shaded by bougainvillea, overlooking Kos Town’s western group of archaeological ruins. The upscale menu includes hearty meat concoctions such pork tenderloin with plums, but it also serves lighter dishes such as steamed swordfish, as well as pasta and mixed mezedhes (appetiser) platters.

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    Nick the Fisherman

    This side-street seafood taverna seems to be the tourist favourite; it's been around since fish became dinosaurs and seems to keep the hordes happy. But there are alternatives along the seafood strip it occupies. If it takes your fancy, try the sardines, red snapper, or whatever is recommended. Live mussels are kept in an aquarium.