Top ChoiceTaverna in Kos Town

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...

Greek in Kos Town


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...

Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Western Excavation Site

This open archaeological site, south of the centre, holds ancient ruins uncovered by an earthquake in 1933. Its real treasures are the mosaics of the House of Europa. The house was an opulent 2nd-century villa...

Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Casa Romana

Reopened to the public in 2015 after years of restoration, Casa Romana is believed to have been constructed during Hellenistic times and remodelled until the 3rd century AD. In 1940, and again only recently, it...

Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Ancient Agora

Exposed by a devastating earthquake in 1933, Kos’ ancient centre – an important market, political and social hub – occupies a large area south of the castle. Back in the 4th century BC, this was the first town...

Square in Kos Town

Plateia Platanou

The warm, graceful charm and sedate pace of Kos Town is experienced at its best in this lovely cobblestone square, immediately south of the castle. Sitting in a cafe here, you can pay your respects to...

Historic Site in Kos Town

Hippocrates' Plane Tree

Hippocrates' Plane Tree

North of the Ancient Agora is the lovely cobblestone Plateia Platanou, where you can pay your respects to the Hippocrates' plane tree, under which Hippocrates is said to have taught his pupils. Plane trees don't...

Cafe in Kos Town


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 –...

Greek in Kos Town

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...

Seafood in Kos Town

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...

International in Kos Town


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...

Museum in Kos Town

Archaeological Museum

Housed in a superb example of an Italian-era building, located in the central square, the small, but excellent archaeological museum possesses a wealth of sculptures from the Hellenistic to late Roman eras, with...

Turkish in Kos Town


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...

Bakery in Kos Town


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,...

Castle in Kos Town

Castle of the Knights

Castle of the Knights

Due to damage caused by an earthquake in 2017, Kos’ magnificent 15th-century castle is currently closed. Nevertheless, given its extraordinary location at the harbour entrance, it is interesting to view from the...

Bar in Kos Town


For locals, this is the place to be, and to be seen. Prices are hefty (coffee is slightly more, given its location overlooking the harbour). But it's where you come to linger for a coffee by day, or a cocktail by...

Cinema in Kos Town


Right on the main square, this cinema shows English-language blockbusters with Greek subtitles, as well as domestic flicks. There are matinee and evening shows, and open-air screenings nearby in high summer.

Archaeological Site in Kos Town

House of Europa

You can still sense the opulence of this 2nd-century private villa, of which the chief surviving relic is a superb mosaic floor depicting the abduction of Europe by Zeus in the form of a bull.

Market in Kos Town

Dimotiki Agora

Fragrant with spices, this lively open-arched market has a cornucopia of locally made honeys, natural soaps, bonbons, sandalwood spoons, mythological curios and Kalymnian sponges.

Archaeological Site in Kos Town


Built on the site of an even older Greek predecessor, this 2nd-century Roman theatre seated around 750 spectators. In summer, performances are sometimes held here.