Restaurants

Top Choice Greek in Rethymno

Raki Baraki

Rustic, colourful and lively, this is a fantastic place to while away the evening over mezedhes (appetisers) like sardines stuffed with herbs, sausage with grilled vegetables, or mussels steamed with sage. The fried…
Greek in Rethymno

Castelvecchio

In a Venetian-era building a bone toss from the fortress, chic yet chilled Castelvecchio is perfect for date night – especially if your date is a plate of tender boneless lamb, done up in numerous creative ways, inc…
Cretan in Rethymno

Avli

This well-established Venetian villa serves creative Cretan food with a side of romance. Farm-fresh fare steers the menu, resulting in dishes with bold flavour pairings such as creatotouria (ravioli filled with lamb…
Greek in Rethymno

Taverna Knossos

Most tout-fronted tavernas in the Venetian Harbour focus more on folkloric ambience than on food quality. Owned by the amiable Stavroulaki family for half a century, Knossos is a happy exception. When Mama Anna is i…
Greek in Rethymno

En Plo

One of several tavernas right at the water’s edge below the fortress, En Plo does dependable faves like shrimp spaghetti and grilled salmon, but shows its most creative side when it comes to such mezedhes as feta in…
Cretan in Rethymno

Veneto

In a 14th-century manor house that doubles as a boutique hotel, Veneto oozes historic charm from every nook and cranny. The kitchen adds a contemporary streak to traditional Cretan recipes, with results like fish wi…
Bakery in Rethymno

Yiorgos Hatziparaskos

One of the last traditional filo masters in all of Greece, Yiorgos Hatziparaskos still makes superfine pastry by hand in his workshop. The highlight is when he whirls the dough into a giant bubble before stretching …
Bakery in Rethymno

Gaias Gefseis

For loukoumadhes (doughnut-like concoctions drizzled with honey and cinnamon), follow your nose to Gaias Gefseis. This bakery creates some of the city’s best traditional cakes and biscuits, as well as homemade sheep…
American in Rethymno

Mojo Burgers

With a funky, graffitied interior and a size large menu, Mojo’s delivers some of the best burgers and hot dogs this side of the Atlantic. Try the Alabama Mama with crispy pork, coleslaw and pickles or the Boston dog…
Mediterranean in Rethymno

Thalassografia

With cascading terraces from fortress to sea, this is where locals head for dinner. The eclectic Mediterranean menu offers up skillfully created dishes like stuffed mushrooms, Cretan cheese in filo with tomato and s…