Top ChoiceGreek in Koufonisia

Mikres Cyclades

Showcasing the best of Cycladic produce with pride, Mikres serves a short and sweet menu of mezedhes, fish and meat dishes under a stylish bamboo awning on the main street. The Schinousa fava is earthy and...

Top ChoiceBeach in Donousa

Kedros Beach

Gorgeous sweep of white sand, an easy walk from Hora, and popular with naturists. There's a decent taverna here as well.

Top ChoiceGreek in Schinousa

Deli Bistro-Bar

Deli consists of a top-notch restaurant with views out to Ios and Iraklia, plus a cool ground-floor cafe-bar. The Cretan owner-chef's menu is the most inventive in Schinousa, with Schinousa cheese in filo pastry...

Top ChoiceCafe in Koufonisia


A chilled-out cafe and lively bar, Kalamia does many things well. Grab a seat under the thatched roof and dig into eggs florentine for brunch, epic burgers and quesadillas the rest of the day, and wash them down...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Iraklia

Surfin Bird

A favourite gathering spot at sunset, this chilled-out outdoor bar overlooking Livadi Beach has great appeal for cocktail lovers: its original concoctions feature homemade thyme and other herbal syrups, plus...

Top ChoiceGreek in Donousa


There's a lot to love about this innovative little restaurant above the quayside, run by a Greek-Czech couple: the sea views, Donousa's best wine list, plus classy Aegean cuisine (black-eyed pea salad, sardines...

Top ChoiceCafe in Iraklia

En Lefko

This rooftop bar right on top of Perigiali Supermarket is lovingly run by local couple Nikos and Anna. There are brunch menus plus cocktails, drinks and snacks until the wee hours. One of few options in Iraklia...

Top ChoiceTaverna in Donousa

I Kori tou Mihali

At this welcoming taverna in Mersini village, 6km from Stavros by road, Koula conjures up excellent Greek cuisine with a modern twist: wild goat from the island, pork in honey and yoghurt, and smoky eggplant dip....

Top ChoiceBar in Donousa


Up the stone steps at the port, this cafe-bar serves the younger crowd year-round. Out of season, it opens at 5pm, has Monday night movies and various locals' nights. In high season, it parties on into the wee...

Beach in Iraklia

Livadi Beach

Wide sweep of white sand to the east with shallow, clear waters ideal for swimming. There's a taverna across the street from it.

Beach in Koufonisia

Pori Beach

The island's best beach – a long sandy crescent to the northeast and a bay popular with yachts.

Beach in Donousa


Appealing white-sand beach, reachable by a 30-minute walk from Mersini.

Cave in Iraklia

Cave of the Sacred Icon of Agios Giannis

The Cave of the Sacred Icon of Agios Giannis features a large open cave plus white-painted rocks surrounding the tiny entrance to the main sequence of caves. A torch is useful for an initial hands-and-knees crawl...

Seafood in Schinousa

Fish Tavern & Rooms Mersini

Down at the port, 'Aegean Cuisine' flag bearer Mersini woos diners in a garden setting with great harbour views and traditional Greek dishes and seafood (particularly lobster spaghetti and local squid) with a...

Seafood in Koufonisia

Capetan Nikolas

A local seafood institution, this cheerful restaurant overlooks the harbour at Loutro. Bearded Captain Nikolas may greet you at the door – you may have seen him spearfishing around the island. The lobster salad...

Bar in Koufonisia


A cosy little cavern of a bar and a hip late-night hangout, Scholio serves you from a long list of cocktails (both original and classic) to a soundtrack of jazz, blues or rock. It’s at the western end of the main...

Bar in Donousa


Just when you thought that tiny Donousa is about as far from hipsterdom as you can get, this stylish espresso/craft beer bar opens above the quay. The speciality coffee is from the Black Bart micro-roastery in...

Taverna in Koufonisia


This tiny taverna at Loutro, where the tables skirt the small harbour, has a magical setting. Karnagio means 'boatyard', and the taverna is owned by the same guy who fixes the boats. Expect Greek classics and a...

Cafe in Schinousa

Kafe stou Peri

Open year-round, this colourful and friendly little cafe on the main street of Hora has crêpes, waffles, sandwiches and fresh salads, as well as breakfast options. There is also a well-stocked bar that keeps...

Greek in Iraklia

Akathi Restaurant

Run by the daughter of a local fisherman, this friendly spot is a fine bet for grilled catch of the day, excellent Greek salads and other standards. Head up to the roof terrace for sunset cocktails. It's near the...