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Barba Yorgo Taverna

A good time is assured at this atmospheric village restaurant overlooking vineyards and the 1780 Ayios Yioryios church. The menu includes goat stew, wonderfully tender octopus and platefuls of meze, all washed down …
Top Choice Cafe in Gökçeada

Mustafanın Kayfesi

Look for the free-standing bell tower of the Ayia Marina church to find this welcoming cafe, which is tucked into the adjacent garden. The village-style breakfast is delicious, and the Turkish coffee is the best on …
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Gökçeada

Ada Rüzgarı

This excellent store near the main square in Merkez sells locally produced items including artisan-made soap, olive oil, jams, honey and dibek coffee. The team speaks good English.
Village in Gökçeada


Great for an island stay, this Greek village surrounded by scree-covered hills offers spectacular views over the countryside. Its stone houses once deserted and falling into disrepair, the village is benefitting fro…
Village in Gökçeada


Zeytinli is surrounded by green-grey scree-covered hills, with spectacular views over the countryside. It's an idyllic base for an island stay. Once in disrepair, the village is revitalising; in 2013 the Aya Todori …
Cafe in Gökçeada

Nostos Cafe

Established in 1860, and still run by descendants of the original owners, this cafe in the Greek hilltop village of Zeytinli is a brilliant spot for a bracing cup of robust dibek coffee. The house-made lemonade is v…
Cafe in Gökçeada

Balbadem Cafe

Framed by grape arbours, our favourite cafe in Merkez is concealed in an old stone house a short walk from the main square. Colourful tables fill Balbadem's shaded verandah; there's an excellent range of teas and co…
Cafe in Gökçeada

Cafe Tepeköy

Right on the main square of the Greek village of Tepeköy, this cafe is one of the most welcoming spots on the island. Villagers alternate leisurely chats with backgammon; there's beer, wine and coffee available; and…
Pastries in Gökçeada

Meydanı Pastanesi

Every visitor to Gökçeada makes their way to the island's most popular cafe at some stage, lured by its most famous creation, the efi badem. A sugar-dusted biscuit made with almonds, butter and flour, it is the perf…
Turkish in Gökçeada

Avlu Şarap Evi

On sultry summer nights, local gravitate towards the front courtyard of this small wine house; when live musicians perform, the action moves into the stone-walled interior. Meyhane-style fish, seafood and grilled me…