East of Chania past Souda is a great beach at the village of Kalives. The taverna, Akrogiali, is located on the most western edge of the village. Stairs lead you down to a nice sandy beach with fewer tourists than further east. This taverna is a great find, with ample seating and you can't beat the view.
Everything is very clean, efficient and there is an ample menu.
After you spend some time on the beach, you are 30 seconds away from some great food. See photos.
Parking is also good.
Favorite Dish: Servings were generous and we thought the food was prepared with care. This is an exceptional taverna and the view and access to the beach, with good parking, makes it a great choice.
This taverna looks small from the street, but once inside you wander through a larger indoor area and out the back to an pleasant outdoor setting. Further on, there is another area that is outdoor but covered where you can dine further from the other diners.
The food here is better than average, and does not have the feeling of fast food, which one gets when on the busy street and all its tourists businesses.
Favorite Dish: Meatballs
Large Cretan Salad
The meatballs were not over cooked and had a nice flavor of cumin, and the zucchini balls were not over fried, and had more zucchini than filler.
If you are on the west side of Chania for two night, this is a very special place to go for two basic reasons, the food and the view is awesome. You are high up, this is the top most taverna situated in the midst of many in the village called Platanias. You will have to park below and walk up for ten minutes past many restaurants, and finally up some stairs, but the exercise is worth it. Go at sunset or after because the view is from high.
This is a family run taverna, not a corporate business, and they have been there several decades.
Favorite Dish: Besides what is on the menu, every evening they will suggest something made special just for that day.
See photos to see Baked Lamb which was specialty of the night and also other items from menu.
I have gone back and read other reviews of this restaurant and all were exceptional reviews. It is listed as number 6 in area out of several hundred. How can you go wrong with that?
It becomes apparent to visitors to Crete that there are many local bars that serve coffee and drinks in which the locals, mainly older men, come and sit for hours. They talk with friends, discuss politics, play cards and games and generally hang out. You will see many of them sitting alone as this is where they spend some time each day.
I invite you to go into one of the older bars, sit and be a people watcher, or even interact with them. Every time we did that, it turned out to be a special experience.
The photos below were taken from the bar just outside of the big market in Chania. Don't be put off with how old it looks, jump in and enjoy the Greek experience of it all.
Favorite Dish: They serve all types of drinks, not just coffee. But Greek Coffee is actually really good, it is a strong coffee and when they serve it, you don't drink it right away. You let it settle awhile so the grounds drop, and...... be careful at the end not to drink the black grounds at the bottom.
Good with sugar.
And.. beware, do not call this Turkish Coffee, that would not put you on good terms with anyone there.
Ababa cafe bar Ababa barAbaba bar an amazing place with friendly staff,Dimitirs the owner is pretty friendly and always have big smile and offers free shots.I do remember the saff name as well gorgours girls with big friendly Olga,Angiliki,margarita and Zwi unfortunetly I did not see Zwi hopefully on my next visit.
The owner and the staff always give a warm welcome.
The location of the bar is pretty jelly good,on Eisodion number 12 Ababa bar
the bar is open from 10 am till 2am and serves breakfast as well but will stay open usually till the last customer.
the bar plays a very good mellow music (English).
price-wise I find it very cheap 3,50 Euros for a pint of beer. While is ONLY 3 Euros for Ouzo drink you get also complimentary snacks with your drinks.
I found the bar by accident since I was staying one stone throw from the bar 1 minute walk...
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Ababa cafe bar Chaniaguide
Favorite Dish: All
I have visited Crete several times, and of all the restaurants I went to, I never tasted anything like Akrogiali´s Schrimp salad.
The view speaks for itself, lying next to the beach, with complete wall windows, the restaurant is bright and you feel like sitting next to the water, even inside. The service is great.
Afrata is tiny with a couple of kafenions and a simple taverna. Below Roxani’s taverna follow the rough track, keeping to the right. It drops steeply and after 1km you’ll reach a rocky cove with exceptionally clear water, great for swimming.
Favorite Dish: Rabbit stew
Take your time to enjoy the seaview from the Kovouras as you dig into some excellent seafood. Prices to match the seaside and harbor location, but you ARE on vacation so a little more is not too much. Sorry no pictures this time, was too busy eating.
TAMAM is considered as one of the best restaurants in Chania, a "real legend", gastronomically speaking!
It is conveniently locatef in the Old Town of Chania, all of you will pass from there!-and offers a big and excellent selection of local Cretan, as well from the rest of Greece cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Some dishes from Creta and some dishes from the general Greek cuisine.
Most places don't get everything right but this restaurant does! The menu was interesting and the food tasted even better than it was described. The service was friendly and professional and the atmosphere with the old Venetian stone walls together with the beautiful lighting and pleasant background music perfected the whole evening.
Favorite Dish: Fresh bon fillet with wild porcini mushrooms - you could tell everything was freshly cooked and good quality - it tasted wonderful.
The restaurant (To Pigadi tou Tourkou in Greek), is located in the Old City of Chania (the former Turkish neighbourhood called: Splantzia), in a quite atmospheric old street, surrounded by old mansions, which have been converted into "boutique hotels".
The restaurant offers a local cuisine with many Mediterranean elements.Could I say an "ethnic cuisine"?
Depending on the time you are going to visit it, it operates as a Cafe, a Bar or a Restaurant.
Enjoy a big selection of coffees, ice-creams and, an even bigger selection of pastries and cakes, at "13" (Decatria=which means Thirteen in Greek), the favourite pastry shop of the Chania inhabitants!
Delicious sweets, nice atmosphere and live piano music every evening.
Favorite Dish: Pastries.
If you want a nice place to drink your coffee and eat your snacks and you want this place to be centrally located in the city of Chania, then you should try: "Clock Cafe", just opposite the Market Square.
The view from this restaurant is the best thing about it - all the tables are angled so you can see the fantastic view of the harbour. It really is a great vantage point to watch the sunset and I throughly recommend it; just come for an apertif, and catch the ferry back across and go elsewhere. I feel that the chefs have got lazy, as they know people will always go to the restaurant due to the location.
Favorite Dish: We had a lovely piece of fresh fish to be fair, just let down with two ton of chips and rice. No thought, no imagination. Just feed anything to the British tourists.
Fanastic service, fantastic food. We loved this restaurant last October, the waiters were so attentive without being intrusive. A perfect place for a romantic meal. We had pizza one night and on the other we had the seafood pasta. Both were fantastic and it is honestly one of the best restaurants we have gone to in any country, never mind just in Hania.
Favorite Dish: The seafood pasta was beautiful. Fresh seafood too - fantastic.