First tavern after the Venetian fortress: Awesome sea food
Its a very cosy restaurant quite crowded with a superb view of the sea...
The funniest thing is that the waiters have to confront with Heraklion mad traffic & to cross the street every time they bring food (la cuisine & the restaurant are on the other side of the street than the terrace).
Favorite Dish: The seafood is awesome. The best were:
- baked squid
- fresh calamari
- yogurt with blue cheese
Poppy's Kitchen: Homemade Greek specialities in unusual way
When you enter this cozy restaurant you will feel like at home. It is excellently decorated and colors are stylish. In front of this restaurant some ofthe locals drew image on the walls that u gain nice view when enjoying your meal. There is silent and peaceful corner of the city, no tourists (till u all who read this will go there) at all. Owner of the restaurant is friendly lady speaking English very well. She will give you advices and tips where to go for free. Her menu is written in excellent English so you gain full service there.
Favorite Dish: We tried the complete menu from starter to dessert and I can't complaint on anything we got. Musseln with cheese and tomato sauce with basilico were simply excellent. Bread, too. Then we continued with grilled specialities served on plate for two (but it is enough for three people) with special portion of fried potatoes (no chips, fried potatoes big cuts) and of course greek salad (excellent feta and lots of olives ... even I don't eat them) and finally when we were full for next two days :) we got dessert - special Greek candised fruits on four separated small plates (cherries, limets, strawberries and sweet chestnuts). As a gift from the owner we also got special drink RAKI ... Except this we tried Greek beer, Ice coffee, black coffee and homemade red wine. So, Poppy's kitchen proves that everything is home made there. I highly reccomend it
There are restaurants all over...
There are restaurants all over Crete. Most are extremely focused at the tourist, after all, the massive majority of people visiting restaurants in Crete are Northern Europeans, but that does not make them all bad. The harbour in Rethymno is packed with restaurants, including some of the best in Crete. Unfortunately I don't remember any names but I do remember that there is a great one in the corner of the right-angled harbour.
Many Northern European or American visitors would find the restaurant owners in Crete very pushy in trying to get you to visit their restaurants as you walk by. Do not be lured in by the first person to ask you, take time to look around, and most importantly of all, say 'no thank you' to them - do not just ignore them.
When you are to IRAKLEION...
When you are to IRAKLEION (CRETE) , go to KORAI Str. in which you'll find several good restaurants and one of the best is 'LOUKOULOS'.
Dowhntown in CHANIA (CRETE) you absolutely have dinner to 'ANAPLOUS' restaurants with the fantastic atmosphere and delocious traditional tastes.
Ask for the manager Agelos or Nikos.
Favorite Dish: 'ANAPLOUS' meat fillet, manites, pitakia, patata ofti, meat in pilo.
In the old port of Chania you...
In the old port of Chania you will find many, many restaurants. My favourite was one called 'Crab' I don't have a greek character keyboard so I can't write out the name bit it translates to Crab.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu there is GREAT!
Ice Factory in Iraklio, nearby...
Ice Factory in Iraklio, nearby the harbor, situated at a little square with the terrace underneath the trees. It looks like a little French cafe, and when you go inside its a very modern cafe/restaurant. Very friendly staff, (sometimes too friendly) We were told its a place were the 'important' people from Crete eat. We did see a lot of businessmen/women overthere and not a lot of tourists (thankfully).
Favorite Dish: the moussaka was lovely
Plenty of small taverns,...
Plenty of small taverns, restaurants, Greek-style-fast food (serving souvlaki, gyros ...). But please don't try only these when ordering something. There are more, even greater plates, than moussaka, tzatziki, gyros, souvlaki.
It would be better to go to a village and try to find some local plates, or try some cheese, yogurt, honey etc. They are great.
Galahad's Restaurant Tip
We were there in April 2000 for the Greek Orthodox Church Easter Week. On Easter Sunday the Pascal Lamb is eaten. We were invited to join in the village meal. (traditionally meat is eaten for the first time in the week.
Cafe Agora on street market in Heraklion: Coffee break
We stopped in this place to enjoy cup of java and orange juice.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere and our drinks.
It is a great place full of tourists and local men.
Odos Aigaiou Restaurant: Odos Aigaiou Restaurant
Favorite Dish: The seafood pockets...they are delicious...they are famous for their seafood but even if you don't like seafood, they have meat and vegeterian dishes that are also mouth watering.
The Red Lion, in Malia.: The Red Lion, in Malia.
Favorite Dish: Anything really, loved the enormous choice of cooked breakfasts, especially after a long night out....
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