Ice Factory: Dessert Heaven
Ice Factory is newly opened in 2007 in Paralia across from McDonalds. With a hip modern look to it, the Ice Factory mixes up fresh icecream and bakes its own sweets on location.
You can buy everything from a waffle cone of ice-cream to cakes or sandwiches in the shop at extremely low prices.
Not all the staff speak English but there are a few that do have good language skills. Ones that don't speak well will call over help. The woman with short blonde hair probably speaks English the best.
Favorite Dish: My favorite item was a croissant filled with cream and fresh strawberries. It makes an excellent breakfast or snack!
For lunch, try one of the sandwiches. They range from 1 - 2.5 Euros each and are large enough to fill the hungriest of people :)
For ice cream, my favorite is the Factory Chocolate which is chocolate icecream with chunks of chocolate, praline, and crocant (whatever that is!) in a huge waffle cone.
Friends say the coffee is some of the best in Paralia. I know the fresh squeezed orange juice was very good.
Giouras Taverna: Traditional Dishes and the Best Seafood!
Go to the back of the restaurant to have a candle-lit dinner on the beach as you listen to the waves gently lap the shore. Or stay inside to watch a Greek wedding party celebrate with loud traditional music and dancing!
Giouras is the place to be in Paralia. It is one of those restaurants that you can go back to day after day because the menu is so varied that you can eat something different every day of the week.
The waiters are extremely friendly and they serve a free shot of Ouzo to start off your meal...and sometimes a couple more snuck in during the meal :)
The price compared to several of the other restaurants around is a bit lower and the portions are more generous. The meals are well worth the price they charge and you are guaranteed not to leave hungry!
A fresh fruit dessert (with traditional sweets thrown in every once in a while) is served after every meal.
Favorite Dish: If you want to try a special Greek dish, I would recommend what I think is called Papoutsaki which is eggplant (aubergine) stuffed with ground meat, spices, and topped with cheese. It is delicious!
For starters, order up a Greek salad (tomatoes, onions, cucumbers), tzaziki (yogurt with cucumber & garlic), Florini peppers (grilled red peppers marinated in olive oil and vinegar), and scumbie (mackeral in olive oil and vinegar)!
For seafood, the lavraki (sea bass) is very nice as well as the fried calamari or grilled octopus.
Try Ouzo, the traditional Greek drink. We like to do shots but the traditional method of drinking is with ice.
A safe choice by the main city park of Katerini: XYLINO
Xylino has been a good choice for a casual dinner in town for the past 20 years; my last visit in May 2006 confirmed my earlier impressions, excellent local dishes, meat and perhaps the best kokoretsi in town!
Tavernas: Don't Miss Souvlaki!
The tavernas of the Paralia Katerinis resort offer a wide range of Greek dainties and fresh seafruits.
Favorite Dish: souvlaki with chips, of course!
Cool little place for realxing , chating ,resting your back ha ha ha ha ( internal joke for those who were there with me :)