One of the oldest traditional café in Apollonia is Lakis. Not impressive, seemed in decadence but we decided to stop for a quick coffee break outside, there were only 3 tables and the owner (son of the original owner) had kept one for himself :)
We ordered a frappe coffee but I asked about a dessert too, he had only fig spoon, a typical greek dessert, it was just ok but far from some great ones I tried elsewhere. Many greeks make spoon desserts at home, there are many different ones depending the fruits you have and the season. For this one you need some medium sized unripe figs, sugar, clove, water, some lemon juice.
The bill for the coffee and the dessert was 3,50euro.
Sifnos tavern: Sifnos
This was our favorite spot in Sifnos, not because it had the best food or the best prices but because it had the most friendly owner. He was very relaxed and talkative and made several suggestions, and at the end he even gave us for free extra wine or dessert. No surprise we returned the next day, he was there joking around about people passing by or local customs etc.
The first day (Great Friday of Easter Week) we followed the tradition and didn’t order meat, just fava (6e), blackeyed beans, potatoes and lettuce salad. We washed them down with beer and white house wine. We paid 25euro.
The next day we returned and asked if we could have dinner here after the resurrection celebration like most greeks too. Other restaurants required reservation and had fixed menu (for 25 to 35e per person) while Apostolis told us : come on guys, we will have what everyone else has, mastello, magiritsa, eggs etc
We were there before midnight to drink something but he kept the table for us when we returned from the church. We spent a lively evening talking with a couple from England that we met in Sifnos. This time we ordered mastelo (this is the traditional meat dish of Easter on the island, prepared in the homonym ceramic utensil for several hours, the meat gets so soft and sweet, perfect!). We also ordered a green salad and magiritsa (the traditional greek soup that is popular all over Greece on Great Saturday), it’s a tasty soup that consists of lamb parts and lettuce, of course it’s on the heavy side so many people that don’t have extreme eating habits wont feel comfortable (also those who fasted during the Holy Week or more).
We had white house wine again but we finished with the traditional local easter dessert which is melopita, it is honey-pie made with honey, local cheese myzithra (skim milk cheese), eggs, sugar and cinnamon. We did our own melopita when we returned back home!
I think we paid 30 euros that night.
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This is another traditional cafe in Apollonia that was established back in 1887! Of course some years before it was just a small cafe in the center but now due to the touristic alley that is located it’s upgraded as one of the good spots along the alley.
In the morning we saw local old men drinking their coffee but later in the evening visitors gather and the place gets packed so if you see a free table on the terrace just don’t miss it. Although you can just sit here for a drink there is a small but good menu with many appetizers (or meze as we call them) small portions that fit perfect with the drinks(you can try local wine, ouzo etc).
The service was a bit slow but the guys that served us were very cool and friendly. What’s more the prices were lower than any other restaurant we tried in Apollonia and considering the location it was really a bargain during the easter week.
We stopped for beers (3e for bottle beer) but we also had fried calamari (7e, served with a tasty sauce), potatoes (3e) and revithokeftedes (4,50e, chick pea croquettes, its one of the most popular dishes in Sifnos, we actually had this almost everywhere we drunk alcohol)
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3 blonde angels: 3 blonde angels
Treis Ksanthi Aggeloi (3 blonde angels) is a small patisserie where you can taste some fresh sweets. It is located at the famous pedestrian alley in the heart of Apollonia so you will pass here anyway, the first time you may say -I’m on diet-, the second time –oh I don’t want something sweet- but sooner or later you will stop and enjoy like we did.
They have several cold desserts, chocolate tarts, ekmek kataif, strawberry tarts (2,50e), some crèmes (2e) and soft ice creams (1,5-3e) but most people stop here for the famous loukoumades (4e for a full portion for 2 persons) which is the greek version of a doughnut .
Loukoumades (pic 3) is a traditional freshfried fluffy pastry with honey and cinnamon but we preferred the ones with praline chocolate sauce…. Yiammmmy. You can have them with icecream if you want (5,50e)
Of course they also serve coffees (after 21.00 only espresso):
greek coffee (1,5e), espresso(2e), cappuccino(3e), nescafe/frappe(3e)
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