Great food, great music, a warm welcome and you'll feel at home :)
Unfortunately, not very easy to find, located on the "potami", around 500 meters from the bridge, next to the bus stop and opposit the parking, after the clubs. It is really worth the visit.
Thanks Elda, that Dorado will long live in my memory!
This restaurant was reccommended to us by the driver who picked us up at the ferry. We also noticed that it was full of locals during the lunch time. So we decided to try it one evening. It was very quiet when we went - with only a couple more tourists. I chose to have the cod with garlic and Koos took the calimari. The cod was delicious really but the service was strange to say the least. We got bread and salad and then after a while came my cod. Then came the chips Koos had ordered and a long time after that (I had finished my cod) Koos'calimari arrived.
The menu said cod in garlic and that was in fact cod in batter with a garlic sauce and nothing else. All side dishes had to be ordered seperately. It was not very pleasant to be eating seperately but the alternative was to let my food get cold.
Favorite Dish: I had the cod with garlic and it was delicious but I thought it was expensive for what I got. the two pieces of cod were actually quite small. Koos ordered chips with his calimari. In fact he got a (small) platwe of chips and then a while after the (small) plate of calimari.
So in fact although the food was hot and very tasty we were a bit disappointed
There was some sort of local jamboree happening in the square on my one and only (so far) evening here on Paros and so I chose to have dinner here at Argonauta sitting out on the covered terrace with the square in front of me.
Excellent waiter, all moustaches and smiles, handed me the menu with the recommendation that the "Flat Fish" special is excellent - HA! No need to open the menu then and so I just handed it straight back and added a carafe of local wine to my order!
Favorite Dish: Well obviously the "Flat Fish"!!! Which was preceded by excellent bread and a bowl of succulently savoury black olive tapenade. The fish itself was perfectly cooked and subtly seasoned and the few fries and the green veg accompaniements were exactly the order of the day - all good healthy stuff!!
Even with the wine and then a coffee to finish I think the lot came in well under the 20 euro mark - this is the way to spend a layover!!
If you're in Paros, you MUST dine at Happy Green Cows. It's a vegeterian restaurant, but there is an "alternative" chicken dish. My husband and I couldn't help returning on our second evening on the island, even though wer'e not even vegeterians ! The food is absolutely delicious, and you don't miss the meat at all. Among other things, we had a "plate of the house", generously garnished with delicious vegetables grown on the island. The owner, the waiter and the chef were all very pleasant and interesting people to meet. The decoration is great, every detail and object has been chosen with taste. Dining at the Happy Green Cows was one of our best restaurant experiences ever (though we live in Paris and have been to many good restaurants). It's located in "downtown" Parikia, in a small charming street behind the National Bank. They also have a nice local white wine.
Bon appétit !
Rebecca & Nicolas, Paris, France
Favorite Dish: The Plate of the House and the amazing chocolate cake
Cyber Cookies is a modern cafe in the heart of Parikia's old town. The prices are expensive, but every order from the menu comes with 20 minutes free Internet access.
There are a few tables with comfortable seats indoors and a handful of tables outdoors on the quaint main street of the old town.
Ice cream sundaes are hideously expensive, ranging from 5 to 9 Euros. These include the Cyber Cookies Special (9 Euros) which is described as "lots of fresh fruit, lots of ice cream and raspberry syrup" and comes with a warning to "get your camera ready"! At that price, you might also want to get your credit card ready!
Another tempting item on the menu is half a watermelon scooped out and filled with fruit, ice cream and syrup. Again, this will set you back 8 or 9 Euros.
Even a normal ice cream (2 scoops in a bowl) will cost a ridiculous 5 Euros.
As well as ice creams, Cyber Cookies offers a large selection of sweet and savoury crepes (3 - 8 Euros), yoghurt with honey, walnuts or fruit salad, sandwiches, milkshakes (5 Euros), smoothies, beers, soft drinks and hot beverages.
Favorite Dish: Although I was tempted to splash out on an exotic ice cream sundae, I opted instead for:
Amstel beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 3.50 Euros
I sat outside on the shaded shopping street, enjoying my cold beer while watching the world go by. The setting is very nice, but the prices are very expensive. A beer here cost 3.50 Euros compared with 2 - 2.50 Euros elsewhere in Parikia. I did get a complimentary bowl of peanuts with my beer though.
Ice creams, cakes, pancakes, drinks and Internet access in the heart of Parikia's old town. Prices are significantly above average!
Nick's Hamburgers is a small fast food joint located in a traditional Cycladic building (whitewashed walls, blue balconies and window frames) in Parikia, the capital of Paros.
It is located on Ventouri's Square, 50m inland from the seafront and a 5 minute walk from the port. It offers a handful of outdoor tables and a couple of tables in the small interior.
I first ate here on a wet evening in late September 2005. I sat inside with a portion of fish and chips and a bottle of beer while the rain lashed down outside and flooded the surrounding roads. I passed my time waiting for the rain to stop by looking at the hundreds of photos that decorate the walls showing previous diners from all over the world tucking into large burgers.
I returned again one lunchtime in May 2006 and this time I was able to enjoy my fish and chips and a cold Coca Cola at an outside table in the blazing afternoon sunshine.
As its name suggests, burgers feature prominently on the menu. In fact there are 14 different types of burgers, including ham, beef, chicken, cheese, bacon, vegetarian and a host of other combinations such as the heavily filled "Nick's Special". Burgers cost between 2.50 and 5 Euros.
As well as burgers, Nick's offers fish and chips, onion rings and a few other seafood options.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Fish and chips - Cost: 5.80 Euros
A large battered fish (it wasn't cod, but it was similar), served with salty chips, a slice of lettuce and a couple of slices of tomato. Reasonable fish and chips, but not as good as those back home!
Coca Cola (500ml bottle) - Cost: 1.40 Euros
If you fancy a burger (or fish and chips) while you're in Parikia, this is the place to come!
Mezzo Mezzo is a medium sized Greek taverna located on Parikia's seafront, just a couple of minutes walk from the port. I ate here one evening during a visit to Paros in May 2006.
The airy open-plan dining room offers sea views across the road, but the seafront is not sufficiently lit at nights for there to be anything of a view.
The friendly, talkative waiter was keen to talk me through the menu and to suggest dishes that I might like to try. However, he was also happy to back off and leave me to browse through the menu at leisure when I told him I'd prefer to have a few minutes to consider my decision. He told me that, because it was so early in the holiday season, not all of the menu was currently available.....but 90% of it was. Typically, my choice of dish was in the other 10%!
Mezzo Mezzo offers a very extensive menu, including:
Appetizers: saganaki fried cheese, Greek salad, feta cheese, stuffed vine leves, a choice of soups;
Meat dishes: pork and chicken souvlaki, pork and chicken kebabs, gyros, beef steaks, pork chops, lamb, moussaka;
Seafood dishes: fish, squid, octopus, shrimps;
Daily specials: the waiter was particularly keen for me to try one of the daily specials. On the night that I ate there, the specials included a beef stew with a tomato based sauce and a lamb dish cooked with lemon and onions.
Other dishes: amongst the large choice of other meals are pasta dishes and a large selection of pizzas.
Desserts: a choice of cakes and pastries, ice cream sundaes, fruit, Greek yoghurt and honey.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Chicken kebabs - Cost: 7.50 Euros
Chicken kebabs weren't officially available at the time of my visit, but the chef was able to improvise by cutting up some chicken breasts to create kebabs. I thus received a handful of large pieces of grilled chicken served with a tomato sauce, thick Greek yoghurt, pitta breads, french fries, lettuce, onions and coriander. The chicken was tender, well cooked and very tasty. The yoghurt was a welcome change to the tzatziki that is usually served with such dishes. The whole meal was served on a wooden plate. Accompanied by 3 slices of crusty bread with sesame seeds, but no butter (included in the cover charge of 1 Euro).
Amstel beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2 Euros
Good quality food and an extensive selection of meals. A nice seafront location close to the port. Recommended.
Gyromania is a small fast food joint in the centre of Parikia, the capital of Paros. It can be found just a couple of minutes walk inland from the port. I ate here one lunchtime during a visit to Paros in May 2006.
It offers a dozen or so outdoor tables, shaded by umbrellas, but most customers buy a snack to take away with them.
The menu includes a selection of cheap snacks (costing approx. 2 Euros) and a few more substantial meals (costing approx. 6 Euros).
Takeaway snacks include gyros pittas, souvlaki, beefburgers, chicken burgers, pork and ham sandwiches.
Meals include gyros portion (gyros meat served with pitta breads, chips and salad), souvlaki meal, beef steaks, pork chops, lamb chops.
Soft drinks cost 1.20 Euros and bottled beers cost 2.50 Euros.
The service was quick and friendly.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Gyros pitta - Cost: 2 Euros
A pitta bread filled with tasty spicy grilled pork, french fries, tzatziki, onion and tomato. The meat was well cooked and was excellent quality and, despite it's seemingly small size, it proved to be a filling snack.
Coca Cola (330ml can) - Cost: 1.20 Euros
Excellent cheap meat-based snacks in the heart of Parikia. Recommended!
Maracaibo cocktail bar / cafe is an open air cocktail bar located across the road from Livadia Beach in Parikia, the capital of Paros.
It offers a partial sea view (across the road and through a small patch of trees) to enjoy while sipping a late afternoon drink.
This cafe bar offers a reasonable food menu and a much more extensive drinks menu. For example:
Breakfasts - bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sausages, tomatoes, toast and marmelade, croissants. English, American and French breakfasts.
Sandwiches - club sandwiches, ham and cheese, salad, chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna and various other combinations of meats, cheeses and salad items.
Omelettes - with cheese, onions, mushrooms.
Coffees - an extensive selecion of over 20 coffees and hot beverages (eg. cappuccino, Greek, Viennese, espresso, latte....)
Cocktails - a huge choice of exotic cocktails......many of which I would have been too embarrassed to order due to their rude names! ;-)
Beers - bottled Mythos, Alfa and Amstel.
Soft drinks - the usual choices of Coca Cola, lemonade, orange juice, pineapple juice, apple juice.
Favorite Dish: I opted for a 500ml bottle of Amstel....served with an iced glass - Cost: 2.50 Euros
A relaxing open air cafe bar in which to enjoy a cold beer or a rude cocktail after a hot day on the beach.
Aeoli Restaurant is a large taverna on the seafront of Parikia, the capital of Paros. I ate here one evening during a trip to Paros in May 2006.
It is located a 5 minute walk from the port and a 5 minute walk from Livadia Beach in the opposite direction. It's seafront location makes it a good place to enjoy a drink or a meal while watching the sun set in the evening.
Aeoli Restaurant offers a huge choice of local and international dishes and you're sure to find something to meet your tastes. A small sample of menu items includes:
Appetizers: saganaki (fried cheese), Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, garlic bread;
Soups: fish, vegetable, mushroom, chicken, onion;
Seafood: shrimps, squid, octopus, fish, swordfish, mackerel;
Meat dishes: beef steaks, pork and chicken souvlaki, pork chops, oven cooked lamb;
Pasta: spaghetti bolognaise/carbonara/napolitan......and many more!;
Pizzas: a choice of around a dozen pizzas;
International cuisine: sweet and sour chicken, chicken curry;
Desserts: various pastries, ice creams, fruit salad and Greek yoghurt;
Drinks: bottled beers and draught Amstel, red and white wines, spirits, soft drinksand hot beverages.
The menu is available in Greek, English and German.
If you sit at one of the tables at the front of the restaurant, you will be rewarded with a partial sea view across the road.
The staff are friendly and the service is efficient.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Vegetable soup - Cost: 4 Euros
A large bowl of vegetable soup. It was thick and tasty and contained some spicy red peppers which gave it a bit of a kick. Other vegetables in the soup includes potatoes, carrots, celery and onions. Served with 3 slices of crusty bread and butter (included in the cover charge of 1 Euro).
Chicken curry - Cost: 8 Euros
Approximately 10 pieces of tender chicken in a mild korma sauce. It was tasty, but not very spicy at all. Served with chips, rice and sweetcorn.
Amstel beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2.20 Euros
A very large menu and a nice seafront location. An ideal place to watch the sun set. The food is good.....but no better than elsewhere in Parikia.
The food and beers are great, Vanessa (from Sheffield) and Yanni will make you welcome - great place to start with breakfast, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and have a relaxing evening meal. Oh, and the beach is 15m. away!
Favorite Dish: All meals are prepared to a high standard, with of course a range of Mexican dishes.
Pebbles is located on the main strip of Parikia. We found it entirely by accident the first morning as we were walking from Market Street. The street suddenly ended, with the second level of Pebbles immediately in front of us.
Fantastic view of the sea by day, and overlooking the action on the strip by night. Wonderful music, either Blues or Jazz, and sometimes Country (I'm told).
Great prices, good service, and no rush. Every table has a view, but head for the centre one in front by the railing. Many hours were enjoyed there by Ma Kettle and I sitting nursing a drink and watching the sunset.
Say hello to Dimitri for us when you visit. He is the smiling, good natured fellow with his hair pulled back into a pony tail. Remind him that we are friends of Denise from Sulla Luna. Won't get you a free drink, but should reward you with a puzzled look.
Favorite Dish: Omlets were great every time, as well as meat/cheese trays in the evening hours.
Prices very, very reasonable.
Located right on the main street, five minutes from the main pier, and two minutes from the markets...perfect location to sit down in the shade and enjoy fresh, homemade gelato, served by our favourite cruise director, Denise (VT member befana).
Expect wonderful gelato, mixed with a dose of good humoured abuse (if you place your hands on her display case that is). Another tip, don't ask to sample the Chocolate or Vanilla, you know what they taste like, but feel free to ask for the exotic flavours, made with great attention to detail and love for her product.
Denise lives in Parikia during the summer months, Venice in the winter months, and works the cruise ships when she isn't making gelato. She is an Italian-American, has lived in Italy for years, and has now turned Greek businesswoman.
Ma Kettle and I are proud to call this crazy woman a friend.
Favorite Dish: Gelato...because it comes from receipes handed down to Denise from her father.
It's Not Ice Cream!
Sinfully rich but lower in fat and sugar than ice cream, Denise's gelati are all created in the artisan fashion. The third of three generations of ice cream & cone makers, she never compromises quality and insists on only the best products. All flavours are natural and imported from Italy. Denise says, "Remember, it's good for you...so you can eat twice as much!".
Favorite Dish: Come & Be Tempted!
"Amore Mio", the shop's number one flavour, is a delightful toasted almond cream w/luscious bits of chocolate. Try the decadent chocolate flavours, the now famous "Peccato Mortale" (it's the 8th deadly sin!), "Ma Cherie" (w/whole cherries), or "Sulla Luna" (w/white chocolate)-and don't miss Mystery Crunch, Tirami Su, or Capuccino. The Hazlenut is a must and decidedly the best you'll ever have! And for those of you with simple tastes, yes...they even have plain chocolate & vanilla!
Fantastic fresh seafood right on the water. They have all the fresh fish just brought in by the local fishermen. The octopus was good but kind of salty. Great sunset views to enjoy during dinner