There are many pastry stores in Tinos town but this is the most popular.
It has tables and chairs outside where you can stay for coffee or try their delicious sweets, although go first inside and check the variety.
Some delicious sweets you can try there are whole pan sweets like ravani, baklava, kataifi, galaktoboureko, walnut pie (for 3,50e), chocolate pie (4e), pies (4e)
Some people do their shopping and just choose sit for a coffee break, greek coffee (1,80e), cuppucino (3,30e), espresso (3e), macchiato(3e), hot chocolate (3,30e), French coffee (3e), irish coffee (5e)
The last day in Tinos just before we catch the boat we went again to buy some sweets to bring back home.
They have friendly service, the smiley girl offered us many different ones before we choose what we really want although the problem was that we liked more than one so at the end we left the place we many different boxes of sweets :) The most popular are “lychanarakia” (made with almonds) but we also tried some others and we also bought chalvadopita (made in near by Syros island)
As a major pilgrimage island for Greeks its no surprise that the two main streets that lead to Evagelistria church are lined with numerous stores that sell everything that could be related with the church. Especially at Evagelistrias streets you will be surprised how many they are.
Small or big icons, bottles for the holy water from Zoodochou Pigi church, incense, tamata (votive offerings made by from middle east, and candles, lots candles on every possible size (from 15cm to 2,5m high!). Orthodox people light a candle every time they get inside a church but in Tinos they come for something much bigger or just to show their devotion and they need much bigger ones…
I guess foreign tourists will laugh but it’s very common people to pray or ask something back home and they always promise something like “I want this to happen and I will light a candle at Tinos high as I am” :)
What I didn’t expect was to see on sale pads for the knees for those who crawl up to the church!
Anyway even if you aren’t interested in these things walk up Evagelistra street, don’t miss the marble water fountain (pic 5) that dates from 1798.
Although we bought most sweets at Mesklies we also tried this place, not much variety but the quality was good.
We tried some whole pan sweets and we also tried ice cream one day which was also good.