Holland Snack Corner: Dutch cafe in Kos Town
Holland Snack Corner is one of a number of bars and cafes that line bustling Bar Street in the heart of Kos Town.
This friendly little cafe is located next to the ancient agora and just a 2 minute walk from Hippocrates' Plane Tree and Kos Castle.
For some reason (presumably a lot of Dutch tourists visit Kos for their holidays!) there are quite a few Dutch bars and cafes in Kos Town.........you'll recognise them from their orange signs and decorations.
I first ate here during my visit to Kos in May 2002.....and returned for another snack one morning during my next visit in May 2006. I'm pretty sure I ordered exactly the same this time as I had done 4 years earlier!
The cafe has a handful of tables outdoors in the sunshine....and it's a lovely place to sit and have a drink and a snack while watching the world go by! If you've had enough of the sun, choose a table with an umbrella and enjoy your lunch in the shade!
The menu includes a number of breakfast and lunch items......sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, omelettes, eggs and bacon, cakes and ice creams.
The drinks menu includes soft drinks, bottled and draught beers, hot beverages, milkshakes and various alcoholic options.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Toast Hawaii - Cost: 3.30 Euros
2 slices of toast with ham and melted cheese inside and topped with more melted cheese and a couple of pineapple rings.
Pineapple juice - Cost: 2 Euros
A glass of cold pineapple juice. It tasted like it had been poured from a carton (and it probably had), but it was refreshing all the same!
A great place for a relaxed drink and a lunchtime snack in Kos Town. Highly recommended!
Karnagio Fish Tavern: Seafood taverna in Kos Town
Karnagio Fish Tavern is a large taverna located on Kanari (one of the main roads leading from Kos Town to Lambi).
It is located on a corner and you will recognise it by the painted wooden boat that stands outside the entrance. It is located a 5-10 minute walk from Lambi and a 10 minute walk from Kos Town's harbour.
The setting is very nice with a host of tables outdoors beneath a canopy. On the night that I ate there in May 2006 all the tables had been well set with tablecloths and wine glasses.....but during the course of my meal I was the only diner. It was the first week of the holiday season and most tavernas were very quiet - I expect it gets far busier in the high season.
Also, due to it being so early in the season, not all of the items on the menu were available.
Karnagio is primarily a seafood taverna, but it does also offer a wide selection of other dishes.
Here is a sample of the meals available:
Appetizers: saganaki (fried cheese), Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, local speciality sausages...
Soups: vegetable, minestrone, shrimps, tomato...
Seafood: cod fish in garlic sauce, grilled shrimps, octopus, stuffed squid, crayfish, mussels....
Greek specialities: moussaka, beef stifado, pork and chicken souvlaki, gyros, lamb....
Other meals: pasta dishes (spaghetti bolognaise, spaghetti carbonara...), various pizzas, beef steaks, pork chops...
Children's menu: hot dogs, burgers, fish fingers and chips...
Desserts: Greek pastries (eg baklava and other honey and nut based pastries), ice cream sundaes, fruit salad, Greek yoghurt and honey....
The service was efficient and friendly......hardly surprising given that I was the only person eating there! However, the waiter did take an age to get my bill after I'd asked for it in the hope of keeping me there and not having a completely empty taverna.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Vegetable soup - Cost: 4.50 Euros
I asked for minestrone but that was one of the items not yet available at the time of my visit. The soup was very nice.....a selection of potatoes, onions, carrots, green peppers and various herbs. It was served with 5 slices of toasted crusty bread and garlic butter (included in the 1 Euro cover charge).
Chicken souvlaki - Cost: 7 Euros
One long skewer of tender grilled chicken, peppers and onions. Served with fried potatoes, walnut rice, lettuce and tomato.
Bottle of Coca Cola (330ml) - Cost: 2 Euros
I received a complimentary piece of homemade traditional Greek cake - a pastry which was rich in honey and filled with almonds and raisins.
Nice food and a large selection of meals. Not outstanding, but no complaints with the quality, service or value for money.
Mummy's Cooking: Greek food from mother's kitchen!!
Mummy's Cooking is a small, traditional family-run taverna in Kos Town. It is located on Bouboulinas, the main road running inland from Dolphin Roundabout, and is a 5-10 minutes walk from the harbour.
I ate here at lunchtime one sunny afternoon during my visit to Kos in May 2006.
The restaurant has tables outdoors under a canopy and a host of tables indoors with blue and white checked tablecloths next to the open kitchen. Dining outdoors felt like sitting on the front terrace of somebody's home, while inside felt like being in their kitchen. It really does have the feel of eating at a Greek family's home rather than in a restaurant.
Unsurprisingly, much of the menu consisted of homemade local dishes, many of which I had never heard of. Many of these dishes seemed to include beef or lamb in some form of tomato and vegetable based sauce.
The dishes that I did recognise included:
Appetizers: Large beans, bean soup, Greek salad, saganaki (fried cheese), cheese pies, spinach pies;
Main meals: Beef steaks, pork chops, grilled chicken, beef stifado (a beef stew containing tomatoes and onions), moussaka, pork souvlaki, grilled shrimps, octopus (pickled or grilled), calamari, cuttlefish and whitebait.
Some of the more substantial meals (especially those that required the meat to be cooked for a long time) were not available at lunchtime, only in the evenings.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Giouvetsi - Cost: 5 Euros
A traditional Greek dish containing 3 pieces of tender beef in a tomato, onion and red wine sauce and served on a bed of small pieces of pasta (similar in shape and size to rice). The cover charge of 0.50 Euros included a portion of crusty bread (3 slices) and a sachet of frozen butter!
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2 Euros
A fairly cheap beer by restaurant standards.....but still more expensive than in the supermarkets where such a bottle would cost just 0.80 Euros.
Good, traditional, home-cooked Greek food in a homely setting.......worth a visit.
Mikro Kafe: Little cafe in Kos Town
Mikro Kafe is a nice little cafe located in Kos Town on the side street of Kolokotroni.
A row of tables line the street in front of the cafe (some in the sun, some in the shade). Across the road from the cafe is a lovely quaint alleyway with bright pink flowers overhanging it......this makes for a nice view while enjoying your drink outdoors. There are also a few tables indoors in the unlikely event that the weather isn't nice enough to sit outdoors.
I intended to have a toasted sandwich here for lunch one day during my visit to Kos in May 2006 but, despite toasted sandwiches being included on the menu displayed outside the cafe, when I asked for one it transpired that they weren't actually available. In fact, the only foods that were available were croissants and a small selection of cakes. The food menu here is extremely limited.
However, the cafe does offer an extensive drinks list. As well as soft drinks, the cafe offers a selection of milkshakes (chocolate or vanilla), frappes, coffees, teas and hot chocolates, local spirits (such as ouzo and Metaxa brandy) and bottled beers (Amstel and Heineken).
See the attached photo of the outdoor menu for an idea of some of the items offered (and their respective prices).
Favorite Dish: Given the lack of choice available, I opted for:
Croissant with ham and cheese - Cost: 3 Euros
In lieu of any sandwiches (toasted or otherwise!) being available, the owner offered to put some ham and cheese on a croissant for me. So, I got one large croissant (cut in two) with a thin slice of ham, a thin slice of cheese (I'm not sure what kind it was, but it wasn't Greek feta cheese) and an unwelcome slice of tomato (but I was able to peel that off easily enough!).
Chocolate milkshake - Cost: 4 Euros
A nice enough milkshake made from chocolate ice cream....but nothing spectacular and certainly over-priced at 4 Euros!!
This is a nice cafe for a quick drink......but not a very good option if you're looking for food!
Kriti Taverna: Traditional Greek food in Kos Town
Kriti Taverna is a traditional Greek taverna, located on a shaded side street, Odos Alex Ypsilantou, in the heart of Kos Town.
A host of tables sit outside the taverna enabling you to enjoy your meal outdoors while watching tourists flit amongst the surrounding souvenir shops. The taverna is situated at the foot of a flight of steps leading up to a grand church. The setting is scenic and relaxing with enough activity for you to engage in a bit of people-watching, while not being so busy and chaotic as to spoil your meal.
The owner of the taverna is from a small village in Crete (Kriti).....hence the name of his establishment.
The menu contains an extensive choice of Greek specialities, as well as a choice of international dishes.
Starters and appetizers include Greek salad, saganaki (fried cheese), meze (a selection of Greek foods and dips, intended to be shared amongst several people) and a variety of light seafood snacks (grilled octopus, prawns, calmari rings, cod fish)
Main courses (5-8 Euros) include gyros, souvlaki, lamb chops, beef steaks, various grilled meat dishes and stews, omelettes (ham, cheese and onion), spaghetti bolognaise, spaghetti carbonara and pizza.
Drinks include a wide range of soft drinks and hot beverages, and local alcoholic beverages including Mythos beer, retsina and raki (the latter being a spirit which is similar in taste to ouzo).
Favorite Dish: I ate here one lunch time during a visit to Kos in May 2006 and opted for:
Souvlaki - Cost: 6 Euros
3 skewers of tender pork served with fried potatoes, pitta breads, tzatziki, salad (tomato, cucumber, green peppers and diced onion) and a bowl of bread.
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 3.50 Euros
As ever in Greek tavernas, you find yourself paying over the odds for a bottle of beer.....but even more so here. At the time of my visit in May 2006, a 500ml botlle of beer (Mythos, Alfa, Amstel or Heineken) cost around 0.80 Euros in the supermarkets and anywhere from 1.50 to 4.00 Euros in tavernas and restaurants.
I received a complimentary shot of the strong "raki" spirit upon paying my bill.
Good food, extensive choice, large portions and friendly staff..........worth a visit.
Ancient Agora: Picnic Spot
The Ancient Agora makes a great ready-made picnic spot. We often bough lunch (from the bakery mentioned above) and went to eat it in the Agora. There's lots of rocks and grass to sit on, and shady trees to sit under. If you lucky you'll find a few cats wandering around too who will enjoy the odd titbit from you.
Favorite Dish: Cakes!!
Complete Blow Out
This was one of the best places we've ever eaten at. For a start it's a very attractive little corner of Kos town, just up off one of the little square in front of the harour area. It's hard to miss (so long as you hit the right square) - the steps and walls of the alley up to it are painted blue and white in the typical Greek way. It's twee but very attractive. Seats are arranged alongside and behind the taverna and seafood is the speciality here, though thankfully for us they do great mezze too.
Favorite Dish: We had all sorts here. We ate twice and had different stuff each time. The second time was our last meal on Kos and we ordered rather too much - it was a struggle to eat it all. Amongst the things that I can remember having are:
Warm hummous mixed with sauteed peppers, onions & tomatoes.
Beetroot in garlic (I love it, wife hates it)
Skodalia (as above!)
Various Places: Marina Restaurants
Kos Marina is a very pleasant spot if you like yachts and nautical types. The basin is filled with yachts of all shapes and sizes - there's some money here that's for sure - and the marina facilities are first rate. There's a couple of food & drink shops, chandlers merchant, a host of cafes & restaurants and even shower facilities. We stopped here a couple of times on our treks along the Psaladi seafront, but only for drinks. The food looked good, and a decent price, but we were never there at a suitable time.
Favorite Dish: Frappes
I have no idea what this place is called, I don't think it even said so on the menu board. See below for how to find it.
The taverna is right on the beach at Psaladi with a lot of tables out the back, some under a canopy to keep off the sun and some right out in the open, whichever is to your liking.
Favorite Dish: The usual for us, mezze dishes which on this occasion incuded Giant Beans. The food was really lovely and the setting by the beach was very pleasant. Out to sea in the mid distance we were entertained by a Greek warship buzzing to-and-fro around some sort of civillian craft. I don't think this sort of entertainment is laid on every day though, we just hit lucky.
Rodini: Kids welcome & great value
Initially drawn in by the price of the set meal (which included half a caraffe of wine), we were not disappointed. Comparable (or slightly cheaper) to other local restaurants on the Tigaki main road, the portions were great and you could tell they were home cooked as opposed to zapped in a microwave.
Not the flashiest of surroundings, but the owner and his family are absolutely lovely and the epitome of Greek hospitality. Come back a second night (or more - I think we ended up there about 6-7 times altogether) and you will be even more welcome.
Didn't seem to get bit by mozzies here either!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Too many. All of them.
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Kapilio Taverna: Very Nice Gyros!
We went to Kapilio twice, which broke out plan of trying a different restaurant each day. But this was because we liked the food so much!
As with most Taverna's in Kos there are cats and kittens running around. I fell in love with Teddy! A little kitten which the women (owner of Kapilio I believe) had adopted 4 days before we first went there. Another tourist was cuddling Teddy and then just put him on our table and he immediately curled up in my lap! So cute! The second time we went there we asked after Teddy and the women told us how another women has taken him saying he came to me so he's mine! Hopefully Teddy will go back to Kapilio.
Favorite Dish: We had mixed grills both times we went and the price is very good for what you get. For 10 euros you could order one of their 'Specials' which includes a starter, main meal and dessert - tzatziki, mixed grill, and nescafe. We asked for icecream instead of the coffee which was happily agreed!
The main meal included - gyros meat, burger, steak, pork chop, chicken fillet, salami sauage thing (not really sure what it was) chips, tomatoes and cucumber! YUM!
Oh, you also get the tastiest warm bread with garlic butter to go with your meal!
Therma Restaurant: Fresh Seafood
Right after you have jumped into the Hot Springs of Kos you can go to the "Therma restaurant" right next to the springs. With a view over the sea you can eat definitely fresh sea food.
Favorite Dish: Tsipura (a greek fish)
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Arap: The best Turkish and Greek Food!!!
This is realy a place to go if you want to enjoy eating . Especially after a trip to the archeological sites nearby (Asklepion).
It offers a lot of traditional Greek and Turkish food (homemade)!!
The service is very good and people are friendly.
Favorite Dish: It would be the best to order a lot of starters (mezedes, as they are called) and you have to try the desserts like "baklava" or "kataifi"!!!
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Avanti: Fantastic Crepes
Favorite Dish: The desserts at Avanti are as wonderful as the main courses. This was a bailey's, chocolate & biscuit crepe and although on this occasion it was just for Wife, it was aomply big enough for two. On this occasion I had a waffle with apple & cinnamon, and it too was big enough for two. On our subsequent visit we just had a crepe to share.
Avanti: Superb Italian
Avanti is directly opposite the bakery mentioned in the previous tip. It sits beside a busy road, so the outdoor tables can lack a little of their ambience, but this is more than made up for by the food and the service.
Favorite Dish: Don't bother with starters - the inclusive cover is a lovely garlic bread with a marinated tomato relish and is ample to put you off while you wait for your main course.
My favourite main dish here was the carrot risotto, absolutely beautiful.
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