If you are planning a visit to Mykonos, and have never been there before, prepare yourself to be stunned by the island’s beauty, fantastic weather, and amazing food. The name of the island comes from the grandson of the god Apollo, and its ancient to modern history greets you at every turn. Whether it is the Cycladean architecture or dazzling nightlife, you are going to be constantly enchanted.
Something that has to happen during your stay, whether you are in a luxurious private villa with a chef or cook or you are just passing through on a day trip, is a meal in one of the best restaurants. We have gathered together the best, best known and hidden gems that any traveler will come to think of as an unforgettable experience.
Long known as a cozy island institution, it is a tavern that sits above the gorgeous Agios Sostis beach. You will know you are near thanks to the aroma of the open charcoal barbecues responsible for most of the cooking. With no electricity and phone, you cannot book a table, but don’t avoid it if there is a wait. The tree-shaded terrace offers views you won’t soon forget and the food is simplicity and truly delicious. We recommend any of the barbecued meat dishes or seafood options. Everything off the grill comes with the salads of the day, which might mean anything from fresh artichokes in a zingy vinaigrette to beets with yogurt. Lunch is the only meal served, and you can enjoy it all with a glass of the Greek rose available.
Unlike Kiki’s this is located in Mykonos town and is actually within a small house crafted in the familiar Mykonos style. A bit elegant indoors, it also offers a more rustic verandah with views into the garden. Open for dinner and lunch, it is run by a chef with a background in some of the best five-star hotels on the European continent. They are especially well known for their soutzoukakia and octopus to Myconian honey pie.
We all know that unspoken rule about eating like the locals to get the best foods, and this is something you can do with a stop here. Another Mykonos Town location, it is in a premium spot, facing the old port, and is actually tucked between a few touristy places. Yet, it is a fantastic place to enjoy the true, authentic local favorites. Souvlaki and moussaka prepared in the ways that natives approve is yours to savor as you gaze out at the port and sea beyond.
Joanna’s Nikos Place
Five minutes from the beach and in the very heart of Mykonos Town, this is a classic taverna that is known for its meze and its amazing mixed grill. The staff is also famous for its warmth and friendliness – not to be overlooked in a town traditionally flooded with tourists – and most visitors marvel that the sea breezes reach them when dining outdoors.
If you want something quiet and a bit hidden from plain sight, checkout the options here. It is a Mikonos tradition found at the end of a winding street and tucked into a charming courtyard. Straight out of a postcard, the setting also offers some unusual takes on classic Greek fare. We recommend the shrimp saganaki and the stuffed vine leaves, and their panacotta with chocolate is not to be missed.
Runners up for Mykonos must try eateries include Matsuhisa Mykonos, Philippi in Mykonos Town and Sea Satin Market just below the windmills and near the beach of Little Venice.
The food of Mykonos is one of the reasons to visit, and these restaurants are just a few of the amazing taste experiences to explore.