Santoríni is known for its distinctive cuisine and ingredients, courtesy of the peculiar volcanic soil. Sample staples like fáva (yellow split peas, puréed), domatínia (flavourful cherry tomatoes), white aubergines (which taste subtly different from purple ones), the fortified dessert wine vinsánto, made from raisins, and mostly white wines.
1. SUNSET AMMOUDI TAVERNA–
easily one of my favorite meals on the island. The fresh octopus and fish are pulled directly from the bay the restaurant is sitting on. The best part — you can dive right in the water after lunch!
2. CAFE GALINI–
in Firostefani has Insta-worthy views and laid back breakfasts (perfect if your hotel is lacking them)
3. Take a trip to KANTOUNI in Pyrgos – one of the last traditional coffeehouses on the island – for backgammon and Mrs Voulas’ famous sfouggato (potato omelette)
4. SYMPOSIUM Homeric Wine Cafe in Megalochori for local wines and beers in a botanic garden, sometimes accompanied by a lyre recital
5. The Wine bar at HELIOTOPOS HOTELfor wines by the glass in a cool cave bar
6. FRANCO’s CAFE in Pyrgos is the classic bar for panoramic sunset cocktails
7. LOLITA’s GELATO– you can’t miss this popular spot for the tastiest gelato and ice cream on the island. I couldn’t get enough of their pistachio ice cream.
8. SUNSET RESTAURANT – for the best sunset view, reserve a table early on the upstairs patio here and watch the crowds queue up below for an unforgettable evening.
9. PITO GYROS– the perfect spot for a casual lunch of tasty Gyros and fries.
10.FLOGA– consistently delicious, fresh dishes are served at Floga — and the views don’t disappoint either.
11. Sample the Santorini wine (actually, do way more than sample, fill ‘er up!); Assyrtiko, Athyri, Aidani, Mantilaria and Mavrotragano are just some of the distinctive varieties that you can taste at the island’s wineries or restaurants. following vineyards are famous – Argyros estate,Canava Roussos and Boutari among others. I recommend: Visiting Santowines to catch a spectacular sunset while partaking in one of their wine tasting options along with delicious platters of Greek specialities. Check out a whole blogpost on wine tasting- HERE
12. CASUAL- Lunch for two with wine or beer €45 This little mom and pop taverna is honestly my favorite in Oia. It’s kind of a hole in the wall, and the ambience is simple, but they have authentic, delicious food for reasonable prices.
13. ASSYRTIKO WINE RESTAURANT in Fira for classy fresh Greek dishes and an excellent wine list
14.KOUKOUMAVLOS in Fira for sunset aperitifs and innovative Mediterranean fine dining
15. RED BICYCLE in Oia for caldera views in a 19th-century mansion and elevated Greek dishes such as ouzo foam, mastic mousse, and tomato ice-cream (yes please).
16. SELENE has long held the title of best restaurant on Santorini; one of the original gourmet destinations for its innovative local fare. Now located in Pyrgos
A total treat to your taste buds! Let me know which one you like the most in the comments section below!