Reminiscing on our trip to Mykonos is always such a pleasure so today I thought I’d share some of our favourite restaurants and bars that we visited on our trip. We did quite a bit of research both before and during our time away and came up with quite an extensive list of places we wanted to try. From past experience we’ve found that it can be quite overwhelming wandering around a new place where there’s lots of choice and everywhere looks inviting so it was really helpful to have a general idea of where we were going to try each night.
Now a word of warning if you’re thinking of heading to Mykonos, it’s flipping expensive! We knew when we booked the trip (and struggled to find any decent accommodation below £1000) that this was going to be a completely different type of holiday and tried to account for this in our spending money but our daily allowance was totally swallowed up by our evening meal and drinks so it’s just something to bare in mind! We spent time researching restaurant menus before heading there as we didn’t want to turn up somewhere and end up having a heart attack when the bill arrived at the end of the meal!
We only spent six nights in Mykonos so obviously didn’t get to try everywhere on our list but these were just some of the highlights…
We’d been given the heads up that Pasta Fresca was a must visit on our trip so we headed to give it a try on our first evening. Located down a windy street (not like there’s hundreds in Mykonos or anything…) this little Italian is sure to catch your eye with its display of fresh pasta outside and waiters on hand to tempt you with the menu. The only word I can think of to describe the interior is ‘charming’ with its balcony level on the first floor with low ceilings and big windows. I plumped for one of my old favourites, spinach and ricotta cannelloni which was delicious and Adam was impressed with his choice too. Plus they gave us a complimentary dessert and shots which we didn’t get anywhere else so what more do you need to know?!
180 Sunset Bar
I’ve spoken about this magical place in my last Mykonos post but I just had to include it in this list too as it was without a doubt one of my favourite evenings on the island. Perched high up on the hill makes it a bit of trek to get there but totally totally worth every step! The setting was picture perfect and watching the sun go down against such an incredible backdrop with some delicious cocktails made it an unforgettable evening! The drinks weren’t too extortionate either which was a real bonus, I mean they were still fifteen euros but in Mykonos, that ain’t so bad!
This restaurant was recommended to us by the owners of the hotel we were staying in and every night when we walked through the town it was full to bursting which is always a good sign! A traditional Taverna, Niko’s feels authentically Greek and was one of the only places I actually had mezze dishes that week. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great as the restaurant spills out onto the cobbled streets and was very bustling. The only thing I’d say is that the waiters aren’t the most attentive as they were so busy so if that’s a deal breaker for you then maybe give this one a miss!
I first discovered Scorpio’s whilst doing some research on Instagram and knew instantly that I just HAD to visit this totally dreamy place. Deemed as one of the best beach clubs in the world Scorpio’s just screams luxury. With it’s boho vibes and on point decor it was a real experience to spend an evening there watching the sun go down on a private beach with a cold beer (all we could afford) and some chilled music.
Another of our favourite sunset spots, Galleraki is situated in Little Venice and has some of the best views in Mykonos Town. We were seated on a little balcony which took us away from the extreme busy-ness of the ground floor which is a main through route for tourists in Little Venice. The staff were ridiculously attentive and made sure we were well looked after. The cocktails were reasonably priced at around fifteen euros each (some of the other bars in Little Venice were charging twenty euros!) and we got to enjoy yet another beautiful Mykonos sunset feeling like we had the best seats in town!
Now this one is a little bit out of town but if you’re looking for good coffee and a selection of healthy breakfasts and desserts then this is your place! With its very instagrammable interiors and delicious food it was a great place to head to to avoid the busy-ness of the town centre. We had breakfast included at our hotel but Marenga’s menu of pancakes, waffles and french toast had me wanting to skip our breakfast buffet for one day to try it out!
I’d read about Kiki’s Taverna in almost every Mykonos blog post and article before we went so knew it was one of the places we HAD to visit. Unfortunately we didn’t end up eating there as we were greeted with a queue of around forty people on the day we took a trip to the other side of the island which just shows how popular it is. We planned to go for lunch but obviously arrived a bit too late so if you’re wanting to grab a table I’d advise turning up bang on midday to make sure you’re in luck! We did have the option to wait and they very kindly offered complimentary wine to all those in the queue but the midday sun was a bit too much for us!
If you’re heading to Mykonos any time soon or if it’s one of the places on your bucket list I hope these recommendations are helpful and haven’t got you wanderlusting too hard!