When you dream about the most idyllic Greek island vacation, Mykonos is naturally of the first places to come to mind. The Southern Aegean island has it all: sandy beaches, dreamy landscapes of whitewashed buildings accented in blue, and the hottest summer beach club scene that attracts top international DJ talent. But in the middle of all the relaxing and beach going you have to eat. And on an island that has it all, finding everything from luxury dining to must-visit local gems is a list you want to have at the ready. Check out our top six stops to eat at on your next trip to Mykonos.
The trendy beach club (part of chic boutique hotel group Design Hotels) is tucked into the bays of Kavos and Paraga on the southern tip of Mykonos, offering killer views of the sea set alongside their chic boho vibe. Summer nights are packed with revelers dancing to sought-after DJs, while sun seekers relax on beach beds and in one of a few cabanas during the day. From day to night, Scorpios’ menu leans vegetarian, stocked with delicacies from chef Alexis Zopas. Grab a table of your own on the open-air patio, or meet new friends at their communal table.
Endless summer days stretch into champagne-popping beach parties on Psarou Beach at Nammos. The legendary island hotspot channels yacht life with the young and beautiful lounging their days away on beach beads and in one of four private cabanas (Jacuzzi included), noshing on lobster and sipping cocktails under the island sun. Food offerings include fresh fish carved tableside, elevated Grecian plates, and grilled meat dishes, along with an extensive champagne menu.
Greece channels Italy at this posh dining destination on the northernmost tip of the island, on its namesake beach. Go here for gourmet pizzas like their signature Ftelia with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, bacon, mushrooms, olives, and fresh tomatoes; and the Tartufo Cotto with mozzarella cheese, smoked cheese, prosciutto cotto, grilled zucchini, and truffle cream.
Cozy up at a table on the smooth sand under ancient olive trees, and indulge on delicacies straight from the sea in front of you. Nikolas Taverna is a rustic gem on Agia Anna Beach where you can leisurely nosh while you watch the yachts and pleasure boats crisscross the waters in the distance. Dine on local specialties like Louza sausage, which is exclusively made on the island; shrimp with ouzo and cream; and an array of pasta, including spaghetti with local lobster. Just make sure to save room for baklava with ice cream for dessert.
When translated, the name of this restaurant perfectly describes its locale — carved into the craggy rocks of a cave hanging above the water. The recently renovated all-day restaurant and bar — set to a soundtrack of live DJ tunes — has been a mainstay on the island for over 30 years, and continues to excel in its seafood offerings of oysters, mussels, sea urchin, lobster, and more, freshly plucked from the Aegean waters.
When you need a break from all the glitz and glamour that defines Mykonos during the peak of summer, head to Kiki’s, a rustic taverna perched over Agios Sostis Beach. It’s here that you can find a truly authentic Greek dining experience. Go into the kitchen and check out the tasty Greek dishes that were especially made for that day. Leave room for seafood, pork chops, and steak grilled over an open fire, the latter so tender and well marbled that it melts like butter.
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