Heraklion is a city where plain taverns coexist with gourmet restaurants in the pedestrianized streets of the historic central area. At the traditional Cretan taverns of the city and at the villages of the Prefecture, you will find all the popular local dishes such as snails, “apaki” (smoked pork), traditional pilafi, cheese pies with honey, and many other authentic dishes made with local products.
Of course in Heraklion you will complement your meal with local quality wines, as this is the major wine-producing region of Crete.
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Parasties is an atmospheric, cozy restaurant in the square of the Historical Museum and of the most popular gourmet hangouts of Heraklion, since 2000.
Coffee house/tavern with excellent appetizers, one of the classic haunts of the city of Heraklion. Traditional cuisine, delicious omelettes with herbaceous plants and other "Kayiambistika"... Chosen wine from local vineyards, historic decor and spontaneous gatherings of musicians.
In the "Magirion" (Galley) we serve pure, homemade meals (made new each and every day) with knowledge and passion. We always choose fresh ingredients that are in season, starting with the local options.
A hospitable modern area, with a warm relaxing atmosphere and friendly service offers unique delicacies, selected wines, refreshing cocktails, carefully picked tunes and quite affordable prices.
Carrying a name inspired from the Cretan nature and the fragrances of the herbs that dominate the area, Herbs' Garden Restaurant is found on the roof of Lato Boutique Hotel.
Their cousine is based on traditional recipes, cooked using modern culinary techniques by experienced professionals. They guarantee that all dishes will delight even the most discerning customer. Try everything… They are confident that nothing would leave you indifferent..!
In the heart of Peza, the most important wine region of Heraklion, Onissimos offers homemade food and traditional local cuisine as the marriage-pilafi, and boiled zigouri (2-year old sheep) to accompany your wine. It is also worth tasting whatever they have cooked ‘in the wood-oven’, usually lamb or pork.
A favourite hangout in the village of Kiparissi. The food is delicious and the wine flows in abundance. Everything is cooked in the wood-oven and the vegetables are organic. The speciality is that you pay a certain amount per person: and eat everything you want.
The Olive & Mint restaurant is a welcoming place, which has heartily welcomed the good food lovers since 2006 and a properly designed space to exhale intimacy and luxury. Its aim is to offer tasty combinations, brightened with the richness and the variety of the Cretan cuisine.
In one of the most central locations, right in the heart of Heraklion, Loukoulos is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building with a courtyard. The menu includes Mediterranean flavors and traditional dishes, a large variety of appetizers, local meats and seafood cooked on the grill and in the oven: original dishes out of the ordinary.
Erganos offers authentic flavors of Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine in a traditional setting. Here you will taste various popular Cretan dishes made from pure raw materials, by the fireplace or on the terrace.
This restaurant places an emphasis on traditional Cretan cuisine, with a wide variety of starters and main courses. It also has a remarkable wine list with an emphasis on the Cretan vineyards.
Original Italian restaurant where you will have the opportunity to enjoy pasta with fresh mussels, real buffalo mozzarella, many types of pasta and about 45 different fillets and of course many different choices in pizzas which are baked in the wood-oven.
In the wonderful St Titus square, Dish is a stylish party restaurant with a nice yard. The cuisine is mainly Mediterranean: salads, pasta, and delicious meat dishes. In the evening the beats go up and the party begins.