An island with a rich and complex cultural heritage that has been ruled by various countries throughout its history, Corfu’s cuisine reflects these outside influences. Mixing the freshest of sea produce with a range of Greek and Italian influences, the dining scene in Corfu is a delicious experience. Here are 10 great restaurants in Corfu that showcase the island’s culture and cuisine.
Situated amidst the magnificent scenery of a grand Venetian fortress built around the sixth century, this restaurant not only offers up traditional Greek dishes but also those stemming from Corfiot cuisine, which is exclusive to the island. With the option of eating on the veranda, guests can dine in the splendidly historical opulence of the Old Fortress while peering out over amazing views of Garitsa Bay and the Ionian Sea. Dining at the Old Fortress Restaurant is a great way to enjoy Corfu’s cultural heritage while also sampling some of the local delicacies on offer.
Old Fortress, Corfu Town, 49083, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece, +30 26 6104 2279
Being an island, it is perhaps no surprise that the Corfiot diet revolves heavily around fish. There is a wealth of amazing seafood dishes to be had throughout Corfu, and Maistro makes the most of its beachfront location to create a symmetry between the ambience and the gastronomic experience. A particular favorite of many is the seafood pasta. Aside from fish, other house specialties include the gastra, lamb kleftiko and pastitsada which all go hand in hand with one of a rich variety of Greek wines on offer, of which a fair few are organic.
Maistro, Acharavi, 49081, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece, +30 26 6306 3020
Open since 1936 and still owned and operated by the same family, Taverna Tripa is a taste of Corfu in many ways. The fixed price menu has a range of tasty mezes which can be followed by spit roasted lamb or beef baked in parchment and washed down by an unending amount of the delicious house wine. The open courtyard often hosts local dancers who perform traditional Greek dances, and patrons are encouraged to take part and soak up the atmosphere. The proprietors will also take interested parties to the nearby museum.
Taverna Tripa, Kinopiastes, Corfu, 49100, Ionian Islands, Greece, +30 26 6105 6333
Akrotiri sits at the northwestern end of Corfu, surrounded on all sides by glorious views of sandy beaches and shimmering bays, thus making it the perfect lounge bar after exploring the surroundings or to just soak up the scenery. Atop the highest point of the climb between San Stefanos and Arillas, it is well worth drinking in the views of the surrounding bays at sunset while sipping on a coffee. They have a breakfast/brunch menu and a selection of fresh baguettes throughout the day, as well as draft beers and cocktails, cakes and ice cream.
Akrotiri Café, Arillas 49081, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece, +30 69 3752 2710
Taking inspiration from the Greek yogurt that, of course, originates from the country, YogArt serves frozen yogurt made from fresh ingredients from its small store in serene surroundings. The traditionally designed building belies a vibrant and modern interior. There is a variety of conventional flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate and banana, and these can be topped with a range of foodstuffs from sweets, preserves and fruits. Dig a little deeper and you can get a true taste of the island with the flavor of the traditional Corfu sweet/flower koum kouat, which has been cultivated extensively on the island since 1924.
Yogart, Agion Panton 11, 49100, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece, +30 26 6102 0726