The Best Restaurants In Chania, Crete

The architecture in Chania bears the imprint of Cretes diverse history
The architecture in Chania bears the imprint of Crete's diverse history | © Grzegorz Kordus / Alamy Stock Photo
Evangelos Tsirmpas

Chania, the capital of Crete, offers typical island scenery. This Greek island settlement is not only famous for its past, but also for its present, including the delicious local dishes. Chania offers a rich culinary scene with a variety of dining options – and make sure that you book in advance especially during the peak tourist season, to ensure a table at the restaurant of your choice. We take you to our top culinary options in Chania.

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A classic Greek salad as meze

After having a walk in the old city of Chania, you can have a seat in Chalkina. This place is located just before Megalo Arsenali on the road to Neorio. Here you can enjoy some local delicacies. The staff is friendly and the spaces of the restaurant nicely decorated. The local Cretan cuisine, with delicious mezes and more, won’t let you down. Taste the classic specialty of hohlioi bourbouristoi (escargots) and drink some tsikoudia or rakomelo. Just beware of the fact that this is quite strong alcohol.

This is one of the most beautiful cafe-restaurants in the narrow street of Chatzimichalis Dalianis. The building where the restaurant is located is of special historical importance, dating back to the 16th century. Then, it used to function as a Catholic monastery. After the invasion of the Turks in 1645, the monastery was turned into residencies. Nowadays it is being renovated with care and respect to its identity. On the first floor you will find an exhibition space and a studio of sculptural art. The restaurant is located on the ground flood and has a wonderful exterior space, with natural shadow from its trees.

63o Mezedoscholeio

One of the most recently established restaurants in the old city of Chania is 630 Mezedoscholeio. The traditional local dishes, like apaki, kolokithokeftedes (courgette balls) and chicken with sauce offered by this ‘School of Meze‘ are simply delicious. The local wine is perfect to accompany the Cretan dishes. Stand next to the narrow paved street and watch the people wandering around. Don’t miss the strawberry-flavored rakomelo.


Known for its traditional Cretan cuisine, Tamam is located in the heart of the old town. The restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and a menu featuring local specialties such as dakos, lamb, and fresh seafood.


Situated near the Venetian Harbor, Salis provides a stunning waterfront setting. The restaurant offers a blend of Mediterranean and Cretan flavors, with dishes like stuffed calamari and grilled fish. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy your meal while overlooking the picturesque harbor.

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