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. Here are the top culinary options in Chania.
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.
Open from 9pm until the early morning hours, Barraki is always crowded. The clientele comprises the Cretan youth and numerous visitors. It offers an excellent combination of an idyllic atmosphere surrounded by trees, and perfect service. The quality of the food and the drinks is going to fascinate your senses. Add to this are the relaxing music choices and the aromatic rakomelo, only to be found at Barraki.
Τhis alternative place’s name means ‘to act unconventionally’. This is the philosophy of its clientele, who want to enjoy the moment. This amazing establishment combines shots of tsikoudia and rakomelo along with tasty delicacies and Greek music. The setting of Prassein Aloga is unusual – an open air space decorated with picturesque details. Don’t hesitate to order Cretan mezes with modern influences, like siglino with mizithra cheese, peppers and oregano, as well as pork with raisins and rum.
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.