A baguette kind of breakfast
Baguette is a fast-food place on Ethnikis Antistaseos highway. Don’t hesitate to visit it, because of the previously mentioned ‘fast-food’ description. Fast isn’t always the opposite of quality, and this applies to our case. Baguette will make your day with freshly made baguettes (what else!), toasts, sandwiches, fruit salads, croissants, waffles and pies! It doesn’t matter if you’re on a diet, if you’re a vegetarian or if you prefer something sweet or salty. Baguette has it all, quick and with quality local ingredients!
Opening times: Μοnday-Friday 7 am – 9 pm, Saturday: 7 am – 7 pm, Closed Sundays
Watch out for: the baguettes and the fruit salads
‘Quick’ breakfast by the cathedral
Svelto is located close to the famous Saint Minas cathedral, in the city of Heraklion. Its name, meaning ‘quick’ in Greek, and its sign, a green vespa, represent the unique character of this place that is based on speed, flexibility and adaptability to the circumstances. Open from very early in the morning, Svelto will serve you coffee or juice, accompanied with pies, fresh sandwiches, salads or traditional pies (try the famous mizithropita, cheese pie with local mizithra cheese, or chortopita, mixed greens pie with local greens – ‘chorta in Greek – ).
Opening times: Monday-Friday: 7 am – 9 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm, Closed Sundays
Watch out for: the authentic mizithropita and chortopita
Svelto, Katehaki & Amaltheias street, Heraklion, Greece, +30 281 024 4548
Cozy setting, homemade delicacies
Casa Streat is an all day cafe and restaurant, located on Steliou Kazantzidi street. Its interior design is warm and modern. The comfortable spaces of the restaurant constitute a pleasant setting to start your day while enjoying a warm or cold coffee, a fresh orange juice, a homemade croissant, a donut, a pie or a muffin.
Watch out for: the homemade croissants and the muffins
Casa Streat, Stelios Kazantzidis street, Heraklion, Greece , +30 2810333555
Lambros Cafe Restaurant
A dose of Cretan hospitality
Lambros is a friendly family cafe-restaurant that instantly surrounds you with warm Cretan hospitality right from the minute you enter it, located next to the sea in the area Tertsa. Highly recommended place to start your day while in Heraklion, with a view of the beach and delicious homemade delicacies, like yogurt with fresh fruits and the traditional dakos.
Opening times: 8 am – 12 pm
Watch out for: the traditional Cretan dakos dish
Lambros Cafe Restaurant, Tertsa, Heraklion, Greece, +30 2895 061437
Authentic Cretan cuisine
Peskesi is located on Kapetan Haralampi street, in the city of Heraklion. Its name is of Turkish origin and is commonly used in the folk Greek language and Cretan dialect, with the meaning of an unexpected gift as sign of friendship and/or hospitality. Peskesi is a friendly restaurant indeed, with always smiling and helpful staff and a nice atmosphere! It serves dishes based on the philosophy of the Cretan cuisine, prepared and cooked using fresh biologically produced local ingredients. If you come by for breakfast, you will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh Cretan pies, freshly cut salads or sweets. Of course, it is highly recommended to visit it also for lunch or dinner, as well as in order to try a fresh cocktail created with local ingredients!
Opening times: 10 am – 2 am
Watch out for: the Cretan pies and the salads
Peskesi, 6-8 Kapetan Haralambi street, Heraklion, Greece, +30 2810288887
By Evangelos Tsirmpas