The Best Restaurants In Halkidiki, Greece

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9 February 2017

The birthplace of Aristotle has long been established as one of the most touristy areas in northern Greece. Not far away from Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki attracts countless visitors every summer, who want to enjoy the amazing beaches and the dynamic nightlife. As far as food is concerned, you can easily tell the difference between the touristy restaurants and the traditional, authentic ones. Here’s our list of our favorite spots for the authentic experience.

Octopus dish | Courtesy of Kritikos


Mpoukadoura is a traditional tavern located in the area Sithonia of Halkidiki, on the beautiful Elia beach, since 2003. It offers excellent quality food, inspired by the Greek cuisine with the creative addition of modern elements, as well as a magical view of the sea. The chef cooks fresh dishes every morning, based on the pure ingredients that are at her disposal at the time. Mpoukadoura’s specialties include cuttlefish with ink and orzo, couscous with shrimp and saffron, lamb fricassee, fresh sea urchin. The menu changes on a daily basis, so visit it for a great lunch or a romantic dinner, ask for the daily specials and find out for yourselves.
Address & telephone number: Mpoukadoura, Akti Elias, Halkidiki, Greece, +30 6944-547239

Seafood risotto | Courtesy of Mpoukadoura
Seafood risotto | Courtesy of Mpoukadoura


Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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Massalia dish
Massalia dish | Courtesy of Massalia
Marigoula is a pleasant surprise in the touristy area of Polygiros. It is a small and cozy restaurant that becomes even more friendly due to its owner and his authenticity. The most special thing about Marigoula is its unique, quality dishes, rarely to be found in the touristy area. Try the trachanas (traditional Greek pasta), the cooked quails, the pork steak with caramelized onions, the chicken with betel and chives. Don’t forget to ask for the unforgettable dessert, cheesecake with katiki cheese.


Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Kritikos modern interior space
Kritikos modern interior space | Courtesy of Kritikos
Another hidden culinary paradise in the central square of Nea Fokida in Kassandra. This simple restaurant creates amazing dishes, like stuffed zucchini flowers with rice, fried talagani cheese with small tomatoes, aubergine salad with almonds and garlic, as well as fresh vegetables, greens and fish. Simple, healthy and delicious: Massalia is a true reflection of the authentic Greek cuisine that you should visit.


On the third ‘leg’ of Halkidiki, Ouranoupolis, you will find an amazing fish tavern with a history and experience of more than thirty years. Kritikos offers a wide range of Mediterranean flavors, seafood dishes and fresh fish, as well as juicy and well prepared meat dishes, all cooked with the signature of Yiannis Kritikos. Some of the countless quality suggestions are the unforgettable bouillabaisse, the mussel risotto, the spicy paella and the French Moules Marinieres. Your great memories from Kritikos will also include the elegant design of the interior space, the professional service and the carefully curated wine list.
Address & telephone number: Kritikos, Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki, Greece, +30 2377 071222

Seafood dish | Courtesy of Kritikos
Seafood dish | Courtesy of Kritikos

Sousourada & Sgouros Skatzoxiros

Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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Chickpeas with tahini sauce
Chickpeas with tahini sauce | Courtesy of Sousourada & Sgouros Skatzoxiros
Sousourada & Sgouros Skatzoxiros is located in Afytos, Halkidiki and has a history of more than 25 years. The restaurant’s owner and chef, Nikos Katsanis, is inspired by the local and Greek cuisine and serves exceptional dishes using his own incomparable creative skills. You should try the stewed potatoes with fennel and fried olives, the chickpeas with tahini sauce, the chickpeas with lemon and pomegranate and so much more. The restaurant’s wine list is long, with more than 100 labels that guarantee that one of them will perfectly accompany your meal.


Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, $$$
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Dinner and wine
Dinner and wine | Courtesy of Sousourada & Sgouros Skatzoxiros
Marina is an award-winning fish tavern-restaurant, located just 30 minutes away from Thessaloniki, in Nea Potidaia. Konstantinos Kanakaris created this restaurant with love and care in 1989. Nowadays, the customers are still amazed by the fish specialties that include lobster spaghetti, fish soup, octopus in wine sauce and more.

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