The restaurants in Paxos, Greece, are a feast for the senses. Velvety Greek yoghurt, honey-drizzled feta and boat-fresh fish are served in romantic garden courtyards and beachside spots on this idyllic Ionian isle. Here’s our pick of the best places to eat.
Reached only by boat from neighbouring Corfu, the low-key Ionian island of Paxos has a slow-going charm that seeps into its Venetian-influenced culinary traditions. The scenic main harbours of Loggos, Lakka and Gaios host seafront restaurants, while small-scale Greek tavernas await among olive groves and off-the-beaten-track beaches. From sea-hugging, fish-serving terraces to smart Mediterranean-inspired hangouts, these restaurants serve up a treat.
Tables trickle down through olive trees towards Levrechio beach at this delightful seaside taverna known for terrific Greek staples, just east of Loggos. The fried courgettes, home-baked bread and fresh squid are worth a visit alone, but there are also perfect pastas tossed with lobster, grilled fish of the day and, for dessert, velvety Greek yoghurt with island honey. The shady setting, with views across the Ionian Sea, evokes all that’s wonderful about Paxos.
Both the magical waterfront location and the Greek-Italian cooking wow at this breezy lounge bar and restaurant on Mongonissi beach, just off the southern end of Paxos. Long lunches of grilled octopus, seafood spaghetti and feta-filled country-style salads are served on a sun-bathed deck overlooking the yachts. It’s also perfect for lingering over wines from the mainland and carefully curated cocktails.
A beloved address for waterside dining in go-slow Lakka that blends Italian cuisine with fresh Paxiot produce. It’s been going since the 1990s, with standouts on the menu including rich lobster spaghetti, risotto bursting with the fruits of the sea, traditional Greek prasopita (leek pie) and all kinds of grilled local fish, from snapper to sea bream. Marble-topped tables sit right on the harbour, with panoramas across the pine-lined bay.
The fresh seafood hauled in each day is the star of the show at this popular address on the buzzy main waterside square in Gaios. Blue-cloth tables huddle under terrace umbrellas and an ice bar displays your choice of squid, lobster and more. You can’t go wrong with a mixed-seafood platter to share (and a jug of house wine), or a few mezze dishes and a Greek salad followed by spaghetti with shellfish.