is a favourite destination for travellers. With its unique caldera, picturesque villas, its volcano and ancient treasures, it has a lot to enchant its visitors. The same can be said about its cuisine. While Greeks are big on meat and fish, a lot of traditional Greek dishes are vegetarian, so do not be afraid to venture into a taverna as they often have dishes such as horta
(boiled wild greens), fava
(split pea purée) or any grilled vegetables. Here are some of the top vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants on the island.
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Right off Fira’s main square, FalafeLand
is a refreshing falafel joint where everything is vegan, except the yoghurt sauce. The hummus is delicious, and the menu is reasonably priced. It’s a casual, fast food joint where you can fill your stomach on the go.
Tranquilo Bar & Restaurant
Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Vegan, Vegetarian
A very laid-back beach bar serving vegetarian dishes, Tranquilo
serves international cuisine, along with some Greek dishes and burgers made with vegetables. The vibe is cool and casual, and if you are in the mood to try the frappe (cold instant coffee served with milk and ice cubes), Tranquilo makes a vegetarian version with soy milk.
Jaipur Palace Indian Restaurant
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
For a change of scenery and flavour, Jaipur Palace
is an Indian restaurant in Karterados. Though the restaurant is not strictly vegetarian, it is vegetarian-friendly and features a wide selection of delectable meatless dishes as well as vegetable samosas, veggie soup and salads.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Serving traditional Cypriot cuisine, a blend of Greek and Middle Eastern fare, Kyprida
is a charming taverna located in beautiful Oia. It may not have a view over the caldera, but it is truly a little gem when it comes to dining. You will find vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes made with nothing but the freshest ingredients, plus there is a great selection of wine. On Wednesdays, you can even enjoy some live music performances while savouring your meal. It’s a lovely experience you won’t soon forget.
Restaurant, Greek, $$$
On a quiet pedestrian street in Oia, away from the hustle and bustle, Karma
is a beautiful little restaurant with an inviting verdant courtyard, a relaxed vibe and a menu with tasty options. It offers diners soups (the revithada
with chickpeas is a must-try), salads, veggie fritters, and a few main dishes (skordomakaronia
, or garlic pasta, stuffed tomatoes and veggie kebabs). The drink menu is equally diverse and even has a few cocktails worth a try.