Nafplio was the first capital of the Greek state between the years 1823 and 1834. With its rich history that dates back to the prehistoric era, there is no shortage of beautiful sights to take in, whether they be man-made, such as the stunning architecture, or natural. You will need a lot of energy to explore this charming town, so food is an absolute must. Nafplio does not lack in that department either. From Greek cuisine to other Mediterranean fare, here are our top picks of places to dine in Nafplio.
Fougaro Le Café is a unique space. Located within an arts complex known as Fougaro, the environment is an artistic, laid-back one. The interior and outdoor spaces are beautiful, making use of incredible natural elements such as wood, pebbled flooring and stonework, and filled with vintage and custom-made furnishings plus contemporary art. Serving meals Wednesday through Sunday, the menu is inspired by local ingredients and changes to reflect the seasons. Fougaro Le Café also offers many sweet treats including yogurt mousse with sesame bar and green fig preserves in syrup and chocolate soufflé.
Fougaro Le Café at Fougaro, 98, Asklipiou st. Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 047347
For a true taste of Nafplio, be sure to add Mezedopoleio O Noulis to your list of dining destinations, as they procure only the freshest ingredients from local purveyors. Serving up authentic Greek cuisine, the family-owned and operated establishment offers not only tantalizing fare but also a lively, bright environment and friendly atmosphere. As can be expected with restaurants who source local ingredients, Noulis offers seasonal menus, with recent highlights being tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice, parsley, spearmint, onion, garlic and olive oil, lamb with artichokes, and octopus in wine sauce. Noulis serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Mezedopoleio O Noulis, Moutzouridou 22, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 025541
Making its home in the old neighborhood of Pronoia, located at the bottom of Palamidi Hill in Nafplio, O Pseiras Taverna is guaranteed to satisfy your palette. Sit inside where you can view beautiful early 20th-century engravings of Nafplio and feel the warmth of the fireplace during the cooler months, or enjoy your meal outside where the scent of jasmine wafts through the air. Food-wise, the menu features appetizers like garlic spread and tzatziki, specialties such as intestine-wrapped offal roasted on a spit, and entrées like lamb chops and vine leaves stuffed with meat. Unlike many restaurants, O Pseiras offers free fruit or dessert with every meal.
O Pseiras Taverna, Porou St 6, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 024117
Serving up tasty Italian dishes, Scuola offers a charming, rustic interior with a definite homey vibe, complete with wood floors, stone walls and bookcases. The hospitable environment is perfect for enjoying hearty portions of pasta, delicious pizza, and fresh, crisp salads loaded with veggies. Some highlights from the menu include the classic Margherita pizza, the ham and bacon pizza, and the chicken and mushroom linguini.
Scuola, Boumpoulinas 39, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 099431