Open daily, Aiolos Tavern a friendly spot in which to enjoy delicious Greek cuisine. Featuring an intimate interior space with low ceilings and walls adorned with marine-themed art, the restaurant holds about ten tables; however, the alley out back has several more tables where you can enjoy good company, food, and drinks. Aiolos is the type of place that serves up home-style Greek food. From appetizers to cheeses and salads to seafood, everyone is sure to find something to whet their appetite at Aiolos Tavern. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert, such as a slice of walnut pie.
Aiolos Tavern,Vasilissis Olgas 30, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 026828
Billed as a jazz, enoteca, and tapas bar, Es Aei is a lovely place where you can relax, listen to good tunes, and eat tasty fare. Serving up tapas, small plates meant to be shared, the culinary team at Es Aei doesn’t offer traditional Spanish tapas but rather those inspired by Greek flavors. Warm, inviting and away from the more touristy areas, it’s a great place to visit and sit alongside the locals who are enjoying their night out. Offering a terrific selection of wine from the area, especially those that aren’t readily available in other restaurants, Es Aei has a lot going for it, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit.
Es Aei, 8 Staikopoulou St, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 022884
Fougaro Le Café
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
Located in Platea Syntagmatos, or Constitution Square, Kentrikon is one of the oldest cafes in the area. Being situated in a square, the environment allows for outdoor seating, which you will definitely want to take advantage of. Perfect for a break between all of your sightseeing adventures, Kentrikon offers a variety of drinks, snacks, and entrées, with one particular item being an absolute must-try; the loukoumades. These are Greek doughnuts served with honey, and frequenters of the cafe highly recommend them. So, be sure to check out this place when strolling around Nafplio.
Kentrikon, Syntagma Square, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 029933
Located in the heart of Nafplio, Kitton is a restaurant, cafe and bar that offers visitors an exceptional experience with its delicious fare. Another dining destination offering up a variety of Italian and Greek delicacies, the menu has everything from salads to pizza, all of which can be sampled in the sleek environment where old elements meet modern touches. Pair a Caesar salad with linguini with shrimp, the chicken cacciatore, or salmon with a creamy lemon sauce. You can visit Kitton for dinner Thursday through Saturday and lunch and dinner on Sunday.
Kitton, Eth. Antistasis, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 027152
Mezedopoleio O Noulis
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
O Pseiras Taverna
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
Located in the heart of the lovely old town, with its cobblestone streets and buildings adorned with flowers, Popeye Bistro is a welcoming and cozy restaurant specializing in Italian fare and other delights that are sure to make mouths water. Headed by one of the top chefs in the Greece, Chef Ilias Kokoris, the culinary team uses the freshest ingredients for their tasty creations. If you’re craving something light, try the fresh Greek salad, and if you seek something more hearty, the burger with fries and the salmon pasta in a vodka-tomato-cream sauce are two highlights.
Popeye Bistro, 32 Staikopoulou St, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 026005
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
Sokaki Café has been a fixture on Nafplio’s dining scene since the 1980s – making it one of the oldest cafes in the town – so you know they are doing something right. A gathering place for both out-of-towners and locals, this welcoming cafe is a great place to take a break from all the sightseeing, as it is close to many attractions such as the Archaeological Museum. The eclectic interior space, with its mismatched furniture and pops of color, is a relaxing spot to enjoy light snacks such as crêpes, which pair perfectly with a coffee or other beverage. Sokaki is open daily.
Sokaki Café, Ethnikis Antistaseos 8, Nafplio, Greece, +30 2752 026032