What is there to do in Paros apart from relaxing on a beach and strolling through a coastal village? Eat, of course! Although the island is a million light-years away from what many consider a 'food capital,' the culinary experience here is something you ought not to miss. It's not just that the food is delicious—which is a given!—but there's also the ambiance, the atmosphere, and the feel of it all. Only the best of the best foodie hotspots in Paros can provide these! Here are a few you should know about!
Along the popular port of Naoussa, one of the central towns in Paros
where foodie hotspots abound, Soso has stood as one of the best places to eat on the island. It's probably because of their delicious takes on traditional Greek cuisine. On its own, the country's local dishes already taste divine, but Soso's modern twists on them keep their satisfied customers on their toes. Think Cretan cheeses dipped in honey for that melodious mix of sweet and savory. Or lambchop that's cooked just right, bringing out a tender texture, jazzed up even more with some lemon zest. These are the sorts of culinary artistry to expect at Soso.
Source: Soso Paros Restaurant Facebook Page
Another gem of a restaurant at the port of Naoussa is Mediterraneo and everything you'll need to know about it is already in its name. Now, when you think of Mediterranean menus, what automatically comes to mind? Seafood! And Mediterraneo has plenty of it on offer. They have the local Paros staples
like mackerel and squid, well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. If you've searched about Paros online, you've probably come across images of squid all lined up and hanging by the seaside, right? Well, that's Mediterraneo! It's practically the seafood mecca on the island.
Source: Mediterraneo Paros Facebook Page
Another seafood restaurant worth going to in Paros is Sigi Ikthios! Also located along the harbor of Naoussa, it's just as fond of fishy delights as Mediterraneo. In fact, if you're a pescetarian, this is the best place for you! Apart from the seafood staples that many other Greek foodie hotspots also serve, Sigi Ikthios also relies on vegetarian dishes to keep the place afloat. Just imagine how good it'd feel to indulge in sumptuous fish or crab paired with a delicious salad on the sad! Add to that the place's picturesque ambiance and you've got yourself a winner!
Source: Sigi Ikthios
If you're tired of Naoussa's port already but you're still craving some scrumptious Greek food, deliver further into the lively town and you might just come across Yemeni. Nestled within the narrow yet equally-Instagrammable alleys of Naoussa, this quaint yet lively tavern is all about local food at its finest. From notable seafood delicacies to rich and juicy meat dishes that leave you full yet wanting more, Yemeni can satisfy all your cravings in a heartbeat. You should, however, reserve a table beforehand because it tends to get busy here, especially in the early afternoon.
Source: Yemeni - Traditional Restaurant Facebook Page
Up for a day at the beach? You can always go to the Santa Maria coast, one of the best beaches in Paros
. It's lively enough to let you know just how popular the place is but also vast enough that you can secure a semi-private and peaceful spot. But what if you go hungry and you didn't bring your own snacks? Not to worry! There's always Siparos! This stunning seaside spot offers spectacular seafood amidst an equally spectacular scene. Grilled octopus, roasted mackerel, fried calamari—you name it, they have it! And thanks to its incredible view of the sea, you get a feast for the eyes too!
Source: Siparos seaside restaurant Facebook Page
Now, let's continue traveling beyond Naoussa and find notable hotspots in other towns in Paros. There's actually one in the beautiful and more peaceful village of Lefkes that you really should check out: Klarinos! It's a lively restaurant with a terrace area that lets you feel the Mediterranean breezes as you indulge in their food. And speaking of their food, the most notable part about Kalrinos is that it's the perfect place to take a break from all the seafood! Yep! In this bustling culinary hotspot, it's all about meat! Barbecued ribs, roasted lamb, succulent bifteki
, and scrumptious sausage are all on offer here. Is your stomach ready for all of that?
Source: Klarinos Paros Facebook Page
In the capital city of Paros, Parikia, another 'meaty
' hotspot that you shouldn't miss out on is Cuore Rosso! Its name alone should already tell you what kind of food they serve but if you're not familiar with the language, here's all you need to know about the place: it's one of, if not the best Italian restaurant on the island. More specifically, it's the best pizza place in Paros full stop! Their handmade gluten-free dough makes for the perfect crust to hold all the local Greek cheese and meat. Baked to perfection, you won't stop with just one slice even though it can already make you feel full!
Source: Cuore Rosso Facebook Page
Up for some dessert? Look no further than Café Symposium that's also in Parikia! It's well-known as the best brunch spot in town, possibly even on the entire island. It's located within a central part of the Paros capital so whether you use public transport or choose to walk, you'll likely get here before you know it. Just look for the pristine white umbrellas and bougainvillea trees that provide shade over its outside tables. These all provide the perfect environment for you to indulge in their many desserts and pastries such as chocolate-covered waffles or classic croissants.
Source: Café Symposium
Who says you can't eat good food in Paros? The Greek island may not be what many would consider a 'food capital' but the many excellent places to eat around here have their own delicious secrets. You'll want to uncover them when you get here!
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