Instagrammable Places to Eat in Santorini
Posted on August 24 2017
Back in June I took a trip to Santorini, which is one of the Greek islands that has been on my bucket list for some time. My flat mate had recently informed me that the London-based hip hip event, Supa Dupa Fly, was holding a four day festival on the island and I knew there was never going to be a better time to book a ticket. We stayed at the Grande Murano, a cute guesthouse just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Fira. It was a great location, not only because we could stumble home after the parties, but because we had easy access to a number of gorgeous eateries, bakery shops and nightclubs. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would l have liked, mainly because I was too busy having a good time to get organised, but I found a number of Instagram-worthy places to eat on the island. Here’s my pick:
Best for: Tasty Greek meal with the girls
This not-so-hidden gem was literally right across the road from our guesthouse in Fira, but it was only on our third evening (after partying solidly day and night and in need of hearty food) that we found our way in. If you’re looking for an authentic Greek meal, this place is as traditional as it gets! Taverna Simos is like a cosy Mediterranean home inviting you to come in and stay. And stay we did. For hours! Gossiping away over glasses of the house red, surrounded by lush green foliage . I ordered the grilled squid with fresh leaf salad for main and then helped my friend with her moussaka, which was way too much for her alone. The portions were plentiful, the waiters genuinely enjoyed serving us and the atmosphere was so chilled, time passed without us even realising. We loved it so much that we came back again for our last evening.
What to Wear: Festival Crop Top
Best for: Dinner with bae
If there’s one thing EVERY travel blog tells you to do in Santorini, it’s to watch the sunset in Oia (that’s the town with the blue dome roofs that you see everywhere). We took the slightly terrifying trip up the mountain on quad bikes in search of a good rooftop restaurant to catch the views. There are plenty of spots to choose from, but we finally settled for Oia Gefsis, as it had the most reasonable prices. This cute, whitewashed restaurant could’ve easily been in Ibiza or Marbella. The chilled out atmosphere and soulful house music playing in the background is exactly what you’d find in a poolside bar on one of the Spanish party islands. The rooftop terrace is only small so I’d recommend you book a table beforehand or arrive early as it fills up rapidly the closer it gets to sunset. If you’re looking for a dressy evening at a reasonable price, this is the place for you.
What to Wear: Chill Out Maxi Dress
Jo Jo Beach Bar
Best for: People watching
Jo Jo Beach Bar is a poolside poser’s heaven, complete with white cabanas and onsite DJ. Save your best bikini for this spot ladies, the Instagram opportunities here are endless! We were there as part of the Supa Dupa Fly Festival, but the venue hosts regular music events. Jo Jo Beach Bar is situated on Perivolos beach so it’s the perfect place to grab some lunch after a morning of tanning. You can expect your typical burger and fries fare, plus some pretty punchy cocktails. Go early afternoon and stay for the good vibes.
What to Wear: Rum Punch Bikini
Written by Melinda Neunie