Much like Santorini, we were in Mykonos just as the 2017 summer season was commencing. While it was quiet and several businesses were still closed for the off-season, we had the opportunity to experience Mykonos Town with the locals. Being half way through our trip we also relished the chance for a slower-paced few days after a busy couple of weeks. Think late sleep-ins, leisurely brunches and meandering through the streets of Mykonos Town — exactly what we needed at this point of the trip.
When we return at a warmer time of year we’ll be exploring Mykonos further including the beautiful beaches dotted along the coast.
We stayed at Eleanna’s, a traditional Greek hotel located in the centre of town. It was the perfect base for our adventures around Mykonos. A quick walk along the paved streets from the Old Town Port also makes it an easy place to reach straight from one of the ferries operating around the Greek Islands.
See and do
Watch the sunset
Another beautiful place to experience burning Greek sunsets. Settle in 45 minutes before sunset on the hills near the windmills or at a waterfront bar in Little Venice and enjoy watching the sun fade for the day.
Get lost in the streets of Mykonos Town
There’s so much to explore in the streets of Mykonos Town — traditional bakeries, local stores selling handmade goods, stylish boutiques, gelaterias and countless bars and restaurants. With our late starts each day, we usually filled the rest of our day wandering through the streets of Mykonos Town before going to watch the sunset.
Explore Little Venice
Just next to Mykonos Town, Little Venice has the iconic windmills, crashing waves and the best vantage points to watch the sunset. Arrive early to grab a good spot at one of the waterfront bars or restaurants to enjoy the view.
Eat, drink and play
We did this well (read: too well) in Mykonos given the slower pace of our time there. Our highlights and recommendations are listed below.
Located on the waterfront in Mykonos Town, Kazarma is a beautiful restaurant serving modern Greek and European cuisine. Given its location, it is a little on the expensive side but well worth it. The service was impeccable, the rose crisp and the food was delicious and fresh. If you’re visiting in the summer months and you want to eat here, I’d highly recommend booking ahead of time.
It wasn’t the bright and fresh setting of Popolo that first caught my eye, instead, it was the owners’ dog Jack who will happily greet you as enter through the doors. Popolo was the perfect spot for a leisurely brunch or baked sweet treat. We visited a couple of times while we were in Mykonos. Everything is made fresh in store and the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. Try the spinach and feta pie and a fresh lemon juice.
Located in Mykonos town, this is a happening spot for early evening drinks. There’s lots of seating outside and at the windows making this the perfect people watching spot after a long day of walking.
A short stroll down the street from Cosi, Paso Doble is another a cosy bar that has great spots for people watching. This place was particularly good for watching the locals socialise and enjoy a drink given the quiet time of year it was when we visited.
Get here early so you have a good spot to enjoy a few sundowners. This was our regular spot to watch the sunset with a glass of prosecco.
If you’re craving gelato, look no further than Trio Bambini. If the sweet smell of waffle cones baking isn’t enough to tempt you, the Nutella gelato certainly will.
This was one of our favourite spots for gyros throughout our time in Greece. They’re a tad more expensive than the smaller traditional gyros shops but the quality of ingredients and servings certainly make up for it. Try the veggie delight complete with roasted peppers, eggplant, pesto and halloumi — delicious!
This bakery was busy every time we visited (yes, we went more than once). They bake everything fresh onsite and have an impressive array of traditional sweet and savoury Greek pastries. The freddo espresso was equal parts strong and smooth, making this the perfect spot for a morning coffee. Grab your order and enjoy your treats on the front ledges and stairs.
Have you been to Mykonos before? What time of year did you visit? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.