The Only Mykonos Guide You Need

Now that I’m a Myconian wife, I’m officially an authority on all things Mykonos. So let’s get started. Mykonos is a beautiful Greek Cycladic island just north of Paros and Naxos.

The island is great for its party beaches, picturesque churches, easygoing vibe, iconic windmills and 24 hour town centre. And it’s beautiful. But like most beautiful things, not the easiest or most accessible place on earth. In July and August, there’s traffic, waiting lists and cranked up prices. For a quieter experience, visit in May, June or September.

However, I’m not here to convince you, this guide is for those who have already decided to go. I’ve kept it short and sweet to help you spend more time reading your summer novelas and taverna menus instead of travel blogs!

Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town

Agios Ioannis:

This is my little slice of Mykonos. I always stay at my husband’s family summer villa. When we’re not there, they rent it out on Air Bnb, you can check it out here. The neighbourhood is considered an up-market residential zone with a great selection of hotels. I highly recommend staying here, the location is the best.

Hippie Fish Beach Bar and Restaurant

Hippie Fish

Hippie Fish – All-day beach bar and restaurant with delectable Greek food and fresh sushi

Kapari Beach – An unserviced, beautiful beach with gold-tinted waters you’ll have to climb down to reach!

Vasilikos at Bellissimo Hotel – Great local option for lunch or dinner – try the tigania!

Pili at Manoulas Hotel – Another easy lunch spot by the beach

Mini-market at Bellissimo Hotel – The only walking distance minimart for essentials

Delight Hotel Restaurant – Romantic fine-dining restaurant

Ornos:

You have to drive through Ornos to get to Agios Ioannis. It’s a lovely little place in itself, although the beach is too crowded for my taste. This is the spot for buying groceries, your nearest taverna, as well as a selection of bars for a nightcap if not going into town.

Lefteris taverna

Grandma’s Meatballs left, me at Lefteris Taverna right

Mykonos Bakery – Open 24/7 selling pastries, pies and sandwiches

Lefteris – Fantastic family style Greek taverna, no reservations required

AB Supermarket – Small convenience store for groceries and essentials

Pasaji Mykonos – Pretty bar for drinks and shisha

Wolves of Kitchen – A brand new steakhouse by the owners of Cinco, Athens

Buddha Bar – Beautiful views, romantic dinner and drinks

Mykonos Town (Chora):

Mykonos Town is an incredible, unmissable place. It has an energy I cannot describe. The restaurants, bars, and shops stay open until late, which is great since it means you can spend all day at the beach and still have time for a nap!

M-Eating Restaurant

M-Eating Restaurant

M-Eating – Our favourite restaurant in town, which is now #1 on TripAdvisor! Reservation required

Nautilus – Our second favourite restaurant in town! Really good food and worth the price

Kastro’s – Beautiful and fantastic restaurant in an iconic, very instagramable alley overlooking the sea

Kalamaki Mykonos – Cheap and cheerful souvlaki and salads, food that won’t break the bank!

Catari – Popular Italian restaurant with amazing pizzas, I love the pizza bruschetta, gay-friendly

Sea Satin

(Left to right) Sea Satin, Kastro’s, Niko’s Taverna

Niko’s Taverna – A bit touristy but very popular Greek restaurant in town

Sea Satin – Famous, fun (yet expensive) fish restaurant by the sea with live music until late!

Interni – Beautiful, very trendy “see and be seen” (you guessed it, expensive) restaurant and bar (but we still love it)

Ling Ling – Mykonos branch of London’s Chinese Michelin-starred Hakkasan

Little Venice Best Bars

Little Venice Best Bars

Little Venice – Collection of charismatic late-night bars by the sea, we like Caprice, Scarpa and Veranda best

Nightclubs – Astra, Bonbonierre, Moni, Toyroom, Void – reservation, popping bottles or “know someone” required

Remezzo – Large terrace bar with an indoor club – great view and venue, we had our wedding afterparty here!

Bougazi – The most famous place for crepes at any hour! The best way to end the night

Beaches and Restaurants:

Don’t just go to the nearest beach to your hotel. Mykonos has a plethora of unique and fantastic beaches you absolutely must try! There are plenty more than what I’ve listed here, but these are my top picks. Each beach typically has a bar/restaurant and sunbeds for rent. An unserviced beach means no sunbeds or facilities. Read first the beach name, followed by its restaurant.

Panormos

Panormos Principote Beach Club

Agios Ioannis – Hippie Fish / Pili – My favourite, close to home.

Kapari – Unserviced – A beautiful little beach in Agios Ioannis, just a short walk past the church

Agios Sostis – Kiki’s Taverna / Unserviced – No sunbeds, no music, but the most famous taverna!

Panormos – Principote – Stunning up-market, luxury beach, worth calling ahead to reserve a spot

Ftelia – Alemagou – Very cool little beach bar and restaurant with great cocktails, one of my favourites

Alemagou at Ftelia Beach

Alemagou at Ftelia Beach

Paraga – Kahlua – Great beach and after 4pm the party starts! Can get a bit wild…!

Scorpios – Trendy place near Paraga, a beach club without beach access! Parties Thursdays and Sundays

Paradise – Tropicana / Cavo Paradiso – Bachelor parties and other kinds of debauchery, headline DJs

Super Paradise – For everyone and anyone, letting go and getting messy

Jackie ‘O – Next to Super Paradise, up-market restaurant and gay beach club

Jackie O Beach Club

Jackie O Beach Club

Agia Anna (by Kalafatis) – Spilia – Cute beach with a quirky restaurant in a cave (reservation required)

Kalo Livadi – Solymar – Lively popular restaurant by this popular long beach

Psarrou – Nammos – Most popular with celebrities and yacht owners! But they allow us common folk in too

Elia – Elia Restaurant – A family friendly long beach, although not one I frequent

Lia – Liasti – Another nice family friendly beach, no music and a little pebbly

Fokos – Unserviced – Growing in popularity for its unspoiled beach and nearby taverna

Kapari Beach

Kapari Beach

New Port (Agios Stefanos):

There are too many places to list them all, but Agios Stefanos gets a special mention because it has a fantastic taverna, Limnios, with excellent quality food and great views. And who doesn’t love an Irish pub?

Limnios Taverna – Our favourite spot for authentic Greek meze and lamb chops!

Matthew’s – Another popular local taverna nearby

Dublin Bar – An Irish pub selling homemade Greek food

Mykonos Windmills

The iconic Mykonos Windmills

Airport:

Mykonos’ airport is notoriously shit, although I hear it should be getting a loooong overdue refurb sometime soon. Ironically, across the road you’ll find one of the nicest supermarkets anywhere in the world.

Flora Supermarket – If you’re interested in seeing a supermarket with a DJ booth, look no further! They also have a website with a virtual tour of the place.

Flora Supermarket

 

Where is your favourite place in Mykonos?

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Anna 10 July 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking! You made me fall in love with Mykonos, now I have to see it by myself! 🙂 Thank you :* <3

    • Lara Olivia 11 July 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Anna! You absolutely have to 😉 Your daughter would love it too I’m sure.

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