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!
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 – 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
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.
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 – 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
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 – 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.
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
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
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
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’ airport is notoriously awful, 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 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.
What is your favourite place in Mykonos?