The Foodie Guide to Ios, Greece!
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” - George Bernard Shaw was a wise man.
Tasting local cuisine is an intrinsic part of appreciating the place you're visiting, and in Greece, this is something I'm always looking forward to! When it comes to Greek food, think Mediterranean with a slight hint of Eastern European touches - a foodgasm if I've ever tasted one.
However, finding just what you want may prove tricky in touristy areas - too often visitors end up ripped off and with only a copy of the real deal. So without further ado, here are a few of my favourite spots to eat in Ios - feel free to add yours in the comments section below!
For a truly local experience:
Polydoros wins this, hands down. A few metres away from Koubara beach, this hidden gem offers some of the tastiest food I've ever eaten, and the ambience is incredibly authentic. We were shown around the kitchen and chose what we wanted directly from the stove! Moussaka, stuffed courgettes, aubergines... it was a veritable feast.
But the winner was the house salad - it completely stole the show and I just couldn't get enough!
Did I mention the prices were ridiculously affordable? Argh just posting this made me hungry for some of their salad all over again!
For a night out with friends:
Just by Koubara beach, Koumpara Restaurant is a brilliant option for a relaxed night out with friends. The decor is simply stunning and the service is impeccable! Go while the sun is setting to enjoy beautiful views from the beach while your food is being prepared. It's slightly pricey, but overall it's definitely worth it.
For the luxury treat:
The Luxurios group is sure to cater for all your fancies when in Ios. My favourite was the homemade Cretan pasta from Free Beach Bar, and a truly tasty burger from Taste of Joy at the Agalia! Their food is excellent and the views are gorgeous, be it from the chillout area of Free, to the view overlooking the port in Agalia or the stunning sunset in Pathos.
For a day at the beach:
I've already told you about the story of Valmas Beach here, but their food deserves a second mention! Freshly prepared meze, mouthwatering salads (I swear I only rave about salads when I'm in Greece) and an al fresco terrace. Add this to dirt-cheap prices and you've got yourself a taste of paradise.
For that 5am post-party snack:
We've all been there: it's the middle of the night, you've drank too much Mythos or ouzo, you're hungry af and you need something to absorb that alcohol, pronto. Chances are you're somewhere around Chora, and if so, your stop should be at Pleasure. Two euro for a gyros? Grab two and munch away with your friends. (Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the food here, so here's some booze to cheer us up!)
So there you have it - my favourite food spots around the island! My tummy was more than content in Ios, as I'm sure yours will be! Foodie writing makes you hungry tho...