Join me as I take you through our time in Mykonos, Greece.
What to see, what to do, & what to eat. Enjoy!
Mykonos, known for the beaches, water, and parties. This was our third and final stop in Greece and with the charming cobblestone streets, blue water, and friendly locals it was easy to say we were smitten. I am going to take you through our stay here differently than my two previous posts on Athens and Santorini because let’s get real, it’s unlikely you want to hear about each and every part of our day. I am sure you just want the goods of what to see, what to do, and most importantly what to eat. Without further ado, here is everything that we explored in Mykonos, Greece.
Where To Stay:
Mykonos Ammos Hotel – Located right on the water in Ornos Bay. If you are looking for a beach front destination, this is a great location. Our room was spacious, and came with a great balcony over looking the beaches of Ornos where we enjoyed the views before heading to dinner in the evenings. Although Ornos Bay is lovely, Mykonos Town is out of walking distance and with the streets of Mykonos being very narrow and sidewalks nonexistent, it makes for a dangerous walk into town. Although this hotel was fabulous, if you are wanting to do more shopping, eating, and strolling then I would recommend staying closer to Mykonos Town.
Places To Go:
Mykonos Town– The area of Mykonos where we spent most of our time. Mykonos Town includes plenty of shopping where you can find anything ranging from local and handmade items to luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Enny Monaco (where you can find brands ranging from Alaia to Balmain). Mykonos Town has an eclectic restaurant selection, and the sweetest cobble stone streets that you can find all over Pinterest.
Windmills – The famous windmills of Mykonos are a must see from afar through the eyes of little Venice, and also up close and personal. One small warning, they were built exactly where they need to be because it is W-I-N-D-Y. Make sure to hold on to your hats, ladies!
Places To See:
Little Venice – Need I say more? This little stretch will make you feel like you are right in Venice and has a great stretch of places to eat, grab a cocktail, or have a coffee and just enjoy the sea. The three places we dined at in little Venice was Veranda, Kastro’s, and a great unique place to grab a fresh cocktail or so at Bao’s.
Paraportiani Orthodox Church– THIS CHURCH! It is breathtaking in all its white glory. It is a must see and makes for a beautiful photo and a nice view of history. Construction of this church started in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century. It is said that each neighborhood had its own church, one thing you will find throughout Mykonos Town is a plethora of beautiful and quaint churches on each and every corner.
Old Port of Mykonos City– A darling spot to see beautiful blue water. On the particular day that we visited it was very windy so we were not able to stay long. Wind and all I would definitely recommend seeing the area as the water and boats will give you a sense of nostalgia thinking back to all the history that came in and out of this quaint little port.
The Alley at Kastro’s Bar– The alley leading to the water next to Kastro’s bar is picture perfect, definitely stop by even if it is just for a quick photo op.
Places To Eat:
Trattoria Farina – Located in Ornos Bay near our hotel, this was our first lunch stop after checking in to our hotel, for…you guessed it, pizza! The pizza was delicious and the restaurant had a great Mykonian ambience that sat near the beach.
Interni – Our best meal in Mykonos. We made reservations 2 months in advance, I would recommend having a reservation as it is very popular and for good reason. The greek salad here was an amazing creation that was a lovely twist to a greek salad. I still find myself craving it all the time. If you only go to one dinner in Mykonos, go here.
Life Coffee & Snacks – An impromptu find located at the main bus stop and entrance in and out of Mykonos Town. We stopped here while waiting for our bus back to Ornos bay one evening and were pleasantly surprised with how great the lattes were.
Veranda – Located on the water in little Venice, we stopped in for a coffee and decided to stay for lunch once we saw the pristine view of the windmills mixed with the crashing waves coming over the wall of the outdoor restaurant. For lunch we enjoyed a club sandwich and a fresh caught tuna sandwich that hit the spot.
Scorpios – If you are looking for a unique experience, then Scorpios is your place. If you have seen Mad Max: Fury Road and loved it, you will love it here. The atmosphere and staff uniforms are what weird and strange dreams are made of. I would recommend reservations here as well especially for sunset dinners. Scorpios is open all day and is a mixture of a sit down restaurant with live music to a beach hang out that turns into a late night party.
Casa di Giorgio – Once again, you guessed it…pizza! This was a great find, and my favorite pizza in Mykonos. Located in Mykonos Town, it is a great outdoor Italian restaurant that delivers on both atmosphere and the food as well.
Ninnolo – Gelato! Need I say more? Located in Mykonos Town is a tiny little corner spot with great signage and design, along with yummy gelato that will have you ducking in for a mid day scoop, or two, or three.
il forno di Gerasimo – Don’t walk, run to this cafe. The overall design and atmosphere is exquisite. It will make you feel as if you are right in a Parisian bakery. The latte was stellar and the chocolate croissant was just what the doctor ordered for a mid day sweet and savory snack. They are also famed for their greek donut. It is a Nutella filled donut with powder sugar sprinkled on top. Do you now see why I said run here? Please stop in to relax and try this place out. They also have lunch options and may I add…fresh pizza!
Bao’s Cocktail Bar – A stunning location for a sunset cocktail. Located right on the water in Little Venice lies this gem of a cocktail bar. The talented bartenders and charm of Bao’s left a lasting impression on us and I assure you if we make it back to Mykonos, we will be sure to have a cocktail here once again.
Kastro’s – Our last dinner in Mykonos was at Kastro’s. Another locale located at the water’s edge in Little Venice this made for a dreamy dinner location for our final night in Mykonos. We were seated along the windows and were able to witness the sun tucking itself in one last time behind the water. The food was great and the service as well.
Happyo – A nice little gelato stop. Do you see a trend here? Once again on our last night in Mykonos we stopped in to Happyo before leaving Mykonos Town to head back to Ornos Bay. Gelato was delicious and the atmosphere was “Happyo” and cheerful with the white walls and bright pastels accents.
Activities To Do:
Look for Petros the pink pelican – The “mascot” of Mykonos, Petros the pink pelican. You can find him cruising the streets of Mykonos like any other local. He is relaxed among the tourists and walks in and out of restaurants enjoying his day. Once we finally spotted him it was modern day “Where’s Waldo” moment that felt like sweet victory.
Explore Mykonos Town – I would take your time and make sure to spend at least a day in Mykonos Town. There is so much to see and get lost in, and you can actually get lost within the maze of all the intertwining cobblestone streets. Although this isn’t a bad place to get lost in, most of the time you will find yourself doing a circle and ending up right back to where you thought to yourself, “Hey, I think we’re lost.” Thank you Jesus for Google maps.
Things To Get:
Espadrilles – I got the best espadrilles at a nice little shop in Mykonos Town. The owner and his wife were lovely and so warm and welcoming. While here I also got a pair of gold greek “H” sandals that resemble the “it” Hermes sandals of the summer.
Evil Eye Coffee Mug – The greek culture is very big on the evil eye and with me being big on all things coffee I made it my mission to find the best hand painted evil eye coffee mug and that I did at, Pelagos. They were pricey but well worth it as we use them all the time to bring our minds back to the islands.
Evil Eye Ornament – We have a tradition of purchasing ornaments when we go to a new destination, so we could not go with anything other than a gold leafed evil eye ornament. You can easily find one of these on every corner in Mykonos Town.
Handmade Beach Bag – Down a Mykonian alley, we stumbled across a little stair case covered in unique handmade beach bags. We climbed the steep stairs to investigate more where we encountered the sweetest lady alone just sewing away. Her business is called Kontiza and she had a great selection of handmade bags of all different sizes. She was a pleasure, and after chatting more she stated she was planning to start an online store soon. She makes quality handmade products that are made with care and I will love my bag for years to come. A visit to her store and with her is a treasure, and is well worth the memories.
On to the next stop, Paris.