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Greeks love their food! And the Corfiots are no different. So it makes sense that Corfu has a plethora of amazing family run tavernas serving traditional home-cooked Greek food.
With so many to choose from however, it can be extremely hard to narrow it down to just a few to try during your stay. Plus, throw in the fact that you don’t always know which ones have the best reputation or which dishes you will enjoy most, and it can feel like you are completely in the dark.
That’s why we sampled the best of what Corfu has to offer, all in aid of providing you with a fool-proof guide of where and what to eat (at least that’s how I justified stuffing my face with delicious food for a week).
If you’re visiting Corfu in the near future or are looking for a bit of persuasion, read on for my recommendations on my favourite places to eat.
Yialos Beach Bar, Paleokastritsa
One of our favourite restaurants in Paleokastritsa is Yialos, formerly known by the awful name Smurfs! Awful name aside, the food here is some of the best we have tried and with the restaurant front situated right on Agios Spyridon beach, the view ain’t half bad either! You get gorgeous sunsets over the cliffs in the evening and the whole atmosphere of the restaurant is laid-back and beachy. This is one of the larger restaurants in the area, as opposed to being a quaint, family-run place but, none-the-less, the vibe here is chilled and friendly. The waiters are great characters here and we always pop back to see Robert. Make sure you say ‘Hi’ to him from Jamie & Zara if you get chance to visit.
Dolphin Taverna, Paleokastritsa
Another one of our favourites in Paleo itself is Dolphin Taverna. This beautiful, family-run taverna is situated off the road, down quite a lot of steps and you would be forgiven for not even knowing it was there. It’s because of this seclusion and the jaw-dropping views across the water and out to the cliffs, that we love it so much. Plus the food is always on-point! My favourite being the Bekri-Meze or Stifado.
Boulis Taverna, Lakones
The owners of this taverna are warm-hearted, friendly and so welcoming, which is one of the reasons we decided to try it. They just drew us inside with their big smiles and friendly nature, and boy are we glad we tried this place. Situated in the mountain side village of Lakones, just above Paleokastritsa, it has one of the most breathtaking views and some of the best food we have tasted on Corfu. All traditional and home-cooked by Spyros and Elena with homemade bread and wine to match.
7th Heaven Cafe, Logas Beach, Peroulades
If you read this post, you’ll know how much I love Logas Beach, and this cafe is one of the reasons why! Another place with AMAZING views out to sea over the unbelievably turquoise water, with stunning clay cliffs framing the beach either side. This place has a cool, chill-out vibe going on and seriously, they make the best Pina Colada I have EVER tasted! Be sure to check out the Greek Salad and Traditional Dried Bread if you fancy a bite to eat, all while you sit on the swings enjoying the view!
Skalinada Restaurant, Corfu Town Old Town
If you are heading into Corfu Town, the Old Town is a place you should not miss! As a UNESCO world heritage site since June 2007, the town is stunning and a joy to get lost in. But getting lost is hungry work so make sure you head to Skalinada Restaurant if you want delicious food in stunning surroundings. This restaurant is as quaint as quaint can get, being housed in a landmark building built in 1672 and a family run business since 1842 that has been handed down through the generations. The restaurant is situated in a tiny paved street with shuttered windows and flower filled balconies. The restaurant opens out right onto the street with tables and chairs out in the cobbled walkways. So pretty you can’t imagine! And the food is pretty great too!
Corfu Dolce, Patisserie Cafe, Lakones
If you’re an ice cream fiend this is the place for you! Another cafe with out-of-this-world views over the bays and cliffs of Paleokastritsa, they serve some of the best creamiest ice-cream and most delicious desserts on the island.
Bella Vista Sunset Restaurant, Kaiser’s Throne, Pelekas
I am starting to realise, after writing this post, that I have a bit of a thing for stunning views! Here we have another restaurant with a view to die for. Bella Vista Restaurant is located at the top of the hill in Pelekas, next to the monument, Kaiser’s Throne. While we haven’t eaten here ourselves, we have had drinks on a scorcher of a day and enjoyed the 360 degree view from the patio.
Located in the picturesque village of Doukades, Elizabeth’s Taverna is as traditional as you can get. This tiny taverna is known as one of the best on the island, and while it doesn’t look much, it always delivers on food, quantity and quality! The family that own and run this taverna are extremely friendly and although Elizabeth is no longer well enough to be at the restaurant herself, her daughter and granddaughter keep the family tradition alive with their fantastic cooking and friendly service. This is one of my favourite places to sit, eat, drink and watch the locals go about their daily lives.
Nereids is a pretty restaurant in Paleokastritsa that serves great food in a lovely location. It is a little more upper-class and slightly smarter than some of the family run tavernas. The restaurant is hard to miss, as it is situated right on one of the main corners in Paleo in a dug-out which makes it lower than the road. It’s hard to describe but it has a really nice vibe going on and in the peak months during summer they host a Greek night which includes music, dancing and lots of fun! The Bekri Meze is a great choice for dinner or go for the Drunken Chicken for boozy chicken cooked in brandy!
Are there any I’ve missed? I’d love to hear of some new places to try next time we visit. Leave us a message in the comments.