Fried Koutsomoures from
|Nafplio is loaded with good restaurants
with extensive menus, in English. All the tables are on the pedestrian
streets or in the squares and it is just a matter of finding the one with
the right scenary and the menu that appeals to you. Staikopolou street
which is two blocks above Constitution Squatre (Platia Syntagma), has many
of them and the rest are scattered around the city. There are also seafood
restaurants on Boubalinas street along the waterfront. Try The Palio Arhontiko
(Old Mansion) at 7 Siokou street recommended by the gastronimical experts
at Loney Planet. We ate at the Golden Barrel on Stiakopolou street which
was fine. Why we picked it over any of the others on the street I couldn't
tell you so there may be better. Then again it might have been Vassilis
Taverna. Either one you can't go wrong. I made the mistake of insisting
upon Mytilini Ouzo which may have been a mistake since Ouzo Karoni has
been bottled in Nafplio since 1869, by the same family, using the same
|The favorite taverna of George the Famous
Taxi Driver is O Sabouras, right on the palm-tree lined waterfront.
We came here with George one afternoon and had an incredible meal. Try
the media saganaki, mussels cooked with cheese in tomato sauce. Also their
tirokafteri, which is a spicy cheese spread. The fried shrimp and fried
koutsomouris (small red mullett) were cooked to perfection. I imagine at
this restaurant if you go with the fish you can't go wrong. It's at #79
My recommendation is
the Ouzerie Epi Skinis at 19 Amalias Street.
Not much room at the three tables outside on the sidewalk
so get there early or sit indoors. Great winter place
and when it is too hot to sit outside in the summer.
Excellent selection of mezedes and the owner, Zaxos
Kouros has a fantastic collection of Rembetika and Laika
CD's. Great atmosphere, great music and great food.
What else is there?
O Pseiras may
be the best Locals Only Taverna and is reviewed by ex-pat
Sindri Anderson here. Just below the walls of Acronafplion where the road to the beach begins is a cafe-restaurant called Agnanti which my friend Elias likes a lot. It looks fancy and it is right on the sea but prices are reasonable, service is friendly and they have a large and diverse menu.
Media Sagonaki from O Sabouras
If you have a car at your disposal there are a couple places outside of Nafplion that I highly recommend. In the small fishing village of Vivari which is sort of Southeast of Nafplion, beyond Tolon there is the Taverna Gorgona run by the Diamantopoulos family. They specialize in fresh fish and other Greek dishes. The restaurant is right on the sea to the right of the small pier. Vivari was one of the first fish farms in Greece and there is a large lagoon which is the original site. Now small boats bring the fish in from the farms which are located away from the village.
On the other side of Nafplion in Paralia Timeniou in the area called Nea Kios is a river delta where many of the area fishing boats are based and there is a large seafood market where restaurants and locals go to buy their fish. Just over the small bridge is one of the best seafood restaurants you will every eat in. It is called Tsakiris and any taxi will know where it is. Owned by Antonis and Kostas Tsakiris you can't go wrong here. Sundays and holidays the place is jumping all day and into the night. To get there just follow the coastal road towards Argos from Nafplion. You will see a big parking lot just before the turnoff to the town of Nea Kios.
There are tons of bars and clubs.
Nafplio nightlife can rival any city in the free world, and the choices
range from sidewalk cafe's where you can talk, (like the Noufara which
has been in Platia Syntagma for 23 years), to discos like the
Idol or the Shiva Club on the coast road where you can barely hear yourself
think. In between there are bars that play old rembetika, jazz, blues,
rock or no music at all. It's just a matter of wandering around until you
hear something you like, stopping in for a drink and then deciding if this
is the place for you. The Trianon at 3 Polizoidou street serves coffee,
booze and billiards, electronic games and big screen TV in an airconditioned
environment. Stathmos at the old train station features drinks, ice-cram
and snacks in a very pleasant environment. As most places in Greece these
coffee bars are fun for the whole family. Mom and Dad can have a quiet
drink or two (or many) while the kids have ice-cream or local sweets and
then run around playing with the other kids whose parents are doing the
same. Because much of Old Nafplio is automobile free, there is little danger
of children being run over.
The shops stay open late so you don't have
to just hang out and drink. You can hang out and shop for jewelry, clothes
at the many boutiques, (like Asia which specializes in clothes and gifts
from India), Greek Art, ceramics, sandals, leather goods, musical instruments,
carpets and just about anything else you might 'need'.
After dinner (or even before) The Antica Gelateria di
Roma is a traditional Italian Ice-cream shop owned by a traditional
Italian, Marcello Raffo. His ice-cream is all produced on premises
using the original Sicillian recipe and all natural indredients.
(Ice-cream was invented in Sicily.) The variety of flavors,
sundaes and special shakes and coffees is so diverse and enticing
that I was literally run over by my daughter as she rushed to the
counter to place her order. They also serve excellent espresso and capuccino and have a variety of Italian products for sale.