Destinations Travel Guide

Syros

Syros Island is a Cycladic island and its wonderful capital, Ermoupolis, is the capital of all the Cyclades and one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. Syros is full of beauties and charms created by its unspoiled landscape, its authenticity and its traditional villages. Its capital is a bustling, elegant Venetian harbour with Neoclassical civic buildings, stylish eateries and a labyrinthine hilltown of Catholic churches and colourful houses. Beautiful beaches with crystalline waters surround the island and for the adventurous, the is also a medieval village to be explored. And for those feeling lucky, Ermoupolis has a big casino.

WHERE TO DINE:

Oneiro Restaurant
The Scene:
The team behind this gourmet restaurant ran some of the best places to eat in Santorini before moving here. Situated in Vaporia neighborhood of Ermoupolis, this restaurant is famous for its ingenious dishes, immaculate service and captivating and elegant courtyard.

The Food:
All dishes of "Oneiro" are well prepared with fresh organic seasonal products by local farms, using herbs from the owner's garden. Definitely try the octopus carpaccio and modern Greek salad with shaved fennel and marinated feta, followed by Turkish-delight ice cream in filo.

WHERE TO DINE:

Allou-Yialou Restaurant
The Scene:
Once upon a time... there was a fish different from others. He spoke 4 languages and in the evenings he liked to sit on his favorite reef reading poetry. "There is life beyond the seabed" he used to say. But no one could understand him. One summer afternoon back in 2005 he left and since then nobody has seen him again. Others say that a shark ate him, others say that he opened a bar in Bermuda Triangle, others say that he married a bream in Hawaii and others say that he eventually discovered life after the seabed and there he opened his tavern... in Kini. Situated at Kini beach, this restaurant offers, together with the extraordinarily good food, a magical seaside setting.
The Food:
Owners Yiannis and Lina love what they do, and it shows in every dish on the menu. Don't miss the chance to try the battered cod with beetroot puree, the sea-urchin spaghetti with ouzo, garlic and ginger, and a trio of complimentary desserts.

Plakostroto Taverna
The Scene:
Magically situated at the top of the hill overlooking the town of Ermoupolis and the Aegean sea, Plakostroto is the perfect example of a traditional taverna. There's live Greek music on Saturday afternoons, and sweeping views of the sea and the sunset.
The Food:
Everything at this rustic, hilltop taverna is local, from the home-grown vegetables to the hand-picked herbs. Try the goat en papillote or rabbit with rosemary.

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