If you haven’t had a chance to check out my Santorini Guide yet, you may not know that this past June I traveled with a friend to Mykonos and Santorini in Greece. It truly is hard to say which island I loved most. They were both extremely different in their own amazing ways. Mykonos definitely had more of a “party” scene and is known for its picturesque white roads in Mykonos town. We stayed in Mykonos for four nights and in Oia, Santorini for five. For the sake of organization, I am going to keep the guides separate as I have so much I want to recommend and share about both places!
This guide shares all of my favorite things that we ate, drank and more in Mykonos! All of the opinions are 100% my own. If you visit any of these places, please tag me in your pictures so that I can live vicariously through you!
How to get to Greece
For us, it was definitely cheapest to fly into Athens, Greece and then take another flight to the Mykonos Airport. Being that the Mykonos airport is small, flights into here from the United States can be a lot more expensive. You can also take a ferry from Athens to Mykonos; it totally depends on your travel preference and what is most cost effective for you! We flew Ellinair from Athens to Mykonos and had a pleasant experience. The same thing goes if you are going to Santorini first; your cheapest bet is flying directly into Athens and then taking a flight or ferry to the island from there.
Where to stay in Mykonos
Although Mykonos is a small island, the areas are definitely a little spread out and taxis are not cheap. There are around 32 taxis on the island and they charge high amounts to get to extremely short distances. We stayed about halfway between the beaches in Psarou and Mykonos town in an area called Agios Ioannis. It was located away from the “hustle and bustle” of Mykonos and we loved that we had our own little oasis to come home to. The hotel was called Anax Resort and Spa Mykonos and it was extremely nice and accommodating. It was definitely more on the luxury end, so it really all depends on how you like to travel. I had a friend (@amesoutloud) on the island rent an adorable Air BnB right in Mykonos Town and it was more of an authentic Greek experience.
Our hotel had a beautiful infinity pool with extremely friendly staff, an unlimited breakfast buffet spread every morning from 8:00AM – 11:00AM, and gorgeous architecture that we could not get enough of. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Mykonos in search of a luxurious hotel. Food wise, the Greek salad here was one of our favorites and we got a Greek frappe every single morning. The froth was unlike anything I had ever had before and I could not believe they didn’t add milk to it!
What to Eat in Mykonos
I felt like every time I storied a meal in Greece, I was like “THIS IS THE BEST MEAL EVER”, but Kastro’s was hands down the best meal we had in Mykonos. The waiters were extremely accommodating and each plate we ate, we loved more than the last. We started with the grilled calamari which came with a basil pesto, tarama mousse, and quinoa. They also brought us out pita chips and tarama dip for starters. Kastro’s was the original restaurant that we discovered tarama at (a dip with fish roe, lemon, and olive oil), and it was our favorite here.
We ordered a vegetable salad with truffle yogurt that was to die for. For our main dish, we split the almond crusted sea bass with an olive oil lime sauce and a broccoli coconut puree. It was all truly incredible and not to miss. The restaurant is in the heart of Little Venice and has a beautiful view of the water in Mykonos. I would recommend booking a reservation here beforehand requesting a table outside.
The calamari, sea-bass, truffled yogurt veggies and tarama dip with pita.
Bowl is an adorable Australian inspired health cafe that was located near our hotel. At first, we were hesitant to visit a health spot as we truly wanted to take in all of the Greek food we could. If you find yourself in Mykonos, definitely do not skip out on this spot! The food is extremely fresh, flavorful and different than your classic “health” cafe. The owner is from Australia herself and is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
It was here that we discovered halloumi and became obsessed with the cheese. Order the “Green Brekkie Bowl” with kale, spinach, quinoa, chopped almonds, a soft boiled egg, avocado, halloumi and lemon. We went multiple times and never strayed away from this bowl. They also have a delicious matcha latte with house-made almond milk, which is not a common finding in Greece!
The matcha latte with house-made almond milk and the Green Brekkie Bowl.
If you are looking for a cheap, authentic gyro experience in Greece, Jimmy’s is your place! It is found in the heart of Mykonos town and has a delicious spread of classic Greek staples.
The classic Greek gyro with french fries!
We made a late reservation here around 10:30 PM and it was pretty crazy! Right next to the dining area, there is a large area with music where people are dancing and drinking. There are also plenty of bars and beds on the beach to hang out at after. Food wise, they had one of the best Greek salads that we had on the trip. The meatballs and the mushrooms were also incredible. The seafood here is extremely fresh and a lot of people around us were ordering the fish of the day.
You will probably see this restaurant advertised all around the streets of Mykonos. This was a really cute lunch spot that we really enjoyed in Mykonos town! This was the place where we got the Greek salads served in watermelons. We had the best mushroom appetizer here that we ordered a second plate. I’ve also heard the seafood pasta is incredible here!
Greek salad served in a watermelon and the best mushrooms ever.
What to do in Mykonos
This was definitely my favorite place that we visited in all of Mykonos, and maybe even Greece as a whole. 180 Sunset Bar is the cutest bar that overlooks the beautiful island and gives you the most perfect view of the sunset. They have incredible cocktails here that we could not get enough of. The one we kept coming back for was the “Curly Sue” — their Bloody Mary which was the best one I have ever had. The Watermelon Colada was super refreshing as well! You can also order food here, but we really kept visiting for the views and cocktails. Make sure you do not miss this amazing bar and atmosphere!
The “Curly Sue” – best Bloody Mary ever – and the Watermelon Colada!
We went here for dinner, but they also have an extremely fun day time beach party that turns into a club at night. I recommend you get a cabana here in the daytime for a day drinking activity or come for dinner and stay after for the club! You could do both if you can handle it, all power to you lol.
This was a really fun cocktail bar that overlooks the water in Little Venice! Kastro’s is in Little Venice as well, so definitely come to Negrita first if you plan to eat dinner there. It is a great spot to hang out at and watch the sunset! Little Venice is a town in Mykonos that you do not want to skip out on.
I definitely recommend this activity but with caution. My friend and I got totally scammed when we rented ours, but that is a very uncommon occurrence! Just make sure you do not rent from JOE’S ATVs in the heart of Mykonos town. Being that there are so few taxis in Mykonos, this is an extremely fun and cheap way to get around the town. We had a blast when we drove around in ours!
Shop around Mykonos Town:
Mykonos Town is the area of Mykonos that you will recognize from its beautiful white streets. We spent a good amount of time shopping in boutiques here and found a lot of cute “Greece” like clothes for cheap! They also sell adorable evil eye jewelry all over, but make sure to ask questions to ensure what you buy will not rust.
Recommended restaurants and activities we did not make it to:
- Pho’s Restaurant
- Sea Satin Restaurant – you get the authentic Greek “plate-smashing” experience here and I have heard that the food is great! Rowdy spot with dancing on tables, etc.
- Buddha Bar Mykonos – fancy cocktail bar with sushi ($$$$)
- Nammos – really fun and well known beach club in Mykonos (similar to Scorpios), peak hours between 5-9pm
- Fato a Mano – authentic Italian food
- Reeza – restaurant inside of the Rocabella Hotel, reasonably priced
- Vegara for dinner – amazing view, was told to order the fish of the day
- Kiki’s Tavern for traditional Greek seafood
- Alemagou – another fun, hip beach club
I hope you enjoy this travel guide and are as inspired visit Mykonos or Greece in general in your near future. If you do make the trip out to Greece, let me know and I am more than happy to share personalized recommendations or elaborate on any of the above. Happy traveling!
Cori (+ Amanda, my favorite travel partner!)