Before I headed there, a Parisian food expert I interviewed for an upcoming podcast episode told me that Cretan cuisine is famous within Greece. I was delighted to discover I’d chosen to go to one of Greece’s culinary hotspots.
To me, Cretan cuisine is straightforward and delicious. It’s much more than pita bread, moussaka, and souvlaki; and richer than olives or feta cheese. I spent a month in Chania, a calm town (in November at least) with a charming and colourful old Venetian harbour. This historically diverse town is definitely worth visiting — and living in if you’re looking to spend a longer amount of time on Crete. It was the perfect place to be a digital nomad for a month.
Since I spent most of my time on Crete in Chania, this post will mostly be about where and what to eat there. I’m sure there are numerous other amazing restaurants and “tavernas” — small restaurants serving up local cuisine — all over the island. There really is a lot to explore on Crete.
But back to the cuisine. Even if you spend a day or two in Chania, I would highly recommend going to Pallos Cafe Bar right on the corner of the harbour. I noticed how popular this place was — with locals and tourists alike — during my first few days in the town. There’s with a wonderful view of the lighthouse-resembling minaret in the centre of the harbour and plenty of patio chairs for people watching and getting some sun. Great for an afternoon coffee (their warm beverage list is awesome — I went a chocolate-black pepper espresso), cocktail, or beverage of your choice, or for any meal. I had the breakfast one morning and I couldn’t believe how much food the server brought to the table. Overall, I do recommend this spot for its amazing harbour view, the hip ambience, and the delicious food and drink options.