Best Places to Eat in Antipaxos

A trip to Paxos isn’t complete without a day on its tiny neighbouring island, Antipaxos. Its white sand beaches and unbelievably clear waters are an absolute highlight.

Velvety Greek yoghurt and honey-drizzled feta are served in garden courtyards and beachside spots on this low-key Ionian isle. From sea-hugging tavernas to smart Mediterranean-inspired hangouts, here are the best places to dine in Antipaxos.

1. Akis Fish Bar & Restaurant

A visit to Paxos is not complete without enjoying some of the island’s cuisine. With a blend of dishes influenced by the times of Venetian rule and the delicious herbs, fruits and seafood kissed by the Ionian sun, this region’s food is simply out of this world.

On the waterfront in Lakka harbor you will find AKIS Restaurant Bar, an excellent choice to dine at for its high-quality seafood dishes and incredible sea views. With a menu full of Mediterranean flavors, you’ll be able to try the likes of octopus carpaccio, grilled fish and a wide variety of homemade pasta dishes.

Guests say that the staff at the venue is friendly and helpful. You can enjoy a glass of wine, beer or refreshing cocktail with your meal. The prices are attractive for the quality of food you’ll get here. A few of the crowd pleasers include feta-stuffed squid and vinegar grilled octopus.

2. Vasilis

Vasilis is one of the largest cosmopolitan villages on Paxos and has a good selection of restaurants and cafes. It is a great place to explore the pretty streets with their terracotta houses and to visit the church of Analipsi. Alternatively, you can sit and watch the world go by from one of the many cafe terraces.

The food is very well priced for the quality and the variety. As is typical of Greek cuisine, breakfast is generally a combination of sweet and savoury dishes. Spanakopita (or other filo pastry bakes), koulouri, yoghurt with honey and nuts, coffee and fresh fruit are usually served.

3. Blue Grotto

Antipaxos is renowned for its gorgeous beaches and serene atmosphere. It’s also home to two spectacular tavernas that offer some of the best food in Paxos.

Taverna Spiros is located on Vrika beach and has an informal summer vibe where you can eat grilled chicken or freshly barbecued fish while gazing at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Ionian Sea. They serve fresh seafood as well as mezze dishes and cool tzatziki.

Sail on a full-day cruise from Corfu and sail past the magnificent islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. Explore the impressive rocky coastline of the former and step inside the historical Blue Caves, which have become a natural habitat for monk seals. Next, admire the white sandy beaches of Antipaxos and swim off the crystalline waters at Mesovrika. Finally, stroll along the exquisite harbor of Gaios, the capital of Paxos.

4. Sofrito

A staple in Latin cooking, Sofrito is a combination of chopped or pureed vegetables and herbs that are used to add flavor to a variety of dishes. Puerto Rican sofrito consists of onions, garlic, aji peppers, cilantro and culantro mixed with tomatoes and olive oil. Sofrito is used to make a variety of stews, chilis, soups, casseroles and rice dishes.

Paxos’ sister island Antipaxos is a bit of a different story. The tiny island is a destination for those looking for a secluded getaway. With luxuriant vineyards, beautiful beaches and discreet villas, this is the place to be for those who want to escape from it all.

Antipaxos is only accessible by boat with day trips leaving Gaios from May through to mid September and water taxis running daily between Gaios and Vrika or Voutoumi beach. For those looking to stay on the island there are two tavernas, Bella Vista and Taverna Spiros. Both offer stunning views and delicious food.