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Kontos, among the top seaside restaurants in Naxos
Naxos' restaurants stand out for their delicious dishes and quiet atmosphere. Restaurants in Naxos range from traditional Greek taverns to international, like Mexican, Italian, French, and even Norwegian, eateries. Some of the loveliest Naxos restaurants are found in Chora, the island's main town, and along beaches, like Agios Georgios, Agia Anna, and Plaka. Some of the restaurants put their tables on the beach, just a few meters away from the sea, so that people can dine with a view of the sea and sunset. You can also find many good places to eat in the mainland of Naxos, especially in the traditional villages' squares.
We have hand-picked the best 51 restaurants in Naxos and marked our favorite ones with a ❤. Click on the "read more" link to discover more information about Naxos restaurants, where to eat and what to order.
✔ COOKING CLASSES IN NAXOS
Are you a gastronomy lover? Then you should take a cooking class with the locals! These classes are very popular, so you should register promptly! Check the Cooking Class in Kaloksilo (near Halki) or Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern (in Potamia).
Even though Naxos is an island surrounded by the sea, most of the traditional dishes are meat-based. The reason? Naxos is one of the few Cycladic islands with water abundance, therefore there is rich agricultural production. The many farmers of the island also sell their milk and famous Naxian cheese to several local stores, so don't miss to purchase some! In Naxos, nothing is imported and everything is produced! Many tavern owners have their gardens and cultivate their products. As for wine, it is not so good, even though Naxos is the island of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine. Most restaurants also offer excellent and world-renowned bottled wines from other islands like Santorini or Paros.
Where are the restaurants in Naxos located? Most of the restaurants in Naxos are located in Chora, the main town of Naxos, at the beaches, in the new town or in the alleys of the old town. You can also find many restaurants at the most touristy beach resorts of the island, like Agios Georgios, Agia Anna, and Plaka. There are many restaurants, at most beaches and villages, so you can organize your excursions around Naxos without having to worry about where to eat.
What to order at a restaurant in Naxos? The menu of Naxian restaurants is usually extensive. The most famous product of Naxos is potatoes. The potatoes of Naxos are delicious and served as a side with most of the local dishes. The island is also very famous for the quality of its meat (calf, goats, and sheep) and its agricultural products (oil, olives, grapes, honey, citrus fruits, potatoes, and other vegetables). Some local specialties are: the rosto (garlic stuffed pork leg braised in wine), rabbit braised in lemon, goat served with potatoes, slow-cooked goat with macaroni and a variety of cheeses (graviera, arseniko & xynotyro). Sometimes, depending on availability, you may find Zamboni (which means " ham"), a cured meat that has probably originated from the Venetians who conquered the island in the middle ages.
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