Come here for the best breakfast sandwiches on Antiparos. Five minutes’ walk from the port, this is not an establishment that throws together two slices of untoasted bread with a bit of bacon and egg squished in the middle. These sandwiches are carefully crafted: perfectly toasted bread with crisp bacon, locally-grown tomatoes, ripe avocado, and lightly fried eggs. Their coffee is fantastic and effective, and their stack of pancakes, meanwhile, come drenched in chocolate sauce and fresh berries. Elia Kafenes is open late by American standards (meaning 4am, which is entirely normal in Greece), and while it’s also popular for dinner, you should really be coming here for the breakfast. You’ll probably find yourself sitting back at the same table the next day, and the day after that—the food is that good. And the staff won’t mind—they’ll probably recognize you after the first visit, ready to welcome you back with genuine enthusiasm.
While this gem of a hotel is open only seasonally (mid-May to October), it’s worth the effort to go during that season. It’s that lovely. Each of the nine rooms is simply appointed with cool cement floors, air conditioning, a bathroom done in Parian marble, and the all-important Nespresso machine—ideal for your morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the Aegean. The extremely helpful concierge will organize all the island activities you’d possibly want, including boat trips and guided hikes. There are also yoga and meditation classes on-site.
Antiparos Port, Antiparos
Trust: You will tire of grilled fish and Greek salad at some point. That’s when you will be happy for Lollo’s pizza (make a reservation; it’s that good—and popular). The pies here are of the pinsa romana variety—stretched, oval, flat-crusted, and made with a mix of flours that supposedly is easier to digest than conventional pizza. The sides and salads are decent, but we recommend sticking to the pizza and leaving room to share the hazelnut chocolate slice of heaven that is the Nutella pizza for dessert.
Antiparos Town, Antiparos
This is the place to come with friends and order a bunch of small plates to share. The baked avocado is famous in these parts, as are the tuna tataki with ponzu and the crab salad. And Sapou is probably the only spot on Antiparos where you’ll find both short ribs and burgers.
Klimataria has been serving up traditional Greek food to islanders since the ’80s, and there’s something timeless about the stone slab floors and of old wood tables under the shade of what feels like thousands of bougainvillea strewn through wooden beams. Throw in a plate of the freshest salads and feta plus a rack of grilled lamb chops, and you have pretty much the perfect lunch.
St. Giorgio, Antiparos
Word on the cobblestoned streets of the Cyclades is that this charmingly rustic, family-run restaurant serves the best grilled fish in the islands. And we believe it. The freshness of the seafood here is undisputed—you can even see the fresh catch drying on the railings overlooking Ai Giorgis beach—and we love the casual, unpretentious vibe. The best seats are located on an outdoor ledge that feels almost cantilevered over the water, with clear views of Despotiko, an uninhabited island just across the bay. Aside from the platters of grilled sea bass and mullet, there’s an indulgent seafood mezze and a wonderfully salty plate of sardines drizzled in local olive oil, served with grilled bread. Take note: goop staffers who frequented this spot over the summer couldn’t get enough of the house rosé.
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