A guide to the best restaurants in Megalochori

One of the most picturesque villages from which to enjoy Santorini holidays, Megalochori is a maze of cobbled streets home to historical mansions and traditional houses. The charming, traditional square is lined with tavernas and restaurants and is the heart and soul of the village, where local musicians play most evenings.

Go back in time at Mousiko Kouti

Tucked down one of the charming alleys, inside a small yard planted with bougainvillea, you’ll find this quaint restaurant offering authentic cuisine that’s typical of Greece holidays. The retro design complemented by wooden tables and chairs makes it feel as if you’re stepping back in time, and the rich menu has been proudly created with respect for traditional Santorinian cuisine.

Charming experience at Feggera

Housed in one of the village’s traditional old mansions, Feggera offers exquisite Greek cuisine with a focus on local, natural products. You can enjoy the island’s famous fava – uniquely flavoured cherry tomatoes and fresh cheese – on the beautiful veranda that overlooks the village. Feggera also offers cooking classes so you can take a little slice of Santorini home.

Picture perfect at Restaurant Raki

Located in the village’s cobblestoned square, Raki’s vine-covered pergola is overlooked by the Venetian church’s bell tower. Offering cuisine from all over Greece, Raki focuses on using fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the in-house souvlaki is not to be missed.

Spectacular views at Athermi Restaurant Bar

Dine outside on Athermi’s contemporary terrace for spectacular views of the Caldera and Santorini’s famous sunsets. Serving up local ingredients – including white eggplants, capers and fava beans – the restaurant also serves fresh, homemade ice cream and sweets. Try the osso buco – veal cooked in beer and served with mashed potatoes – or a delicious, feta-filled Greek salad.

Beautiful home-cooked food at Taverna Geromanolis

For a traditional, family-run taverna experience, with beautifully prepared Greek cuisine, head to this little restaurant in the centre of the village. Carefully crafting dishes such as tomato keftedes in the time-honoured way, the family take great pride in the meals they cook up.

Sit in the village square at Marmita

Holidays to Santorini aren’t complete until you’ve sampled some of the local wine. Enjoy a carafe on on this patio overlooking a charming square and delight in a great selection of traditional Greek dishes and locally produced wines. You’ll find all your favourite mezze and Greek salads on the menu, in addition to freshly caught seafood including grilled sea bream and octopus.

Rustic dining at Tzanakis Tavern

This family-run taverna that produces fresh, local food is a real treat. Chef Maria will show you her kitchen and displays of the freshly cooked dishes made that day. Located away from the hustle and bustle of the main square, Tzanakis was the first taverna in Megalochori and has been offering home-grown vegetables, cheese and wine for 23 years.

Cosy dinner at Avlogyros Traditional Tavern

Sitting among the fragrant flowers on the sun-filled terrace you can enjoy traditional Greek food in a warm, cosy environment. Potted olive and fir trees line the stone courtyard and dishes are authentic, such as hearty moussaka, stuffed calamari, or lamb kleftiko – slow-cooked in garlic, lemon and herbs.

Fine wines at Ilios and Petra

Brought to you by the owners of Raki and Santorini Villas, you can expect luxurious quality and a refreshing faithfulness to the village’s history. Serving exquisite Mediterranean cuisine made with only the freshest local produce, Ilios and Petra focuses on Santorinian fine wines. You can also attend wine-tasting sessions here.

Mediterranean ingredients at Vinsanto Restaurant

Step inside this impressive cave-house and enjoy the tranquillity of a building set in stone. Heavy, dark tables furnish the restaurant and add to the traditional feel of the place, which is heightened by the presentation of locally produced wines in big carafes. The kitchen uses Mediterranean ingredients, offering a selection of authentic dishes and mezze.