Skiathos is blessed with an abundant amount of culinary hotspots in the form of whitewashed tavernas, laid-back beach bars and lively little restaurants. Though the majority of the gastronomy is based in its capital of Skiathos Town, the entire southern coast is well-stocked with a whole host of excellent eateries, too.
As with all Greek destinations, meat and seafood dominate the menu, with the traditional moussaka proving to be a perennial favourite. Seafood lovers should take advantage of the abundance of fresh fish, octopus and scallops, while vegetarians won't go away hungry from Skiathos holidays either. Locally-sourced produce such as figs, honey, olives and olive oil are always on the menu.
The climb up to the windmill atop the hill might be a little steep, but you'll be eternally grateful you made the effort once you reach the summit. The unique location of this fine dining restaurant sets it apart from the competition. There's nothing quite like watching the sunset over the gently lapping waves in the marina as you spoon another succulent morsel into your mouth. A tip from us – try and reserve a private balcony if possible.
Calma is a family run restaurant specialising in home-made meals. Located in a building that looks both modern and traditional, it backs onto a lush garden rich in colourful flowers and shady leaves. The menu offers a good mix of seafood, salads and beef dishes, with more besides and they don't skimp on the presentation. The cosy interior with its white tablecloths and rustic wall decorations make you feel like an honoured guest of the family owners, who'll definitely treat you as such.
When looking for a quick bite, the only option doesn't have to be a burger. Instead try the far healthier Gyros in Koukounaries, which straddles the line between fast-food joint and family restaurant with ease. The outdoor setting, generous portions, friendly service and reasonable pricing make the place a firm favourite with returning tourists. They also do the best gyros kebabs you're likely to taste in Skiathos.
Easily found on the main road, yet tucked away behind a gate to guarantee cosier surroundings, is locally-famous Jimmy's. Although the venue's every inch a traditional, family-run business, the modern menu options and bright smiles of the people make this a popular destination.
Handmade pizzas are served alongside spiced sausage dishes, seafood platters and plenty of tasty halloumi. Always busy, yet never too frantic to skimp on service, it's easy to see why this place has become so famous with holidaymakers and locals.
Doubling up as both a restaurant and an ouzeri, this sophisticated deli serves up all the classics with a modern twist in chic and sleek surroundings. The ever-friendly staff will be happy to suggest dishes for indecisive patrons, while its cool interior is an ideal spot to escape the throng of tourists and the midday sun during holidays to Skiathos. Meanwhile, the array of locally-sourced honeys, cheeses, figs, olives, olive oils and herbs from the deli make the perfect purchase to take home with you.