10 things to eat in Santorini and where

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If you are planning a trip to Santorini, one of the most fascinating islands of the Cyclades, you will think first of all about relaxation and fun. The island is in fact famous for its beautiful beaches, for the blue and crystalline sea, and for the lively but never exaggerated nightlife. However, we must not forget another fundamental aspect of the visit to Santorini, namely the discovery of its gastronomic and culinary traditions.

The recipes of the island mostly belong to the traditional greek cuisine, even if some restaurants present there manage to give a truly unique touch to these dishes. Greek cuisine, as well as Italian, is based on Mediterranean diet, for this reason the two traditions are very similar, even if there are fundamental differences. Olive oil, spices, vegetables and fish are also the masters in Santorini. What are the most delicious specialties to taste on the island? Here is a list of 10 typical Santorini dishes and tips on where to taste them.


  1. Moussaka
  2. Domatokeftedes
  3. Tzatziki
  4. Gemistà
  5. feta
  6. Gyros
  7. Baklavas
  8. Loukoumades
  9. Peanuts Sesame Holy Nuts
  10. dolmades
  11. Where to eat in Santorini: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Moussaka

It is one of Greek national dishes and it resembles the Sicilian aubergine parmigiana. It is therefore a flan characterized by alternating layers of fried eggplant and meat sauce, completed by a sprinkling of grated cheese. The layers are then covered with abundant béchamel and everything is finally baked in the oven.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: 11 Euros
  • Main ingredients: eggplant, meat, bechamel, cheese

2 - Domatokeftedes

They are tasty tomato meatballs, enriched with mint and onion. The dish is also very popular with vegetarians and vegans, as it does not contain meat or eggs.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: 6 Euros
  • Main ingredients: fresh tomatoes, onion, mint

3 - Tzatziki

This dish is generally served as an appetizer but is excellent at any time of the day, even as a snack or as a side dish. IS a creamy sauce and as simple as it is tasty, the only ingredients are Greek yogurt, cucumber and garlic. It is one of the best known and appreciated recipes of Greek cuisine, usually accompanies crostini or pita, the typical white, soft and flat Greek bread.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 4.50 Euros
  • Main ingredients: yogurt, cucumbers, garlic

4 - Gemistà

It is a dish made from tomatoes or peppers (red and green) filled with rice and spices. There are several variations, some for example include the addition of minced meat, cheese or pine nuts in the filling, or the use of bulgur instead of rice. It is a summer dish (it can be eaten both hot and cold) both because it is light but tasty, and because it is possible to use tomatoes when they are beautifully ripe.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about 10 Euros
  • Main ingredients: tomatoes or peppers, rice (or bulgur), spices

5 - Feta

It is without a doubt the most famous Greek cheese, produced with fresh sheep and goat milk, with a percentage of 80% sheep's milk and 20% goat's milk. It is a seasoned, savory and salty semi-hard cheese, white in color and without rind. It is consumed alone, especially by those who love strong flavors, or used for different recipes, such as large salads.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: based on the specialty that contains it
  • Main ingredients: sheep and goat milk

6 - Gyros

Gyros is a dish that is part of typical street food of Greece. It has many similarities with the kebab, it is in fact formed by the pita, the typical Greek round and flat bread, to which is added a filling consisting of pork previously cooked on long skewers and cut into thin slices. The meat comes topped with tzatziki and a mix of vegetables.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: 8 Euros
  • Main ingredients: pita bread, roasted pork, tzatziki, vegetables

7 - Baklavas

Finally a dessert, and what a dessert! It is a recipe disputed between the Greek and Turkish traditions, which claim its origin. In fact, baklava is present in almost all the cuisines of Asia and the Balkans, it is a fairly complex dessert made up of several layers of thin sheets of phyllo dough and more or less finely chopped walnuts (or pistachios). Everything is soaked in a mix of sugar and lemon juice or honey and spices with rose water and baked in the oven. The Greek tradition requires that the dessert, before being served, is cut into triangles, squares or rectangles. A curiosity: the Orthodox belief wants that the layers of the cake are 33, like the years of Christ.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 4 Euros
  • Main ingredients: filo pastry, chopped nuts or pistachios, honey, sugar

8 - Loukoumades

Here is another dessert, namely of Sweet pancakes of Turkish origin. They are small balls that, once fried, are covered with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts. The dish comes from the East and it is usually consumed on the day of Sant'Andrea: women prepare it and bring it to church during the mass dedicated to the saint. Why Sant'Andrea really? Tradition says that it was the saint's wife who prepared these sweets for Jesus and his disciples when one day they arrived in their country hungry.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 4 Euros
  • Main ingredients: flour for cakes, yeast, cooking salt, milk, water

9 - Peanuts Sesame Santo Nuts

More than a real dish, it is a snack, consisting of peanuts covered with sesame and sugar. Usually served as an aperitif, they can be consumed at any time of the day also because, once tasted, you won't be able to stop eating them!

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 4.50 Euros
  • Main ingredients: peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar

10 - Dolmades

A typical dish of Greece and one of a kind. They are gods rice rolls wrapped in vine leaves, they can have a different filling according to the variants: pine nuts and raisins, meat, raw or boiled rice, fresh spices.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: 2.30 Euros
  • Main ingredients: rice, meat, spices

Where to eat in Santorini: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Olive oil, cereals, fresh vegetables and fish are the basis of traditional Greek cuisine, but above all of the most beautiful jewel of the Cyclades islands: Santorini. Admired for its scenic white towns perched on the top of sheer cliffs, Santorini is a popular tourist destination at any time of the year. To find out which are the best restaurants in Santorini (especially street food ones), we have prepared a list full of goodies!

1 - Anemoloos

  • Description: family-run tavern, perfect for a romantic dinner based on typical Greek specialties
  • specialty: tzatziki with meat
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Exo Gonia - Get directions

2 - Aidani

  • Description: typical Greek place, far from the usual tourist routes and therefore frequented mostly by locals
  • specialty: feta rolls
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Vourvoulus Square - Get directions

3 - Melitini

  • Description: excellent restaurant in the center of Oia, with the possibility to dine on the terrace while watching the sunset
  • specialty: Greek tapas
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Epar od Firon las - Get directions

4 - Meat Corner

  • Description: Paradise for lovers of Greek street food, characterized by Italian speaking staff and quick but friendly service
  • specialty: grilled meat
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Fira, 84700 - Get directions

5 - Let's eat

  • Description: excellent street food place away from the chaos of the city. Highly recommended for delicious and tasty appetizers.
  • specialty: Gyros
  • Average price: from € 13,00 per person
  • Address: Imerovigli, 84700 - Get directions

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