“Farm to table” cuisine is a bit of a buzzword in Cretan cuisine right now, with restaurants keen to show off the island’s fantastic produce including olive oil, wines, lamb and abundant seafood. Traditional methods of slow cooking make the meat tender, the vegetables caramelised and the breads light and fluffy. Cretan cuisine is hearty and rustic, yet also healthy, with plenty of opportunities to get some veg into your kids!
BabyBreaks has researched the best family friendly restaurants in Crete so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
1. Piato, Agios Nikolaos
First, located beside the beach in pretty Agios Nikolaos, Piato is a family run restaurant with sea views and a relaxed atmosphere. A fixture on the town’s dining scene since 1980, the owner’s have seen this tiny fishing village grow into an upmarket tourist hotspot, and they have many customers who return here year after year, as well as locals.
The restaurant’s most recent renovation to a sleek and contemporary style features light, bright and airy interiors- although it looks elegant, kids are more than welcome to run around and are sure to be made a fuss of by the child-friendly owners and staff.
It is on the pricier end of restaurants in town, but worth it for delicious dishes like lobster tagliatelle and 16 hour slow cooked pork. Each dish is infused with olive oil from the family’s own olive grove, and all wines come from Greek vineyards.
Phone: +30 2841 023173
2. To Pareaki, Agios Nikolaos
Rated the number one child friendly restaurant in Agios Nikolaos on Trip Advisor, this traditional taverna serves authentic Greek cuisine overlooking the harbour. The relaxed, familial feel matches the rustic cuisine – expect simple, hearty dishes like moussaka, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and sweet, creamy, salty, hot and flaky cheese pies – heaven! Children do not have their own menu but they can adapt the main menu for smaller portions. Overall, a true choice for family friendly restaurants in Crete.
Phone: +30 2841 023478
3. Taverna Biofarm Armos, Maroulas
A short drive from Rethymno (6km), this hidden gem is sure to be a highlight of your holiday. Located in the beautiful old Venetian village of Maroulas, it has magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. There’s a large outdoor terrace where you can soak up the vistas, resident goats for the kids to feed, and fantastic organic cuisine using produce from the restaurant’s garden. Armos also produces its own organic wine, which you can taste and buy to take home.
Phone: +30 697 346 8891
4. Med Cafe & Restaurant, Hersonissus
Situated in bustling Hersonissus, this waterside cafe feels like a little oasis away from the town. Book one of their tables right on the rocks, where the kids can spot fish and crabs in the crystal clear water, or even dip their toes in while they wait for the food to arrive! Med Cafe sources all produce locally, including many organic vegetables from their own gardens. Furthermore, Dinner options include paella, gluten free pizza, smoked lamb chops and freshly caught seafood. Seaside tables are limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Phone: +30 2897 022393
5. Chrisostomos, Chania
Finally, this award winning restaurant is a must visit if you’re staying in the Venetian city of Chania. It receives consistently excellent reviews for its truly authentic cuisine, homemade by the owner and chef using the very best locally sourced produce.
Located a little way back from the busy old port, there is no sea view (the view is actually of a car park!) but this renowned place still gets very busy so we recommend booking in advance.
Phone: +30 2821 057035
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