This post has been a long time coming. I have had it in my planned posts since last August, and just never got around to posting. However, today is the day, and I have combined a bit of travel and food into one. Here is my guide on where to eat in Parga. A foodie tour of sorts.
Way back in August I took my second trip to the wonderful Greek town of Parga. I absolutely love this place, as it has the hustle and bustle of a town, as well as a beach. It is touristy, without being the typical ‘British’ tourist place. Not only this but it has a plethora of places to enjoy a yummy Greek meal. You can also see my first ever travel vlog, featuring some of the eateries on this list. My second Parga vlog also features and re-features some of these places too.
After visiting twice, once for a week and once for two weeks, I feel I have had a pretty good chance to check out the many tavernas, cafes and eateries in Parga. So, why not share some of the places I loved and think you would love too if you ever visit Parga.
Where to eat in Parga?
So, there are so many places to choose from, and I can honestly say we never had a bad meal in Parga. However, some were way nicer than others, and I guess restaurants and food can be down to personal taste. Here are my top 10 places of where to eat in Parga. Some are perfect for the evening meal, and others perfect for a snack.
Golfo Beach Taverna:
Golfo is a beachside taverna, on the Piso Krioneri Beach. It is open for most of the day and late into the night. It offers a vast range of Greek to try, perfect when heading for lunch from the beach and for a great evening out. Make sure to visit on one of their ‘Greek nights’ where there is live music and the waiters/owners also have a dance.
You must try the courgette fritters, large Greek beans, stuffed pepper, tzatziki and Papoutsakia (stuffed aubergine).
Perivoli is set back from the main town and was close to where we stayed on my second visit. It is worth the short walk away from the town though. Very reasonably priced, with large tasty portions! The staff are super friendly and there is even a small children’s play area. I don’t have any photos of my food from here, but take my word for it, the food is delicious! I think I had Papoutsakia one time, and stuffed tomatoes/peppers another time. Delicious!
Kastro 1380 is on top of the large hill in Parga, overlooking the bay, but just underneath Parga castle. This is a fine dining experience to have. Not only is the food delicious but the views are stunning. Well worth a visit earlier on tow watch the sunset over the bay. The beef fillet in Madeira sauce in to die for. We celebrated my parents 30th wedding anniversary here, so definitely a good choice for special occasions. I mean just look at that view!
Another situated high up in Parga. This is more in the ‘old town’ on the top of the hill away from the harbour. Definitely a bit of a trek to get here, but so worth it. You feel like you are part of the village with how the tables and chairs are laid out. You are basically in the street, which is a wonder to watch the dishes flying out of the small restaurant. It gets super busy and is very popular, so you may need to book a table or join the queue to wait. It’s not all bad though, you do get a little drink to have whilst waiting for free. Try the Spetzofai – a spicy Greek sausage casserole of sorts.
Fish Taverna Soulis:
This one is set on the harbour, so boasts lovely views of the sea and the small islet just out of the town. It is typically a seafood restaurant, with the fish being freshly caught. Another popular place to visit, especially in high season. Portions are reasonable but not overly big, as are the prices. Staff are lovely. A perfect place to people-watch with a good meal and carafe of wine. Try the calamari and chips, it comes in a wooden basket!
Another taverna set back from the main street of the harbour, but a true delight. Again it feels like you are eating in someone’s back garden, with the waiters crossing the small street to serve the food. A lovely rustic looking taverna with super yummy food. I would definitely love to eat here again. Try the chicken souvlaki, it is done to perfection. (Sorry about the picture, I was halfway eating when I remember I needed to take a photo!)
The Old Garden:
This is the perfect place for a drink and snack, especially from off the beach. It is right on the beach front, so the perfect location to watch the waves rolling in. We opted to have a drink and snack here on my first visit. The Greek cheese board is delicious! You also can’t beat a nice ice cold frappe too!
So, this one is technically a bar, but one that does some yummy food. This is mainly in the form of meze, so perfect if you are just looking for a snack. Hidden in one of the back streets of Parga, but a great find! The lady here is lovely, and such fun to talk to. You get your drinks, and she will then offer a small plate of meze, usually stuffed vine leaves and giant Greek beans. When we visited, her family were in, and she had made food for her grandchildren. She offered a portion to my little niece too. True Greek hospitality.
Coral Bar and Restaurant:
This place is out of Parga town, on Lichnos beach. Another great place to head if you are looking for a spot of lunch after lounging on the beach. Service can be quite slow when it is busy, as the place is huge; but the food is well worth it. We opted for a few dishes to share, with the salads being stacked high. Well worth the wait.
I couldn’t complete this list without adding a place that sells the yummy Greek fast food of Gyros! There are loads of gyros pitta joints in Parga, but I found this one was the tastiest. (I know a tough job, but someone has to do it!). This one is on the street back from the main harbour (go up the side of the anchor) and nestled between a few others. To be honest, you can’t go wrong in any of the gyros places, but this one is nice! I think they also do a vegetarian version of the gyros too!
Where to eat in Parga summary:
So there you have my 10 places to eat in Parga. There are loads more that I could add to the list, however, I thought 10 would be enough. Have you visited Parga before? Which f these do you prefer the most? Let me know in the comments below!