Skiathos - A foodie's paradise

'Dining tables in local restaurant with a view of the sea Skiathos, Greece' - Skiathos
'Dining tables in local restaurant with a view of the sea Skiathos, Greece' Neil Lang / Shutterstock

Greece is one of the top destinations for food lovers and those who want to taste quality Mediterranean food with unique flavours. Typical of Greece's food culture is the local specialties you can enjoy in almost every place you visit, turning your experience into an original gastronomic journey!

Skiathos in particular is a foodie's paradise as there is something for everyone on the island. There is a variety of restaurants both for the budget conscious and the gourmet lovers. Tasting the local cuisine is also a must as you will find a lot of traditional products of Skiathos, carefully produced by the locals with the purest ingredients the nature of the island has to offer.

The island is well-known for its traditional macaroon biscuits, called 'amygdalota' from the Greek word for almond, and its “spoon sweet”. Spoon sweets are sweet preserves served in small portions as a gesture of hospitality, but they can also be served as a regular dessert. They can be made of fruit, but in Sporades, they make it with almonds and they call it 'aspro', meaning white, because of the colour of the blanched almonds used for its preparation.

It is definitely worth trying Skiathos pies, particularly the local version of herb pie - in Greek, 'hortopita'. Other traditional products of Skiathos include the wine of the area known from the ancient times, homemade liqueurs, olives and honey. You can find such products in traditional or health food stores around the island.

For lunch or dinner, walk along the old harbour of Skiathos and choose one of the many restaurants to be found in this area serving both continental cuisine and traditional Greek food. If this is your first time on the island or even in Greece, you should definitely try the freshly caught fish and seafood served in almost all the “tavernas” on the island. But even if you have a more cosmopolitan taste, there are many restaurants serving international dishes. No matter what your preference is, you will find the right place for you and you will feel like your mouth is in heaven! As Greeks love food, there are restaurants in almost any of the most popular villages and beaches on the island. So, don't worry if you are far from Skiathos town and the port.

For grabbing a quick bite which will make you feel as full as possible, there are pizzerias and other fast food restaurants, but you should definitely taste the Greek “souvlaki” or “gyros”, especially if you aren't familiar with the Greek fast food at all. Both of them are made of meat and take street food to another level!

When visiting Skiathos, one thing’s for sure: You won’t go hungry!