five great places to eat & drink in the Cyclades

Head to this sun-baked group of Greek islands and you’ll be rewarded with grilled mackerel, spit-roast pork and fresh octopus salads

Captain Pipinos

This is the place to eat seafood on hippie-chic Antiparos. Simple, traditional and often packed, it’s perfect for a late lunch or sunset dinner. Try the gouna with a side order of fried courgette instead of chips, or if they have crayfish, ask for them grilled. The sea urchin is great too. captainpipinos.com


Omega 3

Sifnos is fun, traditional, and home to this trendy but unpretentious seafood bar. Order sharing plates of taramasalata and various raw fish dishes and accompany your meal with a bottle of fresh, crisp white (ideally a malagousia).


Sarakiniko cove, on Milos, is known for its white rock formations and crystal blue waters. Have a swim, then head to this restaurant to sit in its shady, flower-filled garden and try local dishes like aubergine with pork or roast kid; the meats and cheeses come from the owners’ farm. ohamos-milos.gr


This restaurant on picturesque Kimolos serves fantastic mageirefta dishes – especially oven-baked goat, and aubergines stewed in oil. Also on the island is To Kyma, a more contemporary fish tavern run by Apostolis’ brother (order the octopus and a caper salad). For either, call: 00 30 22870 51001



At this simple Greek tavern, in the main square on Folegandros, order matsata as an accompaniment to rabbit stew, tomato-stewed rooster or kontosouvli (pork roasted on a large spit). The house wine is good, or order a carafe of tsipouro.
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