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Taverns & cafes – open during winter time!

The wintertime in Southern Crete has started, even if it doesn’t feel like it yet! And each year we have the same question: where to go for coffee or dinner during the winter month.

The olive harvest is in full swing and the sound of the generators dominates the region. It is wonderful to spend the days outside, some still go swimming, and others just enjoy the warm rays of sunshine with a coffee or beer in one of the few open cafes or taverns, because most of them are closed here in southern Crete over the winter!
So where can you go to have something to drink and eat? We checked the region and found some ideas for your next coffee break or cozy winter dinner. You have more options than you may have thought:

Kokkinos Pyrgos

Cafe Sugar

open every day/coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sweets, snacks, juices, and drinks


open every day, and also for lunch! Great food, great view – one of my favourits

En Plo – tavern

open every day / good food, a nice view, and an oven to keep you warm

Pelagos Fish tavern

open every day, fresh fish and other greek dishes

Cafe bar Seven

open every day, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sweets, snacks, juices and drinks. Sport streaming on large screens


Tavern Imeros

open every day from noon until night, a cozy place with tasty food

closed on Mondays


IANOS Café Bar Bistro

Open every day from 6.00-22.00. on the weekends they often have events like Musicians there and are open until nighttime. You can check them and their events out on Facebook.

Aron Aron

Cafe, food, and drinks! Open Monday 8.00-17.00. Tuesday – Saturday 8.00-02.00. Sunday 8.00-2.00

Koule (ΚΟΥΛΕ) Café Bar Restaurant.

Here you find food and coffee. Monday-Friday 13.00-03.00. Saturday & Sunday 10.00-03.00

Mulberry Caffe

Every day from 06.00-02.00. Coffee and snacks.

Pizzaria Lanotte Moires

Tuesday-Sunday 17.00-00.00. Pizza, Pasta, Salads and some Greek dishes.

Pizza Ammo’s

Every day (except for Wednesday) 15.00-00.00

Agios Ioannis

Lamb House

Open every day from 2 p.m., except Mondays. Especially for meat fans, animals from our own breeding

Rabbit Tavern

Tasty rabbitomelets, and salads, open daily from 19.00-23.00, Monday closed


Pezoula  Tavern

Open daily from 17.30, Wednesday closed. tavern, with traditional flavors and good Greek dishes,

Sigelakis Tavern

Greek and Mediterranean cuisines in a cozy ambiance with a warming oven. Open daily from 17.00


Central Kafenion

Maria offers coffee in the morning and delicious food in the evening every day. The stove makes it a cozy place where villagers gather.

Open 08.00 -11.00 and from 17.00 -22.00



Villa Mezedes

Stylish Restaurant with good food, sometimes greek music events.  Open Thursday until Sunday


Perfect place for a mix of food, drinks, and meeting people. On the square with heating outside. Open Wednesday until Sunday

Metheksis Kafeneio

They offer many nice smaller and bigger dishes and good salads. A place for younger people. Open every day   


To Kapileio

Traditional food in a cozy space. In addition, good wines and a nice atmosphere. Open every evening expext Monaday and Tuesday.

Despinas Kafenion & Manolis Kafenion

Both are open every day and offer the typical kafenion style. Small dishes, coffee, wine & beer


Kipos Tavern

open Wednesday to Sunday, cozy place with a variety of Greek and European cuisine.

Kelari Tavern

Open Fridays and Saturdays.  Tasty dishes, some are prepared in the stone oven. Warm atmosphere

Cental Kafenion

Open Thursday to Sunday, traditional Kafenion with a touch of a tavern. 

Slow drop

a mindful coffee culture! They offer fresh bread and cakes as well.  Opening again in January 2023 (from 9AM-5PM (Mondays closed)

Minoan Parassies

Cretan dishes prepared on the fire with olive wood. Open every day

Mia Olia

Cocktails and more… Open until the end of the Christmas holidays every evening from 20.00)

Sweet Corner

Hmmm, waffles and crepes even in wintertime… Delicious! Open every day.


Green Kukunari

Exelent food! All home made and vegan.
Open Thuresday-Sunday from 11.00


Greek dishes in a modern ambiance. Many bio products!  Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 17:00-00:00

Tou Manolis

Taste traditional recipes every day from 5 p.m. (or take them home with you)

Kings Cafe

Open every day, Coffee, tea, Hot chocolate, snacks – what more do you want?


2 Friends Tavern

Open on weekend, fresh fish, nice small plates and warm 


Opens 11.03


Zafiria Cafe

Open every day, enjoy Coffee, Drinks, and Toast in the sun

Mousiko Cafe

Coffee, juices, drinks, and small snacks at the Platia of Matala

Petra Votsalo Tavern

Delicious food with incredible views! Open Thursday to Sunday

Mad Irei

Don’t miss the Sunday Brunch, with music and friends. Open just Sundays, if the weather is ok

Le minion fruit bar

open on weekends in good weather.. but not always 😉

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