We arrived in Greece exhausted from the rough ferry ride. By the time we got settled in our room at the Hotel Adonis, it was time for dinner.
I checked TripAdvisor and found a place nearby along the waterfront. On our walk there, we passed the famous windmills of Mykonos. They are non operational, but back in the day, they were used to grind barley and wheat!
We arrived at a restaurant called “Nice n Easy.” We were seated on their large outside covered patio. The atmosphere was overwhelming. There were loud tables of people surrounding us and waiters kept bumping into our table. I looked at the menu and it looked like a chain restaurant. Who comes to Greece to order a quesadilla? The restaurant was packed with foreign tourists. We ordered water and decided to leave.
We wandered the narrow streets until we found Paraportiani. It was a small restaurant that served Greek food. It was already 9pm so we decided to settle on it. I ordered the fish of the day and it was delicious! We later learned that there are no fishermen on Mykonos since all the locals are wealthy. That means most of the seafood is imported from other islands. Regardless, it was a good dinner!
The next morning, we woke up without a plan. Mykonos doesn’t have any free walking tours and the downtown is so small that we had already explored most of it the night before! Still, we headed down to see the streets in the daytime.
They were packed with tourists. Just like Santorini, Mykonos hosts cruise tourists each day. There were several groups being led around like sheep by a tour guide carrying a flag. After a couple hours of wandering, we stopped by Lotus for a midday cocktail. Mom ordered the “Pirates Punch” with kumquat, caramel, and mint. It was delicious!
The name pays homage to the history of Mykonos’ winding streets. They are the opposite of a grid system and were constructed that way to confuse pirates who were trying to loot the city.
We got hungry for dinner around 5pm, but everywhere was closed for their daily siesta! No where was scheduled to open until 7pm at the earliest. As we tried to find a place to go, we walked by Lotus again and they were open. I figured they served a good cocktail earlier in the day, so we could at least stop by for more drinks and an appetizer until dinner. We ended up ordering the grilled mushroom appetizer and it was so delicious that we stayed for dinner!
Eating and drinking at Lotus was the best of the entire trip. Every dish was tasty. We got the modern Greek salad with whipped feta, lobster ravioli, and truffle gnocchi. They offered us free dessert of chocolate mousse, too! I was shocked when I looked them up on TripAdvisor and saw that they had few reviews despite being open for several years. Goes to show that you can’t trust the internet!
The next day, we skipped the hotel breakfast and ate along the water. I ordered a Greek salad and it was served in a jar. This made it extremely hard to eat! I asked for a bowl and was told that it was against the rules and they couldn’t give me one. What kind of rule is that?! It was the most baffling restaurant experience I’ve had in awhile.
Later that day, we prepared for our cooking class. We had signed up for a lesson in Greek cruising through the company Myconian Spiti. The classes are led by a local Greek woman and her cousin in their beautiful home. The class was several hours long and we learned how to make spanakopita, tzatziki, and stuffed peppers. We also ate beef, rice, and dessert that she had prepared. It was a lot of food!
I enjoyed learning tips on cooking, but some of it was completely wrong! She told us that any rice cannot be eaten after 2 days, but yogurt sauce can stay fresh for up to a month. She also said that rubbing Greek liquor on your forehead will cure headaches. I had to bite my tongue when she kept talking about how food made with pastry dough and gallons of olive oil is “the healthiest.”
After our evening of cooking, we spent the entire following day at the beach. Mykonos is known as a party island and has one of the largest beach clubs in the world. We obviously didn’t participate in that activity, but we did walk to Ornos beach and spend the afternoon relaxing on the sand. I was shocked that they charge 10€ just to sit on their beach chairs! The view was worth it, though.
That evening, we were faced with the same dilemma of wanting to eat at 6pm but everywhere being closed. We ended up at Sale & Pepe because their menu looked like it had a lot of options. That was a big lie! We tried ordering 4 different dishes and being told they were “unavailable.” I ended up with the “fig stuffed baby rooster” but the dish looked nothing like I expected.
Most Greek food is under-seasoned, but this was bland beyond comparison! Not a great final meal!
The next morning, Mom left to catch her flight. Mine didn’t leave until the next day, so I spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool and catching up on reading. This trip is exhausting! I feel pressure to make the most of each day in a new place, but sometimes I am just too tired or there’s nothing left to see. The Greek Islands are definitely a place for relaxation and eating – not adventuring. I might return someday, but there are so many other countries I want to see first!