Tasty Patras

A dozen minus one proposals for coffee and other gustatory delights

This popular café-bar on the site of the old lighthouse (faros in Greek) is a great seafront option for coffee, pastries and pizza. Gaze out to sea from what feels like a ship’s deck, as you enjoy an assortment of tasty snacks with your beverage of choice. [Akti Dymaion • tel.: (+30) 2610-362.191]

Serving familiar dishes of Greek cuisine, but tweaked and re-worked for a more exotic flavor, this unpretentious eatery enjoys a well-deserved reputation in Patras. Highlights include the linguini with shrimp and the crepe with spinach and traditional Greek whey cheese. [5 Poukevil St.• tel. 2610-272.987]

If you’re looking for hearty salads, tasty pasta, succulent grilled meat and the like, you will find them here, opposite one of the city’s biggest attractions, the Roman Odeon. [27 Sotiriadou & Germanou Sts.• tel. 2610-621.004]

Here you will find not only delicious food but also a good selection of fine wine and draft beer. The cuisine at ever-popular Salumeria in downtown Patras could be described as modern Mediterranean. Be sure to try the buffalo burger with oven-roasted potatoes. [
27 Pantanassis St. • tel. 2610-225.930]

In the mood for a beer, ouzo or tsipouro, served with delectable snacks in a Greek island atmosphere? Look no further. This traditional coffee shop will not disappoint. [7 Kapodistriou Square • tel. 2610-226.522]

Perched on a pine-clad hill in a lovely spot known by locals as the “Veranda” on the Gulf of Patras, this is the place to go for a coffee or a meal and… a bird’s eye panorama. The views are absolutely amazing, taking in the entire area from the Lower Town below as far as the distant mountains across the gulf. [Alsiliou St.• tel.: (+30) 2610-240.566]

An excellent wine bar, where fine labels vie with quality food for your attention. The offerings include delicious salads, pasta dishes, grilled items and mouthwatering desserts, all nicely presented. [147 Riga Ferraiou St. • tel. 2610-221.113]

This modern dairy store is a magnet for the sweet of tooth, with plenty to tempt even the strongest-willed: cream puffs, mille-feuille, lemon tart, fluffy pastries and colorful cakes. All can be taken out or devoured on-the-spot at one of the tables. [32 Germanou St. • tel. 2610-621.004]

Just a few kilometers outside the city, on the seafront at Rio, Naftoiko attracts seafood aficionados and lovers of good food in general. Honest Mediterranean cuisine prepared with quality ingredients, right next to the sea.
[12 Poseidonos St. • Rio, tel. 2610-995.992]

Carousello is a smart café-wine bar that offers a small number of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. Oenophiles are sure to appreciate the wine list, with dozens of labels from some of the finest wineries in Greece, some of which are also served by the glass. [Riga Ferraiou & Patreos Sts. • tel.: 2614-007.536]

A firm favorite with locals and those visitors lucky enough to have found it, this traditional eatery is owned and run by
Toula Constantatou, assisted in the kitchen and dining room by her five children. Dishes are freshly prepared each day by Toula herself, with an emphasis on authenticity and seasonal ingredients. [49 Riga Ferraiou St.• tel. 2610-271.555]

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