A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), Hydra is a stunning and aristocratic destination that is one of the only islands in Greece without vehicles, making it a tranquil and laid-back spot to sit back, relax and unwind. 

Perched among thousands of steps and little alleyways, Hydra island offers an easy-going atmosphere, romantic sunsets, and some breathtaking places where you can enjoy fabulous food and drinks. 

When it comes to where to eat and drink in Hydra, our list has it all: from early evening cocktails with light pre-dinner bites to the finest and freshest seafood dishes on offer – you won’t waste a meal, and you certainly won’t leave hungry.

So, if you’re heading to Hydra…here’s where you should eat and drink! 

Techne Restaurant & Social is a seaside eatery set in a renovated historic building, which, in fact, was an 1870s former boat factory. Located above Avlaki beach, a 10-minute walk from Hydra harbour, they serve great Mediterranean dishes on a stunning terrace that has great views out to the Aegean Sea (perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sunset). 

Omilos Restaurant has an old-world charm and is also set right on the water, making it an ideal place for a late lunch or dinner. This chic, all-white waterside restaurant serves modern dishes and local cuisine using fresh ingredients and seasonal produce. 

To Piato is a traditional restaurant with a big collection of plates, decorated by guests who eat here. From its prime spot, you can see the port while you enjoy fabulous dishes. Centrally located under the shade of the Clocktower of Hydra, right next to the Byzantine Museum, the Piato Restaurant is famous for its great Greek food, relaxing vibe, and warm service.

Caprice, an Italian trattoria, only 150m from the port is decorated with old photos, tools, and equipment used by sponge divers. Serving traditional Italian recipes made with fresh Greek ingredients it is located at a hidden spot behind Hydra’s port. 

Il Casta, another authentic Italian restaurant in the alleyways of Hydra’s town serves food from Napoli and the South of Italy. Located just off the port, it features a nice indoor dining space as well as a charming private courtyard. Here you can taste handmade pasta with fresh seafood and top Italian wines. 

Ostria Tavern is the place to go for locally caught calamari and other shellfish. Located on the corner of the port, next to the side entrance of Hydra’s Cathedral Temple, it’s the perfect spot for a casual meal. 

Hydronetta is Hydra’s famous café-bar carved into the rustic coastline near Hydra’s harbour. Embraced by rocks and enwrapped by the sea, it offers a picturesque spot for swimming, diving, as well as a good place to spend the afternoon alternating between a drink and a dip. With a great cocktail menu- make sure you are here in time for the sunset.

Amalour is the place for cocktail lovers and Isalos Café, the most well-known café on the island is also one to add to the list. Ask for the Caffe del Doge, a specialty coffee from Venice. 

Finally, Pirate Bar for pre-dinner drinks. This bar on the corner of the harbour is open all day and is a great spot for people-watching and a place to mingle with locals.

Main Images: Techne Restaurant and Social 

Polina Paraskevopoulou

Polina is a journalism graduate & has a Masters degree in Cultural Management. Specialising in travel and fashion, she is also a Paris Fashion Week Correspondent & a lover of photography. She has collaborated with magazines & websites in Greece, France and Australia. Dividing her time between Athens and Paris, the two city stations of her life, Polina's travels around the world found shelter at lavienblog.com while her Parisian discoveries are at myparisiennewalkways.com.

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