Where to eat on a budget in Santorini?

Visiting a country means discovering its culture, customs and cuisine. Eating locally is often one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the country and learn more about it. However, in tourist areas such as Santorini, it can be difficult to find places that are popular with the locals for their typical flavours and quality dishes. Fortunately, that's what this guide is all about! We'll show you the best places to eat on a budget on the island of Santorini, as well as the specialities you should try before you leave.

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Greek sandwiches: PitoGyros and Yogi Gyro

You can't come to Greece without eating a Greek. Also known as kebap in Turkey, these grilled meat sandwiches come in many variations. Here, you'll hear them referred to as gyros. As well as being inexpensive, this type of street food allows you to eat quickly between two visits. It's also an opportunity to try some local produce. Like the famous Greek yoghurt, which is often the main ingredient in gyros sauces, and Santorini tomatoes.

This may not be obvious given the country's drought, but tomatoes are one of the island's pride and joys, and are used in a local PDO recipe: tomatokeftedes, tomato fritters that are sold all over the island in season. In the sauces we also frequently find fava, a purée of yellow split peas, which also has a PDO.

Fameux tomatokeftedes et sauce yaourt

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For addresses, we recommend Pito Gyros in Oia. The price is around €10 for a plate of Gyros (the Greek equivalent of a kebab in France) or Souvlakis (skewers of grilled meat and vegetables). Note that elsewhere in the country, the equivalent will often cost half the price, but €10 for a meal in Santorini is still a very good price...

Practical information

📍 Location : Oia 847 02, Greece

⏰ O pening times: 12pm to 11pm

👛 Prices: around ten euros on average for a dish

In Fira, the capital of Santorini, the best address in Gyros is Yogi Gyro. The choice is colossal and will delight all palates. The recipes are the same as in the other Gyros restaurants, except for the unique choice of salad.

Practical information

📍 Location : 25is Martiou, Thira 847 00, Greece

⏰ O pening times: 12pm to 2am

👛 Prices: around ten euros on average for a dish

Port d'Ammoudi in Oia: fresh fish at affordable prices

Fishing is still an important part of Santorini's daily life, and the harbours are frequented by both curious tourists and locals in search of fresh fish. And it's to the port of Ammoudi in Oia that we take you for the best addresses for reasonably-priced fish restaurants. Beware of unpleasant surprises, as many restaurants offer dishes at high prices for a quality that is not necessarily so. However, many are still affordable. We recommend Elinikon, a little away from the crowds, where dishes cost between €10 and €20, which is more than reasonable given the quality, location and type of dishes. We recommend the various octopus-based recipes, which are much more innovative and varied than in our restaurant.

Practical information

📍 Location: Nik. Nomikou, Oía 847 02, Greece

⏰ O pening times: 12pm to 10.30pm

👛 Prices: between €10 and €20

Traditional cuisine and fine wines in Pyrgos: Metaxy Mas Tavern

The Metaxy Mas Tavern has an excellent reputation on the island. It is located a little further away from the main tourist attractions, in Pyrgos, which probably allows it to be just as competitive on price. Be warned, though, that you'll need to book in advance if you want to eat there, given the high demand. The restaurant serves a variety of local dishes, including the country's popular grilled meats: lamb, octopus and other seafood. Eating at Metaxy Mas Tavern is also an opportunity to sample another of the island's must-tries, the dry white Santorini wine, made from grapes grown only on volcanic soils. Santorini wine also has a PDO.

Editor's tip

If you want to buy a few bottles of wine that you've fallen in love with, it's better to buy them in supermarkets than from producers who charge tourist prices, as they are the same wines.

Practical information

📍 Location : Έξω Γωνιά 847 00, Greece

⏰ O pening times: 2.30pm to 11pm

👛 Prices: between €20 and €30

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