You just got home from the beach and took a refreshing shower. The sun goes down and you can feel the afternoon breeze on your skin. Greeks are in the streets, drinking frappe, speaking loudly and eating meze.
The sunset covers buildings in a beautiful shade of orange and you decide to relax in a coffee shop. Arokaria café is not far from the Venetian Harbor and it's the perfect spot for a homemade lemonade! You will recognize it by the pink bougainvillea trees and the colorful tables. It’s a great place to grab a drink with a friend. If you sit on the patio you can watch the busy street with Greeks riding on their motorcycles.
In the other side of the Old Town, right next to Mikrasiaton Square, you will find another place worth visiting. Figaro café - bar is full of university students and if you are lucky you may catch a band playing live music. The decoration is amazing, especially the painting of a house in the interior. Surrounded by plants, Figaro is almost like a small wonderland. You should definitely try the hot chocolate -it's the best one that I've had in Rethymno.
UPDATE FROM THE EDITOR: Since this article was written Figaro has changed ownership and name and as such we can no longer recommend it.
By now, you must be feeling hungry. If you enjoy good food, Rakodikeio is the place to be. It's a family run restaurant with homemade style food. It’s quite small and sometimes you may have trouble finding a free table. You can never know what's the daily menu. You will have to enter the kitchen and make a choice. As you check the plates, they will describe them and help you choose. You won’t pay much – small plates are 3€, and the big ones cost 5€. Amazing food, good service, Cretan music – perfect combination to make you wanna come back!
When you’re ready to party, you should start in Black Lotus. It’s the pub opposite of Arokaria. They play good rock, indie and alternative music. They have special offers for beer every evening and discounted coffee every morning. It’s a clean and cozy place. You can lounge on one the sofas or at the bar.
When you finish drinking in Black Lotus and if you still feel like partying, go to Metropolis. Grab some "free shot" coupons from the ice-cream shop in the corner. In Metropolis, the DJ plays all sorts of music –Greek pop, international and some "Laiko" (usually at the end of the night). Surprisingly, you will find many tourists dancing in Metropolis.
Are you done partying? Feeling hungry again? I know just what you need! Right next to Rakodikeio, you will find the after-party heaven. Tyraki is a sandwich place, with a wide variety of ingredients and condiments they make in-house. Some of my friends used to buy two sandwiches at one go -proof that the taste is great.
Go home, take a shower, fall sleep, wake up late and go to the beach. Rinse and repeat.
Katarzyna Cieślik wrote this article on behalf of Apartment Old Town. She studied economics in the University of Crete as an Erasmus student and management in Jagiellonian University. She is an avid photographer and has her own blog. The article has been proofread and edited by Valanti.
Photos by: Paolo Tagliaferri, Arokaria Facebook, Figaro Facebook, Rakodikeio Foursquare, Black Lotus Facebook, Metropolis Facebook, Tyraki Facebook
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