O Kafenes tou Kayabi
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O Kafenes tou Kayabi

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Kayabis Ouzerie in Heraklion

Kayabis cafe and ouzerie in Heraklion

"O Kafenes tou Kayabi" is an ouzeri & kafeneion in the center of Heraklion in Crete, owned by Dimitris Kayabis.

Dimitris offered us the recipe for Kolokithokeftedes (fried courgette/ zucchini balls).


tavern heraklion creteDimitris is a native of the village of Avdou, just inside Lassithi and a few kilometers south of Hersonissos. Dimitris taught himself to cook and owned a taverna in Avdou for five years before opening this current café-ouzerie in Heraklio. It is one of the pleasures of living in this small city that we have so many good eating places to choose from. They may be plain and simple, built in the same style, but each offering something different, often depending on the owner’s personality and tastes.

Some places catch the eye, and are always full. Every night people fill Dimitris’ little café-ouzerie, and they like what they find. Good music, rebetikes and traditional songs, and a warm welcome from the man behind the counter. His collection of photographs is impressive, a patchwork of memories. Primarily, Kafenes Kayabi (from his family name), is known for good simple cooking and excellent wine. The wine is his own production and the food is fresh.

Dimitris’ tavern can be found close to the centre of Heraklio. Follow 1821 Street, up from Liondaria, or Lion Square. It will bring you to a big crossroads in about three minutes. Cross with the traffic lights and you are facing a two way fork in the road. On the right fork, continuing your direction from the centre, you will see Dimitis’ excellent eating house. Call him on 2810 226 286 if you want to sit down with a big group for a late dinner.

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