This month was my fifth time to Mykonos. Yes I bloody love the place. I started going there when I was twenty three, and ten years later it’s still one of my favourite Greek Islands to visit. It has the ideal balance of eating, drinking, beaching, dancing and relaxing. I can’t say I’m the biggest party animal (any more), but I do love a few cocktails and a boogy on the dance floor. Especially in Mykonos. Something about that place just makes me want to let my hair down.
Here’s a few tips on where to eat, drink, dance, sleep and relax in Mykonos:
EAT – BOWL MYKONOS
A new addition to the windy island is Bowl Mykonos. Located in Ornos, the vegan friendly cafe serves up some of the most deliciously tasting food I’ve tasted on the island. Perfect for a late brunch if you miss your hotel breakfast (like I did on my last trip). I ordered the breaky bowl with haloumi and an iced almond milk latte. Just perfect! Every little detail has been thought through from paper straws (say no to plastic guys) and the interiors are just delightful. Definiately check it out when in Mykonos.
PLAY – SUPER PARADISE
Don’t grow up it’s a trap. And you won’t want to go on this super fun water sports donut thingy. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much as I have on this 15 minute whip around Super Paradise beach. The donut fits ten people and you must hold on real tight while you are spun around the sea by speedboat. I swear the driver tries to throw you out even though he told us not to let go. We only lost my friend Hayley once, but luckily we plucked her out of the sea with no worries. You can organise this activity at the watersports cabana in the middle of Super Paradise beach. 20 euros per person. 5 Stars of fun from me!
SUNSET – LITTLE VENICE
Watching the sunset in Little Venice Mykonos is definitely an iconic activity to tick off your list. Yes there will be crowds, yes there’s lots of tourists and yes you don’t want to do it every night. But sitting on the water’s edge with a cocktail in hand watching the pink sun sink below the horizon, well, it’s just magical. I’d suggest you meander through the streets of Mykonos town before 7pm and snap up a table at one of the cafes. On this last trip we perched up at Galleria cafe and ordered a cheese platter for golden hour and it was perfect.
DANCE – SCORPIOS
If you’re looking for some cool vibes, boho beach decor and cocktails served with a side of sunset, then Scorpios Mykonos is the place to be. It gets busy from 5pm so make sure you have a reservation to get you in the doors. Daybeds and cabanas line the waterfront and an alfresco restaurant, private tables and indoor/outdoor bars create the atmosphere on the upper levels of the beach bar. Nibble on some fish tacos, sip on some margaritas and enjoy the range of DJ sets. My favourite night is the Sneaky Sundays set on a Sunday.
PARTY – CAVO PARADISO
There are many places to dance on the island of Mykonos which is why it’s known as the party island. Depending on what you are up for, you can dance on the beach at some of the beach clubs or if you’re up for a big headliner like Axwell, Cavo Paradiso is situated on a cliff overlooking the the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a pretty magical site to see the sunrise there but I can’t say I’ve done this for over 10 years. Expect to pay a door price of 30 – 50 euros depending on the DJ.
SLEEP – MADOUPA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
When you book last minute for the middle of Summer, Mykonos can be a tough place to find accommodation. It’s one of the most expensive Greek islands to visit so you can expect to pay a lot when visiting the island. I usually stay at the Rocabella Mykonos but they get booked up fast, so we decided on Madoupa hotel. Newly renovated with whites and natural hues, the luxury boutique hotel served exactly what we needed. Centrally located to Mykonos town, and a short drive to the popular beaches, it was our ideal base for a long weekend break. The breakfast was delicious, the pool was quiet and staff were helpful. Easy peasy.
RECOVERY – KUZINA BEACH RESTAURANT
With copious amounts of daybeds with waiter service on offer, Mykonos is perfect for a recovery day at the beach. I needed a little more quiet after a big night out on this trip, so we took ourselves down to Ornos beach to find a home for the day. Kuzina Japanese restaurant and beach bar serve up delicious sushi and watermelon cocktails with a backdrop of mellow beats. Daybeds are approximately 20 euros per person ( I can’t exactly remember) but are totally worth it when you can sleep on them all day and have someone deliver food and drinks to you. Heaven!
New bars and restaurants open each year so I try to discover a few new ones each trip. Even though I try to visit new islands and countries each year, something always draws me back to Mykonos.
Anyone else addicted to Mykonos? What’s your favourite thing to do there?