If you are in Heraklion for just a day or longer you will not be disappointed by the wide choice of places to eat within the city. Be it a quick snack on the go or an evening meal Heraklion will provide it all with class and style.
In this quick guide we aim to provide you with a few places that from my experience of living in the city will give you a great meal at a great price across a variety of tastes.
If it's a quick bite on the go you are looking for then head to the bustle of the intersection where the bazaar meets Idis Street not far from the Lions Square and here you will find the best street food the city has to offer with 'Patatrak' taking you to french fry heaven and Storoloi hitting the spot with amazing ice cream and my personal favourite for food on the go... 'ChopChop'. Greek street food at it's very best ChopChop will provide souvlaki, bifteki, pancetta and more all in a rustic pita or cob roll with salad, fries and a wide selection of sauces. I usually opt for the chicken bifteki in a roll with fries salad and sauce and it is just superb and comes in with a coke under 5 euros. It's enough to fill you up for lunch or a quick dinner and if you are lucky you'll even find a stool to sit on and watch the world go by.
If it's a cheap but tasty sit down you are after but not a 3 course 'dress up event' meal then there is a lot of choice in the city. Greek fast food can be found at Krassas next to the Astoria hotel looking out onto Eleftherias or 'Freedom' square there's outside tables and a huge variety of Greek and western fast food. The Greek fast food chain Goodys can be found a little further along Idis Street whilst the psitopoleio or grill scene is constantly changing in Heraklion 'Hovoli' on Daskalogianni Square offers a tasty gyros along with a range of Greek food.
For me in this genre of dining there is one place I must recommend and that is Beer O Clock on Parodos Minotauros street just behind Theotokópoulos Park in the centre of the city. Walk past the Lions Square turn left past the numerous cafes and head around the little park and down the small street and on the left will be Beer O Clock. A favourite with the locals since it opened this is burger heaven with beers and a little rock music! It wont bend your wallet but will provide you with a fantastic burger (be it beef, pork or chicken) and an enormous range of both local and world wide beers that are a little away from the ordinary. I love this place for the food the vibe and the beers it's a gem of a spot and the atmosphere is not too shabby either with old records on the walls and tables outside for summer nights. If you're in town like burgers and are hungry go there you won't be disappointed.