Delicious food in Ioannina
While going for a walk in the city center, which is near SAZ City Life Hotel, you can opt to taste either local traditional specialities or international cuisine in cosy restaurants.
Try local tastes and suggestions from other cuisines
By the lake front, which is an area called Molos, you can admire the imposing view of lake Pamvotida from midday to nightfall while trying local drinks such as “tsipouro” and “ouzo” or a great variety of premium wines from the local vines of Zitsa, which is a nearby village. You can accompany your drink with traditional or European food in the restaurants that exist by the lake.
On the picturesque island in the lake Pamvotida food is influenced by the existence of the lake. Thus, you can taste some of the local products such as crawfish, grilled eels and fried frog legs all cooked with gourmet or local recipes always in perfect harmony with the tradition. As for dessert, traditional syrup pastries, which are carefully prepared, are available.
The local cuisine of Epirus as well as the traditional coffee shops in the historical center of the city bring back memories and images of the old times both in the city and nearby areas.
There are traditional restaurants, the so-called “tavernas”, in the city center and in nearby areas where visitors can enjoy the famous local pies made of fresh ingredients and always based on recipes which the old generations handed over to the new one. You can also taste local meat which is cooked in Mediterranean style.
If you are keen on the Italian cuisine, there are plenty of Italian restaurants in the city which serve pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes.
If you prefer fast food, you can taste traditional fast food, Asian and American fast food such as burgers, or fresh juice and frozen yogurt. There are plenty of mouth-watering temptations in almost every corner which will suit every taste.
For those who are fond of traditional sweets the world-famous “baklavas” and other sweets are prepared based on traditional recipes. You can find them in most of the patisseries of Ioannina, some of which have been operating for hundreds of years.