Of the 3 cities/islands we visited on our 9 day trip around Greece, Mykonos was by far my favourite. As the party season tends to wind down in late September, the island was not as tourist-heavy. That being said, a lot of the bars in our neighbourhood were still open late, so we were able to enjoy a few nights out minus the overwhelming summer crowd. If you are looking to squeeze in a little more partying and a little less R&R, I suggest planning your trip during the last week of September.
Keep reading for a guide on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat & drink in and around Mykonos in three days...
WHERE TO STAY
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge
Our stay at Bill & Coo was the high point of this entire trip. It was every ounce as indulgent and relaxing as you would imagine and the service was unparalleled.
The hotel is located a convenient 10 minute walk from some of the most popular bars and restaurants on the island. As you walk through the lobby, you are greeted by the most serene view and an infinity pool you want to spend all day in. Many (and I mean many) a cocktail was enjoyed sitting by this pool, watching the sun rise and then set. The service at Bill & Coo was impeccable - from a breakfast spread fit for royals, to the team's advice on what to do on the island, to room service and nightly turn down - the team was courteous and knowledgeable and kept us thoroughly entertained. I couldn't recommend the hotel enough and have been nagging on Alistair to make a trip to Mykonos with me next year so he can see for himself what I'm raving about!
Bill & Coo Photo Diary:
WHAT TO DO
Venture from end to end of the island (we started in Little Venice and walked through to the Old Port) and discover local boutiques, cafes, and views to die for along the way. I said this about Athens, and I'll say it about Mykonos - you have to get lost to find the essence of the island.
Stop for a beat to take in a breathtaking island sunset. The bars and restaurants littered across the coast of Little Venice have unobstructed views for you to wind down with a couple of cocktails as the sun goes down.
Spend a morning doing absolutely nothing at a beach resort on Ornos Beach, which is blocked off from the island winds so you can sunbathe and sip sangria without getting too nippy (even in mid-October). We spent a few hours at Kuzina - which has plenty of day beds to lounge on, house wines served by the litre, and snacks to munch on as you bake in the sun.
Eat local fare at a homestyle taverna - there are plenty on the island and your hotel concierge will easily be able to direct you to the nearest one.
Party like the locals do at hole-in-the-wall bars. Most bartenders that we asked were able to rhyme off some of their local favourites with the best music and general good *vibes*.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Joanna's Nikos Taverna - We ate our first meal in Mykonos at Joanna's Nikos Taverna, just a stones throw from the hotel. We were greeted by the owners little pup, so it was already a 10/10 experience for me, but the food went above and beyond. We ordered the special of the day, which was Traditional Greek Plaki (a whole marinated fish accompanied by potatoes) and some croquettas - SO. GOOD.
Caprice Mykonos - We ended two of our nights in Mykonos at Caprice watching the sunset followed by plenty of wine and dancing. The atmosphere was unbeatable even though it was supposed to be "slow season". Can't recommend this spot enough.
Casa Di Giorgio - We had so much trouble walking back to the hotel after Casa Di Giorgi because the food was so decadent and delicious it sent us into an immediate food coma. The live pasta making station, Italian music, and fantastic wine created the perfect ambiance for a low key night.
Jimmy's Gyros - We accidentally stumbled upon Jimmy's on our way back from Caprice one night, in desperate search of a late night snack. Jimmy's has been around for over 30 years and makes some of the most delicious gyros I've EVER eaten.
Pasta Fresca Barkia - Hungry and in desperate search of carbs after a night out, we were drawn to Barkia because of their extensive front display of fresh pasta. The verdict? Too good for words. Expect another food coma.
Lola Bar - Lola is a darling hole-in-the-wall. It's incredibly romantic and filled with coupes on dates (we were likely the only friends in there) but that didn't stop us from enjoying a bottle of their best house red. This is a great place to start your night if you intend on bar hopping.
I really wish I had any photos of food to show you, but I 1) was almost always too hungry to stop and take photos 2) am a terrible food photographer in general. Just take my word for it - anything that is too good to stop and take photos of is worth eating.
Thank you so much for reading my travel diary from Mykonos! It's been well over month since I got back, but I didn't want to let this post slide because I truly loved the island so much. If you ever need more suggestions on where to go and what to do, send us a DM on Instagram!
Next up and last in this three part travel diary from Greece is... Santorini!
Stay tuned! xo