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Charlie is a swish new cocktail bar and nightclub at Little Venice …
… while 180o Sunset Bar is a new cocktail and wine lounge at Castle Panigirakis on the hillside behind the Mykonos Town harbour. See more about it and Charlie, in the “Bars and Nightlife Venues” section below.
~ Restaurants ~
♦ Ebi Tempura:
Ebi Tempura Bar & Resto describes itself as “a jewel in the crown” of the new Livin Mykonos luxury boutique hotel, which opened May 29 in the Drafaki district near the Mykonos Town center.
Created by Athens-born owner and award-winning chef Ahmed Ahmed, Ebi Tempura also claims bragging rights as “the first tempura bar in Greece.” (Tempura is the Japanese word for shrimp.) The restaurant menu extends far beyond shrimp, however, offering “creative Japanese cuisine — with Western and Mediterranean twists.” Also on the menu are contemporary Mediterranean and European gourmet dishes, as well as “staples of home-style cooling from the Cycladic islands.”
The open-air restaurant and bar overlook the Livin Mykonos hotel swimming pool, but guests can access the premises through the restaurant’s separate entrance.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for Ebi Tempura.
Below is a photo of Chef Ahmed and several pictures of the restaurant premises that have appeared on the Ebi Tempura Bar & Resto page on Facebook:
♦ Liberty Breakfast Room:
Although its name may suggest it’s just a place to enjoy what’s often called the “most important meal of the day,” you’ll find that the menu at The Liberty Breakfast Room is not limited to morning coffee, breakfast and brunch fare. And while it calls itself “the first breakfast restaurant in Greece,” the Liberty also serves lunch, a variety of coffees and teas, comfort food meals, and desserts, and boasts a cocktail and wine bar.
Open since July 14, The Liberty Breakfast Room fully embraces and promotes the “eat local” trend for food product sourcing and preparation. “Starting from the Cyclades we reach out to the whole of Greece. Greece is the place we love!” the restaurant proudly proclaims on its Facebook page. Its freshly baked breads are made from Greek flour and grains; its wines and olive oil are sourced from producers in Greece; and its meals are prepared with fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses butter and other ingredients that are raised, grown or made by small producers on Mykonos as well as nearby islands and on the Greek mainland.
Thanks to its hilltop location, The Liberty Breakfast Room has a large-open air terrace from which customers can enjoy sea views while they drink or dine.
The restaurant is located on the peripheral road, near the traffic roundabout above the south side of Mykonos Town.
Below are photos that have appeared on The Liberty Breakfast Room Facebook page:
♦ Lucky Fish:
Among the several new restaurants opening on Mykonos this summer is Lucky Fish, which is situated at 6 Nikou Kalogera Street in the heart of Mykonos Town (in the premises formerly occupied by Nautilus restaurant). As you can gather from its name, the restaurant specializes in fish, but also serves Mediterranean cuisine. Lucky Fish has not replied to my requests for further information, but in mid-June a reviewer wrote on Facebook that the restaurant is owned by Dimitris Daktilidis, a partner in the popular O’Bati restaurant on Mykonos.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for Lucky Fish.
Below are photos of Lucky Fish that have been shared on its Facebook page:
♦ Mykonian Plate:
Mykonian Plate is a new Greek restaurant located on the outskirts of Ano Mera 9 (on the left side of the highway if you’re driving from Mykonos Town). The restaurant specializes in hearty home-made Greek cuisine cooked and presented traditional-style — reasonably-priced and typical mom-and-pop taverna fare that isn’t “fancied up” like the food served at the slick and chic modern Greek restaurants in Mykonos Town.
Mykonian Plate prepares a selection of about five special main dishes daily, and posts the day’s menu on its Facebook page, often with photos of the food, so customers can find out what’s on offer. The restaurant has a veranda with outdoor seating, and offers delivery service (the phone number is: 22890 28770.)
Click here to read Mykonian Plate’s reviews on TripAdvisor.
Below are photos that have been shared on the Mykonoian Plate Facebook page:
The logo for Semeli Group’s new Lebanese restaurant project
Phoenix Lebanese Restaurant & Sunset Bar is a project of the Semeli Group, which has operated some of the island’s leading accommodations and nightspots including the luxury Semeli Hotel and its acclaimed gourmet restaurant, Thioni; the Mykonos View Hotel and its popular sea- and sunset-view Oniro Bar; and three of the top party places at the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town — Semeli Bar, Project nightclub, and Toy Room Club Mykonos.
For 2016, Semeli Group is adding Phoenix Lebanese Restaurant and Sunset Bar to its Mykonos business portfolio. The Lebanese fusion restaurant will be replacing Oniro Bar at the Mykonos View, and will offer guests superlative views of Mykonos Town, the sea, nearby islands, and of course the sunset. It is opening on Saturday April 30 in time for the Greek Easter holiday celebrations.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for Phoenix.
Below are restaurant photos that Phoenix has posted on its Facebook and social media pages.
A logo for Nesaea, a new restaurant at Agia Anna beach near Kalafatis
Mykonos visitors will have a new dining option in the Kalafatis area this year. One of the newcomers, Neasea restaurant, is promising farm-to-table Greek Island cuisine “in its most creative and elegant version.”
Located at Agia Anna beach near Kalafatis, Nesaea is a venture by the operators of the hugely popular nice n easy Mykonos restaurant at Alefkandra Square on the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town. Scheduled to open at the end of April, Nesaea will feature dishes that spotlight fresh food items sourced from the Greek islands, including seafood, meat and vegetables.
“Like “nice n easy,” the focus here is also on fresh, local ingredients from all over the Greek islands, of which there’s no shortage. Chef Christos Athanasiadis aims to serve elevated traditional cuisine in a tasting menu format, with dishes such as octopus cooked sous vide and served with quinoa biscuits, vinsanto wine jelly and honey; and bison meatballs from the owners’ own farm served with glazed kale, rice, lemon sauce and chips,” Nesaea notes in a media release.
The restaurant has already been profiled in a March 30 2016 article on the international lifestyle website, Departures, as well as in the post entitled Farm to table Greek Island cuisine on the website Fay’s Control (you can use a program like Google Translate to read the article if you don’t understand Greek.) The post in Fay’s Control includes photos of several of Nesaea’s delectable dishes.
Below is a promotional videoclip that was produced by Nesaea, followed by several photos of the restaurant interior that were shared on the Nesaea Facebook page.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for Nesaea.
♦ K for Kiku:
K for KIKU is a new concept restaurant with branches on Mykonos and in the Vouliagmeni suburb of Athens
The owners of the upscale KIKU Japanese restaurants in Mykonos and Athens have introduced a new dining concept this summer, in both places. One is in the Vouliagmeni suburb of Athens, while K for KIKU Mykonos opened this spring at 47 Matogianni Street — the most famous shopping destination in Mykonos Town.
The restaurant didn’t respond to my requests for information, but the K for KIKU Mykonos Facebook page promises “a new taste (Nikkei cuisine) & new experience.” In this case, Nikkei cuisine is a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
Here’s how the restaurant describes itself on Facebook: “The Japanese and Peruvian cuisine are joining forces in a minimalist space that oozes intimacy and relaxation. With the top “Kiku” as a brand placing it “high”, K for KIKU introduces itself through the menu of the chef Stamatis Skriapas, representing the Nikkei cuisine. The dining experience here is completed with a highly up-to-date wine list and the successful cocktail list presented to the public in the form of a card deck, created by the bar manager Vassilis Roussos. The space is decorated by Sissy Feida, known for her high quality work.”
Below are several photos that have been shared on the K for KIKU Mykonos Facebook page.
Tofu sashimi — one of the tantalizing menu items at K for Kiku Mykonos
♦ El Burro:
The logo for El Burro, a cafe opening in late April
Open since late April, El Burro Mykonos is an all-day cafe-bar located in the Vougli district of Mykonos Town (just off Karamanli Konstantinou, the ring road on the hill above the town center).
El Burro serves breakfast dishes including omelets, pancakes, eggs and yogurt until 2 p.m. every day, while its all-day food menu features salads, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and fries. The beverage menu includes homemade lemonade and iced tea, juice, smoothies, milk shakes and cocktails.
Below are photos that have been shared on the El Burro Facebook page:
Compass Mediterranean Bar Restaurant is located in Tourlos a short walk down the road from the Mykonos New Port
Compass celebrates its grand opening on Saturday July 2
People passing through the Tourlos area near the Mykonos New Port will notice the new Mediterranean bar and restaurant, Compass, this summer. It had been expected to open by the end of April, but delays forced owners G. Levantinos and P. Sergetzis to push the official launch to July 2.
Compass is located in the premises that were occupied last year by Cayenne, which I profiled in my What’s new on Mykonos for 2015 blog post. According to the restaurant website, Compass is a “place where you can enjoy your coffee, a great lunch, an evening cocktail or an excellent dinner. ” The menu is intended to reflect Greece “in its most creative form,” with dishes highlighting “fresh, traditional and local products and varieties from all over Greece such as: olive oil, grains, cheese, honey, herbs, meats and seafood, created gustatory senses that takes you away on a wonderful culinary adventure. Completing this experience with an exceptional wine cellar from Greek wineries and bio labels, Compass aims to elevate your senses through simplicity.”
The menu includes salads, hot and cold appetizers, meat dishes, burgers, pizza, pasta, seafood and desserts. It also includes gluten-free and lactose-free items.
Compass boasts a large open-air terrace that has unobstructed views of the sea, sunset, nearby islands and the New Port and marina areas.
Compass will be open from 9 a.m. to 2.30 a.m. daily, serving brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for Compass.
Below are photos that appear in galleries on the Compass website.
♦ Crepa Land:
Crepa Land has opened a crepe and waffle shop in Mykonos Town
Greece’s Crepa Land chain of crepe and waffle shops has opened an outlet in the Scarpa area of Mykonos Town near Little Venice, giving visitors a new place to have breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks or dessert.
Established in Kefalonia in 1992, the company operates numerous franchise outlets in Greece, and is expanding quickly with ambitious plans to have a stable of 60 stores within five years. The Mykonos shop opened in late April and serves crepes, waffles, specialty coffees, club sandwiches and baked sandwiches.
Below are several photos from the Crepa Land Mykonos Facebook page.
Street view of the Crepa Land shop in Mykonos Town
Crepa Land specializes in breakfasts, coffee and sandwiches
Got a sweet tooth? Try one of Crepa Land’s decadent dessert waffles with fruit, ice cream and chocolate sauce
♦ Pizza L’ Angolo:
The logo for Pizza L’ Angolo, a new take-out pizzeria in Mykonos Town
Pizza is a tremendously popular food item on Mykonos, and visitors will have a brand-new pizza joint to check out this summer — Pizza L’ Angolo, which opened April 19 at 6 Kouzi Georgouli Street in Mykonos Town, conveniently close to Skandinavian Bar.
The take-away restaurant specializes in Italian-style pizzas, and plans to add a selection of salads to its menu shortly. Pizza L’ Angelo offers a wide variety of pizzas made with quality ingredients and toppings. There’s a pizza for every taste, including one suitable for vegans — a Margherita made with soy cheese.
Pizza L’ Angolo’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 5 a.m. during April, but store manager Stelious Dimitriou told me the hours will change during the course of the season, and will be shown on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Click here to read reviews for Pizza L’Angolo on TripAdvisor.
Pizza L’ Angolo is situated in a corner location mere steps from Skandinavian Bar, one of the top party clubs on the island
Street view of Pizza L’ Angolo
Counter display at Pizza L’ Angolo. Salads will soon be added to the menu.
Just two of the specialty creations at Pizza L’ Angolo — Pollo, and ham + bacon
♦ Souvlaki Story:
Some of the counter staff at the completely-renovated Souvlaki Story restaurant in Mykonos Town
Souvlaki Story was one of the dozens of new businesses to open shop on Mykonos in 2015, and quickly became one of the most popular. In fact, it was ranked as the #21 Mykonos Town restaurant on TripAdvisor at the time I wrote this post. Located at 37 Enoplon Dinameon Street, the restaurant offered a vast selection of tasty fast-food items for take-out, ranging from gyro and souvlaki combination dinners to sandwiches, burgers, grilled meat sticks, vegetarian grill sticks, hot dogs, low-cal dishes, and more.
For 2016, Souvlaki Story has been given a total renovation, and now features a large dining room with a fresh and bright contemporary decor. The menu has been tweaked a bit as well, to make it easier for customers to order their personalized selections, and to make it faster for staff to prepare and serve the meals.
You can view the restaurant menu on the Souvlaki Story website, and you can find additional restaurant information and photos on the Souvlaki Story Facebook page.
Click here to read reviews for Souvlaki Story onTripAdvisor.
Souvlaki Story’s mouth-watering gyro combo meal
Part of the all-new dining room at Souvlaki Story
Another view of the cheery new dining space at Souvlaki Story
The Souvlaki Story premises were given a complete renovation to create the new dining room for the 2016 tourist season
The logo for Nautilus restaurant in Mykonos Town
If the fine dining restaurant Nautilus is on your list of places to have a meal this summer, don’t go looking for it at the top of Kalogera Street. For 2016, Nautilus has hauled up its “anchor” and relocated to what it describes as its “new leeward ‘port'” — the former post office building in Lakka Square. But only the premises are new — Nautilus promises that customers will still enjoy the same “auuthentic tastes” for which it has long been acclaimed.
Nautilus is “ready to activate senses, ready to share stories with salt and sky, full of scents and love…” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Currently ranked as the #26 restaurant in Mykonos Town on TripAdvisor, Nautilus opened on April 14.
The restaurant exterior is seen in this photo from the Nautilus Facebook page
These images from Nautilus Restaurant’s new Lakka Square location were shared on Facebook by Minas Argyros
~ Bars & nightlife venues ~
♦ Asino Street Cocktail:
If you find yourself fancying a drink as you walk along the main road leading into and away from the Fabrika Square bus depot area, why not drop by Asino Mykonos Street Cocktail. It’s a new roadside bar that has opened this season in premises formerly occupied by Ilias Rent a Bike in the Despotiko district of Mykonos Town. (Asino is situated roughly midway between the Golden Star Hotel and the Ilio Maris Hotel — on the same side of the street — and is directly across the road from the Despotiko Hotel.)
Asino has turned what used to be a scooter parking area into a cozy, sun-shaded terrace where customers can sit and relax with their beverages.
Besides cocktails and other alcoholic drinks, Asino serves a variety of juices and detox teas.
From Google Maps, this Street view image shows the former Ilias Rent a Bike agency, which is now home to Asino Mykonos Street Cocktail bar.
From Asino’s Facebook page, a view of the bar’s sign on the street side of the building. Asino Street Cocktail is just a 5-minute walk up the road from Fabrika Square in Mykonos Town. Below are more photos that have appeared on the Asino Mykonos Street Cocktail page on Facebook.
“Be prepared for the one, the coolest, the sexiest, the biggest nightclub of downtown Mykonos.” That’s how teaser posts on Facebook are describing VOID, which opened on July 7.
VOID is located in the Lakka district of Mykonos Town, in the premises once occupied by the Space Mykonos nightclub. But the new joint doesn’t look anything like the old place — it has been completely transformed with a contemporary Cycladic aesthetic conceived by architect Dimitri Tsigos of Athens-based Omniview Design. From what I’ve seen on social media posts, it looks like it’s a really cool space, with a distinct and unmistakable Mykonos look.
“Void was created by a team of people who wanted to make something truly indigenous and real… something that not only blends in Mykonos but actually IS Mykonean,” Tsigos said in a Facebook post.
Below are several photos that Tsigos shared on Facebook showing construction and preparation of the club’s interior. Those are followed by images that the club has shared on the VOID Mykonos Facebook page:
The interior of VOID nightclub takes shape (literally) in this construction image shared on Facebook by architect Dimitri Tsigos
Assembly of a 12-meter-long custom chandelier that will be a signature design feature inside VOID. Architect Dimitri Tsigos says the chandelier “will be one of the most technologically advanced LED light installations ever.”
Installation of the nightclub’s signature light sculpture
Work is nearly complete on this lounge area inside the club
The opening night crowd at VOID on July 7
Madon is a new nightclub which held a pre-opening party on June 17 at its Mykonos Town seafront location. The only information I have about Madon is the little that has been shared on social media so far. On its Facebook page, Madon promises “a new era … of Mykonos nightlife,” and “the most revolutionary summer nights.” Its interior designers, GJP Design & Construction, posted on Facebook that Madon “emerges from the harmonious fusion of traditional Cycladic architecture and cutting edge interior design.” Madon’s official opening party has been set for June 30.
Below are photos that Madon has shared on its Facebook and Instagram pages:
♦ 180o Sunset Bar:
Looking for a great spot to relax with a cocktail or glass of wine while listening to lounge music and savouring a spectacular Mykonos sunset — away from the crowds of Mykonos Town? Then head on up the hill behind town to 180o Sunset Bar, take a seat on one of the comfy couches, and chill out to some of the best scenery views on the island.
In operation since May 15, the open-air lounge is situated on the grounds of Castle Panigirakis, an historic property known for its luxury accommodations in a windmill and guest house, and for its impressive location, which is among the most unique special events venues on the island.
Open from sunset until midnight, 180o Sunset Bar offers a menu of exquisite cocktails, champagne, and Greek and international wines, along with such nibblies as Greek cheeses, cold cuts, and hams, and a summer salad. As the bar’s name suggests, guests will enjoy a fabulous 180-degree view that includes Mykonos Town, nearby islands, the sea and of course the incredible sunsets.
Click here to read TripAdvisor reviews for the bar.
Below are several photos showing 180o Sunset Bar and its views:
Located inside the new Bollicine concept store in Mykonos Town, Aperitivo bar is described as a “fresh and new entry” to the island’s cocktail scene in a post on the Bollicine Facebook page. “A destination itself for music, atmosphere and delicious flavors, Bollicine rekindled the nightlife scene in Mykonos,” another social media posting says.
Bollicine is located at 3 Florou Zouganeli Street. You can find photos and information about the store in the “Retail Shops” category of this post. Below is an Aperitivo bar photo shared on the Bollicine Facebook page.
♦ Bao’s Cocktail Bar:
Located at Little Venice, Bao’s Cocktail Bar is named after George Bao, a legendary pirate who defended Mykonos from attacks by the Turks in the 1770s. As a reward for his heroism, locals gave Bao the little island that sits just one nautical mile off the Mykonos Town seafront, and named it in his honour. The small chapel on the island, St George’s, also was erected to recognize his efforts for Mykonos. That’s according to the Bao’s Cocktail Bar Facebook page, which was launched on May 21.
The bar itself opened on June 10 at one of the prime locations of the Little Venice seafront — on the narrow walkway that thousands of people pass along daily while strolling from the famous Mykonos windmills to the seaside cocktail bars (or vice versa). Regular Mykonos visitors will know the spot well — it’s where Caprice Bar used to be situated until it relocated last year.
Since it’s so close to the water, Bao’s is a perfect spot to relax with a drink to people watch and enjoy fabulous views of the windmills, Little Venice, the sea and the sunset. For those feeling in a party mood, Bao’s is a great place to mingle, meet and dance, too– the bar promises “Genuine Mykonos nights full of dancing and smiles!”
Below are photos that Bao’s has posted on Facebook:
Bao island, with St George’s Chapel at its highest point, is one nautical mile from Mykonos Town.
If you’re lucky enough to grab one of the seats out front, you’ll quickly discover that Bao’s is probably the best place to people watch on Mykonos — everyone walking between the windmills and the Little Venice bar strip will pass by you on the narrow seaside walkway.
Below are some photos that have appeared on the Bao’s Cocktail Bar Facebook page:
♦ Blu Blu Lounge cocktail bar:
Blu Blu Lounge Cafe Bar & Restaurant has opened a new cocktail bar for 2016. Called the Pink Fruit Bar, it is situated in the Blu Blu premises overlooking the Mykonos Old Port.
Another new hot spot at Little Venice is Charlie, inspired by and named after actor Charlie Chaplin, whose quotes are occasionally posted on the Charlie Facebook page. A July 6 post on the social media page says “The secret is out, Charlie is here to rule Mykonos nightlife!” and it’s no idle boast — since its opening party, Charlie has quickly become one of the most popular nightclubs in Mykonos Town.
Below are some photos from the Charlie page on Facebook:
♦ Dome Club:
Dome is a brand-new nightclub that opened for the Greek Easter holiday weekend at 1 Matogianni Street in the heart of Mykonos Town, in the premises formerly occupied by Celebrities bar.
Below are several photos that have been shared on the Dome Club Facebook page:
♦ Mykonos Bar:
Mykonos Bar is situated in the Little Venice premises that were home to the Project Mykonos nightclub in 2015.
Grand opening party for the new Mykonos Bar was set for May 13
Mykonos Bar is focussed on Greek music entertainment
The club’s interior is seen in this photo from the Mykonos Bar Facebook page
Another Facebook photo of the Mykonos Bar interior
Mykonos Bar promises Greek music and fun — and that includes Greek dancing
♦ Jardin D’or:
Located in the Matogianni area of Mykonos Town, Jardin D’or is a summer venture of the sparkling wine promotional firm Bulles & Co
Street view of the entrance to the chic Jardin D’Or, a new restaurant / nightclub for the champagne and caviar crowd — quite literally. It’s a champagne, oyster and caviar bar as well as a seafood restaurant and nightclub
Interior view of Jardin D’or
Part of the garden terrace at Jardin D’or — the “Garden of Gold” — which the club calls “the prettiest yard of Mykonos.”
♦ Queen of the Night NYC Mykonos:
A new nightlife concept for Mykonos, Queen of the Night NYC Mykonos will showcase live theatrical entertainment designed to “excite, arouse and amaze.” It’s located in the Kastro area of Mykonos Town near the harbour and town hall.
Also called Hell, the club promises “shocking club shows” in an exclusive, high-end entertainment venue
Queen of the Night NYC Mykonos launched July 8 with a special VIP party
~ Beach bar / restaurant venues ~
Mykonos is getting at least one major new beach bar-restaurant venue for 2016 (at Platis Gialos), and one new beach bar (at Lia), while substantial changes have been unveiled at several other beach bar / restaurant operations that were hugely popular on the island last year. There is a little information about all the places below, but you can find more in my recent post What’s new at Mykonos beach bar/restaurant venues in 2016.
Lia beach house is a new addition to Lia beach this year, offering luxurious sunbeds and a beach bar that also serves sandwiches, salads and other light fare
Rakkan Mykonos is a new beach bar & restaurant in the premises formerly occupied by Monarch at Kalo Livadi …
… while Monarch has relocated to new digs at Platis Gialos beach
Visitors returning to Panormos Beach Resort in 2016 will be surprised by its stylish and all-new Bohemian chic architecture and design elements, plus a completely new gourmet menu created by executive chef Avgeria Stapaki. They also will discover the place has a new name: As of June 24, it has been re-branded as Principauté de Mykonos — Panormos.
Jumeirah Mykonos is a new beach club at Agia Anna beach (between Paraga and Platis Gialos), in the space formerly occupied by LaMED.
For 2016, Liasti restaurant at Lia beach has transformed into Liasti Beach Resort, offering dining, bars, shisha, music entertainment and comfy sunbeds.
Sueno Pool Bar at Paraga beach has undergone a major transformation, too. It’s now Sueno Village Beach Club, offering signature cocktails, sushi, shisha, and pool parties.
~ Retail shops ~
♦ Collective Resort:
The Collective Resort men’s fashion shop is seen in this street view photo from In Icons We Trust
Following on the heels of its highly successful boutique in the Nammos beach club at Psarou, which has been open for the past two summers, Collective Resort has opened a new location on Matogianni Street in Mykonos Town.
The shop carries men’s clothing and fashion accessories by such top-flight designers as Ermenegildo Zegna, Vilebrequin, Ted Baker, Links of London, and Molton Brown.
You can see and read more about the shop in Zegna su misura in Mykonos, a profile that appeared on the style website In Icons We Trust. The photo below, showing the store interior, is one of numerous images that were published in that blog post.
The Mykonos Mall –also known as MyMall Mykonos — is seen in an image from its Facebook page. The new shopping center is located in the Vrisi area of Mykonos, along the road to Platis Gialos
The newest shopping destination on Mykonos isn’t located on one of the narrow flagstone-paved alleys in Mykonos Town, but rather on the highway to Platis Gialos, in what’s known as the island’s Vrisi district. It’s the Mykonos Mall, or MyMall Mykonos as it’s also being called.
Celebrating its official opening with a party on July 23, MyMall is home to over a dozen different retail shops and personal services, including two which are profiled a little farther down in this post — Nefes Spa & Bath, and the Interni design showroom. Other businesses in the mall include Nassos Hairesort Athens – Mykonos; an outlet of the Voula-based Drakoulis Meat Open Project; the Dr Parapharmacy Fairynails nail salon and personal care boutique; the Marenga Milk Bar ice cream shop; an outlet of the Simple Caracters clothing store from Athens; an Enterprise car rental agency; and a specialty fetal medicine and gynecology clinic operated by Dr Dimitris Papadimitriou.
Below are several images from the MyMall website and the MyMall Mykonos Facebook page:
As described on its Facebook page, “Bollicine is a new concept store and bar that brings Italian fervour to the bustling heart of Mykonos.”
Located at 3 Florou Zouganeli Street in Mykonos Town, the boutique combines a chic designer accessories shop and a swish cocktail bar (called Aperitivo) under one roof, to offer “a new shopping experience like no other.”
Hip accessories to be carried in the shop include Sea You Soon beach towels and Parks Candles made exclusively for Bollicine.
Below are photos that the shop has posted on the Bollicine Facebook page:
♦ Delaros D-Tail Store:
One of the hippest newcomers to the Mykonos retail scene is the Delaros fashion shop, which opened this spring at 9 Matheou Andronikou Street in the center of Mykonos Town. The shop focusses on “boho chic” fashions crafted by loom, mainly by Greek designers along with selected global brands.
The Delaros Mykonos Fashion Store Facebook page says the boutique’s product line features “Top crops, leather lace up sandals, handmade bags by the loom, pin up denim shorts, geometric Grecian style jewellery, mini silk jumpsuits and maxi lace airy dresses. Most pieces are limited edition creations and exclusive designs for Delaros. Some Greek designers who are being hosted are: Nadia Rapti, Milk & Honey, Monochrome, Park House, Noilence, Most Chic, Kyma Sandals, Thalatta.”
Below are photos of the store entrance and interior:
The Mytho gift shop is situated right next to some of the most famous landmarks on Mykonos –the row of windmills overlooking the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town
Mytho, a new gift shop in Mykonos Town, will be easy for tourists to find — it’s located right next to one of the top attractions on the island, the iconic row of windmills on the hill near Little Venice. After exploring the hillside to photograph the windmills, seaside and sunset, visitors will find Mytho a convenient place to pick up personal souvenirs as well as gifts to take home for family and friends.
The shop carries a selection of traditional products from all over Greece, including olive soaps, loomed bags, ceramics, linens and more. Most of the products are hand-made, and windmill-themed souvenir items are of course available.
Below are several photos of the shop that Mythos kindly provided for this post.
Fashion retailer Replay has opened a men’s and women’s wear shop on Enoplon Dinameon street in the Matogianni shopping district of Mykonos Town. This street view photo of the outlet is from the Mykonos Ticker news website.
Recently opened in the Vrisi area of Mykonos is Interni, the newest retail showroom for the chain of interior design and decor shops. If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, it should — the store’s parent company, Moda Bagno, is a partner behind the stylish and chic Interni restaurant in Mykonos Town. Like the restaurant, the Interni shop targets “the ultra hip and chic Mykonos visitor and resident” with its unique collection of furniture and design accessories.
In a Facebook announcement, the company said the Mykonos outlet is “dedicated for the house, the boat, the beach carrying bits and pieces from the Interni collection suited for your holiday destination, including unique pieces by designers such as Vanessa Mitrani, Paola Navone, design classics by Arne Jacobsen, lightings by Celine Wright, as well as a bunch of decorative objects, glassware, cutlery, a beach cabin, your favorite swing chair and a delightful collection of beach towels by the amazing Australian brand Beach People.”
The store will be open throughout the summer “until the first rainfall in October.”
The Mykonos Tserkov store features menswear by Moschino, Ports 1961, Wood Wood, and other leading designers
May will see the grand opening of the Tserkov Mykonos store at 30- N. Kalogera Street. With 300 square meters of fashions on two floors, the store will feature five separate retail departments: high-end accessories, avant-garde perfumery and footwear, and a premium women’s fashion design area on the ground floor, with the men’s pret-a-porter and the genderless collections on the second level.
The Tserkov store is open daily from 10 a.m. until midnight.
The Mykonos shop includes women’s fashions by such designers as Moschino, Jeremy Scott, Ports1961, Paco Rabanne, Elie Saab, and Antony Vaccarello
~ Services ~
♦ Lifestyle Cooking:
38-year-old Teo Iliopoulos has combined his deep passion for the sea and his love of cooking to create an innovative personal chef service called Lifestyle Cooking.
His Mykonos-inspired cuisine spotlights local fish, seafood and other food products with the aim of providing “a unique trip around Mykonos savoring the culinary delights of the island in a different way.” Besides in-house chef services, Teo offers a variety of tailor-made dining events such as Bohemian beach parties and dinners, BBQs, sunset seafood feasts, special Myconian breakfasts, and more.
Full descriptions of Teo’s background and the diverse dining experiences he provides can be seen on the Lifestyle Cooking website, while additional information and photos can be viewed on the Lifestyle Cooking page on Facebook.
Below are several photos of Teo and some of his specialty private dinners.
♦ Nefes Spa:
Nefes Spa & Bath is situated in the MyMall Mykonos (in the Vrisi area of Mykonos along the highway to Platis Gialos)
Open since June 9, Nefes Spa & Bath is a business venture by former advertising specialist Maria Sitara, who wanted to create a unique space “where magic meets relaxation” on Mykonos. To that end, her Nefes spa incorporates Eastern elements — such as traditional Hamman treatments — to “offer unique moments of wellbeing for the mind and the body.”
Services include facials, body massages, hamman rituals, body scrubs and body treatments. Nefes Spa & Bath operates in cooperation with Orloff Spa, and uses exclusive products from Switzerland’s Valmont as well as France’s Cinq Mondes.
Nefes Spa & Bath is located in the MyMall Mykonos, a new shopping center situated in the island’s Vrisi district (along the road from Mykonos Town to Platis Gialos.) Hours of operation are 10 a.m. until evening.
Full service details and contact information are available on the spa’s website as well as on the Nefes Spa & Bath Facebook page.
Below are several photos from the spa’s website:
♦ Dog Pansion:
Part of the extensive dog training and boarding facility at Dog Pansion Mykonos Apollonia is seen in this photo from its Facebook page
Now in its 10th year of operation, Dog Pansion Mykonos Apollonia has moved to a bigger and better location in the Vothonas area of Mykonos (along the highway between Mykonos Town and Ano Mera). The 13,000 square meter facility — the only one on the island — offers daycare, training and overnight accommodation for dogs, and is popular with people who bring their pets along during their Mykonos vacations; in fact, many of the kennels are already reserved for the summer.
Information and photos can be found on the Dog Pansion Mykonos Apollonia Facebook page. If you’d prefer to contact the pansion by telephone, it can be reached at either of the following numbers: 6983727869 and 6981551789.
Man’s best friends can enjoy a holiday getaway of their own on Mykonos at the new and larger location of Dog Pansion Mykonos Apollonia
Besides its overnight boarding kennels, the dog pansion has a large outdoor space where dogs can get exercise during the day. Training and pet sitting services are provided.
~ Sailing tours and charters ~
♦ Mykonos Traditional Boat Cruises:
Mykonos Traditional Boat Cruises is based at Kalafatis beach
Dimos Pappas, who owns the watersports center at Kalafatis, has launched a new business for 2016 — Mykonos Traditional Boat Cruises, which will offer day tours and occasional party cruises on her traditional boat, the Ouranos II.
Day tours to “the famous and unexplored beaches and bays of Mykonos island” are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The boat departs Kalafatis around 10:30 a.m. and cruises along the southern coast beaches, making a stop at uninhabited Dragonissi island for swimming and snorkeling if weather permits. The boat next stops at Agrari bay for lunch, swimming and snorkeling. There’s a beach break stop at Paradise beach, following which the boat returns to Kalafatis around 4 p.m. Ticket prices are €48 for adults, and €38 for children aged 4 to 12. Lunch and a glass of wine or juice is included in the price.
Afternoon beach party cruises to Paradise and Super Paradise beaches also are available for €25 per ticket, which includes wine and snacks. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the boat leaves Kalafatis around 4.30 p.m. and heads to Paradise beach, where passengers can join in the parties there. The party continues back on board the ship during the return voyage, with wine, snacks and Greek dancing. The boat gets back to Kalafatis around 8 p.m. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays the party cruises go to Super Paradise beach, departing Kalafatis at 4:45 p.m. and returning around 8 p.m.
The Ouranos II also offers a transfer service from Kalafatis to Paradise beach, and back, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The boat leaves Kalafatis at 10 a.m., and returns from Paradise at 4 p.m., giving passengers a chance to enjoy half a day at the beach. The price is €15 for a return ticket.
The boat can carry up to 49 passengers.
Photos and information also can be found on the Mykonos Traditional Boat Cruises page on Facebook.
The Ouranos II is a traditional Greek boat that can carry 49 passengers
Daily cruises will be offered along the southern and northern coasts of Mykonos, with a stop at Dragonissi island (above) if weather and sea conditions permit
Party cruises will be offered three days a week. They tour passengers to the major party beaches on the southern coast of Mykonos.
Passengers get to soak up the sunshine on their way to and from the beaches …
… and take a dip in the turquoise sea at stops along the way
♦ Set Sail Mykonos:
The logo for Set Sail Mykonos, which offers daily sailing excursions
Looking to spend a day at sea near Mykonos? One of the sailing excursions offered by Set Sail Mykonos might be just the ticket.
Though the sightseeing and tour company is brand-new to Mykonos this year, its staff are certified sailing instructors and have more than 40 years’ experience with dinghy racing, yacht racing, instruction and yacht chartering. From Mykonos, the crews will be offering three different day-long sailing trips: one to Rhenia island; another to Rhenia and historic Delos island; and one that takes passengers to some of the famous beaches along the southern coast of Mykonos.
From the Set Sail Mykonos Twitter feed, a photo of one of its sailboats anchored near a secluded beach on Rhenia island
Set Sail Mykonos offers three different sailing day tours, including one that visits famous beaches along the south coast of Mykonos
~ Hotel and apartment accommodations ~
♦ Anax Resort:
One of two new five-star hotels at Agios Ioannis, Anax Resort & Spa is bound to attraction plenty of media attention for years to come, thanks to its stunning two infinity swimming pools and its breathtaking views of the entire Agios Ioannis area and nearby Delos island. (Photos of the beautiful pools and views enjoyed by its neighbour hotels, the Saint John Mykonos Resort and the Mykonos Grand Hotel, have been shared countless times on social media and have been published by scores of travel websites and publications in the past half dozen years.)
Newly built, Anax Resort & Spa opened during the last week of May. and has received overwhelmingly excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
The property boasts 35 luxurious suites and maisonettes (some with private pools), a snack bar, a pool bar, a lobby bar, a fine dining restaurant called Kyma, and a fitness center and spa.
“Sumptuous in its white interiors and rounded archways with the occasional dash of color and contemporary furnishing; it is intimate, private and secure, architecturally designed for aesthetic living, entertaining and relaxing,” a description on the Anax Resort website states. “Combining unique Cycladic architecture and designer pieces with warm woods and curvy shapes Anax Resort is the utmost place to indulge.”
♦ Livin Mykonos:
Newly built for 2016, Livin Mykonos is a luxury boutique hotel situated in the Drafaki district, just 500 meters from the Mykonos Town center. With 23 rooms and suites and lush gardens, Livin Mykonos describes itself as “a luxury paradise perfect for families,” and “a tranquil hideaway to escape the city pace.”
Reflecting the “in the Mykonos heyday of postmodernism style,” the hotel “embraces its past with a transformed contemporary spirit. The Mykonian white and earthy tones and the sophisticated decoration with island elements create the perfect atmosphere for the ultimate relaxing, luxurious haven.”
Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, pool bar, and the poolside Ebi Tempura Restaurant.
Livin Mykonos opened for the season on May 29.
Below are photos that appear on the hotel website as well as the Livin Mykonos Facebook page:
♦ Casa Grande:
Located on a hillside at Platis Gialos, Casa Grande Hotel is a 22-room property that opened at the end of July. It has a variety of double rooms, as well as a “comfort triple room,” sun terrace, bar, free parking area, free shuttle bus service, and free WiFi throughout.
As of August 10, the hotel did not have a website, but there is a Casa Grande Hotel Facebook page which has several photos showing a few room interiors, a sun terrace and part of the building exterior. The Facebook page also includes a direct link to the Casa Grande listing on booking.com, where more photos and information about the hotel are available.
Below are Casa Grande Hotel photos that have been either shared on its Facebook page or posted on its booking.com profile.
♦ Mykonos Waves:
Here’s the perfect place for kite surfing and windsurfing enthusiasts visiting the island this summer — luxuriously simple and laid-back accommodations overlooking Korfos bay, the premier kite surfing spot on Mykonos.
Situated just steps from Korfos beach and the famous Kite Mykonos center, Mykonos Waves Beach House & Suites is a boutique-style collection of seven individually-designed suites ranging from superior rooms that sleep two people, to suites that accommodate up to four, and a 3-bedroom beach house that sleeps six. Each room has kitchen facilities, kettles and N’Espresso machines, and sea views. The property has an infinity swimming pool but no on-site restaurant, though breakfast baskets are available upon request.
Korfos beach is walking distance from Ornos, one of the island’s top “family” beaches, and is just a 5-minute, 1.6-mile drive from Mykonos Town.
Full descriptions of the Mykonos Waves suites and facilities are available on the hotel website, along with photos and artistic illustrations of the architecture and property layout. Additional images can be seen on the Mykonos Waves Facebook page. Below are some of the photos and images that have been shared on Facebook:
♦ Kensho Boutique Hotel:
Kensho Boutique Hotel is set to open on June 10
Early June will see the grand opening of a new luxury concept hotel at Ornos, the Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites.
Located on a hillside with views of Ornos beach and bay, Kensho features 10 suites and 25 rooms, each individually designed, along with a spa, hamman, fine dining restaurant, and pool bar.
The hotel website says “Kensho stands for enlightenment,” and promises that guests will enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating experience along with exceptional customer service. It adds that the hotel’s contemporary design was inspired by the natural beauty of the Cyclades islands, and “adopts the main characteristics of Cycladic architecture — the white colour, the stone and wood.” Natural materials and traditional Mykonian building techniques were used to create “an exclusive individuality in each room.”
Below are photos of Kensho from the hotel website. Detailed room, suite and facility descriptions, as well as numerous additional pictures, can be seen in various galleries on the website as well as on the Kensho Boutique Hotel Facebook page.
♦ Mykonos Palace Greek Luxury Suites:
An artistic illustration showing a new wing of 14 luxury rooms and suites opening this season at Mykonos Palace Hotel at Platis Gialos beach. Another new building with 10 luxury suites will open in 2017.
Located at the center point of Platis Gialos, one of the island’s most popular beaches, the Mykonos Palace Hotel has long been one of the area’s top spots for beachfront accommodation, as well as drinking and dining at its beachside restaurant and bar. For 2016, the hotel has undertaken extensive renovations and has added a building wing that features a new concept in accommodations — 14 special rooms it calls Greek Luxury Suites. Another new building with 10 more luxury suites is scheduled to open in 2017.
You can read full details about the renovations — which overhauled the hotel restaurant and its menu — as well as see artistic illustrations of the new rooms and facilities, on the Mykonos Palace Greek Luxury Suites website. Below are some of the images that have appeared on the website, as well as on the Mykonos Palace Hotel Facebook page.
♦ Ibiscus Boutique:
An artistic rendering of the vastly-renovated Ibiscus hotel in the Fine Arts District of Mykonos Town
Back in May 2013 I stopped by the Ibiscus Hotel in the Fine Arts District of Mykonos Town to take a look at the place. The manager graciously gave me and my partner a tour, showing us several rooms as well as some of the terraces and corridors shared by hotel guests. The hotel has stunning views of Mykonos Town, the sea and the sunset, but when we saw it, Ibiscus was showing a lot of wear and tear and was crying out for major renovations. Well, three years later, that’s been done — the hotel has been overhauled top to bottom into an upscale boutique property, and except for its location, it’s nothing even remotely comparable to its former budget-friendly accommodations.
The hotel has not responded to my requests for information about its opening date, and other details, but its listing on booking.com says it re-opened on May 15. As of June 30, there were several reviews for the newly made-over property — all excellent — on the Ibiscus Boutique Hotel listing on TripAdvisor. Two of those reviews include photos showing the transformed premises. So far the hotel has posted only a couple of photos on Facebook, while its Facebook page and website still feature numerous artistic renderings showing how the place was supposed to look post-renovations. Judging from the guest photos on TripAdvisor, the hotel does look much as promised.
Here are three photos showing the Ibiscus before its dramatic conversion into trendy upscale accommodations:
A terrace at the “old” Ibiscus Hotel, whose hillside location in the Fine Arts District offers spectacular views of Mykonos Town, the sea, the sunset, and Tinos island.
One of the shared seaview terraces prior to the hotel overhaul
Prior to renovations, rooms at the Ibiscus were decorated with traditional Cycladic furnishings
And here are several of the artistic illustrations that appeared on the Ibiscus Boutique Hotel Facebook page, showing how rooms and facilities should look once the redesign and renovations are fully complete:
Finally, here are two photographs that were shared on Facebook on June 15:
♦ LYO Boutique Hotel:
One of the chic seaview lounge areas at LYO Boutique Hotel
Super Paradise is one of the most scenic beach areas on Mykonos, but has limited options for accommodations. That’s changing this year with the arrival of LYO Boutique Hotel, which is situated on a hillside high above the famous party beach and bay.
LYO was scheduled to open its doors to guests beginning on July 1, but the booking engine on the hotel website showed that no rooms are available until Tuesday July 5, at prices starting from €212 per night (that was for a deluxe side sea view room.)
The hotel has 18 rooms and suites, including some furnished with a jacuzzi spa on their private verandas. “A combination of Mykonian tradition mixed with modern touches of contemporary interior design, our serene rooms & suites are detailed with elements of vestal whitewashed wood, creating a sophisticated rustic look that exhales Cycladic island spirit,” says a description on the LYO Boutique Hotel website.
Hotel facilities include a fresh water swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant and bar.
Below are several of the images that have been posted to the LYO Boutique Hotel Facebook page as well as to a photo gallery on the LYO website:
♦ Kirini — My Mykonos Retreat:
Website photo of a poolside lounge at Kirini — My Mykonos Retreat
The operators of the acclaimed Katikies Boutique Resorts and Villas on Santorini are introducing Mykonos to their renowned style of luxury accommodations this year.
Their new boutique hotel property, Kirini — My Mykonos Retreat, is located in the quiet Aleomandra district near the island’s southwestern tip, close to Ornos and Agios Ioannis. It boasts 18 luxury suites along with its signature spa facility, A.SPA, and its gourmet Anthos Restaurant, which features Mediterranean cuisine and local wines.
The hotel announced its arrival with several posts on Facebook in early April; however, my messages seeking information about opening dates and hotel details have not been answered.
The booking form on the hotel website suggests that the property opened in April, but already has almost no availability in May apart from three separate days for which rooms start at €450 per night.
Below are several photos from the Kirini — My Mykonos Retreat website. You can view 45 more photos on the Kirini listing on booking.com.
Pool and open-air lounges at Kirini — My Mykonos Retreat
The free-form infinity-edge swimming pool
Another view of the Kirini swimming pool, which has panoramic views of the sea and nearby Naxos island
Interior of one of Kirini’s 18 luxury suites
Another of the suites at Kirini
The logo for Seethrough Mykonos Apartment and Suites
This is a 2-minute promotional video showing views of Seethrough Mykonos
Besides the new Monarch restaurant and bar, Platis Gialos has a new boutique-sized resort offering apartments and family-sized accommodations — Seethrough Mykonos Apartments and Suites. The property features 10 spacious rooms of various sizes — including family suites, apartments, and junior suites — in two separate building complexes. “Unique and minimalist Cycladic architecture has been used in the decoration. The entire hotel areas are decorated with natural colors, stone and wood, combining elegance and comfort,” says a description on the Seethrough Mykonos website.
Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, pool bar, garden and private parking area. A “traditional Mykonos breakfast” can be arranged upon request.
The property is situated on a hillside between Platis Gialos and the small Agia Anna beach near Paraga, and has views of the sea and the Platis Gialos area.
Below are photos that have been posted on the resort website as well as the Seethrough Mykonos Facebook page:
♦ Bill & Coo Coast Suites:
The logo for Bill & Coo Coast Suites, a new luxury accommodation property at Agios Ioannis beach
Situated at Agios Ioannis (better known as “the Shirley Valentine beach” since its subtle co-star role in the hit British movie by the same name), Bill & Coo Coast is a 5-star property that aims to “harmoniously blend luxury with the bliss of the seaside.”
Opening in May, Bill & Coo Coast invites guests to “relax in a sanctuary of privacy, style and romance, lose yourself in the serenity of the seaside.” The adults-only hotel features 15 suites, a restaurant, a lounge bar, and a fitness center.
I previewed Bill & Coo Coast in my February 28 2016 post More high-end shops, clubs, hotels & restaurants planning to open on Mykonos.
Below are several artistic illustrations that appeared on the hotel website; those are followed by a series of photos that have been posted to both the website and the resort’s Facebook page.
~ What’s gone this year ~
Bubblesgallery Champagne & Cocktail Bar at Agios Vlassis Square will not be opening for 2016. After six years of operation, owner Despina Kitsinis has decided to close the bar and move on to new challenges.
One of the hottest new restaurants on Mykonos for 2015, Cayenne livened up the quiet Tourlos / New Port area with its stylish restaurant and cocktail bar. It’s not returning for 2016 — it is being replaced by a new restaurant called Compass, which is described earlier in this article.