Where to eat

Here are some of our own favourites. Click on the town links to see Matt Barrett's (Lesvos.com) favourites.

The harbour area of the town boasts a plethora of tavernas, but here are some recommendations.

Dionysos - right on the harbour front this taverna offers a large and varied menu to suit all. Excellent service and value. They simply have too many good dishes to start listing! You won't go hungry that's for sure!

Sea Horse - on the sea front out of the main town square with a good menu, good food, good service.

Ambrosia (near the church) remains very good delivering a simple Greek kitchen menu.

Madousa (on the seafront between the square and the car park) is an excellent family run taverna with a very enjoyable menu.

The harbour area is crammed with tavernas, some good, some bad, some outstanding! Unfortunately our favourite, Onar's, disappeared in 2008.

My favourite is the To ouzodiko fish taverna next to Octopus. It often has fresh fish hanging in the doorway. Exellent food (especially the seafood and fish) and you wont have to wait long (unlike at many other tavernas on Molivos which seem to pride themselves on slow service!).

For good coffee, ice creams and snacks try my favourite cafe on the island, Briki (first on harbour front by the car park opp the harbour chapel - was Indigo). Cafe Habana (at outward end of harbour) is also good.

Sea Horse is also good - especially for ice creams!

In the town centre, try the taverna (sorry, forgot its name!), just through the arch on the left as you come up from hill. It has great food and a great balcony and view! Use the Taverna Panorama by the castle for drinks if you need them. The food and service is much better down at the harbour.

When at Molivos harbour make sure you check out the little gallery which faces the harbour – it’s great for Greek and Mediterranean art and crafts as well as souvenirs and nick-knacks.

As with many real tourist traps good tavernas can be hard to come by in places like Vatera, but the Akrotiri is an excellent fish taverna situated on the headland of Agios Fokas to the west of the town. The Vatera Beach Hotel, on the seafront heading towards Agios Fokas, is also excellent.

Australia, one of a group of tavernas overlooking the harbour front, is excellent - try their fresh fried prawns. The Golden Key sits overlooking the fort and the offshore islands. Its got a fantastic balcony area and some of the best shrimps on the island.

The Achilles Well by the car park at the village entrance is fabulous. It has a balcony view to die for and serves a fantastically simple Greek kitchen menu. Tell them Lesvos Birding sent you!

The taverna Vafios on the western edge of the town has fantastic views from an olive tree lined terrace, an excellent menu and good service. A little more formal than most tavernas but casual dress fine.

Taverna Liminaki is just a few km towards Mytilini from the airport on the beach side of the road. It does great fresh fish - a real welcome and tonic after that flight or a great way to say goodbye!

There are loads of beach tavernas and bars here. Look for the ones patronised by the Greeks! Soulatso (mid way along front) rates as our favourite taverna on the island! What more can I say - eat there! Roots (second in from the west end - was Cafe Agua) is one of my two favourite cafes on the island and is excellent for good coffee, drinks and snacks and offers free Wi-Fi internet whilst you're sipping and snacking!

If you're away from the main areas, don't be afraid to eat in any of the town tavernas. We frequently end up in little tavernas occupied by old men sipping Greek coffee and stuffing themselves silly with local dishes! Vatousa, Skala Vasilikon, Skalochori, etc - they all have tavernas primarlily for local custom, but don't be afraid. Many will have an Engligh version of their menu, if not, then you'll just have to brush up on your Greek! It can be great fun and you'll be surprised at just how good and simple eating at the 'local's' tavernas can be.