Welcome to Platia
Welcome to Kandanos
A historical place
With historical food
Good food is what we do
Our products are local
From our own farms and animals
Selected with care

Platia | Authentic Cretan Cuisine | Kandanos | Hania

We love what we do

You can taste that in our recipes.

From our farm to your table

Our products are local, from our own farms and animals, selected with care.


Dakos A classic Cretan side dish
Kolokythoanthoi Stuffed courgette flowers
Hohlioi Boubouristoi Fried snails with vinegar & rosemary
Kalitsounia Pastry filled with greens, cheese or mixed.
Stuffed Aubergines Stuffed aubergines with myzithra
Sydrimas Pork cooked with olive oil and spices
Kreatotourta Meat pie with pork & 3 types of cheese
Mousaka A classic Greek layered dish
Gardoumia Rolled lamb intestines cooked in casserole.
Kotsi Pork leg cooked in the oven with potatos
Tsigariasto Goat meat cooked with olive oil and spices
Lamb with Wild Chicory Cooked in casserole with lemon


Great host who speaks perfect English. The meats and vegetables are from the owner’s own farm. Very good price for very good food!

“Simply perfect” | August 17, 2014 | tiborhargitai from Budapest, Hungary, Guest

Great food and very helpful staff! If you visit it, do not miss the meet pie! Definitely the best plate!!!

“Excellent food! Good value for money!” | August 7, 2014 | ΣΟΦΙΑ Κ from Greece, Guest

Like many visitors to Crete we made the drive over the mountains , on our first visit here, intent on visiting the south coast.

“Make this your designation. Stand out food, a hidden Gem.” | June 26, 2014 | Jill L from Bude, United Kingdom, Guest

We stumbled on this restaurant whilst driving in the mountains. It was a welcome stop. The food was lovely and service was attentive fast and friendly.

“Friendly authentic and tasty. A real gem” | Sarah D | May 2017, Guest

If you want seafood, eat in Paleochora but for an excellent meal of fresh food, cooked to perfection, come here!

“Well worth stopping here” | Clival | April 2017, Guest




Preparations for the summer


081We have many preparations for the upcoming summer season! This week, we are making spoon fruit Seville (bitter orange), a sweet which we treat our guests at the end of their meal, accompanied by tsikoudia, of course….

Easter in Kandanos


706078It’s Holy Week and lent is almost over. The children of Kandanos are preparing the “Judas”, who is hung and burned on Saturday night at midnight, when the priest chants “Christos Anesti” during the Resurrection Liturgy. Ιt is an old custom here in Kandanos.  Today we  made Octopus with Avronies, an elite Lenten dish.  Any summer visitor who wishes to try a dish with avronies, either with lamb or with octopus, can contact us for a special order!

April in Kandanos


073Happy April! The winter seemed endless this year, and here in Kandanos, we had enough of bad weather! The first signs of spring are finally present with blossoming.  A particular type of wild greens that grow in Kandanos this time of year are AVRONIES. Avronies grow in places with plenty of water, such as rivers, and usually sprout in thorny bushes. They look somewhat like wild asparagus, and when cooked are very bitter! Special dishes are created when paired with lamb, octopus, or with eggs.

March 25th | A national day of celebration in Kandanos


Today, all of Greece celebrates freedom and the Annunciation, and Kandanos is no different. This day in Kandanos begins with Holy Liturgy, followed by thanksgiving, which takes place at our main church, the Ascension.
Then we have a memorial service and place commemorative wreaths at the war monument in the square of the village. The ceremony finishes with a parade on the main street of Kandanos.  Later on, our customers gather at the restaurant to enjoy the daily specialty…..Codfish with Garlic dip!


Kandanos parade on March 25th 2015




Antonis & Samantha Kastrinaki

Tel | 28230 22210 Mob | +30 6977 615380
Email | info@platia.kandanos.gr


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