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The Greek island that charmed with its cuisine the great chef Anthony Bourdain

Cyclades ● Naxos ● 02 August 2017

Naxos is a top culinary destination, where you can taste the secrets of Greek cuisine. This island was the place that charmed with its cuisine the top chef Anthony Bourdain. Anthony Bourdain is one of the most influential chefs in the world and host of the CNN show Parts Unknown. On this show, which is a food and travel show since 2013, Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser known places and exploring their cultures and cuisine. In season 7, he decided to visit the islands of Greece and introduce his viewers to the popular Greek cuisine on his way.


His first thought was to visit various Greek islands, and he wanted to start his culinary journey from Naxos, an island which was not that party as Mykonos. He wanted to explore an untouched piece of the Greek islands, and then continue his gastronomic adventure on other islands of Greece. However, the cuisine of Naxos charmed him so much that he stayed there, creating an episode entirely for Naxos.

The episode showed what the internationally famous chef ate and drank with the locals, but in addition to the delicious food of Naxos, he went around the island, which he described as gorgeous. It was the perfect opportunity for him to relax and swim in the crystal waters of the island.

Of course, Anthony Bourdain cooked in Naxos, making use of the fine ingredients and the amazing recipes of the Naxian cuisine. The fertile nature of Naxos provides the island with local goods that are unique for their taste and texture and impressed the creative chef, who wanted to present his unique version of the Greek cuisine on the islands.

The cuisine of Naxos is not uniform, but it is divided into three categories. In the local dishes of the coastal regions fish and seafood are prevailing. In the cuisine of the plains, vegetable and cattle dishes have a leading role, while in the mountainous villages, goat and sheep dishes constitute the Naxian cuisine. In this sense, it is not difficult to understand why the great chef felt like being in a gastronomic heaven, without wanting to leave.

Among the best local products you can try and buy in Naxos and were part of the dishes that Anthony Bourdain cooked, are the Naxian potatoes, the sweet tomato, dairy products, such as graviera or xinotyro cheese, and the citron liqueur. The locals treated Bourdain with this liqueur as well as raki, making him feeling totally relaxed and happy.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Naxos, Greece Ippokampos Beachfront
9.1 10
Ippokampos Beachfront
St George Beach, Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Ippokampos hotel is situated right on the sandy beach of Saint George in the main town of Naxos in quiet surroundings 400 m from the town center. The distance from the main port is 800 m and the Naxos Airport is at 2 km.

Boutique Hotel in Naxos, Greece Aeolis Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Aeolis Boutique Hotel
Naxos Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Modern, boutique hotel conveniently located 200 m from the center of the historic town of Naxos and 2 minutes walk from the beach of Agios Georgios. The distance from the main port of the island is 500 m and from the Naxos airport 2,5 km.

Appartment in Naxos, Greece Depis Apartments
Depis Apartments
Geor. Vallindra, Naxos Town, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Depis Apartments are located in Naxos Town, just an 8-minute walk from Agios Georgios beach and a 10-minute walk from the main port. Naxos Castle is at 600 m. Naxos Airport can be reached within a 5-minute drive.