Cheap Eats in Mykonos: Budget Eating on The Most Expensive Greek Island
With the few exceptions of super expensive places like Switzerland and Norway, I pride myself on being able to hunt out cheap and delicious restaurants in every place I visit. Eating out and trying local foods is such an important part of travel for me, but at the same time I need to make sure I don’t blow every dollar of my budget on food.
It’s usually pretty easy to find budget restaurants and good food deals, but Mykonos island poised my first real challenge in a long time.
Mykonos is notoriously expensive and if you just went to any restaurant you’ll find yourself paying €20 for a dish that would cost less than €10 on the other islands or in Athens. I saw restaurants selling greek salad for €9.5 which is seriously robbery!
But with a little help from TripAdvisor I managed to hunt out some places in Mykonos where we could eat for under €10. In fact I ended up spending far less in Mykonos than expected because of how frugal we were.
So here is my list of restaurants in Mykonos that won’t break the bank!
Jimmy’s Gyros or Saki’s Grill House for Gyros
Wherever you go in Greece you can count on one thing; you’ll be able to save money by eating gyros. Gyros are always super cheap and will rarely cost you more than €3. It goes to show just how expensive and overpriced Mykonos is when you can find possibly Greece’s most expensive gyros. The gyros at Jimmy’s Gyros are €5. It’s ridiculous but it is also an instuition and I wanted to see if it lived up to all of that hype.
I can say it’s most definitely not worth €5. Head to any of the other gyros places in town such as Saki’s Grill House or Kalammakia (mentioned before) for superior gyros that is half the price!
This was my favourite restaurant in Mykonos and we visited twice. The prices are super cheap. The gyros (the best on the island) don’t cost more than €2.70, the grill plates range somewhere between €5-€9 for a portion of grilled meat with salad, pitta bread, chips and tzatzki, and the greek salad is a respectable €4.
We visited twice; the first time we each ordered half portion grill plates with 2 lamb koftas, roasted tomato, onion and pita bread (€5) and we also added some fries (€3.5) and a plate of Tzatziki to share (€3). It was ridiculously good and super cheap. The second time I popped in for an afternoon gyros snack with extra tzatziki for €2.70! I only wish I had snapped photos of our delicious food- every time we ate here I was too excited to eat and just completely forgot.
Considering I was travelling Greece for a month and for the most part eating Greek food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I was not going to feel guilty about eating something different. A box of noodles seemed like the perfect interlude from my Greek eating. At Noodle Mykonos you get to pick the style of noodles you want, your meat and the sauce. Prices start at €6.50 a box for vegetarian to €10 a box for seafood noodles.
I got rice noodles with vegetables, chicken and satay sauce for €7.50!
Appaloosa Bar is an “ethnic” restaurant that mostly serves Mexican food. Its normal menu is not very cheap at all and very much in line with expensive Mykonos prices. But if you go and eat before 9pm you can take advantage of their early dining special of a main and a drink for €12. I got the plate of nachos and a wine and it was pretty delicious. It’s a very affordable option especially if you are like me and don’t find dining at 7pm early at all!
Where Should I Stay in Mykonos?
AirBnB is also a great option if you are on a budget or looking for a bit of space.
For all of your bookings, whether hostel or hotel I always recommend Booking.com, specifically because most of the time you can make a reservation without a deposit and many bookings are fully cancellable and refundable. I love being able to lock in my accomodation early, but then shift things around if my plans change!
Anything to Add?
Have you got another cheap eat in Mykonos to add to the list? Comment below!