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“We harbored an innate passion about the beauty and bounty of Crete, the way of life and of course the Cretan foods & wines. Our aim was to increase awareness of the superior quality and diversity of Cretan and Greek products. Having lived here for so many years and having travelled to every corner, we had discovered amazing foods and ingredients which we wanted to share with those who visited Crete and for those who would like to savor the tastes they’d discovered and recreate them back home. This was our fundamental mission.”
“From the beginning, we have taken pride in carefully selecting and promoting the best small companies and cottage industries for the shop and offering guests interesting ways to use both the traditional and the innovatively new products. Visitors to Bakaliko can taste, buy and even have products shipped home to them via our e-shop, which has been operating since 2015.”
“In the shop and restaurant we created a stylish, casual-chic space that seamlessly blends traditional with contemporary in all aspects. Our philosophy has always been to use the simple, fresh Cretan ingredients in unique taste combinations and in unconventional ways, using many of the carefully selected products from our shelves.”
Bakaliko means meeting point; traditionally, that meant kafeneio (coffee shop) and grocery shop in one. The concept has been revitalised in this lilac-accented restaurant where excellent cuisine (using organic produce where possible) and wine – an impressive choice of 70 by the glass, most from Crete – complements local products such as olive oils and marmalades. Although it’s gourmet, prices are reasonable. It’s run by Susanna and Giorgos; the former whips up delicious breakfasts, while the latter has all the answers when it comes to local wines – see him before embarking on a wine tour.