It’s impossible to be anywhere in Greece without passing by bakeries so delicious-looking that your mouth starts watering on the spot. Something little-appreciated by the outside world is how banging Greek dessert culture is, and Heraklion is no exception to this rule.
While there are many (many, many, many) Heraklion bakeries that look fantastic, I found myself drawn repeatedly back to the same ones. Just know that while I highly recommend these two places (after extensive research), you really can’t go wrong in a Greek bakery or dessert spot. Just don’t leave Crete without satisfying your sweet tooth.
Somehow I managed to come to To Paradosiako one hundred million times without stopping to take a photo inside. That’s how addictive their cherry pies, apple pies, baklava, and eclairs are. When I say that I’ve eaten ten mini cherry pies and three mini apple pies in twelve days, understand that this is no exaggeration.
The best part? You can get five cherry pies for less than seven Euros. Need proof? I’ll send you my credit card receipts.
They technically sell food other than desserts, like sandwiches, but the main event is the shelves bursting with delicious baked goods, pies, cakes, etc.
Address: Kalokairinou, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
Imagine being a tourist in Europe and not needing something served in a cone? If you’re looking for a gelato fix, Da Vinci is the perfect place. Located near Lion’s Square across from the Venetian Loggia, they serve gelato and other amazing dessert concoctions at very fair prices.
They have a few locations across Greece, so you can also try them in Rhodes, Athens, Mykonos, and even Cyprus. They’re worth every penny (and every calorie). This time I got pistachio gelato in a waffle cone and took it across the street to enjoy in the loggia.
Address: 25is Avgoustou, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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