Greece is famous for its delicious cuisine and Kalamata is no exception. From traditional dishes like moussaka, to local baked delicacies and of course, the famous Kalamata olive, your stomach will thank you, but just forget about the waistline!
Moussaka is a traditional Greek dish made of sautéed aubergine or potato and mincemeat, served like a casserole. Moussaka varies depending on region but if you want a seriously tasty version, Kalamata is where it’s at.
Number one on Tripadvisor for restaurants in Kalamata, the family-run Ta Rolla is famous for its moussaka. The menu is all homemade with fresh ingredients and dishes start from just £3, so well worth every penny.
Lalagia are crunchy strips of dough made with citrus zest and spices like cinnamon – seriously addictive! Typically eaten around Christmas, these tasty treats can be found in bakeries all around Kalamata. Lalagia is often served with sfela, a hard, salty cheese and Kalamata olives, or with ouzo for a perfect drinking snack.
Served much like a doner kebab, Al Pastor is salty, smoked pork cut in thin slices and added to pitta bread with vegetables, often with a spicy chili dressing.
Luna Lounge in Kalamata is first and foremost a wine bar, with a huge selection including local varieties and supposedly the best coffee in town. The food is more reserved for lunches but doesn’t fail to impress, and the Al Pastor pork comes heavily recommended.
Kalamata really loves its baked goods and Diples (sometimes called Thiples) are a widely eaten snack, particularly at weddings and New Year. Made from thin sheets of dough, these indulgent snacks are then rolled and deep fried with honey and chopped nuts. Diples are often made into various shapes like bows and spirals for a fancy twist.
There are plenty of bakeries in Kalamata but the most popular is Bread Bakery & Deli in the centre of town. Serving breakfast, coffee and a huge range of baked goods, you can try a Diple or some Lalagia in true local style.
Number one on this list would have to be the Kalamata Olive. These eponymous olives are a dark purple, almost black colour, plump and juicy, and eaten worldwide. Locally grown in Kalamata, they are usually offered as mezze starters or snacks, served whole, pitted or in halves.
Elia & Dyosmos (meaning Olive & Mint) is the perfect place to enjoy some of Kalamata’s finest fare. Enjoy your Kalamata olives in the outside seating area with stunning sea views over the picturesque marina