The city centre is full of meze restaurants, taverns, cafe-bars, yet there is a modern kafenio that is truly authentic and it’s called Hozeva. The owners, who are actually a couple, got the inspiration to create Hozeva from the island of Amorgos. The name of the place, the raki and the meze dishes are all somehow related to that Cycladic island.
From the very first moment that we entered Hozeva, they treated us like friends. I was really amazed when I realised how friendly and smiley the owners are and I assure you that their attitude looked 100% authentic. They made us feel like we were having lunch at a friend’s place. That, combined with the design of the place, creates a charming atmosphere.
As for the menu, I really like it when it’s not too big and that’s the case in Hozeva! You can enjoy traditionally prepared Greek coffee, baked raki from Amorgos, tsipouro and many exceptional meze dishes at very low prices. The Ntolmadakia Yalanci was the best that I have tasted for a long time. Also try the chickpeas with spinach, the graviera from Crete and the soutzoukaki (spiced cylindrical meatball), all these accompanied with tsipouro or raki!
Beware that Hozeva closes around 21:00 from Monday to Tuesday so make sure that you come early! Moreover it’s closed on Sunday!