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Everywhere We Think You Should Eat (And See) In Santorini

Bask in the last of summer with our new #TEAMKULALA member Shloka and her top picks from Santorini. She's got it all worked out for you.

Introducing the latest contributor to join YOYOKULALA.com – the London-based Shloka Narang (@thesilksneaker)! Fresh from her vacay in Santorini, Shloka tells us exactly where to eat and snap those ‘grams beyond the been-there-done-that spots. Don’t forget to check out more of Shloka at her website, The Silk Sneaker!

When I say Santorini, I can almost guarantee the first things that pop in your mind are white walls, blue domes and crystal clear seas. Am I right? I thought so. Undeniably one of the most beautiful islands, Santorini is a wanderlust’s dream come true. After living vicariously through Instagram, I finally made a trip there myself this summer and I’ve brought back more than a tan. I have the ultimate guide on where to eat, play and most importantly, take photos!

The island of Santorini has many little towns. Although the capital is Fira, I would highly recommend staying in the beautiful town of Oia (pronounced ee-a).We stayed at a lovely family-run hotel called Atrina Canava 1894. In spite of the town’s size, there is no shortage of amazing places to eat. Greece is known for a couple of things when it comes to food, one of it being the fava bean stew. Each and every restaurant in Oia has its own version of this famous dish and its own family recipe. So, no matter where you go, don’t forget to order this traditional starter!

One of the best meals on the island is at Melitini. With a menu that serves “Greek style tapas”, Melitini boasts a fabulous array of melt-in-your mouth meats and one of the best desserts I had on my whole trip – their famous orange cake. The cake is served with an ice cream made from a local digestif drink that you have to try on its own.

For a more fine dining experience, head to Ambrosia or 1800 Floga. Santorini has one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever experienced, so a sunset meal is a must do! Sunset at Amoudi Bay was my favourite sundowner meal, especially with their lobster spaghetti for two. You cannot leave the island without eating a gyro at PetitGyros and sampling some Greek style gelato at Lolita’s.

Other than getting lost in the small lanes and boutiques, there are a few must see beaches. Seaside by Notos was my favourite beach club with its mouth watering seafood dishes and picturesque beach beds. For a more relaxed atmosphere, Theros Wave Bar is the spot for you. Last but not least, Yalos is another great spot to put your feet up and soak in that Santorini sunshine!

Now, I know that our Instagram feeds have been full of our friends, families and favourite influencers, twirling on white rooftops overlooking the famous blue domes. If you’re like me though, you’re not after the same photograph. Santorini has so many more unique locations to offer. The streets in the town are unnamed, but can usually be found using landmarks.

The first recommended photo spot is the main square in front of the church. This square has many side streets that each have coloured windows and gates, creating the perfect backdrop. Get ready for some really specific instructions. Keep following the path until you reach a fork in the road. Take the path to your left, leading downwards. As you go further down, you’ll reach a beautiful spot where you can see the blue of the sea, white and pink houses of the town and the cobbled streets at once. This spot is relatively uncrowded and makes for a stunning photograph.

Apart from the unnamed square, there are also many colourful doors throughout the town with one of the prettiest being right opposite Canaves Oia Suites. Lastly, every one of the beach clubs in Santorini is so picturesque, you are sure to get the ideal photo there. All you need to do is pick one. Remember that most of the beaches have black sand, so pack a bright bikini for the perfect contrast. Still after that view? All the hotels in Oia have white roofs that you don’t need to be afraid of climbing onto and ruining it with your footprints as they are repainted almost monthly.

All in all, Santorini has so much more to offer than a small section of white houses with touches of blue. Each little lane is a new adventure waiting to be discovered (and photographed!). I can’t wait to go back.

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