Spetses's restaurants can be packed with Athenians on weekend evenings, so you may want to eat unfashionably early (about 9pm) to avoid the crush. Count on spending at least 25€ at any of these places -- unless you are careful. If the price of your fish is not on the menu, ask for it; fish is usually expensive and priced by the kilogram. Liotrivi (tel. 22980/72-269), in the Old Harbor, is a great place for simple grilled fish or makaronada tou psara (fish, tomato sauce, and pasta) or mayiatiko a la Spetsiate (fish stewed with tomatoes and herbs).

For standard Greek taverna food, including a number of vegetable dishes, try the rooftop taverna Lirakis, Dapia, over the Lirakis supermarket (tel. 22980/72-188), with a nice view of the harbor. To Kafeneio, a long-established coffeehouse and ouzo joint, on the harborfront, is a good place in which to sit and watch the passing scene, as is To Byzantino. Or try Orloff, on the road to the Old Harbor, which has a wide variety of mezedes. The island's popularity with tour groups seems to have led to a decline in the quality of restaurant fare.

Spetses has some of the best bakeries in the Saronic Gulf; all serve a Greek specialty beloved on the islands: amygdalota, small, usually crescent-shaped almond cakes, flavored with rosewater and covered with powdered sugar. It's usually served with a tall glass of cold water; you'll realize why when you bite into all that powdered sugar!

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