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Brits In Crete Ex-pat Favourites and Recommendations


Chicago Traditional English Fish and Chips, Chania

Chicago Traditional English Fish and Chip Shop. This was a venture by Brian Saunders of Channel 4's "A Place In Greece" Fame in Almerida (Almirida), 20 something kilometres outside Chania. Now Brian is taking a fresh direction. Updated to May 2009. Did they or didn't they sell their house featured in the Crete TV series? More here.

Fish and Chips Almirida


Cretan Family Takeaway, Stalis

The Cretan Family is in Stalis, near Malia. It is run by Korinna and Nektario. It is THE BEST place in Stalis for All Types of Pita, including Gyros, Chicken, Burger and even Vegetarian. And the Sugar and Lemon Crepes are to die for. Give them a try if you're in Stalis and tell them BritsInCrete sent you.



The Hair Studio, Stalis

The Hair Studio in Stalis is run by a lovely Irish lady by the name of Denise who always welcomes you with a smile and has a good line in village gossip. Oh and she's very good at the cutting of the hair for both Ladies and Gents :-)


JD's Bar, Stalis

On the Beach Road between Stalis and Malia, JD's is a picturesque bar with lots of shade and a big TV, great to relax on a hot afternoon with a cold drink. Briton, Dave Powell the owner is a friendly guy full of enthusiasm for Crete and lots of stories to tell. Tell him you saw JD's on BritsInCrete.


ScotBike, Malia

Scooter Repairs by Paul. If you have a scooter and you have a problem with it Paul's your man. You can find Scot Bike on the main road into Malia from Stalis.

You can give Paul a call on: + 30 6947 658 371



Specialist Doctors 


Dr. Leonidis Kastrinakis , Aghios Nikolaos. Lassithi

Leonidis Kastrinakis an acupuncture specialist in Aghios Nikolaos. He also handles physiotherapy, and is a chiropractor. Recommended by a Brits in Crete Forum member. Telephone: 28410-28158

Dr. Lefteris, Kalives, Chania

Dr Lefteris is a physiotherapist in Kalives (Chania) who uses Acupuncture as part of treatment. He is very good. Speaks very good English. His clinic is on the Kalives to Armeni road. Mobile number: 6974856254. He will tell you if he can help. Very practical. Recommended by a Brits in Crete Forum member.


Dr. Christine Karefilaki, Diabetes Specialist, Chania

Christine Karefilaki is a diabates doctor, recommended by a Brits in Crete Forum member. Christine can be located at Chiotaki Street 4, Chania Tel: 28210-59631

Dental Technicians and Dental Related

Olya Koukoura - Pediatric Dental Technician, Heraklion

Olya Koukoura graduated in 1993 from the Dental University of Athens, then went on to do post graduate studies at the Pediatric Department of the Eastman Dental Hospital, University of London from 1994 to 1995. Olya also post graduated in 1998 at Athens Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Deciduous and Mixed Dentition. Olya also has certificates for Dentistry on Children with Special Needs. Olya's practice can be found at the Iraklion Centre, 50 Giamalaki Street, Iraklion. Tel: 2810 284553.

Nikolaos Varoucha, Dental Technician, Heraklion
Dental Technician, Heraklion
Tel: 2810 222288

Bob Manousakis, Dentist, Chania
Bob Manousakis, is located at EL. VENIZELOU 12-4th floor in Chania town. His prices for dental work are slightly higher than smaller practices but far the best I have found. Prices are cheaper than UK private treatment. Recommended by a BiC Forum Member.

Giorgos Papadougiorgakis, Dentist, Vamos (Western Crete)
If you're anywhere near Vamos the new dentist there (2007) gave my wife very good treatment. New, modern surgery and speaks enough English to understand what is the problem. Giorgos Papadougiorgakis tel: 28250 23336. Recommended by a BiC Forum Member.

Dimitris Railakis, Dentist, Chania
You could try Dimitris Railakis in Xania, very near the town hall. He did 3 years post grad practice in Swansea so speaks fluent English. Tel +30 28210 456000, mobile +30 6972 565567.
I had a tooth rebuilt by him (2007), was in the chair for just under an hour and the cost was €45.00. Also didn't feel a thing. Very meticulous. Recommended by a BiC Forum Member.

Costas Kondopodis, Dentist, Ierapetra, Lassithi
Try Costas Kondopodis. He studied at the New York University College of Dentistry, so there should be no problems for you with the language barrier.
His telephone is 28420 22122. Mobile 697 3522602.
Recommended by a BiC Forum Member.

Veterinary Surgeons and Animal Welfare


Andreas Bantouvas

Veterinary Surgeon, Heraklion. Andreas is a kind and caring Vet based in Heraklion, to find him you need to take the National Rd, until you reach the exit signposted Mires, when you come off the National Rd you will see The Bank of Cyprus exactly opposite, turn right here, go under the flyover and then just a few metres past there you will see a Halkiadakis (Xalkiadakis Spar) the passage down the side of this Supermarket leads to Andreas's Surgery.

You can contact Andreas by phone between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Friday on +30 2810 317870. Tell him Gerald at BritsInCrete sent you.

Veterinary Surgeon Yanni Fillipakis
Veterinary Surgeon. Yannis is particularly good with cats and is a really nice bloke. His main telephone is +30 2810 325508 or for emergencies: mobile 6977 981885

Pet Planet Pet Shop, Hersonissos
A Pet Shop that has everything you need for your cat, dog or any other domestic animal.
Tel: +30 28970 24284 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kalives Dog Kennels
Frieda and Colin - Kalives Dog Kennels Tel: 6972 316892
For a list of veterinary surgeons on Crete,go to our downloads page for their telehone numbers.

Bars and Restaurants


The Maltese Falcon, Hersonissos

The best and I mean "THE BEST" Chicken Korma in Crete, not to mention (if you are into such things) the biggest, tastiest Full English Breakfast in Hersonissos. To find it just ask for the Tourist Police Station in Hersonissos, it's on the same road.

The Jolly Roger

Music Bar and Cafe, Sissi. Dave and Daniele always provide a warm welcome and Daniele's Greek Salad is not one to be missed. The Jol Rog has a big, and I mean, BIG TV and if there's a top football match on Dave will have it on the Big Screen Steki Taverna, Old Hersonissos
Run by twins, this place serves a fab Lamb Kleftiko and children are made to feel very welcome as well as adults. The twins speak very good english and have a great sense of humour, plate smashing and greek dancing are usually on the cards at some stage of the evening. Highly recommended. The Panorama, Istro (Istron, Lassithi)
George the owner of The Panorama at Istro was the first Cretan I ever met. He is a very friendly guy and always remembers his customers when they return, the Panorama has a fantastic view out over Vulisma Beach. The portions are huge so be careful when you order!

Apartments and Holiday Accommodation


Marigianna Apartments, Sissi

Nice Clean Apartments not far from the Beach, Fabulous Pool and Pool Bar, the ideal place for a get away from it all relaxing holiday. Tel: +30 28410 71340


Motor Vehicle, Service and Sales


Techno Motor Centre, Malia.

Scooters, Quads and Motor Bikes. Friendly helpful staff and good prices.
Tel: +30 28970 32151


Property Development, Sales and Renovation


CreteHomeFinders Owned and Run by Don Jones, they are real estate agents, property developers and renovation specialists. Tel: +30 28410 89494.

Casa Prokat. If you are interested in a ProKat (Pre Fabricated House) call Vasilis on 2810 822096 and he will be able to give you all the info on these great homes. More for Brits and Irish Ex-Pats on Prokat - also known as Procat.

If you have a recommendation, contact Brits in Crete and the place you like can be mentioned here. The only condition is that the recommending person must give a valid e-mail, their recommendation and why. If you use any of the above recommendations, please mention as a courtesy, you found the service/supplier through Brits in Crete websites. Appreciated.