Set slightly back from the waterfront road, Café Fresko occupies the ground floor of a two-story island cottage. It’s like an outdoor garden lounge, a mix of tables, chairs, and imitation bamboo settees where you can relax reading a book, enjoy an evening meal, chat over a drink, or focus on a Scrabble challenge. This casual atmosphere, and owner Dimitris’s easygoing manner, has made Café Fresko a favorite haunt of Poros’s expat community.
Open from 9 a.m. to whenever the last customer leaves at night (often past midnight), Café Fresko serves coffee, light meals, plus a daily special or two, depending on the season. (Dimitri’s lasagne are a favorite among regulars.)
Off-menu items like mushrooms with a blue cheese filling and desserts are displayed in a glass case, and guests are welcome to peek in the kitchen to see what’s cooking.
When we went: Early evening, great for watching the dusk settle on the Aderes ridge on the Peloponnese coast across the sea channel.
What we ate: Chicken salad (chunks of chicken tossed with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, and a dill-flavored dressing) and a Pizza Mozzarella made with fresh tomatoes and basil picked from the café’s container herb garden, plus two beers.
What we paid: 20 euros
What we liked: The easy atmosphere and garden-like setting.