Friday, June 26, 2015

In Argostoli (Kefalonia): Vallianou Square, a nice place for a Frappe and a Bruschetta Snack

The main square of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia Island is Vallianou Square (Pl. Vallianou), which is also known as the Argostoli Square. It is located near the customs harbour.

At first sight, and in all honesty, I found the city of Argostoli not that very pretty. We have been to many Greek Island capitals, the last one was Corfu, it's capital city Kerkyra was drop-dead gorgeous and very lively. On the contrary, Argostoli resembles like a sleepy town during the day with very little hustle and bustle going. Tonight we are going to the city centre to experience what the place is like in the evening so I have my hopes pinned high!

The best place to hang around, rather, to sit down during the day would be at Vallianou Square which is ringed with outdoor cafe terraces. When it is siesta time (14:00 to 18:00) and the shops are close, the cafe terraces are there to offer refuge from the heat and the inactivity of the city. This is really the best place to hang a bit, chill with the famous Greek frappe and have some afternoon snack.

Vallianou Square is located near the customs harbour.

We initially sat at a different cafe terrace, which has nicer and comfortable chairs, however the service took a long time. We sat there for 10 minutes and nobody came to take our order. So we left and moved over to this cafe restaurant just across the square -- Premier Restaurant.

Dutchman and I always share our lunches and snacks. We are quite mindful of what we eat, and surely during holidays we are careful that we do not get carried away with food. We then always employ the sharing stratagem, all the time. This is our secret to controlling our waistlines and not letting them get out of proportion, although we have to admit that they were not what they were used to be! Helaas.

We ordered each a Greek frappe drink and a plate of bruschetta toast with mozarella cheese and fresh tomatoes.

Bruschetta Mozarella and Tomatoes : Crispy crostini (freshly baked homemade bread) with marinated tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto.

When you rent a scooter or car, you get this free map.

The square was not busy at all when we were there, but this is in June. Perhaps in the peak summer periods, such as in July and August, the square could be busier.

This was the cafe restaurant we initially had an eye on. You can spend hours reading a book in those chairs. Of course, with a chilled frappe on your hand.

Travel Period: June 2015
Destination: Argostoli Centre, Argostoli (Kefalonia - Ionian Islands), Greece

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