Famed as one of the first traditional kafeneio of the Greek islands where seamen used to spend most of their time on land, Prekas is still one of the best meze places around.
Originally established around the 1960s, Prekas’ kafeneio (or else Naftilia) also started dubbing as a travel agency when Mr Nikos took over from his father. His nephew got married in the late 1970s and relocated to Amorgos in 1979 with his wife Zoe, originally from Trikala. Despite the numerous legacy issues within the family, the place still runs like clockwork and is a must for any traveller looking to experience the authentic side of Amorgos.
Coming back to Amorgos always included a stop here: be it for the crispy fried meatballs, the homemade moussaka or the locally grown abelofasoula (aka string beans). This time was no exception and visiting off-peak hours also gave us the opportunity to exchange a few pleasantries with Mrs Zoe herself.
The crowd usually comes in around 7-8pm when the sun goes down and beachgoers make their way back to Katapola from Plakes, Maltezi or further away from the Small Cyclades. The infamous and tiny ferry of Express Skopelitis moors in and campers flock the narrow dock of Katapola looking for a place to sit – no wonder we’re happy we’re washing down our dessert with a traditional Greek coffee just before they make it here.
On the odd hour you may also see Mrs Zoe’s husband behind the counter issuing ferry tickets to travellers as your eyes roll around the high ceiling indoors that are decorated wall to wall with TVs, photos and other memorabilia.