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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“dear guest welcome to the beautiful Kalamata ,,,, we are in the center at the bus station, at the airport ,, in the sea ,, here the hostel is very simple no luxury (not demanding) ... the street is 21 papazoglou street in the historic center and close to the museum Benaki ... we strive for your best stay. open from morning to evening 21.00 to 22.00”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“This place is right in the heart of the city,great architecture,great food,drinks,sweats and coffee.You can sit there relaxing when you watch the people come and go.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Plaza
“Set in the historical heart of Kalamata, where the old market used to stand, the Archaeological Museum of Messenia is home to an extensive collection of archaeological finds dating back from prehistoric times to the Byzantine era. It is divided into four geographical areas, which represent the four provinces of Messenia, including Kalamata, Messene, Pylia, and Trifylia. Exhibits include the splendid mosaic from Koroni, which depicts various scenes of the worship of the god Bacchus.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“For those who wish to travel to past centuries and have a taste of local traditions, the visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum, in the historic centre of Kalamata, is necessary. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Church
“In the centre of the Messenian capital, at 23rd of March Square, the Temple of Saint Apostles is of great historical importance. Built during the Byzantine period, the temple has found a place in history, since it was there on the 23rd of March 1821 where the doxology for the liberation of Kalamata took place. At this first doxology, in a free territory, Th. Kolokotronis, P. Mavromichalis, Papaflessas, Nikitaras and other warriors of the Greek Revolution were present. The church was built in the beginning of the 14th century by Emperor Andronikos. It was of smaller size at first, but it is considered that subsequently it was extended. The temple had to be restored, after the damages because of the strong earthquakes in 1892 and 1986. Currently, it belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Messenia and every year on the 23rd of March a doxology takes place in honor of the heroes of 1821. The customs also include the re-enactments of the liberation of the city, before the parade. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Train buffs shouldn't miss a visit to the Municipal Railway Park, a 5.4 hectare open-air museum with restored 19th century station, a variety of engines, wagons and other rail-related exhibits as well as recreational facilities. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“A fantastic museum! You will have the opportunity to learn things about greek tradition!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“Best place to enjoy fantastic cocktails or some killer small burgers. - 4 minutes walk ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Βρίσκετε στη Μαρίνα Καλαμάτας, έχει ποιοτικό φαγητό και οι τιμές είναι αρκετά λογικές. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“Excellent cuisine, very friendly service, next to the marina. Highly recommended”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located near Kalamata’s railway station, Kardamo Edesmopoleio is a lovely restaurant operating since 2010 with a mission to offer its customers with unassuming yet authentic Greek dishes created with fresh local ingredients. You will find traditional dishes, though somewhat refined and revisited with newfound flavours. You will surely have a nice time dining (or lunching) here.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Modern Greek Restaurant
“If you are craving Greek food but with a twist, Oinopantopōleion is the answer. Forget typical dishes and get ready to discover local ingredients combined to produce flavorful dishes. You can pair them with a bottle from the fantastic wine list and enjoy a relaxing dining experience. And if you end up falling in love with one of the locally sourced ingredients from your dish, you can go home with a package of pasta, nuts, a jar of jam or honey or grab a bottle of olive oil, vinegar, wine and even ouzo and Tsipouro. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Premise
“Square of March 23 in the old city of Kalamata took its name from the day of liberation of the city from the Turks in 1821. In this square there is also the church of Agioi Apostoloi, where according to tradition the Revolution was declared and the first liturgy of the liberated Kalamata took place. In the center of the square there is the monument of March 23 that commemorates the time of Revolution that was made by sculptor Christos Riganas.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lounge
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  • 5 locals recommend
Premise
“One of the most recent acquisitions of the city. During the month of July the Kalamata International Dance Festival happens and it will be great for dance lovers to experience a show in this theater.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“For all the vino enthusiasts, Kantoina (read Kantina) is the place to be. Located in the heart of Kalamata’s central market, it has a wide selection of tasty dishes, as well as a long and appetizing wine list with Greek labels. You will love the food and its unique selection of traditional and local dishes hardly featured in typical taverna menus, but we guarantee that the wine menu will send any wine addict to heaven. Not sure what to pick? The friendly staff will surely help you choose the best bottle.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This place is right in the heart of the city,great architecture,great food,drinks,sweats and coffee.You can sit there relaxing when you watch the people come and go.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Best place to enjoy fantastic cocktails or some killer small burgers. - 4 minutes walk ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Βρίσκετε στη Μαρίνα Καλαμάτας, έχει ποιοτικό φαγητό και οι τιμές είναι αρκετά λογικές. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Excellent cuisine, very friendly service, next to the marina. Highly recommended”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located near Kalamata’s railway station, Kardamo Edesmopoleio is a lovely restaurant operating since 2010 with a mission to offer its customers with unassuming yet authentic Greek dishes created with fresh local ingredients. You will find traditional dishes, though somewhat refined and revisited with newfound flavours. You will surely have a nice time dining (or lunching) here.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Modern Greek Restaurant
“If you are craving Greek food but with a twist, Oinopantopōleion is the answer. Forget typical dishes and get ready to discover local ingredients combined to produce flavorful dishes. You can pair them with a bottle from the fantastic wine list and enjoy a relaxing dining experience. And if you end up falling in love with one of the locally sourced ingredients from your dish, you can go home with a package of pasta, nuts, a jar of jam or honey or grab a bottle of olive oil, vinegar, wine and even ouzo and Tsipouro. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lounge
  • 5 locals recommend

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