The Internet got Chania’s best Bougatsa so very Wrong
Saving the best for last, let’s start with Bougatsa Iordanis. I’m as much of a sucker for a story as the next person, and Iordanis has it made. Back in the early 1920s, a baker from Constantinople bought the bougatsa store from a Cretan Muslim who taught him how to make the breakfast staple. He then passed the skill onto his son-in-law. The store has been feeding locals since 1924, and tourists for the last couple of decades. Today it’s run by the fourth generation and has multiple stores in the city. Here you can have your bougatsa sweet or savoury, the former with custard and the latter with myzithra, a local goat and sheep’s cheese. Don’t get me wrong; it’s delicious – just not as delicious as Bougatsa Chania.
Apokoronou 24, Chania
It may not be the oldest, but Bougatsa Chania is the best bougatsa in the city. You can only order one variety of bougatsa here, the traditional version made with myzithra. Ask for it without sugar and cinnamon and then add them to taste using the shakers provided. The filo pastry here is thinner and darker than at Bougatsa Iordanis, shattering on impact and not going soggy against the slightly sour, creamy filling. If you’re more of a sweet tooth, Bougatsa Iordanis is a better bet, but if you only settle for the best, come here. Regardless of where you end up, don’t get your bougatsa to go – it tastes best cut into small squares and served fresh.
Apokoronou 37, Chania