Via Giovanni di Giovanni, 45, 98039
While in Taormina, we discovered that granita is a very typical Sicilian breakfast (served with brioche) and the best granita (possibly in the world) can be found at Bam Bar (we tried chocolate and peach). There is usually a bit of a wait for tables (especially if you want to sit outside) but they have quite an efficient waitlist system and the tables seem to turn over pretty quick. Just ask one of the waiters to put your name on the list as soon as you get there and wait – It’s worth it!
Via Strabone, 2, 98039
Da Christina is one of my food highlights of any trip ever. A cheap and cheerful little place with the most ridiculously delicious arancini you will ever eat. We always got take-away (about twice a day the entire time we were there) but there are also a couple of tables if you want to eat in.
Via Madonna della Rocca, 16/18, 98039
12-2.30pm and 7-11.30pm Daily
This restaurant is situated at the top of a hill with spectacular views of Taormina. I would recommend booking to secure a table directly overlooking the view (the restaurant is configured so that most tables will have a good view but we booked early and we were right at the front). The downside of the view is that if you want to walk (which we naively did) it is up literally hundreds of steps – Alternatively I think a taxi would cost about 15€. White linen service and delicious food for pretty reasonable prices.
7, Via Naumachia, 7
Amazing bruschetta and a cute little place to sit and watch the world go by.
Corso Umberto, 235, 98039
Try and get a seat on the steps (we arrived at 5ish and had our pick but it did fill up soon after). A little more pricey for a drink but a fantastic aperitivo – You literally get an entire plate of food for every drink purchased to the point that you may not need dinner (and if you do, arancini from Da Christina - which is very close by - would probably be enough).
Taormina is really hilly so if possible I would recommend to stay in the centre as opposed to on the beach. We stayed on this street and it was in such a good area (although a bit of a trek down to the beach). If your budget is completely unlimited then Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo looks like a dream - It also has a shuttle down it its own private beach (so you don't have to worry about the trek). If you have a car there are a couple of car parking buildings reasonably close to the centre that you can use if your accomodation doesn't have parking.
The Public Gardens (Garden of Villa Comunale)
Via Bagnoli Croce, 98039
The same views as from the Greek Theatre but free and also very pretty to wander around.
The beaches in Taormina are mostly private (20€ a day for a sunbed/umbrella/towel) but there are some nice little public spots if you don’t want to pay. We set up for the afternoon in the area below and it was perfect.
Another place where the best thing you can do is just explore/wander the streets.
a couple of notes:
- We spent 2 days and 2 nights in Taormina and it was enough for us to see a lot of it. If you wanted to explore more of the surrounding area or spend more days at the beach then I would recommend that you stay for longer.
- If you want to see more of Sicily generally, I would highly recommend hiring a car.