About Dipolo The first traditional Cretan Café- Taverna & Grocery Shop in Heraklion

The traditional grocery-kafenion Dipolo is the first activity of “Cretan Values”.

Memories of the old days, when in our villages a single daily visit to the neighborhood grocery- kafenion shop was a unique experience, in a welcoming, friendly and traditional environment, where pure Cretan products always have the first place, made us reminisce and create “Dipolo”, a traditional grocery- kafenion adapted to “today”, with main philosophy: “The excellent selected products and flavors of Crete”.

Our Philosophy “the excellent selected products and flavors of Crete”

Dipolo’s (dipole) philosophy starts from its name, which symbolizes a mixed shop Grocery – Kafenion, offering products for sale in the Grocery Shop, which products are at the same time the basis of the culinary tastes that can be experienced in our Kafenion- Taverna.

It even symbolizes the relationship between Yesterday and Today, following the trends without losing its identity.

Cretan Products and the healthy diet

The pure Cretan products which for many centuries are the basis of the well-known Cretan healthy diet, can be an excellent choice for modern consumers, both in terms of healthy eating and at the same time the basis for unique culinary experiences offered in Crete.

The products you can buy from our store, are selected with strict quality criteria from all regions of Crete, based on the philosophy of “Cretan Values”.

“A country, Crete, located in the winy sea, excess rich, sea belted, a real Beauty, having ninety states, myriads live over the island and their languages are many, redistributed each other. Crete nourishes the Achaeans and true Cretans and Dorians, who live in three different races, and even Kydonians and Pelasgians Lords “

– Odyssey, Rhapsody T (172-177)

(Translation from the Greek text translated from: Kazantzaki- Kakridis)

Homer in it’s Odyssey in the 8th to 7th century BC is speaking with highly flattering words about Crete and many centuries later Nikos Kazantzakis writes in his book “Captain Michael“,

“Beautiful Crete, so Beautiful! .. I would wish to be an eagle to admire you from the top of the air! “

Cretan Values A stamp that guarantees quality

Our Crete, an outstanding and unique place, truly blessed! We feel that we are very lucky to live on it and we feel it is our duty to contribute to protect and maintain both, the unique natural environment, as well as the great cultural and gastronomical heritage.

Having created “Cretan Values“, we feel that we do a little effort in this direction.

The gastronomy of the island stands out since the ancient times, with outstanding reports from the years of the Minoan civilization, but also in the later centuries, in all phases of the history of the island.

Cretan diet has left its universal stamp, since the 1950s onward, where scientifically it was proven as an eminently healthy eating pattern. Simple food, with main characteristics the relationship of humans with nature and the seasonal use of pure products of the earth, consuming healthy food combinations, especially with lots of vegetables, legumes, cereals, fruits, nuts shoulders and of course the extra virgin olive oil.

The pure Cretan products which for many centuries are the basis of the well-known Cretan healthy diet, can be an excellent choice for modern consumers, both in terms of healthy eating, curbing unhealthy eating habits of modern people in recent years and at the same time are the basis for unique culinary experiences offered in Crete.

Cretan Values”, expressing faithfully the above philosophy, aims to introduce a quality label identified with excellent products of the Cretan Earth.