A perfect way to escape the August heat in Izmir is to spend a few hours with a friend in Miko. A glass of white wine or a beer with lively Greek music and just enough people walking by for people watching without feeling dizzy.
Evenings are crowded so be sure to make a reservations but on most afternoons you should be able to find a table. Years ago, the service used to be terrible and reservations were usually ignored. Today, happily the service has improved and the staff are generally diligent.
Though empty in the afternoons, here is a shot of the interior. On their website, play the clip to see the difference in the evenings. That place is hopping, daddy.
For all you culture vultures, Miko offers a classical music recital on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I haven’t been yet so I won’t vouch for it. Worth checking out, I’d say.
One warning, a first glance at the menu may have you scrambling to your feet.. the management has gone all up-scale- presumably to keep out the riff-raff, like me. However, I think it isn’t too much to ask to have a few cheaper items on the menu for a light snack in the afternoon.