Our captains (who all live in/near Athens) have put together this list of their favorite restaurants, coffee places and street food in Athens. The list includes a range of price points, tastes and flavors. The comments below are personal descriptions from our captains.
*A few quick notes:
- Good seafood restaurants are difficult to find in the center of Athens
- Souvlaki places are generally very good everywhere.
- You may need to make reservation at some restaurants, especially if it is Friday or Saturday.
- Pretty much all of these restaurants accept credit cards.
αύρο Πρόβατο (Black Sheep)– Very nice restaurant in the area of Pagrati, which is a 20min walk from the center and very close to Kalimarmaro Stadium(where the first modern olympic games opening/closing ceremonies were held). You’ll also find some nice bars nearby.
The Canteen of Karagiorgi Servias– A cool, fairly secret restaurant located in a roof top of a building in Syntaga square. Authentic meat balls, french potatos, greek salad, 15 tables…. Open only in day time.
Kiki de Grece– A small bistro in the center of Athens. Very nice food.
Ο Τζίτζικας κι ο Μέρμηγκας (Tzitzikas and Mermigas)– In the center of Athens (Syntagma Square). One of the oldest restaurants. A lot of tourists but the food is still good.
L’Abreuvoir– Very nice, cosy, French restaurant. It is expensive, but perfect for a romantic honeymoon date.
Dexameni– Located just under King George Hotel. Its nice during the summer because of the small tables in the sloped pedestrian road. Few plates, casual, mostly for beer and only for dinner (its too hot during the day time).
Hyrta– Nice restaurant with a view to Acropolis. A little bit expensive.
Baba Ghanoush– Terrific falafel – the best in Athens. Located in the Pagrati neighborhood of Athens.
Klepsidra Cafe– Outside dining only. It’s similar to “Dexameni”, but just under Acropolis in Plaka. Nice atmosphere, with great local meals.
Γιασεμί (Yiasemi)– Very cosy coffee and breakfast place in Plaka. It has different types of pita and sweets every day. Highly recommended.
Miran Deli– Something different than any other place. The paradise of traditional greek cold-cuts, cheese and olives. Near Monastiraki. Open only in day time.