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Red Mullets at Ouzeri Lesvos in Athens Greece

Where to Eat in Athens Greece – The Best Athens Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

In Europe, Food Guides, Greece by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch3 Comments

Wondering what and where to eat in Athens Greece? We spent a month eating our way through the sprawling Greek capital city. Check out our Athens Food Guide with some of the best Athens restaurants, cafes and markets.

Red Mullets at Ouzeri Lesvos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

We spent a month eating our way through Athens Greece. Yes, you read that right. For 30 days, we woke up and slept in a city where many travelers typically spend a day or two before jetting or cruising away to an island.

Why We Stayed in Athens for a Month

Acropolis

Even more striking in real life than in photos, the Parthenon is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

Curious about Athens and its food scene, we gave ourselves a full month to fully explore the city and its cuisine. By renting an Airbnb apartment as an affordable base for the month, we were able to slowly explore the city and discover a variety of places to eat in Athens both on and off the map.

Athens Street Art

Street art abounds in neighborhoods like Exarchia and Metaxourgeio.

Staying in Athens gave us time to slowly explore the city’s different neighborhoods. We quickly tired of tourist-filled Monastiraki and the Plaka; however, we never bored of hipper areas like Exarchia and Metaxourgeio where we found some of the city’s best cafes and street art.

We must also mention Pagrati where we lived during the month. A hidden gem for tourists, residential Pagrati is a short walk from the city center but feels like a million miles away from the souvenir shops and hawkers.

Arch of Hadrian

You never know what you’ll walk by in Athens. The Arch of Hadrian dates back to 132 AD and is right in the middle of Athens.

Athens is a walkable city despite its slippery sidewalks and many hills. We walked as much as we ate, often combining the two activities. As we gave our Fitbit a daily workout, we discovered millennia old relics hiding in plain sight as well as exciting new establishments.

Athens Soldiers

Everybody walks in Athens – even soldiers.

Athens is a vibrant, world-class city. Give Athens tourism some time. You won’t be disappointed and you definitely won’t go hungry.

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Athens Food Guide

 Cheese Pie at Mam in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurant

Cheese pies are popular in Athens. Our favorite version is at Mam near the Varvakios Central Market.

Though we love Greek food, we wondered if we would get bored of the food in Athens. Let’s face it – there’s only so much moussaka and souvlaki that even we can eat.

As it turns out, we never tired of Greek cuisine. As we peeled away the city’s tourist layers, we discovered fantastic food and drink options at every price point. In fact, we can’t wait to return to Athens and eat and drink more.

This Athens guide includes our best Athens food finds and runs the gamut from cheap eats to fine dining. We’ve even included some great shops where you can hunt for local food products to eat on the spot or enjoy later.

Since we like to drink when we travel, we also highlight great spots for coffee, cocktails, wine and beer.

Casual Dining

Diporto in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

There’s no need to dress up to dine at most restaurants in Athens. Most eateries have cozy atmospheres and a lot of wine.

Dining in Athens is normally a laid-back affair, with meals starting late and lingering well into the afternoon or evening. In fact, many restaurants in Athens start dinner service at 8 pm and don’t get busy for another hour or two.

If you ask Athenians for a list of the best Athens restaurants, they will likely include several tavernas and other moderately priced eateries. We ate many of our favorite meals at casual tavernas where the prices were low and the food plentiful.

Though not fancy or sporting Michelin stars, these restaurants served us food that satisfied our souls and made us wish we grew up with Greek grandmothers. These are our favorite casual restaurants in Athens:

Diporto (Δίπορτο)

Entrance to Diporto in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Can you blame us for missing the entrance to Diporto?

We hate eating in tourist traps, but sometimes the best Athens restaurants and cafes can be found in the heart of the action. That’s the case with Diporto which loosely translates to two doors. The restaurant is literally in a cellar just a block from Athens’ central food market (Varvakeios), and if you don’t look hard you may not see it at first glance.

We actually missed Diporto on our first try since we just knew its vague location and didn’t have an address. When we returned with proper directions, we walked downstairs to the barest of dining spaces with about 20 seats.

Before long, we were seated at a table with a paper tablecloth and drinking wine tapped from a barrel. Soon after that, an old man named Mitsos, DiPorto’s owner, dished out our food from an array of pots and pans where he prepares four dishes each day. All this happened with us barely saying a word.

Soup at Diporto in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Diporto is known for its big bowls of soup. This bowl featured gigante beans and greens in a flavorful broth.

Diporto is a great taverna for dishes like soups, stews and grilled whole fish. This Athens restaurant menu changes daily based on market availability, making each meal a bit of a surprise.

During our lunch, we enjoyed generous bowls of orzo and gigante beans cooked in old style broths whose recipes probably haven’t changed for hundreds of years. We also loved Mitsos’ grilled sardines which were generously sized, extraordinarily fresh and charred to tasty crispiness.

Mistros at Diporto in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Yamas to Mitsos for making us feel at home at his taverna Diporto.

While at Diporto, we drank house retsina, a special age-old Greek wine distinctly flavored with pine resin. We can’t say we would drink retsina every day, but at Diporto the piney wine completes the special experience. Plus we didn’t order it – a carafe just magically appeared at our table. Who were we to say no during what may be the best lunch in Athens?

Pro Tip: Shop at the Varvakios Central Market before you eat lunch at Diporto. Many of the market stalls and surrounding shops close around 3 pm.

Diporto is located at Sokratous 9, Athina 105 52, Greece.

Seychelles

Seychelles in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

A mix of locals and tourists convene at Seychelles to eat some of the city’s best local food.

Don’t go to Seychelles expecting food from the Indian Ocean island nation. Do go to eat some of the best shareable plates in Athens.

This large, rustic Metaxourgeio space overflowing with diners offers outdoor sidewalk seating along with a range of tables on the other side of Keramikou Street. Inside Seychelles, the open kitchen hums while its chefs produce dishes cooked from the finest local ingredients and executed to remarkable precision.

We shared several plates at Seychelles including elevated standards like homemade dolmades and a hearty rusk salad. However, a couple of dishes stood above the rest during our two meals.

Grilled Octopus at Seychelles in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Served with quinoa salad, okra and sweet red pepper sauce, this octopus was as close to octopus perfection as we’ve ever tasted.

The octopus, served over an imaginative pairing of black lentils and quinoa, may have been the best octo we’ve ever tasted with a crunchy charred exterior yielding to a tender, juicy center. Equally impressive, the tomato fritters were clouds of loveliness with sophisticated spicy flavors that never overwhelmed the powerfully sweet local tomatoes found only in Greece.

Tomato Fritters at Seychelles in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

These tomato fritters atop yogurt sauce may look simple but looks can be deceiving.

Pro Tip: Take a stroll around funky Metaxourgeio before or after your meal. Just a short distance from Kerameikos and Gazi, the hipster neighborhood is filled with some cool bars and taverns along with underrated (occasionally decaying) architecture.

Seychelles is located at Keramikou 49, Athina 104 36, Greece.

Ouzeri Lesvos (Ουζερί Λέσβος)

 Ouzeri Lesvos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

The sidewalk in front of Ouzeri Lesvos comes alive at night when diners gather for dinner and ouzu.

Located on the fringe of the edgy Exarchia neighborhood, Ouzeri Lesvos offers a traditional taverna experience with an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood. Don’t be deterred by the restaurant’s shabby chic decor – food and service at Ouzeri Lesvos are among the best in Athens. Plus, most of the action happens on the well-lit sidewalk once the crowds arrive and the ouzo starts flowing.

Ouzo and Salad at Ouzeri Lesvos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

We started our meal at Ouzeri Lesvos with generous shots of ouzu and tomato salad.

Going with the nautical theme, we ordered crispy red mullets (pictured at the top of this article) and cheesy saganaki with mussels. Both dishes showcased Greece’s rich seafood bounty, but it was the meatball starter that blew us away. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these meatballs were the best we ate in all of Athens and reason enough for a repeat visit

Mussels Saganaki at Ouzeri Lesvos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

This version of saganaki included feta cheese and mussels.

Pro Tip:  Although Ouzrei Lesvos’s menu has reasonably priced Greek wine, don’t skip the ouzo. The restaurant has a vast ouzo selection which you can enjoy before, during or after your meal.

Ouzeri Lesvos is located at Emmanouil Mpenaki 38, Athina 106 78, Greece.

The Black Sheep (Το Μαύρο Πρόβατο)

Sarikopita at Black Sheep in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Filled with Ximomizthra cheese, this sarikopita was coated in honey and sesame seeds.

Open since 2012, The Black Sheep is a delightful mezedopoleio (meze restaurant) situated on a leafy street in the Pagrati neighborhood. We couldn’t miss the crowds that fill the inside every night and spill out to the long row of sidewalk tables just blocks from our Airbnb apartment. As we found out, these crowds gather for two reasons – great food and reasonable prices.

Kaisaria Patties at Black Sheep in Athens Greek - Athens Restaurants

We never ate kaisaria patties before. These beauties, filled with pastrami, Gouda cheese and tomatoes, turned us into kaisaria fans.

Standout dishes during our meals included Graviera cheese saganaki with honey and black onion seeds, sarikopita with Xinomizithra cheese also with honey and sesame seeds and kaisaria patties filled with pastrami, Gouda cheese and tomatoes.

However, our favorite dish had to be the kleftiko, a creative dish involving pork, feta, herbs and bell peppers in parchment. Unique yet familiar, the pork in this dish was cooked to melty goodness and served with roasted peppers flavors that tasted like Greece.

Steamed Mussels at Black Sheep in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

The Black Sheep has several seafood options. Pictured here are steamed mussels with white wine, spring onions and garlic.

Pro Tip:  Go to The Black Sheep with a friend and order the roasted lamb with potatoes and gamopilafo rice. Slow cooked for six hours, this lamb is the house specialty and is big enough to share.

The Black Sheep is located at Arrianou 31, Athina 116 35, Greece.

SAH

Lebanese Flat Bread at SAH in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Don’t miss the “Lahmatzoun” when you dine at SAH. This Lebanese flatbread is topped with minced beef, homemade tomato paste, eggs, spices and watercress.

Located in a modern, vaulted ceilinged, loungey space, SAH serves a collage of food inspired by the entire Mediterranean region, from the Middle East to Spain and everywhere in between. From paella lamb shank tagine it’s all here and is well prepared by the kitchen.

SAH even offers ribeye steak and côte de boeuf for hungry carnivores. But being that this is a Greek restaurant, diners can still order a tomato salad with dakos (barley rusks) without shame or disappointment.

Cocktail at SAH in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

SAH has a creative cocktail menu as well as a varied selection of regional wines.

Pro Tip:  Order a drink from SAH’s creative cocktail menu. Though on the pricier side, the drinks include top-shelf liquor and are generously sized.

SAH is located at 10- 12, Dorileou Str, Athina 115 21, Greece.

A Little Taste of Home

Meatballs at A Taste of Home in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Don’t miss the meatballs in cherry sauce at A Taste of Home. This Syrian dish gets extra flavor from pine nuts, parsley, onion and garlic.

Located in a pleasant Gazi space, A Little Taste of Home serves an Athens menu that knows no bounds, from slow-roasted Greek lamb shank and Belgian waterzooi to Chinese rice noodles. The restaurant also serves guacamole, not a common food in Greece.

Talagani Cheese at Taste of Home in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

This Talagani cheese starter had a lot going on with flowers, spherified gels and lemon sauce. Somehow it worked both visually and on our tastebuds.

Owned by Syrian and Palmyra native Ahmad Alssaleh, the restaurant has been open since 2016. Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the menu is the kioufta bil karaz which features rustic, caramelized, savory Syrian meatballs glazed in cherry sauce.

Alssaleh also serves a killer starter of Talagani cheese (think halloumi but locally sourced and creamier) garnished with surprisingly gastronomic accouterments like tiny spherified fruit balls.

Pro Tip: Try the Sangria. A Little Taste of Home makes a unique version using pomegranate seeds.

A Little Taste of Home is located at Dekeleon 3, Athina 118 54, Greece.

Epirus Tavern (Οινομαγειρείο Η Ήπειρος)

Fish at Epirus Tavern in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Located directly inside Athens’ Central Market (Varvakios), Epirus Tavern serves fresh fish to its hungry customers.

Varvakeios is a great option if you’re in the Athens Central Market and you’re looking for a casual, cafeteria-style lunch. During our meal, we enjoyed sutzukaki, a tomato-based stew of large beef meatballs seasoned with cumin and cinnamon as well as bania, stewed okra in tomato sauce. Dishes change daily and the restaurant even serves soup in the morning.

Sutzukaki at Epirus Tavern in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

The sutzukaki at Epirus Tavern tastes like home – if your home is in Greece.

Epirus is a good alternative for days when you’re more in the mood for grandma’s cooking over souvlaki. Not that there’s anything wrong with souvlaki.

Pro Tip: After eating (either breakfast or lunch) at Epirus, you can take a quick walk to Krivos (see below) and have loukoumades for dessert.

Epirus Tavern is located at Filopimenos 4, Athina 105 51, Greece.

Minotavros (Μινώταυρος)

Kafteri at Minotavros in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Though intended as an accompaniment to grilled pork chops, we could have eaten this kafteri on its own. It was that good.

Some restaurants offer a wide range of options to satisfy all diners. Minotavros is not one of these restaurants. Instead, Minotavros specializes in grilled pork chops and kafteri, a spicy sauce with tomatoes, feta cheese extra virgin olive oil and chili peppers. The restaurant isn’t fancy but who needs fancy when food is this good.

Pork Chops at Minotavros in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Pounded and well seasoned, the pork chops at Minotavros are served over a bed of french fried potatoes.

Pro Tip:  Portions are large at Minatavros. However, you can order a side of salad or tzatziki if you’re feeling extra hungry after a day of touring.

Minotavros is located at Evripidou 83, Athina 105 53, Greece.

Philos

Energy Bowl at Philos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Philos serves breakfast and lunch items like this Greek yogurt “Energy Bowl”.

Philos, located in the ultra-chic Kolonaki neighborhood, serves generously sized brunch portions of Greek and American fare in a gorgeous space. The high-ceilinged building reminded us of some of our favorite interbellic buildings in Bucharest, but the decor and food at Philos are 100% Greek.

Hungry for some Greek yogurt? Philos serves special creamy cultures from Epirus in what they call the “Energy Bowl” along with oats, banana, chia seeds and pine tree honey from Agistro. This very well may be the best breakfast in Athens Greece. It’s a sweet bowl of Greek love that will sate your morning hunger pangs through lunch and beyond.

Pancakes at Philos in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Finding buttery, American style, pancakes in Greece surprised us in a good way.

Philos also makes formidable pancakes which they serve American-style in a giant, buttery stack with a choice of toppings. We chose apple purée, cinnamon, rum honey and raisins. The pancakes were available in the “sweets” section of Philos’ menu. The highly sweet, buttery cakes live up to their billing.

Pro Tip: Take a 12-minute walk to the Teleferik Cable Car Station and enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Athens from Mount Lycabettus. As a bonus, you’ll burn off some calories from your breakfast.

Philos is located at Solonos 32, Athina 106 73, Greece.

ThaMa (Θα Μα)

Gourounopoula at Thama in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Served only on Saturday nights, gourounopoula is a local Greek dish similar to Italy’s porchetta.

If you happen to be in Athens on a Saturday night and you really want to eat like a local, hop on the M3 metro toward the Airport get off at Holargos station and head over to ThaMa. Located in a strip mall, (yes, believe it or not, there are strip malls in one of the world’s most ancient cities) ThaMa serves classic Greek favorites like saganaki (fried cheese) and horiatiki (greek salad).

On Saturday nights ThaMa also serves gourounopoula – thick cut steaks of slow-grilled pork and french fries. Think of gourounopoula like a Greek variation on Rome’s porchetta. The meltingly tender pork steak is served with it’s rendered, salty crispy skin crunching with every bite.

Greek Omelet in Thama in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Different from a French omelet, this Greek omelet was stuffed with wild artichoke and Feta cheese.

We also enjoyed a special Greek omelet stuffed with wild artichoke and feta during our meal at ThaMa. Greek cuisine may be the simplest in the world and this omelet, cooked in olive oil to a golden brown and lightly speckled with crunchy sea salt, epitomizes the kind of great, uncomplicated, food we love to eat in Greece.

Pro Tip:  Go to ThaMa on a Saturday night and order the gourounopoula.

ThaMa (Θα Μα) is located at Leof. Mesogeion 242 in Holargos and is accessible if you take the M3 Metro toward the Airport to Holargos Station.

Tre Sorelle

Pizza at Tre Sorelle in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

This Diavola pizza was topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, ricotta and spicy salami.

We had asked many locals for their favorite local pizza spot. The answer consistently was either ‘nowhere’ or a joint in Monasteraki that looked to be serving crackerlike pies to throngs of tourists. Since we like to try local pizza when we travel, this made us sad. Finding Tres Sorelle, located a few blocks from our Airbnb apartment, made us happy.

Though we shared one pie as part two of our progressive lunch, we could have easily eaten one each for a meal. Tres Sorelle prepares their pizza using the traditional methods as we experienced in Naples, Italy, though their Greka pie, topped with yogurt, cucumber and feta, pays homage to Greece.

Pro Tip:  Dip your crust in Tres Sorelle’s spicy olive oil for an extra flavor bomb.

Tre Sorelle is located at Archelaou 19, Athina 116 35, Greece.

Rozalia (Ροζαλία)

Rozalia in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Cats are everywhere in Athens. If you let them, they’ll even join you for dinner.

In our opinion, tavernas are the best restaurants in Athens Greece for those who want to eat local food with local people. We ate at several tavernas including Rozalia during our time in Athens.

Notable for its prime location in Exarchia, Rozalia has a big open-air dining room as well as several tables on a pedestrian street in front of the restaurant. We enjoyed sitting outside next to street art an with a front row view for people watching.

Saganaki at Rozalia in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

We never bored of saganaki in Athens. Each restaurant prepared the cheese differently. Rozalia serves theirs fried and topped with honey and sesame seeds.

Though we enjoyed our saganaki at Rozalia, the grilled calamari was rubbery and had a fishy flavor. Perhaps we should have stuck to small plates for this meal. Rozalia has a large variety of starters including mezzes that servers walk around for show.

Pro Tip:  Rozalia is a fine option if you’re looking to eat traditional Greek food in the Exarchia neighborhood. However, a meal here is not worth a special trip.

Rozalia is located at Valtetsiou 54, Athina 106 81, Greece.

Zisis (Ζήσης)

Seafood Cones at Zisis in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Two seafood cones are better than one at Zisis. Pictured here are cones with calamari and anchovies

Zisis attracted us with ira novel takeaway menu of fried seafood in cones served over french fries. These cones come in eight choices including prawns, sardines, calamari and anchovy.

We paid €3.90 a cone – a pretty good deal considering the high cost of fresh seafood. Though diners can take away seafood the cones, we ate ours at a high top table directly in front of the stand.

Pro Tip: The restaurant also offers table service with higher priced menu items.

Zisis is located at Athinaidos 3, Athina 105 63, Greece.

Top-Rated Athens Restaurants

Varoulko Seaside in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

The best Athens restaurants elevate local food to exciting levels. Pictured here are crayfish and taramosalata starters at Varoulko Seaside.

Despite the quantity and quality of casual restaurants and tavernas in Athens, the city also has quite a few fine dining options. In fact, Michelin has recognized 21 restaurants in the city, awarding two stars to two restaurants (Funky Gourmet and Spondi) and one star to three others (Botrini’s, Hytra and Varoulko Seaside).

In other words, visitors could hypothetically visit/splurge on five starred restaurants in Athens in a food-focused week. Adding to the mix, newer upscale restaurants like CTC – Restaurant Urban Gastronomy and Nolan are additional options for longer visits.

Octopus Salad at Hytra in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

This octopus starter at Hytra features smoked aubergine caviar, chickpea and fennel salad.

After researching our options, we decided to dine at two of the Michelin starred restaurants during our visit. Though more expensive than other top restaurants in Athens, these restaurants are competitively priced compared to similar restaurants in other European capitals.

Varoulko Seaside

Dining Room at Varoulko Seaside in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

The dining room at Varoulko Seaside transports diners away from Athens and straight to a Greek island.

We were excited to dine at Varoulko Seaside, a one-star Michelin restaurant in Pireas with a seafood-focused menu and a location right on the water. After scoring a reservation, we took two metros and a bus there for a weekday lunch. Once we arrived, we knew that we were in for a special experience.

Quite honestly, though, Varoulko Seaside had some service issues that we didn’t expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. The restaurant didn’t offer us a window side seat despite a half-empty dining room that never filled during our mid-afternoon meal. Adding insult to injury, a runner served our clams so clumsily that she splashed clam juice all over our table and failed to offer us bread to sop up the savory clam juice that remained in the bowl. Plus, we never received a wine list despite asking for it twice. (We ultimately ordered glasses of wine without seeing the full menu.)

Clam at Varoulko Seaside in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Simply prepared with garlic and Limnos wine, the steamed clams at Varoulko Seaside burst with flavor and tasted like the sea.

That being said, all the food was great and some of the items that we ordered were extraordinary. Highlights included dolmades imaginatively stuffed with squid ink risotto served along with calamari grilled to a slight but pleasing char and slightly toothsome al dente chew; swankily plated, ultra creamy, slightly salty taramosalata with roe and chives; and salty, briny orzo (served with prawns) that transported our taste buds deep into the nearby Aegean Sea.

Orzo with Prawns at Varoulko Seaside in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

One plate of orzo with prawns was big enough for us to share at Varoulko Seaside. Beyond orzo and plump prawns, ingredients included Limnio wine, dried hot pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese

Pro Tip: Varoulko is a worthy splurge. However, the Pireas marina area has a number of fun seaside restaurants if your budget can’t afford such a pricey meal.

Varoulko Seaside is located at Akti Koumoundourou 52, Pireas 104 35, Greece.

Hytra

Celeriac at Hytra in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Hidden under foam, the celeriac starter has mushrooms, cashew nuts and Kariki cheese from Tinos. This gastronomic starter is on Hytra’s ‘Gourmet’ menu’.

Located at the top of the ultra-sleek, ultra-chic Onassis Cultural Centre, Hytra is an upscale Athens restaurant that celebrates Greek cuisine. After earning a one-star Michelin rating for its ‘Gourmet’ menu’ while in its original Psyri location, Hytra moved to its modern, swanky space replete with prices that pay for the real estate. Wine prices aren’t cheap either – a glass will cost you as much as an inexpensive bottle in many Athens eateries.

Don’t skip Hytra if you’re traveling in Athens on a budget. The trendy restaurant offers a less gastronomic and lower priced ‘Apla’ menu option with basic items like smoked pork loin and traditional pasta with beef and tomatoes. The same kitchen prepares both menus, so basic is a relative term.

Smoked Pork Chop at Hytra in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

A server poured honey mustard sauce on our smoked pork chop during our dinner at Hytra.

Chef Tassos Mantis produces tasty food and keeps his steady culinary eye on everything that leaves the open galley kitchen. Whichever menu you order, you really can’t go wrong. The restaurant’s ‘Apla’ menu also offers a street food section featuring mini burgers, nigiri, steamed buns and raclette.

Pro Tip: The restaurant moves to the Onassis Center’s expansive rooftop terrace during the summer season. Once there, you’ll enjoy an unadulterated 360° view of the Acropolis and beyond during your meal.

Hytra is located on the top floor of the Onassis Cultural Centre at Leof. Andrea Siggrou 107, Athina 117 45, Greece.

Hotel Restaurants

Modern Greek Salad at Herodion Hotel in Athens Greece

We ate this modern version of Greek salad at the Atrium Greek Bistrot at the Herodi0n Hotel. The hotel restaurant put their own stamp on the Greek classic.

Due to the vast number of visitors who stream through Athens on their way to the Greek isles, Athens has a lot of hotels ranging from small boutique hotels to large multi-national chain hotels. Most of these hotels cater to guests with plentiful breakfast buffets and onsite restaurants.

Some Athens hotels take food to higher levels with rooftop restaurants and sophisticated menus. We ate at the following two Athens hotel restaurants worthy of mention in our guide.

Atrium Greek Bistrot at Herodion Hotel

Loukoumades at Herodion Hotel in Athens Greece

Not your grandmother’s loukoumades, these donuts have a surprising cheesy center.

We had the chance to eat lunch at Herodion Hotel’s Atrium Greek Bistrot during our stay at the centrally located hotel. Situated in the hotel lobby, the restaurant has an airy feeling, partially due to a large pistachio tree growing inside the restaurant’s atrium.

Beyond the decor, young chefs add modern twists to Mediterranean classics, turning simple salads into beautiful dishes. We especially enjoyed the restaurants fun take on loukoumades. Normally sweet and smothered in honey, these cheese-filled loukoumades served on a stick were a savory, luscious surprise.

Pro Tip:  Order wine with your meal. The bistro serves a thoughtful selection of Greek wines plus a few Italian varieties for good measure.

Herodion Hotel is located at Rovertou Galli 4, Athina 117 42, Greece.

Rooftop Lounge at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel

Moussaka at St. George Hotel in Athens Greece

The traditional Greek moussaka at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel’s rooftop lounge is served with a modern twist.

Mount Lycabettus offers some of the best views of Athens. Though these views are available to anybody who makes the climb or rides the funicular, those who want to linger can do so in comfort at the St. Geroge Lycabettus Hotel’s rooftop lounge.

After enjoying cocktails on the lounge’s outdoor deck, visitors can eat dinner inside with a window view and a nice bottle of Greek wine. The restaurant’s food options include creative salads, hamburgers, fresh fish and a modern take on traditional moussaka. Prices skew higher but the views and large serving sizes justify the expense.

Pro Tip:  Plan your dinner around the sunset. The restaurant’s view of the Acropolis as the sun sets is extraordinary.

St George Lycabettus Hotel is located at Kleomenous 2, Athina 106 75, Greece.

Athens Cheap Eats

There’s something special about Greek street food. Popular with both budget travelers and locals, foods like souvlaki and gyros fill the belly without breaking the bank. But these are just a couple of the street food options you will find in Athens.

We discovered some of the best Athens cheap eats during a Greeking.me food tour. Watch our YouTube video and read on to see our favorite foods sold by Athens street vendors.

Pro Tip:  We recommend that you take an Athens food tour soon after you arrive in Athens so that you can start enjoying the local food scene right away. Click here to book the tour and use the code 2foodtrippers to save 10% on the tour’s cost.

Koulouri

Koulouri in Athens Greece

Kolouri stalls fill the streets of central Athens early in the day.

Travel down any street in Athens, especially in the morning, and you’ll find sesame topped bread rounds piled high at street vending stands on every corner. We can’t say that we love Kolouri like the locals do, but they’re good in a pinch if you’re hungry before hitting the museums or if you need some sustenance before drinking your morning coffee.

Pro Tip: Don’t feel guilty about eating a Kolouri. Each circle-shaped pastry has just 80 calories.

Cheese Pies

Cheese Pies at Mam in Athens Greece

Tiny Mam sells a selection of cheese pies to lines of hungry cheese pie fans.

Cheese pies are the ideal Greek fast food for people on the go. Loaded with feta cheese, these pies fill you up and don’t require any utensils. The key in Athens is to know where to buy the best cheese pies.

We recommend you start your cheese pie exploration at Mam near the Varvakios central market. Mam sells a selection of cheese pies with fillings like feta cheese, spinach and sausage. Filling and tasty, these pies range in price from €1 to €2, a veritable bargain. Mam also sells tiny Greek pizzas which we highly recommend.

Cheese Pie at Ariston in Athens Greece

The kourou cheese pie at Ariston is an Athens classic.

Ariston, a popular local favorite open since 1910, is another cheese pie bakery to check out in Athens. Though the bakery sells a range of cheese pie options, the most popular is the simple kourou pie filled with feta. Ariston fills these oval buttery gems with a savory cheese that is not too sweet with just the right bite. It’s no wonder the bakery sells 800 of these pies every day.

Pro Tip:  Don’t be surprised by their compact size. Greek cheese pies are more filling than they look.

Ariston is located at Voulis 10, Athina 105 62, Greece.
Mam is located at Pesmazoglou 3, Athina 105 59.

Souvlaki

Souvlaki at Kalamaki Kolonaki in Athens Greece - Athens Restaurants

Could there be a more classic street food than meat on a stick?

We weren’t sure how much we liked Greek souvlaki so we ate at over ten different souvlaki restaurants to make sure. From super-popular Kosta to lesser-known souvlaki stands, we checked them all out and have the souvlaki bellies as proof. Since souvlakis are cheap in Athens, this research endeavor did not break our bank.

Watch our YouTube video to see us eat the best souvlaki in Athens. Warning – this video will make you hungry.

Pro Tip:  Check out our souvlaki guide for the best places to eat souvlaki in Athens.

Gyros

Gyro at Theikon Grill House in Athens Greece

Though available around the world, gyros taste better in Athens.

Cheap gyros priced at €2.5 are available all over Athens. We ate this one at a spot immediately across from the Athens central market. Two pork gyros and a shareable greek salad with more feta than we could handle plus a half liter of wine cost us €12 (including a modest 10% tip). If you’re hungry in Athens and looking for cheap eats, gyros are the way to go. Without doubt, they’re the best fast food in Athens Greece.

Pro Tip:  Use your own discretion about tipping in Athens. We recommend tipping only about 5 to 10 percent based on service. In casual cheap restaurants, it may not be necessary to tip at all.

Markets & Specialty Shops

Local Athens Market

Why shop at supermarkets in Athens when the markets sell the best local products?

Locals shop for food daily at Athens markets and specialty shops. Sure you can find supermarkets in Athens, but most local food is better and cheaper when you shop at markets and specialty shops instead.

Markets

Varvakios Central Market in Athens Greece

Varvakios Central Market is a hub for local vendors and shoppers.

Market culture goes back centuries in Athens. As a tourist, you can learn about this culture when you visit the Ancient Agora of Athens near the equally ancient Acropolis. You can also visit modern markets where locals shop every day for all sorts of food products and non-edible items.

Varvakios Central Market

Athens’ Varvakios Central Market offers three sections for your food shopping (or browsing) pleasure. The center of the massive food emporium features one the largest seafood markets we’ve ever seen, not to mention some of the biggest prawns.

Varvakios Seafood Market in Athens Greece

You never know what you’ll find at the Varvakios Central Market. Beyond an abundance of fresh fish, we found an accordion player and Christmas decorations during our early summer visit.

The market also has a produce section with all sorts of fruits and vegetables as well as a thriving meat market. We were impressed by three things we walked through the meat section. First, the market is remarkably clean. Second, the butchery work is immaculate and detailed. And, third, the meat prices are a great deal.

Varvakios Market Butcher in Athens Greece

The butchers at the Varvakios Market take their work seriously.

Pro Tip: Get your weekend shopping done on Saturday. Varvakios Market is closed on Sundays.

Varvakios Central Market is located at Athinas 42, Athina 105 51, Greece.

Neighborhood Markets
Neighborhood Market in Athens Greece

Join the Greek grandmas and shop at a neighborhood market in Athens.

Most Athens neighborhoods host weekly markets where farmers and vendors sell their wares to the locals. These wares include all of the ingredients needed to make a Greek salad plus fruits, fish, flowers and dry goods.

We shopped at the local market in Pagrati every Friday while we were in Athens. Our favorite purchases included strawberries, cherries, olives, peppers and eggs – the perfect ingredients for our Athens diet plan.

Pro Tip:  Bring a canvas bag when you shop at neighborhood markets in Athens.

Neighborhood markets are located throughout Athens.

Specialty Shops

Miran in Athens Greece

Shoppers flock to Athens’ specialty shops to purchase the best local food products.

A stroll near the Varvakios Central Market will reveal a variety of specialty markets, many spanning generations and most selling just one type of food. Shoppers can buy food to eat later or on the spot. Here are some shops to check out when you make this stroll:

Ariana (ΑΡΙΑΝΑ)
Olives at Ariana in Athens Greece

Olives are one of the oldest known products in Greece.

Ariana has been selling olives, the most ancient Greek product, since 1921. The shop sells a variety including world-popular Kalamata as well as green olives, cured olives and stuffed olives – all priced by the kilo. Beyond olives, Ariana sells Greek honey and pickled vegetables.

Pro Tip Don’t feel overwhelmed by the large olive barrels. The staff at Ariana will let you sample olives before you decide which to buy.

Ariana Olives is located at Θεάτρου 3, 105 52 Athens, Greece.

Miran (ΜΙΡΑΝ)
Charcuterie at Miran in Athens Greece

Our Miran charcuterie plate included Cretian croutons, dolmades, Graviera cheese, goat cheese, buffalo salami, soutzouki and pastourma.

Owned by Greek Armenians, Miran has been a haven for cold cut lovers since it opened in 1922. The shop cures their own meats and cheeses. Not only does Miran cure salamis 30 different ways, but they also prepare pastourma, a spicy meat product with a strong flavor derived from spices like cumin, garlic and paprika.

Green Garlic at Miran in Athens Greece

Don’t sneeze in the spice section at Miran. At €200 per kilo, their exotic green garlic powder is too dear to blow away.

In addition to meat and cheese, Miran sells a variety of exotic spices including green garlic that sells for €200 per kilo. This expensive powder doesn’t cause bad breath despite its strong flavor.

Pro Tip:  You can buy a small bag of green garlic to enjoy later or as a gift. Considering the high price and strong flavor, a little bit of this powder goes a long way.

Miran is located at Evripidou 45, Athina 105 54, Greece.

I Strouga Tou Moria
Cheese at I Strouga Tou Moria in Athens Greece

Though not as popular as feta cheese in Greece, graviera cheese is great in saganaki.

You will find cheese in many Greek dishes at restaurants and tavernas in Athens, but you can buy some of the best cheese at the city’s specialty shops like Strouga Tou Moria. One of Greece’s oldest cheese shops, Strouga Tou Moria sells feta, the most popular local cheese as well as local cheese favorites like graviera, anthotyros and kefalaki.

Fun Fact: Greek people eat more cheese per capita than any other country including France.

Strouga Tou Moria is located at Evripidou 21, Athina 105 51, Greece.

Coffee

Flat White at Taf in Athens Greece

We drank this flat white at award-winning taf.

True confession:  We don’t like Greek coffee. To us, the brew is strong, muddy and filled with grinds. Some people love the stuff, but it’s not our thing. As our readers know, we’re more into filtered coffee and flat whites made with third wave techniques.

But what about the coffee situation in Athens? As in Bucharest and Budapest, the Athens coffee scene is percolating with great roasters offering the kind of coffee we crave. These are our favorite coffee shops in Athens:

taf

Irini Daskalopoulou at Taf in Athens Greece

Barista Irini Daskalopoulou expertly pours a flat white at taf.

Away from the maddening crowds, taf is just a short walk from touristic Monastiraki. Once you make the walk, you’ll find a small coffee shop that brews and packages its own beans. You’ll also find a great spot to take a break and enjoy top quality coffee.

Coffee To Go at Taf

Even the to go coffees at taf have pretty latte art.

No flash in the pan, taf has been open since 2009. This leader in the Athens coffee scene offers a variety of beans from Africa and Central America which customers enjoy in various coffee drinks from flat whites to cappuccinos. If you love the beans, you can buy some to enjoy later in Athens or you can pick some up in global cities like London, Singapore and Milan.

Pro Tip:  Grab some souvlaki at Lefteris O Politis before or after you get your coffee at taf. This excellent souvlaki shop is just a five-minute walk from taf.

taf coffee shop is located at Emmanouil Mpenaki 7, Athina 106 78, Greece.

Mr. Bean Coffee Roasters

Barista Ntouvas Chis at Mr. Bean in Athens Greece

Ntouvas Chis prepares a flat white at Mr. Bean.

Open since 2015, Mr. Bean serves the gamut of third wave coffee options including flat whites, cappuccinos and pour overs in a corner property with floor-to-ceiling windows. In proper third wave tradition, the team at Mr. Bean roasts beans sourced from South America and Africa at a facility outside the city center. Owned and operated by three friends, this cafe is a good spot to linger over a coffee or two on a sunny day.

Flat White at Mr. Bean in Athens Greece

The flat whites at Mr. Bean are classic third wave coffee drinks with their single sourced beans and latte art.

Pro Tip:  Include Mr. Bean on your Athens coffee crawl. This coffee shop is located down the block from taf.

Mr. Bean Coffee Roasters is located at Emmanouil Mpenaki 20, Athina 106 78, Greece.

Tailor Made

Tailor Made in Athens Greece

Tailor Made’s outdoor cafe is always buzzing with people.

This spot on St. Irene square in Monastiraki is one of our favorite spots for drinking top quality, 3rd wave beans. Tailor Made offers an expansive menu of coffee options. They even offer an iced version of a flat white called a Flat White Freddo – a necessary menu item on hot Athens summer days. The coffee isn’t cheap but sometimes you have to pay for quality.

Flat White Freddo at Tailor Made in Athens Greece

Tailor Made’s refreshing Flat White Freddo does not come with ice. Baristas shake the double espresso shot with ice before pouring the creamy concoction over cold milk.

Beyond its commitment to quality coffee, Tailor Made is also a great social scene that transforms into a cocktail lounge at night. We didn’t drink cocktails at Tailor Made but we did buy Columbian beans to brew in the auto-drip coffee maker at our Airbnb apartment. This, to us, was a double win.

Flat White at Tailor Made in Athens Greece

The flat whites at Tailor Made are as classic as they come.

Pro Tip:  Stop by Kostas for souvlaki when you visit Tailor Made. The popular stand is literally next door.

Tailor Made Microroastery is located at Agias Irinis 2, Athina 105 51, Greece.

Peek a Bloom

Peek a Bloom in Athens Greece

We dug the vibe at Peek a Bloom. You will too.

A cool alleyway location makes this Syntagma area coffee shop a popular choice for both tourists and locals. The coffee shop offers espresso drinks to filtered options and roasts their beans onsite. They also offer a menu with breakfast and lunch options like Quinoa Salad, Eggs Benedict and a unique pastrami sandwich with chili jalapeño mayo.

Flat White at Peek a Bloom in Athens Greece

Peek a Bloom sources its beans from local producers around the world.

Pro Tip: Peek a Bloom is located down an alley from a couple other adjacent cafes. Be careful that you don’t go to the wrong coffee shop by mistake.

Peek a Bloom is located at Lekka 14, Athina 105 62

Kudu Coffee Roasters

Kudu Coffee Roasters in Athens Greece.

Modern equipment means modern coffee at Kudu Coffee Roasters.

We stumbled upon Kudu Coffee Roasters while walking around the Gazi neighborhood. Before long, we were sitting in the shi-shi coffee shop and enjoying an iced latte.

The thoroughly modern coffee shop prepares coffee using the latest extraction methods and offers cupping and brewing classes for its customers. Serious coffee drinkers can take an 18-hour barista workshop at Kudu.

Pro Tip:  Don’t feel like you have to venture to Gazi to enjoy Kudu’s coffee. You can find the beans at coffee shops like Small 8 in the Pagrati neighborhood.

Kudo Coffee Roasters is located at 25is Martiou 22, Neo Psichiko 154 51, Greece.

Drinks

Mediterranean Gimlet at The Clumsies in Athens Greece

We drank this Mediterranean Gimlet at The Clumsies.

If you learn one Greek word when you visit Athens, that word should be Yamas. When you learn this word, you’ll be able to toast the health of your new friends and drinking buddies. Here are some great places to practice your new Greek vocabulary:

Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel in Athens Greece

The Chelsea Hotel is a busy spot in Pagrati.

Inspired by its famous New York namesake, Chelsea Hotel is a popular Pagrati cafe that serves drinks to throngs of people during the day and night. Crowds literally spill from the cozy cafe into the street every evening.

If you think that there are no young people in Pagrati, a visit to Chelsea Hotel will prove you wrong in spades. The atmosphere is chill though you may not be able to find a spot to sit.

Pro Tip:  Wander over to Elvis for souvlaki when you get hungry. The popular Gazi souvlaki shop has a second location in Pagrati.

Chelsea Hotel is located at Archimidous ke Proklou, Athina 116 35, Greece.

The Clumsies

The Clumsies Bar in Athens Greece

Crafting cocktails is serious business at The Clumsies.

Recommended to us by the owner of Peak a Bloom (see above), The Clumsies is an ‘all day’ bar that’s open from 10 am to 2 am. One of the World’s 50 Best Bars, the sprawling drinkery is a great place to hang in Athens. We chose to drink at the bar where we ironically met a couple from our hometown. Yes, it is a small world after all.

The Clumsies’ innovative menu is separated into three categories – the Basement, the Main Floor and the Playroom. We ordered a Mediterranean Gimlet from the Playroom, the experimental section of the menu. Made with Star of Bombay gin and Greek salad, a tomato water with cucumber, red pepper, olives, oregano, salt and sugar, the sweet and savory drink tasted completely of place.

Pro Tip:  Check out the menu even if you know what you want to order. We won’t ruin the surprise but the menu has a unique twist that you don’t want to miss.

The Clumsies is located at Praxitelous 30, Athina 105 61, Greece.

Point A

Point a in Athens Greece

Point A’s rooftop bar offers epic views of the Acropolis and tasty cocktails.

To nobody’s surprise, rooftop bars are quite the rage in Athens. This popularity seems inevitable considering the city’s warm climate, relaxed atmosphere and epic views. Why wouldn’t people want to enjoy a drink while gazing an amazing view, preferably at sunset?

Located on the top floor of the Herodion Hotel and popular with both locals and tourists, Point A provides the ultimate Athens rooftop bar experience. Thanks to its prime locations, guests have unobstructed views of both the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. We dare you to find a better rooftop view at an Athens bar.

Point a Cocktail in Athens Greece

This Greek Smash cocktail pairs well with the views at Point a.

Beyond its amazing view, Point A serves creative an array of drinks including ‘tapas cocktails’. Though not available during our visit, these creative cocktails combine cocktails and tapas all in one glass. We had to ‘settle’ for drinking wine from Santorini and drinks like the Greek Smash made with Ouzu 12, basil leaves, lemon and lavender syrup.

In addition to tasty drinks, we also enjoyed a range of innovative Mediterranean dishes like the cheese-filled loukoumades pictured above. Point A also offers a complete dinner menu.

Pro Tip:  Make a 7:30 reservation so that you can enjoy the rooftop bar’s views as day turns to night. Weather permitting, you’ll see the sights in daylight, during sunset and when they’re lit up in the dark.

Herodion Hotel is located at Rovertou Galli 4, Athina 117 42, Greece.

Heteroclito

Wine and Snacks at Heteroclito in Athens Greece

Wine bar Heteroclito is a relaxing oasis in the center of Athens.

You could take a wine course to learn about Greek wine or you can educate yourself by drinking your way through the wine list at Heteroclito. Start your education by drinking wines from Athens, Crete and Santorini before progressing to reds from Peloponnese and Macedonia. If you’re an over-achiever, you can graduate to dessert wine from Peloponnese.

Whether you sit inside the cute wine bar or outside on the pedestrian street, you can and should enjoy a dish or two with your wine We opted for the Montreal, a plate filled with ham from northern Greece, dry Anthotiro cheese and barley rusks.

Pro Tip:  Don’t skip Heteroclito if you’re not a wine drinker. The wine bar also serves Greek craft beer and ouzo.

Heteroclito is located at Petraki 30, Athina 105 63, Greece.

Kiki de Grèce

Wine at Kiki de Grece in Athens Greece

Kiki de Grece serves a wide selection of Greek wine near Syntagma Square.

Inspired by Kiki de Montparnasse, a lover of bread, onions and red wine, Kiki de Grèce is a good wine bar to enjoy Greek wine and mezze convenient to Syntagma Square. The menu features a varied selection of well-priced wine options plus interesting snacks made with Greek ingredients. In other words, Kiki de Grèche is a great stop to make before or after dinner in central Athens.

Pro Tip:  Unless the weather is inclement, sit outside to enjoy a view of the quiet pedestrian street and, if you’re lucky, a cool breeze.

Kiki de Grèce is located at Ipitou 4, Athina 105 57, Greece.

Barley Cargo

Bartender Eliana Titani at Barley Cargo in Athens Greece

Bartender Eliana Titani pulls a craft beer from the tap.

When deciding between two craft beer bars in Athens, we initially chose the bar that wasn’t Barley Cargo. Big mistake! Despite the better name, the other bar completely turned us off. So, wanting to experience Greek beer, we headed to Barley Cargo and hoped for the best.

We got a good vibe as we approached the Syntagma Square bar. Then when we went inside, we entered a happy place filled with great beer and a cool decor.

Barley Cargo Beer in Athens Greece

This glass of Septum Sunday’s Honey Ale was ready for its close-up at Barley Cargo.

Our only issue at Barley Cargo was that there were too many beer options on draught – if there is such a thing. We narrowed our choices to the Chios Smoked Robust Porter (6.2%) and the Septum Sunday’s Honey Ale (6.5). Though we were tempted to try the Gulden Draak Strong Ale (10.5%), we narrowed that one out since it’s not from Greece.

Pro Tip:  Order a draught beer tasting if you want to try four different Greek beers. The tasting comes with four small glasses of draught beer.

Barley Cargo is located at Kolokotroni 6, Athina 105 61, Greece.

Dessert

Dessert at Tre Sorelle in Athens Greece

This pannacotta was a surprise dessert during our pizza meal at Tre Sorelle.

If you like dessert at the end of your meals, then Athens is your city. Most meals in Athens have a sweet ending even if you don’t order dessert, with restaurants often providing some sort of dessert or liqueur to end the meal. During our month in Athens, we sometimes picked cafes or bakeries specifically for their desserts. These are our favorite places to eat dessert in Athens:

Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou (Αθηναϊκό Γαλακτομπούρεκο)
AKA – “The Baklava Place”

Baklava at Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou in Athens Greece

Walk to Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou and try the best baklava in Athens.

Desserts are plentiful in Athens, a city where it’s not uncommon to find multiple bakeries on one block. Many of these bakeries serve baklava, Greece’s signature dessert made with phyllo dough, ground nuts and honey. Though it’s difficult to find a bad baklava in Athens, no bakeries make them better than Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou in the Pagrati neighborhood.

Ironically, Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou specializes in galatompoureko, a Greek phyllo dough dessert filled with semolina custard. We tried Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou’s galatompoureko and found it too rich for our liking. But the bakery’s baklava is a different story. The flaky dessert, steeped in honey, with infinite layers of filo pastry layered with nuts hits all the right notes. Sized for one person but big enough to share, this baklava is worth a special trip.

Pro Tip:  Walk to Pagrati (which includes a climb up a hill) to buy baklava at Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou. The walk will burn off some of the calories.

Athinaika Galatompoureko Triantafillou is located at Eftichidou 2, Athina 116 35, Greece.

Ohh Boy

Cheesecake at Ohh Boy in Athens Greece

We rarely say no to cheesecake topped with cherries like the one we found at Ohh Boy.

A thoroughly modern cafe in Athens, Ohh Boy serves a selection of desserts as well as coffee and other beverages. Though we liked the cafe’s sidewalk tables, we were drawn inside thanks to the cute decor and electrical outlets. During our first visit, we enjoyed cheesecake with a side of internet. For our return visits, we opted for flat whites, also with internet on the side.

Pro Tip:  Bring your laptop to Ohh Boy. The cafe has some of the fastest internet upload speeds we encountered in Athens.

Ohh Boy is located at Archelaou 32, Athina 116 35, Greece.

Chatzḗs (Χατζής)

Rice Pudding at Chatzes in Athens Greece

Chatzes prepares rice pudding with buffalo milk, not a common occurrence in Greece.

Open since 1908, Chatzḗs is an Athens institution notable for its herd of buffalo, one of the last in Greece. The pastry shop makes a variety of items with buffalo milk, but the rice pudding is the dish to try.  The generously sized rice pudding is big enough to share but don’t feel bad if you eat the whole thing.

Pro Tip:  Stop at Chatzḗs for a break during a day of touring. The pastry shop is located just off Syntagma Square.

Chatzḗs is located at 5 MitropoleosAthens 105 57, Greece.

Krinos (Κρίνος)

Loukoumades at Krinos in Athens

Dipped in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon, loukoumades at Krinos are one of Athens’ guilty pleasures.

Loukoumades are one of the most ancient desserts in all of Greece. Despite their age, these addictive sweet bites taste totally modern and are a must to try during a visit to Athens.

A relative baby dating back to 1923, Krinos is the place to eat loukoumades in Athens. The centrally located shop is nothing fancy and feels like a cafeteria. But at Krinos, it’s all about loukoumades.

Reminiscent of American donuts, these loukoumades are simple rounds of dough soaked in orange blossom honey and topped with cinnamon. Ironically, krinos translates to lily, but there are no lilies in the Krinos’ loukoumades.

Pro Tip:  Don’t kill yourself to get to Krinos too early. Although the shop opens at 7 am, the loukoumades aren’t available until 8:30.

Krinos is located at Aiolou 87, Athina 105 51, Greece.

Sorolop

Ice Cream at Sorolop in Athens Greece

We ate a lot of good ice cream in Athens. Our favorite scoops were at Sorolop.

Sorolop, located in edgy Exarcheia, ranks as our favorite ice cream shop in Athens. Let’s start with their Toureki Mastika ice cream with Greece’s famous liqueur mixed with mastika-infused tsoureki bread cubes. It’s creamy, intense and blatantly Greek.

Ice Cream Cone at Sorolop in Athens Greece

Sorolop’s Toureki Mastika ice cream is divine. The nearby graffiti is an added bonus.

Sorolop also offers a great mix of sorbets and ice cream options like Stevia Chocolate and Lime Sorbet with Basil. We also loved their deep caramel brown cones, our preferred vehicle for eating Sorolop’s amazing frozen concoctions.

Pro Tip: After enjoying your ice cream at Sorolop take a stroll around Exarcheia and enjoy incredible street art and shopping – think Brooklyn meets Athens.

Sorolop is located at Andrea Metaxa 17, Athina 106 81, Greece.

Le Greche

Gelato at Le Greche in Athens Greece

The gelato at Le Greche is worth a stop. This Athens gelateria uses locally sourced ingredients in its recipes.

Le Greche is an Italian style gelato shop similar to some of the great gelaterias in cities like Bologna and Zagreb. Le Greche makes their gelato from the finest local ingredients like lemons from Argos, pistachios from Sicily and ricotta from Crete. As for us, we enjoyed two scoops – Gelato a la Greche lightly flavored with lemon zest and Amarena Cherry. Yum!

Pro Tip:  Buy an ice cream sandwich to munch on as you tour nearby Athenian ruins.

Le Greche is located at Mitropoleos 16, Athina 105 63, Greece.

Things To Do in Athens

Acropolis in Athens

The Acropolis is the most famous site in Athens but it’s not the only Athens attraction worthy of a visit.

As the birthplace of democracy, Athens has a lot of history to explore. When you’re not eating the city’s great food, we suggest you check out the sites. Here are some ideas to get you started:


Hungry for more? Check out where to eat the best Athens souvlaki


Research Athens Hotels

In addition to staying in an Airbnb apartment, we were guests at two hotels in Athens and recommend them both.

  • Athens Loft Hotel 03 is an intimate Athens accommodation with a direct view of the Acropolis and all of the amenities that travelers require. Trust us – the private terrace is amazing.
  • The Herodion Hotel is a full-service hotel right next to the Acropolis Museum. In addition to comfortable rooms, this hotel is notable for its restaurant and rooftop bar.

You can also click here to research the best rates for hotels in Athens Greece. Then click here to arrange car service from the airport to your hotel.

Book a Tour

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We thank Greeking.me, SAH, the St. George Lycabettus Hotel, the Herodion Hotel and the Athen Loft Hotel 03 for hosting us to facilitate this article.

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  1. Everything looks so delicious! We haven’t been to Athens yet, so we’ll definitely be using this guide when we finally go someday.

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      Athens is a large city to navigate. We hope that, when you go, you’ll be able to use our guide to point you in the right direction. Thanks for reading!!

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