Where to eat, drink & be merry in Athens!

Friends visiting (or for that matter living in!) Athens, often ask me for recommendations on where to enjoy a meal or a drink! Of course to enjoy an outing you also have to be in a relaxed state of mind and preferably be accompanied by people who share the same joie de vivre!


Location: Kolonaki

Tel: 210 3635773

Comments: Lovely all day cafe & restaurant, conveniently located in Kolonaki area. Offers a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and low calory, juices and smoothies, deserts and coffee. Also Sunday brunch.  Suitable for all hours of the day. Friendly staff & good service.

Papadakis (by Argyro Barbarigou)

Location: Kolonaki

Tel: 210 3608621

Comments: The popular place of Chef Argyro Barbarigou, meeting place of politicians, journalists and Kolonaki regulars. Contemporary Greek cuisine. Go for the seafood and excellent quality of products. Expensive but you will enjoy it!


Location: Voukourestiou & Panepistimiou

Tel: 210 3251430

Comments: The new (old!) place to be in Athens. After an extensive renovation and run by the team of Chrysanthos Panas, it is the place to see and to be seen. All day Cafe & dining. Go for the people watching, for a coffee or drink. Food is good but expensive.


New Hotel – New Taste & Art Lounge

Location: Filellinon str. Syntagma square

Tel: 210 3273000

Comments: New Taste is a culinary heaven, with its welcoming ambience, fabulous seating, and simply excellent food. Enter the world of high design, with the Campana brothers showcasing their trademark approach at its very best. Innovative menus, using local organic products and the finest and freshest produce, alternate from lunch sandwiches and salads to grills and Greek specialties to delicious dinner plates. Traditional breads and pastries baked daily are simply irresistible.

New Art Lounge, rooftop lounge (7th floor) with a panoramic Athens view serving food & drinks. Designed to be the ultimate penthouse, New Art Lounge features a unique Art library with more than 2000 art book titles. The comfort and scenery of the space is reason enough to visit.

Mama Roux

Location: Aiolou str. (near Kolokotroni)

Tel: 213 0048382

Comments: The place to go after a Saturday stroll in Ermou street or Sunday visit to Monastiraki flea market. Excellent brunch, mouthwatering burgers.

Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani

Location: Socratous & Evripidou

Tel: 210 3254184

Comments: Amazing Greek deli near Varvakios market (Central market of Athens, worth a detour). Specialities of dried meats (including pastourma) and Greek cheeses. Go early as there are only a few tables and it gets crowded. Must visit!


Location: Petralona

Tel: 213 0356879

Comments: Mediterranean cusine, chic and casual restaurant. Warm ambiance, very good food, friendly service.


Location: Kallithea

Tel: 217 7173200

Comments: Gastronomic fish tavern, using the top quality products in the most creative way. Greek delicacies served in a boho environment. Must visit if you like seafood!


I will make you a Queen (Tha se Kano Vasilissa)

Location: Iera odos

Tel: 210 3459299

Comments: The latest interesting set up by Dimitris Litinas (Aristera-Dexia) and Kirios Criton. Its a wine bar with a small menu and selection of cheeses/cold cuts. Go for the atmosphere, the excellent selection of wines, the great music! Outdoor courtyard just opened for the Summer season.

Butcher & Sardelles

Location: A terrace & garden in Gazi

Tel: 210 3413440

Comments: Pleasant spot in Gazi area. Have lunch at the hidden garden at the back or dinner at the front for people watching. Decent greek cuisine.


Location: Agios Ioannis Rentis

Tel: 210 4816320

Comments: The pop up canteen of Vassilis Kallidis, located IN the vegetable market of Rentis. Featuring street food (hot dogs, fried chicken, meat balls, french fries). Self service. No reservations. It will operate for 365 days only! So hurry!


Black Sheep (Mavro Provato)

Location: Pangrati

Tel: 210 7223466

Comments: The favourite restaurant of my friend Alexis! Always wants to go there when visiting Athens! Greek traditional cuisine with creativity and of excellent quality. Best value for money. Packed on most days, do not go without a reservation.


Location: Michalakopoulou (Hilton area)

Tel: 210 7232002

Comments: The Bistro type restaurant of chef Ari Vezene, serves seafood and dry aged beef dishes. Pasta and pizza also in the menu. Modern, lively meeting point, serving excellent quality of food and surprising desserts!



Kyr Aristos (Kebab House)

Location: Paleo Faliro

Tel: 210 9822320

Comments: A favourite of all of my friends! Everybody has passed from here! The place to eat kebab of all sorts. And of course the fried eggs on top of a mountain of french fries! No reservations. Service is fast and efficient.


Da Bruno

Location: Palaio Faliro

Tel: 210 9818959

Comments: The long established “authentic” Italian trattoria of my neighborhood. And my personal favourite. Antipasti, pasta, pizza, carni, pesci, all of excellent taste & quality!

The House (Spiti)

Location: Glyfada

Tel: 210 8980080

Comments: All day restaurant in a pleasant “design” environment with a menu offering a variety of dishes, cocktails, wines, desserts. Friendly service and pleasant aura! Suitable for a family lunch, a Birthday celebration or a casual dinner with friends.




Location: Saronida

Tel: 229 1060257

Comments: Best kept secret in Athens! (Attika rather, as it is located out of Athens, on the way to Sounio). Giannis, the owner, keeps this amazing Cave/Cellar with a an out of this world selection of wines, spirits & cigars. There is sitting for up to 14 persons and he organises gourmet and private dinners and wine tastings. Connaisseurs only please!

The list will be regularly updated! Stay tuned!

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