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!
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)
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.
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!
Tel: 213 0356879
Comments: Mediterranean cusine, chic and casual restaurant. Warm ambiance, very good food, friendly service.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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!