Mediterranean cuisine is one of the best cuisines, revolving around the taste of olives, mixing sweet and sour, it is deliciously rich of flavours that will make your mouth water, and your tastebuds will tremble with pleasure.
Now, let’s say you’ve been lucky enough to book a flight to Athens, Greece, you’ve booked a hotel room, and know which places to visit, but don’t know where to eat. Well, that’s what I’m here for, I will show you 7 of the best restaurants and coffee shops in Athens, both expensive and cheap. It was difficult to narrow down the list to just 7, but trust me, when I tell you, that your experience in these places, will be unforgettable. So feel free to grab a sandwich, because I’m about to tease you with some of the most delicious meals in some of the best restaurants.
Dinner in The Sky in Athens:
Talk about a unique experience! This restaurant offers to feed you in the sky. 22 people gather around a table, with a chef standing in its center, and preparing your meals in front of you. Great company, mesmerizing view, and dishes that will ruin all food for you, since you will never have food this good again, all at 120 euros a person. The entire meal consists of a soup trilogy, a Groats salad, Shrimp Saganaki, Picanha with Oxymeli sauce, and a dessert trilogy consisting of Crispy biscuit with cream lemon & lemon sauce, Chocolate mousse, and Ekmek kataifi, all accompanied by the finest of Greek wine. And of course, all dietary restrictions are taken into consideration, granted you inform them a few days prior to your dinner. You can find more information here.
The owner of this gem was lucky enough to find a classical mansion, and turn it into one of the most successful restaurants in Athens. As you step inside you will feel yourself traveling in time, and exquisite food will cement that experience furthermore. With the help of his head chef, Gikas Xenakis, they have created a menu fusing the authenticity of Greek cuisine, with the elegance of French cuisine. Their menu includes Mixed Greens Pie, Couscous Bordeto with scorpion fish, mussels and Calamari, Roasted Lamb, and Tsoureki, a sweet bread with orange sorbet and cardamom, just to name a few. They also offer a tasting menu, starting at 44 euros, with additional 25 euros for the wine pairing. You can check the entire menu here.
When translated to english, this restaurant’s name is Epirus Tavern. It is located near Athens main market, which makes of it the perfect stop after a long tour of the latter. It is a simple dining place, loud, crowded, and cheap, but the quality is exquisite. As you enter the place, you will find a an open kitchen, allowing you to watch the chef in action, as he jumps from one pot to the other, leaving his magical touch. The food is traditional, like Patsas, tripe soup, Magiritsa, a soup made with lamb’s intestines, heart and liver, lamb Fricassee, and Orzo with goat and tomato sauce. This is the perfect place for a traveler on a budget, so don’t miss out on it.
You’ll be saving up a lot of money and spending a great time in this restaurant. Cozy, small, friendly, are a few words that describe its charm. Their meals are an art, made with colorful peppers, fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and juicy roasted meat, amongst other ingredients. It is located only a few blocks away from the National Archaeological Museum, so if you find yourself in that area, make sure you try a meal or two at Atitamos.
Little Kook Cake Shop:
Allow the inner child in you live in a fantasy world by going to this lovely cake shop. Fairytale-themed, Little Kook cake shop is located in Psyrri neighborhood, and the quiet atmosphere transfers you to a magical place, a wonderland if you will, where you will find cakes, cupcakes, crepes, hot chocolate and tea, waiting for you to devour them. This place is also perfect, if you are accompanied by children, as they will feel as if they were in a disney movie.
Meliartos Café and Bakery:
This 4-in-1 shop is made of a coffee shop, where you can try an interesting pattern of hot and cold Greek coffee, a pie shop selling handmade traditional pies, like peinirli with yellow kasseri cheese, a cremery shop serving Baklava, greek yoghurt and rice pudding, and a kitchenette where the chef prepares amazing omelets and greek wrapped pies. Made with fresh local ingredients, their meals are prepared with attention to detail, and served with care.
Cinque Wine and Deli:
If you’re a wine connoisseur, you would be delighted to know that Greece has a variety of local wines, as elegant as the french ones. Cinque Wine and Deli is the perfect place to taste the wonders of greek wine, as they offer 30 wines, and free wine tasting of traditional and local greek grapes, so you can choose your favorite, all accompanied by a food menu including greek cheese and charcuterie, greek sausage, some traditional greek dishes, as well as dessert.
The richness of greek cuisine can not be contained in a list, so don’t be afraid to try new meals, as I am sure you will be left craving some more.
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