Restaurants

Top Choice Taverna in Keramikos & Gazi

Telis

A fluorescent-lit beacon of good food and kind service on a grimy block, Telis has been serving up simplicity since 1978. There's no menu, just a set meal: a small mountain of charcoal-grilled pork chops atop chips,…
Top Choice Market in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Varvakios Agora

The streets around the colourful and bustling Varvakios Agora are a sensory delight. The meat and fish market fills the historic building on the eastern side, and the fruit and vegetable market is across the road. T…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Acropolis Area

Point a

The rooftop restaurant of the Herodion Hotel, with stunning Acropolis and Acropolis Museum views, attracts a loyal word-of-mouth local following. Signature ‘tapas cocktails’ are served with a savoury appetizer, like…
Top Choice Mezedhes in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Akordeon

Slide into this charming butter-yellow house across from a church in a quiet Psyrri side street for a warm welcome by musician-chefs Pepi and Achilleas (and their spouses), who run this excellent venue for local mus…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Mets & Pangrati

Spondi

Athenians frequently vote two-Michelin-starred Spondi the city's best restaurant, and its Mediterranean haute cuisine, with a strong French influence, is indeed excellent. Visitors to the city might want something a…
Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Diporto Agoras

This quirky old taverna is an Athens' dining gem. There's no signage – two doors lead to a rustic cellar where there's no menu, just a few dishes that haven’t changed in years. The house speciality is revythia (chic…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Kolonaki

Oikeio

With excellent home-style cooking, this modern taverna lives up to its name (meaning ‘homey’). It’s decorated like a cosy bistro, and tables on the footpath allow people-watching without the normal Kolonaki bill. Pa…
Top Choice Greek in Acropolis Area

Mani Mani

Head upstairs to the relaxing, cheerful dining rooms of this delightful modern restaurant, which specialises in herb-filled cuisine from the Mani region in the Peloponnese. Standouts include the ravioli with Swiss c…
Top Choice Greek in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio – a combo tavern-deli – tables are set alongside the deli cases, and staff offer tasty morsels while you're looking at the menu. Beyond the Greek cheeses and cured meats, there's go…
Top Choice Taverna in Syntagma & Plaka

Kalderimi

Look behind the Church of Agii Theodori for this open-air taverna offering Greek food at its most authentic. Everything is freshly cooked and delicious: you can't go wrong. Hand-painted tables edge a pedestrian stre…