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Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

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 Historic Site in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Ancient Agora

The Agora was ancient Athens' heart, the lively hub of administrative, commercial, political and social activity. Socrates expounded his philosophy here, and in AD 49 St Paul came here to win converts to Christianit…
Top Choice Historic Site in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Roman Agora

This was the city’s market area under Roman rule, and it occupied a much larger area than the current site borders. You can see a lot from outside the fence, but it's worth going in for a closer look at the well-pre…
Top Choice Market in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Varvakios Agora

This huge old wrought-iron market hall is dedicated to fish and meat, especially row upon row of lamb carcasses, hanging in just-barely-EU-compliant glass cases. (Another holdout: big wooden butcher blocks.) Across …
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 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 (chick…
Top Choice Greek in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio (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 good s…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Couleur Locale

Look for the entrance to this rooftop bar down a narrow pedestrian lane, then inside the arcade. From there, an elevator goes to the 3rd floor and its lively all-day bar-restaurant. It's a go-to spot for Athenians w…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Tailor Made

Arguably the best third-wave coffee operation in Athens, with its own microroastery and hand-pressed teas, this place has outdoor tables alongside the flower market. At night it turns into a happening cocktail and w…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Six d.o.g.s.

The core of this supercreative events space is a rustic, multilevel back garden, a great place for quiet daytime chats over coffee or a relaxed drink. From there, you can head in to one of several adjoining building…