Athens restaurant picks
Greek traditional food
Since its opening in 1987, Varoulko has established a reputation as the best seafood restaurant in Greece, awarded a Michelin star in 2002 – the first one ever for a restaurant serving Greek food in Greece.
Spondi has been voted as the best restaurant in Greece for twelve consecutive years, rewarding its originality, style, and the talent of the chef, Aggelos Lantos.
Funky Gourmet was awarded its first Michelin star, and in 2014 it was awarded a second. The restaurant is nested in a neoclassical building in the heart of Athens.
Greek Traditional Food
The area is full of restaurants and taverns which offer traditional dishes like souvlaki, giros, kempap, mousaka, and Greek salad. You can also enjoy a Greek beer or a shot of tsipouro, raki or ouzo accompanied by typical Greek mezes. A baklava or a halva are delicious dessert options.
The Mama Psomi in Koukaki opens bright and early, but head there at your leisure to pick up freshly baked pies and croissants. This bakery sits right at the foot of Philopappou Hill, so if you want to stretch your legs, bring your coffee and a fresh tiropita (cheese pie) on a relaxed walk up the hill to watch the city wake up.
Just behind City Hall on Platia Theatrou, Klimataria is a classic Greek taverna with barrels of wine in the indoor seating area. The home-style food will give you a taste of some of Greece’s most classic recipes, from gemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers) to slow-cooked lamb. The live Greek music is also a great reason to go. Bands set up on a stage in front of the wine barrels and play well into the night.