In the Psyrri district, the former handicraft workshops have been converted to trendy restaurants and cafés, and this has continued out to Gazi and Rouf. Many chefs came ‘home’ from Australia or America, carrying granny’s recipes in their luggage, and were appalled at the Turkish menus. You can still find simple taverns serving good home fare, but it is the ”new” Greek cuisine that has been winning all the laurels.
To Kioupi is a traditional taverna serving sandwiches between all the trendy cafés, down some steps, and you point to the food you want on the counter. Reasonable prices, and a complete contrast to life in the Kolonaki Square above.
Psaras is a centrally located seafood taverna, dating from 1898. Paintings by the painter Savakis can be seen on the bare stone walls. The open-air restaurant winds its way up and down the narrow alleyway.
To Kati Allo
To Kati Allo is a simple family owned tavern in the area next to the new Akropolis museum. A real tavern, with friendly staff which is open until late when Plakas waiters will come and make you company.
Spondi is the best restaurant in Athens – and in Greece, according to many visitors. A French chef has put together the menu, and created a renowned wine cellar. Simplicity is the motto at this restaurant, which for years has been winning all the prizes there are to be won.
Taverna Tou Psyrri
Taverna Tou Psyrri is a typical local haunt, with old photographs on the walls. The place is usually full to the brim with people munching their way through hearty portions of traditional Greek food, or tasty little dishes of meze, washed down with wine from the barrel.
To Zeidoron is a mezedopoleio, serving delicious food on one of the most popular street corners in Psyrri. The restaurant is also very popular because of its nice atmosphere.
Taverna Xinos is a musical taverna that ought to have a preservation order on it! A rickety shed in a backyard, with fantastic wall paintings. It is as crazy as the musicians who perform there, but utterly genuine—just like the home cooking they serve.
Funky Gourmet is a cool place, offering their guests modern and creative cuisine from a selected menu. The service is top class and the food is prepared and presented to perfection.
Finding a vegetarian restaurant in this meat loving country might not be the easiest, but Avocado is a great option for vegetarian food. The food here is healthy, fresh and tasty and well worth a visit even if you eat meat.
Gostijo is Athens first kosher restaurant. Their specialties are Sephardic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Kosher cuisine served in a lovely atmosphere.
Oroscopo is centrally located just opposite of the Divani Caravel Hotel on the square. You can come here and enjoy their Greek, Italian and Mediterranean menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food tastes great and all at a great price.
Fresko Yogurt Bar
Greece and yogurt is a combination made in heaven. Try the divine yogurt with honey, nuts, fruit or make your own amazing fusion.
If you have trouble deciding where to eat then Vezene gives you the option to choose between a great steak or delicious seafood. The setting and the food quality is excellent, it is hard to stop eating at this lovely restaurant.
Even in Athens you can be in the mood for Italian. Here you can enjoy pasta, moussaka and pizza. The staff is friendly and welcoming and in combination with the food, Piazza Duomo is a great place for a romantic dinner.
How does an amazing view over Acropolis, a cooling Sangria and tasty food sound? Book a table or just drop by at 360 Degrees for a relaxing evening.