Greek food has become a favorite ethnic cuisine among Americans, so it should come as no surprise that authentic Greek food is a highly-coveted prize among everyone from the average American to full-fledged food connoisseurs. Yet, authentic Greek food is a bit more complex and much fresher than the gyro you bought from “Spyro’s Gyro Stand” last week. While in Athens, you will no doubt get your fill of delicious Greek cuisine, but be sure to make these 5 restaurants and cafes stopping points along your Athenian travel spots.
Oionis Café: Located in the Plaka, Oionis Café is a great place to stop for a Mythos beer or to grab a coffee and watch the daily activities of the city unfold. Oionis Café is an ever-popular café among tourists and locals, with its large wood-burning fireplace keeping patrons nice and cozy in the winter months and large trees providing shade in the summer.
Taverna Thespis: Taverna Thespis is one of the most popular tavernas on the Plaka, serving locals and tourists a like, you won’t have to worry about the authenticity of Taverna Thespidos’s cuisine. Located in a quieter section of the Plaka, you’ll be sure to get away from the buzzing streets and relax with a glass of ouzo tasty and tomata salata.
Athena, Plaka, Athens, Greece
Tel: 00 30 210 323 8242
Dionysos Zonar’s: Dionysos Zonar’s is unlike any restaurant in Greece. With its picture-perfect view of the Acropolis, Dionysos (as it is commonly known) is more than a restaurant, but a place to truly take in the majesty of one of the most popular ancient ruins in the world. The prices may be a bit steep, but with its location on a hillside facing the Acropolis, you definitely get what you pay for. If you’re lucky you may get more than an unbeatable view of the Acropolis, celebrities and famous politicians have been known to frequent Dionysos.
43 Robertou Galli St., 117 43
Tel: 00 30 210 923 3182
Diasimos Piraiki: You know you’ve come to the right place for seafood when you can see ships full of fresh fish entering and leaving the port of Pireaus. Arguably one of the best seafood restaurants in Athens, Diasimos, is a popular restaurant among locals and tourists. Located on the seaport of Pireaus, you’re guaranteed catch-of-the-day seafood.
306 Akti Themistokleous
Tel: 00 30 210 451 4887
S’Anammena Karbouna: Located in the hipper section of Athens, Fokionos Negri is a street full of young locals and trendy cafes, one of the trendiest being S’Anammena Karbouna. If you’re looking for a menu with international dishes, then you’ve come to the right place. Along with traditional Greek food, Mexican, Italian, American and Middle Eastern dishes can be found on S’Anammena Karbouna’s extensive menu.