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Restaurants in Athens

Below the Acropolis, Plaka is packed with traditional tavernas serving classic Greek dishes like meat and aubergine moussaka. For something more contemporary opt for a modern taverna - Zeidoron in Psirri or Mamacas in Gazi are currently in vogue. Visit upmarket Kolonaki, where cosmopolitan restaurants include multi-ethnic Altamira. Istioploikos is one of several waterside fish restaurants overlooking Microlimano. Locals dine late and most restaurants stay open until after midnight.

O Platanos, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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Matsuhisa Athens

Seaside sushi

Dine on melt-in-your-mouth sushi at Matsuhisa Athens, a sleek restaurant in the city's seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni. Chefs deftly prepare signature dishes of renowned Japanese restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa, like black codfish with sweet miso, and Wagyu beef with spicy Peruvian sauce. The windows look out on far-reaching views of the azure sea. Reservations recommended.



Opening Hours

Mon-Thu 7.30pm-1am; Fri & Sat 7.30pm-1.30am; Sun 1.30pm-6pm

Address

Astir Palace, 40 Apollonos, Vouliagmeni, Athens, 16671

Telephone

+30 210 896 0510

Transport

Taxi to Vouliagmeni

Website

Matsuhisa Athens Website

Varoulko, Athens. Courtesy of Varoulko
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Varoulko

Michelin-starred seafood

At Athens' finest seafood restaurant, Varoulko, chef-owner Lefteris Lazarou conjures up delectable dishes such as red snapper with black truffle and aubergine mousse. Located in Gazi, there's a sleek, wood-and-glass dining room with crisp, white table linens and blue Perspex details. In summer, diners move up to the unforgettable, Acropolis-view roof terrace.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 8.30pm-1am

Address

80, Pireos, Gazi, Athens, 10435

Telephone

+30 210 522 8400

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

Website

Varoulko Website

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Orizontes

Romantic views of Athens

Perched upon Mount Lykavittos, Athens' highest point, the tables at Orizontes have stunning city views. Crayfish risotto with asparagus and black-eyed beans, and lamb shank with artichokes and goats cheese are served to couples and visitors. If the hike up looks too steep, take the funicular from Kolonaki.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-2am

Address

Lycavittos, Kolonaki, Athens, 10676

Telephone

+30 210 722 7065

Transport

Evangelismos metro station

Website

Orizontes Website

Spondi, Athens. Photo courtesy of Apostolos Trastelis & Co O.E. Restaurant
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Spondi

Art on a plate

Tucked away near Pagrati's Ancient Olympic Stadium, Spondi earned its second Michelin star in 2008 and boasts a well-stocked cellar. Arnaud Bignon's French-inspired gourmet creations look almost too good to eat. Dine on candied fois-gras with quince and dried plum paste, surrounded by rustic-looking stone walls, or take a table in the leafy outdoor courtyard.



Opening Hours

Daily 8pm-12am

Address

5, Pyronos, off Varnava Square, Athens 11636

Telephone

+30 2107 564 021

Transport

By Taxi

Website

Spondi Website

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Daphne's

Gourmet Greek for VIPs

Visited by such world figureheads as Bill and Hilary Clinton, Daphne's in Plaka serves gourmet Greek cuisine. Classic starters are given a creative Mediterranean twist and the menu offers a good choice of meat and fish dishes. Inside the neoclassical 1830s building, frescoes and terracotta and ochre tones create a warm and inviting dining experience.



Opening Hours

Daily 8pm-12am

Address

4, Lysikratous, Athens 10558

Telephone

+30 210 3227971

Transport

Acropolis metro station

Website

Daphne's Website

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Zeidoron

Buzzing modern taverna

Zeideron serves Greek taverna fare in the heart of the buzzing, nightlife district of Psirri. In summer, the best tables are on the busy pedestrian street out front, perfect for people-watching. In winter, diners retreat to the old-fashioned dining room downstairs, or the airy glass conservatory up top.



Opening Hours

Mon-Thu 7pm-2am; Fri-Sun 11am-2am

Address

10-12, Taki, Psirri, Athens, 10554

Telephone

+30 210 321 5368

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

Mamacas, Athens. Courtesy of Mamacas
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Mamacas

Modern taverna

When it opened in 1998, Mamacas brought Mykonos-style sophistication to the formerly run-down district of Gazi. With a shabby-chic, whitewashed dining room decorated with fairy lights, and outdoor tables backed by the towering chimneys of Techopolis, it serves a modern take on classic Greek dishes, and is now considered one of Athens' hippest tavernas.



Opening Hours

Daily 2pm-2am

Address

41, Persefonis, Gazi, Athens, 11854

Telephone

+30 210 346 4984

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

Website

Mamacas Website

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Altamira

Multi-ethnic chic

Occupying the first floor of a neo-classical mansion in an exclusive shopping street in up-market Kolonaki, Altamira is one of Athens' few multi-ethnic restaurants. The menu is divided into four sections: Asian, Lebanese, Indian and Mexican. Young diners order chicken couscous and shrimp fajitas in the rustic chic dining room.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 1pm-1am

Address

36, Tsakolof, Kolonaki, Athens, 10673

Telephone

+30 210 361 4695

Transport

Panepistimiou metro station

Website

Altamira Website

Athinaikon, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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Athinaikon

Ouzo and charm

Since 1932, Athinaikon has been welcoming a devoted clientele. Its wood-panelled dining room has marble-top tables and bentwood chairs, set in a pedestrian side street near Omonia Square. Locals order tasty mezedes such as midia spesial saganaki (mussels baked with feta cheese), loukanika (sausages) and keftedes (meatballs), plus Greek wine or ouzo.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11.30am-12.30am

Address

2, Themistokleous, Omonia, Athens, 10677

Telephone

+30 210 383 8485

Transport

Omonia metro station

Website

Athinaikon Website

Psarras, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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Psarras

Romance beside the Acropolis

Dating back to 1898, Psarras lies hidden away in a quaint corner of Plaka. Outdoor tables and pots of geraniums are arranged on the steps leading up to the Acropolis. Serving classic Greek meat and seafood dishes, it's a popular choice for romance. Former customers include Laurence Olivier and Brigitte Bardot.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-12.30am

Address

16, Erechtheous & 12, Erotokritou, Plaka, Athens, 10558

Telephone

+30 210 321 8733

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

Website

Psarras Website

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Istioploikos

Seafood by the marina

Istioploikos, meaning sailing, is a modern white building with a rooftop café and a ground floor seafood restaurant. It's set inside the yachting marina, overlooking Microlimano Bay. Tasty dishes such as spaghetti with lobster, or grilled tuna with green beans and crispy prosciutto are on the menu, popular with the smart set.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12.30am

Address

Akti Mikrolimanou, Piraeus, 18533

Telephone

+30 210 413 4084

Transport

Neo Faliro metro station

Website

Istioploikos Website

O Platanos, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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O Platanos

Traditional Greek taverna

In a peaceful corner of Plaka, near the Roman Forum, Platanos is an old-fashioned taverna dating back to 1932. Regulars order hearty casseroles, such as lamb cooked with spinach, and carafes of the excellent house wine, a barrel retsina. In summer, diners eat outdoors on a pretty bougainvillea-covered terrace.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-5pm & 7.30pm-12am

Address

4, Diogenous, Plaka, Athens, 10556

Telephone

+30 210 322 0666

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

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Klimataria

Flavour of home cooking

In Psirri, Klimataria (which means vine arbour) is a homely eatery with a colourful and bohemian interior. Large pots of stews bubble over the stove in the open-plan kitchen, draped with climbing vines. It gets particularly crowded on Sunday afternoons, when crowds come to hear the live Greek music.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-1am (Fri-Sun close 2am)

Address

2, Platia Theatrou, Psirri, Athens, 10552

Telephone

+30 210 321 6629

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

Website

Klimataria website

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Sardelles

Catch of the day

In Gazi, Sardelles (which means sardines) specialises in inexpensive seafood, simply prepared. The fish on offer changes daily, depending on what the owner finds in the market that morning. Charcoal-grilled sardines or fried cod, served with garlic sauce, are favourites. A trendy spot, and popular with both locals and visitors.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-1.30am

Address

15, Persefonis, Gazi, Athens, 11854

Telephone

+30 210 347 8050

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

Website

Sardelles Website

Thanasis, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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Thanasis

Delicious souvlaki

One of Athens' top souvlaki spots, Thanasis in Monastiraki serves delicious kebabs - charcoal grilled pork or chicken wrapped in pitta bread with fresh tomatoes and garlicky tzatziki. Known for its nutritious fast food, it is popular with locals and visitors alike, with busy tables both indoors and out. Take-away is also available.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-2am

Address

69, Mitropoleos, Monastiraki, Athens, 10555

Telephone

+30 210 324 4705

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

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