Places to eat in Athens

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    interior of Kalamaki Bar
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    Too many to list: Outdoor dining

    by GracesTrips Updated Sep 29, 2015

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    After a few days in Greece, we realized 1) the food is fantastic and 2) the menu doesn't vary much from place to place. So, what makes the food enjoyable is where you dine. I think almost everywhere we ate, we dined outside. The weather was remarkably wonderful and even dining out in the evening was pleasant. Be prepared - no such thing as the no-smoking section.

    At this particular restaurant, I needed to use the ladies room. It was inside, downstairs. Hmmm, this wall was strange, full of bottles. I had to take a picture (see other photo).

    Favorite Dish: Chicken or Pork Souvlaki
    Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
    Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)
    Cheese Salad - Feta Cheese mixed with yogurt and lemon
    Green Salad - cooked greens
    Greek Salad - fresh lettuce salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese

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    Spinach pie and cheese pie

    by egonwegh Updated May 30, 2015

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    Favorite Dish: 2 May 2015. After our visit to the Acropolis, we continued our walk through Athens and ended up in a restaurant somewhere near Odos Klepsidras, where we had lunch. We ordered spinach pie and cheese pie, and cappuccino (20 euro). Very good service and friendly waiter.

    Athens, traditional Greek pie Athens, Odos Klepsidras Athens, street scene

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    Dionysos: Great Greek and view of Acropolis

    by gwened Written Jan 7, 2015

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    This is a wonderful place full of memories as my first trip to Athens was taken here for dinner for the viex of the Acropolis, and the great traditional Greek dance show put out for us.

    4O years strong and a traditional place to come, great ambiance and wonderful local foods. Voted best in many categories in town, you should make a romantic moment to come here

    inside modern works of art by Giannis Moralis and Eleni Vernardaki, with the central tower space a wonderful view of the beforemention Acropolis. Classic place, well dress is a necessary and reservations strongly recommended

    Favorite Dish: wonderful infusion of mediterranean foods combinations it s been a while to remember what I ate, this is for a good informational tip to eat well in Athens

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    street vendors, small bars: tyropita

    by xaver Written Jun 12, 2011

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    When I said I was in Athens a friend told me to try the cheese cake called tyropita so, as soon as I saw one just after the Parthenon mess with crowd, I gave it a try.
    Actually this remains one of the best things I ate in Greece, really a good tasty fried cheese cake.
    I noticed they have many kinds, with chiken and also some other meats.

    Favorite Dish: Yellow cheese cake: Tyropita.

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    Souvlaki, the ultimate experience!

    by mindcrime Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    The most popular fast food in Greece and the cheapest also. Small pieces of pork meat (sometimes chicken as an alternative) usually served on the skewer for eating out of hand but most of the times in a soft pita sandwich with some tzatziki sauche and vegetables(tomato and onions). Potatoes are always welcomed of course!

    Ok, we have to admit it. You can still find tasty suvlaki out of Athens but it’s almost impossible in the capital. Avoid those around Omonoia Square. You will pass from Monastiraki for sure, so there’s no doubt that you will try one at Baraktaris or Thanasis (full of people alwasy, tourists and locals) but if you are there go till Thisio for Giristrula (kind of better quality).

    If you are into a tavern like these above you can have it as “suvlaki merida” which is a plate full of pita bread and all the ingredients of a souvlaki on top. For some strange reason it costs more this way so its better ask "2 suvlaki pita giro parakalo" :)

    giros on the wheel... Mpairaktaris frontyard is always packed!
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    Sidewalk cafes: Stroll through the Plaka

    by Susumarie Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    Before arriving in Athens, I had read tips on where to eat, where not to eat. Seems like a lot of people said to stay clear of the Plaka area, the food wasn't good, overpriced, ambience wasn't good, etc. In our continuing efforts to never know where we were and always be lost when we were starving, we happened to end up in the Plaka, strolling down a main walkway with restaurants on either side. A very "friendly" owner talked us into having a seat at one of his outdoor tables, and we had a wonderful dinner. Once again, being lost did us a great service, along with great service at our restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: Sitting outdoors at an Athens restaurant, how could we have anything by gyros? And they were fabulous, so huge, couldn't possibly finish them. Gyros made in the US are folded in half and picked up to eat -- no way could these have been done that way. And, to drink, had to try some retsina -- always sounded like something to make crafts out of, but very glad we were daring and tried it, quite a treat!

    First cafe in Plaka Another stop in Plaka
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    All Over Athens: Bring Your Food!

    by kanjon Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    It is great to pic-nic when in Athens, as everywhere in the world. Bring your own stuff or buy nice pies and sandwhiches in the cafeterias and bakeries, some fresh fruit and wine + water. Eat in the wonderful parks and you´ll have the meal of a lifetime!

    We bought hot subs with wonderful cheese and bacon filling, spinach pies, fresh cherries, tomatoes, wine and of course, water.

    Some of the sights, like Acropolis, don´t accept picnic-ers. So, choose your spot well and enjoy!

    Favorite Dish: I am very fond of the cafeteria in the Pireus metro station. They have hot pies and subs, and cold sandwhiches and salads and all kinds of beverages. Everything is super-fresh and you get all you need to get outside of the food in a bag if you say you want to take it out.

    There are street vendors good bakeries everywhere, pick and try and you will find your favorite. Don´t forget, greeks are good with their cheeses!

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    more fast food options...

    by mindcrime Updated May 4, 2008

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    Although the best option for fast food in Greece is souvlaki there are a lot of alternatives if you just want a cold or hot sandwiches, a cheese pie, a cheap coffee etc The most famous chains are EVEREST and GRIGORIS. Usually they have good stuff for this level of food and they are almost everywhere. You can find them even side by side and in that case I choose Everst because their color is red like my favorite football team Olympiakos while Grigoris has green that is the color of Panathiniakos and I'm allergic to it! ha! :)

    McDonalds and KFC are just a failure in Greece, most of them are empty most of the times except the one at Syntagma square where only the tourists go. There was a WENDY'S in the past but it shut down for the same reason. GOODIES is the greek version of this kind, a little bit more expensive but they supposed to have local vegetables etc but I never use to eat there so I cant be sure...

    There are also a dozen of pizzerias, I like to order sometimes when we watch football matches on TV. Here's a small list but there are hundreds in Athens:
    -ANATOLIA, Prigiponison 7
    -BON PATE, Syggrou 224
    -CIAO ITALIA, Sp.Merkuri 4, Pagrati
    -DIVA, Drakou 13, Koukaki
    -DOLCE VITA, Kalimnu 13
    -PIZZA HUT, in many different addresses

    Everest Grigoris
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    by bebegringa26 Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Hi, water costs from 50 cent Euros to 1 Euro per bottle.

    At restaurants, remember when they give you bread at the table they charge you about 1.50 Euros per person, everytime. Its crazy! Make sure you say NO...

    Greek Salad is usually about 5 Euros in Plaka, meals are around 8-15 Euros per person. (info as of last week)

    Remember if you order a soulvaki or Gyro, get it to go, it will only cost about 1.80 Euros to 2 Euros to get it to go, but if you sit at the restaurant it will cost about 10 Euros, seriously, its crazy!

    We usually ate on big meal and one soulvaki on the go each day. Your always on a rush to do things & sometimes it just fun to relax and eat.

    Bathroom, only got charged 50 cents by the guy at the Pier in Santorini, no where else. Just walk into a restaurant, look confident and go straight to the potty. No one will stop ya. Pou ine i tualetta? (where's the bathroom)

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    Magiria, the working class eateries

    by mindcrime Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    Eating is expensive in Greece but there are still some cheapest options beyond suvlaki! :)

    In the center you can find some places that serve typical greek foods, most of the times home made plates. For this reason you don’t have many food choices, you just go inside and choose one of the 7-10 plates of the day. A place like this called “Magirio” and usually is a working class eatery, non fancy of course, just a place where people go to eat something nice after work without paying a fortune.

    Some of them:
    ANTHOS. Kolokotroni 10 (Close to Syntagma Sq, go down Ermu St, turn righ to Vulis St. and then turn left to Kolokotroni St) tel.2103232686
    Plates 5-9euros, not big portions but tasty enough
    DORIS. Praksitelus 30 (Closer Metro: Panepistimio) tel:2103232671 Nice greek plates, good prices, and tasty lukumades for desert!

    Anthos interior Anthos magirio

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    Naxos Cafe: Simple Seafood Meze

    by okyrhoe Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    "Naxos" is a 'paradosiako kafenio', or traditional cafe, something of a cross between a taverna and a rural Greek cafe. It is open all day, with the clientele ranging from simple working class persons stopping by for a Greek coffee early in the morning, to late-night diners enjoying their seafood meze with some ouzo or wine late in the evening.
    This place reminds me of the Greek islands or the countryside, where there is always a TV on in the cafenion for the villagers to watch. The interior is very simple, no fancy interior design or ersatz 'Old Athens' pictures and other bric-a-brac that you will find lining the walls of other restaurants just a few blocks away in the heart of the trendy Psyrri neighborhood.
    If you are wondering why a place in the heart of Athens is named after an Aegean island, the explanation is very simple. The main square of Psyrri has until recently been known for its merchants from Naxos. Ever since Psyrri became commercialized in the last 10 or so years, many of the old shops closed, and now it is only during the week before Orthodox Easter that Psyrri square fills up with sellers from the island, offering Naxos cheese and freshly slaughtered lamb.
    "Naxos" is one of the few remaining truly 'paradosiako' (traditional) places in Psyrri. I hope it stays that way!

    Favorite Dish: "Naxos" serves meze, mainly seafood. If you select small deep fried fish, and a couple of other appetizers such as octopus or squid, the cost of the meal will be very economical, compared to other tavernas just a few blocks away.
    You can also try the excellent 'tirokafteri' (a spicy hot cheese spread) and the Naxos cheese, of course!

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    A seaside cantina in Vouliagmeni: Simply the best I've been to in Greece

    by BorneoGrrl Written Sep 4, 2007

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    On my way to Sounion, I stopped by a road side cantina on the rocky cliffs facing the beautiful Saronikos Gulf. A small number of people come here to snorkel & scuba dive and the cantina set up their business here only in the summer.

    The setting is very simple, plastic chairs & tables set on the cliff side but the place has a million dollar view of the coast & deep blue sea. It would've been inexpensive to eat here but we ordered almost everything on the menu so it cost us a little more.

    This has got to be the best place to eat I've been to in Greece!

    Favorite Dish: The seafood is fresh, caught in the morning and served later for lunch. I enjoyed the octopus, Greek salad, fried fish, fried calamari, fried shrimps and of course some Ouzo.

    Fresh seafood on the table Simple but beautiful Small cantina
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    Talk with the waiters and owners

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 12, 2007

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    If you are walking through the Plaka looking for a place to eat, don't be afraid to talk to the waiters and the owners. They are out in the street trying to lure you into their restaurants. Take a few moments with them. They are are more than happy to discuss their menu with you. Also, don't be afraid to ask what they are cooking special for the day. Everything is not on the menu. Mark and I were at times looking for specific dishes and sometimes they were not on the menu. We were told what days to return when those specific dishes would be available. Greece is a friendly place. Take some time to enjoy the experience of meeting some local folks working in the restaurants.

    Taking time to discuss the menu

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    Dining in the Plaka

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Dining in the Plaka area of Athens is not fancy. Its not expensive. There are lots of tourists. If you looking for an elegant dining experience and want to pay lots of money for your meal I am sure you will have no problem finding a place like this in Athens. However the restaurants on the Plaka are wonderful Greek restaurants with delicious food at affordable prices. The street is lined with cafe's and tavernas like the one pictured here. Each one is a little different and the menus vary a little from place to place. I found it fun to explore the area and check out the menus from place to place.

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    by STRATOS79 Written May 18, 2007

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    Located in Vari vlaxika is a very famous area for its meat restaurants from both sides of the road. Outside the restaurants there are many people dressed with traditional uniforms weaving at cars to stop. This restaurants offer lamp, goat, paidakia, kokoretsi, pig and many more meat specials

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