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Restaurants in Athens

Below the Acropolis, touristy Plaka has countless eateries marketing themselves as classic Greek tavernas. Some even have rustic decor and live music. The nightlife district of Gazi is the place to try modern creative cuisine, while restaurants in the Syntagma area do lunch for business people working in nearby offices. In Monastiraki, on the edge of Psirri, you’ll find plenty of interesting tavernas and snack and fast food places, many staying open well after midnight. Some Athenian restaurants close for the summer break from mid-July to mid-September.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)

Moderate (€30 to €60)

Cheap (up to €30)

These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person including a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they include sales tax but do not include service charge or tip.

Prices in Greek restaurants usually include the 6-24% sales tax. However, all Greek restaurants are required by law to add a 13% service charge to the bill and it is still customary to leave the waiter an additional 10% tip on top.

Expensive

Funky Gourmet

Cuisine: Creative Mediterranean

One of the capital’s premier eateries, Funky Gourmet earned its first Michelin star in 2012. There are just three degustation menus, each of varying lengths and with optional wine pairing. Expect a creative take on Greek classics and a fusion of Mediterranean flavours, all beautifully presented. Dinner only.

Address: Salaminos, Paramithias 13, Athens, 104 35
Telephone: +30 21 0524 2727
Website: http://www.funkygourmet.com

Spondi

Cuisine: Modern French and Mediterranean

Frequently cited as Athens' top restaurant, Spondi occupies a vaulted stone cellar in the Pangrati neighbourhood, with subtle lighting and neo-baroque furnishing. In summer, there are tables outside in a pretty courtyard. The menu features fusion French and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, with an abundant use of aromatic herbs and spices. Reservations recommended. Dinner only.

Address: Pangrati, Pyrronos 5, Athens, 116 36
Telephone: +30 2107 564 021
Website: http://www.spondi.gr

Varoulko

Cuisine: Seafood

Seafood aficionados should head for Michelin-starred Varoulko. The six-course degustation menu is an adventure in itself, and changes daily depending on what’s fresh at the market. Expect exquisite treats such as ceviche of sea bass with tomato and basil sorbet with wines to match.

Address: Mikrolimano, Akti Koumoundourou 52, Piraeus, 104 35
Telephone: +30 21 0522 8400
Website: http://www.varoulko.gr

Moderate

Café Avissinia

Cuisine: Greek

Surrounded by the antiques section of the Monastiraki Flea Market, the character of this lively restaurant combines the spirit of Greece with the feel of a pretty French bistro. Mirrors and bric-a-brac line the walls, dishes run the gamut of the Greek classics, and live music features on weekends.

Address: Monastiraki, Kinetou 7, Athens, 105 55
Telephone: +30 21 0321 7047

Mani Mani

Cuisine: Regional Greek

This refined eatery in the Makrygianni neighbourhood, near the Acropolis, fills with chatting locals digging into an array of small plates from the Peloponnese’s Mani region. Ingredients showcase the best that Greece has to offer, from rich, crumbling feta cheese to thyme honey and succulent lamb.

Address: Makrygianni, Falirou 10, Athens, 117 42
Telephone: +30 21 0921 8180.
Website: http://www.manimani.com.gr

Tzitzikas kai Mermigas

Cuisine: Modern Greek taverna

Tucked away behind Syntagma Square, Athenians like to retreat to this informal eatery for a long, slow lunch. Serving modern Greek cuisine, it is known throughout town for its delicious chicken with creamy mastiha sauce served on a kadaifi (shredded pastry) base, as well as colourful creative salads. The décor is shabby chic with wooden furniture and retro tinned foods.

Address: Syntagma, Mitropoleos 12-14, Athens, 105 63
Telephone: +30 21 0324 7607.
Website: http://www.tzitzikasmermigas.gr

iFeel Cafe Restaurant

Cuisine: Creative Mediterranean

This brunch restaurant in Monasteraki offers a range of international breakfast dishes like pancakes with maple syrup and sunny side up eggs with crispy bacon and toasted bread. Brunch is from 0800 to 1800, after which the contemporary dinner menu takes centre stage. This small restaurant can get quite busy so make a reservation to guarantee a table.

Address: Psirri, Karaiskaki 33, Athens, 105 54
Telephone: +30 21 0323 2244
Website: http://ifeelathens.com

Cheap

Bakaliarakia o Damigos

Cuisine: Traditional Greek

This authentic basement eatery has been run by the Damigos family since 1865 and remains basic and old-fashioned. Most people come here for the house speciality, bakaliarakia (deep-fried battered cod) served with skordalia (potato and garlic sauce), but the menu also includes classics such as Greek salad and a hearty lamb casserole.

Address: Pláka, Kidathineon 41, Athens, 105 58
Telephone: +30 21 0322 5084.
Website: http://www.mpakaliarakia.gr

Melilotos

Cuisine: Modern Greek

Close to Syntagma Square, the menu changes daily at Melilotis, depending on what fresh ingredients are available and what inspires the chefs. There are always several vegetarian and macrobiotic choices (based on beans, lentils or chickpeas) as well as meat options and dishes using fresh salmon.

Address: Monastiraki, Kalamiotou 19, Athens, 105 60
Telephone: +30 21 0322 2458
Website: http://www.melilotos.gr

Thanasis

Cuisine: Greek souvlaki

Thanasis is a popular place for generous portions of shish kebab (made from minced beef or lamb) that’s served with pitta bread, sliced onions, grilled tomatoes and chips, plus an optional side plate of garlicky tzatziki. The atmosphere is fast and chaotic with tables both indoors and out.

Address: Monastiraki, Mitropoleos 69, Athens, 105 55
Telephone: +30 21 0324 4705.
Website: http://www.othanasis.com

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Hotel Hermes

Perfectly located between Syntagma and Plaka, Hermes is noted for its extremely friendly and helpful staff. The 45 rooms all have wooden floors and white marble bathrooms, and some but not all have balconies. A plentiful buffet breakfast is served daily and the lounge does all-day free tea and coffee. Wi-Fi throughout. Syntagma Metro station is a 2 minute walk away.

Hera Hotel

Smack at the foot of the Acropolis and around the corner from the New Acropolis Museum, this classic hotel with a neoclassical façade is perfectly located for sightseeing. The rooms and suites are elegantly furnished, and the rooftop garden and restaurant gives unparalleled Acropolis views.

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Fun and a little offbeat, this hotel is the artistic creation of Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana. The 79 rooms and suites have recycled furniture, bamboo wood floors, and slick bathrooms stocked with Kiehl's products. The all-day bar-restaurant does an excellent breakfast and the New Sense spa offers health and beauty treatments.

Hotel Grande Bretagne

The Hotel Grande Bretagne is the city's oldest and most prestigious hotel, having opened in 1874 and hosted royalty, heads of state, film stars and rock gods. As you’d expect, the sophisticated rooms feature antiques and marble bathrooms, and suites include 24-hour butler service; there are 3 restaurants, one on the rooftop with an Acropolis view, plus a rooftop pool.

Hilton Hotel

The refurbished Hilton Hotel is modern, smart and popular with business travellers. It has 517 rooms (guest rooms, accessible rooms, executive rooms and suites) all with wooden floors, minimalist furniture and balconies. A small supplement is payable for rooms with Acropolis views. The impressive facilities include four restaurants, three bars, an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa with an indoor pool, plus a business centre.

Electra Palace

In Plaka, the Electra Palace’s yellow neo-classical facade opens into a spacious marble lobby. The 122 rooms and suites all have wooden floors, Persian rugs, thick curtains and cotton duvets – the best ones offer a glimpse of the Acropolis. Up top, there’s a rooftop pool with wooden deck and sun beds, plus a small spa (pool, sauna, massage and gym) in the basement.