Here is a breakdown of gastronomic districts that offer tastes which are sure to satisfy:
Sintagma Square We start our gastronomic tour in Sintagma Square in the center of Athens and in the area around the tree-lined Vassilisis Sofias Avenue. There are several fast food and chic restaurants and cafés to stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee, a fresh salad or, in the summer time, a grilled fish or cocktail whilst overlooking the Athens cityscape. Several of the area's hotels offer fine dining at their restaurants with well-known chefs at the helm. Reservations are recommended. Choose to eat a light meal at the Benaki Musem or Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, two contemporary designed cafés, located along Vassilisis Sofias Avenue. Another option is to "do lunch" as corporate Athenians do at one of the nearby bistros around Sintagma Square.
Kolonaki This popular elegant Athenian neighborhood is the safest choice for finding a great place to eat, drink or shop. Along the narrow, hilly sidewalks are fine and stylish eateries such as all-day tavernas, grills, international restaurants and brasseries, bistros, bars and an esplanade of outdoor cafés perfect for people- watching or relaxing after taking in the delightful shops.
Plaka, Theseion, Psirri, Monastiraki Plaka, located at the base of the Kolonaki, is also one of the more lively and traditional places to eat and enjoy traditional Greek culture all year round. In the spring and summer months, many of the restaurants in Plaka are set up in outdoor gardens where the aroma of jasmine blends with classical Greek melodies, for an experience that satisfies all senses. Just a bit further down is Monastiraki which is a maze of market-filled streets, perfect for buying souvenirs. It features many ouzeri or spots to enjoy a Greek méze (appetizer) with a bit of ouzo and traditional souvlaki and gyro, as well as many delightful Greek restaurants with international cuisine.
Don't forget to check out the neoclassical design of the Monastiraki Metro Station. The neighboring Thision and Psiri districts (take the metro to the Thision station) have experienced an explosion of fashionable restaurants and chic bars that have made the food and nightlife scene here one of the most popular in Athens today. The modern renditions of traditional Greek music tavernas with live bouzouki are here too. In the winter, cozy Athens restaurants offer finger-licking Greek mezedes (appetizers) and live music to entertain local Athenians young and old, day and night.
Kerameikos-Gazi Kerameikos is another place where Athenians "in-the-know" discover multicultural hangouts ranging from rakadika or places where you enjoy the potent Cretan spirit, raki, with hot mezedes; mageria or places with homemade, oven-baked casseroles; as well as chic, modern, ethnic restaurants. In recent years, the downtown Gazi area has also developed into one of the trendiest Athenian neighborhoods. The area and its new inhabitants of artists have attracted fine restaurants.
Outside of Athens The following municipalities are close enough to Athens to encourage a culinary visit.
Piraeus: A visit to the main port's many waterfront tavernas for freshly caught fish of the day.
Glyfada: A coastal district easily accessible by tram, Glyfada is known to offer a splendid and concentrated shopping district, many outdoor clubs in the summer and Biftekoupoli, a "town" of tavernas with delectable meat-based menus.
Kifissia: Considered an Athenian suburb for the well-to-do, it offers numerous dining options as does the neighboring area, Kefalari.