Gastronomic Neighborhoods in Athens
The Greek food throughout its history and continuing today is for the Greeks a philosophy. In Athens, there is a large variety of excellent restaurants, ranging from the traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to Asian and Arabic with chefs, menus and waiting staff that impress even the well-traveled gourmand.
At Syntagma Square, you will find many chic Athens restaurants. Several of the area's hotels offer fine dining at their restaurants with well-known chefs at the helm. At the elegant Athens neighbourhood of Kolonaki, you will find stylish eateries, such as all day grills, international restaurants, bistros, brassieres and many other wonderful places to dine and relax.
The local and traditional Greek tavernas in Athens are plentiful and a cultural mainstay. There are hundreds in Plaka, Monastiraki, Psirri, Kypseli and Petralona, which are of the liveliest and most traditional places to eat and enjoy traditional Greek entertainment all year round. Here, there are many places to enjoy a Greek meze with some ouzo; many of them are outdoors and others feature traditional Greek music.
Also, clusters of these types of tavernas can be found in Varibombi, Thrakomakedones, Likovrisi, Stamata, Vlachika, Vari and Glyfada.
Kerameikos and Gazi are among the trendy neighbourhoods of Athens where you can 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.
Piraeus is a place with many waterfront tavernas for freshly caught fish of the day.
You can try the fish restaurants from Piraeus and Microlimano to Glyfada, Varkiza, Sounio, Vouliagmeni.
In Glyfada, also, you can find Biftekoupoli, a "town" of restaurants with delectable meat-based menus and also some of the best restaurants in Athens.
Considered an Athenian suburb for the well-to-do, Kifissia offers numerous dining options as does the neighboring area, Kefalari.
Don't miss the opportunity to taste the real Greek Cuisine at the best restaurants or at traditional taverns which you can find all over the city.