Great Restaurants In The City of Wisdom: Best Places To Eat In Athens

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I’d like to think these are some of the restaurants that Athena herself would patronize if she stepped off Mount Olympus to dine on human food, in her eponymous city. She has a vast array of cuisine to choose from. Athens is not only an ancient city - one of the oldest in the Western world - but it is also a global city and a nexus of immigration. Here you will find falafel gyros for two euros, down one street, and naan and masala down the next. Whatever strikes your fancy, whatever makes your mouth water, I’d make a wager that all I would have to do, is point you down a street in Athens and you will find yourself satiated in an hour. Here are the restaurants fit for a Goddess.

1. Aiolou 68

Spaghetti Al Mare with Rose

Posted by Αιόλου 68 on Monday, 13 June 2016

Aiolou 68 is a great place to find fresh and tasty seafood, in Athens. Off the busy, central streets of the city, you walk into a sleek, modern space with friendly and patient waiting staff. The sharp decor is pleasing to the eye and you won’t find many other tourists here. And if you are doubting how fresh fish can be, in the middle of the city, their fish arrives alive from the market! This is the place to go if you are looking for fish, off the beaten track.

Aiolou 68

Address: Aiolou 68, Athina 105 59, Greece

Facebook: Aiolou 68

2. Atitamos

Τα απολύτως απαραίτητα! Τηγανιά κοτόπουλο και ρακί από Αρχάνες( Ηράκλειο Κρήτης ) Καλή Κυριακή σε όλους

Posted by Ατίταμος - on Sunday, 26 June 2016

If you are in Athens and are looking for inexpensive, traditional Greek food with vegetarian options, then grab a seat, at Atitamos. It’s a quaint, stone restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The authentic Greek food is served in large portions, by very friendly staff. The octopus is worth every cent. Or for those with a more adventurous palate, try their scrumptious fried liver.


Address: Solonos & Kapodistrou 2 | Solonos & Kapodistrou 2, Athens 10677, Greece

Facebook: Atitamos

3. Wabi Sabi

Posted by Wabi Sabi on Tuesday, 15 September 2015

If you’re in Athens and you’re craving sweet, sticky white rice, spring rolls that crunch when you sink your teeth in them, and yummy, yummy noodles, then look no further than Wabi Sabi. This restaurant is a fusion of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese. It’s a one-stop shop for all the Asian food you desire. At affordable prices and friendly service to boot, this is where you can get your Asian food fix, in Athens.

Wabi Sabi

Address: Emmanouil Mpenaki 9, Athina 106 78, Greece

Facebook: Wabi Sabi

4. Indian Masala

Nom nom nom......

Posted by Konstantina Zavou on Thursday, 14 April 2016

Vegetable samosas, onion bhaji, garlic naan, oh my! These are a few of the staple dishes of this affordable Indian restaurant. Now you may be a bit concerned about eating Indian food, in Greece. Don’t be, Indian Masala provides a welcoming, exotic atmosphere and serves delicious Indian cuisine to match. So if you desire listening to ambient Indian music and digging into the delectable meats, sauces, and rice of Indian culture, then come to Indian Masala. And if you fancy dining outside, there is a garden where you can try your spicy tandoori chicken and scrumptious roti.

Indian Masala

Address: Ermou 129, Athina 105 55, Greece

Website: Indian Masala

5. Aleria

Αρνάκι ψητό ζεστή μους ρεβυθάδας, ψητή μαραθόριζα και πούδρα ελιάς

Posted by Aleria Restaurant on Sunday, 18 October 2015

Maybe you don’t care much for either Asian food and maybe you came to Greece set on trying as much traditional Greek food as you can. Then move on to Aleria. If you’ve found the woman in a black dress, sitting on a striped ball, you’ve found it! Aleria is a stylish Greek restaurant, built in a neoclassical villa and courtyard. It serves traditional Greek food and has gluten-free and vegan options for celiacs and animal lovers.


Address: Meg. Alexandrou 57, Athina 104 35, Greece

Website: Aleria

6. O Kostas

Sometimes when you are traveling you learn that the cheaper, the better. Sometimes you find one of those great dirt cheap restaurants that serves authentic, delicious food. O Kostas is such a restaurant. There is no seating, there are no waiters. You stand in line, order, wait, and then chow down. And the food is divine. You don’t want to miss this hole in the wall. The superlative souvlaki is highly recommended.

O Kostas

Address: Pentelis 5, Athina 105 57, Greece

Website: O Kostas

7. Drunk Sinatra

Posted by Marios Polycarpou on Sunday, 22 May 2016

Drunk Sinatra is quite possibly the best-named drinking establishment, in the Western world. It’s also a great place to let loose, get tipsy, or just downright drunk if you want a wild night. Right in the center of Athens, the bar attracts a young crowd, provides a cozy atmosphere, and serves genuine draught beers and unique cocktails. This is a great place to hit before you head off to the clubs. Get there before 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays to make sure you get a table!

Drunk Sinatra

Address: Thiseos 16, Athina 105 62, Greece

8. Oroscopo

Ημέρες δοκιμών και προετοιμασίας του νέου μας Μενού, οι πιο δύσκολες και αγχώδεις ημέρες της δουλειάς μας αλλά ταυτόχρον...

Posted by Oroscopo restaurant on Friday, 17 March 2017

If you are checking out the National Gallery, or are staying at the Hilton or Best Western, then you should take a quick five-minute walk for a tasty meal at Oroscopo. Oroscopo specializes in Greek and European cuisine and offers terrace seating. Out of over 3,000 restaurants in Athens on TripAdvisor, it ranks number 8, for a reason. And the rave reviews aren’t unfounded.


Address: Antinoros st. 42-44, Athina 161 21, Greece

Website: Oroscopo

Off you go!

View of the Acropolis Athens (
Source: Photo by user Christophe Meneboeuf used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Now you have no excuse to leave Athens without a satisfied belly. Even if you aren’t a big Greek food fan, no matter, cosmopolitan Athens provides for all. Whether seafood, Asian food, or Greek food is your cup of tea, now you know where to find dinner in Athens. And afterward, head down to Drunken Sinatra for a cocktail!

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