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Athens Food Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Athens for Food lovers


What to eat in Athens, Greece

Tasting delicious Greek specialities on local taverns within the narrow streets of Plaka, fresh seafood and Mediterranean flavours on typical Greek ouzeris in Piraeus, or even sumptuous gastronomic delights in gourmet restaurantsthe food in Athens has something to offer every taste.

While there are abounding Greek specialities, Athens has some tempting dishes that every foodie traveler should try at least one.

The most popular traditional dish in Athens (but also in Greece), is the renowned Greek Salad, locally known as "Horiatiki Salata". It is made of tomato, cucumber, onion and feta cheese, often including Greek olives and oregano as well. The salad is always topped with extra virgin Greek olive oil. Truly mouthwatering!

Other remarkable things to eat in Athens, are:
  • Souvlaki & Gyros, one of the most famous street food delicacies in the world, made of small pieces of pork (or chicken) meat, in a pita bread with tzatziki, tomato and fries.
  • Moussaka, a main dish consisting of potatoes, minced meat and béchamel on top
  • Tyropita (cheese pie), a local pie filled with feta cheese
In this Athens Food Guide, you will find the best hotels with restaurants in Athens offering delicious breakfast and gastronomic delights, and the best restaurants and local taverns to taste the best of Greek Cuisine!

The best high-end hotels with restaurants in Athens

Dining in one of the high-end restaurants in Athens is a must when visiting the city. Especially in the summer months, an intimate dinner on a terrace with breathtaking views of the Acropolis, or city’s surroundings can be the highlight of your holidays in Athens taking you on a palatable journey and unforgettable memories.

  • The Margi – Not only its guests enjoy its privileged location in Vouliagmeni area of the Athenian Riviera, but also stylish dishes created by the award-winning chef Panagiotis Giakalis
  • New Hotel – We love its Art Lounge, a rooftop bar and restaurant with a panoramic Athens view, featuring also a unique Art library with more than 2000 art books!
  • NJV Athens Plaza – Located in the historic Syntagma Square, its main restaurant, the Parliament, serves gourmet dishes based on Mediterranean cuisine created with modern-style cooking techniques.
  • COCO-MAT Hotel Nafsika – Start your day with a healthy and energizing breakfast inspired by traditional Greek recipes of high nutritional value! Its rich breakfast menu is based on bread and flour, milk and cheese, honey, tahini, homemade marmalades, and fresh fruits! 
  • Athens Was Hotel – What about a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail? The hotel’s rooftop bar is one of the best places in Athens to sip a drink while enjoying a panoramic view of the entire city and the Parthenon.

See our collection of the best high-end hotel restaurants located either in the center of Athens or at the romantic Athenian Riviera!

Where to eat like a local in Athens

Having a wide collection of eateries, ranging from traditional taverns, local ouzeris, to lounge bars with lovely terraces and gourmet restaurants, eating in Athens can be much more than a food experience as its food scene is not similar to other cities in Greece. 

Given the warm atmosphere and the friendliness of Athenians, it is very common to enjoy your meal while singing and dancing at the same time. Especially by visiting one of the many local taverns with live Greek music in the central areas of Plaka and Psiri, it is most probable that you will end up enjoying the company of the people sitting next to you!

Arcadia restaurant, located close to the Acropolis museums,  is one of the best places in Athens to taste the traditional dish Moussaka, while O Thanasis is among the best restaurants in Monastiraki area to taste amazing Kebap! You will find also find the world-famous "Souvlaki" almost in every street of the city, however, O Kostas is known for serving the best souvlaki in town!

Gastronomy lovers will find their place at Hytra restaurant, a Michelin star awarded restaurant with creative dishes, refreshing cocktails, and exceptional desserts all combined with stunning panoramic views during summer months. 

Below you will find the best places in Athens to have breakfastlunches and dinner as well as refreshing cocktails and exceptional wine!

Food Tips

Athens offers excellent opportunities for a splendid wine-tasting evening. There are several marvelous wine bars in the city of Athens, mainly concentrated in downtown Athens, where you can taste several top-notch wines.

As a cosmopolitan city, Athens features several restaurants that serve food from different parts of the world. Asian, Mexican & Indian are the three most popular international cuisines in the city.

For casual food, enjoy a freshly baked cheese pie in the morning, a quick meal with Greek souvlaki or gyros for lunch and some delicious street food (fresh bread with sausage and salad) after a night full of partying!

The best way to experience authentic Greek cuisine, is to choose a restaurant where locals prefer to eat. These restaurants are usually cheaper as well.

Travel Info

How to get there

  • By car
  • By air
  • By train
  • By bus
  • By ferry

Move around

  • Metro
  • Tram
  • Buses
  • Railway
  • Electric trolley-buses
  • Taxi
  • Uber

Ideal for

  • City breaks
  • Shopping
  • Performances & theaters
  • Fine-dining
  • Lgbt holidays
  • Couples holidays
  • Weekends
  • Clubbing
  • Street food
  • Art & culture
  • Wine tasting

Destination Type

  • City

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 What can I find in this Food Travel Guide ?

Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated food travel guide, to help you easily plan your next culinary holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top restaurants, bars, cafes, bistros as well as gastronomy Hotels to stay!

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