Every urban tourist in the world agrees that food is one of the main ways in which you can really appreciate a new place. Adding taste to the list of senses that you employ when visiting a foreign city, can really make a journey memorable. Athens has everything: rich history, a vibrant metropolitan area and, of course, an amazing selection of restaurants for every time of the day. In this article, we are going to explore the best places for food in Athens one by one.
Meliartos, in Monastiraki
There are many things that can make your day feel bad, but I think we can all agree on one thing: a good breakfast has the power of making everything seem a little bit easier. If you have already spent your previous night like a typical Greek, you probably need something really special to start your day. This little corner shop of wonders, is in one of Athens' busiest streets and in the mornings you will probably see lots of locals flocking in for a cup of coffee and a filling breakfast.
The range of selection is dazzling even for the most experienced of food enthusiasts: choose between breakfast platters, omelettes or the famous Greek koulouri. There are even special brunch deals that are sure to keep you up and energised for the day! Oh, did I mention that you get to gaze at the Acropolis the whole time?
Fagopoteion, in Kolonaki
You've been walking the whole day, staring at the many attractions of the city. But when it comes to new experiences, it's all about the senses! Lunchtime in Greece is almost a sacred bond: when the clock says lunch, everything else can wait for a little bit. There is hardly a better place to relax and discuss about your new experiences, than Fagopoteion, in the hip Kolonaki neighbourhood. The name literally translates to "Eating and Drinking Place", and the restaurant itself duly delivers!
Greek cuisine is famous all over the world for its taste and healthiness. There is a selection of typical Greek dishes on the counter for you to choose: Go for the spinach pie and chicken, dressed in garlic sauce. If you are a veggie, try the fried eggplant and tomato. Last but not least, don't forget to accompany your food with some ouzo!
Zampano, in Psirri
The night is a special time in Athens. The city never sleeps and the diverse athenian lifestyle is sure to satisfy even the most demanding of visitors. The Psirri neighbourhood is one of the most exciting places in Athens and Zampano offers you a great place to dine, before you start your night.
The first thing you will notice is the stylish decoration, that gives a really special feel to the place. Don't forget to order the house special (beef with basil pesto) and help yourself to their amazing wine cellar, guaranteed to satisfy those with exquisite taste. The desserts are complimentary and the lemon pie is a truly unforgettable experience!
Kali Orexi! (Bon Appetite!)
This list is of course based on my personal choices and is all but comprehensive! I just offered you some starting points as a base to start exploring the vast metropolitan area of Athens. Finding the most exciting places to eat food in Athens is a journey on its own! Let your traveler instincts guide you to many new culinary experiences!