In Athens for a couple days? Try the ATHENS food guide by MARIA FARRO. 

ATHENS food guide



I have become somewhat obsessed by Athens. On each corner there is either a taverna, wine bar, habidashery shop, fabric store -- everything, anything. Not only is the city steeped in history, it has a vibrant charm that is guaranteed to inspire most people. I am lucky enough to spend three months in the city each year whilst I work on ideas for new collections and I make it my mission to find new spots while always hitting of the old faithfuls. The food scene in Athens is really exploding—each year there are many new directions developing whilst maintaining strong roots to the classic cuisine we all love.

Our comprehensive ATHENS GUIDE—perfect for your first or second time in Athen—sfeatures over 40 restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, and more. Download it from our store here. A quick short list is below.


Keramikou 49, Athina 10436

This place is always packed because it is so good. More of a modern take on Greek food, the dishes seasonal and focus on sourcing from small producers around Greece. Open until 2am, the place has an undeniable vibe and buzz about it. We suggest making a booking especially in the warmer months if you want to sit outside.

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Troon 48, Athina 11852

The neighbourhood of Petralona where Aster is located is one of the more picturesque suburbs of Athens. This quiet, flower-filled neighbourhood is walking distance from the centre. The restaurant has Cretan cuisine with a light modern touch. The interiors are charming with contrasting furniture making you feel like you could be in a yiayia’s dining room.

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Voulis 31-33, Athina 10557

Nolan is a Greek/Japanese fusion restaurant set near Syntagma square. The owner is an infamous chef leading the way in the prominent Asian fusion rise in the city. Dishes are made to be shared and booking in advance is advised as it isn’t a secret how great this spot is. They also have a pastry spot next door called Sweet Nolan.

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Solomou 54, Athina 10682

A new addition to the rapidly growing Athens food scene, Pharaoh is an Athenian version of a vinyl listening bar/ restaurant. With impecible music and food of equally high stature, the vibes are always good. It also gives you another good reason to visit the cool neighbourhood of Exarcheia.

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Ag. Dimitriou 12, Athina 10554

This is as close to a Greek island experience you will get in Athens. It feels like you are eating in the backyard of a village house. The setting is special and the food doesn’t disappoint — simple and authentic. I love dropping in for a late, long lunch; my tip is to arrive by 2pm to avoid long waits for a table. For dinner, arrive before 7pm or much later. Closed on Tuesdays.

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Download the comprehensive ATHENS GUIDE 2024 via our store: the perfect way to plan your first or second trip to our favourite city.