The beautiful ingredients are sourced from all over Greece. Photograph: Why Athens
WHERE to stay and eat in Athens
Despite the troubled economic times in Greece, the tourism industry continues to grow, attracting more investment into the sector, which is great news for visitors to Athens. There is a hotel boom occurring right now, an increase in restaurant openings and street food is also having a moment. You’re set to have a great all round experience of the city. We’ve dedicated this WHERE category to where to stay, eat and drink in Athens, because these really are the most vital parts to your enjoyment. The city is absolutely brimming with choice but the trick is finding them.
As always, we’ve sifted through the good and not so good, to leave you with the only the best options. We really hope you enjoy.
Where to stay in Athens
Finding where to stay in Athens is no longer a struggle. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with more than seven hotel openings in the last 12 months. Small to medium sized boutique hotels are a specialty in Athens offering personalised service and a consistently high standard. Bigger hotel groups such as the Hilton are also available. For absolute decadence and luxury you can’t go past the Hotel Grande Bretagne. There are more hotel openings expected, so watch this space for updates.
Where to eat in Athens
Despite the economic crisis, Athenians are going out to restaurants in record numbers. Authentic Greek food in Athens is very affordable and delicious. However, the standard and quality is not the same everywhere. You really do need to know in advance where to eat in Athens. We have tried and tested everything in our food listings several times to be sure they are up to scratch. Kali orexi! (Good appetite).
For authentic meze, lunch or dinner
The gourmet sausages and regional Greek wines
Sparkling Wines of Greece at Warehouse CO2
It’s one o’clock on a Friday afternoon and I’m very happy to be at Warehouse CO2 for the second time since I discovered it. This new all day bar in central Athens showcases sparkling wines from Greece and around the world, with a carefully curated and accessible list of bubblies. I’m certain there will be…
The centre of it all on Romvis Street
Locals have traditionally come to Romvis Street and the surrounding area for the specialist haberdashery and fabric stores. Today, it attracts more than savvy fashion designers and brides to be. This small pedestrianised pocket in central Athens now has a new story to tell, one that offers dynamic food and drinks from breakfast through to dinner…
In search of the best Greek Yogurt in Athens
I have been savouring Greek yogurt for as long as I can remember. Yogurt for me was a childhood moment of pure enjoyment. For many years, Greeks have been producing yogurt and it is this tradition that inspired me to write, The Real Greek Yogurt Book. My focus was on good quality traditional Greek yogurt. As I searched for the best Greek yogurt in Athens, I found myself in the historical centre, beneath the Acropolis, where I found two shops that were unbelievably unique.
The authentic guide of where to eat in Athens
Amid a lingering economic crisis, Athens and its citizens have still found a way to breathe a sense of renewal into the city’s cultural life. There is still a long way to go, but many visitors are surprised to find that it’s not all doom and gloom in the capital. New businesses are sprouting up…
Upscale restaurants in Athens
If you want to turn up the ante on your food experience, here’s our pick of eight of the best upscale restaurants in Athens. Athenian chefs seem to be less obsessed with creating international cuisine and becoming much more in tune with their culinary roots. The shift could very well be inspired by the high…
Athens Street Food
There is a food revolution going on in Athens and some of its best food can be found on the streets. From delectable homemade pies, mouthwatering souvlaki to a fish burger with a twist, here are six of our all time favourite food stops.