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The view from Orizontes Restaurant on Lycabettus Hill is second to none. Photograph: courtesy of Orizontes

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. 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).

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    Hilton Hotel Athens

    Where: The Hilton district is close to upmarket Kolonaki
    Why Stay: For the oversized rooms and the services you expect from the Hilton brand
    We Loved: The 25 metre pool and decadent buffet breakfast
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  • Eat @ Miltons Restaurant Athens

    Eat @ Miltons

    Where: In the heart of Plaka
    Why Go: For Greek inspired food with French finesse
    We Loved: The fresh lobster pasta for two
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  • Greek Donuts Loukoumades Athens

    Where to find the best loukoumades in Athens

    Most European cultures have their version of doughnuts but Greek “loukoumades” (lou-kou-ma-des) would have to be the most sinful. If you’re going to indulge then you might as well have the best. These delectable, fluffy balls of dough will satisfy your deepest sweet cravings. We’ve chosen three of the standouts in central Athens. KRINOS LOUKOUMADES Since…

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  • Greek Sparkling Wines Athens Warehouse CO2 Rose

    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…

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  • Karamanlidika tou Fani

    Karamanlidika

    Where: Psirri
    Why Go: For authentic meze, lunch or dinner
    We Loved: The gourmet sausages and regional Greek wines
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  • Koulouri of Psirri Athens

    The Koulouri of Psirri

    A koulouri is a circle of bread sprinkled with sesame seeds and often found in small stands around the city for breakfast in Athens. If you want to go straight to the source of supply, The Koulouri of Psirri is where it’s at. The koulouri from Thessaloniki is a national favourite and Ilias Papageorgiou has tweaked…

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