Athens Riviera Vouliagmeni Galasio Taverna
Waterfront table at Galasio seafood taverna along the Athens Riviera. 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. 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).

  • Hilton Hotel Athens Exterior Photo

    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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  • Oven Sesame Athens Street Food HSIII

    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.

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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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  • Hytra Athens Restaurant

    Hytra Restaurant

    Hytra brings its 15 years of culinary heritage to the Onassis Cultural Centre. Having opened in 2004 in the gritty suburb of Psirri, it received its first Michelin Star in 2010.

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  • Orizontes Athens, WhyAthens.com

    Orizontes

    Where: Lycabettus Hill
    Why Go: For a fine dining experience with the best view of Athens
    We Loved: The fusion of Greek flavours
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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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