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The Running Man sculpture outside the Hilton Hotel in Athens. Photograph: courtesy of the Hilton 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).

  • Galaxy Bar, whyathens.com

    Galaxy Bar

    Where: Hilton Hotel on the 12th floor
    Why Go: To soak in panoramic views of Athens in style and comfort
    We Loved: Plenty of outdoor seating for everyone to enjoy
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  • St George Lycabettus, WhyAthens.com

    St George Lycabettus Hotel

    Where: Lycabettus Hill/Kolonaki
    Why Stay: Good value, providing more than the average boutique hotel. Prime location
    We Loved: Eating breakfast with a panoramic view of Athens and the Acropolis
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  • Yiantes Why Athens

    Yiantes

    Where: Exarchia
    Why Go: Traditional Greek food with a twist
    We Loved: The top-notch organic Greek produce
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  • IT Restaurant Why Athens

    IT Restaurant

    Where: Kolonaki
    Why Go: To try the new “IT” place
    We Loved: Fresh bio-organic ingredients
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  • Athinai Bistrot Why Athens

    Athinai Bistrot

    Where: Close to Acropolis Museum
    Why Go: For authentic Greek food
    We Loved: Friendly staff and Parisian inspired setting
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  • Hotel Grande Bretagne Why Athens

    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Where: Syntagma Square, central Athens
    Why Stay: For old world luxury
    We Loved: Breakfast with a view
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