Best Restaurants in Athens Orizontes Lycabettus Hill
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).

  • 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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  • Greek Yogurt in Athens

    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.

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  • Barley Cargo Athens

    Barley Cargo

    Where: Kolokotroni St, central Athens
    Why Go: For the best selection of boutique beers
    We Loved: The 70 Greek beers on offer
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  • Clumsies Why Athens City Guide

    The Clumsies

    Where: Central, walking distance from Panepistimio metro
    Why Go: A relaxed all day bar with exceptional interiors & atmosphere
    We Loved: Delicious cocktails beautifully paired with a degustation menu
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  • Couleur Locale

    Athens Nightlife: Couleur Locale

    Where: Central, short walk from Monastiraki square
    Why Go: For great views and a local vibe
    We Loved: Atmospheric lighting, moody music. Delicious cocktails at local prices
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  • Galaxy Bar,

    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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