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).

  • St George Lycabettus,

    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


    Where: Exarchia
    Why Go: Traditional Greek food with a twist
    We Loved: The top-notch organic Greek produce
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  • Matsoukas why athens


    If there is one shop to go and get fully stocked up before you travel home, this is the place. Part wine cava, part sweet heaven, Matsoukas is an Athenian institution. Stock up on your Metaxa (Greek brandy) and glyka koutaliou (Greek preserved fruits jarred in sugary syrup). I challenge you to leave without a…

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  • Miran deli Why Athens

    Miran Deli

    Evripidou St in Psirri is lined with spice shops and gives a rare glimpse into old Athens. Miran deli was established in 1922 and its shop is worth a visit, at the very least for its photo value. Specialising in cured meats and in particular pastrami and soutzoukakia (tasty sausages), it also has a great range…

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  • Era Nuts Why Athens

    ERA Nuts

    Spice up your day with ERA Nuts, a concept store in the suburb of Kolonaki that offers an aromatic selection of herbs, dried fruits and nuts. Their beautifully packaged gift sets of honey and tea make perfect gifts or you can create your own pleasure boxes from their loose botanical offerings.

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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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