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).

  • 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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  • Vouliagmeni restaurants, WhyAthens.com

    Ithaki

    Where: Vouliagmeni
    Why Go: For the seaside dining experience
    We Loved: The piano player that added to the seductive ambience
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