Best New Gastro-Tavernas in Athens 

If you want to experience the latest food trend that’s hit Athens, discover our pick of the city’s best gastro-tavernas where you’ll find creative, contemporary Greek dishes paying homage to old-school recipes. 

Using local, seasonal ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, visionary chefs at these casual and cozy modern tavernas serve up memorable dishes that are designed to elevate traditional Greek cuisine.

Taverna Ton Filon

Having reopened after a decade of being shut, this no-frills tavern in Kolonos is now led by chef Yiannis Mousios and sommelier Giorgos Kontorizos, who carefully curated a food and wine menu featuring fresh ingredients and fine drops from all over the country. Think crisp white tablecloths, frilled curtains, traditional wooden chairs and dim lighting, that all come together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ever-changing menu includes dishes such as tyrokafteri with hot peppers, gigantes with spinach and galotyri, as well as a lemony goat rind with celeriac. Tip: the taramosalata is a must! 

A: Argous 66, Athens


This new eatery in Exarcheia has undoubtedly been one of Athens’ most celebrated restaurant openings over the last couple of years, thanks to its cool vibe and a satisfying menu of fresh, seasonal offerings and village-style dishes cooked exclusively using wood fire. With an open kitchen, a few tables and a large bar that serves solo diners and sets of two, menu staples include the keftedakia, the braised beef with barley and the tight- wrapped dolmadakia served with xygalo yogurt. Tip: leave room for a slice of galaktoboureko.  

A: Solomou 54, Exarcheia  


Known as one of the original gastro taverns of Athens, Seychelles has always been a local favourite. It has recently reopened after a revamp by Greek chefs Yannis Markadakis, Fotis Foteinoglou and Kleomenis Zournatzis. The trio has kept some signature classics such as the pastry pie filled with wild greens, artisanal Feta, and yogurt while introducing some new flavours including an osso bucco soup and stuffed onions with oxtail and raisins. Tip: as a side dish, order the homemade fries sprinkled with wild oregano. 

A: Keramikou 49, Athens 


Greek chef Yannis Loukakis and pastry chef Spyros Pediaditakis teamed up for this impressive all-day eatery featuring a bakery rolling out a daily selection of pastries and sourdough, and a casual dining space serving smoked, grilled and roasted dishes that celebrate in-season fresh, raw produce. Standouts include whole roast courgettes filled with fish cheeks, a fish soup served in a traditional copper pot, as well as a variety of vegetables (sourced from local farms) and homemade bread grilled to perfection. Tip: keep an eye out for the decadent cream tarts topped with fresh local berries! 

A: Amynta 12, Pangrati 

To Rini

Located in a quiet street behind the Archaeological Museum of Athens, this trendy new tavern opened by chef Marina and partner Nikos, is a great spot to try traditional Greek flavours with a fresh, modern twist. Whether you come here for a casual lunch or dinner date, we recommend starting with the tomato, watermelon, local cheese and basil salad, followed by hilopites with prawns cooked in a cherry tomato confit. Tip: finish with the chamomile panna cotta drizzled with honey and pistachios from Aegina!  

A: Rethimnou 8, Athens


With an open kitchen and industrial design, this relaxed tavern opened by Fotis Foteinoglou and Thodoris Kassavetis features a large alfresco dining space – making it a great spot to visit during the warmer months. The menu, which focuses on seafood and fish, changes daily depending on what fresh daily produce the chefs can get their hands on but can include dishes such as fava with smoked tuna and capers, tuna tartare with sea urchin mayonnaise and lime, as well as baked okra with fish. Tip: the tarama has become a hit – and for a good reason! 

A: 1 Dourm, Neos Kosmos


A new gastro tavern opened its doors in Neos Kosmos last month, offering creative takes on Greek classics. Featuring a contemporary, retro interior with terrazzo flooring, neutral-coloured furniture and olive-green lighting, there’s also a large outdoor dining space right out the front, making it another good option to add to your list for upcoming dates in the city. The menu is based on seasonal ingredients, from grilled seafood and meat dishes to fresh salads. Tip: start with the grilled homemade bread drizzled with EVOO!   

A: Platia Xristianoupoleos 3, Neos Kosmos 

Koutsou & Co 

Freshly opened by deeply intuitive chef Argyro Koutsou, Koutsou & Co is a classic modern tavern featuring just over a handful of tables dressed in linen tablecloths and small vases filled with fresh flowers (sometimes picked from Koutsou’s parents’ garden) creating a homely vibe. With a simple yet impressive seasonal menu, dishes include rooster with kumquat and homemade fries, as well as trahana with sausage from Tinos island and manouri cheese from Sifnos. Tip: order the homemade koulouria if they haven’t sold out! 

A: 15A Xenofontos, Syntagma

Featured Image by Phita 

Best New Bakeries and Patisseries in Athens 

We’ve rounded up the best new bakeries and patisseries redefining the Athens bakery scene, where you can satisfy all those sweet and savoury cravings! 

Athens is becoming a city full of carb-laden spots where you can indulge in crispy croissants, artisanal sourdough, and delectable tarte tatin. Now truth be told, we couldn’t be happier! 

The Zillers Pastry Bar 

Right in the centre of the buzzing Plaka district, you will find a little slice of Paris at this new pastry bar serving a decadent range of croissants, fruit tarts and eclairs (to name a few)! With top pastry chef Georgios Platinos leading the way, you will surely want to take a seat inside the meticulously designed space so you can taste more than just one of the delightful sweets on display.   

A: 6 Benizelou Palaiologlou, Plaka 

Bon Bonfait Maison L’atelier 

Boutique pastry store Bon Bon Fait Maison made its way over from Kythira to Mitropoleos Street in 2020 and now the L’atelier version is housed in a gorgeous 19th-century mansion in the heart of Athens. This all-day bistro offers a delectable selection of French pastries – ideal for brunch or an afternoon pick me up. Here you can indulge in French treats with a delicate Greek touch – think creamy millefeuille with roasted pistachios from the island of Aegina, Fraisier cake with Greek EVOO, and chocolate tart with Kythirian sea salt! 

A: Kalamiotou 8, Plaka 

Bread BC

Using slow-maturing natural yeast, this new bakery serves bread made with natural sourdough created through a long fermentation process. Pick up a baguette and a traditional loaf for home, or if you’re after something sweet, options include Paris Brest, a slice of apple pie, or traditional Greek biscuits such as melomakarona and kourabiedes.  

A: 59 Agias Paraskevis, Halandri


With a playful take on the new age bakery, Neropistolo (water gun) serves handmade artisanal sourdough, delicious buttery croissants filled with ham and cheese, as well as Madagascar vanilla cream buns! The tiny but carefully thought-out space (designed by Yatzer extraordinaire Costas Voyatzis) features splashes of wood, marble, metal, and specially designed blue bricks that add a cool, colourful touch.  

A: 35 Voulis, Athens 

La Linda Bakery

Athenians can now taste traditional bread such as cremonas and pan de campo from Rio de la Plata (located on the border of Uruguay and Argentina) at La Linda, a family-run bakery that originated in the coastal city of Punta del Este and just opened its doors in Glyfada! For those craving something sweet, make sure to try their famous Rogel, also known as the Argentine millefeuille – it’s a secret family recipe featuring layers of biscuits and dulce de leche!  

A: Kiprou 13, Glyfada

Jesus Crust

From cardamon buns and mini babka’s to brioche sandwiches and turmeric bagels- this new bakery in Neo Psychiko is the perfect place to grab a good coffee and breakfast on the run! Offering different types of breads- such as wholemeal, carob, oatmeal and multigrain- the cinnamon scrolls and salted caramel cookies are also a stand-out! 

A: 9 Solomou, Neo Psychiko


Head over to the hip Pangrati hood where you’ll discover a new artisanal bakery serving freshly made loaves including a signature sourdough with walnuts and lemon zest (just get in early as it’s a hit with locals)! And if you prefer something sweet check out the cinnamon butter and rich pumpkin cream cheesecake or the double chocolate hazelnut tart! We also recommend sampling some sourdough with the homemade Seville orange and ginger marmalade. 

A: 4 Fedrou, Athens 

Oven Glyfada 

Having opened its first micro bakery in the southern suburb of Voula, Oven has now opened its second store at nearby Glyfada. Serving grilled cheese sandwiches with truffle, forest fruit tarts, traditional cheese pies, quiches and tsoureki (sweet bread)- all the handcrafted baked goods are made daily using locally sourced high-quality ingredients. 

A: Artemidos 9, Glyfada 

Cova Astir Marina

Cova Astir with its scent of freshly baked croissants, traditional tarts and Italian pastries quickly transports visitors to Milan, where this famous pastry store first opened its doors in 1817. Renowned for its decadent sweets and elegant décor, this impressive patisserie is now located at Astir Marina in the upscale neighbourhood of Vouliagmeni. 

A: Apollonos 77, Astir Vouliagmeni Marina 

Main Image courtesy of The Zillers Pastry Bar 

Pharaoh Brings a Cool New Dining Experience to Athens 

Pharaoh serves wood-fire cooking, natural wines and music spun on vinyl – all tucked behind a striking emerald green curtain in edgy Exarcheia.

This new eatery has undoubtedly been Athens’ most celebrated restaurant opening of 2023 (technically, very late 2022) and it’s no surprise with a formidable team of food and wine experts at the helm including chef Manolis Papoutsakis (Deka Trapezia and Charoupi of Thessaloniki), wine merchant Perry Panagiotakopoulos and journalist Fotis Vallatos. 

The vibe

The space is warm and casual with an open kitchen, a few tables and a large bar that serves solo diners and sets of two. Front of house, the team of chefs, sommeliers and music curators work together to create an experience that sits somewhere between restaurant and wine bar. Walls are stacked with vinyl and firewood – a nod to the restaurant’s music and cooking philosophies.

Signature dishes

Chef Papoutsakis has created a menu of fresh, seasonal offerings as well as village-style dishes cooked exclusively using wood fire. Menu staples include the keftedakia, the braised beef with barley and the tight-wrapped dolmadakia served with xygalo yogurt.

My fave dish

The menu is frequently modified to celebrate seasonal flavours. Every visit garners a new favourite dish (the most recent was the summer salad of monk’s beard with cherries, avocado and apricot). The perfectly whipped taramosalata topped with bottarga and the wild greens are dishes you’ll keep going back for.

Leave room for dessert? 

The galaktoboureko is steadily gaining a cult following.  

Something to drink…

There’s an extensive wine list of over 400 Greek and foreign wines, with a strong leaning towards natural varieties. Greek craft beers and select cocktails round out the drinks menu nicely with something for everyone.

Why I’d come back…

An evening at Pharaoh goes beyond the menu of classic dishes with thoughtful, seasonal modifications. It’s the curated music offering, the exciting beverage list and the modern decor that add texture and layers to the dining experience. 

Perfect for…

Solo dining at the bar, date night, or a fun meal with your foodie friends. 

Price range: 40-60 € per person

Opening hours: Opening hours vary, and reservations can be made online

Location: Solomou 54, Exarcheia

5 New Athens Patisseries You Shouldn’t Miss

If you are foodies (like us) who are always on the hunt to eat at the best spots anytime you travel somewhere, then get ready to experience the best flavours around Athens- a city quickly filling up with a great range of patisseries that are glossy and new with boutique beauty! 

Kokakias (48-50 Patriarchou Ioakeim, Kolonaki)

Kokakias is the Greek diminutive for coque, a domed cake made of syrupy sponge that’s filled with a velvety cream and covered in a chocolate glaze, is the star of this small, pink patisserie. Indeed, you’ll find the dessert in several creative renditions here, created by pastry chef Manolis Stithos, known for his work with Funky Gourmet restaurant. Try the bright red Red Velvet coque with Madagascar vanilla, whipped cream and red fruits, the lemon-flavoured Ekmek coque with crispy cantaloupe and light vanilla cream, or the pistachio praline and Aegina candied pistachios as well as the Ferrero coque. Also tasty are the other desserts they prepare, such as the profiterole which instead of chou centres around mini coques with vanilla cream, hazelnut praline and bitter chocolate glaze. 

Candy’s Caravan (3 Giannitsopoulou 3 Glyfada)

How about something different? Like, say, pancakes on a stick for hassle-free indulgence, yummy and syrupy baba in a burger wrapper, or red velvet cake, chocolates, crunchy dumplings and many more indulgent treats. All this and more can be found at Candy’s Caravan, a fast-food-themed confectionery and unique concept store in Glyfada. Also an Instagrammer’s paradise because of the truly mouth-watering and amusing presentation.

Little Darling (119 Ethnarchou Makariou, Argyroupoli)

If you’re looking for a raw dessert that’s still just as delicious as a “regular” one, except that these desserts replace sugar with healthier syrups, are usually not baked and include ingredients like fruit, dried fruit, healthy powders like lucuma and nuts, then Little Darling is where you’ll find exactly what you want. This ‘secret’ spot has been known for some time by vegans and lovers of a healthier diet who visit the patisserie in Argyroupoli for raw vegan desserts made from amazing guilt-free ingredients. Some desserts to try are the white chocolate and hazelnut cream, passion fruit and mango tart and the raw carrot cake with carrots, nuts, raisins and spices. Even if you are not vegan, they are well worth discovering.

In Love Again in Athens (3 Kliitiou Street, Monastiraki)

This is the sweet sibling of the well-known and awarded bar “Baba Au Rum” bar, and opened at the beginning of September. In essence, it’s a concept store that marries quality coffee with sweets inspired by popular cocktails, and a florist. The Mai Tai tart is made with vanilla cookie, lime cream, bitter almond meringue and bergamot flavours; the Zombie profiterole contains fluffy noodles filled with aged rum-flavoured cream, white chocolate, a pomegranate glaze, grapefruit jam and pineapple and the Piña Colada cheesecake has coconut baked cream, a crispy cookie base and is topped with pineapple chunks. The rum baba is not missing from the menu, and you’ll find it in two versions, vanilla or caramel and passion fruit syrup, orange and peach. Also, try the vegan cinnamon cream vegan baguette made with oat milk and Iu honey. The entire menu is curated by chef Michalis Nournoglou.

Ourse (39 Mystra 39, Ano Glyfada)

At Ourse you’ll find sweets inspired by French culinary philosophy – with a lot of butter and cream – and a Greek character, since almost all the raw materials are Greek and mainly from small producers nationwide. Don’t miss out on the Flan Parisién, one of the most famous Parisian pastries, with thick cream and a sweet aroma of real Madagascar vanilla; the Paris-Brest with a chou puff pastry base filled with pistachio praline cream; pistachio ganache montée and pistachio crumble, and the Aegina pistachio tart that plays with four different textures of the nut. You’ll also find fluffy, chewy macarons in a wide variety of flavours, sinful chocolates to eat two by two, ice cream and apple pie – if you get there on time.


10 Best Vegan Restaurants in Athens

The vegan dining scene is not only here to stay in Athens, but also flourishing!

With more and more vegan restaurants and cafes opening up and an increasing number of previously vegan-incognizant places altering their menus to include exciting vegan options, there is a modern, creative, flavoursome and nutritionally sophisticated choice of venues for anyone with a hearty and even highly demanding plant-based appetite. Here we showcase our best recommendations.

Peas (40, Falirou Str, Koukaki)

With the motto “Give Peas a Chance”, this trendy Koukaki place serves salads, breakfast specials, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, souvlaki, hot meals, cakes and desserts that are all homemade. You’ll find gluten-free raw and sugar-free choices and can sip on vitamin-rich juices, smoothies and fair-trade coffee. Don’t Miss: the raw tart and club sandwich. 

Trivoli Vegan Kafeneio 10 Best Vegan Restaurants in Athens (Marinou Antipa 107a, Ilioupoli)

A vegan bar/restaurant serving wholesome, filling meals such as various kinds of pasta, burgers, salads, souvlaki and healthy drinks such as shakes, juices and coffee with plant milk. Don’t miss: the cannelloni with vegan ricotta, spinach and sunflower seeds, Greek classic pastitsioand soy yiouvetsi.

Yi (69 Grigoriu Lambraki Street, Glyfada)

A foodie venue with sophisticated flavours and artfully concocted raw and vegan dishes, Yi has been impressing palates for over a decade now in a large, beautiful space in Athens’ southern suburb of Glyfada. Don’t Miss: Raw soup, Mexican burritos and the harvest veggie bowl with caramelized chickpeas. 

The Vegan Vandal (Aminta 15 Pangrati)

Fancy junk food without the meat? This is your place. This fun Pangrati hangout serves souvlaki, pitta pockets burgers and other crunchy sinful-tasting stuff without the guilt. Don’t Miss: the Jack Burger with smoked pulled jackfruit marinated in BBQ sauce, coleslaw, mayo, garden onion, baby rocket and pickled carrot and the crispy cauliflower bites.

Cookoomela Grill – Exarchia (43-45 Themistokleous Street, Exarcheia)

Athens’ first vegan souvlaki joint, and still perhaps the most successful, specialises in homemade mushroom or lentil gyro, and a ‘tzatziki’ with organic soy yoghurt. Don’t Miss:  the Yellow Dish (with mushroom, avocado, vegetable mayonnaise, tomato, onion, parsley and hand-cut potatoes.

Mother Vegan (Dimitrakopoulou 95, Koukaki)

This place differs from the rest, especially in that it ventures to create ‘steak’ made with organic beans, kombucha, and various other intriguing ingredients. And it succeeds in creating something very tasty! Don’t Miss: the aromatic chard pie with fresh garden herbs and the Smoked Tofu Burger with soybeans, tamari, nutritional yeast flakes, lentils and nigari.

Veganaki (38 Athanasiou Diakou Street, Koukaki)

Veganaki centres its menu on Greek recipes with rich flavours and high-quality local ingredients. Don’t Miss: the moussaka with minced red lentil and bechamel made with almond milk and cauliflower, the pastitsio with minced soy and for a taste of the Middle East, the crispy, oven-baked falafel

Winners Vegan Restaurant (Nikis 27, at Niki Athens Hotel, Syntagma)

Actually located within the Niki Athens Hotel, Winners Vegan is a cheerful little place serves plant-based organic dishes and snacks including great breakfast options like guacamole toast. Don’t MissMac n cheese and vegan poke (Hawaiian sushi).

Mama Tierra (84 Akadimias Street, Athens)

Highly popular for its tasty ethnic cuisine, pure raw materials (many of which are organic) and healthy homemade preparation, this is a classic haunt for vegans and vegetarians. Don’t Miss: Greek soutzoukakakia patties with red sauce, crisp macrobiotic salads, mushroom risotto and vegetable korma.

Avocado (30 Nikis Street, Syntagma)

Another Athens vegan classic, this place serves wonderful Asian, Indian and Mediterranean dishes made with high-quality ingredients as well as wonderful, healthy smoothies and juices. Don’t Miss: the Zen Tempeh with organic rice noodles, ginger, fresh snow peas, red curry, coconut milk and tempeh, crispy tofu and raw chocolate tart.

Where to Find the Best Classic Greek Desserts in Athens

Greece is home to some of the most delicious homemade, traditional and mouthwatering desserts and here we share where to find the best classic Greek desserts in Athens!

If you are in the Greek capital searching for feel-good classics that still delight, here are five of the city’s most unmissable patisseries (some have been around for more than a century) where you can taste the best Galaktoboureko, Ekmek, Baklava, and more authentic Greek desserts! 

Varsos (5 Kassaveti 5, Kifissia)

This classic confectionery store in Kifissia originally opened in 1892 in the centre of Athens as a sugar and dairy shop and moved to the north in 1922. Hardly having changed in terms of décor and selling chocolate and nut-stuffed croissants that the Prince of Wales was a fan of, “authentic” Varsos has it all. The retro café-pastry shop on Kassaveti Street is an essential stop for its meringues, cream puddings, fruit leather, jams, flaky cheese pie, galaktoboureko, kaimaki, and other ice creams- and lots more!   

Konstantinidis (22 stores throughout Greece)

In 1920, Gregorios K. Konstantinidis set up the chain’s first confectionery shop, and five years later his sons brought it to Greece. Since 1954, when the family created its own recipes, Konstantinidis has become a synonym for eclairs and millefeuille, which to this day remain their most famous desserts. Nowadays, apart from the classic recipe with vanilla cream, two variations are offered: with chocolate and mixed. 

Hara (339C Patission Street, Ano Patissia)

The famous Patissia patisserie first opened in 1969 and immediately became famous for its excellent quality ice cream – especially the “Chicago” ice cream (one scoop chocolate and one vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and a cookie). The recipe has remained the same for 49 years. So have the quality ingredients such as fresh milk from farms in Parnitha, Kilkis and Trikala. The store’s other desserts include the sari Kadai Kifi and the ekmek, either with kaimaki ice cream or in the “Guzel” version.

Afoi Asimakopouloi (82 Harilaou Trikoupis, Athens)

This is one of the oldest pastry shops in town, as it has been operating since 1915. The former dairy shop of Charilaou Trikoupis has evolved into one of the most famous confectionery shops in Athens with a wide range of sweets. Nowadays, the business is run by the third generation of owners. Regular patrons recommend you try the handmade chocolates and ice cream (also handmade), luscious pastries and fluffy cakes, traditional brioche and rich chocolate mousse.

Kosmikon (Avenue. Ionia 104, Agios Nikolaos, 102 Ag. Alexandrou Street, P. Faliro, 34 Halandriou Street)

This is the oldest sweet intersection between Greek and Turkish pastry making. It serves perhaps the best galaktoboureko in Attica, but the baklava and other syrupy sweets have also got a huge fan base by now.

Main Image by Varsos 

Athens’ Glamorous Brunch Spot Just Got a Whole Lot Sweeter 

Athénée, the elegant all-day bar-restaurant that’s been synonymous with Athenian glamour since 1939, has just upped its “Lazy Sunday Brunch” menu, with enticing sweet creations by award-winning Greek pastry chef Spyros Pediaditakis and his talented team from leading Glyfada patisserie Ourse. 

The stunning restaurant in Syntagma is an iconic meeting spot right in the heart of the city, where locals gather each Sunday to enjoy a long, relaxed catch-up with friends- while tasting delightful dishes and sweets, along with their morning coffee, tea, and other drinks of choice.

And starting from tomorrow, February the 13th, through to March 6th, 2022, for four consecutive Sundays’, visitors will be able to taste Spyros’ signature sweets, which appear in his new cookbook Notebook (featuring 38 unique creations specially created for award-winning restaurants) including Spyros’ famous Crunchy Apple, a lush lemon tart, the famous St Honore, Paris Aegina (Ourse’s version of the classic Paris- Brest), as well as a range of decadent chocolate desserts. 

All of the pastries will be delightfully displayed on the remarkable Athénée dessert table- where guests will have the opportunity to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of each pastry before trying it- as they not only taste lush- but also look like a piece of art! 

A: Voukourestiou 9, Athina

Opening hours for “Lazy Sunday Brunch”: Sundays’ from 9 am



A Hot New All Day Bar Has Just Opened in Athens 

Having only opened its doors a few nights ago, this hot new drinking spot in Athens, is the talk of the town; and how can it not be when it’s the brainchild of Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis, the creators behind award-winning bar The Clumsies, and their talented friend Dimitris Dafopoulos. 

Type: All-day bar.

The low down: Line Athens serves grape-less wine (yes there’s such a thing), nomad beer, and artisan bread (a few types to choose from)- making this cool spot in the centre of the city “the” place to visit for magnificent cocktails, fabulous bar food, and a great laid-back vibe. 

Bar menu: The impressive drinks menu includes cocktails such as the New York Sour featuring Mastiha/lemon/ Bruxo Mezcal/line port; grape-less wines from Greece including a Honey-why-in with cotton mead/pineapple/passion/fennel, and a Fig Why-in of the Askada variety from the region of Karditsa. For those that love a good beer, you can throw back a line lager or a line west coast.

Bar food: From King oyster spaghetti and Cabbage roll beef tartare to hot dogs with pork sausage and an Athenian salad with lettuce, celery, carrot, and parsley– the food has been created by young up-and-coming chef Pavlos Kiriakis, who has designed the enticing menu to be shared amongst friends. 

Décor/Ambience: This stunning former gallery of Zouboulaki has been given a minimalist yet chic makeover by the talented Nine Design team who have added plenty of industrial touches. Featuring mainly concrete, metal and wood, the neutral tones are mixed in with a splash of colour- creating a fine, warm texture to the open space.  

Cocktail/spirit price range: Cocktails are priced at 10 €, wines 6.50 to 7  € a glass and beer is around 6 €.

Dress code: Casual and relaxed.

Opening Hours: Open from noon to late evening Monday-Sunday

Address: Agathodaimonas 37, Kato Petralona

Line Athens

7 Best Places for Dessert in Psirri

The culturally rich, historic, vibrant and cool Athenian neighbourhood of Psyrri is packed with precious antiques, talented local artisans, authentic Greek tavernas, boho bars, charming cafes and loads of visitors who come here time and time again to enjoy a spot where the modern world blends in beautifully with old-time charm. 

With so many amazing dessert places to choose from, we’ve rounded up our favourite spots to enjoy some delicious sweets in Psirri, for your next visit to the Greek capital! 

Ta Serbetia Stou Psirri  

One of Athens’ most loved patisseries, Ta Serbetia Stou Psirri is a family-run shop that first opened its doors in 1997. Since then, they have been serving mouthwatering homemade sweets created using family recipes that have been passed down through generations. From traditional Greek classics to cheesecakes, there is something here to satisfy all tastes.  

A: Eschilou 3, Psirri

Marika Tarts

For some of the most delicious handmade tarts in Athens, head to Marika’s, who bakes sweet and savoury tarts each day, using seasonal and fresh products. Here you’ll taste traditional Greek flavours through to more modern variations- including pumpkin, lemon meringue and banoffee tarts. 

A: Pallados 4, Psirri  

To Serbetospito Tis Nancys

Otherwise known as Nancy’s Sweet Home, here you will find big servings of desserts that are mouthwatering. From rich chocolate cake to traditional Galaktoboureko (custard pie), it’s a local favourite that’s always packed, so make sure you go early. 

A: Iroon 1 Square, Athens

Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki

For traditional Bougatsa, like you would find in Thessaloniki (where this famous dessert originated) head to Bougatsidiko, where you can also watch the masters open their filo by hand! 

A: Iroon 1 Square, Athens


Serving some of the most authentic Greek desserts in Psirri, including Baklava, Kataifi and Ekmek, (drenched in their secret syrup), this stylish patisserie is the perfect spot to catch up with friends. 

A: Eschilou 4, Athens 

Crepa Holic 

Who doesn’t love a good crepe? Specialising in crepes and waffles, Crepa Holic is open seven days a week, until 3 am in the morning- so if you are searching for something sweet after midnight, this one is for you! 

A: Pallados 17, Psirri 

To Koulouri Tou Psyrri

Most famous for its Koulouri (a round bread sprinkled with sesame seeds) this hole in the wall bakery also serves a sweet version, which is fried dough dusted with sugar, as well as homemade muffins and cakes. 

A: 23 Georgiou Karaiskaki, Psirri


Cover image Zoubourlou 

Take a Seat at Athens’ Prettiest Cafe 

Currently the city’s most Instagrammable café, pink and girlie Ellyz is fairly new to the city’s lively café scene.

With an entire wall blanketed in large pink flowers, tables decorated with gold candelabra, crystal chandeliers and colourful fantasy cakes and smoothies to match, this is probably the only place in town where you’ll find a doughnut sprinkled in gold dust and butterflies! 

In addition, there is a chic neon sign that writes “Happiness is coffee and flowers’’ – with this pretty little cafe quickly becoming the Greek capital’s most popular spot amongst locals and international visitors- who come to capture the perfect background for their Instagram feed.

Featuring velvet sofas and chairs in soft shades of pink and blue- the glamorous onyx bar with plush high stools is a dreamy set up- and crowds of people can be seen outside patiently waiting their turn to take a seat. Take note: try to get there early! 

Pink is not only the main theme for the cafe’s decor but it’s also a stand out on the menu- with a range of “pink” foods and drinks to choose from, including a Coffee Espresso with Pink Donut, a Pink Flat, freshly made Pink Grapefruit juice, Pink Velvet cake, Pink donuts and Pink inspired pancakes. 

Ideally located in the heart of Athens city centre, Ellyz café is a fairytale spot for brunch, lunch, or an afternoon drink with friends. 

And yes there is also a range of (non-pink) breakfast and lunch options to choose from, including truffled scrambled eggs, fresh sandwiches, healthy salads and protein bowls.  

And for those who are only after a drink, there are is a wide range of cocktails, wines and Aperitivo’s to choose from! 

A: Aghiou Filippou 11, Monastiraki

10 Amazing Restaurants in Athens Riviera

Heading south from the Greek capital you will come across a stunning coastline known as the Athenian Riviera. Here you will discover some fine restaurants serving fresh seafood and creative dishes made from seasonal and locally sourced produce.

With so many great options to choose from, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites for you! 


Set in Vouliagmeni, here you can enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired menu with seasonal and fresh dishes. The executive chef uses solely organic and local ingredients to prepare succulent summer dishes.

A: Thespidos, Vouliagmeni 


Serving Nobu’s signature sushi, Matsuhisu has brought a touch of Japanese flavour and culture and the charm of fusion philosophy to the gastronomic map of Athens. Beautifully nestled in one of the city’s most stylish locations, the Astir Palace, Matsuhisa Athens offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni


For great Italian check out Mercato- an upscale Italian trattoria that’s also located at famous Astir Palace. Savour authentic Italian dishes and cocktails from the Spritzeria, which can be enjoyed in the warm indoor space in winter and on the alfresco terrace overlooking the Athenian Riviera in summer.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni


If you like to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, head to Island where you will surely spot international designers, artists and athletes. The restaurant serves Mediterranean flavours and the modern dishes are all created by the award-winning chef, Nikos Skliras. 

A: 27km South of Leof. Athinon Souniou

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For one of the best views and great Latin American food, make your way to Helios. Relax poolside, while savouring zesty ceviches and tiraditos, piquant tacos, guacamole and grilled meat cuts, along with a range of signature cocktails.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni

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One of the areas most loved places, which frequently serves some of the world’s leading A-listers on their visits to Athens is Ithaki, in Vouliagmeni’s Laimos. Here you can taste the freshest fish and a range of local seafood, as you enjoy the magical sunset. 

A: Apollonos 28, Vouliagmeni 


If you are searching for a spot to enjoy a late lunch or evening dinner with a magnificent view, head to Moorings, where you will be treated to panoramic views of Vouliagmenis’ natural landscape, as well as a delightful menu. 

A: Marina Vouliagmenis, Vouliagmeni 


With renowned chef Yannis Baxevanis behind the menu, Ark offers signature dishes that are inspired by the Aegean sea. Along with the masterly crafted menu, you can also choose from an exceptional range of wines, beers and distillates from Greek producers.

A: Grigoriou Lambraki 2, Glyfada 

Varoulko Seaside 

This leading seafood restaurant located in Piraeus is a fine dining experience, where guests can taste quality seafood cuisine prepared by the famous chef Lefteris Lazarou while enjoying the picturesque views of the Mikrolimano Marina. 

A: Akti Koumoundourou 54, Piraeus

Agora Riviera

Inspired by the Cycladic islands, Agora offers guests a simple and relaxed vibe, while serving a great and fresh range of dishes that are perfect for lunch or dinner by the sea.

A: Iliou 8, Vouliagmeni  

Modern Eatery in Trendy Pangrati

Popular with locals who love to dine out, Lost Athens is one of the restaurants that have served to up Pangratis’ trendy profile.

The menu is separated into four categories: ‘With Hands’, ‘With Fork and Spoon’, ‘With Fork’ and ‘With Spoon’, which immediately reveals the restaurant’s original take on dining. Created to inspire fun, playfulness and experimentation among urbanites who simply want a good time – and great food to go with it, it showcases Greek as well as international street food favourites. Customers are encouraged to try several dishes in the middle to share so they can try as many tastes as possible. Upon arrival you are welcomed with the soup of the day served in a paper cup.

Type of cuisine? Mediterranean-Asian-American fusion.

Type of eatery? Modern, relaxed and hip. Almost everything here is made from scratch using fresh, mainly local but also exotic ingredients.

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The low down… Owner Vasilis Stefanakis put it this way: “This is a place that welcomes every style of person, in whatever mood or clothes they may be when they come. The simplicity in decor is deliberate; we are not building expectations of a gourmet, fine-dining experience but in fact, that is what we are delivering; our menu is meant to surprise and delight you.”

Décor/ Ambience? Laidback and buzzy during the weekends. Simple, post-industrial décor by Circus Agency with neon signs such as one that reads ‘Enjoy Your F**ing Dinner’, targeted at today’s high-stress lifestyle and graphic design artworks combined with comfy leather chairs.

Entrees? Try with the Mussels with cucumber salsa, ponzu cucumber and pickled mustard seeds or the Greek Salad with tomato dressing, mousse volaki, carob biscuit and strawberry ice water.

Mains? The Hanger Steak Black Angus with grilled corn, romesco and chilli oil or the Greater Amberjack Sashimi with ponzu, tomato, celery mayonnaise, mango gel, watermelon and radish, or the Stuffed Squid with shrimp, green pea puree and fragrant oil. End with the Chocolate Custard Hazlenut Cake.

Something to drink? Apart from a decent wine list with Greek and foreign wines as well as some good cocktails, Lost serves a large choice (around 55) of craft beers from Greek micro-breweries (‘The Chill Journey’).

Chef says: Chef Kostas Nasiopoulos tells IN+SIGHTS GREECE that he has “taken street-food concepts and combined them with refined cooking techniques and sophisticated as well as feel-good and indulgent ingredients. This is food with no borders – it’s from our souls. We’ve put our hearts into creating it just right.”

Price range? Around 35 to 45 € per person without drinks.

Location?  Archelaou 7, Pangrati

Opening hours/days? Tuesday- Friday: 6pm -2am, Sat-Sun: 2pm – 2am