10 best restaurants in Athens

Alatsi

Creative dishes and flavours from Crete. A favourite of politicians, journalists, businesspeople. Owner Stavros Theodorakis is the leader of new party To Potami. Vrasida 13, behind Hilton Hotel, (+30) 210 7210501

City Bistrot

In the heart of Athens, inside a cosmopolitan gallery, with excellent Mediterrenean cuisine and flawless service. Wine bar right next door. Stoa Spiromiliou, Syntagma, (+30) 210 3211315/16

Dionysos

An emblematic restaurant of Athens, with views to the Acropolis and Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Greek-Mediterrenean cuisine, open from morning for coffee, drinks, snacks. Roverto Galli, Makrigianni, (+30) 210 9233182

F + W

Mediterrenean cuisine by Olivier Campanha, in a wonderful urban garden, excellent wine list with Greek and international varieties. Xenokratous 49, Kolonaki, (+30) 210 7211146

Hytra

Top-notch restaurant, awarded with Michelin star. Creative cuisine, terrace with panoramic view of Athens. Sygrou Ave. 107-109 (Onassis Cultural Centre), (+30) 217 7071118

Milos

Owner Kostas Spiliadis also owns the famous Greek restaurant Milos in New York. Fish in chic versions, flawless service. Hilton Hotell, Vasilissis Sofias 46, (+30) 210 7244400

Olive Garden

Contemporary Mediterrenean cuisine and impressive nocturnal views of downtown Athens. Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou 52, (+30) 210 3838511

Spondi

Perhaps the best restaurant in the city, awarded with two Michelin stars. French creative cuisine, excellent art de la table, famous ches from abroad, impeccable wine list. Pirronos 5, Varnava sq., Pagrati, (+30) 210 7564021

Vasilenas

One of the oldest legendary tavernas in Piraeus, an old haunt of celebrities visiting Greece. Nowadays a restaurant with contemporary Greek creative cuisine with emphasis to fish and meat. The talented Renato Meccoli is the chef here. Value for money. Cool terrace with flowers. Etolikou 72, Piraeus, (+30) 210 4612457

Cash

Excellent restaurant with Asian cuisine (and delicious sushi). Hot meeting point for all party animals of Northern suburbs. Nice cocktails and music in a green garden. Diligianni 54, Kefalari, (+30) 210 1004772

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