Greece is a country filled with Mediterranean flavors and aromas, filled with traditional and ancient recipes inspired by its ancestors. Everywhere you look you’ll find a tavern, a bistro, a restaurant serving authentic recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
So, let us guide you through the most authentic restaurants in Athens where you will feel as if being in grandma’s kitchen.
If you are craving some tripe stew, beef stew or spaghetti with ground meat sauce after a long night out, then Hpeiros is the place to be. Anything from casserole, soups, haddock with garlic sauce, legumes and other Greek homemade recipes can be found right at Varvakeios Market.
Varvakeios Market, Filopoimenos 4, tel. no.: +30 210 3240773
Tiny in size, great in flavors, it smells just like grandma’s kitchen. Giorgos and Rita cook every day original Greek specialties and authentic dishes based on the season, using only seasonal ingredients and local herbs.
Sarri 22, tel.no.: +30 210 3217635
Manas Kouzina Kouzina
Literary meaning mom’s kitchen, Manas Kouzina Kouzina has given a modern twist to authentic Greek gastronomy serving exceptional flavors from all regions of Greece. From Corfian Pastitsada to “kleftiko” lamb from Sfakia in Crete and creamy rice pudding with mastic from Chios get ready for the most flavorsome journey of all times.
Aiolou 27, tel.no.: +30 210 3252335
Another Greek café-tavern serving the most delicious Greek recipes is Olympion at Mets. Follow the aroma coming from the youvarlakia meatball soup, the country pies and cabbage rolls and breathe in the essence of the Mediterranean.
Anapauseos 11, Mets, tel.no.: +30 210 9244388
Nestled in the heart of Exarxeia’s neighborhood, Mpouka is the meeting point for students and business men working nearby. From traditional “Pastitsio” baked pasta casserole to coq au vin, chicken soup, meatballs and steaks, your choices are endless.
Solomou 29, tel.no.: +30 210 3800365
Last but not least, Nikitas restaurant has been serving the neighborhood of Psyri with the most exceptional Greek recipes and mezedes since 1967. Try the wild greens, the beef skewers, the stuffed cannelloni or any of the daily specials at great prices.
Ag. Anargyron 19, Psyri, tel.no.: +30 210 3252591
Everywhere you turn in Athens, a gastronomic revelation awaits, so prepare your taste buds and get ready to savor the finest flavors of the legendary Greek cuisine straight from grandma’s kitchen.