Located near Syntagma Square, Doris is one of Athens’ oldest restaurants that will offer you a traditional culinary experience with a laid-back ambiance. It is a hole-in-the-wall sort of place where you can find simple, quality Greek fare. Everything is homemade from scratch, and ingredients are well sourced. Here, you will find menu items like herring, stuffed grape leaves, tarama, and roasted eggplant. The staff is old-school (they dress in white collars and bow ties) but also very friendly. They also have air conditioning in the summertime, a major plus when things heat up. It is a quiet place that is frequented mostly by locals rather than tourists.
Doris, Praxitelous 30, Athens, Greece, +30 210 323 2671
Taverna Sigalas is a kitsch Greek tavern located in an old building in the Plaka district. For one hundred years, the same family has been running this place. Clad in blue and white paint, the interior is filled with old photos of Greek movie stars, and the air is filled with the sound of old Greek ballads and sometimes even a live accordion player. As for the food, you will find tasty stews, gyros, and other Greek homemade delights. Taverna Sigalas stays crowded throughout the day with Greek families and locals (some of whom love to sing along to the music), despite its central location and proximity to the subway.
Taverna Sigalas, 2 Plateia, Athens, Greece, +30 210 321 3036
Damigos is a family-run restaurant located in a basement, equipped with a squat wood stove and a large old stone pillar at the center. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on a cool day because the atmosphere is quite cozy. Another old-school trademark of Damigos is that the wine is still stored in large barrels, which you can see from the dining area. The wine itself has been made on the family’s vineyards since 1835. The menu features stews, traditional Greek salads with feta, codfish, roasted veggies and fresh breads, all at reasonable prices.
Damigos, Kidathineon 41, Athens, Greece, +30 210 322 5084
To Kafeneio is a traditional Greek coffee house located in a building that is over 400 years old on the historical Epicharmou street in the Plaka district. This place specializes in coffee, snacks, tapas, and desserts. Some popular items include meatballs, fried zucchini, panacotta of costis, eggplant salad, and marinated olives. In addition to this, To Kafeneio also ages wines in barrels in their cellar. The ceiling features glow-in-the-dark constellations from Greek astrology as an ode to their ancestors. The interior is rustic with wooden chairs, exposed brick walls, lace curtains, and wrought iron windows.
To Kafeneio, Epicharmou 1, Athens, Greece, +30 210 324 6916