Athens is one of the world’s greatest cities thanks to its history, architecture, and the inspiration it has given to countless poets, painters and novelists, from Lord Byron to Lawrence Durrell. Although Greek fare is not perhaps thought of as one of the world’s great cuisines in the same way as French or Italian, the contemporary restaurant scene in Greece’s capital is thriving. Here are ten of the best restaurants in Athens.
Oroscopo is located in the heart of Athens’ hotel and shopping district. Situated next to the prestigious Divani Caravel and near to the Hilton, Golden Age and Crowne Plaza hotels, Oroscopo is ideal for dinner before a lazy stroll back to your hotel. It is also close to the National Gallery, the Benaki Museum and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, so is perfect spot for art lovers to visit after a day spent exploring the works of art. You can sit out on the terrace, dining al fresco and watching the world go by in Caravel Square, or take a table inside. The cuisine is classic Greek, with one particular specialty being ladorignani, a traditional Greek dish of oven-baked lamb with lemon and fresh oregano.
Oroscopo, Antinoros 42, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0723 8567
Strofi has been serving high quality cuisine since 1975 and is located in the shadow of the Acropolis, with a terraced area that enables diners to gaze out at the Parthenon, one of the greatest historical sites in the world. The menu is classic Greek with a touch of international influence. Starters to watch out for include octopus with olives, feta cheese with eggplant or with honey and sesame, marinated anchovies, and tzatziki yoghurt with cucumber and garlic. Entrée courses include rooster cooked in wine, lamb with rosemary, kid goat with tomato and thyme, and lamb served with vine leaves stuffed with cheese.
Strofi, Rovertou Galli, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0921 4130
The Chocolat Royal is located in the center of Athens, close to the National Observatory and wonderful ancient monuments such as the Temple of Hephaestus, the Ancient Agora of Athens and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. From the dining room of the Chocolat Royal you can sit back and marvel at the towering heights of Lycabettus Hill and look out at the Acropolis. It is the perfect location for a lazy late afternoon lunch. The dishes on the menu keep things simple – you can opt for honey roasted pork with rosemary, and mixed vegetable salad with gruyere cheese from Crete.
Chocolat Royal, Apostolou Pavlou, Athens, +30 21 0346 9077
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