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Earthy, freshly picked greens, salty feta, and succulent fish are staples in the Greek diet. The country’s cuisine, which is dominated by the use of olive oil and fresh vegetables, is widely considered as one of the healthiest in the world. Make the most of your next meal in Greece by dining at one of the country’s most historical restaurants.
One of Athens’ oldest restaurants, Strofi is located just under the Acropolis, which according to UNESCO World Heritage is the most complete ancient Greek monument that still exists today. Strofi has become a landmark eatery in Athens, known for its fantastic traditional Mediterranean cuisine, pleasant ambiance, and extraordinary view. Guests have included celebrities coming in for a relaxing meal after a performance at the Theatre of Herodes Atticus. For an entrée, try the goat cooked with gruyère, fresh tomatoes, and potatoes; or the lamb wrapped in vine leaves stuffed with feta cheese and gruyère served with boiled vegetables and potatoes.
This traditional tavern is conveniently located in the heart of Plaka, an ancient town of Athens historically known as the ‘Neighborhood of the Gods.’ Zorbas Tavern is located under the Acropolis, and it is internationally acclaimed for serving traditional Greek meals like veal casserole, stamnas, and lamb zorbas as well as fine wines. Enjoy live music performed on guitar and bouzouki at weekends.
Zorbas Tavern, 15, Lissiou Str. and Erehtheos, Plaka, Athens, Greece, +30 210 3226188
This family-owned, traditional tavern has been running since 1864. The restaurant is located on one of the twisting streets of Plaka, in the shadow of the Acropolis. The interior is cozy, and boasts the restaurant’s trademark: an authentic, ancient column. Come to Damigosfor the specialty dish of deep-fried, fresh cod. The restaurant’s old-world atmosphere has not changed much since it opened over a century ago. The wine is still stored in massive barrels, visible from the dining area.
Platatnos Taverna has a long and riveting history as one of Athens’ oldest restaurants. The tavern has been highly praised for its unique atmosphere and its mouth-watering authentic Greek cuisine. The pastel pink and blue building opened its doors in 1932 on a quiet pedestrian street lined with shady plane trees, and it was immediately a hit among artists, writers, and poets of the day. Enjoy fresh, authentic grilled meats or fresh fish on the scenic outdoor patio.
The Delphi is one of the oldest restaurants in Athens’ Plaka area, named after the Greek ruins where the ancient civilization worshiped Apollo. The restaurant is small and cozy with a simple, wooden exterior. The kitchen serves nearly any Greek specialties you could think of, from freshly made Greek salads to fricassees, stewed or fried meat in a white sauce, and the food can be eaten in the restaurant if you can find a space or ordered to-go.
Rakadiko Stoa Kouvelou was created by Achilleas Kouvelos in 1890, and before it was used as a restaurant, used to be an inn. The upper floors were historically used as rented rooms, and on the ground floor guests could receive wine while their horses rested. The current building is still made of the original stone and old tiles from the 1900s. Today, the restaurant serves traditional meze plates (appetizers) and entrées made with local produce, and you can find the traditional Greek sweet loukouma, a pastry of deep-fried dough soaked in syrup, chocolate, or honey, in the loukouma shop.