Whether your plan is to wander around Athens
‘ ancient monuments or along the shady narrow streets of Greece
‘s capital city, start the day with a good breakfast. Here are the best places to stop for a morning meal or a light bite.
Restaurant, North American, $$$
A popular and trendy haunt in the heart of Athens, Mama Roux has tables on the pedestrian street of Aiolou, near Agia Irene Square. Sunday brunch includes Eggs Benedict, muffins, bagels, omelets, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and burgers, all served quickly by friendly staff. The portions are large, but there is an option to have half portion dishes if you ask.
48 Aiolou Street, Athens, Greece, +30 21 3004 8382
Rakkan is the only restaurant in Athens that serves Japanese brunch every Sunday, and it does it well. Located in the classy district of Kifissia, it is open from early until late, when it then becomes a bar. Even if you’re not familiar with Japanese cuisine, you’ll love the delicious brunch options, which include the great Musabetsu Τomago (scrambled eggs with salmon and rice), rice omelet Omuraisu, the small burgers and the chocolate brownies.
238 Kiffisias Avenue, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0808 7941
New York Sandwiches
A bit of New York aura finds its way to Ampelokipoi where diner New York Sandwiches offers smiling staff serving French toast, Eggs Benedict, American pancakes (the praline pancake is particularly good), bagels with various fillings, burgers, salads and, of course, New York cheesecake for dessert. Wash down with strong filter coffee, a fresh juice or a Bloody Mary.
3 Sinopis street, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0777 8475
Momo is located in the area of Kallithea and open for brunch every Sunday from 12 am. The menu is varied; try the sandwiches, the tasty hot dogs, paella and the burgers, all enjoyed in the industrial-style interior or in the garden in spring and summer.
96 Sapfous street, Kallithea, Greece, +30 210 9562300
The Handlebar is the first Cycling Cafe in Greece, established a few years ago by a group of cycling fanatics. Located in the neighborhood of Psirri, the cafe has a friendly atmosphere and contemporary decor with retro, street and pop elements. The (British-born) concept is that while you wait for your bike to get repaired, you can enjoy a tasty English breakfast. The cafe also hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year.
8 Melanthiou street, Psirri, Greece, +30 21 1409 3002
Bel Ray is a corner snack bar in Koukaki that offers a great Sunday brunch with comfort food choices that include Croque Madame with smoked ham, tomato and Swiss cheese, pancakes, vegetable tarts and French onion soup. There is also a menu of delicious freshly squeezed juices and amazing cocktails for later in the day. 88 Falirou & G. Georgiou street, Koukaki, Greece, +30 21 3032 6450
Black Duck Garden
Located in the Karitsi neighborhood, Black Duck Garden is a classy European-style retro cafe-bar-restaurant full of original art. Its brunch options include a variety of sandwiches, omelets and sweet delicacies, from orange and apple pie to chocolate souffle and millefeuille. It also hosts artistic exhibitions, theatrical performances and live DJ set nights.
5 Paparigopoulou Ioannou street, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0325 2396
Friendly chef, George Gerardos creates delicious brunch options based on the Greek culinary tradition here at this small, hospitable place in Kallithea. Try the wonderful kagianas (scrambled eggs with sausage), the pancakes with strawberries or honeyed bacon and sandwiches piled high with local Greek ingredients.
96 Evangelistrias street, Kallithea, Greece, +30 21 3027 1631
Harvest Coffee & Wine
A wine bar-restaurant based on the Spanish culinary tradition, this is a small rustic joint with a friendly atmosphere. Harvest’s brunch is served every day from 9 am until 7:30 pm and is a great way to start the day with a
wide range of eggs (try the huevo de corral eggs) and pancakes filled with sweet and savory treats.
Evripidou street, Athens, Greece, +30 21 3025 2284
Acropolis Museum Restaurant
Located on the rooftop of the Acropolis Museum this restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the archaeological site as well as a great brunch menu. Thessaloniki bagels with graviera cheese, fresh milk with oats and currants, pancakes with syrup and tahini, fried eggs with syglino sausage from Mani and milk pie are just some of the Greek breakfast options.
15 Dionisiou Aeropagitou street, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0900 0900