The 10 Best Restaurants In Akropolis And Thisio, Greece
In the heart of what was once the classical Greek world, Akropolis and Thisio has a wealth of history. Explore the history of this part of Athens then explore it through taste at these 10 amazing restaurants.
Acropolis Museum Restaurant Courtesy of Acropolis Museum. Photograph Giorgos Vitsaropoulos.
Acropolis Museum Restaurant
Cafe, Restaurant, Greek, $$$
Acropolis Museum Restaurant | Courtesy of Acropolis Museum. Photo Giorgos Vitsaropoulos.
The New Acropolis Museum, home to the cultural achievements of the Athenian Democracy and the Golden Age of Pericles, promises hours of basking in awe-inspiring art and history. The New Acropolis Museum Restaurant on the second floor complements the experience by offering a variety of traditional dishes. Dine with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis. Prices are mid-range, service is quick and staff members are pleasant. Don’t miss the chance to have a coffee, lunch or dinner with a view of a 2,500-year-old monument.
Situated in a two-floor neoclassical building, five minutes away from the new Acropolis Museum, MANHMANH introduces patrons to traditional Greek cuisine. It focuses on recipes from the area of Mani. Enjoy dishes like split pea pudding with pork siglino, small fried pies with kefalotiri cheese, beef meatballs with spicy yogurt sauce, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, all in an excellent location. Attesting to the excellence of MANHMANH is the New York Times and Taschen Books awards, branding it one of the 500 best restaurants in Europe.
God’s Restaurant, opposite the New Acropolis Museum is a go-to establishment for authentic Greek dishes. The atmosphere is friendly, the staff smiling and the food is more than delicious. There is also the option to check the food out in a display case prior to ordering, which is a traditional Greek restaurants’ custom. Try the fried feta cheese with honey and sesame, as well as coq au vin, which constitute some of the restaurant’s specialities.
Having dinner on Attikos Greek House‘s rooftop is an unforgettable experience. It gives patrons the impression of standing on the rocky cliff of the Acropolis itself, just a breath away from the historical monuments. There is also an amazing view of the whole city of Athens. The food is based on the traditional Greek kitchen, with some modern twists. The starters are mouthwatering, the salads are fresh and the meat comes perfectly grilled.
Strofi is one of the most historic restaurants in Athens, offering great tastes in the shadow of the sacred rock of the Acropolis for as many as 40 years. Many international celebrities have enjoyed the traditional Greek and Mediterranean fare here. The dishes served include octopus with olive oil and oregano, stuffed vine leaves with mince meat and rice and shrimps saganaki dressed in tomato sauce and feta cheese. Summer visitors of Athens can attend a performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and then enjoy dinner at Strofi nearby.
Dionysos is a fine-dining restaurant for special occasions, with a history of 40 years. Its excellent cuisine and view of the Acropolis are just some of the reasons why many Greeks and foreign visitors believe it may be the best restaurant in Athens. The romantic atmosphere offered by Dionysos is palpable. Additionally the staff is gracious and the prices comply with the quality. Reservations are recommended.
A three-storey neoclassical building in the shadow of the Parthenon, Sin Athina is open from early in the morning and offers coffee, drinks and a rich variety of Mediterranean dishes. The roof garden by night provides a magical view of the lighted Acropolis. Try the delicious cheese pie, burger with mustard and meat and the classic souvlaki. The latter is made of beef, kebab and pork meat.
Kuzina is an interesting spot to indulge in fresh, traditional and alternative Greek dishes in the heart of historic Athens. One of its advantages is its location. It is in a corner neoclassical building with a warm interior design and a wonderful view of the Acropolis. The pleasant lounge music, refreshing drinks and romantic atmosphere are the cherry on top. Try the set menu, which includes a fresh lettuce salad, pork in the oven and yogurt pie with ice cream as a dessert. Remember: the creations of the internationally known chef Aris Tsanaklides have impressed the Los Angeles Times and the BBC.
Walking around Thisio, the heart of touristy Athens, and finding a truly authentic Greek restaurant is no easy feat. A trusty tactic when it comes to discovering pure local treasures is to abide by the preferences of the locals who inevitably know better. And boy, do the locals swear by the traditional restaurant To Steki tou Ilia. Kyr Ilias, the owner of the tavern, offers the finest of Greek traditional cuisine, including Greek salad, tzatziki, meat balls, fried saganaki and lamb chops. They are all done in a very original way.
Abibayio is located in an old neoclassical building in Thisio and resembles a traditional Greek coffeehouse. Here you will have the chance to enjoy live Greek music nights and taste a wide variety of interesting options and traditional mezze. The restaurant offers an amalgam of special flavors from all around Greece. This includes aubergine salad from Agio Oros, Metsovone cheese and Florina peppers accompanied by tasty Greek local wines.