The Best Brunch And Breakfast Spots In Plaka, Athens

Photo of Evangelos Tsirmpas
8 October 2016

Plaka sits on the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and is one of the most historical neighborhoods of Athens. There are plenty of great brunch and breakfast spots hidden in its labyrinthine streets to start your day well; we pick some of the best in this lively area of the Greek capital.

Plaka, Athens | © Dimitris Graffin/Flickr


Restaurant, Greek, $$$
Pastitsio dish
Pastitsio dish | Courtesy of Ydria Restaurant
Ydria is a classic Greek restaurant located on Andrianou street, in the heart of Plaka, and offers a view of the Roman Agora. Open from early in the morning, it serves breakfast from 7am until noon. Chef Giannis Fotakis creates amazing dishes, including freshly cut salads and traditional Greek pies for brunch or a light lunch.


Bistro, Cafe, Mediterranean, Dessert, Greek, $$$
Yiasemi is much more than just a traditional local cafe; located on the narrow steps of Mnisikleous street it is a favorite with leading actors from Greek movies who come to enjoy their coffee here (as the numerous photos on the walls attest). Visit it in the morning to enjoy delicious spoon sweets accompanied by genuine Greek coffee and you won’t regret it.
Yiasemi, 23 Mnisikleous street, Plaka, Greece,


Cafe, Greek, Pub Grub, $$$
Kimolia interior space
Kimolia interior space | Courtesy of Kimolia
Κimolia is located in a neoclassical building in Plaka. Its owners, two painters and one musician, have created this art cafe with special care, aiming to create a cultural cell that hosts painting and photography exhibitions, various workshops, book presentations and acoustic live music shows. Visit this small and charming local haunt to enjoy some great morning coffee accompanied by a variety of homemade sweets.


Cafe, Restaurant, Greek, $$$
Anafiotika is a tiny settlement that you wouldn’t imagine existing under the dominant rock of the Acropolis, And within the clutch of small white houses and their colorful gardens it has a great cafe-restaurant, Here you can enjoy strong Greek coffee, as well as incredible Greek and international sweet delicacies, from apple pie and cheesecake to baklavaand ravani.

Cafe Avissinia

Cafe, Market, Restaurant, Greek, $$$
Cafe Avinissia
Cafe Avissinia in Athens | © Cafe Avissinia
Cafe Avissinia is an award-winning cafe-restaurant, with warm and colorful interior design, located in the square, right next to the crowded flea market. Open from early in the morning, you can visit it for a delicious breakfast in an elegant atmosphere.

Smile Athens

Restaurant, Pastelaria, Greek, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pastries
Smile restaurant is a vegan/vegetarian friendly place with tasty and budget-friendly breakfast options. Here you can enjoy an omelet, pastries and delicious local pies, all just a breath away from the Acropolis and at reasonable prices.

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