Bringing Paris to Athens
Housed in a former elementary school, a cozy bistro is ready to initiate you in the well hidden secrets of French gastronomy. Chez Violette is the closest you can get to the Parisian atmosphere in Athens with melodies which accompany your experience in the best possible way. Ideal for romantic moments, it brings French cuisine in your plate and the finest wine in your glass.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8pm-1am
Watch out for: the wonderful dessert specialties
Address & telephone number: Kallidromiou 69, Athens, +30 21 0384 5974
A Mexican fiesta
As you stroll through Nea Smirni, the scent of spices will lead you to the doors of this charming all-day Mexican restaurant. Amigos is committed to serve authentic Mexican recipes made with the finest ingredients and offered in generous portions. Choose a tequila-based cocktail to sip at the bar, order some fajitas, tacos or burritos and let the power of imagination take you on another vacation.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-1.30am
Watch out for: the legendary Wednesday salsa nights and the frequent theme parties
Address & telephone number: Megalou Alexandrou 70, Nea Smirni, Athens, +30 210 9332220
What happens when an abandoned garage with high ceilings meets amazing colorful decoration? The answer is Bollywood: an absolute Indian oasis. Combining both classic and revisited traditional Indian recipes, familiar cocktails with an Indian twist at the bar, a unique musical blend on the decks, outstanding service and warmth, it invites you to explore a complex spicy world which will surely awaken all of your senses.
Opening hours: Sun 2pm-2am, Wed-Thu 7pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am
Watch out for: the delicious tikka masala and naan bread
Address & telephone number: Elasidon 29, Gazi, Athens, +30 210 3450041
More than a simple sushi bar, this lovely spot is also well known for its fusion cuisine. Meaning family in Japanese,Kazoku presents a menu ideal for sharing. After you grab your chopsticks and feast on the flavorful fare, there is no way that you won’t return again.
Watch out for: the New Age ambiance
Address & telephone number: Kyprou 59, Glyfada, Athens, +30 210 8944549
Exceptional food, unparalleled hospitality
Situated in a charming neighborhood filled with history, a pleasant surprise lies among the numerous fish restaurants. With specific ingredients coming directly from Thailand and the friendliest passionate staff, Rouan Thai creates genuine Asian dishes in combinations which guarantee gastronomical pleasure.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat-Sun 2pm-12am
Watch out for: the homemade starters and purple decoration
Address & telephone number: Notara 131, Piraeus, Athens, +30 21 0429 4494
Exotic flavors in the center of Athens
A Korean and Japanese journey begins in the heart of the city where a casual spot serves a rich variety of tasty choices. Dosirak is a powerful combination of tradition and modernity and a real treasure for lovers of East Asian cuisine. Surrender yourself to the exotic delicacies which will amaze you in every bite.
Price: Fine dining
Watch out for: the sashimi
Address & telephone number: Voulis 33, Syntagma, Athens, +30 210 3233330
A hidden gem
A family-run restaurant serving dishes that delicately balances Chinese and Vietnamese flavors is not easily found in cities like Athens. That’s not the case for Chau’s, the family-run place located on a silent side street whose complex delights and cheerful service will definitely not disappoint you.
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-12.30am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12.30am
Watch out for: the spring rolls
Address & telephone number: Agiou Konstantinou 66, Ilioupoli, Athens, +30 210 9736500
By Maria Menegaki