The Top Restaurants In Plaka, Athens

Streets of Plaka, Athens, Greece
Streets of Plaka, Athens, Greece | Photo by Despina Galani on Unsplash
Evangelos Tsirmpas

Plaka attracts millions of tourists every year . Wandering around Plaka, a picturesque neighborhood of the old city of Athens, is a unique experience. Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in Plaka, satisfying your appetite with some delicious traditional and modern Greek dishes.

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Plaka, Athens, Greece

2Mazi

2Mazi is a restaurant capturing the essence of classical Greek cuisine. Enjoy fresh salads, goats’ cheese with marmalade, perfectly cooked fish from the Greek seas, as well as amazing tarts for desert. Excellent flavors, a modern interior and reasonable prices make this one of the best meals you’ll have in Athens.

Ydria

Pastitsio dish

Ydria‘ comes from ‘ydor‘, which means water in ancient Greek. The name of the restaurant invites you to taste some delicious seafood in a lovely setting, a refreshing spacious garden (divided into smoking and non-smoking zones) in the heart of the touristy district. You should also try the traditional moussaka, pastitsio and souvlaki accompanied with a variety of drinks, from beer and wine to ouzo. The service is friendly and sufficient and the prices are reasonable.

Mono

The menu at MONO centres around seasonal and organic ingredients

Mono has several highly recommended dishes, including risottos, sauteed salmon and calf’s liver with stuffed potatoes. Just a minute away from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, this restaurant is a must-try.

Avocado

This restaurant is a must for vegetarians. Avocado offers creative dishes like pizzas, salads and burgers made of vegetables, as well as tasty fruit and vegetable juices. Here you’ll find tasty and healthy meals in a friendly environment at reasonable prices.

Esperides

In the heart of Plaka, Mnisikleous Street, you will find a tastefully decorated place offering coffee, pastries and a wide variety of meals and appetizers, along with beers, wines, cocktails and all kinds of spirits. The terrace of Esperides Restaurant offers a fascinating view of the Acropolis.

Glykys

This small restaurant is located in an old narrow street in Plaka, with a beautiful garden and a nicely decorated interior. Enjoy a variety of traditional, freshly cooked Greek dishes accompanied with a glass of ouzo. Must-try dishes include the ‘politiki‘ salad; scrambled eggs with tomato sauce and sausage (the famous dish from Mani called ‘kagianas‘); and hazelnut pie for desert.

Daphne’s Restaurant

Daphne’s

One of the most famous Athenian restaurants, Daphne’s is a favorite spot for politicians, artists and celebrities in general, who visit Plaka and want to taste its traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Try seafood including squid, octopus and shrimps for appetizers and then taste the famous moussakas, as well as rabbit in sweet wine and lamb fricassee. The tasty desserts, like galaktoboureko with kaimaki ice cream, and the exclusively Greek local wines will complete this unique culinary experience.

Bakaliarakia

This traditional Greek tavern, with a history of more than 150 years, is the oldest tavern in Athens and one of the most authentic remnants of another era in Plaka, a place being violently modernized and transformed in order to cope with the growing touristic needs. The menu focuses on the essentials of the traditional Greek kitchen.

To Kafeneio

This traditional restaurant is located in a picturesque narrow street in Plaka, ideal for a warm summer noon in Athens. To Kafeneio offers a rich variety of dishes and mezes at low prices. Among the best dishes are the meatballs with sauce, bekri meze and tourloumpouki.

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