The Top 10 Restaurants In Plaka, Athens

Photo of Evangelos Tsirmpas
9 February 2017

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.

Typical Plaka Street | © JFKennedy/WikiCommons


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.


Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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Pastitsio dish
Pastitsio dish | Courtesy of Ydria Restaurant
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.


This wonderful cafe-restaurant takes your mind and soul on a journey through time, bringing you to the Athens of some decades before, when everything was slower paced, more beautiful and even tastier. The desserts, like galaktoboureko and apple pie with cinnamon, are fresh and delicious, as well as the amazing sweet and salty crepes.


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.


Restaurant, Greek, Coffee, Pastries
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Mono dish
Mono dish | Courtesy of Mono Restaurant
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.


Restaurant, Greek
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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

Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Dessert, $$$
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Daphne's | Courtesy of Daphne's Restaurant
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.


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.

Bakaliarakia, 41 Kidathinaion Street, Plaka, Athens, Greece, +30 2103225084

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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