The Top 9 Restaurants In Koukaki, Athens

Ethel Dilouambaka

A central district now gaining much-deserved attention, Koukaki is a residential neighborhood that has been experiencing a boom for the past couple of years. Flanked by the Acropolis and tourist-packed Plaka on one side and low-key Petralona on the other side, Koukaki is an ideal place to wander around, discover small cafés and bistros, or simply experience Athens like the locals. Here is a roundup of the best restaurants and eateries in this hip district.

1. The Fabrica Of Euphrosinos

Restaurant, Greek, Vegetarian

This new hot spot is often overlooked by tourists but revered by locals. The Fabrica of Euphrosinos was established by George Gatsos and serves hearty dishes such as slow-cooked ribs, lamb pie, and veal chops along with vegetarian options. Gatsos’ wife, Athina Tsoli, is a hard-core oenologist who has her own label. The duo makes this small restaurant a lovely destination for traditional Greek cuisine with a twist.

2. Hops Beer and Burgers

Bar, Greek, Vegetarian, Pub Grub

Why choose between beer or burgers? At Hops, you can have both. Here, you will find a wide selection of tasty, juicy burgers and more than 30 beers. The menu features a new burger paired with a recommended beer, and vegetarians, know that you are not forgotten (the Portobello burger with truffle mayonnaise is to die for). Hops Beer and Burgers is an all-day bar that makes everyone happy.

3. ManiMani

Restaurant, Greek

This restaurant set in a minimalist setting is honoring traditional cuisine from the Mani Peninsula, in Peloponnese. No need to travel there (though you should), as you can sample everything the region has to offer here at ManiMani. For example, try the giouvetsi (beef in tomato sauce), the traditional Mani sausage with orange, or the bardouniotikos (rooster stewed with feta). Because of its location, ManiMani is an excellent oasis in which to take a break from the city.

5. Monsieur Barbu

Bar, Greek

Monsieur Barbu is a type of place all neighborhoods need. Perfect for drinks, snacks, brunch, lunch, and dinner, this all-day bar and restaurant serves top-notch burgers, delicious pasta (the tomato, feta cheese, and thyme pasta is simple yet a delight), and mouthwatering cocktails. Come by for lunch and you can be sure that you will end up having dinner there as well – no one will judge you.

6. Mikri Venetia

Mikri Venetia

Located in one of Koukaki’s pedestrian streets, Mikri Venetia (Small Venice) is a modern taverna/mezodopoleio. Characterized by modern Greek cuisine, Mikri Venetia serves a set menu, as well as daily dishes. The calamari risotto served with zucchini and basil is particularly tasty, while the cod ‘meatballs’ are a must-try. If the weather allows it, make sure to sit outside and watch the children play in front of the terrace. Here’s to a traditional taste of Athens.

Mikri Venetia, G. Olympiou 15, Athens, Greece, +30 21 3025 9158

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7. Kalamaki Bar

Restaurant, Greek

Kalamaki Bar is where you can get your fill of souvlaki, grilled meats (lamb, beef, chicken) on a stick served with pita bread. But vegetarians are welcome too with options such as halloumi cheese and portobello mushrooms on sticks, as well as homemade fries and a wide variety of fresh salads. This modern Greek joint is a refreshing alternative to the usual greasy souvlaki places.

8. Indian Chef

Restaurant, Indian

While this Indian restaurant may not technically be in Koukaki, it is so good that it deserves a spot on this list. Considered by many Indian tourists and locals as one of the most authentic Indian eateries in Athens, Indian Chef is conveniently located near Plaka with Hadrian’s Gate park nearby. The place serves traditional Indian dishes (including lamb korma and chicken madras) alongside mild and non-spicy options. Make sure to check out Indian Chef if you are in the area.

9. Rincon Mexicano

Rincon Mexicano

Don’t head to Rincon Mexicano if you are expecting Tex-Mex food. Rincon Mexicano serves real, traditional Mexican flavors. Owner and main chef Señora Ines prepares and cooks tamales from the heart as well as a plethora of small dishes. And though the menu may be limited in choice, it is definitely full of flavors – the chili con carne is spicy and tasty. They also make a mean margarita.

Rincon Mexicano, Dimitrakopoulou 5, Athens, Greece, +30 69 0544 0417

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