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.
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
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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