A gyros (pronounced yee-ros) is a wrap sandwich made with meat cooked on a rotating rotisserie. This all-time favorite meal-on-the-go is a staple of Greek cuisine and includes a variety of fillings like pork, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options. Here are the top places to eat gyros in Athens, Greece.
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Inside Bairaktaris restaurant, in Monastiraki | Courtesy of Taverna Bairaktaris
Located on Monastiraki Square, behind the church, Bairaktaris has been around since the late 19th century. It serves a variety of dishes, including gyros. With attention to quality, the owner personally handpicks the main ingredients. Perfect for a quick lunch on the go, Bairaktaris is a great spot for enjoying some delicious gyro.
Located on Irinis Square, O Kostas hardly needs an introduction to locals. This well-loved souvlatzidiko has served delicious souvlakia and gyros since the 1980s. O Kostas is known around Athens for its fresh meat prepared in the morning, following a family tradition, and its red tomato sauce, which includes a pinch of hot pepper. The spot is quite popular so we highly recommend visiting early, as O Kostas closes when they run out of meat.
Savvas establishment, which includes a restaurant and a rooftop bar, on Ermou street, Athens | Courtesy of Savvas Restaurant
This family business started in 1922 in the town of Palia Kokkinia before relocating to Athens. It is conveniently located on Monastiraki Square, opposite the church, and has enjoyed such success that it’s opened a branch on Ermou Street, less than 300 meters away, with an all-day restaurant and rooftop bar.
Tylixto Greek Wrap's selection of souvlaki | Courtesy of Tylixto Greek Wrap
The latest addition to the souvlaki and gyros scene in Athens, Tylixto Greek Wrap is located on Aiolou Street. Tylixto focuses on fresh meats and quality ingredients. This hotspot is simple and perfect for a quick lunch.
Amanita gyros, with oyster mushrooms instead of meat | Courtesy of Amanita Grill
Vegans, don’t think we have forgotten you. There is actually a vegan grill house where you can enjoy gyros sans meat. Amanita, in Exarcheia, uses mushrooms from organic growers. Further, Amanita has adopted a zero-waste approach, and their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable. Amanita has a special place in our hearts.
Tucked away in Plaka, very close to Syntagma, Kostas is one of the best places for gyros in Athens. Not to be confused with the other Kostas by Irinis Square, this Kostas is located on Penteli Street and has been around for over 60 years. Don’t expect anything fancy or hip here; Kostas’ success resides in the freshness of its ingredients, with the delicious taste of the meat shining through. The daily queue confirms why Kostas is such a big deal.