O Kostas is located behind the former Ministry of Education building. In business since 1950, and despite the various changes of locations, the place still serves the same winning menu items it always has. If you feel like visiting, try to drop by before lunch to avoid the long lines, and make sure to visit before 3 p.m. as the venue closes when they run out of meat.
O Kostas, Pentelis 5, Syntagma, Athens, Greece, +30 210 3228 502
Operating since 1963, Livadia is a souvlatzidiko known for its tasty pork souvlaki and the fact that you can get your fill of bread while enjoying your flavorful meal. While it may not necessarily be good for those on a low-carb diet, it is one of the best spots to get your kalamaki fix if you are near Kaningos Square.
Livadia, Kanigos Square 2-4, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0382 5760
Elvis is the place to go for souvlaki should you find yourself in Gazi or the surrounding area. Offering a simple but quality menu, Elvis serves delicious French fries and light (yes, light) pitas with a choice of chicken or pork souvlaki, sausages or kebab meat served directly on the skewer. Order some raki to wash it all down, and you’re set to go party afterward.
Elvis, Plataion 29, Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0345 5836
If you are in Syntagma but Kostas is closed, don’t worry as Meatropoleos 3 is the perfect plan B. Serving a mean souvlaki with a vast variety of options, you can still find the usual souvlaki suspects, with beef and turkey patties as well. But if your visit downtown has left you famished, order a steak or a larger portion of souvlaki, along with a creative salad.
Meatropoleos 3, Mitropoleos 3, Syntagma, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0324 1805