Orange Explotion, one of the many innovative dishes you can find at Funky Gourmet, in Metaxourgeio. | Courtesy of Funky Gourmet
Metaxourgeio may be off the beaten track for tourists, but for locals, it is a residential neighborhood that has been enjoying a come-back in the bar and food scene. While some parts of it may not be the most pleasant (try to stay off dark corners at night, especially if you are on your own), this gritty district boasts a wide range of restaurants, as well as bars to discover. Here are some of the best restaurants in Metaxourgeio, Athens.
Tamarind Thai Kitchen
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
Have some delicious Thai food at Tamarind Thai Kitchen, Athens | Courtesy of Tamarind Thai Kitchen
Located opposite Avdi Square, in the heart of Metaxourgeio, Tamarind Thai Kitchen is the ideal spot for dinner with friends or a romantic dinner with your S.O. in Athens. Offering delicious Thai cuisine in an exotic environment, Tamarind has managed to established itself as one of the top Thai places in Athens, and also putting Metaxourgeio on the map. Pair your meal with a delicious and refreshing cocktail on the terrace and get a feel for the neighborhood.
Aleria restaurant courtyard, Athens | Courtesy of Aleria Restaurant
Aleria is one of those few gastronomic gems that will leave you begging for more. Housed in neoclassical building, Aleria serves a modern and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. You will love the menu, which includes culinary delights, such as tasty pork cheeks or sautéed squid. The wine and cocktail lists are progressive and feature excellent options like Rapsani or Robola wine. Opt for a tasting menu to discover a range of dishes or choose an à la carte option. The wine list is an excellent opportunity to sample small Greek wine producers.
To Avgo Tou Kokkara's façade in Metaxourgio | Courtesy of To Avgo Tou Kokkara
For a traditional Greek feast, head to To Avgo Tou Kokkora (the Rooster’s Egg). This Greek taverna is set in an old building with a little courtyard on the Avdi Square. The menu includes Greek fare with a contemporary twist. You will certainly enjoy the usual moussaka and Greek salad, but we recommend you give the rooster with Cretan pasta or the soutzoukakia with rice (meatballs in a yummy tomato sauce) a chance. The house wine or Greek labels are perfect for washing it all down.
Seychelles may have an exotic name, but it is definitely Greek food that you will taste there. Owned by two young people, Anna and Fotis, Seychelles is now a must-visit restaurant thanks to its delicious and refreshingly creative dishes, made with ingredients from around the country. Besides the usual suspects, the menu features a few surprises worth trying, such as the smoked swordfish. Thanks to its laid-back charm, Seychelles is undeniably a one place where you could spend hours, even after you are done with your food.
Transforming an old garage place into a Hawaiian hotspot, The Big Kahuna is one of the top places in Athens to go for burgers with big flavors! Established by two friends, Stephanos Stefanidis and Dimitris Ballian, The Big Kahuna serves Caribbean-influenced cuisine, which are principally burgers, although you will find other delicious foods, such as fried chicken, Hawaiian poke salads as well as barbecued steaks. Cocktails are equally delicious and we are sure you will love taking selfies in this Instagram-worthy location.
Funky Gourmet, in Metaxourgio | Courtesy of Funky Gourmet
While you are exploring Metaxourgeio you should definitely pop by Funky Gourmet, a Michelin-starred restaurant that excels with its well-crafted cuisine. Yes, Funky Gourmet is one ofMetaxourgeio’s many assets. Boasting a minimalist décor in a neoclassical building, it is certainly one of the main reasons why the area is enjoying a renaissance. Book a table in advance and get ready to experience the savoir-faire and expertise of chefs Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos.
Sneak peak of Rakor, in Metaxourgeio, Athens | Courtesy of Rakor
The ideal spot to enjoy an afternoon with friends, Rakor is one of those places where you start with coffee, continue with a few portions of mezes and roll into more food and ouzo. This cool eatery, features creative Greek fare with always a little surprise that even locals are crazy for. While you may not spot a lot of tourists in the area, we guarantee you will love Rakor’s atmosphere, its delicious food and its regulars. The neighboring area includes a few fantastic examples of neoclassical architecture, so you may want to have a digestive walk around the area after your meal. You won’t be disappointed.