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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.
Guarantee is the place that made sandwiches fashionable back in the day. Celebrating 27 years of service, this spot still serves delicious and tasty sandwiches, known in the neighborhood and beyond. Make your selection among the charcuteries and other garnishes, but make sure to order the fresh squeezed orange juice – it’s delicious.
Guarantee, Veikou 41, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0922 6924
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