If you are looking for some great places to eat in Plaka, Athens, we found them! Having traveled to Athens both in the fall of 2018 and 2019, we ate at many good places. The following were our favorites and we highly recommend them if you are looking for great Greek food. These are of course our opinions as we are not affiliated with any restaurants. Only one of these places was recommended to us, the rest we found just wandering around and following our noses!! I think all in all, there are many great places to eat in Plaka, Athens and it is very hard to choose.
The Old Tavern of Psara
This is the first restaurant we decided to eat at in the Plaka Neighborhood of Athens on our 2018 trip. Actually, the first restaurant we ate at in Greece as well. We enjoyed it so much we came back and ate here twice in 2019! The tavern dates back to 1898 when it first opened. This restaurant is located at the first large landing on the Steps of Plaka where many of the tables are sitting just aside the stairs. It is actually two buildings with a terrace in between. The first time we ate there it was raining so we ate inside and then we ate outside the other times. Either way, the service was excellent as was the food. We had our first taste of traditional Greek food and absolutely fell in love with Greek food. Check out their website by clicking here.
We found Adriano’s by chance and were glad we did. It was later at night and we had been wandering the streets and viewing the ancient sites at night. As we had been all over, we weren’t exactly sure where we were but figured our hotel was close and as we walked past here, we instantly became hungry and decided to eat and have a drink! Adriano’s was a very lively place with live music playing inside. We really loved the vibe here and the staff was very friendly and helped us with pronunciation of some of the Greek words we were attempting! Although we just ordered shareable foods, what we had was good.
Old Tavern of Stamatopoulus
We were in line at the Santorini Airport, chatting with some folks from New Jersey and they recommended this restaurant to us. We were glad they did as we really enjoyed eating here. The Old Tavern of Stamatopoulos was originally a grocery store that sold wine and opened in 1882! We sat on the terrace which overlooked the gardens with live music. I believe this was my favorite Moussaka! We also enjoyed the Saganaki, it was served with a different sauce than we have had. A first for us was the stuffed grape leaves. They were amazing! We enjoyed talking with our server, he gave us some interesting information on Greek spices and their use. You can check out their website by clicking here.
This fine dining experience we found again while wandering around the streets at night. They served Greek food with a bit of a flair. The ambiance was great and we really enjoyed chatting with the hostess. We ordered a cheese tray which was exceptional, very good cheese! The Moussaka had a very original twist to it and was very delicious. Steve ordered chicken souvlaki which was excellent. You can read more about Daphne’s on their website by clicking here.
Electra Palace Roof Garden Restaurant
We were staying at the Electra Palace and decided to eat at their restaurant. We really enjoyed it. The ambiance was great and we enjoyed a beautiful view of the Acropolis. The food was well presented and flavorful. We also had wonderful service. I would advise a reservation beforehand here, especially for the best tables with the Acropolis view.
Not a restaurant and not in Plaka but I decided to add this in as we went here many times! Located in the Monastiraki neighborhood, it was still in walking distance. We really liked this gelato, a lot. There were so many choices and it was so good! Definitely worth seeking out!
This is my last blog on Greece for 2019 trip. Follow me the next few weeks for posts on our Dec 22-24 trip to Charleston and Kiawah Island in North Carolina
Last year when we were in Athens we used the Rick Steves Pocket Athens guidebook and found a lot of useful information in it. There is also a pocket map.
This year we added Top 10 Athens (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) to help us plan and found it extremely helpful and organized. It includes top 10 places for restaurants, things to see, shopping, etc. It also divides into top 10 of each area. This is my favorite guide book. It does come with a pocket map.
We also bought an Athens Street Map which was more in-depth and very useful as we explored more areas on this trip.
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