If you are looking for some great places to eat in and around Plaka, Athens, we found them! Having traveled to Athens in the fall of 2018, 2019, and also 2021, we ate at many good places. The following were our favorites and we highly recommend them if you are looking for great Greek food. I have included our favorites and added one this year. I also included a map at the end for locations. These are of course our opinions as we are not affiliated with any restaurant. Two ofnthese places was recommended to us, the rest we found 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.
Karamanlidika tou Fani
This great choice was recommended to me by an Instagram friend in 2021. Located outside of the Plaka area on 1 Sokratous Street. It was a bit of a walk for us but definitely worth it. Based on recipes from the people of Karamania in Asia Minor, this restaurant uses century old recipes and flavorings following their traditions. The food here is unique, authentic and absolutely fantastic. We look forward to returning here! Check out their story on their website.
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, it is also 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 on 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 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 furthermore, absolutely fell in love with Greek food. Check out their website by clicking here.
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 in 2019. 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. All in all, 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. We ate here again in 2021, as a matter of fact, we ate here twice! You can check out their website by clicking here.
This fine dining experience we found in 2019, again while wandering around the streets at night. Daphne’s serves 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 also 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, especially for the best tables with the Acropolis view. Check out their website here!
Not a restaurant and not in Plaka but I decided to add this in as we went here many times all three years! Located in the Monastiraki neighborhood, it was still in walking distance. We really liked this gelato, a lot in fact we have probably had gelato here 6 times, so far. There were so many choices and it was so good! Definitely worth seeking out!
There are so many great places to eat in Plaka and the surrounding areas of Athens, Greece. These are our favorites. We can not wait to return in September 2022 and return to some of these and also find some new favorites!
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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