Prepare your palate: Athens has reinvented itself, with a flourishing food scene to boot. Here are 5 must-visit restaurants to taste test, says Juliet Kinsman.
Vegetarian Sydneysiders no longer have to leave their hankering for healthy smoothies or fruity salads at home – the organic, local and seasonal movement has landed in Athens, and this café is its mothership.
Nikis 30, Syntagma
The name of this could-be-in-Manhattan cutie applies to the stars of the menu: deep-fried doughnut balls steeped in honey and cinnamon, which pair perfectly with a cup of local Taf coffee.
21 Eolou, Monastiraki
Chef/owner Argiro Barbarigou is praised for her cookbooks and TV appearances, but she can still be found here finessing the fresh, full Greek flavours in the kitchen of this contemporary taverna in upscale Kolonaki. Grouper with a lemon-egg sauce? This dame knows how to make seafood sing.
47 Voukourestiou & 15 Fokilidou
Head to this little beauty tucked away in a side street not far from central Syntagma and be prepared to be surprised by the quality of the homegrown vintages available.
Live bands, inspired cocktails and a glorious little garden make this vibrant venue, fashioned from four separate bars, a favourite with folks in the know.
6–8 Avramiotou, Monastiraki
Insider’s top: Cash is king over credit cards in this town.