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Out in Athens - Where to Eat, Drink & Party

Published on 15th March 2024

Athens is home to some of the world’s best restaurants and bars, from cozy family-style taverns to world-class cocktail bars. The city is big, sprawling, and chaotic and as you explore our recommendations you’ll notice a mix of vibes and aesthetics Athens has to offer. 

Luckily, Safestay Athens Monastiraki’s central location allows you to be within arms reach of all the most highly regarded and awarded establishments. So strap in your togas and get ready for the culinary ride of your life! 

Avli

If you want to experience an authentic Greek homey eatery. No frills, fuss, and fluff grab your map to find Avli. Nestled behind a nondescript door Avli is a favourite among the locals and tourists alike. It’s a humble Greek taverna with a short menu of traditional dishes, cooked over a gas stove. Tables are covered in bright oilcloth and squeezed into a secret yard behind a graffiti-lines door in Psirri. 

Image credits: @santorinidave 

With dingy tables, and crammed chairs with people of all ages – older local uncles and aunts among cultural travelers you will find this restaurant to be the highlight of your stay in Athens. A tip from us will be to try their spicy cheese dip, mixed plate, and wine that costs €1.50.

Yiasemi 

Located in the iconic Plaka district this albeit touristy but still worthy bistro is a sight for sore eyes. Vegan and vegetarian options, a cozy atmosphere, beautiful views from the roof, and traditional food and drinks will make an unforgettable impression on you. 

Photo credits: Yiasemi

The narrow street, moody lights, and traditional food will make you feel right at home with Greece’s centuries-old history and transport you into a time of epic romance, whether you’re on a romantic getaway or a girls’ trip. We recommend diving right into the traditional cuisine and trying their specialties – heavenly fluffy portokalopota with kaimaki ice cream washed down with their local rakomelo

ANÄNA Coffee | Food

A favorite among local youth addicted to iced lattes, modern design, and vegetarian dishes is of course ANÄNA Coffee | Food. The cafe prides itself on its impeccable coffee offerings fit for a true roast master. 

Photo Credits: Kinto Europe

Nestled in the corner of an old building the cafe has outside seating, a beautiful patio, and an interior worth a million Instagram pics. Luckily for you, it’s only a short 7-minute walk away from Safestay Athens Monastiraki, so you cannot miss it. It’s also worth checking out their shop which offers a collection of tote bags, notebooks, and handmade granola!

To Treno sto Rouf

At first glance it may seem we recommend you to go to a theatre or to pack your bags and travel by train – but don’t worry, the multicultural venue of To Treno sto Rouf seamlessly combines an experience of art with food. 

Photo Credits: To Treno sto Rouf

This restaurant and bar is located inside a railway carriage wagon and is one of the most unique ways of enjoying a night out in Athens. There are two setbacks – you must book in advance, and the restaurants appear to be on a pricier side compared to other establishments. However, that should not discourage you from booking a table to get a drink or two and get away from the crowded city centre to enjoy everything Athens has to offer. 

The Little Kook

You may call it cliche, or tourist trap, but honestly, how can we not mention The Little Kook?

Some other words to describe this dessert cafe are eccentric, colourful, fun, eclectic, and unforgettable. If you don’t come here for a top-tier coffee or cakes, no one cares, because you HAVE TO check this place out. 

Photo Credits: myveggietravels

You may not be able to see it here but everything in this place is a decoration. Kitschy tables, desserts in the shape of Cinderella shoes, servers dressed in costumes – you’ll be transported into the world of Alice in Wonderland and somehow feel right at home! That’s the magic of The Little Kook.

Behold the man  

Located in the edgy, alternative, and one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens on Exarchion Square is the team behind one of the coolest open spaces. Behold the man is not just a cafe, it’s a lifestyle for locals. Introduced as an “ideospace” the place offers skillfully brewed coffees, workshops, t-shirts, DJ sets, free space for work, and most importantly radical acceptance.

Image credits:  GEORGE FIORAKIS 

Aesthetics are taken from the architectural lines, the colours of the Bauhaus, and the walls of Athens the team at Behold the Man has made sure to keep their prices low (you will pay the same whether you sit down or take the coffee in hand) and the spaces are offered for work to all those who cannot have an office. It’s a yes yes and yes from us! 

Upupa Epops

The multi-awarded all-day Cocktail Bar in the heart of Athens stands out with its range of offerings. During the day Upupa Epops excites its guests with a mouth-watering brunch menu and desserts, and by night transforms into an atmospheric cocktail bar. 

Photo credits: Upupa Epops

The cool and hip design, and plenty of events from DJ sets, to comedy nights and world-class guest bartenders all contribute to creating a night you won’t forget unless you have too many of their infamous innovative cocktails. 

Contrabando

Located in the bustling part of town Contrabando is where you go to have tick off all the boxes for a perfect night out. Delicious cocktails? Check! Interior design to blow your socks off? Check! Sweetest staff? Check! Non-stop hits? Check! A night to remember? Check Check Check!!! 

Photo credits: Giorgos Xanthinakis/LIFO

There’s not much more to say, except that with great expectations come long queues, so make sure to wear semi-comfortable shoes and have fun!

Baba au Rum

Hear us out! No really listen. You may think this place is too fancy or posh for your taste since Baba au Rum is ranked 25 on the world’s best bars. But, and it’s a big but you won’t feel even remotely out of place if all you want to do is to taste some delicious cocktails, vibe to live music, and indulge in the classic New Orleans interior design. 

Photo credits: Nikos Alexopoulos

Don’t let B.A.R. (Baba Au Rum) intimidate you, and inhale the enthusiastic energy the staff, patrons, and the establishment have to offer. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed, so just trust! 

The Clumsies

The Clumsies all-day bar is at the centre of Athens and offers one of the most fun experiences ever. Known for its unique drink menu and world-class bartenders that take you on a journey of tastebuds, there’s more where The Clumsies came from. 

Beautiful and eclectic interior, energetic crowd, and DJs that will have you dancing on the tables will leave you wanting more! Just remember to book in advance and enjoy!

 

As promised Athens is a wildcard – you never know what to expect from this ancient city. But one thing is guaranteed – you will not want to leave! We hope you enjoyed our top picks for Athens, and will use this article as your trusty guide!

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