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Athens food and drink

Greek food is acclaimed the world over due to its exciting flavours and fresh ingredients, which makes working out where to eat in Athens a tough choice. Eating here is as much about the tradition as the ingredients too, so each meal of your holiday should be treated as a social occasion. From leisurely coffees to quick street eats, the Athens food scene is a mix of cafes, tavernas, markets, and highly acclaimed restaurants. If you’re in the CBD, stroll through Psiri, Monastiraki and Plaka – you’ll find a great place to dine in no time. Alternatively, follow your taste buds west to the thriving foodie scene of Gazi.

Where to eat?

Boasting a love of cuisine and a deep enjoyment of the social occasion that goes with it, Greek restaurants, tavernas and cafes are around almost every corner of this ancient city. If you're looking for some top restaurant precincts to sample the local fare, check out Plaka for tourist-friendly options, Psiri for authentic cafes and restaurants, Monastiraki for quick bites, and Gazi for trendy eateries. Our pick...
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Where to have a drink?

Many areas of Athens transform come sunset, offering live music, a summery ambience, and a commitment to revelry. Among the big-name areas are Psiri for ouzeries, eateries and restaurants, and Gazi for a bustling night-time atmosphere accompanied with upmarket cocktails. For a more laid-back evening outing, Plaka offers the opportunity to drink in amazing views of the Acropolis long after the sun goes down. Our pick...
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Where to find a good coffee?

Athens boasts a vibrant cafe scene where hours slip by while you enjoy the passing parade and some seriously good coffee. It used to be that coffee in Athens was restricted to a bracing brew of bitter strength, but now espresso machines abound. If you're up for some tradition, try a kafeneio where the specialties are pure coffee and strong spirits. Our pick...
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What are the best food markets?

Greece has long been renowned for locally sourced, quality food and Athens food markets are certainly no exception. The city has a wealth of street markets to explore where the ambience is lively and the flavours are always fresh. Try the bustling Central Market for authentic delights and edible gifts, or explore the farmers' markets for delectable local produce – head to Bishop Park on a Saturday! Our pick...
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