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Athens

5 best restaurants in Athens

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Dinner in the Sky Athens

A step to Heaven

What's not to love about this extraordinary restaurant? Set in the centre of Athens, a table for 22 lifts and gently rotates to 50 metres above the city for unforgettable views of the hauntingly lit Acropolis, the surrounding mountains, the sea and the Athenian cityscape. A real once-in-a-lifetime experience, it offers a delectable five-course menu prepared by experienced chefs. Sample a soup trilogy, shrimp saganaki and a trio of desserts, accompanied by Greek wines, for a cool 120€ per person.

Iakchou & Voutadon, Technopolis of Athens, Athens        +30 694 539 6509

2 Funky Gourmet

For Michelin-starred fun

Seduce your senses with an exceptional fine dining experience at Funky Gourmet. Balancing a unique combination of flavours with wines that bring out the subtle ingredients, this innovative two-Michelin-starred restaurant creates a taste explosion. Try the 18-course degustation menu from 120€, with dishes such as cuttlefish oreo and sea urchin, for cuisine that's as avant-garde and playful as it is traditional and comforting.

13 Paramithias Street and Salaminos, Keramikos, Athens        +30 210 5242727

3 Psaras Taverna

Live like the locals

Serving traditional Greek cuisine since 1898, Psaras Taverna is one of very few Athenian restaurants to be frequented by locals. With wooden tables set on whitewashed steps leading up to the Acropolis, it has a truly romantic ambience thanks to a background of live music. Treat yourself to octopus croquettes and steamed mussels, followed by warming moussaka or lamb kleftiko and finishing with baklava or yogurt and honey. You'll never forget the homely and and welcoming feel of this classic restaurant.

Erechtheous 16 & Erotokritou 12, Plaka, Athens        +30 21 0321 8733

4 Aleria

Artful cuisine in Athens

A refurbished neoclassical building in an up-and-coming area of Athens provides the backdrop for fine dining at Aleria. Sit in the leafy courtyard on a balmy evening and set your sights on the great-value tasting menus that offer the likes of sautéed calamari and pastitsio, or choose from the a la carte menu and an array of classic wines and beers. You can even bring your own bottle for a €12 corking fee, enjoying friendly yet excellent service.

Megalou Alexandrou 57, Metaxourgio, Athens        +30 21 0522 2633

5 Spondi

For elegance and authenticity

With a seasonally changing menu and two Michelin stars, Spondi serves French cuisine with a touch of exoticism. Set near the venue of the very first modern Olympics, it boasts gold-medal-worthy views across the city. And from hare pie to milk-fed lamb, delicious desserts and petits-fours, the dishes are to die for. The charming atmosphere and advice of the experienced sommelier are just the icing on the cake.

5 Pyrronos, Pagrati        +30 210 756 4021

Athens

5 hottest bars in Athens

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Brettos

Capture the spirit of Athens

Top of our list of the city's bars comes Brettos, a century old and as charming as ever. An old-fashioned distillery, it houses a shop as well as a bar serving ouzo, 7-star brandy, more than 36 different flavours of liqueur (none of which are available anywhere else), wines and beers. Visitors come from afar to join locals at the eye-catching bar created from a wall of back-lit coloured bottles. Small, bright and characterful, this place is perfect for picking up a barrel-aged spirit or homemade ouzo.

Kydathinaion 41, Plaka, Athens        +30 21 0323 2110

2 Island

The star of summer

Perched on a rock in the Athens Riviera, Island brings Greece's beaches to the city all summer long. With its chilled lounge music, dance parties and cocktails created by master mixologists, it's the hippest hangout in Athens. The sea-view terrace set with flickering candles is ideal for celeb-spotting, and if you happen to own your own yacht you can sail right up onto your own platform. Trendy décor brings an ambience of cool to hot Greek summer nights.

Sounio Av 16672, Varkiza, Athens        +30 21 0965 3563

3 A is for Athens

History on show

This cocktail bar come club come café certainly gets an A from us. With stunning views to the Acropolis and Parthenon, it pumps out dance tunes at night and serves much-needed pick-me-ups in the morning. Take in the sights from the open-air rooftop lounge, mixing with locals as well as tourists. Sip on a house special cocktail as the sun goes down, party the night away or treat yourself to a tasty breakfast… you won't be disappointed.

2 - 4 Miaouli, Athens 105 54        +30 21 0324 4244

4 360 Degrees

Rustically stylish

Set on Monastiraki Square, just steps from the flea market, 360 Degrees is a unique multi-level venue and hotel. The rooftop bar steals the show with its panoramic views of the city and the Acropolis, which seems to glow with light at night. A great place to eat or meet for hand-crafted cocktails, the bar serves the likes of the authentically Greek 360 Sunset Daiquiri, a blend of Bacardi, Aperol, lime, honey and bitters. There's also a long list of Greek wines to choose from and enjoy in the surrounds.

Ifaistou 2, Athens        +30 21 0321 0006

5 Balthazar

For class and cocktails

The former home of a famous Greek actress, this neoclassical manor is one of the most upbeat places in town. With two bars and a popular restaurant, you can choose to sit in the green oasis of a garden with its almost endless bar and sip on cocktails made by award-winning mixologists, or head inside for fusion finger food and rare wines. Known as the 'wizard' of the Athens entertainment scene, there's nowhere more likely to make you feel like you're a star yourself!

27 Tsocha St, Ambelokipi, Athens        +30 210 644 1215