When you travel or move to Greece, one of the main reasons is to experience the Greek cuisine that it has to offer. However, there may be times that you crave some comfort food or something you are familiar with, so here is a short guide for that! Check out the video too!
It is pretty easy to find gyros or souvlakia in Greece. But sometimes it is hard to find the right one that will tickle your taste buds, hit the spot and make you want to come back for more. O Meraklis is a souvlaki restaurant that serves up some pretty generous portions and you can even get the XL version of a souvlaki.
Not only that, but the owners only have one shop that is open from noon and within half an hour from its opening time it is already filled with customers. It is something that you simply need to try during your stay in Athens. What makes it different from other souvlaki places is that their chips are always golden and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, their meat is always fresh and juicy, their vegetables are crisp and refreshing, their sauces are creamy and their pitta bread isn’t greasy at all.
Sometimes you can come across souvlaki places that their chips are too soggy or tasteless, they hardly put meat in the wrap and the sauce can just taste funny. It is guaranteed that you won’t find that when dining at Meraklis.
Address: Agiou Meletiou 183, Athina 104 43
Phone number: 21 0515 2210
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 12PM – 12AM
Mπαρ Mπεε kιου
If you have just moved to Athens and you are looking for a place that has juicy, flavorful, burgers, then you should definitely stop by Mπαρ Mπεε Kιου (Mpar Mpee Kiou). Not only are their prices decent, but they serve huge portions that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Each burger that they served is inspired from a different country or cuisine and has a lot of variety and flavours. Their burgers are a mouthful and you can even order stacks of beef patty so it can be a food challenge for you. They also serve freshly made chips that you can have smothered in cheddar cheese sauce. It is the ultimate comfort food.
There are four locations; two in Pireaus, one in Chalandri and one in Nea Smirni. The closest one to central Athens is in Nea Smirni.
Address: Leof. El. Venizelou 18, Nea Smirni 171 23
Phone number: 21 0933 3318
Opening times: Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday: 6PM – 1AM Saturday & Sunday: 1PM -1AM
Even though there are a lot of pastries and bread considered as breakfast in the Greek cuisine, sometimes you miss having modern brunch and you might just crave it. That is why Estrella is the perfect spot to go to, since it is a Greek owned chain that serves Greek dishes with a twist, as well as modern dishes inspired from other cultures and cuisines from around the world.
If you are looking for enormous pancakes, stuffed bagels, brunch dishes with egg and even healthy alternatives, then head over to Estrella. The brunch menu is their main menu and it is available all day for you to have as breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
There are many locations all over Athens, but the closest one is in central Athens.
Address: Romvis 24Α, Athina 105 62
Phone number: 21 0321 8000
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 8AM – 11PM
Tamarind Thai Kitchen
If you have moved to Athens or you are planning on visiting and you are craving Thai food, then you should book a table at Tamarind Thai Kitchen. It has one of the most romantic and beautiful outdoor seating areas, inside the restaurant is is stunning with the bold colours and pretty decorations and overall it will make you feel like you are somewhere exotic.
The prices are decent, given that the portions can easily be shared between 3-4 people. When you are dining here, you are guaranteed to try authentic and traditional Thai food. The flavours are balanced, some dishes are refreshing with a hint of spice, whereas others can be sweet yet super spicy. Make sure you try the desserts, for they have rich yet creamy flavours.
Address: Keramikou 51, Athina 104 36
Phone number: 21 0522 5945
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 6.30PM – 12.30AM
Pizza is always good when you go to the right places. There have been times where you order from somewhere and the pizza can actually be tasteless, too greasy or just depressing. However, you won’t get that when you order from dine at Tasty Corner, since their pizza is made from fresh dough that is authentic and Italian, plus their ingredients are always fresh.
Once you take a slice from your pizza, the cheese will stretch and you can smell the deliciousness that is coming from the pizza that you have ordered. It is heavenly and always scrumptious!
Address: 28is Oktovriou 82, Athina 104 34
Phone: 21 0866 4148