September is probably the best time of the year to visit Athens. Crowds are already gone, but summer is not. I reckon it’s still hot, but in a pleasant way, to leave you enjoy the ancient sights, the flea market and terraces.
The main reason for going to Athens is definitely seeing the well-known Acropolis, however don’t forget about the equally famous Greek cuisine. Like before any of our trips, we’ve done a thorough research on where to eat while in the city and we’re very happy to be able to share with you our discoveries 🙂
Our top choice would be Kuzina – if you’re after having a traditional greek meal, but in a modern setting, this is the place to choose. Their menu is full of delicious dishes for you to taste, however, no matter how tempted you are to order everything on the menu, bear in mind that the portions in Greece are quite generous. For example the 2 of us had 3 dishes, plus the bread with olives and olive oil, and we couldn’t finish everything!
- Make sure you don’t miss their greek salad!
- They do have one of the best roof top gardens, but it’s only open at night! So if you’d like to enjoy the view of Acropolis, book a table for dinner!
Craving for a souvlaki or a kebap? There are probably hundreds of options to choose from in Athens, however I’d recommend you Savvas for an authentic greek meal in an authentic noisy place:)
You can check their menu online, and if you were not already craving I can assure you’ll do instantly!
Vezene – they like to call themselves a greek inspired bistro, serving reinvented traditional dishes. Lovely place, cozy atmosphere, excellent service! We’ve had a great time and a delicious meal. Dishes we’d recommend on their menu – baby lamb pie (which is more like a pizza), the aged beef tartare served on handmade pasta (different to any other tartare we’ve served before), the neck of goat (soooo tender and the sauce so tasty) and the twisted baklava for dessert.
If you decide to go, make sure you book your table in advance as it tends to get full.
Looking for a place to have a break from sightseeing and enjoy a coffee? Athens is full of lovely coffee places, however we fell in love with SIX D.O.G.S. It’s the kind of place perfect for spending a hot day, chilled in the shadow, sipping an iced coffee or one of their fresh lemonades (they do have a watermelon and sour cherry alternatives to the classic lemon one). They do have a gorgeous interior garden, so it feels like an escape from the buzzing city.
SIX D.O.G.S seems to be popular among the greeks in the evening for drinks.
Last, but not least is the Stoffa restaurant. It’s far from the center, but we’ve got to discover it thanks to our Greek friend! Also, at his recommendation, we’ve tried probably the best dishes on their menu: roasted cheese, the cheesecake with feta and tomatoes, traditional sausages with 3 types of mustard and the eggplant, all of these served as starters. As main the lamb ribs proved to be very soft and tender and for dessert I’d recommend the banoffee.
They do have a lovely garden, so you can make the most out of it.