5 Must-Eats in Athens, Greece.
5 Must-Eats in Athens, Greece
With the short amount of time we’ve spent in Athens thus far, we have still managed to try some of the tastiest food we’ve had. Without any further adieu… here are our most loved, top 5 meals in Athens!
1. Avli “the yard” – Psyri
And the Athens “hole in the wall” award goes to Avli! What a performance. This was definitely the most authentic meal we ate in Greece thus far. Avli, in Greek meaning “the yard” fitted the scene like a glove. Through a doorway, down a slim lane we were lead into a picturesque back yard of an authentic family restaurant.
The daughter and son were the wait staff and I’m assuming their parents were the chefs. Not a tourist in sight, a small simple menu, a small table and a very small amount of space between the people around you, all speaking their language. That’s what how you know your NOT in a tourist trap!
Ordering the waitress’ favourite, we had a chicken dish which was braised in a secret array of Greek spices that tasted like a light paprika oil. It was juicy, tender and oh so deeeelicious. We also had some of the freshest bread and some tasty roasted green capsicums and salad. So simple but you could really taste the love!
We highly recommend coming around 5 – 6pm if you’re wanting dinner because after sunset, the place fills with locals that stay until the wee hours of the morning.
2. Fallafellas – Psyri
The smaller the menu, the fresher the goods. A takeaway shop the size of a bathroom, but just big enough to create two delicious specials and of course enough room for a small fridge with various Greek beers!
Two choices, both 2.80 €, falafel wrap or meatball wrap. Both equally on par with deliciousness. The freshest, lightest falafels and the tastiest, juiciest meatballs. Both wraps come with marinated eggplant, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and a combo of home made red sauce and tahini. They both go especially well with the recommended Greek beer of choice called “Manos”.
3. Yiasemi – Plaka
Located in the heart of Plaka, Yiasemi might take the crown for deliciousness. Always buzzing with locals, Yiasemi is known for their fresh, traditional eats and coffee. We got here at around 11am and It seemed as though every 10 minutes they would bring out fresh food and place them on a table near the entrance, which from there you could choose your food.
We had the mushroom tart and of course, my fave, spanakopita. Freshly squeezed OJ and our coffee of choice 2 freddo cappuccino. Oh and a slice of mocha mousse tart. We weren’t sure if we would snatch a seat until we discovered the rooftop area with only two other people there! Enjoying the view of plaka, the beautiful garden around us and the freshest bites.
We are dying to come back for their dinner service to see what they serve!
4. Sabbas – Monastiraki
Looks like a tourist trap – isn’t quite a tourist trap.
I’ll tell you why… 2.50 € for possibly the best gyros you’ve had. Chicken, pork, or lamb and beef accompanied with a secret tzatziki herby mayo, tomato, a little bit of lettuce, red onion and of course some fresh chippies. The pita was sooooo fresh and soft!
Our advice is, Sabbas is good for the gyros, not so much the moussaka. They definitely specialise more in the gyros.
5. Merch – Monastiraki
Indian Souvlaki!!!! What the!! I know right… amazing. So this little gem we found when wandering the streets of Monastiraki. The smell of deliciousness loured us to their shop. We walked passed and saw a big bunch of people enjoying the range of multiple beers and the mouth watering tandoori chicken roasting on the spit. Then we watched as they were cooking the pita in a fire pit. It looked unreal!
So a few days later we tried this baby out. It was deeeelicious! Beer and Indian souvlaki combo… genius!
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