Syggrou Area in Athens - Week of May 20th
I know I'm posting this a little early, but I am just so excited I couldn't help but start the plans for our adventure in Athens this May. =)
We will be in Athens at the Marriott Ledra in Syggrou area near the Acropolis the week of the 20th of May. Does anyone know of some good authentic traditional Greek places to eat while we're in town? We don't want to eat at touristy corporate places. We'd rather eat at nice, clean, local places that have great food and great service.
Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated. My husband and I don't drink so it doesn't have to have a bar either.
Syngrou Avenue is one of Athens's main avenues. Like the city's others (Kifissias, Mesogeion and Vouliagmenis) it is not exactly a gift to the senses and the area is not one where you'll feel inclined to linger. (However, it is near an attractive relatively low-rise area smewhat off the tourist beaten track called Mets, behind the old Olympic Stadium - a quick cab ride away. Ask at the hotel for restaurant recommendations in this area.)
Otherwise I agree with Laurie - use the Metro to get to the main areas of interest for visitors, such as Monastiraki, which is where my recommendation is situated. It's called Cafe Avyssinia on Plateia Avyssinia (Abyssinia Square) and it's at the heart of the antiques section of the flea market, a few moments walk from the Metro station.
It's a wonderful, charming-looking restaurant that serves Northern Greek specialities and overlooks the hustle and bustle of the square. Atmospheric and delicious food - what more could you want?
The Marriot Ledra is right by the Syngrou-Fix metro stop, so getting around will be easy.
If you take the metro (or walk) to the Monastiraki metro stop, there is a nearby restaurant called O Thanasis that specializes in kebabs that is always good and very reasonably priced. Also near Monastiraki on Adrianou Street is a restaurant called Kuzina that has modern interpretations of Greek food.
Near Omonia Square is a great lunch place, busy with Greek businessmen, but very down to earth called Athinaikon - it always has good food, and is very traditional.
For an extra special splurge restaurant, Edodi is very near your hotel. They cook a different menu every night depending on what is fresh and you pick from a tray of the raw foods what you want to eat. It is expensive, but if you want wonderfully fresh food prepared with skill and finesse, it's wonderful.
There are many many great restaurants in the Gazi and Psyrri areas, I like walking the streets and picking what strikes my fancy on any given day. For Psyrri, take the metro to Monastriaki. For Gazi, go to the Kerameikos metro stop.
What time of day are you planning on eating and how much do you want to spend?
re: Laurie Constantino
Thanks for the many responses Laurie!!! =) I appreciate it very much. We will only be there for 3 days and then moving on to Amman, Jordan. We really have no budget for food, so anything goes really. However, we will probably only stop by an upscale place one night. Edodi sounds perfect for that night and we will definitely stop by. We both often prefer the rustic local places on vacation to the more than the more modern expensive places as we find that typically the food is more wholesome, relaxed, and traditional in such places.
Thanks again for your reply!! We are so excited for this trip! =)