From world-class sushi chefs to some of Greece’s freshest seafood, Athens has a great mix of restaurants to check out. Be sure to get a taste of authentic Mediterranean cuisine and experience an eclectic mix of contemporary interior design that ensures an excellent atmosphere when eating out
For authentic Greek food overlooking the sea, BlueFish is a must-visit. Al fresco dining goes up a notch here, as the outdoor deck meets clear blue waters and offers a refreshing sea breeze. An excellent wine list is available, as well as some of Greece’s freshest seafood. The cosy décor is neutral and traditional, and the view and choice of fish are both spectacular. Book an outside table and try the octopus house special for a real culinary treat.
BlueFish, 6 Kalogrioni 6, 105 56 Athens, +30 21 3036 4214
Part of world-famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s chain of over 40 international restaurants, this venue needs no introduction. A blend of sushi and Peruvian cuisine that was first made famous in Beverley Hills in the 1980s, the menu now stands as a benchmark for modern cooking. The Athens restaurant is one of the group’s key locations, set in the city’s stylish and scenic Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
Matsuhisa Athens, 40 Apollonos, 166 71 Vouliagmeni, +30 21 0896 0510
For traditional Greek cuisine, Vezené is a Greek-inspired bistro that serves modern versions of authentic dishes. It is renowned for its incredible meat and seafood dishes, and ingredients are bought from the international market nearby, making it an unforgettable dining experience. Designed with traditional interiors and decorated with artwork by local Greek artists, the atmosphere is unpretentious and comfortable, with a glass covered veranda outside that offers spectacular views of Mount Lycabettus.
Vezené, 11 Vrasida, 161 21 Athens, +30 21 0723 2002
If you’re looking for a party vibe as well as dinner, Coyoacan is the place for you. Located in the Acropolis area, it’s popular with locals as well as visitors and offers an alternative experience to one you might have been anticipating in Greece. The Mexican-inspired restaurant serves all kinds of Mexican food and drinks, and is decorated with cool Day of the Dead-style graffiti. On Wednesday it opens late and you can go from dinner to cocktails to partying into the early hours of the morning. Expect face painting, tacos and Latin music.
Coyoacan, 10 Iraklidon, 118 52 Athens, +30 21 0345 7102
Fusing Japanese and Vietnamese street food together with a hint of the Mediterranean in its choice of ingredients, Nolan is the cool, contemporary all-day restaurant that offers an intimate dining experience and is popular with a young hip crowd. It features a minimalist interior, with marble and concrete detailing, and star chefs Sotiris Kontiza and Christophoros Peskias keep the menu fresh with regular seasonal changes.
Nolan, 31-33 Voulis, 105 57 Athens, +30 21 0324 3545