When the city calls
Monsieur Didot selects and humbly suggests the best restaurants, bistro and cocktail bars, just a short walk away from the house, starting from the nearest one!

SCALA VINOTECA

Sina 50 & Anagnostopoulou, Kolonaki
20m. / 1min. on foot

Wine forms part of the setting in the beautiful layout of this space which offers one the sensation of being in a hospitable wooden crate, with modern lines, fair and dark colours. The chef proposes a set of dishes that stimulate the senses, influenced by contemporary Spanish cuisine, feeling always creative and offering comfort(able) flavours, while the sommelier suggests fine wines by the glass or the bottle.
Open from 18.30 until 1.00 in the morning.
Rates: € 35 – 45
Source: www.athinorama.gr

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PORTATIF

Sina 21, Kolonaki
50m. / 1min. on foot

This beautiful space, with its impressive open preparation room, is distinguished for its romantic, homey style with classic tea sets, vintage furniture and matching pale colours in its decoration. Many of its customers prefer its attic while, when the weather is fine, its exterior space is reminiscent of an old Athenian yard! The emphasis here is on quality, with freshly grounded coffee, a selection of fine teas, authentic hot chocolate (we suggest the one with cinnamon and orange or praline) but also delicious handmade sweets to go with your beverage. There is a large variety of tarts, fresh croissants (filled on the spot with chocolate, bueno chocolate or cream), crispy brioche, apple pies, cheesecakes.
Open at 9.00 until 23.00.
Source: www.athensmagazine.gr

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NICE & EASY

Omirou 60 & Skoufa, kolonaki
170m. / 2min. on foot

A small gourmet café-restaurant in love with black-and-white Hollywood and jazz sounds supporting healthy nutrition and organic materials. Its menu offers a wide selection of fine dishes while it also includes a nutritional value table combined with a quality and origin chart for each of the products used. Dishes cover all. Depending on your preferences or appetite, you may choose among vegetarian/healthy dishes, others with ethnic touches, Greek flavours and meat.
Open from 9 a.m. until 1.30 in the morning.
Rates: € 30 – 40
Source: www.athinorama.gr

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IPPOPOTAMOS

Delfon 3B, Exarchia
180m. / 3min. on foot

A legendary bar and a reference point for Athenians for a period of 40 years now, a bar equally loved by 50 and 20 year olds, where you may find two different generations enjoying themselves listening to the same music on any given night. Hippopotamus is open every day from early in the morning for coffee until late at night. At the bar you will find ‘clean drinks’, its famous sangria, many international beer labels but also others from small Greek breweries. You will also find original cocktails with raki as the main ingredient. All of these, whilst listening to carefully selected rock, jazz, soul and funk music. If you happen to get hungry, you can just choose from a mouth-watering wakamole, delicious tarts and other interesting and extremely tasty suggestions.
Open at 11.00 until 4.00.
Source: www.lifo.gr

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PETITE FLEUR

Omirou 44, Kolonaki
240m. / 3min. on foot

A most adorable, unusual space, a hospitable, atmospheric corner with old vinyl playing on the record player, movie soundtracks, nostalgic jazz tunes and classical music. You’ll visit it in winter for its famous thick and creamy hot chocolate, made from quality Valrhona chocolate melting slowly in fresh milk and coming in a wide variety of flavours, such as chili, homemade praline, Madagascar vanilla etc., which is bound to make your choice difficult, as the hot chocolate is prepared at a low heat, in a separate pot for each customer. In the summer, you can taste its cold version together with cold tea, handmade ice cream, rich milkshakes, homemade beverages and delicious cocktails. Other than the exquisite chocolate, the menu includes fine organic coffee, homemade sweets, delicious snacks, unique tea varieties, select wines from small Greek wineries and original cocktails. What is more, Petite Fleur respects its customers’ nutritional needs and so all recipes can be made with almond milk while here you may also find nutritious vegan smoothies, such as a chocolatey Raw Smoothie with cocoa, dates, banana and coconut, as well as the Matcha Smoothie.
Open at 8.30 until 00.30.
Source: www.lifo.gr

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FRANKIE

Skoufa 42, Kolonaki
170m. / 2min. on foot

The Italian alter ego of Νice ’n’ Easy organic bistro restaurant is as attentive to organic material, follows the same philosophy when it comes to the ingredients used and is open from the morning for coffee and breakfast/brunch. Its design has a nostalgic flair evident in the space’s décor while the kitchen lies somewhere between rustic and modern placing an emphasis on fresh, handmade pasta and of course pizza baked in the ground floor’s wood oven. All of the above can be accompanied by a glass of wine and/or a cocktail.
Open from 9a.m. until 1.30 in the morning.
Rates: € 25 – 35
Source: www.athinorama.gr

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YIANTES

Valtetsiou 44, Exarchia
500m. / 6min. on foot

With a name alluding to a childhood game, Yiantes awaits on the crowded pedestrian zone on Valtetsiou Str to taste the flavours of modern Greek cuisine. In a beautiful, cosy space, you may find delicious dishes made with love and a choice of quality ingredients. Fava (mashed broad beans) with fresh onion and capers, smoked mackerel and turkey meatballs are only a few of the delicious choices awaiting you, while the already rich menu is enriched daily with different dishes of the day. Since good food requires good company, you may find select wine labels in the restaurant’s wine list to please the most demanding of customers.
Open at 13.00 until 00.00.
Rates: € 20 – 25
Source: www.lifo.gr

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DEXAMENI

Dexameni Square, Kolonaki
550m. / 9min. on foot

This historic coffee house, in the famous Dexameni Square in Kolonaki, used to be the gathering place for writer Alexandros Papadiamantis and poet Kostas Varnalis. It has kept its traditional character, offering tasty morsels (mezedes), with the exception perhaps of a couple of gourmet dishes. Customers enjoy ouzo and beer starting late noon while in the morning its delicious Greek coffee is a favourite. Bohème characters, couples stealing away some time to meet up and grandfathers with their grandchildren, all meet at Dexameni’s ouzeri. At the end of the day, after the last screening of Cine Dexameni, finding a free table is close to impossible. Open from the morning for coffee, the kitchen opens at 13.00.
Opens at 10.00 until 18.00.
Rates: € 12 – 15
Source: www.popaganda.gr

MINNIE THE MOOCHER

Tsakalof 6, Kolonaki
550m. / 7min. on foot

With a name alluding to the most famous song by Cab Calloway written at the time of Prohibition in the United States, the stylish vintage all day bar Minnie the Moocher has found the way to transfer us to the interwar period when alcohol was… illegal!
Its geometrical tiles, plaster ceilings, black marble, gold frames and mystic lighting create a ‘conspirational’ mood alluding to a New York and Paris aesthetic, redolent of aged whiskey and filled with the sounds of jazz, swing, soul and classic rock, which have brought faithful regulars to Minnie the Moocher from the very first day it opened.
The emphasis here is on the full selection of liquor but also on the attention to detail starting from the vintage crystal glasses to the dining set, all selected carefully one by one.
Open from the morning for coffee and snacks until the evening for good wine, special drinks and cocktails. It has recently started an open kitchen as well, with a small yet extremely interesting gourmet finger food menu. We suggest their selection of cheese/cooked meats, their crostini, handmade pizza and mini burgers!
Open from 11.00 until 3.00.
Source: www.travelstyle.gr

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YOLENI'S GREEK GASTRONOMY CENTER

Solonos 9, Kolonaki
550m. / 7min. on foot

Following five years of exploring every corner of Greece, Yoleni’s has become the leading Greek delicatessen. Having selected over 1000 carefully chosen products from 150 remarkable producers, it showcases the elite of Greek flavours all over the world.
Basement: Yoleni’s Wine & Spirit Cellar. Yoleni’s team proposes the finest wine labels from Greek vineyards. In this space, there is a cellar and wine bar where you may taste the wine suggestions by an expert sommelier together with the delicious Yoleni’s dishes.
Groundfloor: Delicatessen. The customer can choose from over 1000 select products from producers all over Greece, fine prepared meat produce (charcuterie), cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Groundfloor: Coffee Corner –Yoleni’s restaurant. Here you may find delicious sandwiches from a choice of multigrain breads, fresh salads, seasonal soups, aromatic coffees and fresh juices. In the restaurant you can enjoy the Topos menu, a complete experience of Greek cuisine flavours.
1st floor: Meat market – steak bar Carnicero. This space offers one the opportunity to either get fresh meat for home or enjoy it on the spot at the restaurant.
3rd floor: Yoleni’s Olive Oil Bar. In the heart of Athens, named after goddess Athena who offered an olive tree as a gift to the city, you will find the first Olive Oil Bar in Greece and one of the first in the world. This is where you may experience interactive tastings together with narrations about the history of olive oil, its qualities, old and new myths connected to it, the criteria one should follow when tasting it.
Open from 8 a.m. until midnight.
Rates: € 15 – 25
Source: www.greekgastronomyguide.gr

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Τ5

Tsakalof 5, Kolonaki
550m. / 7min. on foot

Its regulars enjoy aromatic coffees in the morning, after office drinks, sushi and other gourmet delicacies in its unique setting, while in the evening moods are high with exquisite cocktails and mainstream sounds.
Open from 8.30 until the early hours of the morning.
Source: www.travelstyle.gr

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OXO NOU

Emm. Benaki 66, Exarchia
550m. / 6min. on foot

Crete has moved to Benaki Str, literally a breath away from Exarchia square, and has brought all its favourite food with it. In the tasteful, traditional internal space, you shall be served delicacies from the Cretan island cooked to perfection: meatballs in tomato sauce, traditional pasta, smoked pork, smoked sausage from Chania, meat pies, potatoes with Cretan creamy cheese, fried snails, cheese and herb pies as well as grandfather’s meatballs served with yoghurt. The feast ends with a treat of raki and dessert.
Open at 13.00 until 1.30.
Rates: € 12 – 17
Source: www.in2life.gr

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MAGIKI AVLI

Valtetziou 47, Exarchia
550m. / 6min. on foot

In one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Exarchia, on the pedestrian zone of Valtetsiou Str, there is a yard ready to welcome and enchant you! In a two-storey neoclassical building, the old Athenian neighbourhood meets a Parisian bistro and the result is simply fabulous! In the retro yard of an old house, with French style iron tables, specially converted rooms and oldies music, you shall enjoy your coffee but also a glass of ouzo, wine or beer, all together with the necessary titbits! The menu also includes homemade sweets, prepared daily, and tasty snacks. The cast iron wooden stove will keep you warm during cold evenings, creating a warm atmosphere which you will surely want to come back to! Last but not least, the list of wonderful cocktails will be a surprise for your taste buds and will make you feel as if summer is not a long way off…
Open at 10.00 until 3.00.
Source: www.regroup.gr

ALEXANDRINO

Emm. Benaki 69Α, Exarchia
600m. / 7min. on foot

Romantic, easy-going, bohemian, alternative. Alexandrine on Benaki Str is a special place, a quiet bar with a vintage flair, a few tables and the atmosphere of a Parisian bistro. Open in the morning for coffee and tasty sandwiches and unravelling its charms in the evening via jazz music, cocktails and a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle, even if it is not considered a wine bar.
Open at 11.00 until 03.00.
Source: www.in2life.gr

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ORIZONTES LYCABETTUS

Lycabettus hill
750m. / 14min. on foot

or by funicular:
from Monsieur Didot to Aristippou 1 (entrance of funicular):
800m. / 13min. on foot
and then by funicular to “Orizontes”:
210m. / 3min.

  • Length of travel: 210 meters with 28 ° slope
  • Wagons: 2 of 34 people each
  • Opening hours: 9:00 am – 2:30 am
  • Route frequencies: Per 30 ‘(20’, 15 ‘or 10’ peak hours)
  • Ticket price: 7 euros (includes ascent and descent)
  • Telephone number: 210 7210 701

Horizons/Orizontes’, at the top of Lycabettus and just a few meters off the picturesque St George chapel, is the place to be when you visit Athens. The spectacular view makes this the ultimate balcony of Athens with a unique view of the city, as the eyes can wander freely to the edge of the horizon over the Saronic Gulf, while in the summer, Horizon’s veranda is privileged with a fresh breeze. Combined with the delicious dishes one may taste here, ‘Horizons’ is a most alluring destination in the city of Athens. Here, you may explore the colours, aromas and flavours of Greek cuisine with a modern touch. Traditional recipes and tastes are elevated in what is nothing less that the most beautiful veranda of Athens.
Open from 9a.m. until 2.00.
Rates: € 35 – 45
Source:  www.athinorama.gr

www.orizonteslycabettus.gr

SXOINOBATIS

Soultani 4, Exarchia
750m. / 9min. on foot

Balancing between the interwar period, the air of a Fresh cabaret combined with old Athens in what is an extremely interesting end result. Here you may find good music, mainly funk, swing and world tunes as well as delicious cocktails. It also has a wide variety  of premium spirits, rums like Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Chairman’s Reserve, and hard to find vodka and scotch labels.
Open at 17.00 until 2.00.
Source: www.in2life.gr

MAVROS GATOS

Koletti 40-44, Exarchia
800m. / 9min. on foot

Though open from the morning offering fine coffee, its strongest card is evening entertainment. With clearly American influences, as regards space decoration and music choices, the Black Cat has gained faithful followers and remains a steady meeting point. Given its special sounds, mostly of old school classic rock, blues, jazz, 80s and 90s music by highly informed DJs, its extended liquor and cocktail choices in a warm atmosphere with large windows all around and a huge illuminated photo of Chicago, it is not surprising that it stands to impress! The equally impressive 12-meter mahogany bar, with a large mirror in the background under hanging lights, echoing the Prohibition era, is also urging us to stay until late! Highlight: The wonderful themed music events each Wednesday.
Open at 10.00 until 4.00.
Source: www.athensmagazine.gr

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BARBOUNAKI

Charitos 39Β, Kolonaki
850m. / 12min. on foot

Salted, marinated or fried fish and seafood in an unpretentious tavern where you and your friends can enjoy traditional Greek fish dishes prepared with a playful mood.
Open at 14.00 until 12.00.
Rates: € 18 – 27
Source: www.athinorama.gr

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MAYOR

Kolonaki Square 19-20, Kolonaki
900m. / 9min. on foot

Having the flair of a fashionable New Yorker hot spot, the Mayor was an immediate success for its design and cosmopolitan style fitting large metropoles! Its classy aesthetics make an impression, the wood and marble, the beautiful hidden lighting and spacey ceiling lights, while all eyes are drawn to the sublime bar creating a glamorous setting equally ideal for after office drinks or casual dining! Expect to be astonished by the lush atrium at the deep end of Mayor, a rarity in Kolonaki, which has become the place of choice for businessmen among many others!
Open at 9.00 until 4.00.
Source: www.travelstyle.gr

www.mayor-athens.gr

AMA LAXEI AT NEFELI’S

Kallidromiou 69 , Exarchia
1000m. / 12min. on foot

In a beautiful space with wooden floors and comfortable tables you can taste delicacies such as salad with rocket, parmesan, beetroot and roasted haloumi, handmade cheese pies with honey, mint and sesame, scrambled eggs with tomatoes and smoked meat from Kalamata, vinegary sausage and pork morsels fried with rosemary and lemon. The flavours are exquisite, the portions satisfactory.
Open at 13.00 until 00.00.
Rates: € 12 – 18
Source: www.in2life.gr

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ZAXARI & ALATI

Anapiron Polemou 22, Kolonaki
1200m. / 16min. on foot

An elegant bistro located in an atmospheric 1928 neoclassical building reviving old Athens immediately as you enter with the aroma of jasmine in its yard. It functions as a wine restaurant combining Mediterranean cuisine with jazz, rock and oldies and a selection of approximately one hundred Greek and international wine labels starting from € 14.
Open at 14:00 until 12:00.
Rates: € 30-50
Source: www.athinorama.gr

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