Enjoying the tastes of Greece in Paris has never been easier, with four great restaurants serving authentic Aegean dishes and the first and only traditional Kafeneio offering tasty mezedes and good coffee, proving that Greek flavours are becoming more and more popular in the city of lights!
The Grand Café d’Athènes
After “Filakia,” the souvlaki stores in Montorgueil and Jussieu, French chefs Chloé Monchalin and Benjamin Rousselet opened “The Grand Café d’ Athènes” in Saint-Dennis. The décor is inspired by Parisian boho and island chic and features marble tables and azure ceramics. On the menu, you will find succulent octopus, roasted figs, fasolada, dakos salad, spanakopita, beef fricassee with retsina wine and cumin and house-made tzatziki with Kalamata olive oil. Don’t leave this cool bistro without tasting the Greek style cocktails: Mastiha Mojito, Kifissia Green, Metaxa Sour or Meli Daquiri. Eviva and Kali Orexi!
A: 74 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
When Pierre-Julien and Gregory Chatzios, the Greco-French siblings behind the Greek olive oil brand Kallios met with chef Juan Arbelaez in 2017, a new Greek restaurant was opened under the name of “Yaya”. Two years later “Yaya Secrétan” arrived in the 19tharrondissement. Surrounded by delicate white and blue colors and a feeling of Cycladic island life, you will want to sit on the big communal table with a real olive tree growing in the middle, while you devour Greek delicacies like giouvetsi with seafood, tarama served with olive oil and crispy bread, kakavia soup with delicate fish and xilopitaki pasta with shrimp, sauces of tomato and Feta cheese.
Α: 33 Avenue Secrétan, 75019 Paris
“Etsi” is a blend of French and Greek flavours combined with the expert skill of outstanding chef and owner, Mikaela Liaroutsos. With a menu that changes constantly, every time we visit here, it feels like a new culinary adventure. Try the mezedes that you won’t want to share (contrary to the Greek tradition) including barbounaki on the rocks, shrimps saganaki, spanakopitakia, dolmadakia or the Feta saganaki with roasted mushrooms. “Etsi” stays open until late, so as to remind us of Greece, with its late closing hours.
A: 23 rue Eugène Carrière, 75018 Paris
Theo Gennitsakis, founder and designer of the label “Pressure” opened “Adelfos” in the 9th arrondissement, a restaurant reminiscent of a previous era. His menu is a copy of what his grandmother in Serres cooked. His partner and cousin, Antonis cooks simple but delicious Greek plates like spanakopita, soutzoukakia, youvarlakia, lemon potatoes and homemade galaktoboureko for dessert.
A: 31 Rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris
The first kafeneio in Paris is a stone’s throw from Pigalle. Behind this coffee shop is Greek-French art director and designer Yorgo Tloupas. “Yorgaki” serves Greek coffee using the old method, called “hovoli”. Apart from the great coffee, Yorgaki kafeneio offers a large variety of Greek delicacies as well, among them is watermelon topped with feta cheese and olive oil, delicious dakos salad, loukoumades and of course, all the signature Greek dips that we love: tzatziki, tarama, ktipiti and home-made red tomato pesto.
A:45 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris