8 Best Food Pit-Stops in Koukaki

Best Food Pit-Stops in Koukaki

Koukaki has an old-fashioned, understated charm that has (a little surprisingly for locals) granted it worldwide fame. Despite not being blessed with any incredible architecture, major historical landmarks or stunning streets and shops, it does combine a sense of cosy residential Athens as it was before the capital was transformed by tourism, with its somewhat off-beat, friendly and unpretentious ambience.

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Koukaki is just a few minutes walk away from Makriyianni, the Acropolis neighbourhood just above it, which is why it has become a more affordable (years ago) option for Airbnbers and was voted '6th Best Neighbourhood in the World' less than a decade ago. Above all, it is a popular food and drink destination where friends gather to chat away the hours over tasty and often creatively exciting options day and night, offering pleasant surprises to Athenians and tourists alike.

Here we list the top 8 must-visit Greek and ethnic food spots old and new

O Lolos Athens

O Lolos (5 Georgiou Olymbiou)

A cafe and meze restaurant, Lolos is the kind of place where a “quick afternoon coffee” can easily end up as hours of sipping tsipouro and munching on seafood meze dishes until late at night. Order anything from baked sardines and marinated anchovies to large fresh fish or even yiayia-style keftedakia meatballs and homemade Ladera-like spetzofai while enjoying a relaxed yet buzzy ambience.

Kalamaki Bar Athens

Kalamaki Bar (15 Dimitrakopoulou & Drakou)

Practically outside the Syngrou Fix metro station, this place is an especially ideal stop for a delicious family meal. The menu offers a quality choice of modern, simple, creative dishes like kalamaki of Haloumi cheese, beef, lamb, chicken or Portobello mushrooms accompanied by pita bread, zingy salads and homemade fries in a friendly, clean environment. There are plenty of vegetarian options, too.

Guarantee Sandwiches (41 Veikou)

Guarantee Sandwiches (41 Veikou)

An often-unnoticed classic that has been serving deli-style sandwiches to endless queues of those in the know since the ‘80s, this family-run place has a glass display fridge packed full of mouthwatering cheeses, cold cuts, sauces, chutneys, mustards, grilled veggies, and other fillings and encourages you to dream up your own sandwich, which is made using the freshly baked bread of your choice from nearby (and locally legendary) Takis bakery. They also make fresh fruit and vegetable juices and salads.

mani mani Athens Koukaki

Mani Mani (10 Falirou)

By now, this spot is a classic for anyone craving lovingly-made Greek food and a taste of the Peloponnese. Try traditional Greek dishes made with innovative and delicate touches - like the fluffy taramosalata with a lemony zing, handmade pies, pasta fried in butter and creamy xynomyzithra cheese, and slow-baked lamb for 16 hours.

Tuk Tuk athens

Tuk Tuk (40 Veikou)

Another great ethnic food option in Koukaki, catering succulently to the ever-growing Greek love for Asian cuisine. Colourful and zany Thai street food meets Athenian fancy with tasty noodle and rice dishes, coconut milk and kaffir-lime-infused curries. The dinky store is mostly for takeout but has several small tables to perch and slurp at.

Skoumbri Athens

Skoumbri (14 Drakou)

Stuck in the city but craving an island-like seafood meal? Head to this white-washed modern taverna to sample simple fried, grilled or marinated fish as well as seafood-inspired dishes such as prawn kritharoto (made with rice-pasta), salmon tartare and mussels saganaki (with melted cheese).

Dyo Dekares Athens

Dyo Dekares I Oka (29 Anastasiou Zinni)

Created to be reminiscent of an old-style Greek hangout where you can sip ouzo and play backgammon while savouring delicious meze dishes, this place serves classics like kolokythokeftedes, rolled-up cheese pie, colourful salads and a good selection of local wines.

Meno male Athens
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Meno Male (10 Veikou)

A relatively recent foodie destination on the Koukaki scene, this Italian-cuisine-themed, all-day restaurant starts your day with an abundant breakfast menu and serves up pizza made with homemade dough (proven for 48 hours before cooking time) that has already become the talk of the town. Other choices like mushroom tartare, truffle or puttanesca pasta dishes and desserts like sweet pizza and tiramisu also have customers returning for more.

Alexia Amvrazi

Alexia Amvrazi enjoys the thrill of discovering beauty in the world around her. With a passionately hands-on approach to Greece's travel, gastronomy, holistic living, culture, innovation and creativity, for 20 years she has explored and shared her findings with the world on all aspects of the country and its people via writing, radio, blogs and videos. Although her childhood and early youth in Italy, Egypt and England left her feeling somewhat root-less, she is by now firmly connected to her native land, bravely weathering the hurricane known as the Greek crisis!

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