To eat: Pagrati

Baba Ghanoush: This small vegan/vegetarian Middle Eastern café has a jazzy ambience and sits on the corner of a lovely and lively little square.  With bar stools around the open kitchen and a few tables al fresco, it’s a great spot to spend an evening and soak up the Pagrati vibe.  With creative salads, freshly … Continue reading To eat: Pagrati

To eat: Kolonaki

IT: Known as (or named to be) the “IT”  place where locals and jetsetters convene, this on-trend, all-day hangout is located in upmarket Kolonaki.  Branding itself as a health-conscious eatery, everything on the menu – from its breakfasts to all-day salads – use the best of local produce.  The Seasonal Greens with Mizithra Cheese (€7) … Continue reading To eat: Kolonaki

To eat

Owing to its position in the Mediterranean, the food scene in Athens is a melting pot of cultures and reinvention.  Whilst there are plenty of timeless Greek tavernas, some of the new spots springing up pull together flavours from the Middle East and Asia, whilst retaining local roots by using the finest of Greek produce.  … Continue reading To eat

To eat: Monastiraki and Plaka

Avocado: A solid option for a casual bite, Avocado is a vegetarian/vegan café popular with locals and tourists alike.  With a wide-ranging menu spanning dishes from all over the world, the usual vegan offerings are available including guacamole, hummus, tofu and wellness smoothies.  For me, the place was a little too “homely” (and brightly lit) … Continue reading To eat: Monastiraki and Plaka

Day-trips from Athens

Delphi: considered the capital of the earth, Delphi is the jewel in the crown of the central heartlands of Greece and is easily doable as a day-trip from Athens for a breath of mountain air.  It’s worth taking a guided tour and a solid option are those run by Greek Key Tours, who offer hotel … Continue reading Day-trips from Athens

To caffeinate

Though home to (bitter) Greek coffee, Athens has recently seen the arrival of the third wave coffee revolution with serious coffee drinkers, good local roasters (Taf in particular) and artisan baristas.  On warmer days, Athenians seem to relax over a freddo cappuccino at any time of day.  Refreshingly, enjoying an iced coffee is part of … Continue reading To caffeinate

To see

Museums Acropolis Museum: no trip to Athens should miss a trip to The Acropolis and The Parthenon, but also unmissable is its museum.  Open since 2009, it was founded to exhibit the finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills.  Hosting an impressive collection, it’s split between three levels, above the recently opened basement archaeological … Continue reading To see

Athens: a modern guide to an ancient capital

The classical capital of Athens has been undergoing a Renaissance of late, which makes it perfect for a city break.  Although subject to turmoil – treated as a stopover en route to Greece’s glamorous islands, momentarily transformed into a modern metropolis for the Olympics, only to become wounded by the recession – a dynamic revival … Continue reading Athens: a modern guide to an ancient capital

Madrid: The Essentials

Madrid offers something for everyone: it’s steeped in history yet impressively innovative; it’s incredibly laid-back yet there’s a lot going on; it’s layered with grandeur, Baroque boulevards and manicured parks, yet has benefited from regeneration of late.  That metamorphosis has been fuelled by the economic crisis and led by a new generation of Madrileños, determined … Continue reading Madrid: The Essentials

Bellilo

Meaning “cute” in Italian, "Bellilo" is certainly deserving of its name. A Neapolitan pizzeria sitting on a street corner on Munster Road, Fulham, their moto is “from our lands to your hands”.  And their chewy, Neapolitan pizzas are definitely ideal for hand-holding: their pizzas must be eaten by the hand. With branches in Barcelona and … Continue reading Bellilo