Tofu Vegan

Vegan, or “plant-based”, restaurants have been hitting the next level of late.  No longer simply branded as a vegan restaurant per se, they're becoming focused on and known for the style of the food first.  Borough Market’s Mallow is receiving applause, as is Islington’s Tofu Vegan.  From the people behind the much-admired (and non-vegan) Xi’an … Continue reading Tofu Vegan

To eat: Glyfada

Yi: Vegan eateries are springing up in Athens, in particular along the road towards beachside Vougliameni where you’ll find vegan and raw-food mecca Yi.  Greek for ‘Earth’, Yi is a plant-and-light-filled raw food café in Glyfada.  At brunch, come for chia bowls, Greek salad served with cashew "feta", or an almond mylk latte with a … Continue reading To eat: Glyfada

To eat: Marousi

Nargile Express: Conveniently located near to offices if you’re working here, this Lebanese mecca has one of the best DIY mezze salad bars I’ve ever tried.  With a daily-changing line-up of dishes, highlights include a vibrantly green, lemony tabbouleh, an incredibly creamy hummus, a pomegranate-studded babaghanoush, freshly made falafel, Greek salad (of course) and tahini-marinated … Continue reading To eat: Marousi

To eat: Kifissia

Artisanal Lounge & Gardens: Set in beautiful gardens, this tastefully decorated bar/restaurant has a sophisticated French vibe that makes it a perfect hangout for a long, relaxed evening.  Their seasonal menu is influenced by the South of France and features a vegan celeriac ravioli with a truffle caviar, as well as a very popular Greek … Continue reading To eat: Kifissia

To eat: Psirri

To Lokali: A neo-retro bar-restaurant, this spot is hidden in a plant-filled, softly lit backyard in Psirri.  To Lokali is an all-day hangout. Its founders explain that the concept was to create a “local” home away from home.  The place comes alive in the evening, though, when Athenians kick back with G&Ts in the lush … Continue reading To eat: Psirri

To eat: Metaxourgio

Beauty Killed The Beast: Head here for excellent cocktails, design inspiration, good music and a popular brunch.  With friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere, it feels more relaxed than some of the bars downtown in central Athens and very hip.  Though becoming more known, this spot feels like a hidden gem reserved for those “in-the-know’! … Continue reading To eat: Metaxourgio

To eat: Chalandri and around

Gardenista: Branded as “boho-chic”, Gardenista is certainly beautiful inside.  Though billing itself as primary a brunch spot, this place is also open (with the same menu) in the evening.  Whilst very instagrammable – both the food and the setting -  the food is disappointing.  The salads are overly dressed (definitely ask for dressing at the … Continue reading To eat: Chalandri and around

To eat: Gazi

Kanella: For a taste of rustic taverna cooking, head to understated, rather rough-looking Gazi.  Kanella, though, is situated in a picturesque old building on a street corner with a characteristic display of coloured bottles in the window.  Meaning “cinnamon” in Greek, Kanella is a traditional family-run restaurant.  With their housemade village-style bread, mismatched crockery, brown … Continue reading To eat: Gazi

To eat: Petralona, Koukaki and Exarchia

Ama Lachei: Set in what was once a school, this restaurant has been beautifully restored, inside and out.  In the summer months, there’s a beautiful garden – what must have been the school playground, complete with the original hopscotch chalked on the ground.  Inside, it’s all about the details: the falcon enamelware, the wall lights, … Continue reading To eat: Petralona, Koukaki and Exarchia

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