Though brunch isn’t such an institution in Athens as it is in London, Melbourne, or New York, the Greek capital does now have numerous eateries tapping into the trend. Wide-ranging menus include traditional Greek platters, the likes of Eggs Benedict, and Americana-style diners.
To help you be selective, Booking.com reviewed five of the city’s most in-demand brunch spots.
Homemade food with a gourmet feel in an authentic Greek setting at Avli
Avli, The Yard
Address: Agiou Dimitriou 12, Athens 105 54, Greece
Takis, the owner, has run this tavern himself since 1985, in a small backyard in central Athens. It is generally only known by locals, and it’s as authentically Greek as they come. With blue shutters, white walls, and blue and white checkered tablecloths. Guests sit on rickety wooden chairs listening to traditional music while tucking into high-quality, homemade food with a gourmet feel.
Classic Greek salad at Avli
Enjoy dangerously moreish bread, goat marinated in honey and thyme, and grilled halloumi - best washed down with raki (an unsweetened, anise-flavoured alcoholic drink).
Colourful awnings at Mama Roux
Address: Aiolou 48, Athens 105 60 , Greece
This popular eatery is never empty, thanks to its live jazz, cocktails, and a great location just off the pretty Agia Irene Square. The menu includes everything from fresh falafel and Greek souvlaki to steamed buns stuffed with Chinese pork belly, kimchi mayo, pickled cucumber, beetroot, chives, and peanuts. The coffee is done very well, too.
Bel Ray serves up a melt-in-your-mouth Croque Madame
Address: Falirou 88, Athens 117 41, Greece
A light, youthful, open-plan bar with enamel lampshades, neutral hues, and modern furniture that spills out onto the pavement so you can eat and drink al fresco. Bel Rey is known for its brunch classics such as pancakes, Croque Madame, and Rachel sandwich (made with Cretan smoked pork and tangy cabbage).
Enjoy freshly-made ice cream on the terrace at Aegli Cafe
Address: Kipos Zappiou, Athens 105 57, Greece
Aegli is a smart establishment in the Zappeio Gardens in central Athens. Set back from the city streets and with a delightful terrace with wicker chairs, parasols, and potted plants, it provides calm in the middle of a hectic city. The menu is Mediterranean and inspired by Greek family meals, while the in-house pastry chef whips up creative confections to go alongside the cafe’s freshly-made ice cream.
Try the baked pitta with garlic and soft Greek cheese at Anthos Geuseon
Address: Agiou Dimitriou 17, Kifisia 145 62, Greece
At Anthos Geuseon, the chef offers his own subtle take on traditional Greek cuisine.
Contemporary decor at Anthos Geuseon
The restaurant has relatively recently moved to a new location and though its wrought iron furniture, modern wood panelling, and decorative ivy make it feel very contemporary, a meal here is still a bona fide Greek culinary experience. The menu includes chargrilled buffalo patties and baked pitta with garlic and Mizithra (a soft, crumbly Greek cheese resembling ricotta).