Are you a brunch enthusiast? Do you live and breathe for just-the-perfect-insta-story of your stylish & delish eggs benedict or maple syrup pancakes? If the answer is yes, you came to the right city! Athens, like many other metropolises in the world, has succumbed to the brunch fever and is not likely to let go anytime soon! Whether you are looking for a typical brunch or something with a Greek influence in it, we have done the research for you! These are the 5 places to brunch in Athens at the moment.
The Star of Thessaloniki came to Athens last year, and the Athenians were more than happy to welcome its original street food and brunch among their favourite Sunday habits. Situated right in the heart of the city, with its lovely glass façade and urban design, Estrella is sure to win you over not only with its exceptional savorous choices but with its lively atmosphere as well! Amongst the all-time favourites, you will come across the breakfast pizza on koulouri dough, the Ottoman burger with a lamb and beef patty, as well as more original choices on eggs, bagels, popovers, pancakes and everything else you can imagine! Be sure not to miss its most popular dessert, the bougatsan, a tasty crossroads between Thessaloniki and Paris which has caught the interest of the Guardian, the New York Times and Saveur magazine.
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The Greek take on brunch and street food is here to stay! With its mysterious name and the iconic Greek 'fragkosykia' cactus as its emblem, 7 Cactus is the best choice for those wishing to explore more closely Greek traditional cuisine with a modern twist. Here you will find a large variety of dishes inspired by Greek tradition, such as the Greek pancakes lalaggides, kayanas (scrambled eggs with tomato sauce), meatballs with ouzo, even the famous moussaka, all made with love and products from different parts of Greece. It's even possible to create your own sandwich; just pick the ingredients yourself and indulge in a personalised, tasty and original savoury experience, all in very close proximity to the brand new Contemporary Art Museum of Athens in Syggrou Av. How about combining the two for a perfect morning away from the tourist crowds?
Bohemian and multi-culti, Mama Roux on Aiolou str. has become one of the Athenians' favourites, and a place you have to visit at least once when you are in the city. On its menu, you will find tastes from all over the world, such as enchiladas, tortillas, falafels, noodles, burgers and an India-inspired souvlaki as well (tandoori souvlaki)! Mama Roux, which opened back in 2011, was one of the first places in Athens to start serving brunch... Therefore, it goes without saying that they really know their business! If you plan to come here on the weekend, consider booking in advance because it can get quite busy. If you are here only during the week, be sure to check it out at night! Often, they will host street parties with live music or DJs, and boy, does Mama know how to throw a party!
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Indulge your inner Parisien by having brunch at one of the classiest and most chic places the Greek capital has to offer! Chez Michel, true to its French name, is all about quality and the right ambience. Here you will find a big variety of bagels, sandwiches, bruschetti, omelettes, club sandwiches, fresh salads, hand-made pasta, and of course some of the most popular french sweets. Need more? Chez Michel turns into a bar later in the day, offering its clientele a fine selection of wines from Greece, France and Italy as well as drinks and cocktails for those who would rather have something stronger. Visit Chez Michel in Kolonaki, the fanciest neighbourhood in downtown Athens, or the one in Panepistimiou str. if you prefer having a view of the beautiful neoclassical buildings of the Athenian trilogy; any choice you make, the beautiful vintage design of both places as well as their jazzy musical selections are sure to take you on a journey to La Ville Lumière as it must have felt like during the 1920s.
Ergon Deli, is what successful and quality Greek entrepreneurship looks like. In only a decade, they have managed to create a network of 11 delis and restaurants all around the globe, making available more that 1200 Greek artisanal products to people who have never had the opportunity to try them before. In their Syntagma branch you can choose from a well-thought selection of mezedes (small plates), spreads, salads, pasta, meat and fish plates as well as desserts (Greek yoghurt with pasteli and fresh fruits is a must-try). All coming strictly from Greek producers. At the same time, if you would like to take some of these new tastes back home, artisanal products, such as their eggplant or feta spread (htipiti) are available to buy as well as, olives, olive oils, herbs, honey, jams, sauces, wines and sweets.
So there you have it; A local's take on the best places for brunch in Athens at the moment! Try the one closer to your style and find out if the long-lasting love that Greeks have for food, as well as their traditional flavours, have found a good match with this favourite foodie habit. Who knows? Maybe after trying the Greek version, you will never want to go back to plain old eggs benedict...!
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