Koukaki neighborhood borders Athens picturesque old town and lies in between Acropolis and Syngrou Fix metro stations. It may not be as quaint as Plaka but Koukaki has a serious alternative vibe that makes it utterly charming. The Koukaki area has immediate access to the Acropolis.
This neighborhood is one of those that you may skip as a tourist, just because there is not enough time and the reputation of other neighborhoods overshadow it. However, if you are looking for the real-deal best of what Athens has to offer, you should definitely try to fit a morning, afternoon or night in Koukaki - and yes, there are things to offer at all times of the day!
Brunch is a relatively new concept in Greece, but as with most imported ideas, Greeks add their own spin on things, making Brunch here an artsy and elegant affair. Seven Cactus is possibly one of the best brunch spots in the area, as the food is Greek Deli style with a twist - absolutely delicious and can be enjoyed in their cozy garden!
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Another bonny brunch joint is Riza Riza where you can pick from an assortment of mouth-watering pancakes, try the white chocolate and oreo pancakes if your sweet tooth is feeling extra sweet. Like most food and beverage establishments, go at night and you can enjoy lovely lively cocktails of all kinds.
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Another great place to grab a bite is Mikri Venetia or Little Venice, a beautiful restaurant that you can visit right after your tour tour of the Acropolis. This restaurant’s menu is made up of creative dishes that are far from what you will find at your typical corner tavern - it is tasteful traditional Greek food presented in a contemporary fashion at very reasonable prices despite the central location.
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If you are looking for something a little more upscale to treat your significant other on a romantic date, be sure to book a table at Mani Mani restaurant. This establishment was featured in the New York Times, and for a good reason as it has been rated 5* by over 1,300 satisfied customers. Serving traditional Greek food with a modern twist using fresh ingredients mainly from the region of Mani in the Southern Peloponnese, this cozy kitchen is a great choice for good Greek food. Just keep in mind that on Sundays, they are open until 18:00.
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Moving away from food and on to cocktails! Because to know where to find a good cocktail on your vacation, or on you weekend, or on any day actually, is key! As previously mentioned, Spirtokouto is the cutest corner bar making all kinds of carefully crafted cocktails. The name directly translates to the English word Matchbox - which fits it perfectly! This little bar also hosts live events when they aren't playing their delightful playlists. The surrounding Athenian hills provide the perfect setting for a romantic walk after a uniquely delicious cocktail at Spirtokouto Cocktail Bar, one of the areas most alluring establishments.
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Bel Ray is located just a few steps away from Spirtokouto and is a great example of how diverse Greek food and beverage establishments can be. Bel Ray serves coffee, food and of course, cocktails. However, you won’t find your mainstream cocktail list here - you will find alternative twists that ensure your cocktail will be potent with Flavors and aromas that you would never have thought of!
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Are you tired of city like and want to escape to an island for a night? No need to go further than Tiki Bar in Koukaki. This spot ouzes tropical vibes which make you forget that you are in the heart of one of Europe’s busiest capitals. The business’s eco-friendly philosophy is reflected in they’re delicious cocktails which are very often seasoned with organic spices, bitter and herbs. The team at Tiki bar make a conscious effort to revise their cocktail list every few months to ensure that customers have something to keep coming back for!
You can be sure that each place in Koukaki has something original and interesting that you will want to take home with you! Join one of our Athens tours and explore the city like a local!