Restaurant Picks: Petralona & Thiseio

Where history meets eaterie

Thiseio may be a little touristy, but it’s still a wonderful destination for lunch or dinner after a leisurely walk along the most scenic pedestrianized route in Athens, which extends from Dionysiou Aeropagitou to Apostolou Pavlou streets. If, however, you’d rather feel more like a local, you can take the metro (green line) to Petralona, which is one of the up-and-coming, though still picturesque, areas for lunch, dinner or even brunch. If you don’t mind walking, you can also ask for directions and walk to Petralona by taking the charming route behind the Acropolis, and around Philopappou hill until you reach Stisikleous street in Petralona.


Most restaurants and tavernas accept credit cards and reservations,
but it’s probably best to check beforehand by phoning. Around 15 August, the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin,
the city empties and many venues are closed. Lunchtime is generally considered after 2 p.m.,
while most Greeks sit down for dinner around 10 p.m.

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