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Going to Greece and gunning for gyros? Athens’s homey tavernas can certainly deliver the goods (and be warned: they’re moreish). We think you should go in for one of those juicy bundles of meat as soon as you arrive. But just as its art scene is blossoming, and the list of brilliant things to do diversifying, the best Athens restaurants have matured no end in recent years. And gyros isn’t on the menu.
Now those greasy kebab joints are joined by trendy restaurants still offering old-world classics, but reworked in increasingly daring ways. Ever thought of chucking cuttlefish in your moussaka? Squid in your pesto pasta? One Athenian chef has. Wherever you go, you’ll still notice a focus on high-quality, locally-sourced produce – meaning that whether you’re tucking into a grilled meat platter with a sea view or a creative dessert in an up-and-coming opening, your plate will sing with fresh flavours.
This is our pick of the very best food experiences in Athens right now. If you’re travelling around the country, then we’ve also chosen the very best things to do in Greece.
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