You can easily miss this tiny eatery hidden among cafes and souvenir stores along the foothills of the Acropolis. But keep your eyes peeled for a blue awning shielding outdoor tables with green-wire chairs, lace tablecloths, and oil lamps, and you’re in for a treat. Athina Bistro, a delightful Franco-Greek bistro right in the heart of Athens, Greece, exudes Parisian Charm and serves up elegant takes on Greek classics. Expect home-cooked Greek dishes presented with five-star finesse, complete with porcelain plates worthy of any yiayia’s (translation: grandmother’s) fine china cabinet. Favorites include the lamb leg with gravy and mashed potatoes (with meat so moist it falls right off the bone), the moussaka (a lasagna-like dish made from layers of dough, béchamel cream, ground meat and eggplant) dressed up in a quiche dish, and seabass ceviche. If you fancy a lighter bite, go for the sandwich with roast beef and jam or the bruschetta with fried eggs and spinach. Athenian bliss.
Makrigianni 3, Athens
Open every day from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM