Stopping by Greece this summer and looking for the best rooftop restaurants and bars to soak up the summer nights in the country’s capital? Below are the Inquiring Traveler’s picks for the four best rooftops to visit in Athens this season (featuring local favorites and one top-secret rooftop that *none* of your friends will know about).
Plateia Avissinias 3
This artsy hangout on Avissinias Square hosts live music, theatrical shows, and art exhibitions. They serve up an interesting and select array of drinks, from boutique Greek wines to fruit lassi to double chocolate coffee with caramel and hazelnuts. For munching, try the mini corndogs, meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, or wok-fried rice noodles with pineapple, chicken, tuna, and coconut milk sauce.
Another downtown favorite, this well-hidden bar in Monastiraki hides a rooftop with breathtaking Acropolis views and a dazzling array of drinks on offer. There’s a hearty collection of whiskeys and rums, as well as an array of signature cocktails, such as the Irish Cream Punch with whiskey, sherry, almond milk, honey, and cinnamon. Highlights from the menu include fried cheese sticks with smoked paprika, ginger, and citrus marmalade and nachos with sour cream, bacon, cheddar, and tomato.
Apostolou Pavlou 27
When you want a dose of fine cuisine and Parisienne chic, head to this two-floor restaurant a stone’s throw from the Thissio metro station. There’s a of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill and a classy interior with suede seats and mint-green window-doors. Stars of the menu include the sea bass on bread crust with baby squid and mushrooms and the chocolate cake with mango sorbet and passionfruit. Bonus: The ground floor is a wine bar stocked with 140 wines.
And finally, a secluded, top-secret rooftop hideout in the midst of central Athens: the rooftop restaurant of V 1935 Luxury Apartments. This boutique hotel has nine elegant apartments and a rooftop restaurant with curling-wire chairs and a convenient glass-covered section for colder nights. They serve up handmade pizzas, delicate Greek pies, and other light bites alongside drinks and desserts. When night falls, they play classic movies on their outdoor cinema screen.
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