Love is in the air as we journey towards Valentine’s Day! If you’re in Athens, Greece this lovey-dovey week, we’ve got you covered for date night on Friday the 14th. Below are our top picks for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner in Athens
Xenokratous 51; 2107229106
For a Parisian kind of elegance, look no further than L’Abreuvoir, Kolonaki’s finest in French dining. Among white-linen tablecloths and silver candlesticks, the menu focuses on French classics, including steak tartare, mushrooms a la crème, and a particularly fine coq au vin. Top it off with their signature dessert, crepes Suzette, and glass of wine from their twenty-eight-page drinks list.
Griveon 3; 2103641414
Nestled in one of Kolonaki’s cobblestone alleyways lies Il Postino, a cozy Italian restaurant filled with dining-room tables and photos from vintage Italian movies. This tiny gem specializes in rustic Italian cuisine, their specialty being finely-made pastas (try their spaghetti alla carbonara or linguine scampi). Pick and choose from the wooden aperitivo tray and end the night with a coffee-drenched tiramisu worthy of any café in Rome.
To Treno Sto Rouf
Leoforos Konstantinoupoleos, Rouf Railway & Suburban Station; 2105298922
If you want some old-world glamour on your romantic night out, visit To Treno Sto Rouf, a restaurant, bar, and theatre space housed inside abandoned train carriages. Sit down in the restaurant car and try the cheese platter with cheddar, graviera, and emmental, or the buon viaggio pizza with prosciutto and rocket leaves.
The Royal Monkey
Levidou 11; 2108011679
Looking for a more offbeat venue for your date night? Visit The Royal Monkey in Kifissia. This brand-new eatery has an electric blue interior and an electric menu of international flavors. You’ll want to try everything, from the crab cakes to the chicken pad thai to the Indochina salad bowl with chicken, noodles, lime and chilli. Top it off with a Geisha cocktail with gin, sake, and plum green tea.
Leoforo Kifisias 324; 2106233810
Those on the hunt for a more casual, hip dinner can zero in on Kifissia’s Common Secret. With couches, shelves, and artifacts channeling a quirky English living room, this establishment makes fun food with the freshest ingredients. Highlights include handmade pastas, adorable mini-burgers, and refreshing salads. Stop by early to sample their brunch menu; one favorite is the “Greek Benedict”, featuring poached eggs, sausage, and fresh koulouri.
Kolokotroni 8; 2114035993
For a dreamy, Greek-island-inspired Valentine’s Day, head to Oneiria in Halandri. Breathtakingly styled like an island home (with white-washed walls and the odd embroidered cloth), this brand-new eatery dishes up classic, made-with-love taverna fare. Enjoy fresh bread, fried potatoes with eggs and feta, a variety of mouthwatering meats, and the handmade “Pie of the Day”.
We wish you a happy, romantic Valentine’s Day this year! Stay tuned for more unique eats in Europe and beyond!