Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Simul: Artfully Delicious

If you haven’t found time yet to road-test Kolonaki’s shiny new kid on the block Simul … we have just this to say: Make Time Simul (Gastronomic Situ) opened up shop on the former site of Kolonaki stalwart Prunier last December and has completely transformed the rather old-school French bistro into a minimal, chic and beautiful...

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A Night at Nikkei

Amanda Dardanis spends a flavoursome evening at Nikkei - the city’s most talked-about ambassador of the Japanese-Peruvian food trend. The problem with “It” restaurants – those hot new places suddenly on everyone’s radar that you generally have to book weeks in advance  - is that they so often don’t live up to their hype. Maybe...

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From Grape to Glass

The new breed of experience-chasing tourist is no longer content just to sit back and worship the sunset while imbibing on the prized wines made from this sun-drenched rocky marvel. They want to gain first-hand knowledge of Santorini’s unique grape varieties, while at it. Boutari, Santorini’s most celebrated wine label, lets you follow th...

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Cafe Avissinia: An Athenian Treasure

Master story teller George Pittas has travelled all across Greece and culled Hellenic culinary traditions from every corner to present his comprehensive Greek Gastronomy Guide. Here, he pays homage to one of Insider’s favourite urban eateries, Café Avissinia, and its humble origins as a tea room in the heart of the flea market. ...

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7 Green Bites around Athens

Vegetarian restaurants and Greeks. They used to be about as popular a pairing as wet weather and weddings. But times they are a-changing, and now this nation of meat lovers is also embracing healthier, more energising diets, (as evidenced by the capital’s growing crop of vegetarian and greened up menus). If you like the sound of feta made...

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Nolan: Athens’ Master Blender

Fear of missing out (FOMO) finally led us to the door of Nolan last week: the all-day concept restaurant in Syntagma that’s had fashionable foodies all aflutter since opening in December. At Nolan, Chef Sotiris Kontizas (pictured above right) is masterfully blending shades of Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China with indigenous Gre...

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Sin for Your Supper

For brothers Vangelis and Vassilis Sotiropoulos, the roadblocks in seeing their dream project through – a gourmet gastro-pub housed in a beautiful neo-classical building – were many. But they persevered, through capital controls, (the restaurant opened in August 2015) navigating through mountains of paperwork to get all the requisite lice...

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How to Brunch like an Athenian

Athens is waking up to the best meal of the day, writes Amanda Dardanis There was a time– not so long ago - when the Athenian breakfast of champions was a frappe, cigarette and koulouri. But brunch is the perfect fit for the late-to-bed; late-to-rise Mediterranean lifestyle, and we’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to th...

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A Sense of Fun at Athens Was

Chef Thodoris Papanikolaou brings a radical and playful culinary philosophy with a side order of glorious Acropolis views to Sense, AthensWas’ magnificent new rooftop restaurant. Sense Fine Dining Restaurant is a testament to Chef Papanikolaou’s remarkable fusion of culinary skills: a playful audacity rooted in Greek gastronom...

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Where Athens’ Aesthetes go to Drink

Boo hoo. The season of the rooftop bar is almost at an end - with many of the city's panoramic outdoor venues moving the action back indoors from October. Take advantage of the last few weeks of this sultry September to imbibe on a creative cocktail or memorable meal at the ultra-stylish Point α Bar & Restaurant at the Herodion Hotel....

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7 Super Food Festivals for Fall

Greeks will find just about any excuse to throw a party.  Especially in the fertile harvest months of Autumn when Nature’s bounty overflows and – life-affirming celebrations abound to honour the traditional delicacies that have shaped the local character and flavours of villages, towns and islands all over Greece. Experience the wonderful...

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