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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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Greek Gastronomy Globetrotters

To be an Ambassador for Greek food abroad, it’s essential to do it right.  The most successful overseas Greek culinary ventures have one thing in common: they’ve all managed to import the most defining elements of Greek Gastronomy. Authenticity. Hospitality. And a relaxed “live-to-eat-not-eat-to-live” ethos. Amanda Dardanis goes beyond th...

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In a Glass of its Own

Greece is one of the world’s hottest emerging wine regions right now. Sofia Perpera, of New Wines of Greece, provides a masterclass in the Hellenic wine stars of tomorrow (and also recommends her best dinner party wine picks). When did your love affair with the grape begin? I have always loved wine. It was a part of our family ...

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Less Is More at Athens Was

With brunch offerings popping up all over the city, we’ve all become that much harder to impress these days. AthensWas delivers the extra ingredients to win Amanda Dardanis over. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of breakfast buffets. Give me a well thought-out and well-executed à la carte menu any day (although my kids would abs...

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