Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Food & Drink

Il Barretto: Italian flair

With three of its restaurants at large shopping malls - the Golden Hall, McArthur Glen and River West - Il Barretto sets shop at hipster capital, Ag.Irinis square at the newly-opened Perianth Hotel. Beautifully done up in understated tones and with a very airy, minimalist aesthetic, Il Baretto infuses its light meals with Ital...

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Queen Bee: Kolonaki’s new hive

Panagiotis Kalyvas, of Capanna and Kolonaki Kalamaki fame, opens an all- day hangout and it has Athenians making a beeline for it! Disrupting the city's bistrot scene, Queen Bee introduces a game-changing bakehouse that directly connects Athens with downtown New York & Paris. Artisan house-made sourdough breads, hand-picke...

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Where to Dine in Athens … Right Now!

Athens’ giddy food revolution is in overdrive. From grill-houses where meat rules the roost to retro meze mansions and gourmet enclaves, Athens Insider breaks it down to the coolest 6 most eligible new dining addresses for you to discover. Parla Captained by Thodoris Papanikolaou - the gastro-genius who brought us such sophisti...

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The Cigar Report

Smoking a cigar – while not everyone’s thing – always makes a strong statement. Athens remains a city where cigar lovers can still inhale the pleasures of the moment, whether at regular cafes or at elegant bars over polite conversation. Julie-Anne Amiard takes her pick of Athens’ cigar-friendliest addresses – from new hotels to rooftop ba...

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Five Flavourful Greek Souvenirs to Take Home

You’re coming to the end of your Greek sojourn and want to return with edible souvenirs that, with one bite, will bring you back to the Aegean. Or perhaps you live here, but are heading home for holidays, and need some tasty treats to bestow on friends and relatives. Peerless as Greek olives and olive oil are, they use up valuable weight ...

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Buffalo Wings & Rings: Born to be Spicy

“Eat, drink, talk loudly.” “Hot is a state of mind.” “Born to be spicy.” Those are the words decorating the walls of Nea Erythraia’s newest wings joint, but it’s not just fetching, saucy phrases that makes Buffalo Wings & Rings a magnetic force for locals and tourists alike - the restaurant boasts a culinary experience fit for any foo...

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7 Super Rooftop Bars

We could wax all lyrical about how whiling away a sultry summer’s eve, sipping a fashionably-named cocktail, in one of Athens’ ravishing downtown rooftop bars is a match made in cinematic heaven. Or we could just keep quiet and let these stunning images by Maria-Irene Moschonas do all the talking. Modern Restaurant, Athens Was ...

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Archelaou, Pangrati’s Creative HQ

This narrow strip, just off the bustling Vas. Konstantinou street, until recently, was pock-marked with run-of-the-mill shops. Now a hipster hangout with cool restaurants, boutiques, design stores and cafes, its transformation is all the more striking as it is marked by a palpable sense of solidarity amongst its young entrepreneurs to mak...

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Blue Fish, meeting shellfish demands

An import from Paros, Blue Fish sets up base in Athens with the promise of sea-spray and island-charm at two distinct but equally attractive locales: Plaka and Vouliagmeni. Chef George Oikonomidis reworks the magic with which he wooed tourists and locals in Naoussa on Paros and brings his unique brand of Mediterranean-Japanese...

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