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Top 8 child friendly restaurants and cafeterias in the centre of Athens
Yes, we all know sightseeing in the centre of Athens can be fun, but where is the ideal place to go to eat or relax with a coffee when you have kids in town? Some of our top picks are mentioned below. Bon appétit!
Dining at the restaurant of the Acropolis museum is highly recommended for a family friendly lunch, dinner, or even just a coffee, especially as you will visit the museum anyway. The scenery is breathtaking and the food is delicious. The panoramic view of the Acropolis is one of the best in town and your little fellows will enjoy the wide choice of brunch items and also the deserts. They serve traditional Greek food with a modern twist, and all ingredients are locally sourced.
Child friendly tavernas in Psyrri
Next to Monastiraki and Plaka you’ll come across Psyrri, an interesting area to visit in the city centre which is famous for its popular tavernas and neat little alleyways.
You will be impressed by the hospitality shown at Lithos taverna as well as its rustic, cosy interior. Listen to Greek folk music which is especially popular amongst the locals while you enjoy the delicious Greek dishes and your children enjoy the finger food.
Try also ‘Krasopoulio tou Kokora’, another popular taverna in Psyrri. You will appreciate the home cooking at this little taverna. Take note that all dishes are based on traditional recipes dating back to 1850. Your little fellows will love the cosiness of the place as well as the homemade deserts.
Food and coffee with the family in Plaka
Plaka is an area you definitely can’t escape from. It is one of the most popular tourist areas but also the most picturesque and beautiful areas of Athens. Make sure you see the most distinctive part of Plaka which is known as Anafiotika. The area was named ‘Anafiotika’ as the first inhabitants came from the island of ‘Anafi’ and, to remind them a bit of home, they transformed the area to be reminiscent of a small Cycladic island. The houses, restaurants and cafeterias have the white and blue characteristic colours of Cycladic architecture while the small alleyways are a further reminder of a Cycladic town.
After wandering around Anafiotika Melina’s coffee shop is the perfect stop for a coffee, snack or desert. Enjoy sitting on the veranda or sit in the cosy inside. Your little fellows will love the choice of ice creams and you will adore the selection of exquisite beverages. We recommend you to try the Cuban hot chocolate with rum & whipped cream.
If your stomach starts rumbling then why not visit Anafiotika ‘mezedopoleio’. Located in an amazing setting with a huge outdoor space, it is popular with students. Delicious tapas are served and later at night there is live Greek music.
Yogolicious in Monastiraki
Monastiraki, next to Plaka, is famous for its flea market, especially on Sundays. It is worth a visit to see the selection of local art as well as some clothing items and other accessories. The ruins in the vicinity and the view of Acropolis will take you back in time to the golden era of Pericles.
Whilst wandering around Monastiraki you could try one of the yummiest Greek frozen yoghurts in Yogolicious. There’s a great choice of toppings and sauces. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, then frozen yoghurt with fresh fruits and ‘gliko tou koutaliou’ (Greek type of sweet used as a topping) is the perfect choice. Your little fellows will love it too and most importantly of course … it’s healthy!
Other interesting areas in the centre
Syntagma in the centre is famous for the Parliament and its square. What about its food though? We strongly recommend you try Avocado, one of the first vegetarian and vegan restaurants with a great variety on its menu. Your little fellows will love the vegan pizzas, while you will enjoy the fresh salads.
Another interesting area to visit is Gazi, known for its nightlife and coffee shops. Athiri in Gazi is a pleasant surprise that you should not miss. It has a hidden garden ideal for your children to run around, while its cuisine is simply delicious. The restaurant is also rated in the Michelin Guide 2014.