3 Best Restaurants in Metaxourgeio, Athens


$$$ | Metaxourgeio Fodor's choice

Restaurants, including this multiple award-winning Michelin-starred gem of Neoclassical design and inventive Mediterranean cuisine, are the reason Metaxourgeio's profile went up. As soon as you arrive in the beautiful garden, lit with fairy lights and scattered with statuettes and other creative decor details, you'll want to stay for hours; the winter dining area indoors is very elegant too, but not as uplifting. Chef Gikas Xenakis's cooking is a serious candidate for notoriety. Currently there are two types of tasting menus, "earth & sea" or "garden & nature," with a choice of four, five, or six dishes. There is also an excellent wine pairing menu available, but if you prefer to choose your own there is a wide-ranging wine list. 

Megalou Alexandrou 57, Athens, 10435, Greece
Known For
  • Inventive gourmet tasting menus
  • Beautiful garden setting
  • Fresh Greek ingredients
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch, Reservations essential

Ble Papagalos

$$ | Metaxourgeio
The trendiest and most happening spot for coffee, snacks, and cocktails in Metaxourgeio, Ble Papagalos (Blue Parrot in Greek) is an all-day social destination. Always abuzz mainly with local youth but also people of varying ages, the charming hangout reflects the up-and-coming area's aspirations as an artsy, hip, green, and friendly locale. Try a fresh homemade dessert with your coffee by day or a light snack and drink by night as you watch the world go by. At night it also hosts swing parties and jazz-themed DJ sets.
Leonidou 31, Athens, 10436, Greece
Known For
  • Hip, vibrant crowd
  • Funky decor and ambience
  • Great coffee and cocktails


$$ | Metaxourgeio
Although it's named after one of the world's most exotic destinations, this restaurant is almost provincially Greek in its ingredients and culinary attitude. You may experience some exciting moments of surprise, however, when scanning the menu and spotting old favorites like smoked swordfish, hot and sweet little steaks, baked beetroot stuffed with garliky skordalia sauce, and pappardelle with kavourmas (terrine). In a neighborhood that's especially à la mode amongst artists from all over, the neotraditional element is played up for its unpretentious and familial charm, but don't fool yourself, this place is decidedly "in."

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