Fodor's Expert Review O Platanos
On a picturesque pedestrianized square, this is one of the oldest tavernas in Plaka (established 1932). Although not as good as it was during its glory years when intellectuals and artists sat here sipping retsina until the early hours, it's still worth a stop. It is a district landmark—set midway between the Tower of the Winds and the Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments. Most of the crowd opts to relax under the courtyard's plane trees (which give the place its name) than to dine inside the cozy dining room, at least when the weather is pleasant. Locals come here because the food is good Greek home cooking. Don't miss the oven-baked potatoes, lamp or veal casserole with spinach or eggplant, the stuffed squid, and the cheap but delicious barrel retsina. It's also open for lunch.
Athens, Attica 10556, Greece
- Beautiful setting under plane trees
- Traditional Greek cooking like stuffed squid and lamb casserole
- Pitchers of the house retsina