The Athens bistro scene has been going strong this year. From a brand-new American-style eatery right in the northern suburbs to classic haunts that still retain a loyal following, the city’s hottest bistros exude personality and dish up vibrant cuisine. Below are four charming bistros to check out in Athens this spring.
Brand-new in Holargos, Henhouse Athens (Faneromenis 8; 210656 5573) breathes new life into Faneromenis street. The décor is chic and stylish, with the menu sporting hip, American-inspired dishes, from barbeque chicken wings to mac n cheese to hot dogs with aioli sauce and kimchi. Top it off with homemade soft cookies with peanut mousse and salted caramel.
Meanwhile, tucked into a pedestrian street in cultural-chic Kolonaki, Yoko Café Bistro (Zalokosta 8; 2114003740) is a tiny gem bursting with charm. The menu is full of vibrant bites, including creative salads and an array of soul-warming homemade pies. For a memorable bite, indulge in their homemade tart or cake of the day (you may just chance upon their divine cheesecake) and a ginger lemonade.
Further downtown in Koukaki, bistro veteran Lotte Café-Bistrot (Tsami Karatasou 2; 2114078639) continues to draw a loyal following with their excellent cuisine and vintage European flair, sporting pastel walls, floral curtains, and flea market memorabilia. Indulge in a warm butter croissant, juicy homemade quiche, or thick, plentiful cake of the day. And caffeine-addicts, rejoice; this bistro also brews up fine Venetian espresso.
And for a dose of sweetness closer to the suburbs, head to Beverley Café Bistrot (Kalogrezis 8; 2155150373) in Halandri. With the vibe of an English cottage, this bistro specializes in indulgent sweets, from chocolate souffle to Oreo cheesecake to Kinder Bueno ice cream. Fan favorites include the carrot cake, red velvet cake, and the Mars-Twix cake (a chocolate cake drenched in caramel and frosting).
Spring isn’t far behind, so let’s keep our spirits up with flavorful coffee, sumptuous sweets, and memorable outings with friends!