Food & Drink

Greek revival— Athens


Athens is at the forefront of a national drive to refresh Greek cuisine. We take a tour with one of its pioneers.

Dimitri Kotsaris, Meat Market, Yannis Barbalias

With the opening of his Athens restaurant Aneton in 2005, Vasilis Kallidis heralded the arrival of new Greek cuisine (although “new” in this instance involves a revival of interest in traditional Greek ingredients).

“I want to revisit the roots we forgot. After the Olympics in 2004, Greeks wanted to show the world their cuisine was more than just souvlaki. And so chefs started to open restaurants and people started to buy Greek produce again,” says Kallidis over breakfast at Eatit, an independent café group with a Greek slant. Kallidis comes here…


The historic centre of Athens is made up of a rough triangle formed by Akadimias, Mitropoleos and Athinas streets. Due to the influx of more than a million refugees from Asia Minor in the early 20th century, the centre is a mix of different cultures. The streets around the market form an old retail centre with streets specialising in a specific trade such as fabric or jewellery. Walking distance from his home on Lykavittos hill, this is where chef Vasilis Kallidis shops for both his restaurant and the lively dinner parties he hosts from his home.

Address book

Eatit, Panepistemiou 39, + 30 210 33 13 872, eatit.gr

Pnyka, Petraki 24, + 30 210 32 45 162

To Pantopoleion, Sofokleous 1, + 30 210 32 34 612

Angelis, Agora, Central Meat Market, Aiolou 81, Athinas Street, + 30 210 32 43 464

Ipiros, Agora, Central Meat Market, Filipomenos 4, Athinas Street, + 30 210 32 40 773

Dimitra Arapi, Agora, Central Fish Market, Athinas Street, + 30 210 32 13 069

Bahar, Euripidou 31-33,+ 30 210 32 17 225, bahar-spices.gr

Sardelles, Persefonis 15, + 30 210 34 78 050, sardelles.gr


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