- by XpatAthens
- Thursday, 05 February 2015
The best place to be on an evening with a lazy sunset and warm breeze – is on a rooftop patio. There are lots of rooftop patios in Athens – for eating, for coffee, for drinking. And for showing off the city in all its Instagram-worthy glory. This past weekend I managed to go to no less than 3 rooftop patios.
Filistron is a taverna on the Apostolou Pavlou pedestrian path – access the rooftop via the stairway to the side of the main entrance. The night I was there, the rooftop was packed, and they only just managed to fit three of us at a small table for two. We did not mind at all, as the view was worth it. I must say, even minus the view, Filistron has a delicious ‘higher end’ taverna menu. It’s not the cheapest taverna around, but I would go back for the octopus alone. Definitely book ahead here.
Lazy as I am, I then took my friends about 10 metres away from Filistron for a drink at Chocolat Royal. This one is a lounge/café/restaurant, with a labyrinthine interior, that takes you up elevators and stairs and even past the kitchen, until you emerge onto the rooftop. The night we were there it wasn’t busy at all – friendly service, restaurant menu. I wouldn’t hurry back, but it was certainly a place to keep on the list for a quiet evening with a glass of wine.
Sunday afternoon with foreign visitors in town means one thing: a visit to A For Athens. By now this has become Athens most famous rooftop, and the place is worth a visit for the view alone. Which, given its popularity, is all we managed on Sunday. No available tables, but worth the effort for the Instagram shots.
I’ve listed a few great rooftops below – most are quite well known. Some are always busy (A For Athens), others are less so (Central Hotel), and some are must-dos for every visitor and resident of Athens (Lycabettus Hill at sunset). All have great views, and are great spots to take visitors – and even pass muster for most of us locals…
Some say Athens looks better from 20 meters up. I’m starting to believe it.
Filistron (reservation recommended)
23 Apostolou Pavlou
27 Apostolou Pavlou
+30 210 346 9077
25 Apostolou Pavlou
A For Athens
2-4 Miaouli Str., Monastiraki Square
+30 210 32 44 244
2 Ifaistou Str., Monastiraki Square
+30 210 321 0006
Apollonos 21, Plaka
+30 210 3234357
Head to Lycabettus Hill, and go up :)
Until next week,
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