Top Museum Restaurants And Cafes In Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 04 June 2015
Top Museum Restaurants And Cafes In Athens
Refresh yourself culturally and internally at one of Athens' world-class museums, many of which have delightful restaurants. Here are some of the best ones.

The restaurant of the magnificent Acropolis Museum is located on the second floor and provides a spectacular panorama of the legendary Acropolis itself, a stunning testament to the glories of the ancient civilisation. Here you can have a quiet drink or a full meal based on fresh local produce, all the while drinking in the most amazing view. On Fridays the restaurant is open until midnight.

On the second floor of the renowned Benaki Museum is a café-restaurant which extends to the terrace of this delightful neo-classical building. From there you have panoramic views of the Parliament buildings, the National Gardens and Syntagma Square. Sip a coffee, nibble a snack or really take your time with a full three-course meal. On Thursdays the museum is open until midnight.

In the heart of Kerameikos, a section of the old city of Athens, is the Benaki’s wonderful Islamic art complex. Displaying more than 8,000 exhibits it explores the astonishing richness and diversity of Islamic culture from its birth up to the Mogul and Ottoman empires. And it also houses a delightful traditional coffee shop that offers sweeping views from the Acropolis and the Pnyx to the Kerameikos cemetery and Piraeus.

A welcome retreat from the bustle of a big city can be found in the atrium of the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art. Here an elegant and airy little café provides light refreshments with an authentic Mediterranean flavour at tables arranged around a fountain inspired by Cycladic art.

For those exploring the Greek capital with children in tow, the café-restaurant of the Natural History Museum is a godsend. Serving light snacks or full meals this little oasis set in the Gaia Centre has a friendly yet discreet atmosphere and is particularly welcoming to children. The museum is located in the wonderfully leafy centre of the Kifissia suburb, an attraction in itself.

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by David Thornton