Today, I would like to present you a place that has remained very authentic, even it is yet in many tourist guides : L’Avissinia Café !
Why I flashed on this place ?
I love its location. It is both in the heart of Monastiraki flea market but also a little hidden by all the antiques shops (which you’ll see all deployed on Sunday morning).
This is a great traditional Greek cuisine restaurant. I must say that the dishes we have tasted today were delicious and very well presented. There is also an extensive wine list, which come from various regions of Greece.
I had the chance to meet the owner, Kitty Koufonikola
She is very friendly and in addition, she shares the recipes offered in her restaurant in a nice book translated into English.
Another feature is the interior decoration really out of the ordinary !
We are immediately transported into another time and the atmosphere is very warm.
The decor is in perfect harmony with its environment, with antique furniture and multiple tables, which appear in the neighboring antique flea markets or transmitted over the years.
All decorated with beautiful flowers giving a touch vintage and liberty at this place, which was before a tea room.
The musical atmosphere
Surprisingly, to enhance our lunch, there was Cuban music. To put you in the mood, I propose you to listen “Veinte Anos”, song from the “Buena Vista Social Club” album :
During our Sunday lunch, the atmosphere was so smooth and quiet enough (which I enjoyed) but at night, it can be much more lively, with large tables and Greek musicians live.
Avissinia Café has also a beautiful room upstairs and a terrace with a beautiful view of the Acropolis.
- For more information, you can check their website : Avissinia Café
- Adress : 7 Kinetou street, Avissinia square
- Phone number : (+30) 210 32 17 047