Whether you are visiting Athens or you live there, if you ever had an irresistible envy to eat traditional French cuisine, I got you two “French Bistro” addresses to test absolutely !
Although I love Greek food, I admit that sometimes I need my “Proust’s Madeleine” … which means for me, finding known flavors from small sample typical French dishes and of course, take the opportunity to show our regional cuisine to our Greek friends.
- “Bistrot le Mignon”, 39b Charitos Street, Kolonaki, Athens
At the heart of Kolonaki, you will be welcomed in an atmosphere “very Montmartre” by a small group of musicians with only French music (inside as well) …
Inside, it is a nice decor that will put you in a very Parisian atmosphere and a bit vintage, with red sofas, tables and bistro chairs, subway stations names, and old books.
Cuisine, dishes of the day (I took a delicious beef bourguignon) and “à la carte”, steak tartare (an exception because raw meat is rarely offered in Athens), toasted sandwiches, cream of pumpkin soup, “foie gras”, crème brûlee with raspberry and chocolate mousse.
- “Chez Violette”, 69 Kallidromiou street, quartier Exarchia, Athens
Located in an old elementary school, this restaurant has a beautiful outdoor terrace opened in summer and located in the school playground …
… The spirit of the place is kept in the decoration with blackboards where are written French proverbs, old photos of the Eiffel Tower, red oilcloth with white dots … all, in a friendly family atmosphere.
In the kitchen, traditional French cuisine adapted to the seasons. Right now, onion soup, raclette, duck parmentier, veal stew are offered …
If you ever get hungry in Athens, you know where to go now ! 🙂