It’s always fun stumbling upon places the locals frequent. If you’re in Athens, venture beyond Monistaraki/the Plaka and all the typical souvlaki joints to the Metaxourgeio neighborhood. Here, you’ll find Seychelles—described by Buzzfeed and cited in Greek newspaper Ekathemirini as “one of the 31 places you should eat around the world before you die.” Here, not only are the clientele and interior space hip, but the menu is fun and creative with simple but elevated dishes such as chickpeas with feta and mint, tomato and zucchini fritters, and more. The pappardelle was jaw-droppingly delicious! Do yourself a favor, and make the trek out this way ... take the metro, then grab a cab for under five Euros. You’ll be glad you did.
This neo-taverna in the Metaxourgeio district is a favorite for its reinvented Greek classics, such as slow-cooked octopus with pickled okra and sardines grilled in grape leaves, paired with affordable wines and party beats.