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7 Places to Tap into Athens’ Cultural and Culinary Renaissance

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From new restaurants to new arts institutions, head here to experience Athens’ remarkable revival.
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Keramikou 49, Athina 104 36, Greece
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...
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Anastasiou Zinni 34, Athina 117 41, Greece
Located in the Koukaki neighborhood, rustic Fabrika tou Efrosinou is all about tradition and simplicity. Fine wines—many made by the chef’s wife—accompany savory pies, plump cracked wheat meatballs, and other seasonal dishes that nod to various...
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Kallidromiou 69, Athina 106 83, Greece
A school-turned-mezedopoleío serves delicious meze including bakalyaro (walnut-crusted fish fillets) and pita topped with yogurt and smoked eggplant. Bonus: a patio surrounded by bougainvillea. This appeared in the January/February 2018 issue.
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Vrasida 11, Athina 161 21, Greece
Local ingredients take center stage at Vezené, a bistro in central Athens, where chef-owner Ari Vezené ages his own meats, sources the best seafood in Greece, and cooks 150 meals a day for people in need. This appeared in the January/February 2018...
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Athens, Greece
Later this year, Greece will get its first Four Seasons. Slated to open in the spring of 2018 on a pine-covered peninsula 16 miles from central Athens, the 300-room hotel will have private beaches, three pools, and a taverna that looks out on the...
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Λεωφ. Καλλιρρόης και Αμβρ. Φραντζή, Αθήνα, 117 43, Athina 117 43, Greece
The EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art) has existed since 2000 and often mounted edgy exhibitions in the Athens Conservatory across town. The plan for its new home got a green light, but construction was scheduled...
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Leof. Andrea Siggrou 364, Kallithea 176 74, Greece
It was long time in the making, and like other things in Greece right now, it remains tricky to operate. Yet, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center—new home for both the National Library and National Opera, designed by Renzo Piano...