Athens offers a mix of fast-food stands, open-air cafes, side-street tavemas, and intriguing restaurants. Cheap food abounds in Syndagma and Omonia. Pick up groceries at the markets on Nikis in Plaka.
Eden Vegetarian Restaurant, Lysiou 12, in Plaka. Fantastic dishes like boureki pie (zucchini with feta; ‚5), as well as flavorful mushroom stifado with onions and peppers (‚8.
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80). Open Su-M and W-Sa noon-midnight.
Sawas, Mitropoleos 86, right off of Plateia Monastiraki, across from the flea market. A budget eater's dream with heavenly, cheap gyros (‚1. 30); just don't sit down-prices skyrocket if you do. Souvlaki plate ‚6. 50. Open 8am-4am.
EiO Barba Giannis, Em. Benaki 94, in Exarhia. From Syndagma, walk up Stadiou and make a right on Em, Benaki. Delicious traditional Greek food and outstanding service. Moussaka ‚5. 30. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers ‚4. Ask about the day's choices. In summer, open M-Sa noon-l: 30am, Su noon-5:30pm.
Pluto, Plutarchou 38, in Kolonaki. Chic, warm ambience with an international menu. Try the grilled eggplant with feta and tomatoes (‚9) or strawberry meringue (‚9). Open M-Sa 12:30pm-3am.