Five Shots: Greek Havens to Eat

Just back from our recent group trip to Athens and the Aegean Sea, and daily we looked for that special place to sit and relax and sample the local cuisine. Where would you like to eat?

Athens, walking around the Acropolis.

How about walking around the Plaka district in Athens to find your perfect spot? The side streets function as outdoor sitting areas. Climb up the steps and enjoy a meal on the roof top restaurants. 

Athens side streets abound with cafes and rooftop restaurants.
Too early yet, but at night, the Parthenon complex glows.

Here’s one we chose, hoping it would be fine since we didn’t want to descend all the steps and look for something else. 


It was just fine.  We enjoyed the breeze and the view of the city. 

Stuffed tomatoes and peppers, calamari, Greek salad.

Grecians have a great lifestyle. From noon to five, people stay indoors. The city comes to life at night and shops stay open until 11p.m. The object is to meander around or sit and talk while the sun sets, setting facades aglow. The temperatures throughout the trip were warm and dry. We frequently ate dinner after 8:30p.m.  

View from the rooftop restaurant, Athens.

Maybe you would prefer to eat at the shoreline of Mykonos? 


We spent an hour just eating the appetizer. I love fresh bread dipped in Tzatziki. The wine was delicious. 

DSC02682Sit at the cafe and watch the sunset.


Sometimes the wild waves and wind of Mykonos are too loud for normal conversation. At the island of Patmos, it was nice to have a quiet meal at the pebbled shoreline.  

Quiet Patmos


Fried smelt is an acquired taste. If you like majestic views, the popular island of Santorini is the spot for you. 


Santorini boasts it’s the prettiest island of the 220 Cyclades islands.  


Once you take the tram up to the island top, finding a relaxing cafe for a snack is easy. 


I loved the smoked salmon. Santorini has a brewery, and we sampled. 



Have a sit and look out over the city of Santorini. 


One day, I’m going back and staying at one of the other lesser known islands. A month in the summer would do. Dream on! 

What setting would you pick for taking a break and having a meal? 

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  1. OH MY GOSH! Those two cafe-lined shots of Athens made me
    melt. I could just be there and feel perfectly content. But the other shots as well…amazing. The seashores…the food. So envious.


    1. I’ve been practicing making the Greek food we loved eating so much. The vegetables were so fresh. I liked the vibe of the city of Athens, too. Even though there’s a lot of people, there are so many hidden corners and rooftops to make you feel like you have it all to yourself. Thank you, Keith.

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      1. I was surprised to see the fried smelt. I associate that with the Pacific Northwest, especially around the Columbia River. Have you had grilled anchovies?


    1. Welcome, Ian. Salmon. So simple. So delicious. If you like to interact and feel a part of humanity, the vibe of a good time, you’d be happy on the steps in Athens. I liked how they were lit up. It’s a magical place in the evening. We all felt completely safe.

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          1. What I learned is that many ingredients taste different in different countries, especially the meats. It is very difficult to replicate local food 😦


          2. You are so right, Inese. Take the tomatoes. Ripe here and the soil gives it a taste that is different from the soil in Greece. The olive oil, I bet, is lighter and would taste different than the ones create in Phoenix or California.

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          3. Exactly. And what they feed to their cattle makes a huge difference too. It is why we should try everything when we travel, even if we bring home some extra pounds on our waist:)


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