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A Delicious Visit to the Greek Museums

Beautiful atriums and courtyards, balconies with breathtaking views and green gardens have been shaped as part of museum premises in Athens and Thessaloniki and promise to offer you relaxing spots before or after your culture-oriented visits. They will also provide you with the right setting for a romantic haute cuisine dinner in a tasteful environment. Follow us on a tour to the most famous ones.

 

 


Athens

Acropolis Museum Restaurant
– Facing the Parthenon

Fancy a meal with fresh products and traditional Greek flavours in a restaurant offering fine views of one of the world's iconic sites? Visit the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Acropolis Museum, where the selected daily dishes are inspired by traditional recipes based on seasonal ingredients.

Tip
: On Fridays the restaurant stays open until midnight.

Where: 15, Dionysiou Areopagitou St. Athens

More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr


Benaki Museum

Museum of Greek Culture:
Located on the fourth floor of a historic neoclassical building in the centre of Athens, the café-restaurant serves light snacks or full meals of Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine, offering customers views of the National Garden and the area around Syntagma Square. It’s a popular spot for a lunch break or a late dinner (on Thursdays) when you can enjoy the night city lights.

Tip: The restaurant stays open until midnight on Thursdays.

Where: 1, Koumbari St. & Vasilissis Sofias Ave., Athens

138, Pireos St.: Visit the minimal restaurant in this building of the Benaki Museum and enjoy mouthwatering confectionery or light meals and sandwiches. It is surrounded by glass walls which afford views on busy Pireos St., the capital’s oldest street connecting it with Piraeus. The atrium is a popular meeting place for museum fans during the warm months of the year.

Where: 138, Pireos & Andronikou St., Athens

 



Museum of Islamic Art:
The museum’s traditional coffee shop is located in Kerameikos area, and it faces the archaeological site of the Kerameikos cemetery, Thiseion and the Acropolis. Have your lunch or coffee break here and enjoy the food which bears Arabic influences, matching the surroundings.

Tip: Make a note of visiting the museum on Wednesdays; you will enjoy the lovely sunset view as it stays open until 21.00.

Where: 22, Agion Asomaton & 12, Dipilou St.

More info: www.benaki.gr


The Museum of Cycladic Art

Between the Museum’s two buildings, the atrium houses a charming and cozy skylighted café that will welcome you during the day for a cup of coffee or a meal. Enjoy your food next to a Cycladic Art-inspired fountain, decorated with elaborate mosaics designed by artist Zizi Makri. Try light Mediterranean cuisine dishes in an oasis-like environment located in the centre of Athens, which shuts the city noise out and provides a flavourful break to tourists or to those of you seeking a short escape during a busy day.

Where: 4, Neofytou Douka St., Athens

More info: www.cycladic.gr


Goulandris Museum of Natural History, Gaia Centre

The earthy colour shades used in the café-restaurant at Gaia Centre are in perfect harmony with the Museum of Natural History surroundings, in Kifissia, north of Athens. Savour their impressive Mediterranean cuisine dishes as they are considered among the culinary must-follow suggestions in Athenian museums. The place is cozy, relaxing and child-friendly.

Where: 100, Othonos St., Kifissia

More info: www.gnhm.gr


Numismatic Museum Café: a green quiet spot in the heart of Athens

A discreet place welcoming visitors only a few metres away from the hustle and bustle of Panepistimiou St. is none other than the Numismatic Museum’s Café. Its peaceful garden is the perfect location for enjoying your coffee break, a snack or a drink as it stays open until nightfall. The building housing the museum is one of the neoclassical architectural gems designed during the 2nd half of the 19th c. in Athens by the then famous architect Ernst Tziller.

Tip: Live music events also take place here!

Where: 12, Panepistimiou St., Athens


Thessaloniki

B (Veta) restaurant in the Museum of Byzantine Culture

The Museum of Byzantine Culture welcomes you in its restaurant called B (Veta in Greek) right in the heart of Thessaloniki City. The early birds among you can have their coffee and breakfast from 8.00am onwards; you can visit it during your lunch break or enjoy a romantic dinner in the evening. Greek cuisine flavours are mixed with French and Italian ones, promising to you a memorable gastronomic experience. The restaurant is arranged in a modern style, yet within the architectural standards set for the Museum area, with references to the city’s byzantine past.

Where: 2, 3rd Septemvriou Ave., Thessaloniki

More info: www.brestaurant.gr


Teloglion Foundation of Art

You will find the Enfant Gâté Restaurant on the first floor of Teloglion Foundation of Art which is part of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Surrounded by tall plane trees, this modern, minimalist style space, facing Agiou Dimitriou St., welcomes you with a menu that comprises Greek cuisine dishes mostly from Thessaloniki and northern Greece. The wine list includes Greek variety wines only. If you visit the place with your kids, there is a playground by the restaurant to keep them happy and busy!

Tip: The restaurant is open until the wee hours of the morning.

Where: 159A, Agiou Dimitriou St.

More Info: www.teloglion.gr

 


NOESIS – Thessaloniki Science Centre & Technology Museum

The Planetarium Barestau at Noesis is a great choice for those who want to enjoy their meal or drink in a place with a magnificent panoramic view of Thermaikos Gulf. When the weather is good you can enjoy the restaurant’s very large verandah, until late at night. On weekdays the museum and the Planetarium Barestau have the same opening hours.

Tip: on Fridays and weekends the restaurant stays open until late in the evening.

Where: 6th Km. Thessaloniki – Thermi National Road

More info: www.noesis.edu.gr


A cup of coffee in historic museums

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

An unpretentious cozy café is what you’ll find in the green courtyard of the National Archaeological Museum. The city noise stays out of the premises and you can sip your coffee next to marvellous archaeological exhibits, statues, mosaics, while lemon tree and lavender scents fill the air.

Tip: Same opening hours apply to the café and the museum. No admittance ticket is required!

Where
: 1, Tositsa St., Athens

More info: www.namuseum.gr


Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

The beautiful garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum is a place where you can easily lose track of time! Its café is surrounded by colourful flower beds, and you can drink your coffee by the shady plane tree in the yard while enjoying the view of the marble archway that decorates the breathtaking 19th century villa of the Duchess of Plaisance.

Where: 22, Vasilissis Sofias Ave, Athens

More info: www.byzantinemuseum.gr


Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki

After your visit to the Museum of Photography, enjoy a cup of coffee at the café/ info point that affords a dreamlike view of the city harbour and the waterfront. Learn more about the art of photography through special publications and watch the museum’s short films on the subject.

Where: Warehouse A', Port of Thessaloniki

More info: www.thmphoto.gr



Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Visit the café of the Museum on the building’s ground floor, enjoy its variety of beverages and alcoholic drinks in an environment where the present converses with the past and modern artworks create a harmonious ensemble with Roman monuments and architectural members. 

Where: 154, Egnatias St. (inside the International Trade Fair premises – HELEXPO) Thessaloniki 

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