The “tastier” rooftops in Athens

As long as the weather is beautiful, locals do not part with their favourite rooftops in downtown Athens, where delicious dishes meet exquisite cocktails and panoramic views of the city. From the “Barrio” in Ghazi, you can look out on the old industrial facilities of the Athens Gas Company and the Acropolis, while enjoying a “nicoise” salad with a twist, a fantastic gravlax salmon with quinoa, tomato, chives and lime, or linguine with veal ragù and xynomyzithra cheese from Crete. As you take the elevator that leads to the terrace of the “Couleur Locale” in Monastiraki, you can hardly imagine the spectacular views waiting for you at the end of the route. It is an all-day hangout, starting from the morning with coffee and brunch, and continuing with finger food, salads and pizzas, as well as dynamic cocktails such as the “Betty the Boo 2” (vodka, green apple, caramel and ginger) and the “Caricia de Madre” (tequila with citrus, sherry and vanilla cream). In Kato Petralona, the rooftop of the “Andaman” is one of the most exotic in the city. The kitchen loves Thai flavors, such as the delicious marinated and smoked duck that is served with sweet hoisin sauce, and the shrimps in a sauce of four different kinds of mushrooms, vegetables, red onion and fresh ginger. On the terrace of a beautiful neoclassical building on Astigos Street in Thiseio, the primely located tables of “Seven 7” afford postcardlike views of the Parthenon and the Propylaea, while the kitchen sends out Mediterranean dishes such as scorpionfish with orzo pasta, red wine sauce, and whole caramelized onions, and the yoghurt cream with fruit ratatouille and strawberry sauce. The atmospheric wine bar “Monk” near Aghias Irinis Square features a stylish roof-garden. The 180 labels of the wine list are also served by the glass, and you can accompany them with finger food and some plates.