Is there another city in the world that is better suited to rooftop restaurants and bars? With the perfect summer climate and incredible views of the Acropolis, the sprawling city and even out to sea, rooftop restaurants in Athens are where savvy visitors spend their evenings enjoying good food, great hospitality and truly extraordinary vistas.
These are our favourite rooftop restaurants, tavernas and bars in Athens. Book in advance to get the best tables and be sure to remember to arrive by sunset too!
Further reading: Best Acropolis View Hotels
Our favourite rooftops restaurants in Athens
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Being able to enjoy a wonderful meal while dangling in the air looking out over Athens and the Greek Islands is truly a unique and very special thing to do. Your photos of the Acropolis at sunset will be unbeatable!
Located in the lively Gazi area you and 21 other dining companions will be strapped in and gently lifted into the sky by crane before enjoying a delicious 6-course meal of modern and traditional Greek cuisine.
The table slowly rotates a full 360-degrees so everyone can enjoy the same vistas and bathroom breaks are accommodated.
Book this now as it is often sold out!
Located in a beautiful 3 level neoclassic building at the base of the Acropolis on Iraklidon 2 Street in the historic Thissio area Sin Athina is open all day and is a wonderful place to have dinner and/or cocktails at night.
Thissio is a lively dining district at the base of the Acropolis that is often overlooked by tourists for the better known Plaka, Monastiraki and Pysri areas. Locals however flock here year-round for amazing food, excellent, professional service and stunning ambience and views.
The menu offers traditional Greek dishes as well as a wide range of fresh modern meals including Shrimp salad, Saganaki, Pasta, Steak and Soufflé.
Mount Lycabettus is one of the few big hills in the sprawling metropolis and is also the best place to get the most incredible views in Athens.
Located right on the edge of the historic centre next to Kolonaki you can travel up the hill by foot, by car or on the Lycabettus Cable Car, a cute little funicular that has been operating since 1966. The cable car operates 365 days of the year, every 30 minutes, and tickets cost 7 Euro.
There are several places to stop at the top of the hill including the SkyBar, a take-away food kiosk outside the Theatre of Lycabettus, and Orizontes Restuarant, with its incredible views over the city and out to the islands.
trofi has been one of the most exclusive restaurants in Athens for over 45 years and is regularly listed in Food and Dining media as one of the best restaurants in Europe.
Located at the bottom of Philopappos Hill at the southern end of the Acropolis Strofi is also very close to the fascinating Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum which is also worth a visit.
Serving Greek cuisine with a modern flair Strofi also has an excellent wine list showcasing the very best Greek Wines from around the country.
Be sure to book a table outside on the rooftop terrace at sunset and capture the changing light from this special vantage point.
Portions sizes here are very generous and it is good value for money too.
Right next to the Temple of Hephaestus on pretty Adrianou Street in Monastaraki you will find Kuzina, a modern Greek ‘kitchen’ with stunning views from its terrace, which is open from April until October.
Included in the BBC’s list of the World’s Top 10 restaurants with a view Kuzina serves up modern Mediterranean food such as dumplings filled with feta cheese mousse, pistachios, sun-dried tomato, olives & pomegranate sauce, handmade “striftaria” pasta with cherry tomatoes, traditional “ksinot and Lemon mousse with butter biscuits & blueberries.
They also have a private dining room for private functions and their Head Chef is a regular on Greek TV so be sure to get a photo or autograph!
The views of the Acropolis are so close you can almost reach out and touch it and the soft lighting and designer furniture give the restaurant a very romantic vibe.
Modern Greek cuisine includes dishes like watermelon ‘tartare’, coal-roasted Amberjack fish and Greek yoghurt with white chocolate crumble, green apple and spearmint foam.
Be sure to also check out their sister property Sea Sense at the incredible Anemi Hotel if you are heading to Folegandros!
‘Local Colour’ opened its doors in 2014 on the 3rd floor of a building in Normanou Street in Monastiraki, just a few minutes from the famous square, metro stop and flea market and a short stroll to Hadrians Library.
Open all day, year-round, this is a bright, light space to enjoy a drink or a meal and becomes lively at night with a DJ spinning cool tracks.
Food choices range from burgers and salads to grazing boards, pasta and pizza and traditional desserts like Loukoumades.
The drinks menu is extensive and affordable with cocktails averaging 9 Euro and a big selection of beers, ciders and wine on offer too.
This is a great spot for a cheap and cheerful night out that throws in outstanding views for free! It’s even a great option for coffee or breakfast too.
One of the most overlooked rooftop restaurants in Athens has got to be the restaurant at the Acropolis Museum. It’s not that people don’t visit, because they do, but often in an impromptu way as they discover this pleasant surprise while visiting the museum.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Museum the restaurant is very spacious and has panoramic views of the Acropolis and the Plaka.
The menu is updated each season and they open from Noon for lunch year-round, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
The menu features traditional Greek dishes such as Shrimp Giouvesti, Dakos, fries from Naxos, Sardines and specials prepared daily.
You do not need to visit the Museum to dine at the restaurant, just collect a ‘free’ ticket from the ticket box.
(There is also a Cafe on the ground floor of the museum but check to see if it has reopened)
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Since 1985 Cafe Avissinia has been serving up traditional, fresh Greek dishes from their small tea house that has evolved into a 3 level Bistro with an intimate rooftop dining area.
The bottom level of the restaurant is decorated in elegant village decor and the private room on the first floor can be booked for functions.
Located right behind Monastiraki Square on one of the oldest streets in Europe, Cafe Avissinia also have live Bouzouki playing from June until September each year.
The food is wholesome and full of flavour and the recipes have been published in a popular cookbook called Ketty of Cafe Abyssinia by Ketty Koufonikola.
Right in front of the entrance to the Ancient Agora in lovely Andrianou Street is beautiful Diodos, one of the prettiest and best-positioned restaurants in Athens.
The menu here is extensive with everything from Omelettes, dips and salads to delicious seafood and meat platters and lots of vegetarians dishes too. And at amazingly low prices given the views and location.
Open 8:30 am to 2:am every day of the year!
Not to be confused with Hotel Attalos a few blocks away this traditional taverna is located on busy Adrianous Street which is car-free and home to a number of excellent places to wine and dine.
Located right next to the ruins of the Ancient Agora and what used to be Panathinaia rd, the biggest and busiest road in Ancient Athens.
Today family-run Restaurante Attalos serves up traditional Greek dishes at very affordable prices and the views of the Acropolis and surrounds from the terrace are excellent.
This is simple food done well and in a modest but comforting environment. Try their classic roast chicken, delicious Giouvarlakia ( meatballs in lemon sauce) and the house Horiataki ( Greek Salad).
Our favourite rooftop bars in Athens
While most of the rooftop restaurants in Athens have also got bars there are few more that are worth mentioning primarily for their drinking rather than their dining experiences.
For drinks with one of the most photographed views in Athens, it’s hard to beat the rooftop bar at A for Athens hotel. It is possible to eat here too but it is quite intimate so is often full – be sure to book in advance.
Right next door is MS Roof Garden which is also fantastic and very lively at night.
Back in Pysri, the main entertainment precinct of Athens, are a number of great bars including The Artist Rooftop and Juan Rodriguez. The latter does not have Acropolis views but its party atmosphere more than makes up for it.
In Syntagma GB Roof Garden at the famous Grande Bretagne Hotel has been delighting customers for decades and the rooftop bars at Ergon House and Electra Hotel are fantastic. It’s also worth checking out Athens Bar Crawl which is quite new and great for groups.