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You will never go hungry in Athens. From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional tavernas, the local dining scene offers tastes to suit all budgets. Fresh-caught seafood, grilled lamb, tangy feta cheese and flaky baklava are best enjoyed from Athens' many sunny sidewalk tables. When looking for a place for dinner, keep in mind that Greeks dine late (think 9 or 10 p.m.), and that many restaurants will not take credit cards.

For taverna-style dining, head to Plaka. Admittedly touristy, one good choice is Taverna Zorbas, which offers traditional Greek dishes and live music on weekends. We also love Scholarhio, which offers meze-style meals in which you choose from up to 20 different small plates.

Melilotos has a conveniently central location (only a five-minute walk from Syntagma Square) and serves up fresh and colorful salads alongside Greek favorite.

Boasting two Michelin stars, Funky Gourmet offers one of Athens' most unique fine dining experiences (and one of its most expensive). Choose from several degustation menus that invoke the tastes of Greece in new and creative ways. Reserve well in advance.

A favorite with locals as well as visitors, Psaras Taverna offers a fine taste of old-style Greek hospitality, a cozy open fire and alfresco dining in a pretty courtyard in the Plaka neighborhood. It serves fish dishes alongside Greek classics. We recommend booking ahead.

Gostijo, located in the Psiri neighborhood, draws raves for its kosher Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, including moussaka, schnitzel, falafel and fresh fish. The name means "sharing food" in Ladino (the language of Sephardic Jews).

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