Athens, Chocolatier!

Travel anywhere and you can be certain if there is a fine chocolatier, I consider it an obligation to share my resources!

Aristokratikon Athens Chocolate

A block away from the Grande Hotel Bretagne, turn right on the the busy corner and look for one of the finest chocolate workshops.

Since its establishment in1928, Aristokratikon has remained faithful to the traditional values of rich authentic chocolate, fine taste and pure ingredients. The family insistence on quality and select Greek ingredients delivers yummy fresh hand made products. My local guide, who seemed to know everyone introduced me to the family owners, the guardians of Aristokratikon’s history.

Aristokratikon Athens Chocolate

Friendly family explained the history of their shop, offered me a tasting sampler, and shared which chocolate would travel best. This is not a shop to ask for secret family recipes, every chocolate is freshly prepared using the purest of Greek ingredients and is a unique part of the history of Aristokratikon.

Passion, professionalism and pride was radiated by the family members who were in the shop. Almost across the street from Syntagma, on Voulis street, and also in Kifisia, the beautiful packaging competes with the extraordinary taste and variety of offerings.

Truffles and pralines, dried fruit, candies and marzipan, crunchy or creamy, designs for all seasons, made with high quality ingredients.

Aristokratikon Athens, Greece

Local Food Athens Gods’ Restaurant

Gods’ Restaurant, Athens
I haven’t deciphered the meaning of the name, in relation to the owners. But be advised this is not a fancy restaurant, it is a typical taverna and besides serving fresh, authentic Greek cuisine, it is right across the street from the amazing Acropolis Museum…two perfect reasons to visit. What better for a late lunch to sit beneath an unfurled canvas awning, on a tree lined sun dappled neighborhood street in the heart of Athens?

Gods’ Restaurant Athens

The sidewalk waiters will attempt to lure you in, do resist as it is part of their calculated game of  persuasion – it’s utterly a contest by the two bulky gentlemen who recite the menu, compliment your  attire; they are friendly enthusiastic barkers and a giggle to watch! I recommend the front row seat on the sidewalk, order your libation and saunter inside to look at the glass cabinets of delectable offerings. You may prefer to order from the menu, but why not practice the traditional Greek custom and peruse the cases of fresh delights. This is authentic fare, the Dolmades were some of the best I tasted in Greece, try the tender chicken skewers with yogurt sauce, oh and always order handmade pie of the day..its not a sweet, it’s a traditional flaky phyllo dough pie with cheese and spinach..gooey delightful! Or if you simply can’t decide what to order, try the Plateau of traditional Greek food. Have everything delivered together and nosh on a bite here a bite there.

From the restaurant site: they explain it better than I: Greeks tend to associate pleasure with homemade food, quality wine and good company. Heirs of the richest gastronomy in the world, richest in materials, in way of cooking, culture and wisdom, they always search for a special hangout that combines the intimate atmosphere of home with their mama’s kitchen aromas. At the traditional, family-owned Gods’ Restaurant, you will feel right at home with the rustic and hospitable atmosphere, but it is the father who heads the kitchen here. With 50 years of cooking experience, he works alongside the executive chef to create authentic Greek recipes, like the traditional finger-licking dolmades (meat and rice wrapped in grapevine leaves with egg and lemon sauce), the famous Lamb “kleftiko” in the pot or the ancient Greek recipe, fried feta cheese wrapped in phyllo pastry with honey and black sesame.

handmade pie of the day Gods Restaurant Athens

tender chicken skewers with yogurt sauce, Gods’ Restaurant Athens

It has Greek traditional cuisine with tastes and cooking that will satisfy even the most demanding. The Family with more than 50 years of experience in cooking and restaurant business and total respect to the tradition of Greek gastronomy, our father, Mr. George, is offering daily (since 2000 here, in this area) authentic recipes of our country and hugs with smile and love all our customers. Behind every successful man there is a woman, so it couldn’t be different here, our mother, Mrs. Maria, is always close to us, taking care of “Gods'” tastes… Vaggelis and Nikos, the two sons, responsible for the service and the public relations. Along with us, our executive Chef, Elias, with his own recipes, a more creative and modern reach to the Greek cuisine, to satisfy the most demanding palate.

Gods’ Restaurant 27 Makrygianni Str., Acropolis, Athens, Greece.

Οινομαγειρείο των Θεών, Εστιατόριο Hours 9 am till 1 am.

Truly a gift from the Gods.