Monthly Archives: November 2014

Oinopoleio Cook House, Athens

We’d heard of Oinopoleio through our Greek contacts; they’d described it as a traditional wine shop and restaurant where you could get simple, high quality food and wine from the owner’s own vineyard and listen to good music at the same time. “And,” remarked a good Greek friend, “even though it’s just ten minutes walk from the Plaka, you’re likely to be the only tourist in there.” This thought appealed to us so we looked on the Oinopoleio website and discovered that they have different music on different nights of the…

Bock Beer Restaurant, Athens

The Bock Beer Restaurant is less than ten minutes walk from the southern Plaka area of central Athens but it seems much further than that in atmosphere. There’s nothing typical about this place – within the drinks or food menu or the decor or the service – and no sideshow on offer either (like smashing of plates or overly flamboyant waiters pulling in people from the streets as potential customers). It’s very much it’s own entity, a 100% contemporary Greek offering in an area that rarely deviates from the norm that most tourists…

Beer Time, Athens

Beer Time is a bar and restaurant situated right on Iroon Square in Psiri, one of our favourite Athenian districts. It’s a lively square and although it’s just a five minute walk from Plaka’s Monastiriki Square (tourist central) it’s mostly locals who come here of an evening. If you’re looking to learn about (and taste) the world of Greek microbrewing, then without a doubt Beer Time is THE place to come in Athens. Thanasis, the owner of the pub, worked in Germany for over twenty years in the communications industry and gained a passion…

Mystic Pizza on Veikou Street, Athens

We were looking for some decent pasta and pizza to give us energy for the forthcoming Athens marathon, and also because we felt in need of something different to the usual Greek fare and wanted to stick to our preferred vegetarian diet. We heard about Mystic Pizza from Trip Advisor and since one of their three branches in Athens was very near to our hotel (The Art Gallery Hotel) we paid it a visit. This branch is on a pretty pedestrianized road just off Veikou Street, which is an arty…

Casa Coppelle Restaurant, Rome

We arrived early evening at Casa Coppelle, having had a photo stop at the Pantheon (which is perhaps Rome’s most complete ancient ruin). The staff greeted us warmly and offered us a choice of seating inside or out. We peeked inside, it looked beautiful… …but the restaurant isn’t on a main road so there wasn’t much traffic passing (I think just three or four vehicles passed us in the two hours were were seated there) and the moon was shining down from a clear sky; in such circumstances it seemed criminal…