Praxitelous 30, Syntagma, Athens
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Doris
A cross between an old-fashioned workers’ canteen and your granny’s front parlour, this is one of my all-time favourite lunch spots anywhere in the world. Local shop-owners and office workers have been tucking into Greek standards done perfectly since 1900. The prices also seem to be from a bygone era.
An A-Z of traditional Greek classics. The array of dishes of the day are listed on a blackboard (only in Greek). But don’t worry – lots of the dishes are on display in a glass case so you can just point at whatever takes your fancy. Open from 7.30am, Doris is one of the few places in Athens that serves breakfast: though hot honeyed doughnuts (loukoumades) might not be your thing first thing in morning.
Stews and soups are especially good. Try the gigantes (baked butter beans in tomato sauce), fish soup, or soutzoukakia (meatballs in spicy tomato sauce) and stuffed tomatoes. Athenians travel for miles for the rizogalo (rice pudding dusted with cinnamon) and loukoumades (deep-fried doughnuts slathered in honey).
Eccentric retro. Salmon pink walls are the trademark. Tiny marble tables squeezed close together and the constant thrum of people and waiters coming and going will make you feel instantly at home.
Absolutely correct. Old-school service by waiters in white jackets, with a little friendly banter reserved for the regulars.
Fantastically convenient for spontaneous lunch breaks. Doris is hidden among the hardware stores and haberdasheries in the warren of streets between Syntagma Square and Athinas Street.
Dirt cheap. You can get away with €10 a head.
Avoid the back room and nab a table in the sunnier front room or the atrium.
More information on Doris:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Café, Takeaway
- Praxitelous 30, Syntagma, Athens
- +30 210 323 2671
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Opening times:
- 7.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Breakfast, great value, fun, Traditional Greek