Doris

Address: Praxitelous 30, Syntagma, Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 323 2671

- Budget

4.7

Greek comfort food like Grandma used to make.

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.

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Value for money
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Food and drink

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.

Recommended dishes

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).

 

Ambience

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.

Service

Absolutely correct. Old-school service by waiters in white jackets, with a little friendly banter reserved for the regulars.

Location

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.

Price advice

Dirt cheap. You can get away with €10 a head.

Tables to book

Avoid the back room and nab a table in the sunnier front room or the atrium. 

 

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • No fuss

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