Papandreou

Address: Meat Market, Entrance on Aristogeitonos or Athinas Street, Athens, 10552, Greece
Telephone: +30 213 008 2242

- Budget

4.3

24-hour tripe soup specialist in the meat market.

This is my personal favourite of the many all-night restaurants in the central meat market. Catch characters of the night sobering up, and chefs shopping for prime cuts while you slurp innards soup at 6am. An essential Athenian experience.

Food and drink
4
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

The thing to order here is patsas (tripe soup). Allegedly, it wards off hangovers. Tin carafes of acrid wine might just defeat the purpose, however. There are lots of other (mostly meat-based) dishes too, wilting in display cases under the neon lights. You can just stumble into the kitchen, peer into the tin pots, and point at whatever takes your fancy. It may not be the most delicious meal of your life, but it will certainly be one of the most memorable.

Recommended dishes

I don’t have the stomach for tripe – all those unidentified objects flying around in the soup make me squeamish. So I usually order the lemony lamb fricassee or comforting chickpea soup.

Ambience

The clientele is straight out of central casting: a gaggle of transvestites, moustachioed taxi drivers, bug-eyed clubbers, and bedraggled ladies of the night. The lights are bright and the set-up is basic.

 

Service

The long-suffering waiters have seen it all and they aren’t fazed by anything.

Location

The whiff of congealed blood hits you as you enter the meat market. The recent addition of TV screens showing trashy Greek pop videos have somewhat spoiled the old-time ambience. I guess you can’t trust butchers with interior design. The main entrance is on Athinas Street, close to Ommonia Square. It’s a fairly dodgy area late at night, so be alert.

 

Price advice

About €10 for a bowl of soup and a beer.

 

Tables to book

 

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife

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