Food and drink
Therapeftirio has a cult following for its fresh fish. The flash-fried red mullet is out of this world. The daily menu also features various ‘mageirefta’ (literally ‘cooked’) dishes like baked aubergines or giant beans in tomato sauce – but they usually run out by dinnertime.
Order whatever fish is fresh that day, either grilled or fried. Pair with spanakorizo (lemony spinach and leek pilaf) and a simple salad of boiled beets, broccoli and greens dressed in lemon and olive oil.
An authentic taverna, with traditionally dubious décor. From the strings of bare bulbs dangling outside to the plastic flowers and paper tablecloths, it’s got everything a typical taverna should. Picture windows are great for people watching. It’s mayhem on Sundays, when half of Athens seems to come for lunch.
Rough around the edges. Young waiters are frequently flustered, but there’s plenty of friendly banter among the older staff.
Once a quiet residential neighbourhood. Ano Petralona is now abuzz with ouzeris centred along and around Troon Street, a block away. Combine with a stroll through Thisseion or pine-forested Filopappou hill.
Very reasonable – even if you order fresh fish. Average €20-25.
Tables to book
Although the kitsch, neon-lit interior has a certain charm, the pavement tables are preferable. As Therapeftirio’s popularity has grown, the tables have spread across the street.
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss