If you've been reading my blog for a while you know we traveled to Greece two years ago and I wasn't super impressed with Athens. I found it dirty and a bit disorganized (you can read about it here), but we gave it another try in November when my husband ran the marathon. Last week I reported on the race and shared with you a hotel recommendation. Today I will share a FANTASTIC gelateria and restaurant we discovered on our first trip that was still as good as we remembered.
Address: 16 Mitropoleos
I loved this small boutique gelato cafe so much we stopped by each night. The prices are a bit more and portions smaller, but the flavors are so powerful, I found the small to be just the right amount of ice-cream for me. We tried a few different flavors, but I think my favorite was the chocolate orange--oh my, died and gone to heaven rich!
My second recommendation is the restaurant we discovered on our first trip.Thanasis
Mitropoleos 69 Monastriaki Square
+39 210 324 4705
This restaurant was recommended by our tour guide; he said it was a local favorite and he must be right because it was packed both times we ate there. Despite being in a central location for tourists the restaurant felt like it was full of locals, at least I didn't hear any other languages being spoken. They serve typical Greek food, but man, the meat was good and the garlic sauce and the bread and the salad; it was all tasty!
Since this was our second trip to Athens we didn't feel so inclined to revisit all the ruins, however I did make a trip up to the Acropolis while Bob was running his marathon. I ended up meeting a 19 year old boy who was touring Europe all by himself. He sort of attached himself to me for a couple of hours--so we walked around the city a bit and I shared with him what little I know about Greece, the architecture and history. He stayed with me until Bob finished his race--it was nice to have the company and I hope he felt a little less lonely, at least for a couple of hours.