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Once a trend now a beloved tradition, brunch has been around for several years now; however, it wasn’t until recently that the Greeks embraced the habit of brunching. And it was an enthusiastic embrace, as nowadays Athens in particular exhibits a wide variety of brunching places that have mastered the art of eating lunch for breakfast. How about giving the following a try?
With its industrial decoration and relaxed atmosphere, Mama Roux is regarded as a must downtown food spot, serving a wide variety of dishes with ethnic influences from all over the world. However, Mama Roux is also celebrated for having one of the most satisfying brunching menus and has created a hype regarding that. Hearty soups, eggs benedict dressed in rich hollandaise sauce, eastern traditional dishes, and fresh salads, as well as an impressive selection of cocktails, are sure to enthuse you.
Address: 48 Aiolou str. Athens
With a long tradition in tea varieties and everything related, Tsai in the Uptown neighborhood of Kolonaki has been pleasing the hungry regulars with its affordable brunching bouffe for the past few years. Every Sunday you can refill your dish with all the pasta, tarts, sandwiches and omelets you want and still stay under 10 euros, while the warm and relaxing atmosphere is ideal for socializing and meeting up with friends – or making new ones.
Address: 19 Al. Soutsou str. Kolonaki, Athens
The secret of Melanthiou street near Psiri is a bike-friendly coffee shop that is simultaneously a bar. With its hip aesthetic and fashionable regulars, Handlebar is adorably small and invites you with its uplifting atmosphere and low prices. Sunday’s all-day brunch has become a tradition, while everyone has been talking about Kedgeree, the traditional English dish of rice and smoked trout that you can’t simply resist.
Address: 8 Melanthiou str. Psirri, Athens
#New York Sandwiches
If you crave a good old all-American brunch, then search no more. NYS is notorious for its dazzling brunch menu, including the famous poached eggs with ham served on a soft English muffin, rich burgers with melted cheddar with homemade fries, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon or chocolate sauce -and so much more. Just make sure you make your reservation ahead, as it gets crowded easily. Bon appetit!
Address: 23 Nikis str. Syntagma, Athens