Avissinia, Meliartos & Lontos @ Athens, Greece

October 22, 2016

Duck inside Cafe Avissinia to escape the Sunday bustle of Athens' flea market at Monastiraki Square - Macedonian sour cabbage stuffed with pork & Cypriot vine leaves with minced meat are among the attractions at this Greek equivalent of a French bistro.

Refuel with traditional pastries at Meliartos, hailed as one of Athens' best bakeries, after checking out the colossal ruins of The Temple of The Olympian Zeus.

A short stroll from the Acropolis, Lontos makes for a pleasant stop to rest the feet & eat some seafood - octopus in vinegar flavoured with fennel & orange, alongside saganaki pan-cooked shrimp - paired with Greece's Metaxa brandy-based liqueur, dubbed 'the smoothest amber spirit under the sun,' made with aged distillates & aromatic wines from the Aegean islands.