Ouzo Cafeneons-Mezedopoulions

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Ouzo Cafeneons-Mezedopoulions

Where Tripodon, (the road that goes around the Plaka side of the Acropolis) connects with Epiharmou is an ouzerie known locally as Kouklis. You will see a building with a people-packed balcony covered with vines and above in the 2nd floor windows, even more people. Order a small carafe of ouzo or their terrible red wine, a cross between Welch's Grape Juice and Manachevitz. The specialty here is flaming sausages (loo-kah-niko). Wait until the fire is out before eating. Also try their trout (eh-pes-tropho), giant beans in tomato sauce( yee-gen-des) and anything that looks good on display inside or what one of your neighbors is eating. It's a popular place for both young Greeks and adventurous tourists and their tables can spread out down steep Epiharmou street. The food is just OK. Most people come for the atmosphere. It must be listed in every guidebook so obviously the travel writers like it, but if you are like me you will find it and look below it to.....

Just below Kouklis on Epiharmou street is one of my favorite ouzeries. Though Kouklis has always been popular I have preferred To Cafeneon's menu and ambiance, though there is not much difference between the two in price. If you are sitting on the street be aware that you are at a serious angle and maybe not as drunk as you think, though you will notice that things on the table with high centers of gravity tend to fall over easily. The same may go for you after an ouzo or two. On cool evenings it is one of the nicest places to sit indoors. This is a great place to come in the winter with a fireplace and tsipuro that will warm you inside and out. A great menu of traditional mezedes, many from northern Greece. This place is more for Greeks, in comparison to Kouklis which is more for tourists and travel-writers. This is where Jamie Oliver filmed the mezedes segment during his trip to Greece in 2009 for those who are Jamie fans and saw it. We had a big dinner here for Jamie with lots of food, ouzo, live music and dancing and we all got to hang out and talk to Jamie. You probably won't run into Jamie but if you come get the seafood meze you see in the photo. In fact just print the photo and show it to the waiter and say "I want this!" ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Ouzo Cafeneons-Mezedopoulions
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kouklis   Epiharmou street   To Kafeneon   Ouzeri Lesvos  
Author: Matt Barrett
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