By Titi Velopoulou, Photos: Kostas Kapareliotis, Iakovos Strikis, Vangelis Paterakis
At a flowery garden, giving out the vibe of an old Athenian neighborhood, the invitation to lunch offers a hip experience in the city center.
Behind the glass door of the impressive Ralli arcade, the city buzz gives its place to the tranquility of the unexpected patio, a zen oasis with sitting corners, aromas of lemon trees and magnolias and the Athenian blue sky as its rooftop. In this privileged spot, reminiscent of old Athens, in walking distance from Syntagma and the Zappeion Garden, in[n]Athens introduces itself to us over the last year as the ultimate urban style accommodation. We felt jealous of the guests staying in its 20 rooms who were lucky enough to enjoy this secret garden! But, fortunately, this year, it is open to the public to enjoy here a boosting breakfast or a lovely brunch (from scrambled eggs to eggs benedict) as well as a light lunch. All these are included in its funky international menu, distinguished for its flavors as well as its aesthetic. Through the creative eye of chef Alexandros Kourkoulis, familiar recipes emerge through modern techniques, succeeding to please the most demanding palates. Some of the dishes that are honored here are delicious burgers with handmade chips (even from purple potatoes from Peru), inspired salads such as the alternative version of a Greek salad, as well as imaginative open sandwiches which we can accompany with a glass of good wine from a small but eclectic list celebrating the Greek vineyard. Daily 11:00 -17:00 lunch and brunch & drinks and snacks 17:00 – 22:00.
One of the most intriguing proposals for accommodation in the center of Athens due to its historic neoclassic building built in 1930 and the high quality and aesthetic of the rooms. The old, aristocratic, wooden stairs lead tothree floors and 20 rooms and suites with characteristic minimal design and modern comforts. Tones of grey, Greek marble, wood and cement compose a design setting in harmony with the building’s past (designed by the renowned architects Dionysis Sotovikis and Nikos Manioudakis). Plus, breakfast (buffet and al a carte) which guests enjoy at the casual lounge and the patio during the sunny days.
• Handmade desserts, such as the deconstructed lemon pie.
• Dishes of the day depending on the inspiration of the chef and the fresh ingredients available.
3 Georgiou Souri str. & Filellinon str., Syntagma, Athens, T. 210 3258555, www.innathens.com