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Ilissia Cafe Bistrot

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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Vassilissis Sofias Ave. 22 | Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens 10675, Greece
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+30 2110120441
09:00 - 08:00
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Zurich, Switzerland
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Accessible without the museum ticket. An oasis in the bustling city on a sunny day. Best kept secret!

Thank DimitriVol
Seattle, Washington
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We viewed all the rooms in the exquisite Byzantine Museum, an often overlooked cultural jewel of Athens. Everything about this museum is exemplary: the chronological flow of the rooms, the displays, the lighting, the signage, all excellent. When you get to the last room you can be on sensory overload and maybe needing to sit down and have a bite... More 

Thank marialulu
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

After our visit to the "Hermitage Treasures" exhibition at the Athens Byzantine Museum, we though of having a Sunday lunch at the museum's cafe-bistrot and ...what a pleasant surprise: an "attractive" landscaping of the museum's garden around us, very good service and unexpectedly excellent food! We had as a starter an "ouzo finger-food plater", prawns on charcoal, grilled burgers and... More 

Thank ChristosKourtis
Stirling, United Kingdom
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464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is the cafe behind the Byzantine Museum with a lovely outside terrace with many comfortable settees, tables and chairs. First class atmosphere for business meeting. The food and drink was excellent with very friendly service with a smile. Good quality coffee! Free high-quality wifi.

Thank Colin G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If one wants a great place, to eat quiet and really good quality this is" the" place, excellent service, fresh food an experience not to be missed while visiting Athens

Thank Poppy S
San Diego, California
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106 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I came here because other reviewers noted a Michelin star and raved about the food. This place doesn't come near to deserving a star, and I can't find any indication that they actually earned one in the past. I ordered a mixed platter of cheese flutes, meatballs, spring rolls and cheese balls. The meatballs tasted like what you'd get with... More 

Thank KindaAF
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I found this restaurant using trip advisor, whilst searching for a place close to work suitable for a business lunch. The location itself is very attractive, the entrance to the Byzantine museum leads into a beautiful court yard with flower beds and water fountain. In the far right corner is the entrance to Ilissia, there's indoor seating but this place... More 

Thank Russell T
Palmetto Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

The museum was so surprisingly large that we had to take a break for food and this cafe is within the compound. We were very surprised over how good the food was, prices were reasonable (except for the rum & coke) and we would highly recommend.

Thank Pat M
Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We had visited the museum and decided to get a coffee. When we looked at he menu we were very tempted by the range of traditional Greek dishes. The place was already quite busy. We were not disappointed, the service was very professional and helpful. The food was delcious: chicken gnome( yes honestly!) and stuffed vine leaves with yoghurt. The... More 

Thank Sheron B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

We were hot and tired and wanted something cool to drink and it was at the Byzantine Museum. We started with chocolate cake and it was the best I have every had and I eat chocolate cake everywhere I go. The next day we returned with friends for lunch and had their "taste of Greece" variety platter. It was wonderful.... More 

Thank Ann M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Greek, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 08:00
09:00 - 08:00
09:00 - 08:00
09:00 - 08:00
09:00 - 08:00
09:00 - 08:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vassilissis Sofias Ave. 22 | Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens 10675, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Attica  >  Athens>  > Kolonaki / Lykavittos
  • Neighbourhood: Kolonaki / Lykavittos
  • Phone Number: +30 2110120441
Ilissia Cafe- Restaurant is situated in the cool and heavenly garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum. In this quiet and tranquiul space you can forget that you are in the center of the city. Enjoy your coffee or lunch in this attractive location, where you can taste excellent homemade dishes and desserts always prepared with fresh ingredients and specail attention to quality. Ilissia cafe can also be booked for special events.

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Staying in Kolonaki / Lykavittos

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
By far the ritziest neighbourhood in town, Kolonaki is home to most of the chic boutiques and designer label stores. Here, the wealthy say no to austerity by dressing in their finest and spending hours in the trendy cafés around Kolonaki Square, sipping the most expensive coffee in Europe. The area also contains a couple of notable museums and cultural institutions, which add to the air of nobility. The leafy upper reaches of Kolonaki transition into Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in central Athens. Climb the paths through its wooded slopes to the tiny chapel at the top, from where you are rewarded with stunning views across the Acropolis to the sea and even the mountains of the Peloponnese on a clear day. The wooden amphitheater up here hosts regular concerts during the summer.
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