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Athens, which sprawls well beyond its official limits, is unlike any other European capital. Home to roughly one-third of the Greek population, its fabric has been woven by successive waves of migrants – initially from the Greek provinces, today from abroad – since it was established in the 11th century B.C. The Greek capital may exhibit all the characteristics of a big city but at heart it remains a small town.

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A modern spin on the old-time taverna

Stay Editor's Note

Mamacas pioneered the Gazi neighbourhood revival back in 1998. With whitewashed walls and pared-down chic, it may have become a little too trendy for its own good. It still serves Greek grub, but not as wholesome as mama’s, and the service has an attitude problem.

Perhaps because the hoi poloi just aren’t as exciting as the various models and pop stars who tuck into meatballs in tomato sauce, calamari and spinach stew, and Cretan rusks topped with sheep’s cheese, capers and tomatoes.

Waiters in tight white T-shirts and starched aprons are equally mouth-watering, even if their job performance is wanting. Mamacas is also a stylish place to sip cocktails later in the evening.

Persefonis 41, Athens
210 346 4984
1.30pm-1.30am daily