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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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Locals' Pick A local favorite

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The most famous fish tavern.

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Another excellent place for Greek style seafood is Margaro. Excellent shrimp and fresh fish.

A local favorite Editors' Note

One of Athene’s favorites, Lazaros Haniotis' Margaro’s is a little wine and fish tavern in Pireus. The menu, rather austere, usually consists of fried fish (always fresh, fished from the sea that very day), shrimps or crayfish and Greek salad.

Margaro’s gets pretty crowded from 2 to 5, but the atmosphere is friendly and the locals consider the tavern the best in Piraeus (so definitely worth a visit). The tavern is closed for 15 days on Greek Orthodox Easter and on Sundays. No reservations.

Marias Chatzikiriakou 126, Piraeus 185 39, Athens