Cantina Bella Athens

Image by Marilena Salamanou

Cantina Bella – Koukaki’s best street food

You’re in Koukaki, Athens. You’re hungry — perhaps a bit tired. Cantina Bella is there for you. Having opened in April 2018, it aims to be one of the neighbourhood’s most quality spots for yummy, joyous and creative street food.

It’s right next to my and Marilena’s apartment in Koukaki so we’ve become regulars when there’s nothing in the fridge and we’re just starving — how can we resist when Nektarios and Kyriaki are so friendly? They always ask “are you taking this away or are you staying here with us?”

These guys have really paid attention to only making the menu as varied as necessary but not more, offering just a handful of items. It makes choosing much easier: avocado bruschetta, hot dogs and lahmajoun (haven’t tried those), or my favorite “mushroom lafel” — that’s a falafel wrap with added mushroom inside the falafel balls! They also use handmade Kurdish pita bread, and that makes all the difference.

You can also try a local beer, like a bottle of Noctua IPA (check out the article).

The space has a minimal aesthetic with a unique, eclectic decorative style. Their blend of shelves loaded with VHSs of live concerts, walls painted bright pastel colours, a poster of the Soviet movie Battleship Potemkin and rock and roll playing in the background feels very personal and is unlike anything else I’ve seen in Athens.

They used to be a night spot, but now they’ve “grown up” and are only open during the day on weekdays.

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Details about this spot

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Address

Orlof 1, Athens

Telephone number

+302109229739

Opening Times

Mon - Thu 11:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:00 - 17:00

Price

Mushroom Lafel: € 4

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