Polyvios Athens

Image by Μarilena Salamanou

Polyvios – My childhood’s taste

Forgeτ wi-fi, forget facebook pages, forget the modern way of restaurants, and let’s remember how authentic Greek restaurants that serve souvlaki (portions of it) were — and still are.

My family and I have going to Polyvios to enjoy its amazing souvlaki since my sister and I were 5 years old. One of my very first memories as a child was looking forward to the moment that Mrs Despoina, the owner, would serve us pieces of pita covered with pieces of meat and onions and boiled tomatoes, and I would press down the tomatoes with a fork on the pita! I think this is the taste of my childhood.

You can also order your souvlaki portion but also you can order with it their amazing tzatziki and a plate full of fried potatoes. And of course cold beers.

The decoration is very simple, just a clock on the wall and a few pictures. It is a family-run business where Mrs Despoina has been working the last 35 years and also lately her son’s been helping out, making amazing souvlakias.

Note that this place is in Drapetsona, far away from the center of Athens. But if you are looking for an authentic place to have dinner before going to the port and boarding a ferry sailing for the islands, it’s an ideal place. It is located only 10 minutes on foot from Gate E3, where the boats of Creta leave from.

PS. Ask to taste the “anameikto” – a mixed plate of different types of meats.

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Details about this spot



Agiou Dimitriou 28, Athens

Telephone number


Opening Times

19:00 - 23:30 daily


Portion: € 9
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)