Polyvios Athens – My childhood's taste

restaurants
Restaurants

"Polyvios" in Piraeus, the port of Athens, is a super-authentic place where I've been coming for souvlaki portions with my parents for almost 35 years...

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, along with 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 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.

About this spot

Agiou Dimitriou 28

Mon - Sun 19:00 - 23:30

Portion:

9

+30

2104617563

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Athens

Black Duck Garden – A secret garden

"Black Duck Garden" in Athens is perfect when I want to take a break from reality. This cafe/bar is in a nice historical building but I like the garden.

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

By

Andreas

Papadopoulos

Pirée – Art and taste

"Pirée" in Athens' port Piraeus is an interesting cafe/bar with a beautiful live art space. I recommend visiting before heading off to an island!

arts&culture
Art & culture
bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea

By

Andreas

Papadopoulos

Neon Raum – A dynamic fashion scene emerges

"Neon Raum" Athens is more than just another showroom and photography studio. Protip: check their Sunday specials for a chance to have brunch with the...

arts&culture
Art & culture
shopping
Shopping

By

Aigli

Andritsopoulou

Hatzigeorgiou – Αdding flavour to life

Every time I cross Evripidou Street, I am overwhelmed by the aroma of cinnamon, pepper, and oregano, and images of Eastern bazaars come to mind.

shopping
Shopping

By

Antonis

Tsapepas

Stoa tou Vivliou – Culture in the heart of Athens

At "Stoa tou Vivliou" in Athens you can find and visit many publishing houses - it's the 'book arcade'. I like it because it's intellectual & alternative.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
shopping
Shopping

By

Andreas

Papadopoulos

Filon Dorima – Fairytale gift shop

"Filon Dorima" is a gift shop in Moschato, Athens. You can literally find anything here, and Stella & Eirini wrap the gifts according to the occasion!

shopping
Shopping

By

Andreas

Papadopoulos

Koulouri tou Psirri – From North to the South

The small bakery opened in the 60s, as an all-night bakery that sells fresh koulouri with sesame bread rings with sesame, reggato cheese, and raisins.

snacks
Snacks

By

Asimina

Mitrothanasi

Bookshop Lemoni – My dearest bookstore!

"Bookshop Lemoni" in Athens is a bookstore that offers not only great books but also hospitality and tenderness. My regards to Spyros and Avgoustinos!

arts&culture
Art & culture
shopping
Shopping

By

Marilena

Salamanou

Santaroza – Asian film noir

Its trademark is the long, wooden bar that, with a length of 14 meters is perhaps the longest bar in Athens. It's the best place for negronis and whiskeys.

bars
Bars
music
Music

By

Asimina

Mitrothanasi

Talking Breads – Talking about street food

My favourite burger is the Bacon Mushroom Melt, and my favourite sandwich is the Tika, which is slightly spicy and causes a chain of flavour explosions!

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Antonis

Tsapepas

To Pagaki – Communally-run mezedes and tsipouro

"To Pagaki" Athens is a co-op cafe/bar that serves cheap mezedes and is a fantastic place to enjoy some tsipouro. My recommendation: the vegan platter...

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

By

Dimitris

Hall

Kitschen – Port-side Asian fusion Nirvana

Once you enter, you will be amazed by the Japanese-cool decoration, especially by the huge blue mural with the 3D elements and the pink circle.

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Dimitris

Hall

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Athens

Get to know our Spotters from Athens

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.