Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina: Best Greek Food in Athens

Mana's Kouzina-Kouzina: Best Greek Food in Athens

Eating the best Greek food in Athens was part of a special celebration on June 21st. So, found ourselves at Manas Kouzina-Kouzina in Monastiraki. 

Best Greek Food in Athens and Teamwork

It was the longest day of the year so we had lots of light and great summer weather to eat they way we know how – as locals – outdoors in a city square.  We were in the new “hot spot” of Athens called St. Irene Square about to celebrate what exactly? Blogger teamwork.

Not a bad way to recognize collaboration and travel blogging professionalism. Members of Travel Bloggers Greece blog are Greece-based travel bloggers that write about travel in Greece.

Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina: Best Greek Food in Athens

We sat down for our team dinner at Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina a Greek restaurant specializing in magirefta or slow-cooked and baked traditional dishes hailing from all over specific villages, areas and the islands of Greece.

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A mini dakos Cretan salad! So cute.

Homemade dolmades and Cretan stuffed courgette flowers.

Homemade dolmades and Cretan stuffed courgette flowers.

Mana's Kouzina-Kouzina in St. Irene Square, Athens.

Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina in St. Irene Square, Athens.

The Meaning Behind Traditional Greek Food

Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina literally translates to mother’s kitchen kitchen. The word kitchen being used twice is actually a Greek pun. The Greek names caretta-caretta and monahous-monahous are the names of two endangered animals.  So, Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina takes on a double meaning. It’s mom’s cooking but it also refers to the fact that traditional magirefta is becoming endangered as folks turn to fast food and the rest, forgetting the Greek dishes they grew up on.

Athen City Pass
Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina took off because it successfully brought back this specific kind of home cooked cuisine back to the forefront of the city’s gastronomy scene.

green salad greek style

Green salad Greek style.

greek pancake with cheese and honey

Greek pancake with mizithra cheese, honey and ouzo,

Why Greeks Love Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina

Other magirefta places have opened in Athens since, trying to copy the concept,  but this restaurant will remain my favorite. Asa local, I can say this:

  • Great outdoor seating in a square full of energy day or night, complete with distant view of the Acropolis. The square is in the center, near touristic places, but isn’t touristy. It is really where Greeks go!
  • Nice cozy aesthetics and open kitchen. It feels like you are in a Greek mom’s kitchen in some village.
  • Great prices. You can eat a traditional home cooked meal for less than 10 Euro including a drink.
  • Anything you buy completely supports the Greek economy since ingredients are sourced locally and all products including beers, wines and soft drinks and liquors are from Greek companies.
  • The menu changes every few weeks. Regulars, like me, can never get “bored.”
  • There’s a different night time a la carte menu with all kinds of Greek tastes.
    Rooster dish with homemade pasta from Pontos region of Greece.

    Rooster dish with homemade pasta from Pontos region of Greece.

authentic magirefta from mani region

Authentic magirefta from Mani region.

TBG supports Greek businesses.

TBG supports Greek businesses.

After a tour of the kitchen we opened up these boxes of beautiful homemade desserts delivered from Thessaloniki based member Amber Charmei, the publisher of Provocolate. Delicious and so thoughtful. (Fellow New Yorker 🙂

Conclusion: Best Greek Food in Athens

It was a great night eating the best Greek food in Athens. Surrounded by great weather we knew there was a stretch of glorious Greek summer awaiting all of us.

If you’re in town, you cannot go wrong with this restaurant’s location, quality of food and experience.  If you love Greek food and consider yourself a foodie, this is the best way to experience the myriad of cuisines and the diversity of Greece’s gastronomy all in one great venue.  Plus, the prices — day and night — are great.

Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina
Lunch is cafeteria style.
A la carte/full service dinner menu/ For reservations: +30 210 325 2335
27a Aiolou in St. Irene Square
Monastiraki, Athens

Nearest metro: Syntagma (10-walk) and Monastiraki (5-minute walk)
Located right across the yellow church, St. Irene.
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Have you ever eaten at a traditional Greek restaurant in Athens?



  1. I’m off to Athens next week and as a foodie always like to look out blogs rather than travel books / tripadvisor for food recommendations. Do you have to book this place in advance? (there are just two of us). Is that a generally good area to go out for dinner?! Thank you!

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