Hytra — Athens, Greece

Bar area with orange stools & wicker lining
(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)

Athens' Michelin-starred Hytra restaurant not only has a new home in the city's gleaming Onassis Cultural Centre, it now includes an adjoining bistro, designed by architecture firm, Divercity. An understated black marble bar takes centre stage, framed by a dramatic overhanging structure shaped from the willowy limbs of the local Monk’s Pepper tree; this distinctive pattern, inspired by traditional Greek basket weave, is echoed elsewhere in the bar, lending the space an elegant, handcrafted feel. Rising star Tasos Mantis takes up the reins in the kitchen, creating accessible, relaxed takes on homely Greek classics like pork shank with citrus glaze and seabass with an ouzo vinaigrette and subtle fennel mayo. Throw in some cocktails from the bar and the lively space threatens to steal the limelight from its sibling next door. However, neither can quite compete with the upstairs deck, to which diners can retreat after a sumptuous meal to enjoy unparalleled views of Athens and the Acropolis.

Wooden tables & chairs in front of large windows

(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)

Close up of bar with large wicker feature on ceiling

(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)

View of bar & big windows

(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)


Anna Stathaki


Onassis Cultural Centre
107-109 Syngrou Avenue