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Top 5 waterfront restaurants in Greece and the islands

Top 5 waterfront restaurants in Greece and the islands

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Varoulko Seaside
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Varoulko Seaside, Piraeus

Known for a rich maritime history, the Mikrolimano harbour is worth visiting as a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Athens. While surrounding Piraeus is a little on the industrial side, the harbour is a pretty bay that comes alive after dark, with soft lights trailing into the hills overlooking the sea.

The Michelin-starred Varoulko Seaside sits in the stunning Mikrolimano harbour, just a short drive away from Athens. With views of boats bobbing and swaying gently in the marina and out to sea, it's an idyllic spot to enjoy some seafood.

For lunch, share a few starter dishes such as breaded smoked eel, grilled octopus from Kalymnos, steamed clams in Limnio wine and grilled cuttlefish with caramelised lentils and orange sauce. If you fancy going solo on the main course, then the steamed monkfish is a dish you'll regret missing out on. Alternatively, try world-renowned local chef Lefteris Lazarou's special for something that's definitely more off the beaten track.

The dinner menu offers an array of lavish seasonal seafood places — again, chef knows best when it comes to the fish-based main courses, but for a hit of intense flavour and spice opt for the orzo cooked with crayfish, Parmesan and Boukovo. As one of the best restaurants in the Mediterranean, this is one not to miss.

Where is it: Mikrolimano, Piraeus

Telephone: +30 210 5228400

Reservations: Advised

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / @varoulkorestaurant

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