Spend a day eating your way through Athens from morning until, well, morning, without breaking the bank. Here’s how to snack your way through the day at the city’s most affordable places.

Mama Psomi is a great way to kick off 24 hours of eating.

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Bel Ray, where hipsters meet for brunch in Koukaki.

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You won't regret some midday loukoumades.

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Klimataria is the kind of classic Greek taverna you shouldn't miss.

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After-dinner snack

After you dance your way through dinner, you’ll be ready for a night on the town. The Keramikos-Metaxourgio neighbourhood nearby is a great area for both cheap drinks and cheap snacks. Athenians like to accompany their ouzo, beer, or cocktails with nibbles. Kafeneio Louis is an informal local hang-out with inexpensive beers and sharing plates, like beetroot and potato salads, cheese, and sausage. But this place is also known for its jazz music. It’s small, so it gets crowded quickly, but that’s all part of the atmosphere there.

Equally small and cosy, To Laini is a Cretan bar and restaurant just a five-minute walk away. Everything sticks with the Cretan theme: from the music (which is often live) to the alcohol. Make sure to try some tsipouro, or raki, a strong, clear spirit that Cretans love, made from leftovers in the winemaking process. Since raki is best paired with seafood, order the mussels and a traditional Cretan dakos salad, made of hard rusks topped with grated tomato, soft goat’s cheese, and plenty of olive oil. Give the juices some time to soak into the rusk; it’ll make it easier to bite.

"Kafeneio Louis is an informal local hang-out with inexpensive beers and sharing plates. To Laini is a great Cretan restaurant just a five-minute walk away."

Grab a couple friends and prepare to spend all day at Louis.

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Post-midnight hangover helper

We can feel the hangover melting away with this grilled souvlaki.

Photo: Georgios Makkas