This longtime Plaka taverna, housed in an 1879 building with a newer outdoor pavilion, looks wildly kitsch. Considerable atmosphere is provided by lots of big, dark wood Retsina barrels and countless black-and-white photos of Greek movie stars—and, every evening, the air is full of a Greek Muzak of golden oldies for sing-alongs. The Sigalas has been run by the same family for a century. On the surface, it seems like a made-for-tourists joint. Not at all. Those are mostly locals joining in the late night sing-alongs and chowing down on traditional favorites like moussaka, gyros, and stews like grandmother used to make. The house wine holds its own, too.
2 Plateia Monastiraki. Walk across from the metro station to Sigalas.
Our Rating Neighborhood Walk across from the metro station to Thanasis. Hours Daily 7am–2am Transportation Metro: Monastiraki Phone 210/321-3036 Prices Main courses €8-€19 Cuisine Type Greek Web site Taverna Sigalas
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