48 Urban Garden: A Lush Museum Restaurant in Athens

View all 12 Photos

Housed within the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center in Athens, Greece, 48 Urban Garden is primely located for culture vultures and foodies. Museum patrons can work up an appetite walking around and exploring the exhibits, or visitors can head straight to the restaurant and bar.

Either way, the 48 Urban Garden experience is a treat. The eatery seasonally rotates the menu of organic and locally sourced Mediterranean fare. Typical offerings include entrees such as a wild greens salad and a Moroccan hamburger, plus desserts such as a lemon cheesecake with rosemary and a panna cotta with saffron and orange. There are many refreshing options to quench the thirst as well; the usual suspects are available from the cafe and the full bar.

Though the food is a draw, it’s not the only reason to dine at 48 Urban Garden. Designed by AK-A Architects, this is one of the rare indoor restaurants to achieve an outdoor feeling. The double-height ceilings reach for the sky, so that the dining seems rather al fresco under the custom string lighting. Decorated with an actual garden, the space is home to living plants and artificial ivy, bringing timeless greenery into the modern building. Furnished with picnic-inspired tables and chairs, the multiple dining areas exude rustic appeal. Even the kitchen is in on the theme, as its located inside a trailer, an Airstream Land Yacht to be exact.
Together, the artsy location, nosh, and interior design make 48 Urban Garden a must for travelers and locals in the know. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by for a drink at the least; you’ll be tempted to stay for lunch and dinner.

via mocoloco; photography by Nikos Alexopoulos

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

    A creatively designed retreat that celebrates an ancient local tradition. Built on the banks of…

  • andBeyond Vira Vira Lodge

    A serene retreat set on a working farm in Chile. Back in the early ‘90s,…

  • Eastwind Hotel & Bar

    A cozy upstate New York retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The brainchild of a group…

  • The Kumaon

    A serene mountain retreat in the Himalayas. Located 1600m above sea level in the Village…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(141105)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Caldeireiros Houses

    17th-century dwellings become modern apartments. Clínica de Arquitectura’s Caldeireiros Houses project began with the refurbishment…

  • Cerna Voda Mountain Lodge

    A compact cabin that complements its dark cladding with a warm interior. Nestled in a…

  • The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions

    A coastal retreat that immerses guests into nature. Located in a stunning natural landscape in…

  • Sydney Cottage by Panovscott

    A small house in an urban space becomes welcoming cottage linked to nature. The owner…

  • Casa Xólotl

    From a house in disrepair to architectural gem. Located in Mérida, Mexico, Casa Xólotl is…

  • Dancing Light House

    A modern dwelling that celebrates the desert, mountains, and light. Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona,…

  • Villa Monoi

    A dream getaway in Costa Rica. Built right near a beach between Playa Tamarindo and…

  • Trautenberk Microbrewery by ADR

    An old mountain lodge modernized into an elegant retreat. Located in the north-eastern part of…

  • House In Neveklov

    A black wooden house that hides a bright and airy interior. Minimalist and restrained, this…

  • The Mylla House

    A wooden cabin with a creative pinwheel design. Built on the top of a hill…

Close Cart