48 Urban Garden: A Lush Museum Restaurant in Athens

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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.

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