The Platanos taverna, a longtime favourite of Athenians and tourists alike, located at the foot of the Acropolis in the centre of the Plaka district, was totally revamped, the main architectural objective being the aesthetic “cohabitation” of its two adjoining, but different, structures – the listed 19th Century light grey Othonian original building and the later addition which fronts the small square in front of the taverna.  

Wood and painted steel members were extensively used in the interiors of the two buildings. There was a dilemma about the façade colour as the taverna had been painted over many a time, so it was decided to peel off the successive layers of paint until the first one - a strong red - was reached. That settled the issue. 

Mystery surrounds the name of the taverna as there is no platanus (plane) tree in sight. On the other hand, in the inner court of the taverna exists the largest cypress tree of the whole Plaka district.

Project completed 1986
Design team
Architects Sgoutas Architects
Structural Engineers P.Frangakis
MEP Consultants Tekem Ltd.