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Ta Biftekakia

Ta Biftekakia, which means The Little Burgers, is a very small place with a very big reputation.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1974 The Karagiannis family took over from the previous family of owners, who were Greeks from Izmir.

    1998 Until then, it was located in a different space in the Varvakios Market.

    2000 After the market’s renovation, the ouzeri- bar was moved to its current location.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Ta Biftekakia, which means The Little Burgers, is a very small place with a very big reputation. Here, one can taste a genuine and special Athenian street food at a very low price, experience the vibrancy of the Varvakios Market and socialize with people that has never seen before. The owner Kostas Karagiannis and the employees are communicative and smiley and the pleasant atmosphere they create impacts the customers in a most positive way. This is probably why so many people can fit into such a small space. It is very reminiscent of the old Athens of the 20th century and a vibe that many are nostalgic for. The title of this ouzeri- bar also indicates its speciality, the famous little burgers with the recipe that has remained secret for many decades. Tsipouro, ouzo and beer are accompanied by meat meze (burgers, saganaki cheese, egg, olives, cocktail sausage, tomato, pickled hot peppers) or seafood meze (anchovies, shrimps, mussels, olives, dolmades). Vegan options include dolmades, olives, peppers and tomato.

What I can't see

The materials come from small local producers and most of the ouzeri’s products are handmade. Tsipouro is from Ioannina and Volos, ouzo from Argos and beer from Rhodes. On certain holidays, such as the Holy Week and Clean Monday, the menu is enriched with fasting foods, with the most typical example being the handmade taramas salad that is praised by all the customers. During Clean Monday and the weekend before, a party is thrown around this small place. The Biftekakia’s customers are not only customers of the Varvakios Market, but also employees of the surrounding stores, waiters and barmen who want to eat and drink something after their shift.


  • Address: 67Α Varvakios Market
  • Postal Code : 10551
  • Contact Name: Kostas Karagiannis
  • Phone: +30 2103248174
  • Opening hours:
    Sunday Closed
    Monday 7:30am– 4:00pm
    Tuesday 7:30am– 4:00pm
    Wednesday 7:30am– 4:00pm
    Thursday 7:30am– 4:00pm
    Friday 7:30am– 4:00pm
    Saturday 7:30am– 4:00pm


Field observation by scientific editors


Information with the kind assistance of the store’s management.