City Guide 2024

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City & Islands Guide 2024

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We at Athens Voice, the top publication in Greece for more than 20 years, are thrilled to have you visit our fascinating city. We want to show you the “whole” Athens, a city where you can simultaneously dance till dawn in a storied punk bar and watch the sun set on the ancient ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Athens is a city of extremes: you can find laid-back residents enjoying freddo cappuccinos while listening to live music in the shadow of expansive works of graffiti within minutes of somber architectural treasures. It is both an international center of cultures from all over the world and so distinctly “Greek”. There is definitely something for everyone, and both young children and history enthusiasts will have amazing experiences. This guide is jam-packed with all the insider information you require as well as our succinct, understandable knowledge of everything Athens has to offer. We'll walk you through the welltrod paths and point you toward the city's hidden treasures, teaching you how to live like a local and explore like an adventurous tourist! During your visit, we are excited to serve as your on-demand tour guide. Use the hashtags #athensvoice, #lookmag, #tastevoice, and #voice102.5 when you post your best moments on Instagram and follow us at @athensvoice. Have fun while you're here!

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Where is the zoo?

Just a short drive away from the city you'll find the Attica Zoo Park

How much do I tip?

Give nothing to cab drivers, 5-10% at restaurants.

At what time do the clubs close? There is no specific plan.

How come you stay up so late? It’s in our blood. Also, it is cooler at night.

Do you ever get drunk?

All the time. But you can’t tell.

What is the worst thing about tourists?

They get obviously drunk.

Which is the area that gathers all the fun?

You can’t go wrong around Syntagma or at the Athens Riviera (from Faliro to Varkiza).

Why do the guards in Syntagma Square stand still?

It’s a matter of pride.

How come they are all good-looking?

Only the tallest most good-looking soldiers can serve as guards in Syntagma.

And what if a guard has to go to the toilet?

He isn’t allowed to. But one can wear a diaper.

What happens if I tickle a guard?

He will make a slight (almost invisible) gesture with his finger to the soldier nearby and he will take care of you.

Can I feed the pigeons?

Please don’t. They are bulimic.

Why can’t I flush the toilet-paper down the toilet?

You don’t want the whole Athens sewage system to collapse.

How much is the cab fare from the airport to the city center? It depends. From 45 to 50 euro.

I am free for the weekend. What do you suggest I do?

Take the boat and visit an island like all normal people. Try Hydra and Aegina from Piraeus, Andros from Rafina, Tzia from Lavrion.

Where is everybody from 3-6 pm?

Somewhere cool, either hugging the air-conditioner or by the sea.

What’s inside the Greek coffee? It tastes like sand. Hey, either drink it or stop complaining.

How come coffee is so expensive in Greece?

The coffee shop owners also charge for the chair. It can take a Greek two hours to drink a frappé.

What’s a frappé coffee?

Instant coffee. Shaken, not stirred.

Why are there almost no Greeks at a McDonald’s?

We prefer the local Everest of Goody’s.

Name one thing that’s unique about Athens.

Summer open-air cinemas. Try Aigli (in Zappeion), Boboniera (in Kifissia), Dexameni (in Kolonaki).

I am really bored of museums. I only want to visit one.

Benaki Museum is elegant and covers it all. The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important of its kind in the world.

Where do I walk the dog?

Along Dionysiou Areopagitou Street under the Acropolis.

Where is your Chinatown?

Around Koumoundourou Square (on some maps listed as Plateia Eleftherias).

Jesus, you smoke too much. We know.

Do you still break plates at bouzoukia?

No, we throw flowers at each other. Rather expensive habit, though.

I too want to go to bouzoukia. Don’t go alone. Make some Greek friends, they will take you.

What’s the best way to end a night of partying?

Eat something at the Central Market on Athinas Street.

Where do I get breakfast?

Good luck! Greeks never have breakfast. We go straigth to brunch (usually it is just a cheese pie).

I want one, too.

Ariston on Voulis Street sells the best.

Don’t leave. I have some more questions.

Don’t panic. Yannis Nenes, a celebrated anthropologist who researches the Greek traditions and behavior, explains everything in the following pages.


While Greece is faithful to what people associate with it – summertime, spotless beaches, turquoise waters – these are only some of the treasures it has to offer, and the capital city is no exception. Athens has been an epicenter of history and culture for millennia, and it’s crucial to get a sense of its spirit during your stay. It is a place of contrasts that has something to offer everyone. Find ‘joie de vivre’ in every busy street, but also witness all that this city has overcome – there is truly no other place where the coexistence of the past and present is so potent. Below, we’ve listed some of our “ABC” s’ of Athens: insider information for your perusal before you fully immerse yourself in this ancient metropolis.

ATHENS Athens might look poor in aspects but there is a sexy vibe in it. Industrial spaces have turned into art venues, performance studios, places where much is happening. The hype is art and emerging artists are fleeing from all over Europe.

ANAFIOTIKA Tucked away beneath the Acropolis lies the picturesque neighborhood of Anafiotika. A maze of whitewashed houses with colorful doors and bougainvillea cascading from balconies, it feels like a little piece of the Cycladic islands right in the heart of Athens.

BEAD BRACELETS Bead bracelets or rosaries are very popular, especially among younger men and tourists. Places like Greece, Turkey, and Italy have a strong tradition of handcrafted jewelry, and bead bracelets are a part of that. Bracelets might opt for simpler styles like evil eye bracelets with a blue eye charm for protection against negativity, macrames made with natural fibers or leather bands.

BOUZOUKIA Lively tavern music venues. It used to be the ultimate Greek night-out. Nowdays is all about large music stages, whiskey & flowers thrown to the singer – don’ t ask why. Younger Greeks, now, prefer big concerts of tribal, balkan, ethnic beat. There is no breaking of plates anymore unless you are in a touristic bait tavern where they want to impress you with this wellknown cliché of Greek “kefi”.

BREAKING PLATES Smashing plates for good luck is a tradition, though mostly limited to celebrations like weddings or bouzoukia nights. It likely originated from the Ottoman era when breaking expensive things was a display of wealth.

BROKEN PAVEMENTS & SLOPE wARNING Don’t expect properly conserved pavements and roads. So put on your sneakers instead of high heels!

CINEMA UNDER THE STARS Athenians are outdoor cinema enthusiasts! Catch a movie under the

summer sky for a unique cinematic experience.

CROSS Older people will cross themselves when passing a church. It’s a common gesture for good luck. Notice many taxi drivers do it too.

DRIVERS Athens drivers can be a bit aggressive and a bit lax. They may change lanes abruptly without warning or drive slowly, often while talking on their phones. Following the street signs is something of a weak character. Whether you’re behind the wheel or on foot, stay alert.

march to break the monotony of standing still all day and at 6pm you can watch the changing of the guards. Just make sure that you do not stand in their way; they are not allowed to stop for any reason-instead, they can march-kick the obstacles with their pompom shoes.

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DERTI “An unrelenting sense of loss or unfulfilled desire”. It’s a word to describe the feeling you get after a heartbreak, a sentiment Greeks love to sing about. Remember, “drama” is also a greek word.

DRUGS In 2017, Greece legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Since 2018, pharmaceutical companies can cultivate cannabis for medical use. Possession, use, and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes remain illegal. Penalties can range from fines to imprisonment, depending on the quantity involved. Smoking cannabis in public places is prohibited.

EATING IN ATHENS NEVER FAILS TO PLEASE It’s a street food heaven in abundance and deliciousness.

Highlights: Gyros, the iconic Greek street food. Mediterranean medley, fresh & flavorful. There’s always a history on a plate and there’s a wonderful fusion of traditional and modern greek cuisine.


Often compared to a kilt, is a key element of the traditional uniform for the Evzones Presidential Guard in Greece. It’s more than just clothing; it’s a symbol steeped in history and national identity. Worn by revolutionary fighters, it became associated with bravery and resistance against Ottoman rule. King Otto of Greece (1832-1862) adopted the fustanella as part of the official court costume, further solidifying its national significance. The Evzones Presidential Guard adopted the fustanella as their official uniform in 1868. Made from up to 30 meters (98 feet) of white cotton, the fustanella features around 400 pleats. Traditional pleated kilt that comes of the 19th century. It is worn by,


Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence.

- John MILTON (English poet)

EVZONES Evzones, (meaning the “well-belted” elite soldiers, a term traced in Homer’s times) are the guards of the former Royal Palace. In Syntagma square, you can take your picture next to them and see if they blink. Every so often they do a little

Frappe coffee is the lifeblood of Greek society. Made with instant Nescafe mixed with water, ice, milk and lots of sugar, a frappe will provide you with the right amount of caffeine for your coffee break, and the right buzz to sip while gossiping and people watching. Now entries are the fredoccino, the frapuccino and everything as long as it’s cold and long to drink. Third wave coffee is also a great preference especially among young people who hang out in new and established specialty coffee shops.


Greek coffee is a strong, bold brew made with finely ground coffee beans typically boiled in a small pot called a briki. Unlike filtered coffee, the grounds settle at the bottom of the cup, creating a thick and rich consistency. Preparing

Athens wasn’t the host of the first Olympic Games! Those were held in Olympia, in the Peloponnese region. However, Athens did host the first modern Olympics in 1896.

The name “marathon” comes from a legendary Greek soldier named Pheidippides who ran from Marathon to Athens (about 42 kilometers) to announce the Greek victory over the Persians.

Athens, Home of Philosophy. Athens was a breeding ground for some of the greatest philosophers in history, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Their ideas continue to influence Western thought today.

The rails on the pedestrian pathway at Makriyiannis Street are the remnants of the old Athenian Tram, which stopped operating in the early 60s.

The underground river flowing underneath Monastiraki Square, some of its parts now exposed in sight, is Eridanos river.

The narrowest road is Kallipou street, about 2 meters in width. It is located between Monastiraki square and Kapnikarea, intersecting Ermou Street.

The name of the english nobleman who removed the marbles of Parthenon is Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin. Greece strongly believes the marbles were illegally taken and demands their return to Athens for reunification with the remaining Parthenon sculptures. They argue the marbles are integral parts of the monument and their cultural heritage.

About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.

Acropolis Surprise: The Parthenon wasn’t just a temple; it doubled as the city’s treasury, housing vast amounts of gold.

The Presidential Guard (Evzones) in front of the Greek Parliament building at

Syntagma, “rotates” every hour.

European Heat Record: Athens holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe - a scorching 48.8°C (119.8°F) in 1977.

Facing the building of the Academy of Athens, the statue on the left is Plato and that on the right is Socrates.

The Columns of Olympian Zeus are the remainings of a “gigantic” Temple dedicated to Zeus. At its time, Olympieion as it was called, it was bigger than the Parthenon, in fact it was the biggest temple in Greece.

The Parthenon’s roof was kept well maintained for more than 2,000 years, until late 17th century, in 1687, when it was bombarded by the Venetians under Francesco Morosini.

The Parthenon wasn’t always a temple. It served as a church during the Byzantine era and even a mosque during Ottoman rule.

The Parthenon’s columns are slightly tilted inwards – an optical illusion to create an appearance of perfect symmetry.

The tallest building in Athens, and in the whole Greece, is the “Athens Tower” at Ampelokipi. Its 28 floor-structure go up 103 meters to the sky.

Athens limits buildings to 12 floors so as not to block the view of the Parthenon.

There are 29 cities in the world named “Athens”, seven of which are found in the United States.

The world’s third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.

Sometimes the city of Athens is referred to as The Big Olive.

Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine – or 3,000 sunny hours a year.

Greek coffee is almost a ritual. The slow brewing process and the formation of a light foam on top (called kaimaki) add to the experience. Traditionally served black, some enjoy Greek coffee with sugar added before brewing for varying levels of sweetness.


TELLING Fortune telling in the grounds of the coffee. After finishing the coffee, some like to turn the cup upside down and interpret the leftover grounds for fortune-telling. There’s no one specific group or person designated as the official “readers” of Greek coffee grounds. The practice of tasseography, which is fortune-telling using tea leaves or coffee grounds, is more about personal interpretation and tradition.

Greece is a good place to look at the moon, isn’t it?

- Kari HestHamar (Norwegian novelist. This quote, from the novel “So Long, Marianne”)

HONEY Athens offers a delicious opportunity to experience the unique taste of Greek honey. Greece boasts a diverse range of honey flavors thanks to its varied flora. Thyme, pine, citrus blossom, and wildflower honeys are some popular options you’ll find in Athens. Explore specialty food stores and farmers’ markets. Look for shops with a focus on local and artisanal products. Some restaurants in the city incorporate local honey into their dishes and desserts, offering a delightful way to experience its versatility. Keep an eye out for honeyinfused soaps, cosmetics, and even liquors for unique souvenirs.

HORIATIKI SALATA The classic Greek salad featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, feta cheese, and olive oil. A refreshing and essential part of any Greek meal.

INTERNET Greece has 3G, 4G+ 5G mobile broadband and Satellite Internet access. Greece also has an extensive fiber optic network throughout the country. Most cafes and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi. Ask for the password.



Smoking is very popular in Greece and still relatively cheap compared to the rest of Europe. Still, it’s completely

prohibited in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, workplaces, public transport, and government buildings. Smoking is generally allowed in outdoor spaces, like sidewalks, streets, and open-air cafes.


Greek men don’t wear so much gold like the Italians do. Except maybe, a golden cross their mama gave to them 30 years ago! Greek women love jewels but, most of all, tourists love handcrafted gold since it is inexpensive in Greece but also for its high quality and excellent craftsmanship.

KAVSOHNAS You’ll frequently hear “καύσωνας” mentioned in weather forecasts and news reports during hot summer periods in Greece. It is a crucial word for understanding and discussing heatwaves in Greece. It’s a widely used term across weather forecasts, news reports, and everyday conversations.

KEFI/KEFIA While “kefi” can be translated as happiness, it goes deeper. It’s a full-bodied experience

that encompasses joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and a sense of liberation.

KIOSKS “Periptero” is a small kiosk that serves as a neighborhood convenience store. But “periptera” are more than just kiosks; they’re a vital part of Athenian life. They offer convenience, local interaction, and a window into the city’s daily rhythm. Some of them even stay open 24/7.

KOULOURI Walking around the city, you will spot some men selling this kind of bagel, round pastry coated in sesame seeds. It’s the most healthy snack you can find for a relatively small price (maximum €2,5). It’s the handy breakfast for most greeks, along with the morning coffee.

MALAKA “Malaka” literally translates to “wanker” or “jerk off” in English. This is its most vulgar and offensive meaning. It can take on a wide range of meanings depending on context, tone, and relationship between the speaker and listener. It can be used to express mild frustration, similar to “damn” or “shoot” in English. Among

friends or family, “malaka” can be used playfully or affectionately, almost like a friendly jab. Sometimes, it’s used for emphasis, similar to “seriously?” or “you’re kidding!” Of course, in the most aggressive tone, it retains its literal meaning and becomes a serious insult. While “malaka” might be thrown around casually among friends in Greece, it’s not a word tourists should use lightly. It could be misconstrued and cause offense.

METRO The fastest and most extensive option of public transport. Three lines connect major landmarks, tourist destinations, and suburbs. Runs daily from 5 am to midnight (until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays).

MOUTZA Imagine holding your hand up with the palm facing outwards and all fingers spread wide. That’s the moutza gesture, considered the most common and direct insult in Greece. The gesture is often accompanied by a forward thrust of the hand towards the recipient, adding emphasis to the insult. Moutza is a powerful tool in Greek communication, but it should be used

with caution. Understanding the context and potential offensiveness is crucial.

NEIGHBORHOOD GEMS Athenians enjoy exploring hidden tavernas, cafes, and parks in their own neighborhoods. This allows them to escape the tourist crowds and experience a more authentic Athenian atmosphere.


Athens is known for its stunning Neoclassical architecture, a trend that emerged in the early 19th century. After gaining independence from Ottoman rule, Athens sought to revive its connection to ancient Greece. Neoclassicism, with its emphasis on clean lines, symmetry, and inspiration from Greek temples, became the architectural style of choice. Neoclassical houses are a testament to Athens’ rebirth and its ongoing connection to its classical past. Check out the Zappeion Hall, the Benaki Museum and National Bank of Greece.


Oscar winning music theme for the movie of the same name. The composer, Manos Hadjidakis, is one of the most favorite Greek composers.

ORANGE TREES Those decorative orange trees lining the streets are beautiful, but beware – the fruit is not for eating! They’re typically bitter.

OWL Throughout the antiquity, goddess Athena and her companion owl served as city and primary coin type. What made the Athenian silver so popular and long lasting was its status as the definition of good money. The modern Greek one-euro coin features the owl taken from the ancient Athenian four-drachma piece, practically the first coin in the history of Europe. Artist Dimitris Kasdaglis draws owls on peebles hiding them in various places in the city, free for finders keepers.

PALAMAKIA Clapping your hands rhythmically. Apart from showing appreciation, it’s also essential for dancing and having fun the greek way. Old greeks used to clap when they wanted to attract the waiter’s attention in tavernas.

PHILOTIMO Greeks are very proud of this word which cannot be translated. It means “the love of honour”, or “doing good”, and it refers to the concept of respecting values. According to ancient Greek philosopher, Thales, “A Greek is not a Greek without it”.

PICKPOCKETS While Athens is generally safe, pickpockets do operate in crowded areas, especially targeting tourists. Be extra vigilant in metro stations and public transportation, popular tourist attractions (Acropolis, Plaka) and busy streets and squares.

QUEER ATHENS The LGBTQ+ community in Athens is vibrant and increasingly visible. Pride events and LGBTQ+ venues are more common than ever. Despite progress, social acceptance for LGBTQ+ people isn’t universal. Prejudice and discrimination can still occur. Areas like Gazi and Psirri have a higher concentration of LGBTQ+ bars, cafes and clubs.

REBETIKA The soulful soundtrack of the Athens underworld. Often compared to the blues, Rebetika originated in the early 20th century


Often referred to as the Mediterranean diet, is renowned for its health benefits and delicious flavors. It emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, balanced portions, and healthy fats.

Key C OM p O nen T s

Olive Oil Reigns supreme

Fruits & Veggies Galore

Whole Grains for Goodness

seafood Delights

Moderate Meat Consumption

Legumes & nuts for protein

Dairy in Moderation

Herbs & spices Add Zest


For many Greeks it consists of a quick coffee, “tyropita” (feta cheese pie) and cigarettes on the move. If you’re feeling adventurous though, try a cup of “loukoumades” for breakfast. These are deep-fried dough balls drizzled with honey and cinnamon, a sweet treat to start your day.

among marginalized communities. The lyrics paint a picture of tough lives, with themes of poverty, crime, love lost and hashish use.

RELAX Sipping coffee, not rushing. Athenians frequent “kafeneions” (coffee houses) for leisurely chats, playing cards with friends, or simply scrolling on their smartphones over endless cups of Greek coffee. It’s about savoring the moment, not rushing through a caffeine fix. It’s about slowing down, connecting with loved ones, and appreciating the beauty of everyday life in this historic city.

SANDALS Leather sandals with an ancient Greek aesthetic are popular footwear in Athens. Ancient Greek Sandals is a highly-regarded brand that offers a wide range of handmade leather sandals inspired by those worn in antiquity. Kyma Sandals are handcrafted in Athens using highquality vegetable-tanned vachetta leather. Melissinos is a historic Athenian shoemaker established in 1920 that offers a wide variety of handcrafted leather footwear, including sandals with a classic Greek look. They have been a favorite among celebrities for decades, including Sophia Loren and Jackie O!

SIESTA TIME Midday break. Many businesses in Athens observe a siesta, typically from around 2 pm to 5 pm. This allows people to retreat from the midday heat, enjoy a long lunch, or take a nap.

SPANAKOPITTA A savory phyllo pastry pie filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions, and sometimes dill. A delicious vegetarian option.

SUPERSTITIONS The evil eye, a curse believed to bring misfortune, sickness and headache, is a common concern. Athenians might wear evil eye charms for “matiasma” or keep them in their homes to ward off negativity.

SYRTAKI DANCE The famous “syrtaki” dance scene in the movie Zorba the Greek has popularized a specific dance style, though it wasn’t


Athens is a paradise for graffiti artists, with a vibrant and ever-changing street art scene. Graffiti is practically unavoidable in Athens, from historic neighborhoods to modern areas. Legal and illegal, the line can be blurry, with some areas designated for street art and others featuring more rebellious pieces. Many works reflect social and political issues, offering a glimpse into the city’s pulse.

traditionally Greek. It’s more of a tourist performance aspect now.

TAXIS They are yellow, they are everywhere and, compared to other international cities, the rates are still cheap. You should always request a receipt for the amount paid, which should also indicate the taxi registration number and the driver’s name. Athens taxi drivers have, during the peak of the tourist season, a special preference for tourists, leaving loacals struggling in the heat to find a taxi. Opt for safe apps such as Uber and FreeNow. As for tipping, 5 euros is more than fine.


And bottled spring water is readily available. Nevertheless, do not pay more than €0,50 -1 for O,750L of bottled water.

THEATER Athenians love the theatre and especially to argue about which performance was the best or not - just like their ancient ancestors. In a city

with about 300 theatres and with about 1500 performances in each season, one understands that a rich and varied spectacle is on offer. Visitors always have a performance of ancient tragedy at the Herodion on their schedule.

TRAnSPORT TIcKETS Public transport in Athens is a reliable and budget-friendly way to navigate the city. Single Tickets: Valid for 90 minutes across all public transport options (€1.20 regular, €0.50 reduced).

Multiple & Day Tickets: Consider these for extended travel (€5 for 5 tickets, €11 for a 24-hour ticket).

Tickets purchased onboard buses usually cost slightly more.

VEGETABLES Athens boasts a delicious and healthy cuisine that makes extensive use of fresh, seasonal vegetables. Some popular vegetable dishes: Gemista: A quintessential Greek dish featuring vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and

zucchini stuffed with rice, herbs, and sometimes meat. Briam: A hearty summer stew made with seasonal vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, all baked in the oven with olive oil and herbs.

WInE Athens offers a delightful experience for wine lovers, with a mix of local Greek wines and international options. Assyrtiko (crisp white), Agiorgitiko (medium-bodied red), and Moschofilero (aromatic white) are some popular Greek grape varieties you should try. Athens has a thriving wine bar scene, offering an intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable staff to guide your exploration.

WALKInG Athens is a city best explored on foot. Its ancient sites, charming neighborhoods, and lively squares are all waiting to be discovered at a leisurely pace. Some of the best walks you can do: The Acropolis and Plaka, the Anafiotika Walk, National Garden and Zappeion Hall, the Philopappos Hill Walk.

YASSOU It is the a very common salute, meaning “hello”. Address a local like that to steal his heart and have him at hello. It comes from “health to you”.

YAMAS “Health to us all”. It’s the familiar greek way to say Cheers!

ZEIBEKIKO A Greek improvisational dramatic solo dance for men. Its name comes from Zeybeks, people of Asia Minor. The dancer is surrounded by other people, who kneel and clap to him. It is a renowned dance for “mangas”, the macho archetype in the Greek poetry of masculinity.

ZORBA While Zorba the Greek is a fictional character from Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel, he’s become an emblem of a certain kind of Greek spirit. Zorba embodies passion, joy of living, and an uninhibited approach to life. These are all values admired in Athenian culture, though perhaps not always expressed as intensely as Zorba does.

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Athens Museums

In a city as ancient as Athens, museums present fantastic chances for guests to interact with the vast cultural and historical heritage of the city. There is no doubt that there is a museum in Athens to satiate your curiosity, whether your goals are to explore ancient ruins, discover more about the history of the ancient city, or peruse galleries showcasing ancient or contemporary art.

National Archaeological Museum

Greece’s largest museum, the National Archaeological Museum, is regarded as one of the most significant in the entire globe. It was the first museum established in the newly liberated Greek state, having been founded in 1829 following the revolutionary struggle. A sculpture collection that shows the evolution of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC is housed in the museum. Highlights include the Golden Mask of Agamemnon, which was discovered in Mycenae by H. Schliemann. Other noteworthy sections include the Metallurgy collection and the Vase and Minor Objects collection. The museum, housed in an 8,000 square meter neoclassical building from the 19th century, is home to over 11,000 exhibits. Make sure you allow enough time to explore the museum, and don’t miss the 700 plants on display in the recently renovated atrium garden— many of which have references to Greek mythology. 44 28th of October (Patission) Str., Athens +302132144800

Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays 08:00–20:00, Tuesdays 13:00-20:00

A statue of the goddess Eirene on top of the roof of the National Archaeological Museum, in Athens

The Acropolis Museum

One of Athens’ architectural gems, the Acropolis Museum stands in stark contrast to the marble volume of the Acropolis. The floor to ceiling windows let sunlight shine on the statues while offering visitors awe-inspiring views of the Acropolis across the street. Situated just 300 meters southeast of the Parthenon on the ancient road Dionysiou Areopagitou, it contains over 20,000 pieces that were discovered during excavations in Athens. To fully understand the significance of the Acropolis in the Mycenaean Period, start the tour on the first floor at the northeast corner and try to avoid going between 10:00 and 14:00 on weekdays. Furthermore, the Acropolis Museum is open until 22:00 on Friday nights. Savor a special menu based on traditional recipes at its restaurant, which is open until midnight and offers stunning nighttime views of the Acropolis. Situated on the museum’s second floor, the restaurant boasts an expansive public terrace offering stunning views of Athens’ historic hills. 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Str., Athens, +302109000900

Opening hours: Mondays 09:00-17:00 Tuesdays - Sundays 09:00-20:00 Fridays 09:00-22:00

Cycladic Art Museum

The Cycladic Art Museum was established in 1986 to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Today, it is home to one of the largest private collections of Cycladic art worldwide. The two buildings of this museum house over 3,000 objects from all phases of Cycladic, Ancient Greek, and Cypriot art in both permanent and temporary exhibits. Neofytou Douka Street is a modern building connected to the restored Neoclassical Stathatos Mansion of the 19th century by a glassroofed corridor. Remember to stop by the recently opened Cycladic café— it’sthe ideal spot for lunch or coffee. 4 Neophytou Douka Str., Athens +3021072283213

Opening hours: Μonday-Wednesday - FridaySaturday 10:00-17:00, Thursday 10:00-20:00 Sunday 11:00-17:00. Tuesdays closed

The Byzantine and Christian Museum There are 25,000 objects in

What lies beneath?

Celebrating 15 years of operation, the Acropolis Museum unveils the “Excavation Museum”

Αn ancient neighborhood where people of various national origins and religious beliefs lived productively for over 4,500 years was discovered at the base of the Acropolis Museum, a unique embrace of ruins that traces Athens’ ancient past through the centuries. Constructed along the sleek, uninterrupted southern face of the rock, it accommodates human habitation and activity from the fourth millennium BC to the twelfth century AD. Free citizens, metics, and slaves reared their offspring and buried their dead, established their homes and jobs, worshipped local deities or embraced eastern mystery cults. A few of these individuals not only strolled but also produced some of the masterpieces, the Parthenon and Acropolis monuments that we still revere today. The most well-preserved archaeological remnants include roads, houses, baths, workshops, and graves, while a plethora of artifacts, including coins, vases, and sculptures offer important insights into the lives of the people who inhabited the area during its protracted historical journey. Acropolis Museum's architecture incorporates this ancient neighborhood of Athens in a unique way, allowing it to interact with the magnificent examples of Greek art on display on its floors. The semi-open “museum beneath the museum” houses 1,150 of the thousands of objects the research has uncovered in a 35-meter showcase. Οpen during the Museum’s opening hours. To access the excavation site and its exhibits, a general admission ticket to the Acropolis Museum is required.

the Byzantine and Christian Museum’s outstanding collection that date from the third to the twentieth century A.D. Admire the reconstructions of early churches and the immaculately preserved mosaic floors in the museum’s rich conservation department, and marvel at the veritable treasure trove of early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, and post-Byzantine artifacts. Those who are eager to explore Athens’ numerous churches can get a sneak peek at the early Christian church artifacts and icons. The building was originally the eccentric French-American philhellene, the Duchess of Plaisance, whose design was influenced by the Greek War of Independence.

22 Vasilissis Sofias Str. Athens

Opening hours: Mondays 09:00-14:00

Wednesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00 Tuesdays closed

EMST - National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

Located in the former FIX brewery, the National Museum of Contemporary Art opened for business in 2000 and features an impressive permanent collection in addition to memorable exhibitions. With more than 1,400

Numismatic Museum of Athens

The Numismatic Museum, one of the country’s first public museums, has an extensive collection of coins and medals from the Classical, Macedonian, Roman, and Byzantine periods to the founding of the Modern Greek state. The neoclassical Iliou Melathron building, which is close to Syntagma Square, is home to the collection. Originally the home of renowned archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann —the father of Mycenaean and Trojan archaeology— it was constructed and designed by German architect Ernst Ziller. 12 El. Venizelou (Panepistimiou) Str. Athens, +302103632057

Opening hours: Thursdays – Sundays

08.00–20.00, Mondays Wednesdays 08.30–15.30 Tuesdays closed

The War Museum The War Museum was built in 1964 as a memorial to all those who sacrificed their lives to defend the nation’s freedom. It displays numerous significant eras in Greek history, such as the military battles such as the Balkan Wars, the Asia Minor Campaign, and Greek forces’ participation in Korea. Swords, pistols, and military gear from the 18th and 19th centuries are also displayed. The fighter planes in front of the entrance and the fullscale model of the Daedalus are two particularly noteworthy exhibits. It is advised that guests begin their tour in the hall of antiquities on the first floor.

Vasilissis Sofias & 2 Rizari Str., Athens +302107252974

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 09:00-19.00

National Historical Museum

The National Historical Museum, which is housed in a structure that was once the first Greek House of Parliament, uses archive materials, images, costumes, and flags to chronicle Greece’s history since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. The bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis, which serves as the museum’s emblem, is situated in front of the entrance. Old Parliament Building 13 Stadiou Str., Athens, +302103237617

Jewish Museum The Jewish Museum collection, located just a short stroll from Syntagma Square, spans 2,300 years of Jewish history in Greece. The museum was initially housed in a tiny synagogue, but in 1997 it was able to expand to its current location thanks to an increase in visitor traffic and an expanding collection of artifacts. It displays more than 10,000 artifacts that investigate the Greek-Jewish experience in both religious and secular terms.

39 Nikis Str., Athens, +302103225582

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.00-14.30 Sundays 10.00-14.00. Saturdays closed

pieces of art, the collection includes both modern art using cutting-edge new media and historic art from the second half of the 20th century.

Kallirois Ave. & Frantzi Str., (former Fix brewery) +302111019000

Open daily: 11:00-19:00, Thurs 11:00-22:00 Closed on Mondays

Benaki Museum of Greek


The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, located in a posh area of Kolonaki, houses the Benakis family art collection, which Antonis Benakis and his three sisters donated to Greece. This amazing collection, which consists

of over 40,000 pieces, provides a distinctive perspective on the cultural and historical significance of the Greek world. The exhibition spans the era from Greek antiquity to the 19th century, giving those who are familiar with Greek culture a useful refresher and giving those who are unfamiliar with it a thorough overview.

1 Koumbari & Vasilissis Sofias Str., Athens +302103671000

Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays, Saturdays 10:00-18:00, Thursdays 10:00-00:00, Sundays 10:00-16:00

Benaki Museum/Piraeus 138

Large exhibition spaces, an amphitheater, and a courtyard are used in the industrial-style Benaki Museum/Pireos 138 building to honor contemporary music, architecture, design, and art. The museum mostly concentrates on temporary collections and festivals, so it doesn’t have many permanent exhibitions. The Benaki Museum/Pireos 138 attracts visitors not only for its collections but also for its gift shop, which offers unique home decor items, and its ground-floor café, which serves meals and coffee.

138 Piraeus & Andronikou Str., Athens

Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:0018:00, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00-22:00

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is located in the Kerameikos neighborhood and features artifacts and objects from all over the world, including the Middle East, India, Iran, Northern Africa, and Turkey. The more

The National GalleryAlexandros Soutsos Museum

The National Gallery of Greece, situated in Athens, is the foremost institution dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Greek art. Established in 1900, the gallery houses an extensive collection that spans from the post-Byzantine era to contemporary times. Its vast array of paintings, sculptures, and prints offers a comprehensive overview of Greek artistic evolution. The gallery is also known for its impressive collection of European art, featuring works by notable artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Recent renovations have modernized its facilities, providing visitors with an enhanced experience through stateof-the-art exhibition spaces and educational programs. The National Gallery serves as a cultural beacon, celebrating Greece's rich artistic heritage and fostering appreciation for the visual arts.

50 Vasileos Konstantinou Str., Athens,

than 10,000 items in this museum are arranged in chronological order, with collections spanning the periods of the 7th and 12th, the 12th and 16th, and the 16th and 17th centuries. Not only does the Museum of Islamic art house important pieces such as the astrolabe of Ahmad ibnal-Sarraj (1328/29) and a velvet saddle from Bursa, but it also has a marble reception room and fountain from the 17th century, as well as

collections of armor and weapons. Discover a tomb and a piece of ancient Athens wall in the basement, which is located beneath the museum.

22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Str., Athens +302103251311. Opening hours: Thursday Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00-18:00

Herakleidon Museum

The museum and its annex are housed in two charming, small neoclassical buildings in Thissio’s historic district, close to the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis. This museum provides an indepth look at Greek technological achievements during various wars for those interested in military technology. Among the highlights is the powerful warship Trireme. Remember to stop by the gift shop, which has a large assortment of mementos inspired by the recurring exhibitions of visual arts, such as those by Toulouse-Lautrec, M.C. Escher, and Constantin Xenakis.

16 Herakleidon Str., Thissio, +302103461981

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00

Industrial Gas Museum

The Greek Ministry of Culture swiftly concluded that the site’s historical significance demanded its preservation after the Athens gasworks closed in 1984. The Industrial Gas Museum first welcomed visitors in 2013. Through highly interactive means, visitors can examine the machinery, production methods, and workings of the historic plant at the museum. Visitors can imagine clearly what this plant might have looked like when it powered the city of Athens thanks to photographs and audiovisual displays. Technopolis City of Athens, 100 Piraeus Str., Gazi

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

This museum was founded by Ilias Lalaounis, one of the most well-known jewelers in the world, and has an unrivaled collection of jewelry. The Lalaounis Jewelry Museum’s permanent collection includes 50 collections created by Lalaounis himself in addition to a wide range of other modern pieces that draw inspiration from historical eras such as the Renaissance or Classical Antiquity. Visitors to the

Lalaounis Museum will not only be able to admire jewelry, but they will also be able to watch demonstrations at the museum’s very own jewelry workshop and learn how it was made in the past. For those who can’t resist purchasing a new piece of jewelry while on vacation, the gift shop is the ideal place to go. 4A Kariatidon & 12 Kallisperi Str., Athens

Opening hours: Mondays-Saturdays 9:00-15:00. Sundays closed

Municipal Gallery of Athens

The museum is housed in a neoclassical building that has undergone numerous transformations, including being a shopping center, a silk processing plant, and the Hellenic Police headquarters. This free gallery showcases important pieces that speak to contemporary social issues, mostly by Greek artists. Leonidiou & Millerou Str., Metaxourgeio, Athens

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9:00-15:00 Saturdays 10:00-19:00, Sundays closed

Museum of Modern Greek Culture

The Museum of Modern Greek Culture, which was recently moved to the Plaka neighborhood, is housed in an 18-building complex completely renovated in 2023. Traditional clothing, household appliances, needlework, silverware, and ceramics are among the items on display at the museum that show how Greek culture has changed over the course of modern history. Young people in Greece should definitely visit the Museum of Modern Greek Culture because it is not only conveniently located but also offers free admission to students. 22 Panos Str., Plaka Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 08:30–15:30, Tuesdays closed

Museum of Ancient Agora

The Museum of Ancient Agora has an extensive collection of artifacts that were unearthed from the vicinity of the Athenian Agora. The majority of the discoveries have come from wells, graveyards, and shrines. They include commonplace items like pennies and enormous marble monuments, one of which famously shows Democracy overthrowing Tyranny in Athens.

Hellenic Motor Museum

Athens’ best automotive scene

One of the town’s highlights is the Hellenic Motor Museum. Conveniently situated next to the National Archaeological Museum, the Hellenic Motor Museum serves as a backdrop panorama of the international automotive scene. With a display of 112 exhibits from the 20th century spreading across the 3,000 square meters venues, it is the greatest place in Athens to see cars. Visitors can view an intermittent exhibition of roughly 72 wheels from ancient times to 1985 by walking a spiral staircase from the street up to the main exhibition space. The Museum’s collection of automobiles includes models from the world’s most prestigious automakers such as Bristol, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes, BMW, Adler, Packard, Delage, Dino, Lagonda, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. The “Transparency” section rounds out the visitor’s experience; five “transparent” cars and instructive models enable the curious visitor to comprehend how the engines work.

78 Tritis Septemvriou, Athens, +302108816187

General Admission: 10€ Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-16.00 and at the weekend 11.00-18.00

Families with young children and tourists with limited time for sightseeing should definitely visit this museum because it is a short walk through.

24 Adrianou Str., Athens, +302103210185

Opening hours: daily 08:00-20:00 Tuesdays 10:00-20:00

Athens Olympic Museum

The Athens Olympic Museum, which is housed inside the Golden Hall Mall, provides the best contemporary museum experience. Visitors teleport through two millennia of Olympic history as they move through its interactive displays, audiovisual programs, and chronologically arranged exhibits. The museum starts in ancient Olympia, the location of the first Olympic Games, and moves forward to the present day, where there is a display honoring the 2022 Winter Olympics. Thanks to donations from former athletes, authentic Olympic uniforms, medals, and torches are on display for every Olympic Games. Notably, the museum includes a section on the Paralympic Games and also documents the ways in which disability, race and gender have influenced the Games over time.

37A Kifissias Ave. (Golden Hall Mall) Maroussi, +302106885560

Open: Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00 Sundays closed



Elise Goulandris

Foundation / Museum of Contemporary Art Cool off at the nearby Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation after baking in the sun at the magnificent Panathenaic Stadium. The Museum is located in the center of Athens and is home to a renowned collection of modern and contemporary art, which includes rare works of art by European avant-garde artists. The collection includes pieces by renowned modern and contemporary Greek artists such as Parthenis, Bouzianis, Vassiliou, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, Moralis, Tetsis, Takis, Chryssa, Stamos, and others, as well as works by Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Kandinsky, Miró, Giacometti, Balthus, Pollock, Bacon, Lichtenstein, and Botero.

There are also guided tours available in Greek, English, and French. The Museum Shop provides a wide selection of unique, custom-made items inspired by the collection and created by Greek artists, while the caférestaurant serves inventive Mediterranean cuisine with a twist and has a quiet, urban garden.

13 Eratosthenous Str., Pagkrati +302107252895,

Opening hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays & Saturdays-Mondays 10:00-18:00 Fridays 10:00-20:00. Tuesdays closed

Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Situated in the Kolonaki district of Athens, just a short distance from Syntagma Square, is the Kotsanas Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of Ancient Greek cutting-edge technology. Find a panoramic timeline of Greek technology from 2000 BC to the end of the ancient Greek world in a unique historic Art Nouveau building that once belonged to Queen Aspasia Manou’s

The “Maria callas” Museum

The extraordinary opera singer whose mesmerizing performances changed the opera world forever is honored at the City of Athens “Maria Callas” Museum. Housed in an architectural marvel of the interwar period at 44 Mitropoleos Street, the museum provides a singular and captivating experience that pays tribute to the life and creative legacy of the legendary diva. Featuring a rare collection of over 1000 exhibits, including personal items and costumes she wore, texts, videos, and rare sound clips that enhance the visitor's overall experience, the exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from her beginnings, her years in Greece, her international career and major roles, to her worldly life, her personality, the moments and people of her life, and the legacy she left behind.

44 Mitropoleos Str., Syntagma, opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-20.00, Friday 10.00-22.00 / accessible to people with disabilities

family. The permanent exhibition

“Ancient Greece - The Origins of Technologies” offers visitors the chance to delve into a little-known facet of Ancient Greek culture. With about 100 unique exhibits, including Philon’s “cinema” and robot-servant as well as Heron’s automated theater, visitors can discover a lot about this fascinating civilization. The journey to the world of technology continues with Pythagoras and Ktesibios through 42 fully functional, reassembled musical instruments. The “Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys” exhibition features a variety of instruments and toys, including the helicon and sixth string of Pythagoras, the lyre of Hermes, the guitar of Apollo, the Homeric phorminx, the harp of Sappho, the Ptolemaic helicon, the Pan flute and much more. Some of the many highlights of the museum include thematic guided tours, educational workshops and strategy games featuring ancient Greeks. 6 Pindarou Str. Kolonaki, Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00

An Overview of Athens' Independent Galleries

With so many historical sites and museums showcasing its rich artistic legacy, Athens has managed to preserve its traditional associations as the cradle of democracy and Western civilization. However, the city retains its cultural significance today and has developed into a hub for contemporary art, which is reliant on innovation and pushing boundaries. There's no shortage of art to discover for those drawn to this world. Though there are many more scattered throughout the city, these are some of our top independent galleries that serve a range of interests in Athens.

Breeder GAllery

Slightly hidden from sight, this gallery in Metaxourgeio regularly hosts highly charged, frequently conceptual exhibitions by a wide range of contemporary Greek and international artists.

45 Iasonos Str., Athens

The ProjecT GAllery

The Project Gallery is a cutting-edge art venue that mostly hosts group exhibitions with a theme. Situated at Monastiraki in the heart of the city, it provides a significant forum for social commentary and cultural reflection through a variety of talks, open discussions, and live performances.

3 Normanou Str., Athens

reBeccA cAMhi GAllery

Since 1995, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art from the Mediterranean region, has shown a variety of well-known international artists.

9 Leonidou Str., Athens

Bernier-eliades Gallery

If you're in Thissio, make sure to check out the Bernier-Eliades Gallery, which has been a pioneer in introducing prominent contemporary artists to Athens since 1977.

11 Eptahalkou Str., Thissio

desTe FoundaTion For conTeMPorAry ArT

The northern suburb of Athens, Greece, known as Nea Ionia is home to the DESTE Foundation. It frequently cooperates with Athens museums, including the Benaki Museum, and produces art publications.

11 Filellinon Str., Nea Ionia

ALMA ConteMporAry Art GALLery

The impressive number of exhibitions held by ALMA Contemporary Art Gallery each year is a result of its dual locations in Trikala and Athens. With important retrospective exhibitions and shows by upand-coming artists, it seeks to enhance the ongoing conversation between classic and contemporary art. Alma Gallery frequently takes part in international art fairs like Discovery Frankfurt, Art Market Budapest, Frame Art Basel, and Art Athina, all the while advancing avantgarde artistic vision outside of Greece. 24 Ypsilantou Str., Kolonaki (from September 2024 onwards at a new location: 24A Skoufa Str., Kolonaki)

ZouMbouLAkis GALLery + Art shop

An iconic gallery in Athens has grown out of what started as an antique store in 1912. The Zoumboulakis family gallery has grown yearly, incorporating several creative spaces and an engaging exhibition schedule. It is praised for its emphasis on showcasing international collections and up-and-coming artists.

6 Kriezotou Str., Kolonaki

iLeAnA tountA ConteMporAry Art Center This multipurpose space, which consists of two exhibition venues, an art

Hellenic Motor Museu

shop, and the café-restaurant 48 Urban Garden, has played host to a variety of cultural events such as theater productions and poetry readings in addition to over 250 exhibitions. Even though the pieces on show are always changing, they are consistently profound and poignant. 48 Armatolon & Klefton Str., Athens

tAF/the Art FoundAtion

Since its establishment in 2009, when an abandoned building in the city center was found and redesigned as a multipurpose space, the Art Foundation of Athens has been a collaborative project. Today, TAF serves as both a meeting place and an innovation lab in addition to being a contemporary art gallery, complete with a well-liked café-bar and art shop. 5 Normanou Str., Athens

evripides Art GALLery

Located in Kolonaki, this gallery occupies a stunning neoclassical building that housed the Republic of Cyprus Embassy in Athens for more than two decades. The space was completely redesigned by its founders, Nassia and Eirene Evripidou, starting in early 2015. The end result is Evripides, a place that honors Greek painting, sculpture, and other artwork.

10 Herakleitou Str., Athens

the bLender GALLyer

The Blender Gallery is a modern center of entertainment and culture located in the southern region of Athens. “Blending” various forms of artistic expression, happenings, and kid- and adult-friendly creative pursuits, the gallery promises to wow guests with its ever-changing art exhibitions, no matter what kind of event they are attending. Just as importantly, the 360 square meter light-filled modern gallery space satisfies every need for the planning of business gatherings, instructive lectures and presentations, and private celebrations.

4 Zisimopoulou St., Glyfada

There are a ton of alternative art spaces in Athens in addition to conventional galleries. The distinction between art and the urban environment is becoming increasingly hazy as a result of pop-up exhibitions, street art, and abandoned buildings turning the city into an outdoor canvas. Alternative art scenes can be found in places like Exarcheia and Metaxourgeio, where artists paint murals, install art, and create immersive experiences that draw in onlookers.

A journey through car history

Amagical world of cars will open up before you; one of the richest collections of beautiful cars that will take you on a journey through time! More than 110 exhibits, from the distant 1906 to models of the 1980s, mostly European and American, are ready to impress you! And along with these, the museum’s hospitable and fully trained staff will show you around the old workshop of the 1930's, a small museum within the museum, with more than 3.000 objects. Visitors ascending a spiral staircase from the street up to the main exhibition space have the opportunity to see an uninterrupted exhibition of about 72 wheels, from ancient times to 1985. Visit it, surely your love for cars will become even greater!

78 Tritis Septemvriou Str. Athens, +302108816187



Not to miss while in Greece, the performances of the historical festival take place in iconic monuments, such as the Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the feet of the Acropolis and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (a 2 hours drive south of Athens), as well as in the former industrial complex of Peiraios 260.


Jakub Józef Orliński – Il Pomo d’Oro (16/7)

Α counter tenor, a model and a breakdancer?

The Polish singer with “the most eerily beautiful voice on the planet” can claim to have conquered the stages of the world’s greatest concert halls and the covers of fashion magazines. His live recorded performance of Vivaldi’s aria Vedrò con mio diletto has over 11,000,000 views on YouTube. Along with the acclaimed ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, they present early Baroque compositions, many of which are rarely performed.

La traviata (27, 28, 30, 31/7)

Τhe American opera superstar Nadine Sierra and the distinguished Greek soprano Vassiliki Karayanni will be performing the role of Violetta Valéry in the Greek National Opera’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece. One of the most popular works in the repertoire of the Italian composer, the story recounts the ill-fated love of a courtesan for the son of an eminent Parisian household.


Oresteia (12 & 13/7)

The National Theatre of Greece and acclaimed director Theodoros Terzopoulos are staging the only surviving trilogy of ancient Greek drama, inspired by myth of the Atreidae. In Agamemnon the triumphant general is returning to his palace in Mycenae, after 10 years of war in Troy, only to meet his death by the hand of his wife. In Choephori his son Orestes avenges Agamemnon’s death and seeks Apollo’s protection at Delphi, while the Furies come after him. Eumenides is based on myths about Orestes’ flight to Athens and his trial by the gods of Olympus.

Plutus (19 & 20/7)

“What can I do to ensure a secure future for my child?”; that’s the question the honest but poor peasant Chremylus poses to the Oracle of Delphi, in the aftermath of the defeat of the Athenians at the Peloponnesian War. Written by Aristophanes, the greatest representative of the ancient Greek comedy, the play according

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
©Thomas Daskalakis

to director Giannis Kakleas “shows us a way of managing material goods, but always with the interests of the city in mind”.

Hecuba, not Hecuba (26 & 27/7)

Myth and reality, theatre and justice meet at the new Comédie-Française production which lands to Epidaurus, right after its premiere at the Avignon Festival. In this play by acclaimed Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues, an actress rehearses Euripides’ Hecuba as she holds the role of Priam’s widow that has lost everything. The tragic myth nonetheless meets her real life, as she is fighting for justice for her autistic son, mistreated by the institution that was supposed to take care of him.

Bacchae (2 & 3/8)

Τhe possibilities of the soul, human virtue, selfconsciousness, prudence, and fallacy, the rational and the irrational are central to Euripides’ “Bacchae” – the tragedy of Greece, of rulers and of people, according to Jan Kott. Staged by the National Theatre of Greece and director Thanos Papakonstantinou, the story

takes us to Thebes where King Pentheus refuses to acknowledge his cousin Dionysus as a god. His defiance arouses the wrath of Dionysus who leads Pentheus to annihilation by his own mother.

Birds (9 & 10/8)

Two Athenians, Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, decide to leave the world of men in search of a city without pettiness and corruption, where one can live in peace and justice. Along with the Birds, they establish a utopian city in the sky. Aris Biniaris stages the famous comedy by 5th c. BC playwright Aristophanes as a performance-concert.

The Suppliants (23 & 24/8)

A poetic and deeply political play at the centre of the modern concern on the concept of asylum in a democratic society, “The Suppliants” is the first and only surviving play from Aeschylus’ Danaid Tetralogy. The story raises the issue of the female identity and place in society, as well as the fierce fate of the refugee and the value of justice.


Parallax (14 & 15/7)

Three generations of a family in an apartment in Budapest. The grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, has learned to hide her Jewish identity, the daughter tries to use it to enroll her son in a better school, who chooses to identify only as a gay man. In a society in crisis is it possible to remain neutral? This is the “canvas” for the latest production by Proton Theatre and Hungarian film and stage director Kornél Mundruczó.

Point of Refreshment (23-25/7)

Can we reverse our view of the world for a moment? See beyond the world of matter?

Award-winning director Argyro Chioti and a troupe of actors, dancers and singers invite us to discover a special place on the border between myth and reality, inhabited by fantasies and ghosts. A narrative that claims a return to myth.

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Athens' churches are more than just places of worship; they are living museums that showcase the city's historical evolution and architectural prowess. Testaments to the city's diverse architectural styles and storied past, these sacred structures with their unique history and beauty, contribute to the rich tapestry of Athenian culture, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the spiritual and artistic heritage of this ancient city.

Metropolitan Cathedral of athens

Known as the “Metropolis”, this cathedral is the main church of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece. Constructed between 1842 and 1862, it stands as a prime example of Greek Revival architecture. The church's impressive façade, with its tall bell towers and elegant arches, makes it a central landmark. Inside, the cathedral houses the relics of two saints, Philothei and Gregory V, the Patriarch of Constantinople.

ChurCh of panagia KapniKarea

Nestled in the bustling Ermou Street, the Church of Panagia

Kapnikarea is one of Athens' oldest churches, dating back to the 11th century. This Byzantine gem is a splendid representation of medieval architecture with its intricate mosaics and domed structure. Despite its modest size, the church's historical significance and picturesque charm make it a beloved spot for both locals and tourists.

ChurCh of agios eleftherios (LittLe MetropoLis)

Next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, this small yet exquisite church was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to Saint Eleftherios. Known as the “Little Metropolis”, it boasts a harmonious blend of Roman and Byzantine architectural elements. The church is adorned with beautiful reliefs and sculptures, showcasing detailed craftsmanship that captivates visitors.

agios diMitrios louMbardiaris

Perched on Philopappos Hill, this 16th-century church offers not only spiritual solace but also stunning views of Athens. Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, known for its serene ambiance and lush surroundings, features frescoes that narrate biblical stories. The church's tranquil setting makes it a perfect retreat from the city's hustle and bustle.

ChurCh of Agios Nikol Aos rAgAvAs

Situated in the picturesque neighborhood of Anafiotika, the Church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas dates back to the 11th century. This Byzantine church is celebrated for its beautiful brickwork and elegant dome. Its strategic location offers a unique vantage point for viewing the ancient Agora and the Acropolis, blending historical exploration with spiritual reflection.

ByzANtiNe ChurCh of the holy Apostles

Located within the ancient Agora, this church was built in the late 10th century and is dedicated to the Holy Apostles. It stands out with its distinctive cross-in-square design, a

typical feature of Byzantine architecture. The church's interior is adorned with well-preserved frescoes and icons, offering a glimpse into the religious artistry of the Byzantine era.

Agios georgios ChurCh (LyCAbettus hiLL)

For those willing to venture up Lycabettus Hill, the Agios Georgios Church awaits at the summit. This charming whitewashed chapel, dedicated to Saint George, dates back to the 19th century. The panoramic views of Athens from this vantage point are breathtaking, providing a serene and inspiring atmosphere for worship and contemplation.

The most beautiful churches of Athens


The church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas overlooking Athens. Behind it, the Observatory looms over Philopappou hill.

There are boroughs in New York City, arrondissements in Paris, and neighborhoods in Athens. From fine dining to clubbing, from shopping to sightseeing, every Athens neighborhood has its own distinct personality and offers visitors something different. If you want to experience Athens fully, you should definitely visit its neighborhoods.


Ancient port of Piraeus is still the biggest port in Europe and a historical site. Arrive in Piraeus a few hours early if you intend to visit the islands while in Greece so that you can explore the Hellenic Maritime Museum or indulge in fresh seafood while taking in the picturesque views of the Aegean Sea.


Young people in Glyfada are dressed in high-end brands, and opulent yachts glide serenely across the clear waters. Glyfada is a destination for visitors and locals alike, offering shopping opportunities, beaches with crystal-clear water, and a vibrant nightlife.


You can expect to see live rock bands playing in nightclubs, young people having thoughtful conversations in cafes, and walls painted with powerful political messages in Athens’ most bohemian neighborhood. This place is particularly well-liked by college students, who frequent it for its vintage clothing stores or for a cheap bite to eat.


Wander around these two Acropolisfacing neighborhoods' streets, stopping to buy trinkets or roasted nut bags from vendors perched atop the location of the former Agora (marketplace). Known for its tavernas and bars, Monastiraki is a popular shop-

Monastiraki sq.


ping destination in Athens that attracts a lot of tourists every week. It also hosts a weekly Sunday flea market. Thisseio is much more subdued, with rooftop eateries ideal for a special evening or an Open Air Cinema playing films on cool summer evenings.


Located just below the Acropolis, Plaka is a closely knit community of tiny homes, eateries, boutiques, and cafes that is probably one of the most visited neighborhoods in all of Athens. You will definitely feel as though you are traveling back in time as you stroll through the cobblestone streets of Plaka, which are lined with buildings from the Ottoman era that once occu-

pied Greece and the ancient ruins of the Roman Agora.

Historic Center

Athens' Historic Center is both a significant historical site and a contemporary hub. This neighborhood, which lies between Syntagma, Monastiraki, and Omonia, is home to major cultural landmarks like the Athens Academy, Library, and University trilogy as well as the city's government and corporate headquarters (located in Syntagma Square).


Nestled directly above Pangrati, Athens' most affluent neighborhood is Kolonaki. Its location on the steep incline beneath Lycabettus Hill, along

with its hip restaurants, trendy bars, and designer boutiques, are what distinguish it.


Northeast Athens' Kifisia is a posh residential area. The city center, with its gorgeous parks, well-kept lawns, opulent mansions, and even bike lanes, is definitely contrasted by it.


Tightly packed clubs and restaurants in Gazi are alive with music and dance until the wee hours of the morning. Once home to the Athens gasworks, the area is now known for its amazing street art installations and the Technopolis, which serves as a venue for concerts and art exhibits.


Stopover in Athens

If you had only one day…

If you’ve only got a single day to spend in Athens, it’s probably a clever move to chart out your day’s agenda beforehand to ensure you’re able to maximize your time and make the most of your experience. If you don’t know where to start, fear not! We’ve collated the best of Athens below — which should give you a few ideas for a jumping off point, if not an entire travel plan. Feel free to personalize it to yourself, and your individual interests and attractions.

The Acropolis 10:00 A.M.

No visit to Athens is complete without a visit to the infamous Acropolis. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic importance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Developed in the 5th century, it was the breeding ground of many modern ideas and innovations, including democracy itself, which grew from the conversations people and philosophers had on the lands of the Acropolis. The most famous building in the Acropolis is the Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena. An enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, although the Parthenon has suffered much damage over the centuries, including the loss of most of its sculpture, its basic structure has remained intact. Moreover, the Greek Government is actively working to restore it. Other sights of particular interest in the Acropolis also include Socrates’ old stomping ground and the Erechtheion. Note that the Acropolis is an immensely popular tourist destination, and even in offseason, can be overrun with a colossal number of visitors — making it important to take particular steps to avoid the swarm and improve the quality of your experience. One recommendation is to visit the Acropolis during the cooler hours of the day, either early in the morning around 8 A.M. or late in the afternoon at about 5 to 6 P.M. when there is only a fraction of the people who visit in droves during the morning hours. Another is to avoid the main entrance of the Acropolis and instead use the lesser-traveled south slope entrance. It’s also a good idea to get your ticket in advance, as well an audio guide or guidebook, so you know what you’re looking at.

The Acropolis Museum 11:30 α.M.

If you’re particularly interested in history and archaeology, then you should absolutely visit the Acropolis Museum. Here, you get to see the best orientation of what you’ve already seen at the Acropolis — in fact, it might come as a surprise to some of you that the museum actually holds the original pieces excavated from the Acropolis whereas buildings on the site itself comprise mostly of replicas. Displaying numerous incredible statues and art saved, preserved and conserved from the archaeological site, the museum’s presentation is simply exquisite. The ticket to enter the museum is 10 euros. If you’ve only got 24 hours, we’d recommend only entering the

museum if you’re seriously interested. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a museum to visit for more than just the originals of duplicates you’ve already seen, we recommend the National Archaeological Museum. The most comprehensive museum in Athens, it’s also the only place you can see archaeology from every single region in Greece across every single time period. Note, however, that it does take about four hours to see it thoroughly and it’s recommended to take a guided tour to really understand the importance and context of the different artifacts you’ll undoubtedly be awed by.

Syntagma Square 8:00 A.M.

If you’re trying to squeeze as much daylight as possible out of your 24 hours in Athens, it might make sense to start your day at 8 A.M. in Syntagma Square. Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens, and a major point of its commercial, political and social life. Named after the constitution (syntagma) King Otto was forced to grant his people after a popular and military uprising in 1843, Syntagma Square continues to be a stage for demonstrations and political rallies above and beyond being a hub for tourist activity. Syntagma Square also houses the Parliament building, built around 1842 as the residence for King Otto and Queen Amalia and serving as the Parliament quarter since 1934. At the bottom of the Parliament stands the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, a cenotaph (tomb erected in honor of persons whose remains are elsewhere) commemorating all fallen soldiers in war. The monument is guarded by the evzones, members of the presidential guard. Every 15 minutes, the two evzones standing guard switch position by way of a strange yet oddly alluring choreography.We recommend getting to Syntagma Square at 8 A.M. so you can pick up early breakfast and catch the changing of the guards, officially kicking off your day in Athens.

Temple of Olympian Zeus 9:00 A.M.

From Syntagma Square, we recommend that you head toward Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Temple of Zeus is one of the biggest ancient temples of the Greco-Roman Empire, and one of the most impressive Athenian archeological sites. This massive temple was only completely in 132 AD by Emperor Hadrian after being partially built and then left in limbo for about 700

years for a variety of different reasons. After building a colossal statue of Zeus to adorn the temple, Hadrian then proceeded to build an equally large one of himself.Although the temple is mostly decayed today, it does not take too much imagination to envision the beast it must have been so long ago. In fact, the Corinthian-style columns (17m high with a base diameter of 1.7m) are only 15 of a temple that had a whopping 104. Depending on how interested you are, you can choose to observe the temple from a distance or actually enter it. If you choose to visit, the entry ticket costs approximately 6 euros.

Monastiraki Square 2:30 P.M.

Bordering Plaka is Monastiraki Square, a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, and one of the principal shopping districts. Not only does it boast landmarks and archaeological monuments like Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalos, with a museum exhibiting Athenian artifacts, but its flea market is also a huge tourist hit, with a jumble of shops selling everything from artisanal soaps to handmade sandals to souvenir T-shirts. A boiling cauldron of people, ideas, civilizations, and religions, Monastiraki is a must-visit!

Dionysiou Areopagitou Street 4:00 P.M.

After Monastiraki, we’d recommend taking a stroll along one of the most picturesque boulevards in all of Athens, offering an extraordinary view of the southern slope of the Acropolis, along with the Parthenon itself. Most of the buildings on one side of the road facing south were constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century in the neoclassical or modernist style, reflecting the aristocratic style of the street. Named after Dionysius the Areopagite, the 1st Athenian convert to Christianity and patron saint of the city of Athens, this not only offers you an opportunity to walk like a true local Athenian but also make for fantastic photo-ops. Some places to look out for as you walk along include: the Sanctuary and Theatre of Dionysus, where the plays of the great Greek dramatists like Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were performed, the Sanctuary of Asclepius, a temple that housed patients and functioned as a basic hospital, and the Stoa of Eumenes, a walkway where theatergoers at the time could take shelter from sun or rain.

Varvakios Central Market 5:00 P.M.

Varvakios Central Market is, to put quite simply, the Grand Central Station of food, where people from all walks of life converge to discover the freshest and most delicious ways to satiate their hunger. Everyone shops here, from celebrity chefs to neighborhood grocery store owners. Named after one of Greece’s

Plaka 1:00 a.M

Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Located in the shadow of the Acropolis, it seems almost a world away from the urbanism of the city. Jewelry stores, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes run abound in the area — in fact, Plaka is a pretty good stop to get some lunch; you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor seating and authentic Greek food. As for the souvenir shops, you’re likely to discover a number of interesting objects, some more eclectic than others, antiques, hand painted icons, carvings and paintings, all likely compelling enough for you to feel like you need to get souvenirs for everyone you know. There is almost too much to do in Plaka over several weeks, much less several hours. A handful of places worth visiting include: Cine Paris, the best outdoor movie theater in Athens, Angelo the Ouzo King, the shop that prides itself on having the most varied line-up of ouzo as compared to any other shop in Athens, and Remember, a punk-fashion store. Plaka is paradisiacal, and has something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for in Greece.

national heroes, gentleman pirate Ioannis Varvakis, this is a tribute to the everyman, as the Athens Central Market knows no class divides. Fish reign supreme, with almost a hundred fishmongers located in the heart of the building block. Even if you’d rather not buy anything, you’ll still be in total awe of one of the most interesting places in Athens. Alternatively, if you’re looking for any herbs, spices, or oils, this is absolutely the place to get them. Note that parts of the market start closing at 3:00 P.M. (if you’d like to go earlier), but others are open until 7:00 or 8:00, so you will have plenty of time to look around.

Psiri 6:30 P.M.

Psiri is yet another neighbourhood in Athens, known for its restaurants, bars, live music tavernas, and small number of hotels, and our last destination for the day. While it might seem early to close down, rest assured, Psiri needs all the time it can get. We recommend starting with its street art —just like street artist INO once said in a New York Times interview, “If you want to learn about a city, look at its walls”. Psiri boasts breathtaking and vibrant street art like that of Alexandros Vasmoulakis, who mixes collage, photography, paint, and digital media to that of Jupiterfab, known for his projects that express social and political opinions. From there, we’d recommend heading back to the main square and catching dinner at one of its many restaurants and tavernas. Restaurants in Psiri are mainly traditional, with authentic Greek mezze and homemade specialties. Whether it be Kokkion, the artisan ice cream parlour, or Mavros Gatos, a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, there is no shortage of the delicious in Psiri, so make sure you come hungry. As the evening arrives, cafes, restaurants, souvlaki shops, ouzeries and bars in Psiri begin to open and soon, the neighborhood starts buzzing with the sound of music and conversation. Athens really comes alive at night and Psiri is at the centre of all that action. Nightlife is vibrant and bohemian, with small, friendly bars and hip entertainment. Tranzistor is a lovely place with colorful decoration and reasonable prices, Cantina Social, with its renowned Russian beers, attracts the counter culture crowd, hipsters and bands and Psira, one of the earliest bars to open in this district, is the favorite hangout for students. Pick up a beer at Beertime or some ouzo if you aren’t already tired of it. Psiri is popular for its live music. A small bar called The Party has live rock and pop music just about every single night; other bars and clubs include Therion, 7-Times Club, Barrett Bar and so much more. If you still feel like you could use another drink after Psiri, you can finish off your day either at 360 Degrees or at A for Athens rooftop bar in Monastiraki.

Tours for all tastes


Plaka, Thissio, and dionysiou areoPagiTou

Masses of tourists typically convene at these historic neighborhoods to wait for Tuk Tuks, buggies, fat bikes, and scooters. Group after group is picked up on a strict timeline. On the tour, escorts reveal exclusive secrets of the city, give generous tips for holidays in Athens, and supply passengers with bottles of water, especially in the hot Athenian sun. These tour vehicles pour into the narrow streets and become one with the colorful mosaic of the historic center.

on a Trikke

“On our trikkes, tourists see more and sweat less. They feel a bit like children or as if they are skiing on the road, the way the vehicle tilts left and right” says Nikos Serafidis, who was the first (along with his brother Kostas) to introduce to the tourist public of Athens back in 2013 to Scooterise and

the guided tours on trikkes — electric vehicles with three points of support on the ground. As he explains to me: “We had just finished our studies and were looking for an innovative tour concept, at a time when the market related to tours in Athens was virgin. When we first started, the Greeks and local shopkeepers treated us like we came down from spaceships – now they're used to us, but they still turn heads when they see us pass by”.

A group trikke tour of the historic center starts from 49 euros and usually lasts an hour and a half, starting at 18 Hatzichristou Street in the Acropolis. It then passes by all the popular sights such as the Pillars of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion, Kallimarmaro, National Garden, Presidential Palace, and Parliament for the Changing of the Guard and back from Monastiraki. According to Nikos, “What they enjoy most on the route is

that Athens has many faces. There are the ancient museums, the picturesque alleys, the market, and the graffiti on the walls”.

I ask Nikos: Is it safe to drive a trikke in the center of Athens? How do the drivers manage these special vehicles on the road, and how much do the roads really favor micro-mobility, especially in times of intense tourist traffic and crowds?

”The routes we have chosen do not bring our riders into direct contact with cars,” Nikos explains. “We prefer large sidewalks like Zappeion and the times we need to cross roads with heavy traffic are minimal, and always controlled. During periods with intense tourist traffic, we find ways to manage it. The city always expects hypertourism, so its infrastructure is designed to hold a greater demand than the actual supply”.

Moving around the city

An exciting ride on a red open-top bus

Take a ride on the jovial and entertaining Red Open Top Buses of City Sightseeing, the premier global provider of open-top tours operating under the iconic City Sightseeing name, to experience everything that Athens has to offer. The CitysightseeingAthens, Piraeus & Beach-Riviera Lines follow the history and culture of Attica and Athens with commentary in twelve different languages. From the perspective of a bird’s eye view up on top deck, the story of the Ancient city of

Athens, Piraeus, and the coastline, from Antiquity right up to modern times, is told in a lighthearted manner that gives passengers both the quirky little details and factual history. Additionally, it offers the chance to conserve energy for visiting historical sites, museums, art galleries, and, last but not least, amazing swimming and shopping! The special 24-hour ticket that spans two days, along with the “Hop On Hop Off” option and a regular bus schedule, allows City Sightseeing visitors to experience each location at their own

pace. Your ticket is a passport to unparalleled freedom because there are a total of 36 stops on the three tours (Athens, Piraeus, and BeachRiviera) that you can Hop On and Hop Off as often as you’d like. At any of the stops, you can decide where and when to get off, explore the area and rejoin a later bus, feeling secure in the knowledge that City Sightseeing adheres to a reliable schedule of arrival and departure times. CitysightseeingAthens looks forward to showing you Greece’s greatest city!

In a motor cart

Apart from the historical center, guided tours along the Athenian Riviera are also quite popular. Dimitris Valtetsiotis, creator of Hellas Vintage Tours, wanted to differentiate himself from the classic guided tours done by tourist vans in Vouliagmeni, and instead invested in vintage motorcycle rides. He brought 5 engines from Germany in order to transport tourists or locals who want to see Athens from a different perspective inside.

Dimitris explains to me: “They are impressed when they arrive less than half an hour from the center of Athens in such a peaceful environment as the lake. They really like the route along the Athenian Riviera, with its palm trees and beautiful beaches, and if they want we stop for a swim.

The two-hour route at Lake Vouliagmeni costs 215 euros; it starts with a coffee in front of the lake and continues with a tour of the special geological points of the area, as well as the beaches of Vouliagmeni.

The longest walk is the one to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, which takes 5 hours and costs 315 euros. In addition to visiting the temple, visitors

are taken to the nearby church of Agios Petros and the local taverns.

To ensure maximum comfort, the tour in the city center includes routes mapped by Dimitris and special passages where they do not get stuck in traffic. The motor bikes cross the narrow streets of Psirri, Plaka, the Acropolis, and the main streets of the city –Stadiou, Amalia, around Omonia square— and depending on the passenger's preference, the ride can last from one to four hours.

The tour in the wider area of the Acropolis, for example, lasts an hour and a half and costs 115 euros for two passengers, with several stops for photos at the points where the view is unique”.

On a Tuk Tuk

Athenian Tuk Tuks are modern, quiet, and environmentally friendly. As the coowner of Tuk Tuk Athens, Akis Athanasiadis explains: “We are the first to bring the national vehicle of Thailand to Athens, in a 100% electric version. The idea was inspired by me and my partner, Carlos Pitta, as their Tuk Tuks are ubiquitous, serving as one of the most popular means of sightseeing for tourists”.

Each Tuk Tuk holds 6 people, moves at a maximum speed of 40 km an hour and follows three routes: The first has a duration of one and a half hours, including attractions such as the Parliament, the Numismatic Museum, the Academy of Athens, the hill of Lycabettus with a 30-minute photo stop, the Benaki Museum and the Constitution Square, at 25 euros. The second two-hour route includes the Parliament, the Numismatic Museum, the Academy of Athens, Lycabettus Hill with a 45-minute stop, the Benaki Museum, plus the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, the Theseus and the Syntagma, starts from 40 euros per person. The third, which is 3 hours long, includes the Parliament, the Numismatic Museum, the Academy of Athens, Lycabettus Hill with a 45minute stop, the Benaki Museum, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, Thisium, Monastiraki, Plaka and Syntagma, at 55 euros per person. The program even offers a night ride, which proves to be the most popular option.

Food tours with groups

Christina Dragana works as a food tour guide and delivers home cooking classes to tourists in collaboration with the Traveling Spoon and Eating Europe. Depending on the program, tour groups visit various city markets – Varvakeio, Lachanagora, the "grocery stores" of Evrypidou, traditional cafes on Athinas Street for loukoumi and coffee at the hovoli. They get salepi from a street vendor and learn how to wrap souvlaki. Each point of interest is accompanied by a unique story.

“Our relationship with the people who host us and the narrative element gives the visitor the opportunity to understand basic things about nutrition in our country – why we have certain foods in our everyday life and when we have had them. Apart from the quality of the food that the participants taste, equally important are the interactions with the people who have opened or work in the shops we visit during

our 3 ½ hours of our tasting walk in the city center. Tourists especially enjoy the sense of local character they feel when visiting the small family-run shops that are not part of large standardized restaurant chains. They have the opportunity to talk to locals and to be in places where we, as Athens residents, also go, away from tourist trap shops”.

What attracts guests of

various nationalities?

“They get excited about what they taste because, although it's simple food, our comfort/street food made with few ingredients doesn't lack in taste. The majority of the participants are from the US, followed by Canada, Australia and a very small percentage from European and Asian countries. For Europeans, it may be due to the fact that they have more of an

exploration culture and do not prefer organized activities, as the distance is not prohibitive to return to our country, unlike travelers from distant countries. Beyond the stories and information that is relayed in the tour, there is the human factor that makes a difference and makes each tour a new challenge”.

9 cycling routes in Athens

By Katerina KaBosou photo: tHanasis KaratZas

Depending on the season and the mood, Athens offers wonderful places for relaxation and exercise. Summertime is ideal for bike rides because the city is emptying. What's better than a bike ride when the sun goes down and then get yourself an ice cream or iced tea afterwards? Here’s 9 routes within Athens


Acropolis Starting from the National Garden one can easily cross across to Plaka and then, following a path to the left, easily reaches Dionysiou Areopagitou and descends towards Theseio. The most romantic and historical bike ride in Athens could not be other than the one that starts from Dionysiou Areopagitou, crosses Plaka and ends in Anafiotika. However, it’s not recommended for weekends because of the crowd.

2 The “Aesthetic” Route This 7-km route goes along Athens’ longest bicycle lane — starting from the Thissio Metro station, it passes along Ermou, following the charming neighborhoods of Petralona, Kallithea, Tavros and Moschato. After crossing the buried Ilissos River, you will reach the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, whose olive trees and lavender gardens are as refreshing to cycle past as the breeze that inevitably follows. From there, you can wrap up your tour — or continue along the seafront promenade of the Athens Riviera, passing through Palio Faliro and Alimos to the coastal suburb of Glyfada.


Street Art Tour If you’re fascinated by the growing alternative culture in Athens, consider a tour of the city’s charged and evolving street art. Turn into alleyways with floor-to-ceiling murals, unique cafés and offbeat shopping districts. While we’d recommend going with a local tour guide, you can do it by yourself by wandering through famous street art districts including Psiri and Metaxourgeio. This route is better oriented towards experienced cyclists as streets in these areas can be relatively busy.


Psychico Follow the inter-municipal cycle path starting from Faro and you will cross many neat urban neighborhoods. At the same time, you

will get your fill of views of nature, as Nea Erythrea, Chalandri and Psychiko, which are surrounded by the bike path, are among the greenest areas of Athens.


OAKA It is the safest route to cycle in an area that many choose for running, cycling and walking with their children and dog. All routes there are circular and there is no stress due to cars or uneven terrain.

6 Coastal road Many people don't know is that along the Coastal road, next to the main street and the tram lines, there are wide sidewalks ideal for cyclists. The coastal road that runs parallel to Poseidon Avenue is even more charming at sunset.


Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center The Niarchos Foundation is suitable for those who love cycling and art, as they can pedal during cinema time in the outdoor area. In this particular park, it is even possible to rent a bike there in case you don't have one.


“Antonis Tritsis” Park Antonis Tritsis Park (1,200 acres) is only 8 kilometers far away from Omonia. Cyclists will get a workout on the endless dirt tracks, and if they get tired, they can enjoy ice cream at the duck pond.

9 Athens by Night Ditch the crowds and the daytime heat for lamplit Athenian streets at night, and see the city many miss – one that comes alive by street performers and illuminated monuments gleaming against the night sky. Revisit tourist hotspots like the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus with fresh eyes and explore the intriguing nightlife in Syntagma Square, Plaka and Psiri. For safety reasons, it’s best to choose this option only if you’re an experienced cyclist or if you have a guide so as not to get lost at night.

Verdant utopias

within a Mediterranean City

LoveLy city gardens for reL axation

Athens’ green spaces are a locals' refuge from the crowded urban surroundings. These serene spots, dotted around the city, are home to both priceless childhood memories and the remains of ancient ruins. Athens’ parks, no matter how big or small, offer plenty of space for a range of leisure pursuits. These verdant havens provide a break from the intense Mediterranean heat and the hectic pace of the metropolis, whether you choose to take leisurely walks along long jogging trails or locate the ideal location for a picnic.

The National Garden

The National Garden

The National Garden, formerly called the Royal Garden, is a historically significant green space in Athens. It was founded in the 19th century by Queen Amalia. With a wide range of features and attractions, it is currently one of the biggest and most wellknown gardens in the city. Beautiful fishponds, intricate networks of meandering gravel pathways, a children's playground, a small zoo, and a Botanical Museum exhibiting a wide variety of plant species are all located within the grounds. If you have limited time during your visit, the gardens can be an excellent option for a stroll in the late afternoon. Alternatively, they can be used as a quick shortcut from the Panathenaic Stadium to Syntagma Square.

Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus Hill offers an incredible sweeping view of the ancient city that should not be missed. The magnificent views of the serene Saronic Gulf and the famous Acropolis make the strenuous ascent to its top worthwhile. Alternatively, that top can be reached by car or the Lycabettus Hill Funicular railway for those who would rather not hike. Once you're there, make time to explore the quaint Saint George church, a gem of architecture that adds to the hill's charm. Savor the famous Orizontes restaurant and one of the hill’s many bars and restaurants as you watch the stunning sunset over the shimmering Aegean Sea.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

The overall atmosphere of much of Athens' classical architecture is contrasted by the SNFCC. The Stavros Niarchos Garden is particularly lovely for visitors with small children, as it is remarkably organized and modern. This park is ideal for families, offering a sound garden, numerous well designed playgrounds, and interactive water jets for play. It has lots of sporting facilities and is a great place for runners. The SNFCC park also benefits from being close to the center's attractions, such as the dancing fountains at the canal and the “lighthouse”, which offers expansive views of the city.


Garden This green area encircles the Zappeion Megaron, a grand hall constructed for the inaugural modern Olympic games that is currently

a hub for exhibitions, conferences and sizable events. On weekends, the sandcolored paths of the garden are home to a restaurant and café where friends meet up and children play among the twenty-three marble statues.

Philopappou Hill Among the best views of the city can be found atop the tallest hill to the west of the Acropolis, Philopappou Hill. It was formerly referred to as the Hill of the Muses and was supposed to stimulate artistic creativity. Prominent Greek aristocrats like Aristides and Pericles would speak to the populace from the summit. But in the era of Roman rule, in 116 AD, a monument was built in honor of Prince Gaius Julius Antichus Philopappos, a Roman exile who made significant contributions to the ancient city. Currently, Philopappou Hill is very central, easily accessible from the Acropolis or Thissio metro stops, and offers fantastic views of the Mediterranean coast and the Parthenon.

Diomidous Botanical Gardens

With over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants, the Diomidous Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. A wide range of people enjoy the park; it is a haven for classicists due to its historically significant plants like the evergreen Laurus nobilis (Apollo's laurel) and the Paliurus aculeatus (used to weave the thorn crown of Jesus before his crucifixion), as well as a plant lover's paradise recognized for its educational programs and conservation efforts.

The Presidential Mansion

Beautiful gardens that are worth seeing surround the President of the Hellenic Republic's official residence. You are greeted with great courtesy by the staff, who also gently walk you through the control process. Nothing will ruin your peaceful time in the former Royal Palace vegetable garden, which Ernst Ziller turned into a decorative garden in 1897 when Herod Atticus Street was built as well. This garden creates a peaceful, quiet haven with symmetrical grass lawns, seasonal plant-filled islets,

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
Lycabettus hill

and a striking marble staircase. An unexpected outdoor sculpture gallery with pieces by Natalia Mela, Giorgos Zongolopoulos, Kostas Varotsos, Theodoros Papagiannis, and Yannis Pappas is nestled among the trees. No matter how many people are there, there will always be silence and beauty around you. Everyone moves subtly and speaks in a low voice, as if the place itself is imposing a different culture, a bygone nobility. The garden of the Presidential Mansion is open to the public every Sunday, from 10.00 to 16.00, 2 Vassileos Georgiou B’ Ave.

Akademia Platonos Akademia Platonos, replete with winding paths and archaeological ruins, stands as a testament to this great philosophical center two millennia later. Even though it's now a well-liked location for walks and picnics, Plato's rich intellectual legacy is preserved by sporadic art exhibits, workshops on philosophy and a Digital Museum located in the center of the park. In addition to providing a refreshing respite from the heat of Athens, the Garden of the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) offers an engaging cultural and musical experience. Explore outdoor art exhibits and unwind on beautifully manicured lawns while taking in jazz or poetry readings. Its close proximity to the Dexameni outdoor cinema has made it a popular summer destination for both locals and visitors.

Parko Eleftherias Parko Eleftherias is a peaceful green area with a significant military and political past. This park honors the courageous people who fought and gave their lives in the Greek military dictatorship and the Balkan Wars. Within the park, monuments, an arts center, and museums serve as moving reminders of these conflicts. It is also the location of a well-liked restaurant that opens in the morning as a pleasant café and closes at night as a bustling bar.

Pedion tou Areos Pedion tou Areos, also known as “the Park” by the locals, is home to a variety of wildlife and monuments honoring the Greek heroes of the War of Independence. Long

stone pathways dotted with trees can be found throughout the park, making them ideal for both strolls and runs. However, it is advised that you stay away from this area after dark because of its close proximity to Omonia Square, which can be dangerous at night.

Black Duck Garden Situated in the central Klathmonos Square, Black Duck Garden is a hidden gem that provides an unparalleled view of the city's rich historical background and surrounding natural environment. Othonas, the Greek king, and his 18 year old wife Amalia owned the garden in the early 1800s; they resided in that same complex until moving into the palace. With four entrances, a fountain and a goldfish cistern, the queen had created the first public garden in the capital around the couple's makeshift residence in 1836. The aesthetic quality of that garden is still present, as evidenced by the palm tree that Amalia had planted in the center of the garden oasis. Apart from the historical justifications, visiting Black Duck Garden is the ideal escape from the busy streets of Athens, where you can enjoy brunch or a drink surrounded by greenery. Not to mention how delicious the food is! Adjacent to Black Duck Garden is the Athens City Museum, which is also well worth a visit. Once home to Stamatios Dekozis Vouros, the structure now houses a number of intriguing historical artifacts. 5-7 loannou Paparrigopoulou Str.

The Attica Zoological Park

Originally established as a bird park, it has evolved into the largest zoo in Greece with the goal of preserving endangered species. With over 2,000 animals from 290 species –including lions, Asian elephants, giraffes, monkeys, bears, penguins, parrots, butterflies, and many more– the Attica Zoo offers visitors a unique journey to five continents, and located only 20 minutes from the city centre or 10 minutes from the airport. Situated on more than 20 hectares, the park offers a wide range of activities, special interactive programs and guided tours. An ideal location for a day trip for friends and family, as you can enjoy lunch or coffee at the ZooCafe Restaurant, gazing out over the African Savannah.

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Movies under the stars

Open-air cinemas envelOped in the fragrances Of jasmine and evening primrOse

a romantic scene is created by the scent of evening primrose, director chairs arranged on cool terraces or in between apartment buildings, and quaint cobblestone courtyards. Film screenings, which provide an endless supply of creative inventiveness in the most picturesque settings, enhance the athenian summer experience.

Cine Paris

The venerable summer theater in athens is remodeled and given to movie enthusiasts. ever since the 1920s, Cine Paris in Plaka has always been synonymous with film screenings under the imposing volume of the acropolis. a century after it first opened and four years since the last “curtain”, the legendary Cine Paris reopens its doors and sets out to uphold the heritage and aesthetic of a vintage summertime film venue. Under the artistic merit of Greek streaming platform

Cinobo and with a carefully selected variety of films that draws inspiration from the venue’s historical significance, the theatre makes a long anticipated comeback. Cine Paris opens every day at 19.30, allowing viewers a precious time of soaking up the sunset sipping beverages from its also newly remodeled bar. 22 Kydathinaion str., +302103252996,

eCran ecran, which recently underwent renovations, features a lush garden

with cold beers and delectable nachos from its upgraded canteen, as well as award-winning films and thought-provoking tributes. The iconic openair theater was designated as a listed open-air theater in 1997. it started operating soon after Greece’s regime changed, establishing itself at the time as the art cinema par excellence that introduced Greek audiences to independent international productions, French new wave, and avant-garde art films. Zoodochou Pigis & agathiou street, +302106461895

Cine Thisio

a movie at Cine Thission, which was named the best theatre in the world for 2014 by Cnn and included in the BBC’s list of the top 10 theatres in the world, is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. This is said to be the city’s favorite movie theatre, offering a stunning side view of the acropolis hill that has been gradually lit up. Cine Thission, located in a beautiful, spacious garden with retro seats and 60s décor, has been preserving the ambiance of a bygone era since 1935. homemade sour

cherry spoon sweets, handmade sour cherry liqueurs, frozen homemade sour cherry juices and handmade cheese pies from the theatre’s coffeebar complement the experience. 7 Apostolou Pavlou Str., Thissio, +302103420864

Cine AThinAiA

Athinaia is a genuine citizen of Kolonaki. nestled amidst the nearby residential complexes, the movie theatre has been crafting its own tale for years and persists in providing remarkable nights beneath the starry summer sky. A beautiful blend of elderly Athenians and young moviegoers gravitate toward the private garden featuring jasmine and climbing flora. You can also sample Mrs. eleni’s renowned homemade cheese pie. 50 Charitos Str., +302114130430

Pool Your CineMA

Your summer nights take on a unique quality when you spend them at Great Britain’s 7th floor screening venue, which first opened its doors to the famous hotel’s patrons and residents in 2021. enjoy your favourite old films and hollywood blockbusters in a romantic poolside setting with the backdrop of lycabettus hill, the Acropolis, and the city lights, while savouring delectable finger food signed by Great Britain’s award-winning executive chef Asterios Koustoudis. Caramelized popcorn with Madagascar vanilla, Black Angus cheeseburgers, and handmade nachos are included in the tasteful menu.

1 Vasileos Georgiou A’ Str., +302103330000


From vast metro malls to quaint boutiques to never-ending shopping streets, Athens boasts a bustling shopping scene that is a shopaholic’s dream come true. Not only is there a sheer abundance of products, but the shopping venues are highly spacious, and scenic — just like the rest of the beautiful city. Whether you are shopping for Greek souvenirs (Plaka), everyday clothes from international brands (Ermou Street), or luxury goods (Kolonaki), you are sure to walk away satisfied. As a tourist you are often only in the city for a few days and it is not easy to find the nicest addresses. That’s why we want to share a few with you here. Shopping in Athens is definitely worth it!

P.S. Don’t forget to take advantage of summer sales until the end of August!

Sale S The official sales periods are mid-January to midFebruary and mid-July until the end of August.

Where to S hop Downtown is the place to be, whether you are looking for brand names or small vintage shops and second-hand stores.

p laka The foremost tourist area, is the standard place to buy memorabilia.

Nearby Mo N a S tiraki Home to a famous Athenian flea market. Visitors will lose themselves in a huge variety of shops that appeal to aficionados of records, jewellery, clothes, shoes and all things vintage. This is an area in which haggling is accepted by the playful and friendly shop owners. Between Monastiraki sq. and Omonoia sq., one comes across the Athens Central Market, a good place to buy some local herbs.

e r M ou S treet By far the most celebrated shopping street: a pedestrian street with large windows and a great variety of goodies, from clothes and jewellery to shoes and gifts. But when it comes to expensive brand shopping, Kolonaki is the perfect place to be. Luxury clothing, high prices and impeccably dressed customers are the norm here. If you have time to kill, have a look at the interesting markets of Kifissia (northern suburbs) and Glyfada (southern suburbs).

t ry to do Your shopping in the morning.

You will come across all the major international brands on Voukourestiou Str.

Internat I onal Brands


Bright, minimal boutique with small wonders. EvangElismos, 17 skoufa str. Kolonaki, +302107290151


Authentic, trendy and fashionable socks and beachwear for women, men and kids, in a highly competitive quality / price ratio. syntagma,30 stadiou str. +302103253125 / 15 Patriarchou ioakeim str., Kolonaki


Chanel launched its new and first boutique, on the luxurious shopping street of Voukourestiou Street. The store is the spacious new home to all of CHANEL’s artistic fashion director Virginie Viard's latest creations, including readyto-wear, handbags, footwear and accessories, as well as watches, fine jewelry, optical goods, and the LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL perfume collection. PanEPistimio, 13 voukourestiou str. Kolonaki +302103606125

enny Monaco

Mugler, Louboutin, Nina Ricci, Zac Posen... shall we say more? syntagma, 4 Kriezotou str., Kolonaki +30210 7290805, +302103615800/ tria Pigadia, mykonos, +302289077100

Free shop

Perfect T-shirts, unique jewellery and accessories. A modern “Colette”. PanEPistimio, 17 skoufa str. +302103616200


Indulge yourself. Don’t forget the Jackie ’O

For over a century they have been telling the journey of Art through objects full of stories and bringing contemporary Art into the homes of Greece and the world. Here you will find very unique and elegant objects for your home or office. Syntagma, 6 Kriezotou Str., Kolonaki, +302103633454,

purse. PAnePiStimio, 3 Venizelou eleftheriou Str., Athens, +302103610870


Endless window shopping. Arty displays. Hermès. PAnePiStimio, City Link, 1 Voukourestiou Str., Kolonaki, +302103233715


Amazing lingerie with simple, elegant Italian style, for both men and women.

SyntAgmA, 5 Kanari Str., Kolonaki, +302103611883

Louis Vuitton

Style does matter and this is the real thing.

PAnePiStimio, 19 Voukourestiou Str. Kolonaki, +302103613938


Designer names from Lanvin and Chloé to Cavalli and Stella McCartney. Not forgetting Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Pucci and Jean Paul Gaultier.

PAnePiStimio, 15 Skoufa Str., Kolonaki, +302103635600,

Mah Jong

A store with excellent international brands. If you have a passion for KITON men’s suits, you will find them in a wide variety and surmesure. You will also find insuperable leather accessories from brands, such as Sartori, Santangelo, John Lobb shoes, Roda’s wonderful silk scarves and more.

PAnePiStimio, 14 Kanari Str., Kolonaki +302103622860

off White

Virgil Abloh’s Italian luxury fashion label is now in Athens. Fashionable items, accessories, jewelry for men, women, children. SyntAgmA, 5 Stadiou Str. +302103227728


The Devil wears them and here you too can purchase a small “devilish” piece. Then you might want to change your name to Meryl. PAnePiStimio, 17 Voukourestiou Str. Kolonaki, +302103388386


Glamorous clothes from famous exclusive brands like Topshop, Dries Van Noten, Marni. Vintage pieces can be found at the first address. SyntAgmA, 30 Panagiotou

Anagnostopoulou Str., Kolonaki, +302103610662


Cosmopolitan stores with youthful collections of underwear, beachwear and nightwear, enhanced every week with new items. For women, men and kids.

PAnePiStimio, 28 Stadiou Str., +302103225469/ 8 ermou Str., +302103255491

Greek Desi G ners & sTores

Ancient Greek sandals

Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade by highly-skilled craftsmen using traditional, centuries-old techniques. They only use natural, chemical-free tan leather, ensuring each pair ages beautifully over time. This artisanal approach, combined with their raw, yet feminine aesthetic, has made Ancient Greek Sandals - and their signature golden wing buckle - beloved the world over. SyntAgmA, 1 Kolokotroni Str. Athens,+302103230938

Celia kritharioti

Haute Couture Collections to Bridal Collections, special collaborations and red carpet looks.

SyntAgmA, 8 Dedalou Str. +302107255357,

Daphne Valente

Daphne Valente designs timeless, sculptural clothes inspired by the Ancient Greek pleating of Mariano Fortuny. Minimal



Except for the tourist hotspots, like Plaka, most shops are closed on Sundays and National Holidays, with the exception of flower shops, patisseries, liquor stores and the like. Official business opening hours are 09:00-21:00 on weekdays (09:00-20:00 on Sat). However, many smaller businesses keep the older working hours (closed after 15:00 on Mon, Wed, Sat and between 14:30 and 17:30 on Tue, Thu, Fri).

and very feminine, the clothes offer the epitome of greek haute couture.

SyntAgmA, 6 Kornarou Str. +302130465138,

Deux Hommes

The studio and showroom of Grigoris Triantafyllou and Dimitris Alexakis is the hottest place to find a limited prêt-à-porter and the current collection of the unbeatable duo.

PAnePiStimio, 18 Kanari Str., Kolonaki, +302103614155,


Modern & Classic Women's and Men's Lingerie, Swimwear & Beachwear, Pajamas, Nightwear, Loungewear, Tights, Accessories. Elegance, always keeping in mind the feminine creativity and the need of every woman to reveal her unique identity through the constant change, can always suggest the sensual material that will trigger her unique fantasies.

eVAngeLiSmoS, 11 Patriarchou ioakeim, Kolonaki, +302103222438,


An innovative fashion brand that celebrates the “joie de vivre” of the global riviera. Established by Irène Mamfredos, a French designer, Kimalé merges bold African fabrics with clean and contemporary silhouettes. Limited edition clothes, jewelry and home accessories which playfully navigate between the colorful palette of African culture and the minimal side of contemporary fashion.

PAnePiStimio, 21 mavromihali Str. exarheia, Athens, +302130292865

Lemisios shoes

Lemisios is a lovely store that opened in the heart of Athens in 1912. Here, you can have the shoes of yours dreams thanks to their custom-made orders. You will also find high quality leather sandals and ballet flats better than Repettos! Lemisios shoes are not only exceptional, but a real fashion statement.

PAnePiStimio, 6 Likavittou Str., Athens, +302103611161 fb: Lemisios Shoes Since 1912


Orsalia Parthenis creates timeless fashion with a gender-bending, minimal feel and

elegant Greek aesthetic. Premium basics in high quality fabrics, interspersed with statement pieces, create wardrobe staples for a refined and elevated everyday look.

PanePistimio, 20 Dimokritou & tsakalof str., Kolonaki, +302103633158,


Established in 1960, the Savapile handmade hats’ workshop is still on the same narrow alley of Psyrri neighborhood, where Lisa creates floppy dreams of “straw”. Apart from the straw hats, Savapile’s reputation grew for its naval caps, commonly known as “the Zorba hat”. However, the undisputed trademark of Savapile is the oversized hats, staples of summer and female allure that Lisa sews in her sewing machine.

monastiraKi, 4 agias eleousis str. Psyrri, +302103217087

Sophie Deloudi

Sophie Deloudi’s collections reflect her values and principles on design and fashion: high quality, perfect lining, impeccable fitting, flawless finishing, clean shapes and discrete femininity. Elaborated, edged silhouettes and insinuated sensuousness integrate the pieces destined to dress confident and elegant women on their way to the beach. Its eras’ aura combines classic design heritage of the past with a synchronous point of view. syntagma, attica City Link, 9 Panepistimiou str., athens +302119900000,


Themis Zouganeli is the designer of the THEMIS - Z lifestyle brand, as well as a designer for Dior Maison and Atelier Swarovski. Inspired by her Greek heritage, Themis’ unique creativity lies in the simple, clean lines she applies to her designs and patterns. Geometric and repetitive designs revisited in a way that is sophisticated, timeless with just a hint of fresh luxury. These clean lines and patterns are incorporated into both home and fashion accessories.

syntagma, 17 Valaoritou str., athens, +302103619446,

Vassilis Zoulias

Greek fashion designer who respects and translates the historical implications that an

Forget me not-





the heart o F athens

A pioneering gift shop that reminds us of European museum stores. This was the intention of Philip Khoury, who, since 2014 travels and brings together under the roof of Forget Me Not, renown as well as emerging creators. It may have started mainly with Greek designers, but from this year, their collections stand worthily next to those of world-famous designers and brands (such as those of MoMA collection, Pantone Universe, Μοnocle etc). Besides, it is a “dynamic” project that is continuously enriched from stylish souvenirs, special clothes and accessories to handmade cosmetics, gadgets, decorative and utilitarian items, all stand out for their innovative design, quality and special packaging!

100 Adrianou Str., Plaka, +302103253740,, forgetmenotathens

outfit holds to today’s era, always respecting each time’s aura. Some of his creations are seen in Netflix series “Emily in Paris”. syntagma, 4 akadimias str. +302107225613

Yiorgos Eleftheriades Space (Flagship store)

Yiorgos Eleftheriades constructs in a

mesmerizing way intellectual sartorial creations in graceful silhouettes whose dynamic nature consistently maintain balance together with fluidity. For many years, he has been cooperating with some of the most important directors and actors/actresses in Greece. The brand’s collections have been showcased in Athens, Milan, Paris and Barcelona. eVangeLismos, 29 tsakalof & Voukourestiou str., Kolonaki +302103616272,

Zeus + Δione

This is the Greek Maison Hermes. Exeptionally tasteful clothes and accessories based on refined craftsmanship. Leather sandals, handbags and gold jewellery in wonderful designs made with high quality exclusivelly Greek materials. If you’re going to take home one quality souvenir from Athens, then go for this brand. syntagma, 9 Panepistimiou str., +302119900000,


The Athenian awnings have been an integral part of the city’s architecture, its trademark someone can tell. A piece of canvas that reflects the very texture of urban reality. 3QUARTERS turned this unique trademark into fashionable handmade handbags. Reuse, redefine, redesign. There is beauty in everything, throw nothing away. The message is clear. The result: beautiful, one-of-a-kind handbags made by old awnings’ canvas. monastiraKi, 19 agiou Dimitriou str. Psyrri, +302111832311,



Acropolis Museum Shop

The Museum’s ground floor gift store offers an extensive range of goods: ceramics, personal products, silk scarves for men and women, jewelry, stationery and postcards and children’s games. There’s something for every visitor that wants to purchase a lasting memory of their visit to the Acropolis Museum. aCroPoLis, 15 Dionysiou aeropagitou str., acropolis +30210900900,

Benaki Museum Shop

Established in 1977, the Benaki Museum

Shop’s original primary objective was the production of authentic museum replicas of the countless exhibits of the Benaki Museum. While each shop is individual in terms of its collection, offering a thoughtfully curated selection ranging from museum replicas to contemporary creations, they all share one chief goal which is to support the Museum’s cultural work.

Syntagma, 1 Koumpari Str. Kolonaki, +302103671045,

B&E Goulandris Shop

You will find bespoke products inspired by the collection of the foundation, such as books, posters, souvenirs, limited edition artworks & prints.

13 Eratosthenous Str. Pagrati, +302107252895,

Cycladic Shop

Discover art reproductions, home-living objects, elegant creations, unique jewelry result of exclusive collaborations with designers from Greece and abroad, as well as a wide range of publications.

EvangEliSmoS, 4 neofytou Douka Str. Kolonaki, +302107228321,

Kapopoulos Fine Arts

Kapopoulos Fine Arts was built out of a shared love for art and the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and acquire art in an environment that is both welcoming and inspiring. Amongst their selected collection of artists you will find a range of both emerging and well-established artists found in museums and private collections such as: Mr. Brainwash, Salvador Dali, Antonio Segui, Jeff Koons, Pavlos Dionysopoulos, Alekos Fassianos, Dimitris Mytaras, Maria Filopoulou, Dimitris Yeros, Kostis Georgiou and many more.

Syntagma, 5 Skoufa Str., Kolonaki, +302103637652,

PIOP Museum Shop

It’s the shop of Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation. There is a wide variety of tasteful things - selected one by one - for the house, for the office, for her and for him.

Syntagma, 21 Stoa Spiromiliou, athens, +302103224923,

J E w E ll E ry


A “B.zero1” ring or an “Assioma” watch are the must-have items, if you want to invest in Bulgari. Syntagma, 20 voukourestiou Str., Kolonaki, +302103609400


You don’t have to be extra loaded to own a Cartier. This is where you can find the young collection “Entrelaces”, whose rings don’t cost much, as well as the ultimate “Love” bracelets and rock “Marcello” bags.

PanEPiStimio, City link, 7 voukourestiou Str., Kolonaki, +302103313600,

Fanourakis Greek Designer

Lina Fanouraki’s jewellery is ultimately Greek spirited but does not resemble at all the traditional ancient, like necklaces and wreaths. Using the prime materials of highend goldsmithery, her work is modern and humorous but always classy.

EvangEliSmoS, 23 Patriarchou ioakim Str., Kolonaki, +302107211762

i-D Fine Jewellery

i-D Fine Jewellery flagship boutique is located in the urban chic Kolonaki area in the center of Athens. Amazing jewelry, created by the most famous Greek and foreign designers, but also costume jewelry (these pieces that spice up your everyday outfits). Timeless quality, craftsmanship and design characterize each unique piece of art. They will help you create or enrich your jewellery collection, inform you about new trends and guide you with styling tips.

Syntagma, 12 Kanari Str., Kolonaki, +30210322180,

Ileana Makri Fine Jewelry

Ileana Makri is a well-known Greek jewelry designer. Her fine designs are inspired by a multitude of symbols that exist in popular Greek culture and their meanings, such as the beads that protect of the “evil eye”, the monks’ worry beads, iridescent beetles and bugs of the Greek nature, the sea urchin and more. EvangEliSmoS, 13-15 Patriarchou ioakeim Str., +302107217982,


Diamonds and blue….Those aren’t icebergs – they’re diamond rings!

Kalliope Handmade Jewelry

The jewelry fashion s TaT emen T s T haT express you

It started in 1987, by its founders George and Kalliope, and today it remains a family business, with the difference that it has grown a lot, crossed the Greek borders and today Kalliope Handmade Jewerly can be found almost all over the world, in more than 650 locations! It is a Greek fashion brand, internationally recognized and awarded many times abroad. Each piece of handmade jewelry has a unique authenticity and reflects the dedication and attention to detail given by the artist. In their collection you will discover rings, earrings, bracelets, pins, necklaces, pendants and charms, in special and original designs, that appeal to all.

58 Perikleous, Syntagma, 2102716557


Facebook: Kalliope



Salesmen can be quite snobbish, but the quality is great. You’ll know the owner by his red glasses.

Syntagma, 8a Voukourestiou Str. +302103711020,


The art of Greek komboloi at its finest “Kombologadiko” is a family business which was founded in 1998. The basic philosophy of the shop are the respect and faith in Greek tradition and it invites the lovers of komboloi to a “journey” in time to get to know its history. Komboloi is a part of the folk tradition of Greece directly connected to images and situations of Greek society and life. The company has been growing dynamically in recent years, remaining stable and reliable in its values. The first shop “Kombologadiko” opened in 1988 in Nafplio and offered many kinds of komboloi from all parts of the world. Find in Kombologadiko the komboloi which suits you most and take back to your hometown a piece of Greek culture!

Syntagma, 9 amerikis Str., Kolonaki, +302127000500,

Kombologadiko kombologadiko


The heart of the internationally recognised jewellery house is located in Kolonaki. As Ilias Lalaounis says, “every jewel has its own history”, whether it begins in Mycenae or in Byzantium. We’ve seen Charlize Theron wearing them.

Syntagma, 6 Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou Str., +302103611371,

Liana Vourakis

Liana continues to honour the founding principles of her grandfather. Her collections combine fantasy and imagination along with a certain sense of nostalgia. PanePiStimio, 42 Pindarou Str., Kolonaki, +302103619441,

Lito - Cabinet de Curiosités

Jewels that tell stories from long travel. Thailand, Arizona, India and Egypt. A small private museum full of treasures with the Lito Karakostanoglou signature who transforms anything old into a modern rock suggestion. eVangeliSmoS, 25 irodotou Str. Kolonaki, +302107295177,

Marianna Petridi

Beloved artistic jewellery gallery with a permanent showroom for Greek and foreign designers.

eVangeliSmoS, 34 Charitos Str. Kolonaki, +302107217789

Minas Designs

“Harmony pre-exists in every one of us, since each of us, hides within himself the need for harmony”. That is the philosophy behind each unique piece of Minas Designs with a heritage of 57 years. Discover the most desirable vintage all-time classic jewels in both gold and silver. Elevate your style with elegant, classic pieces and unparalleled masterpieces. You can choose among pendants, bracelets, rings, cuffs, chockers, etc., or just wear them all together-the more, the merrier. This summer, let’s unveil the extraordinary and ultimately rock world of Minas Desings. Undoubtedly, the first choice among the trendy youth.

8 emmanouil Benaki Str. Kifisia, +302106233577 ,


Their handcrafted jewelry represents luxury in the modern times. They seek inspiration and find beauty in everything around us, connecting old and new always striving to be present, stylish and innovative. They provide an inexhaustible activity, with a high level of technique and a special communication channel with our customers. Syntagma, 19 Voukourestiou Str. athens, +302103613187,


Code: colour. The must-have Swiss watch, you can’t stop at one.

Syntagma, 5 ermou Str., +302103313833,

The Amber Shop

In the centre of Athens, close to Syntagma square, you will have the chance to visit The Amber shopan extraordinary place which travels you to the dazzling world of amber. Having the largest collection of amber jewellery in Athens, this is the ideal place to treat yourself –or your loved ones– with handmade and unique gifts such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings etc. Furthermore, here you will be able to discover a rich collection of

handmade worry beads, old and new, in different sizes and colours as well as a wide variety of materials (such as hand-made amber, old faturan, black coral, stones, bones, ceramics etc). In the Amber shop you will find a story behind each object and the materials it is made of. Because, at the end of the day, the story is all that matters.

Syntagma, 35 Voulis Str. +302130468915, instagram the_amber_shop_


Since 1895, ZOLOTAS House of Jewelry has paved a unique path in the history of jewelry making. Inside the House’s workshops, ancient goldsmith techniques have been revived- such as granulation, handwoven wire, hand-hammeringbringing to life unique jewelry pieces with contemporary design. The House’s unique creations have graced world-famous personalities – including Jackie Kennedy, Maria Kallas, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve and Scarlett Johansonwith their glamor and inspired design.

Syntagma, 10 Panepistimiou ave. athens, +302103601272, +302103613782,

Sho PP ing Cen T re S


360 shops in a shop. Upmarket department store, the biggest in the city. A comprehensive selection of designer wear (Armani, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Missoni, etc.), casual brands, accessories, exclusive Joe Malone and Molton Brown distributor.

A great view from the 6th floor café, and full beauty treatment on the 4th floor.

Syntagma, 9 Panepistimiou Str. +302119900000,

Designer outlet Athens

A mega store filled with popular brand names in clothing, shoes, accessories and household goods with 35 to 70% discount. SPata, oikodomiko tetragono e71 +302106630840,

golden hall

Luxurious shopping center with expensive brands, clothes, accessories, jewelry, sportswear, cosmetics, art objects, Doudesis hair salon, Mastic Spa for special beauty treatment and more. Be warned: it

gets extremely crowded on a Saturday.

Marousi, 37a Kifisias ave., +302106803450,

Hondos Center

It can provide you with everything you need, for your season shopping or just for a tiny elegant gift. Or go straight to the roof garden, for tasty traditional Greek cuisine, and the most beautiful view.

oMonoia, 4 omonoia sq. +302105282800,



A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Clothes, shoes, underwear, accessories, sportswear, toys.

oMonoia, stadiou& aiolou str., +302103249000,

The Mall Athens

200 shops within a shop, the Village cinema complex, restaurants and cafés and a super market, all wrapped up in a futuristic design with a roof garden offering an amazing view. Marousi, 35 andrea Papandreou str.,+302106300000-003,

Beauty - Care

Cos M e T i C s


Natural Greek skincare and beauty

products with exclusively natural and/or certified organic ingredients of best quality.

syntagMa: 4 Ermou str., +302103210054

Mastiha shop

Mastic is a unique natural product that can be found only on the Greek island of Chios. The brand’s collaboration with Korres has developed exceptional products such as the mastic conditioner with mastic oil and provitamins. PanEPistiMio, 6 Panepistimiou & Kriezotou str., +302103632750

Naxos Apothecary

Four in-house contemporary laboratories (Homeopathy, Phytotherapy, herbal Cosmetic and Nutrition) operate in fully controlled environments creating everything your body needs.

syntagMa, 3-5 Kolokotroni str. +302107222774


All the latest fragrances, plus all the alternative collections that set global trends: Make up for ever, Sephora Products, Strivectin, OPI.

syntagMa, 24 Ermou str.

+302103313167/ 2 Milioni str., Kolonaki +302103613051/ the Mall athens, Marousi +302106300125

The Apivita

Experience store. A renovated neoclassical building designed to offer a

unique and holistic experience, this is Athens’s top destination for natural cosmetics, SPA treatments, “green” hair salon and organic juice bar to refresh and energize. Discover the “natural pharmacy” where the specialists can help you create your own personal cosmetics and of course, the BEEHIVE SPA, a real beehive spa sanctuary! The spa cabins are made of real wooden bee hive parts and the ceiling is made of honey tinted crystal elements that literally immerse the visitor in the bee world.

syntagMa, 6 solonos str., Kolonaki, +302103640560

Hair & Beauty sA lo N s

D. Frank

Hair cuts, coiffures, flashes, colours, everything a classical hair salon offers, as well as lots of surprises. Fragiskos is still the top Scissorhands.

syntagMa, 50 sina & anagnostopoulou str., Kolonaki, +302103603298

Georgios Doudessis

GeorgiosDoudesis’ professionalism and modern aesthetics changed the world view of Athenian hair salons forever.

syntagMa, 39 Voukourestiou str. Kolonaki, +302103629960,

Hey You Nails

The finest nail & beauty boutique at Kolonaki. Here, high-quality but affordable services are offered, including manicure, pedicure, hair, hair removal (full body), make-up, and brow henna. An incredible variety of colours, among the best brands on the market, highly trained staff, with the use of biodegradable and recyclable materials.

syntagMa, 26-28 Panagiotou anagnostopoulou str. , Kolonaki, +302103627263

Vangelis Hatzis

The best hairdresser in town. He will give you the style and haircut you didn't know you wanted but absolutely needed. The most luxurious service. Slightly specialised in natural-looking blonde colours. But don’t even think of turning up without an appointment.

Horargos, 196 Kifissias av., Psichiko, +302106755664,

The a mber shop

oThe magical world of amber

I n the centre of Athens, close to Syntagma square, you will have the chance to visit The Amber shopan extraordinary place which travels you to the dazzling world of amber. Having the largest collection of amber jewellery in Athens, this is the ideal place to treat yourself –or your loved ones– with handmade and unique gifts such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings etc.

Furthermore, here you will be able to discover a rich collection of handmade worry beads, old and new, in different sizes and colours as well as a wide variety of materials (such as hand-made amber, old faturan, black coral, stones, bones, ceramics etc). In the Amber shop you will find a story behind each object and the materials it is made of. Because, at the end of the day, the story is all that matters.

35 Voulis Str., Syntagma, +302130468915 www. the_amber_shop_

The art of Greek komboloi at its finest

Kombologadiko” is a family business which was founded in 1998. The basic philosophy of the shop are the respect and faith in Greek tradition and it invites the lovers of komboloy to a “journey” in time to get to know its history. Komboloy is a part of the folk tradition of Greece directly connected to images and situations of Greek society and life. The company has been growing dynamically in recent years, remaining stable and reliable in its values. The first shop “Kombologadiko” opened in 1988 in Nafplio and offered many kinds of komboloy from all parts of the world. Find in Kombologadiko the komboloy which suits you most and take back to your hometown a piece of Greek culture! Discover this special shop in the neighborhood of Kolonaki, Athens.

9 Amerikis Str., Kolonaki, +30212 7000500 Kombologadiko kombologadiko

There are books being sold on the street and people reading on public transportation all the time in Athens; the city is a melting pot of literary culture. A great way to share this passion with others in Athens is to explore the many international bookstores. Here are some of our top picks for places to buy (or borrow!) books while visiting the city; they're spread out throughout the capital.


Its floor-to-ceiling shelves and assortment of books (from new French fiction to well-worn Penguin classics) make it well worth the trip. The staff is very helpful and will assist you in finding the exact book you're looking for, though it's also a great place to get lost in interesting and foreign titles.

13 Stasinou Str., Athens

Little Tree Coffee & Books

A popular bookstore and café, Little Tree is situated in the Acropolis' foothills. In addition to a fascinating selection of publications ranging from children's books to Greek poetry, philosophy and politics, as well as excellent English translations of wellknown Greek novelists, it boasts wooden shelves, vintage furniture and an enticing old Athens ambience. It also features a good selection of well-known French and Italian works.

2 Kavalloti Str., Athens

Le Livre Ouvert

Le Livre Ouvert is a little piece of home for both local Francophones and tourists. There is an amazing

assortment of both new releases and dependable classics. In this tidy, serene setting, get your fill of international works in translation and livres de poche.

77 Solonos Str., Athens


Polyglot regularly updates its international selection and if you are unable to find what you're looking for, they will be happy to place an order on your behalf. Browse more than 20,000 books in a variety of languages, including German, Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. For those who are interested, they also organize fascinating literary events.

84 Akadimias Str., Athens


Explore Greece's surreal landscapes and vibrant cultural hotspots while learning about its endlessly rich history at Anavasi, which has a stunning collection of travel books that is difficult to beat. Browse the two-story bookstore's wall-to-wall bookshelves for a wide selection of travel guides and maps, as well as special trail editions written by Anavasi's incredibly knowledgeable staff and enjoy a wide display of travel guides and maps of Europe and the world.

32 Voulis Str., Athens


One of Athens' most comprehensive (and easiest to navigate) bookstores, Politeia is divided into several sections

that are each reachable from a different entrance along Asklipiou Street. There are thousands of texts available in the store, most of them at a discount.

1-3 Asklipiou Str., Athens

The Book Loft

Tucked away in the posh Kolonaki neighborhood is Book Loft. The store is relatively small, but it has a wide selection of books in many different genres that have been carefully chosen. It's also a great place to buy unusual stationery gifts and other trinkets with literary themes.

44 Patriarchou Ioakim Str., Athens


All four floors of Evripidis are lined with bookcases holding collections of texts written in various languages. After making a few book purchases, move on to one of the two cafés inside the bookstore, where regulars sip cold glasses of freddo espresso while

The city has amazing multilingual public libraries that are both friendly and exciting to visit, whether you plan to stay in Athens long enough to warrant a library card or you are just looking for good places to work and read.

greece's National Library

The National Library of Greece is housed in the magnificent Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and dates back two centuries. It boasts a vast collection of books, over a million titles, with special sections dedicated to children's literature and art books. There are lots of restaurants in the area, and strolling through the library is a great idea.

364 Andrea Siggrou Ave., Kallithea

admiring their new finds.

310 Kifissias Ave., Kifissia

Lemoni Bookstore

Lemoni Bookshop, so named because of the lemon trees tucked away in its lovely backyard, offers a calm haven from the hectic pace of the city. Visit for an extensive and frequently unique selection of books, including international art magazines, Japanese poetry, and Greek classics.

22 Iraklidon Str., Thissio

We Need Books

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the innovative 2019 initiative We Need Books. Located in Kypseli, it is a friendly place with a comfortable workspace and garden. Home to 14,000 books in over 30 languages, it is Athens' first multilingual library and cultural center. The organization is fascinating to visit off the beaten path and is involved in a number of social projects.

7 Evias Str., Kypseli

saVor the iNtricate culiNary uNiVerse of atheNs there’s a reasoN GreeK culture reVolVes arouNd food

a thriving urban dine-out culture has emerged in athens, proudly showcasing the nation’s abundant seasonal produce and rich heritage that has been passed down through the generations. for food enthusiasts, discovering athens’ culinary universe can be an exciting challenge. discover the best family-run tavernas and 24-hour cafés by going local, though there are also plenty of bistros and cocktail bars that are worth checking out if you want to try their inventive takes on these Greek classics! furthermore, real grill houses can be found all over the neighborhoods of athens, and each one has a distinct character of its own. also plenty of Michelin-starred fine dining establishments in athens, as well as rooftop bars and restaurants with some breathtaking views of ancient athenian glory.

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Soybird -Vegan Cooking Classes

Vegan Cooking Classes in the heart of Athens

Visit the first vegan cooking school for Greek cuisine in Athens and immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of Greece. The cooking courses, which take place in small groups, offer you a deep insight into authentic Greek cuisine and teach you about the most important ingredients. Experience the diversity of vegan Greek cuisine: learn how to prepare a delicious moussaka, bake the classic spanakopita (spinach pie) or how to make your own almond feta. Sweet temptations such as the traditional dessert Ekmek are also on the program.

The cooking classes take place in a modern, airconditioned cooking studio in the charming Koukaki

district, just a stone's throw from the Acropolis. Here you can discover and try out the secrets of vegan Greek cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere under expert guidance.

The cooking courses take place both in the morning at 11 am and in the evening at 6 pm. The course lasts around three hours and costs € 59. During this time, you will not only receive valuable tips and tricks for preparing the dishes, but you can also enjoy the homecooked meals together in a convivial atmosphere. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced cook, there is something for everyone in the courses. The Soybird Studio in Athens is looking forward to your visit.

75-77 Veikou Str., Koukaki • • www.soybird.vom soybird_athens

The starry universe of culinary Athens

Michelin Stars for consistent excellence, flavors’ finesse and mastery of techniques are awards to selected restaurants and the city of Athens boasts an extensive list of such establishments that offer the Michelin-starred fine dining experience...

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The Big Gourmand Award (in recognition of skillful cooking in reasonable prices) was awarded to Cerdo Negro 1985 (5 Vitonos Str., Gazi, +302103470628), Nolan (31-33 Vouli’s Str. Syntagma, +302103243545) and Oikeio (15, Ploutarchou Str. Kolonaki, +302107259216), while in this year’s culinary orbit of distinctions enters Jerár restaurant (55 Agias Varvaras Str., Dafni, +302109755764) with its chef Haris Nikolouzos, and also Fine Mess (5 Delfon Str., Kolonaki, +302111155725), a smokehouse restaurant leading by chef Elena Kaperda.

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The purpose of this distinction is to highlight restaurants that apply sustainable practices in their kitchen. The Athenian restaurants that are awarded with a Michelin Green Star are Delta, Soil and Patio

michelin Guide'S SelecTionS

The city’s restaurants highlighted by Michelin Guide include Aleria (57 Megalou Alexandrou Str., Metaxourgeio, +302105222633), Aneton (3 Navarchou Nikodimou Str., Syntagma, +302108066700), 4 Menaihmou Str., Neos Kosmos, +302109213690), Cookoovaya (2A, Xatzigianni Mexi Str., Ilisia, +302107235005), GB Roof Garden (8th floor of hotel GrANDe BretAGNe, 1, Vasileos Georgiou A Str., +302103330766), Le Pavillon (31 Perikleous Str., Chalandri, +302106815774), Linou Soumpasis & Co (2 Melanthiou& Kalamida Str., +302103220300), Merceri (21, Iraklidon Str. thiseio, +302103417511), Okio (33 Nikis Str. & 3 Navarchou Nikodimou Str., Syntagma, +302103311436), Sense (7th floor of AtheNSWAS hotel, 5 Dionysiou Areopagitou Str., Akropoli, +302109200240), VERi TABLE (8 Aggelou Sikelianou Str., Neo Psychiko, +302111829109), Vezene (11 Vrasida Str., Ilisia, +302107232002), see|ds (27 Diocharous Str., Ilisia, +302107235116), Simul (63 Ipsilantou Str., Kolonaki, +302107224737).

Delta** A unique narrative of taste unfolds through the 12 courses menu of bold gastronomic twists, created by the gifted George Papazacharias and the talented Thanos Feskos. Located in the spectacular venues of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the restaurant’s haute cuisine is enlivened by 2 Michelin stars and one Green Star, acquired shortly after its first year of operation.

364 Andreas Syggrou Ave., SNFCC

Botrini’s* Minimal aesthetics in a beautiful old house with a cozy yet elegant garden and an excellent menu by renowned chef Ectoras Botrini. 24B Vasileos Georgiou B' Str., Halandri, +302106857323-4

CTC* Talented chef Alexandros Tsiotinis sings the praises of Greece’s gastronomic history in a way most intriguing and originally unique. 15 Plateon Str., Athens, +302107228812

Hervé* In this restaurant owned by chefs Hervé Pronzato and Grigoris Kikis, classic cuisine is influenced by France, Italy and even Asia, in a dynamic 15-course menu. Just visiting is an experience, with this Japanese-style bar and open kitchen.

170 Trion Ierarchon, Petralona, +302103471332

Hytra* One of the most celebrated restaurants of the city and privileged with an astonishing view of Athens from the 6th floor of the Onassis Cultural Center, especially when night falls. Highly talented chef Yiorgos Felemengas creates a culinary experience of signature dishes, prepared to a consistently high standard with the distinct flavors of Greek cuisine most imaginative. 107-109 Syggrou Ave., Athens, +302177071118

Patio* Another restaurant, located in the impressive hotel The Margi, is added to the Guide’s selections. Here, chef Panagiotis Giakalis proposes modern cuisine that highlights the wonders of Mediterranean flavors in every dish, with glamor and with a “farm to table” philosophy. THe MArGI HoTel, 11 litous Str., Vouliagmeni, Athens riviera, +302108929000

Soil* Chef’s Tasos Mantis private garden at Alepochori village is the key element of

the restaurant’s earthy philosophy. Herbs and vegetables and an array of exceptional Greek produce compose exquisite tastes of creative and sustainable Greek cuisine, reaffirming the “farm to table” concept.

5 Pherekydou Str., Pagkrati, +302107513505

Spondi* Signature dishes-tribute to the intricacy of the French cuisine are prepared with top quality seasonal ingredients. The beautiful patio enclosed by the lush Mediterranean greenery and the two dining rooms, one of which resembles a vaulted cellar, create a mesmerizing backdrop for a dining experience most excellent. 5 Pirronos Str., Pagkrati, +302107520658

The Zillers* With an overwhelming view to the Acropolis the Zillers Roof Garden on the top floor of the Zillers Boutique Hotel stirs feelings of wonder and awe. Chef Pavlos Kyriakis, passionate and inventive, creates divine dishes with the comforting warm flair of the Mediterranean.

54 Mitropoleos Str., Athens, +302103222277

Tudor Hall* A newly added option, this restaurant impressed the Guide’s famous anonymous inspectors, earning it a MICHELIN Star outright. The elegant restaurant located on the rooftop of the King George Hotel and offering a wonderful view, serves the high quality contemporary cooking of chef Asterios Koustoudis.

7th Floor oF KING GeorGe HoTel, 3 Vasileos Georgiou A, +302103330265

PELAGOS* A panorama of Luca Piscazzi’s creative mindset on fish-oriented fine dining flawlessly executed with world celebrated French techniques. Four SeASoNS ASTIr HoTel, 40 Apollonos Str., Vouliagmeni, +30 2108901192

Varoulko Seaside * It is impossible to recommend any single dish at chef Lefteris Lazarou’s restaurant. Every ingredient is rich in quality, and every plate has been designed to showcase the incredible freshness and flavor of its seafood components. Upon the rooftop deck of Varoulko Seaside, the sizzling of fish and the clattering of silverware across white tablecloths add a uniquely sensory dimension to this pristine image. 54-56 Koumoundourou Coast, Piraeus, +302105228400

Canal All Day Coffee Wine & Dining

All day destination in the most beautiful part of the SNFCC

In the iconic Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre –a perfect venue for walks and host to events almost daily– the fully renovated Canal has reclaimed one of the top spots in the venue: the water canal. Terrablue and Sotiris Chronis’s latest endeavor is already an established meeting point, offering quality choices all day in a modern and luminous setting, fully in line with the general aesthetic of the SNFCC.

Stavriani Zervakakou,Terrablue’s talented executive chef, has put together a special menu for evening and night hours, inspired by Greece’s rich tradition as well as the latest gastronomy trends. Of course, all dishes are made of highest quality ingredients, sourced from every corner of the land. Furthermore, the wine list

that is available in the evening when Canal functions as a wine bar, is curated by heteroclito bar à vin with Madeleine Lorantou and includes labels from selected Greek vineyards.

Canal is an all-day destination, offering coffee and other beverages, snacks and deli products sourced from agri-food coops, creating a carefully designed menu, capable of meeting and exceeding the needs and wants of younger and older customers alike.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 08.00 to midnight, Friday and Saturday 08.00 to 01.00.

Extra tip: Takeaway for your strolls in the park is also available!

6 Evrypidou Str., Kallithea, +302109430688 Canal Cafe at SNFCC canalcafeatsnfcc

Our favorite destination for the summer

F avorite spot for well-made coffee, with blends from different parts of the world, and famous brunch! You’ll also enjoy unbeatable pizza and delicious burgers (some of the best smashed in town), while the signature cocktail list takes centre stage in the afternoon and evening. With lots of interesting events and DJ sets, LOT51 is making our summer nights more enjoyable.

24B Papadiamantopoulou Str., Ilisia, +302111155024 LOT51 lot.51

Greek TradiTional

Extra virgin olive oil, seasonal vegetables, greens and herbs, crispy pies and juicy roasts, fresh fish and seafood are some of the ingredients that have established the Greek cuisine as one of the best in the world. You will find it in tavernas and restaurants throughout the city. The best compliment a Greek traditional chef can hear: “This reminds me of the way my mother used to make this plate when I was little...

Acropolis Restaurant

At the foothills of the Acropolis and overlooking the Parthenon is the Acropolis Restaurant, which has been serving tourists and locals alike traditional Greek cuisine since 1980. Both the location and the menu are incredible, with options ranging from seafood to delicious pasta dishes. ACROPOLIS, 2 Epaminonda Str., Athens, +302103215737

Avgo tou Kokora

Pinned on the Athenian map of gastronomy for almost two decades it has rightfully claimed the hearts of authentic taste aficionados, many of whom represent the city’s artistically inspired crowd. Let your senses revel in what Greek traditional cuisine really tastes like. From 1:00 at noon till 1:00 after midnight.

MEtAxOuRgEIO, 25 Myllerou Str., Metaxourgeio, +302177050103


One of the most historical “kafeneia” of Athens, open from 10:00 till very late, for coffee, meze, Cretan raki and delicious home-made halva

with ice-cream.

EvAngELISMOS, Dexamenis Square, Kolonaki, +302107214368


Traditional tavern in a former working class neihbourhoud which is now a hip area crowded by young artists. Excellent house wine and high quality Greek cuisine. Closed Sun. 41, Petralona troon & Kidantidon Str., +302103467555


Picture it: tables all around with colourful tableclothes on, at one of the most picturesque piazzas downtown, along with great music and delicious greek tapas. Ideal place to sip a goodquality morning coffee and enjoy greek breakfast while taking a gander at the nearby flea market unfolding right there in front of you. Favorita stays vibrant until late, while offering many theme nights with live music, stand-up performances or even karaoke nights. On top of this all, let's not forget to mention those superb cocktails served in the bar and there you go, welcome to one of the most favourite summer spots in Athens.

MOnAStIRAKI, 10 Avissinias square, +302103210016


This historic restaurant will serve you “mama’s” food in very good prices. Closed Sat evening and Sun (also 8-23/8).

EvAngELISMOS, 19 xenokratous Str., Kolonaki, +302107216390


One of the oldest tavernas in Athens, a culinary landmark in the city center and in close distance to the central market place, Klimataria is hosted in a very old little house with an inner yard adorned with vast greenery and flowers and a

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A refreshed dining experience at NEW Hotel

Between the traditional Plaka and contemporary Kolonaki neighborhood, there is NEW hotel where innovative concepts and exquisite menus, await you this summer. The Art Lounge, the bar restaurant on the hotel’s rooftop, features a new, refined menu and stunning city views. Chef Babis Kountouris presents an innovative interpretation of Greek tradition using modern culinary techniques and top-quality ingredients. Featured dishes include «soutzoukakia» tartare, lobster «giouvetsi» and lamb with vine leaves, as well as sweet options like soumada or roasted peach. The Art Lounge’s sophisticated ambiance offers an unparalleled gastronomic journey. It is the perfect spot for an early drink or a delightful dinner in a setting that celebrates contemporary art and impressive cityscapes. Open from 6 pm.

16 Filellinon & 1 Navarchou Nikodimou Str., +302103273170, +306946379500

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Summer evenings under the moonlight

Here, at the Roof Garden on the 7th floor of the Novotel Athens hotel, time stops and the mind fills with images of a sparkling –almost fairytale-like–Athens by night. The rooftop offers us a panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lycabettus and Piraeus, while we enjoy an excellent meal or a deliciously refreshing cocktail.

The creative Mediterranean cuisine has a primary role in the dining experience, with excellent raw materials, while the concept of the menu is sharing-oriented, with no lack of sea-inspired choices. This place offers the perfect momentum for a tasty cocktail from the signature summer list, next to the illuminated pool and to the sounds of lounge music, giving us an experience synonymous with the Athenian summer, as it should.

4-6 Michail Voda Str., Athens, +302108200700 Novotel Athens

lovely decoration. You’ll enjoy delicious greek traditional flavours, while the long menu includes all the classic and homecooked style recipes: a great variety of fresh salads, soups, pies, legumes, lamb fricassee and its “signature” dish, pot-roasted lamb with potatoes. Pretty much a local's restaurant with a wonderful, homey ambiance, some evenings accompanied by the live tunes of Greek bouzouki. Good price list, friendly service. 2 Theatrou Square, +302103216629


Kountouriotiko is one of the few grillhouses that is unanimously rated by locals and visitors alike. With high-quality meat and raw materials, their souvlaki is tough to beat – and there are many varieties available as well (including vegan options!). Located in the colourful square of Koukaki, the restaurant also offers delivery and takeaway. 3 Kountouriotou Sq. & 11 Europa Sq., Koukaki, +302109229944


Keeping its retro “profile” that blends perfectly with the all so retro neighborhood, Kyvelli is popular among the locals. Happy interior adorned with old photographs and advertising posters of past decades. The menu, a refreshing culinary experience, includes salads, appetizers and delicious “meze”. Monday closed. 15 Eptanisou Str., Kypseli, +302108219406

Megas Alexandros

(Alexander the Great)

Situated in the heart of Karaiskaki Square, this establishment has a long and well spoken history of serving quality traditional food. Enjoy genuine Greek recipes prepared with top-notch ingredients in a mouthwatering variety of flavors and textures that include cooked, grilled and spit-roasted meats, fresh fish and seafood dishes as well as rich and colorful salads, appetizers and meze bites. From noon till late at night. 3 Megalou Alexandrou Str., Karaiskaki Square, +302105203909

Nostimies tis Mairys

A welcoming space right in the bustling square of Kypseli, Nostimies tis Mairys is a dependable place to relax and enjoy quality Greek food with good prices. 2-4 Hydras Str., Agios Georgios Sq., +30210821313136


Widely considered one of the most talkedabout Athenian restaurants, Pharaoh is home to Cretan dishes, a nod to the homeland of the chef Manolis Papoutsakis. It is also a great place to try the finest Greek wines, many of which are natural. Soak in the elevated ambience with great music from vinyl records. 54 Solomou Str., Exarcheia, +302103808412

To Scholarchio tis Kypselis

Right on the bustling square of Agios Georgios, the “delicious” smells coming from the corner of Eptanissou street whet your appetite. The menu reveals the versatile temperament of traditional Greek food with an intriguing variety of seafood, meat and stews, plus beers and local spirits. 18 Eptanissou Str., Kypseli, +302108815820, FB: To Scholarchio tis Kypselis, Insta: to_scholarchio_tis_kypselis

To Therapeftirio

The aromas of traditional Greek cuisine and the charming atmosphere of “old Athens” permeate the air. Our favorite hangout in the always bustling neighborhood of Petralona, offers an unparalleled array of traditional Greek staples every day, including homemade cooking dishes, fresh fish, premium meat, and a selection of meze options. Good wine, both bulk and bottled, at competitive prices. Open for lunch and dinner. 41 Kydathineon Str., Ano Petralona, +302103412538


Plain, simple space with an “intellectual” touch, but its passion for original Greek food remains intact. Splendid cooked dishes, even better grilled & fried seafood. Closed Sun (also 8-23/8). MEGAro MoUSIKIS, 15 Meandrou Str., Ilissia, +302107256335

Greek Creative

Greeks love their traditional homemade cuisine and renowned Greek chefs love to experiment with its recipes. What they come up with is some of the country’s most representative dishes served up “with a twist”. The finest restaurants of the Greek creative cuisine are...

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The favorite hangout worth visiting

When Tsiftis opened, this pedestrian street behind Michalakopoulou became famous overnight, because of the unprecedented deliciousness of its dishes that was spread throughout the entire place. Here you can find Greek traditional dishes, yet cooked in a contemporary way that everyone at the table could crave and enjoy. Nothing would have been the same though, if the team hadn’t made sure to find the best raw materials from every corner of Greece. Among other things, you will enjoy fresh fish, but also the most delicious lamp, a truly once in a lifetime taste experience! All of this is accompanied by any Greek wine variety you wish.

Extra tip: Every Sunday you will find delicious fully home-made pies made from Greek recipes.

88 Michalakopoulou Str., Ilisia, +302107754246

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With the tradition of Crete

Here you always have the feeling that you have entered a warm and welcoming Cretan home. And as the traditions of this blessed island demand, first they will treat you with: nuts, olives and peanuts, but also fresh bread, with the welcome including tsikoudia! The chef and owner Sifis Manouselis cooks all the good food of Crete, from where he brings all the products, such as meat, cheese, oil, greens and herbs. Try rooster stew, the most delicious dakos you will find in Athens, but also “antikristo” (a special tradiotional cooking method in Crete), not only lamb, but also pork! You may clink with plenty of tsikoudia, but also with fine Cretan wines.

15 Meandrou Str., Ilisia, Athens, +302107255699

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taverna ton Filon

Once new cooks took over, an old and long-closed tavern away from the regular haunts became the year’s most anticipated opening. Greek food is delicious, the bottled wines are excellent, and the courtyard is beautiful. 66 Argos Str., Kolonos, +302105127506


“Scorching hot”, as the name suggests, the all new diner now opened at the historic center, is filled with the intriguing scents of excellent meat roasting in perfection atop the charcoal fire. Renowned chef Christoforos Peskias is serving the Greek street food staple - souvlaki - with a masterful twist. Enjoy by the sidewalk or at a table.

4 Skouleniou Str., Syntagma, +302103231366


When famed chefs Yiannis Loukakis and Spyros Pediaditaki joined forces to open Akra, they created quite a stir through the city. With a panorama of new-age Green cuisine, the restaurant promises dishes that reflect the limitless imagination of its founders. Some tables are set on the sidewalk, which is the perfect spot to people-watch in the hip neighbourhood of Pagrati. 12 Aminta Str., Plateia Proskopon, Pagkrati, +302107251116


Α yard that resembles the french countryside. Two level building, elegant decoration, one of the best menus in Greek creative cuisine, chef Gikas Xenakis. You can also relax and have a drink. Closed Sun. MetAxourgeio, 57 Meg. Alexandrou Str., +302105222633

Ama Lachei

Once a schoolyard, Ama Lachei has become an unexpected oasis amidst the hum of the Exarcheia neighbourhood, complete with a lush garden. Cool and nostalgic, the menu features quality Green dishes and mezze platters that pair with the laid-back philosophy of the place. It also has a good selection of wine, beers and spirits.

69 Kallidromiou Str., exarcheia, +302103845978

Cherchez La femme

This refined old-Athens coffee spot promises authenticity through a menu of delicious dishes that pair perfectly with ouzo. The marble tables situated under the shade of mulberry trees boast a great view of the most vibrant plateia of the city.

SYNtAgMA, 43 Mitropoleos Str., +302103222020


Award-winning chef patron Periklis Koskinas, who has established himself as one of the most succesful chefs of his generation, runs the cuisine of Cookoovaya restaurant, making the whole city curious to try his dishes. MegAro MouSiKiS, 2a xatzigianni Mexi Str., ilissia, +302107235005


Though it made its debut a few months ago in an off Broadway neighborhood of central Athens, it is already a culinary hangout with a devoted young crowd. The menu features alternative flavors that reflect the unwavering philosophy of its chefs-owners towards an inspiring experimentation with regional fresh products and ingredients. Chill out atmosphere, beautiful faces, among which some of the city’s most celebrated personalities. Good prices. 1 Dourm & 6-8 Kassamouli Str., Neos Kosmos, +302114148624


Under the ancient shade of the Acropolis in Athens’ Plaka lies one of the city’s oldest eateries. Greece’s culinary treasures are encapsulated in a modern dining experience at this family-run establishment, housed in an old and amazingly preserved 1850s building. From the exquisite décor to the plating, every detail has been carefully considered. The menu is enriched with an exceptional assortment of high-quality wine labels and spirits.119 Andrianou Str., Plaka, +302103246984

To Mavro Provato (Black Sheep)

One the city’s most loved restaurants, it fills quickly daily with Athenian crowds, actresses, screenwriters, artists and celebrities. Very good modern Greek cuisine, emphasis is placed on quality

ingredients, traditional dishes with a modern touch, a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Tables inside and outside on the pavement, make sure to book. Daily from noon, Sunday serving only midday. evANgeliSMoS, 33 Arrianou Str., Pagrati, +302107223466


Award-winning chef Sifi Manouselis and his team created this gastro-taverna with a singular philosophy in mind: to create Greek dishes with a twist. Based on seasonality and localness, the restaurant provides innovative choices that are accompanied by a rich selection of natural wines and excellent Greek spirits. The place is also known for its peaceful atmosphere, with outdoor seating facing a quiet pedestrian street. Michalakopoulou & Sevastias Str., Athens, +302107754246


This historic 100-year-old restaurant has catered for an all-star list of visitors who have passed through Greece – from Sofia Loren to Winston Churchill. Now in a new location, behind the emblematic Hilton, in a property that has been magnificently designed by the famous architects A. Kourkoulas - M. Kokkinou. Cuisine Greek, creative and unforgettable gastronomic experience, degustation menu and a la carte, wine cellar with the best of Greek and international vineyards. Reduced rates at noon. evANgeliSMoS, 3 vrassida Str., (behind the Hilton Hotel), +302107210501



The “it” place to have a lunch break, the absolute meeting point for the locals. Combines the vibe of a modern restaurant with the casualness of a take away. Healthy and fresh food, natural juices, salads, soups, an alternative option for fast food. Open all day. PANePiStiMio, 29 Skoufa Str., Kolonaki, +302103631827, +302103635773


The restaurant is set in a beautiful neoclassical building in the «neighborhood of gods», surrounded by the unique appeal of the city’s past. In an elegant cascading table arrangement in the picturesque alley expect a display of contemporary Greek cuisine dishes based on premium quality

Where Greek Excellence Meets Creative Cuisine

Discover the epitome of Greek excellence and creative cuisine at LYRA, nestled in the enchanting historical neighborhood of Plaka, right at the foot of the majestic Acropolis. At LYRA we pride ourselves on offering a truly unique dining experience that combines exquisite flavors, warm hospitality and an unforgettable ambiance. Our talented team of chefs, inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Greece, crafts dishes that are work of art, showcasing the finest local ingredients and innovative techniques that elevate Greek cuisine to new heights. Savor the freshness of locally sourced seafood, delight in succulent grilled meats, and explore the vibrant flavors of our vegetarian and vegan options. Each bite tells a story, a tale of Greece’s rich culinary heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of our restaurant, where the melodies of live music fill the air every evening after 19:00. It’s a feast for the senses, where great food and fun come together harmoniously. Come and be a part of our story, as we celebrate the flavors of Greece in the heart of Athens.

12 Lisiou Str., Plaka, +302103229727 Lyra Instagram: lyra_athens

Opening Hours: 09.00 - 00.30

Greek traditional cuisine accompanied by live music

After a walk in the centre of Athens, everyone is looking for the perfect place to eat and enjoy Greek music. From the morning walk to the evening, Mystilli Athens is the ideal restaurant to enjoy traditional Greek dishes with a view of the Acropolis monument. Mediterranean flavours are highlighted with a modern culinary approach and the accompaniment of live music elevates the meal. Mystilli Athens is a place that combines all the elements of Greece and provides them in an experience that combines historic ancient Greek landscape and views, a wide variety of Greek dishes of Mediterranean cuisine and live traditional music that composes an atmosphere of tranquility and Greek entertainment. Composing the ultimate experience of Greek hospitality requires special art and the people at Mystilli Athens have mastered it well.

7 Adrianou Str., Monastiraki, +302103251361

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ingredients. Live music and intriguing cocktail options lift the experience even higher. 12 Lysiou Str., Plaka, +302103229727


With fresh seasonal produce and creative cooking techniques, Mystilli is a popular fine dining restaurant situated in the historic centre of Athens. This is a wonderful option for those wanting to try high-quality modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

MonaStiraki, 7 adrianou Str., Monastiraki, +302103251361

New Hotel

Situated conveniently near Plaka and Syntagma Square, the New Hotel provides a veritable urban haven. At the ground floor’s brand-new Lobby Bar, executive Chef Babis Kountouris has created a delightful menu that highlights the opulence of Creek cuisine, while on the hotel’s rooftop and at the Art Lounge, the chef offers a unique and inventive take on Greek culinary tradition, using cuttingedge cooking methods and premium ingredients. An ideal location for a sophisticated meal escape or an early drink while soaking in the breathtaking sights of the city. operating Hours: Lobby Lounge: Daily, 11:00 - 18:00 | art Lounge: Daily, 18:0000:30. nEW Hotel, 16 Filellinon & 1 navarchou nikodimou (entrance from navarchou nikodimou), Syntagma +30210 3273170, +306946 379500


One of the best restaurants in the city, located behind Hilton Hotel. It is always packed with afficionados of nouvelle cuisine. Enjoy the delicacies from Mediterranean and international cuisine. Closed Sun. EvangELiSMoS, 11 vrassida Str., Hilton, +302107232002

Athens from Above

Buena Vista

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Vegan cuisine that brings people together

A few months ago, Roman Witt, an inspired chef, opened the first vegan cooking studio in Athens, aiming to not only demonstrate the enticing possibilities of vegan cuisine, but also to foster a stronger community amongst vegan food enthusiasts. Located in Koukaki, Soybird is a delectable new option for those who have recently made the decision to adopt a vegan diet, are a professional chef who wishes to learn the techniques of vegan cooking, or simply enjoy delicious food. Goal achieved. In addition to learning how to prepare inventive vegan dishes that go well beyond what you are accustomed to, you will also get to taste the food you just prepared with the other participants right after. There are currently six cooking classes available, catering to both novice and seasoned cooks: Greek cuisine, ramen & gyoza, oriental, tacos, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, and a tofu workshop. Just to give you an idea, you can learn how to make vegan falafel, vegan moussaka, vegan popcorn, vegan ramen broths, and even vegan kimchi at Soybird. Every class will conclude with all "students" gathering around a table to share a meal and, most importantly, your thoughts. And that's most likely the highlight of the entire encounter. For more details, 75 Veikou str., athens

Clair de Lune

A wonderful all-day restaurant-bar, Buena Vista is the perfect brunch spot for authentic Latin American cuisine. As the hours pass, the atmosphere grows even more lively with customers sipping homemade rum and tequila cocktails as they listen to Afro House, Salsa, and more. MonaStiraki, 7 agios Philippou Str. Monastiraki, +302103210017

For early drinks or dinner, the roof garden on the seventh floor of the Novotel Athens Hotel, right in the center of the capital, is the perfect setting. You will savor inventive Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by creative and refreshing cocktails while taking in a broad panorama of Athens with the illuminated Acropolis in the forefront. 4-6 Michail voda Str., +302108200700

GB Roof Garden

Deluxe art deco interior and impeccable service. An excellent choice after shopping in what can only be branded as Athens’ most chic and historical brasserie. You’ll be sitting next to powerful businessmen, and journalists in search of their next story. Delectable mediterranean cuisine, amazing view. SyntagMa, grande Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square, +302103330000

La Suite Lounge

Eating by the Vertigo Pool is cool! Luxurious decoration, original Greek tastes. Nice view to the city and pleasant soundscape. BBQ on Mondays. EvangELiSMoS, Hotel St. george Lycabettus, 2 kleomenous Str., Dexameni, +302107416000


What its name suggests is that you become a local when hanging out in places you feel at home. Here you are, relaxed in its beautiful patio of cultural contrasts, the imposing figures of the Caryatids on the wall, feasting your senses with imaginative flavors and signature cocktails, featuring a mix of Greek spirits. Open in the morning.

tHiSSio, 44 Sarri Str., Psyrri, +302103250673

Mappemonde Restaurant bar & Lounge

High above the city on the 10th floor of the Athens Capital Hotel, the chic Mappemonde combines culinary excellence and spectacular views of the city. The creative Mediterranean recipes and a wide array of wine labels and premium cocktails add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

SyntagMa, 4 Panepistimiou & 2 kriezotou Str., Syntagma, +302144442000

Mira Me

From the rooftop of the elegant Mira Me boutique hotel, the magic of Athens unveils, an occasion that merits the accompaniment of exquisite food, great wine and masterfully prepared cocktails. Both in the kitchen and the bar of Mira Me everything starts with an unswerving devotion to quality that pays homage to the French and Scandinavian cuisine with elaborated twists from the Greek seasonal produce. MonaStiraki, 118 Ermou Str., +302152151930


Japanese fusion with a 360o view of the

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Flavours of modern Greek cuisine

In the lively neighborhood of Pagrati, you can find the infamous restaurant To Mavro Provato, with delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. This culinary rare find combines traditional flavors with modern touches, always emphasizing on good raw materials. There you will enjoy tasty and original salads, appetizers and starters, such as the mushroom pancake and the vegetable orzo, while the main courses have many protagonists: the braised “Roast lamb with thyme” accompanied by baked potatoes, the beef steak with potato skins, grated cheese and herbs, the hunkar begendi, the “Tomahawk pork steak” and many more. A restaurant that Athenians and visitors love, that you should definitely add to your bucket list!

33 Arrianou Str., Pagrati, +302107223466

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Well-known cretan and mediterranean cuisine

The best fresh products anyone can find and the wise simplicity of the Greek cuisine are exactly what Kaplani’s philosophy is. Located in one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Athens, in Pagrati, is a well-renownedrestaurant where you’ll enjoy flavors combining cretantraditions and mediterranean cuisine. As a result, unique recipes are created where nowhere else can be found. Some must-haves you ought to try are the oven-cooked lamb with country potatoes and herbs as well as the delicious cretan wedding pilaf (cretan rice pilaf boiled in goat meat). You may pair these dishes with cretan wine, greek beer and fine essences, all beverages are greek, even the refreshments. For the end, make some room for some delicious desserts!

47 Efroniou Str., Pagrati, +302107211161 To Kaplani tokaplani

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Athens boasts several famous farmer markets where locals and visitors alike can experience the vibrant atmosphere and abundance of fresh produce. One notable market is the Varvakios Agora, also known as the Athens Central Market. Located in the heart of the city, this bustling market offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and spices. It's a lively place where vendors shout out their prices and shoppers haggle for the best deals. Known as the Central Vegetable Market of Athens, the beautiful Central Fruits & Vegetables Market at Rendis is a bustling Eden filled with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, fish, and all the unique and rare products from every corner of Greece in outstanding varieties. Open on Sundays as well, it transforms grocery shopping into a festive morning fair and, sharing some secrets, at Mezeklikia, savor the delectable local specialties while sipping tsipouro. And you are at Polpo if the aroma of fresh fish fill your senses. You can buy the best fish here, and if you would rather not cook it yourself, pull up a chair in the sun. They will grill it and serve it to you. Another popular market is the Monastiraki Flea Market, situated in the historic Monastiraki neighborhood near the Acropolis. While primarily known for its antique shops and souvenir stalls, the Monastiraki Flea Market also features vendors selling fresh fruits, nuts, and traditional Greek snacks.

Additionally, the weekly street market in the neighborhood of Exarcheia is famous for its organic produce, artisanal products, and alternative vibe. Held every Saturday, in Kallidromiou Str., this market attracts a diverse crowd of locals and visitors seeking highquality, locally sourced goods.

city’s miraculous history and urban culture. Located on the top floor of the Academias Hotel Athens, Nyx features top notch Japanese influenced flavors, masterfully combined with signature cocktails.

PanePistimio, academias Hotel, 38 academias & omirou str., athens, +302103670000


On a beautiful square of scenic Plaka neighborhood, right where urban life and history converge, Roi’s ample sidewalk seating spreads its vibes to a cool crowd flocking in awed by the fascinating remnants of the city’s glorious past. Enjoy exceptional coffee and brunch in the morning or some delightful dishes from a menu that centers around modern Greek cooking with farm to table concept. Roi prides itself for its rooftop as well. Feel the refreshing cold night breeze while you dine under the stars, an experience complemented with great signature cocktails. 1 Filomoussou eterias sq., Plaka, +302103240263

The Royal Roof Athens

Sophistication and elegance set the tone for a memorable experience of flavors in the allday bar restaurant of The Royalty Athens Hotel. Located in the heart of Athens, at Monastiraki, Royal Roof Athens encompasses excellent service and delightful flavors of creative cuisine. Noteworthy is the wine cellar which, when combined with the customary or inventive cocktails, lends a touch of warmth to the overall experience. From early in the morning for coffee and snacking till late at night. 43 agias eirinis str., +302103210014


Balkoni stis Kyklades

Balkoni stis Kyklades has a bountiful daily supply of fresh fish and seafood delicacies from the Cyclades islands. The skyline and seascape views are magical accompaniments to unforgettable dishes of culinary history and tradition.

13 P. melas str., Vyronas, +302107640240


A landmark of Mikrolimano overlooking the Saronic Gulf. In the evening it feels like you are at a beach bar. Modern, Mediterranean cuisine. The café looks like a boat deck.

akti mikrolimano, Piraeus, +302104134084, +306944915220

Jimmy and the Fish

It stands out among the tourist tavernas of Mikrolimano. Meeting point for a fish lunch by the yachts and fishing boats. 46 akti Koumoundourou str., mikrolimano, +302104124417


Athenians who love fish frequent this cozy place, which serves big or smaller fish in both creative and traditional way s in its lovely yard. moscHato, 2 irakleos & Lisikratous str., +302109404518

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T.G.I. Friday’s

Give some “flavour” to your evenings with appetizers and cocktails at happy hour prices. At TGI Friday’s you will find a variety of refreshing signature cocktails and straight drinks mixed by the greatest bartenders in the world.

Kifissia 35 Kolokotroni str., +302106233947-8

KolonaKi syntagma, 2 neofytou Vamva str., +302107227721

ambeloKipi ambeLoKiPi, Kifissias & alexandras, +302106475417-8

Glyfada 43 Lazaraki str., +302108982608

palio faliro marina Flisvou, Pier one, +302109853281

aGios dimitrios agios Dimitrios, the athens metro mall, 276 Vouliagmenis av., +302109717223

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One of the most beautiful buildings in Athens, it attracts politicians, businessmen, artists, who enjoy their early meals & drinks. Mediterranean cuisine by top chef Christoforos Peskias and a beautiful garden. ambeLoKiPi, 27 tsoxa & Vournazou str.,+3022106441215

Eden’s Garden

Located in one of the most vivid neighborhoods of Athens, this clubrestaurant is the hidden paradise of the city. You will enter an amazing garden, where you can taste fusion cuisine, drink an

School Pizza Bar

An all day Italian experience in Agia Irini Square

In one of the liveliest neighborhoods of the city, very close to Plaka and Monastiraki, School Pizza Bar is a restaurant famous for its pizza. Its delicious 38 cm pizzas with handmade thin Italian dough are still unbeatable and one of the best choices, but the renewed menu also includes other excellent proposals with fish options. You’ll find great appetizers and fresh salads, while in the pasta category the choices are many and all delicious, such as Puttanesca alla bacala with rigatoni, cod fillet, fresh tomato, olives and capers. The main dishes are also perfect, like the sea bass fillet with potato salad and lemon sauce, while for meat lovers the Tagliata with black angus, grilled vegetables and baby potatoes is a must. School Pizza Bar will definitely impress you!

8 Pl. Agias Irinis Str., Athens, +302103251444

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Taste the Greek vineyard

Kiki de Grèce is a cozy wine bistrot located in one of the most central places of Athens. The bar's success continues even after ten years of operation thanks to the excellent quality of the wines in its menu list. The aromas of the Greek vineyard are highlighted in the 42 wine by the glass selections, inviting customers from all over the world to discover and taste the country's winemaking. The bar's side plates form a gastronomic creation enriched with PDO Greek raw materials and their menu rotates according to fresh seasonal ingredients. Live the absolute Greek wine tasting experience in combination with the top service provided by Kiki de Grèce.

4 Ipitou Str., Syntagma, +302103211279

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exceptional cocktail or even try hookah!

KERAMEIKOS, 48 Triptolemou Str., Gazi, +306942252950

Efimerida ATH

The ambience, the interior, the music and the out-of-the ordinary flavors switch your mornings up a lot. In the morning for a lovely coffee and a selection of “voluptuous” breakfast and brunch dishes and later in the day for a lunch break, dinner, some drinks and cocktails listening to great music that gets louder as the night falls. PAnEPISTIMIO, 6 Sina & Vissarionos Str., Panepistimio, +302103648077

MoMix Bar – Molecular Mixology

This innovative Kerameikos hangout is something of a star in the Greek culinary world, bagging numerous awards both in Greece and abroad. Momix offers “molecular mixology” drinks – a refreshing alternative to the traditional cocktail. Use trying their creative bubbles as an excuse to go out with friends and indulge! The beautiful industrial space is also a great place for gourmet finger food.

KERAMEIKOS, 1 Keleou Str., +306974350179

The Line Athens

One of the newest additions to the city’s culinary scene gives you a homely feeling that “tastes” superb. You’ll try fruit wine from an elegant array of labels, traditionally made home bread, comfort food, small brewery beers and masterfully blended cocktail drinks. The Industrial design with the long bar, an indoors patio and a zero waste philosophy, stimulate the palette even further. 37 Agathodemonos Str. Kato Petralona, +302103421311

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Atmospheric and cosmopolitan, Amber can be found on one of the liveliest streets of the centre. Find a range of choices from modern Greek cuisine to sushi. Amber is also open from early in the morning until late at night, and has an array of signature cocktails. SynTAGMA, 38-40 Kolokotronis & Leocharous Str., +302103227757


Once a historic café, Athénée was

transformed into a fine dining bar-resto. Complete with bougainvillaea trees and vintage furniture, this is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or meal, and it boasts a wide selection of Greek and international options on the menu. In the afternoons, Athénée becomes an even more popular haunt for a range of characters, including celebrities in the fashion world, artists, and theatregoers, all of whom gather to enjoy their evening treats and watch the sun set. SynTAGMA, 9 Voukourestiou & Panepistimiou Str., Athens, +302103251430

Athineon Politeia

Indulge in a rich breakfast or the exquisite flavors of authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by a selective variety of wines and signature cocktails. Your self-discipline over a

Avgotaraho (Grey Mullet Bottarga)

A delicacy of cured Grey Mullet Roe. Natural without preservatives, with high nutritional value and a pleasant, long-lasting aftertaste. It can be consumed in small slices as an appetizer, with freshly baked bread or with pasta.

Koulouria Delight

Incredibly crunchy on the outside with an amazingly soft and slightly chewy centre. Koulouria are delicious Greek bread rings covered with toasted sesame seeds. It is the most popular street food one can find in Greece. And with good reason! When walking the streets of Athens you can’t miss the street vendors selling these popular sesame bread rings. These famous Greek Koulouria are probably the most popular breakfast for Greeks, along with a cup of coffee. You will love them with feta cheese or Graviera and Kalamata olives as a filling snack or cutting them in half crosswise, spreading with butter, honey or jam for breakfast. Simply delicious!

delicious array of homemade desserts definitely poses an extra challenge. MOnASTIRAKI, 1 Akamantos & 33 Apostolou Pavlou Str., Thissio, +302103413795, Fb: athinaionpoliteia, Insta: athinaion_politeia

Beauty Killed the Beast

Savour the feeling of old-Athens elegance in this beautiful heritage home with vintage decor and a lush jungle-like garden. Enjoy your coffee and breakfast treats before reaching for an exciting selection of international cuisine, with many vegan options. KERAMEIKOS, 14 Paramithias Str., +302105240117

Bungalow 7

A seaside “residence” on the Athenian Riviera featuring magnificent views, elegant architecture, and a veranda on the beach! Bungalow serves the best of the best Mediterranean cuisine and even some enticing Asian fusion dishes, as well as quality cocktails. Private dinners and swimming pool are available for reservation. 58 Posidonos Ave., Glyfada, +302118887001

Canal Cafe

An inspiring fusion of artistic ambience and high-aesthetic modernity complement the overall concept of Canal Café that transforms your visit to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) into an extraordinary and tasteful occasion. Enjoy both the flavors and healthy advantages of contemporary gastronomy from a menu that features, among many others, a variety of freshly squeezed juices, a full espresso bar, homemade baked goodies from 09:00 in the morning and cold or hot snacks in the afternoon. In this iconic Athenian multi-space, cocktails, beers, or wine add a refreshing touch to your summer evenings, as well. For sit-in or takeout. STAVROS nIARchOS FOundATIOn cuLTuRAL cEnTER (SnFcc), +302109430688


Situated in the elegant Gatsby boutique hotel in the narrow streets of downtown Athens, Geco is the perfect all-day fine dining option for quality food and drink. Soak in the aromas of coffee in the morning and feast on a delicious brunch – or, as the day pushes forward, stick around for a live event. The restaurant boasts a reimagined and elevated blend of Greek and

Amigos Mi Casa es su Casa

Amigos Mexican Bar Restaurants are unofficially considered Mexican territory. This is why anyone who crosses the imaginary borders in Glyfada and Nea Smyrni immediately enters the “Mexican Summer”! Here a colorful food fiesta, with hot nights and cold margaritas await in 700 sm of tropical gardens. Here you will enjoy the generous flavors of Mexican cuisine, travel with the music of Mariachi, be drawn into the euphoria of agave and end up in the arms of Frida Kahlo.

Amigos offer flavors and aromas that fascinate the palate and will travel you to the other side of the world. Tacos, burritos, ensaladas, fajitas and so many other flavors that scream “MEXICO”! Delicious, creative and unpredictable tasty suggestions that will win you over from your first bite, always accompanied by the best margarita and signature cocktails in the town prepared in our notorious Tequilerias, where tequila is the star. If you like salsa don’t miss out our live salsa parties every Wednesday at Nea Smyrni and every Thursday night at Glyfada.

65Α Kyprou Str., Glyfada, +302108983167

70 Megalou Alexandrou Str., Nea Smirni, +302109332220 Amigos Mexican Bar Restaurants amigos.mexican

Delicious breaks at the most charming piazza in the city

One of Athens’ most exquisite neighbourhoods is bustling Kypseli. It’s one of those places where pleasant vibes and leisurely walks with friends have long been connected. On the lively square of Agios Georgios, or the “little village” as the locals refer to it, Kyveli sets the tables up and welcomes you into a contemporary space that subtly nods to the Greek summer. The menu is full of inventive takes on wellknown dishes that bring back fond memories, such as kebap, veal and pork steak, fluffy and juicy grilled gourgette balls, veal and porcine kontosouvli, tasty chicken fillets and pasta dishes, greatly paired with fresh salads like dako and cretan sourcheese. Make room for Kyveli’s luscious desserts, like cheesecake and terina chocolate with whipping cream and chocolate sirope, to mention a few. Order at home with Wolt, efood, Box.

15 Eptanisou Str., Kypseli (Plateia Agiou Georgiou) +302108219406, Kyveli kyveli_kypseli

international flavours, designed by Funky Gourmet (two Michelin stars).

Syntagma, 18 Lekka Str., +302103216001

F Bar

Just a stone’s throw away from the Acropolis, F Bar spreads its scenic vibes to a cool crowd of all ages flocking in awed by the fascinating volume of the majestic monument. Superb coffee blends, refreshing beverages, great cocktail drinks, premium spirits and a selective variety of wine labels. monaStiraki, 29 Heraklidon Str., thissio, +302130116173, Fb: rockbarathens, insta: Φ Bar


For Athenians, Lot51 is the ultimate place to enjoy specialty coffee, as well as one of the liveliest places in the city, located in the beautiful Brazilias Square. From early morning, a wide selection of coffee, cinnamon rolls, babkas, brioche, banana bread, and more awaits customers for breakfast and brunch. Comfort foodburgers, pizza - and signature cocktails are served through the night. Well-known DJs



are in the house all week long. Lot51 is open late and offers both takeout and delivery. 24B Papadiamantopoulou Str., ilissia, +302111155024

Nice N Easy

Displaying an elegant chic atmosphere, it has become the hottest meeting point for those strolling around the lively central streets of Kolonaki. The menu features an abundant selection of organic flavors, yummy simple delights, as well as original day dishes of legumes, pasta or meat, burgers and must-try bagels with salmon.

PanePiStimio, 60 omirou & Skoufa Str., kolonaki, +302103617201

Shakespeare in Love

The history of this 1897 stone building at Piraeus got swept away by love with the art of fine Mediterranean cuisine making. Enjoy exceptional coffee, freshly made juices and brunch in the morning and indulge in the Mediterranean breeze with ravioli with rooster and xinomyzithra cheese or grilled salmon with seasonal veggies in the evening. Over 25 labels of

excellent wine and uniquely made cocktail. 3 agiou Spyridonos Str., Piraeus, +302104131999, S.i.L Shakespeare in Love, insta: S.i.L Shakespeare in Love


Located on Instagram-famous Adrianou Street, Theta is a beautiful all-day cocktail bar that offers good coffee and even better Greek and continental food. The bar also has an impressive selection of spirits, Greek wines and signature cocktails.

monaStiraki, 11 adrianou Str., monastiraki, +302103318693


Decorated with vintage and psychedelic elements from the 70's, Voila is an unmissable experience. Witness renowned DJ’s and star guests descending from the floating stage, and soak in terrace views overlooking the Acropolis. The bar offers modern cuisine and amazing cocktailsthat work in tandem with the upbeat atmosphere of the place and are guaranteed to keep you up till late into the night. monaStiraki, 3 abyssinias Str. monastiraki, +306976590904

Live the Greek gastronomy experience under the Parthenon

Acropolis Taverna has been located in the centre of Athens, in the neighbourhood of Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis rock overlooking the ancient Greek monument of the Parthenon since 1980. It is a restaurant that emphasizes traditional Greek cuisine. It is open all year round and receives both Greeks and tourists customers from all over the world. There can anyone enjoy classic Greek dishes and flavors perfectly harmonized with the Greek landscape. Greek cuisine is an integral part of Greek culture. This means that in order to fully experience Greece from the beginning, you should definitely get to know its gastronomic character and dishes. In a setting reminiscent of “traditional” Athens, Acropolis Taverna offers the best service and the opportunity to sit at the outside tables of the restaurant and enjoy an experience full of Greece.

10 Panos & Epaminonda Str., Plaka, +302103215737 tavernacropolis

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Greek delicacies and hospitality in Kipseli

In one of the most famous and urban neighborhoods of Athens, Kypseli, you can find the tavern “The Scholarchio of Kypseli”. There you can enjoy all the delicacies of traditional Greek cuisine and accompany them with wine that fits perfectly. All the food is homemade and cooked with love and care. Don't miss to try one of the favorite dishes of the restaurant's patrons, the “Kolokithokeftedes”, the appetizer that people order again and again. The restaurant's signature salad is the “Scholarchio Salad”, which is a sought-after dish and well worth trying. Every day you will find a “dish of the day” with fresh ingredients to enjoy. The “Chicken Flame” is one of the main dishes on the menu and it contains pieces of chicken, bacon, mushrooms, white wine and parmesan cream.

18 Eptanisou Str., Kipseli, +302108815820

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Traditional Greek cuisine

Authentic Greek cuisine at its finest with excellent raw materials, hospitable people, simple but beautiful space inside and out and value for money prices. This place has had an iconic journey over the last 30 years, with delicious daily dishes such as homemade braised veal, cuttlefish casserole's, braised meatballs, traditional imam baildi, while a category in itself are the stews and oil dishes, always made with seasonal goods and incredible raw materials. Here you will also find the best fine spirits, ouzo and tsipouro, to accompany your meals and ideally combine them with the flavours of the sea, such as fried shrimps, shrimp pasta, fried squid, fried anchovies and marinated octopus and grilled sardines.

41 Kyandinon str., Petralona, +302103412538

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3 restaurants which have a shopping section within

Have you ever been so excited by some dishes at a Greek restaurant that you wished you could buy the ingredients and cook the dish at home? Now your wish can come true! Jams and delicious cold meats, cheeses from all over Greece, handmade pasta, nuts, honey, wines and spirits, all of which you can enjoy in the street as a snack, in your hotel, as a lunch or as a memorial when you go back home.

Ta karamanlidikA tou Fani

The ideal place to taste tradition “meze” from all over Greece. Their products are excellent, you can dine in and/or buy some of their products. In the centre of the premises is a glass display with dozens of cold meats, cheeses, sausages and spicy sausages (soujouki), for you to choose from. 1, Sokratous & Εvripidou Str., Omonia, +302103254184, Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00 (sales 08:00-21:00), New - 119 Ermou Str., Monastiraki, +302103219119


One of the most popular and successful chain of restaurants not only in Greece but also in London, Brussels, Miami. Here, the first foodie hotel in Athens. Ιt serves quality food but you can buy Greek products: olive oil, olives, honey, jams, pasta, sauces, syrups, herbs. TiP: Discover “Retire”, a perfect terrace with Acropolis view on the last floor. 123, Mitropoleos Str., Syntagma, +302100109090, 12 pm12 am (store hours 09:00-01:00)

Mezeklikia tis


In the very heart of the main vegetable market of Athens you are going to experience something truly unique… At “Mezeklikia tis Lachanagoras” you are going to learn what the greek word “mezes” really means. Here, all the dishes are made with greek products, that you can actually buy, since this restaurant is also a delicatessen! Discover greek wines, different kind of cheese and cold cuts, beers, sauces, handmade pasta and many more delicacies. Vegetable Market, Renti, +302104820020


Aglio Oglio e peperoncino (Italian)

Veiled under the imposing volume of the sacred Acropolis rock this beautiful place of minimal chic aesthetics fuses its menu with pure Italian quintessence. Choose among an intriguing variety of Italian antipasti, colorful salads and fresh handmade pasta prepared masterfully in its kitchen and topped with traditional Italian sauces; not to mention the delightful desserts. Closed on Mondays, only at noon on Sundays. AcropolIs, 13 porinou str., +302109211801

Amigos (Μexican)

Margaritas, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, nachos, burgers, chili con carne and cool ensaladas, an ode to Mexican comfort food and a fascinating journey to the colorful streets of Mexico. The vibrating rhythms of salsa music sweep you of your feet while sipping expertly made cocktails and margarita variations with the best tequila you’ve ever tasted. The spectacular garden and the distinctive frescoes complete the essential components of a real Mexican fiesta (miles away from Mexico). 65 Kyprou str., Glyfada, +302108983167

Cicchetto Cantina (Italian)

In the narrow streets of Syntagma you can easily find your way to delight your palate at this very cute and small “cantina” that offers a refined touch of “finger food” modernity. Bruschetta, pizzas, exquisite cold cuts and cheeses and a great variety of other Italian delicacies to enjoy with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Cheerful, relaxed and friendly ambience, the ideal “pit stop” when exploring the city. syntAGmA, 7 Voulis str. , +302160046029

Cupola (Italian)

Tastes from Italy, you will be amazed by delicious carbonara. Also try authentic Italian pizza! On the list you will find a wide variety of Greek and Italian wines. Taste delicious cocktails from the most famous bartenders in the city. Next to Panathenaic Stadium, tables outside. Open from Tue to Sat 19.00-00.30. On Sun from 13.00-19.00. 13 Ephorionos str., pagrati, +302114117444

Frankie (Italian)

Borrowing the name from Frank Sinatra, Frankie stands out on one of the busiest

streets of central Athens. Its menu brings the Italian finesse on a plate, with authentic Italian dishes created with regional products that emphasize its farm to table philosophy. Beautiful interior with vintage aesthetics and an open kitchen. Open daily from the morning hours for coffee, brunch or Italian snacks. Also an excellent list of Greek and Italian wine. pAnEpIstImIo, 42 skoufa str., Kolonaki, +302103647052

L’ Abreuvoir (French cuisine)

All time classic French cuisine, elegant and stylish. Enjoy the food in its beautiful garden – along side politicians and VIPs. EVAnGElIsmos, 51 Xenokratous str., Kolonaki, +302107229106

Pasteria (La) (Italian)

Twelve restaurants all over the city. With a rich wine list and a tempting menu from all over Italy.

Maroussi the mall Athens, +302106198230

KolonaKi +30210 3632032

Glyfada +302108945085

Kifissia +302108085607

nea sMyrni +302109319146

Paleo faliro +302109858880

aMbeloKiPi +302106401480

aGia ParasKevi +302106019975

Chalandri +302106854210

Kato Patissia +302102236295

School Pizza Bar (Italian)

For great coffee, thin, crispy pizza, and classic cocktails, School Pizza Bar will take you back to a simpler time. The Italian restaurant is decked out with tapestries, paintings, and maps, which give it a welcoming feel right in the city centre. monAstIrAKI, 8 Agia Irini square, +302103251444

Thang Long (Vietnamese c uisine)

The menu at Thang Long praises the spirit of real Vietnamese cuisine with its balance of sophistication and simplicity. A symphony of aromatic herbs, exotic seasonings and fresh vegetables in a wide variety of flavorful salads, noodles, soups, fried rolls and main courses, alongside vegan options. Friendly and very kind personnel. 1 megalou Alexandrou str., Karaiskaki sq., +302105231803

Veri Table (French cuisine)

An aura of elegance surrounds this

Piatsa Kalama

An all day restaurant under the Acropolis

In one of the most beautiful parts of Athens, in Plaka, under the Acropolis, where Athenians and visitors of the city stroll around all hours of the day, Kosmikon is an ideal destination. With a history dating back to 1966, in a beautiful, renovated neoclassical building, it will offer you a variety of dishes of Greek creative cuisine, based on modern international trends. Among other things you will find a lot of tasteful seafood proposals. Open daily from 8:00 in the morning to 12:00 midnight, it also serves excellent early brunch and well-made signature cocktails, in an instagrammable environment that will be truly unforgettable!

119 Adrianou Str., Plaka, +302103246984

The souvlaki you'll love!

You can discover the absolutely exquisite souvlaki of Piatsa Kalamaki, in 8 carefully designed and hospitable restaurants, all over the Athens and Pireaus area. This delicious story started in 2016 and changed the standards of the favorite Greek street food. Here you will find wraps in more than 300 combinations and, in fact, with six different pitas! Among others, famous gyros, juicy kebabs and beef patties, amazing chicken and much more! All these will be perfectly paired with authentic French fries, while the menu will also offer you delicious burgers, various meat options, traditional cooked greek food, as well as desserts, that will remind you of a Sunday dinner! There is also delivery until 02.00 on weekdays and until 03.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

StoreS: Nea Smyrni, Halandri, Kipseli, Ilioupoli, egaleo, Kaisariani, Nea Philadelphia, Piraeus

Athens goes Vegan!

Your food guide to Vegan Athens

A new culinary revolution is taking root. The vegan food scene is booming, with inventive and delicious dishes that suit a wide range of palates available everywhere.

Bamboo Vegan

(36 Z. Pigis, +302103300018) is the temple of punk/alternative/ activist veganism. It is simultaneously a meeting point for a sandwich, a pie with homemade whole-wheat pastry, cookies or chocolate roll, a smoothie, but also a reliable grocery store with frozen foods, cheeses, sauces, and everything needed for a natural food refrigerator.

Cookoomela Grill (43-45 Themistokleous & 6 Kaliga, Gkyzi), from the fighting veganism side as well, achieved its own revolution, or in other words, brought non-vegans to its doorstep for the first veganoriented souvlaki in Athens. An epic pita with gyro of marinated mushrooms, yogurt sauce, mayonnaise, cheddar, fresh herbs, all of plant origin, with a bonus of dreamlike fries fried with their skins on.

Veganaki (38 Ath. Diakou, +302109244322) will be loved for its bright decor and mosaics, for its moussaka with red lentils, the bursting with natural aromas pastitsio with pasta, its meatballs and soups, representing the most vegan version of home-cooked meals.

Gi - as in Gaia(69 Gr. Lambraki, Glyfada, +302109648512) gives a more gourmet version of natural cuisine, preferring low thermal processing, marinating, and anything that won't destroy the nutritional value of its impeccable raw ingredients.

authentic bistronomie that honors the philosophy of the exquisite French gastronomic tradition. Chef-patron Alain Parodi and his wife Christine will spoil you with lip smacking dishes, French cheeses and cold cuts paired with excellent French wines - on the upper floor rests a collection of 2000 fine wine labels from France mostly, but also from Greece, Italy and Roumania. You’ll find it open on Saturday noons. Closed on Sundays. 8 A. Sikelianou Str., Neo Psychiko, +302111829109

Street Food


There’s one on every corner. A dazzling array of ingredients to choose from and make your own dream sandwich. The same applies for pies, salads, pastry, coffees, beverages. Those in the city’s centre are usually open 24 hours.


Mama’s food: delicious soups and excellent homemade lahmacun. MoNAStirAki, 23 karori & Eolou Str., +302130318060

Junky the Foodtruck

The favourite vromiko (street food) hangout of the city, Junky the Foodtruck can be found in Syntagma, in the bustling Kolokotronis street. Food is served straight out of an eye-catching Mini Cooper canteen-car – you can’t miss it!

SyNtAgMA, 15 kolokotroni Str., +306946926954, +302130474067


Our national street food, the “souvlaki”, redesigned by highly talented, Michelin starred Greek chefs (owners of some of the most popular high-end cuisines in Athens). Simply delicious, definitely traditional, altogether an epicurean delight.

MoNAStirAki, 9 Plateia Agias Eirinis, Central Athens, +302103240026

Mailo’s The Pasta Project

A rare blend of fresh pasta with the street food culture created right in front of you. Mailo’s open kitchen cooks daily three different kinds of pasta using only organic semolina and water. Choose your kind and move on with adding one of the ten different handmade, signature saucesthe “Truffle Mushrooms” with wild mushrooms and truffle oil is divine.

3 Falirou St., koukaki, +302109234414, Fb: Mailo’s - the Pasta Project, insta: mailos_pasta

Microu Lee

Generous portions and very reasonable prices for Chinese food (the most expensive dish costs €4,90), the best comfort noodles in the world! Note this summer highlights: noodles with chicken and curry, won ton shrimps, fried rice with shrimps, beef soup, sweet potato salad and finally cheesecake with tofu. oMoNiA, 14 Stournari Str., Exarcheia, +302103800672

Piazza Kalamaki

This late-night souvlaki shop that changed the scope of the beloved Greek street food for the better. Offering over 300 combinations of souvlaki, everything your hungry imagination can think of awaits you here: all the familiar and loved dishes like the famous gyro, juicy kebabs and burgers, sausages and meat pies, and even cod! The store’s late operating hours make it a perfect stop for drunk mealsserving until 2am on weekdays and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. First quality materials, impeccable conditions of hygiene and cleanliness and very polite service. With eight locations throughout Piraeus and Athens, as well as an online store accessible through efood.

Thess Bao

Fine dining inside a (bao) bun. Handmade fluffy buns filled with creative stuffing such as the marinated pork in honey and beer roasted for four hours in the oven before being pulled apart and crammed into the bun along with tomato, crispy onions and a cream of greek yogurt and celery. The menu continues with strikingly unexpected combinations. AthENS 30-32 Perikleous Str. Syntagma, +302103214717, thESSAloNiki 3 kalapothaki, +302310235225, 11 lori Margariti, +302310235226, Fb: thessbao, iNStA: @thessbao


Home of the world famous Nobu cuisine, Matsuhisa meets the highest standards for sushi. Highlights: black cod, nice cocktails, fantastic location on the sea front. AstIr PAlAce Hotel, 40 Apollonos str., Vouliagmeni, +302108960510

Greek history meets Greek gastronomy in the center of Athens

Alexander the Great Restaurant is the traditional Greek dining option in the centre of Athens, in the Metaxourgeio area. Its name comes from the Greek king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, who was a key figure in Greek history. The restaurant has been operating successfully for about twenty years and provides its Greek and tourist customers the flavors of Greek philosophy. Appetizers such as “Tzatziki”, “Dolmades”, Greek salads and many more are included in the menu of the restaurant. There, you will also find traditional delicious recipes with grilled meat, fish and seafood, soups and traditional dishes such as “Moussaka”, “Spetsofai” and seasonal dishes, suitable for every taste. Experience Greek gastronomy and hospitality and live a complete dining experience in the heart of Athens, any time of the day.

3 Megalou Alexandrou Str., Kerameikos, +302105203909 Alexander the Great Restaurant alexanderthegreatathens

An eastern experience in the middle of Athens

Near Kaiskaki Square, “Thang Long Vietnamese” is the Vietnamese restaurant that has stolen the hearts of Greeks and tourists who have tried it. Its menu contains a wide variety of unique flavors of the East. Enjoy one of the most classic Vietnamese dishes, “Pho” which consists mainly of noodles, broth and sliced chicken or beef, in top variations such as “Wonton Soup”, with noodles, pork, onions, bok choy, cabbage, coriander and bean sprouts. Also, Shrimp Pancakes with shrimp, carrots, mushrooms and onions is one of the top choices on the restaurant’s menu. You can enjoy the food at the restaurant as well as order from your place with the delivery option. It’ s time to enjoy something new and tasty!

1 Megalou Alexandrou Str., Athens, +302105231803

The Greek Wine Survival Guide

So much morE thAn juSt rEtSinA. how to imPrESS your FriEnDS.

Drinking a glass of good wine gazing at the horizon and philosophizing with friends is one of life's greatest pleasures! After all you are in Greece and it was the Greeks that invented philosophy and “symposia” (literally drinking parties to honor Dionysus, the God of wine) – hence Greece being considered one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions, making its own wine for the past 6,500 years. Ever since the tourism boom in the country during the 1960s, a white wine called “retsina” became almost synonymous to Greek wine and Greece in general, due to its strong resin aroma. But Greek wine has much more to offer. Particularly in recent years, the wine industry has been changing, a shift that is being driven

by a new generation of winemakers that are innovating novel methods of winemaking and reintroducing forgotten varieties. For many years now, top international varieties have been cultivated with great success. Famed sommeliers, wine writers and traders have put Greece firmly on the global “wine map”. So now that you are reading these lines and you are probably already in Greece enjoying the sea, the sun, Greek hospitality and traditional cuisine in some picturesque taverna, embrace the advice of the god Dionysos and celebrate your stay in Greece with some excellent Greek wine from the long list of renowned producers and Greece’s lesser known yet highly promising winemakers that we have picked up for you.

top wine producing regions

Naoussa - Xinomavro

In 1971, the PDO Naoussa region in the heart of Central Macedonia, was recognized by law as the first Greek Protected Designation of Origin with the indication PDO Naoussa and the variety. This indigenous, noble red grape variety produces robust, full-bodied wines which are best known for their superb aging potential and rich tannic character. Some of the top producers are: Dalamaras, Karydas, Kir-Yiannis and Efthimiopoulos.

Nemea - Agioritiko

Among the oldest of Greece’s hundreds of indigenous grapes, the Nemea- Agiorgitiko variety is the only grape allowed to use the Nemea Appellation (PDO Nemea). In Nemea you can find 100 yearold vines and older. Some of the top producers are: Aivalis, Gaia, Palyvos, Skouras and Tselepos.

Santorini - Assyritiko

Assyrtiko, a classy white grape, possibly some of the greatest varieties found in the Mediterranean basin, originated from Santorini. It produces mainly dry white wines, some of which are being aged in oak. There is also Vinsanto, a sweet wine based on Assyrtiko, made from sun dried grapes and can age for decades. Finally Santorini produces the outstanding variety Mavrotragano, one of the highly-touted varieties employed in producing reds. Some of the top producers are: Argyros, Gaia, Hatzidakis, Santo and Sigalas.

3 wine trends in greece

Like the rest of the world, in Greece as well there is a selective tendency for consumers when it comes to wine as they look for “special” ones which will offer a unique experience in the form of a bottle.

Here are some of the Greek labels on the rise: Liatiko Amphorea (Douloufakis), Rhobola (Melissinos), Rhoditis (Tetramythos), Mystirio (Karamolegos), Orange Wine (Anatolikos), Orgion (Sklavou) Xinomavro Rosé (Oenos Nature).

Orange wines are also becoming more popular among the aspired wine consumers. To make orange wine you have to combine the ingredients of white wines and the process of reds. This means that this particular kind is made with white grapes varieties that ferment with their skin and seeds still on. The taste however has nothing to do with the regular white wines or the reds. It is unique. Sour and somewhat dry, fruity and strong. Some of the most promising Greek labels are: ΜΕΤΑ 2011, Pieria Eratini (Pieria Malagouzia), Mithymneon Portokali - Yiannis Lambrou (Lesbos Hydiriotiko), Tatsis Rhoditis (Goumenissa).

Tides have also turned for some rare Greek varieties, some of which we may have never heard before and some, lost in time and forgotten, have “flourished” again due to the efforts of devoted Greek winemakers. As such, it is worth looking for: Villana, Vidiano, Limniona, Liatiko, Kydonitsa, Plito, Mavrotragano, Monemvasia, Negoska.

A bottle of good white wine in the liqueur stores costs between €20-30 and a bottle of red €25-40.

The paradise of fine wine

Oinotypo was set up 27 years ago by Kostas and Konstantina, with the vision of creating a “temple” for every wine lover. It offers a wide variety of over 70 choices of selected bulk wine from all regions of Greece, comparable in quality to renowned bottled wines and, indeed, at excellent prices! Here they age selected wines in new French oak barrels, while their cellar holds more than 1.500 labels from the Greek and international vineyards. And for the tasters and the experts there are rare vintage and fine options, both Greek and international. With the same dedication to alcohol though, a wine cellar has to come along with a great selection of nuts, quality coffee, chocolates and varieties of tea. Of course, all the classic and more “extravagant” drinks are not missing, but also a special collection of rare malt whiskeys.

98 Harilaou Trikoupis Str., Exarcheia, +302103388577 oinotypo


winE GraPEs

White varieties

Assyrtico: The finest white grape from the Island of Santorini, and possibly the cheapest top white wine in the world. Mineral with high acidity, ages well. Try to distinguish an aged assyrtiko to a Chablis Grand Cru.

Malagousia: Aromatic, with a scent of ripe peaches, apricots and green pepper.

Moschofilero: A sweet, aromatic grape, the Greek Gewurztraminer!

Red varieties

Agiorgitico: Rich, deeply coloured, ages well.

Xinomavro: Greece’s answer to Barolo, needs time to develop.


Aivalis, Alpha Estate, Antonopoulos, Arghyros, Biblia Chora, Boutaris, Driopi, Douloufakis, Gaia, Gerovassiliou, Hatzidakis, Hatzimichalis, Katogi Strofilia, Katsaros, Kir-Yanni, Manousakis, Mercouri, Papaioannou, Pavlidis, Samos, Sigalas, Skouras, Sklavos, Thimiopoulos, Tselepos.

My FavOuriTE

White wines

Alpha Estate: Sauvignon


Antonopoulos: Chardonnay


Argyros: Vareli Assyrtico, Ktima

Biblia Chora: Ovilos

Boutaris: Kalisti Reserve

Gaia: Τhalassitis, Wild ferment Assyrtico

Gerovassiliou: Chardonnay, Malagousia

Hatzidakis: Nihteri, Louros

Katsaros: Chardonnay

Kir-Yanni: Samaropetra

Manousakis: Roussanne

Mercouri: Malvasia

Sigalas: Nihteri, Cavalieros

Skouras: Viognier Eclectique

Sklavos: Robola

Red wines

Aivalis: Monopati

Alpha Estate: Xinomavro

Unfiltered, Alpha 1

Antonopoulos: Nea Dris

Avantis: Collection Syrah

Biblia Chora: Ovilos

Boutaris: Classic Grand Reserve, 1879

Driopi: Agiorgitico

Gaia: Agiorgitico

Gerovassiliou: Avaton, Syrah

Karydas: Xinomavro

Katogi Strofilia: Ktima


Kir-Yanni: Diaporos, Blue Fox

Manousakis: Syrah

Mercouri: Refosco

Papaioannou: Mikroklima, Terroir

Sigalas: Mavrotragano

Skouras: Solera aged Labyrinth, Megas Oinos

Thimiopoulos: New age


Tselepos: Kokkinomylos

Sweet wines

Vinsanto: Sun dried grapes from Santorini. These wines have the complexity of olorosos and Tokajs. Top producers: Argiros and Sigalas.

Mavrodaphne: Sweet fortified wines.

Best old like Banyls.

Muscat: Sweet wines from Samos island.

Good and fairly priced

Let us recommend to you some good and fairly priced Greek wines that are easy to pair, fine-bodied and naturally refreshing for an all-hours allure.

Ktima Alpha: Malagouzia

Zafirakis: Paleomilos

Skoura: Armira

Avantis: White

Gaea: Moshofilero

Semeli: Yiorti

Tselepos: Mantinia

Vivlia Chora: White

Pavlides: Thema White

Kyr-Yiannis: Samaropetra

Theodorakakos: Kydonitsa

Wine resto

By the Glass This hot spot for wine lovers offers one of the most updated and exciting wine lists in the city, in a cozy beautiful atrium. You may choose from 250 different wine labels including Greek and international varieties. More than 50 of them are served by the glass. They also serve coffee, spirits and food. From early in the morning till late at night. Syntagma, 3 g. Souri & Philellinon Str., +302103232560

Epta Martyres It was only a matter of time until a group of friends transformed the place into Neos Kosmos' greatest neighborhood hangout. Either way you characterize it, the recently established wine bar is like a neighborhood grocery shop meets a French bistro; it serves fantastic wine varietals, many of which are natural, along with sharing meze meals. 3B menehmou Str., neos Kosmos

Feelin’ Tipsy It's a nice summer's evening, and after you've indulged your shopping cravings at Kolonaki, you may perch on a chair and let the fresh, earthy scent of a fine wine soothe your senses. More than 100 labels from all over the world, 17 of which are presented in glasses, are constantly stocked in the "cellars" of this exquisite wine resto. Serve as an accompaniment with appetizers from around the world or a platter of fine foreign and Greek cheeses and cold cuts. 43 Haritos Str., Kolonaki, +302107299373

Heteroclito Wines from Greek producers, good prices and tasty side-dishes with cheese and cold cuts. Every day from 18:00 till late. Syntagma, 2 Fokionos & Petraki Str., +302103239406

Kiki de Grèce Don’t be fooled by the size of this small wine bistro – it serves over 50 Greek labels by the glass, making it a prime spot for wine lovers. In addition, there is a large map of Greece displayed in the restaurant that honours the many local products on its everevolving menu. Syntagma, 4 Ipitou Str. +302103211279

Materia Prima This authentic bar is always filled with happy faces appreciating a glass of good wine. The extensive wine list includes labels from celebrated Greek wineries as well as an excellent sample from wine producing regions around the world. If you fancy beer or spirits more, you’ll find the list updated for you too, on a weekly basis. Open from 17:00 in the afternoon. Mondays closed. 68 Falirou Str., Koukaki, +302109245935

Oinoscent This is one of the best places in the Historic Centre of Athens that offers a wide variety of fine wines from all over the world, from over a decade. Every single one of them is carefully selected by the hands of the two-time winner of Best Sommelier of Greece, Aris Sklavenitis. Syntagma, 45-47 Voulis Str. +302103229374

An exceptional wine cellar


Come experience a beautiful wine cellar in the heart of Athens! Oinotypo offers more than 1500 varieties of wine made from Greek vineyards across the country, as well as abroad. The wines are expertly preserved in ideal conditions and carry much value for their price. Along with a rare collection of whiskies, Oinotypo also offers a wide range of deli products, from fine Greek cheeses and charcuterie, to nuts, dried fruits, and honeys of excellent quality.

98 Harilaou Trikoupi Str., Athens, +302103388577

Bars & Clubs

Athens: cl AssicAl by dAy & cosmopolitAn by night

athens is the city of enjoying nightlife. Visitors are always welcome to spend crazy nights out. Especially, in the centre of athens you can find many hot spots with a view or unique bars with special cocktails or clubs for partying till the sun comes up. Come on, come and join us!


Athens Cypria Hotel

At the 7th floor of this elegant hotel, located right in the heart of Athens, you will find the magnificent Acropolis View Bar which, as its name implies, provides an amazing Acropolis’s view. Here you are going to enjoy premium labels and signature cocktails which along with the magnificent view will make your night truly unforgettable. SYNTAGMA: 5 Diomias St., +302103238034

Baba au Rum Also among Worlds’ Best Bars, this is the place to try the finest rums you can find in Athens and choose from a huge selection (competing Europe’s largest.) You'll be surprised how well rum goes with chocolate.

SYNTAGMA: 6 Klitiou Str., Athens, +302117109140 the Bar in Front of the Bar A youthful, vibrant street bar that switches up its menu daily while everything there, is made from scratch, from cordials to jams. Numerous led mottos invite passers – by to drink with the stuff.

SYNTAGMA: 1 Petraki Str., Athens, +306980635896 the Clumsies One of the most popular downtown bars in Athens, ranked no4 on the World’s Best Bars. Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis founders and also behind the bar, serving cocktails since 2014, are always a step ahead of the international trends. Kerameikos: 30 Praxitelous

Str., Athens, +302103232682


Bios A multi lever building full of arts, drinks and music. It is highly recommended for party’s. It hosts very often famous djs, live performances, art and new-media exhibitions. Also you can enjoy your drink at the roof garden.

KerAMeiKoS: 84 Pireos Str., +302103425335


tiki Athens Tiki is the first exotica bar in Athens. Many unique events take place at TIKI. Music includes mixing of new and oldest pieces.

Akropoli: 15 Falirou Str., Makrigianni, +302109236908

Upopa epops Spirits and fresh ingridients in a talk of the town bar that is a flash back in old Athens. KerAMeiKoS: 7 Alkminis Str., Petralona, +302121055214

athens seafront

Akrotiri Club Restaurant

Mainstream disco and house music. It offers Mediterranean cuisine and attracts a fashionable crowd. B’5 Vassileos Georgiou Av., Agios Kosmas Beach, +302109859148 the island of Athens

Island The most famous “island” in Athens. A modern club-restaurant that captures the spirit of the Cyclades. Frozen cocktails,

Mediterannean cuisine, lounge music, dance parties, lots of celebrities. 27th km AthensSounio road, Varkiza, +302109653563-4

other athenian niGhtlife Districts

Panormou square


Also known as “The island of Athens”, because of its openair bars. The Wee dram (+302106916509) is an authentic scottish pub, Sensimilia and Santa Botella (+302106981032) are classical choices in the area.

karitsi square


Once the ultimate hipster hotspot, now struggling to hold

fine DrinkinG in athens

The Athenian bartending community is celebrating moments of glory, because those who are part of this scene are young with real passion for their job and at the same time they have experience and great knowledge about drinking. Excellent drinks are offered everywhere, while in the narrow streets of the historical center you will find many bars you can taste a truly amazing cocktail. Discover your own spot on yournext walk.

its position, nevertheless still an option with quality choices. Probably the best is Τhe Gin Joint, with more than 65 varieties of Gin (+302103218646), Tall’s Toy Bar is a tiny favourite (+302130448864), and Pairi Daeza is the oldest bar on the square (+302103210233). mavili AMBeloKiPi

Mavili Square will reward you if you are looking for a slightly sophisticated summer hangout. Briki, the place to be after 1:00 a.m. Legendary bar with loyal patrons, always crowded. A hub for the city’s thirty somethings. (6 Dorileou Str., +30210 6452380). Kyrios, very classy decoration, expensive glasses, jazzy music. Also serves food (Dorileou 2, +30210 6400615). Loras, a classic option of the Athenian nightlife. Journalists meeting point, excellent quality of alcohol (7 Soutsou Str.,+302106428473).

Gay frienDly

noiz Probably the best known club for girls who are looking for girls, also very welcoming to every other sexuality.

KerAMeiKoS: 78 Konstantinoupoleos Str., Gazi, +302103467850

shamone Fun club, theme nights, drag shows, happy ambiance. KerAMeiKoS: 46 KoNSTANTiNouPoleoS STr., GAzi, +302103450144 sodade 2 It’s the most iconic gay club of Athens, but also the

A delightful concept of fragrant cremes, crunchy crusts, and fascinating garnishes

With everything Athens has to offer in terms of sweets, make every stop along the way even sweeter. In this vibrant city, desserts can be found everywhere. Whether at upscale patisseries, park cantinas, museum garden cafés, or family-run pastry shops, there are plenty of options to sate one's sweet tooth. Taste beloved Greek pastries like baklava and kataifi, or welcome the world with real Italian gelato and pastries fit for a Parisian. Enjoy a delicious dessert to cap off a leisurely lunch or go with a Greek coffee and live like a true Athenians. The city offers an amazing array of options for every taste.

Greek DeliGhts


Nuts, almonds, cinnamon, cloves and syrup. One of the most popular pastry desserts.


Deep fried honey rolls served with nuts.


Another popular sweet. A pie filled with custard and then doused in vanilla syrup.

Glyka koutaliou

Various Greek fruits preserved in thick sugary syrup. They come in small jars and are an ideal gift for friends back home.


A fudge made with sesame seed paste, sesame oil and sugar. It is offered as a dessert in many tavernas, after the end of a meal.


Deep fried little doughnuts served with honey, syrup or ice cream.


Rice pudding made of rice boiled in milk, sugar and vanilla, sprinkled with cinnamon. You can find it in dairies and super markets.

Arte Athens A delicious display of colors and flavors of authentic Italian gelato with a twist of Greek tradition. Try the cream with wild cherries or the chocolate sorbet and definitely the crushing Catalino with its three layers of salty caramel. ACROPOLI, 16 Tripodon Str., Plaka, FB: Arte Athens InSTA: @arte_athens

Choureal It was Choureal that first brought the magic of custom-made profiteroles to Athens – and its fresh, handmade pastries have left an indelible mark on the culinary world of the city. For divine eclairs and profiteroles you can customise to your tastes, this patisserie provides the ultimate indulgences to those who visit. SynTAgmA, 18 Ermou & 2 Diomeias Str., +302103317883 / 2 Ifikratous, Halandri, +302106839913

Kookoovaya A pastry shop that originated in Chania, Crete, Kookoovaya’s legendary sweets grew so popular that they can now also be found right in the centre of Athens, only walking distance from the Monastiraki and the Acropolis. Irresistible and

Arte Athens

made with love, get a taste of timehonoured Cretan traditions and try Kookoovaya’s many desserts, from ekmek kataifi to millefeuille to mosaiko, the coveted chocolate treat of many Greek peoples’ childhoods. If you’re feeling especially sinful, the notorious zoumero chocolate cake will not disappoint. SynTAgmA, 1 Skouze Str., +302103318700

Le Greche This is one of the most famous ice-cream shops in Athens. Here you are going to try pure, absolutely fantastic handmade ice cream in many flavors. It’s probably the most tasteful ice cream you have ever taste. You should definitely try it. SynTAgmA: 16 mitropoleos, +302167006458/ AgIA PARASkEvI: 456 mesogeion +302100101617/ nEO PSyCHIkO: 220 Olimpionikon & Lykourgou, +302130416299/ Flagstore +302167006416 / ACROPOLIS: 16 Andrea Syggrou Ave., +302109244989

Madame Fraise The first ghost pastry shop of Athens was set up by two exceptional and well-traveled pastry chefs who make amazing desserts,

classic but also modern, while some of them are even sugar-free following the plant-based philosophy. You order them through Wolt app or through take away. 225 ymittou Str., Pagkrati, +302114186086

Sweet Alchemy The pastry chef who has changed the face of confectionary in Greece, Stelios Parliaros, studied art and pastry-making in France. Author of eight books, since 2008 Parliaros has hosted the weekly Greek TV show “Sweet Alchemies”. He has rightfully earned the title of the top Greek chef pâtissier. EvAngELISmOS, 24 Irodotou Str., kolonaki 2107240205


Here you will find every dessert you have ever dreamed! Cakes, ice creams, pastes, many sweets without sugar, always fresh, with an emphasis on raw materials. Zuccherino has many shops around Athens, but you can see and order the desserts through their. eshop:, +302109830869

Amazing gelato right under Acropolis’s Hill

“Anafiotika” is by far the most beautiful Athenian neighborhood. Right under Acropolis’s Hill, you will recognize this neighborhood by the small alleys and the little houses – all the surroundings look like a Greek Island! Among your several walks in this historical neighborhood don’t forget to pass through Tripodon street – it’s the most ancient street in Athens and it maintains the same name for more than 25 centuries! Here will discover Arte Athens, one of the best gelato shops in the city of Athens. Pure ingredients, sorbet made exclusively with fresh fruits, dozens of amazing flavors. The technique it’s been used for the ice cream may be Italian, but the recipes are inspired by the Greek tradition. You definitely have to try the ice cream with Mascarpone and fig (ricotta and peanut flavor is also an excellent choice) and do not forget to take a photo of the chocolate waterfall – it’s stunning!

Extra tip: If it’s a hot day, try their homemade lemonade – refreshing as a spring breeze!

16 Tripodon str., Plaka, Athens, +302130100700

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One of the top pastry shops in Athens, renowned for its commitment to the quality of its ingredients. Everything is made here daily with fresh eggs and pure milk, but also the best chocolates from all over the world (besides the well-known Valrhona, they also use Noalya, an extra premium chocolate from Tuscany). The delicious freshly baked choux are filled with authentic pastry cream or handmade ice cream of their own production. In the ice cream profiterole, Choureal’s signature recipe, you can choose from ten flavours of ice cream to fill your choux. Add to that the rich variety of chocolates to pour over your profiterole and the dozens of topping options, and you’ll understand that the combinations are endless! Obsession is a one way street! K o YK o YV a Y a

18 Ermou Str. & 2 Diomeias Str., Syntagma, +302103317883

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The paradise of everyone with a sweet tooth!

In the center of Athens, a few steps away from the Acropolis and Monastiraki, you will find the sweetest paradise for all of us who love sweets! You will find many delicious things here, don’t miss the Pavlova, the most ethereal and cool you have ever tasted, but also the awesome Igloo, with a sponge cake and chocolate cream base! Also, the famous Meropi, the three-layer refrigerator dessert with chocolate, white amaretto cream and almonds, as well as Pyramid, a frozen combination of caramel mousse, butter biscuit and walnut, topped with caramel syrup and grated walnut! What else would you like? Maybe a cocktail on those hot summer evenings! Make sure to visit!

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Athens' deep blue waters are rarely seen on trips to the city; instead, its archaeological sites are usually prioritized over any sandy ones. That makes sense –a visit to the Acropolis, the charming Plaka, and a few of the city’s museums would wrap up your stay. Furthermore, it seems sense to prioritize Crete, Mykonos, or Santorini over Athens when considering Greek beaches. However, leaving the ocean-dipping to a Greek island vacation would be a grave mistake in a capital lapped by

the Aegean Sea. After a long day of intense sightseeing, retreat to one of the top beaches on the Athenian coastlines from this list.

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Glyfada You will notice the “Glyfada” sign on your right as you travel along the coastal highway to Glyfada. Make a right turn and begin your parking search. There are a few stones along the shoreline of the broad, sandy beach. There is a lifeguard on duty and free straw umbrellas, though

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sadly not enough for everyone. On Sundays, a lot of people visit the beach, where vendors sell beer and soft drinks as well as, frequently, ice cream. There is another, less crowded beach 500 meters further along the same road.

Mikro Kavouri Turn right at the “Kavouri” sign as soon as you pass the Voula beach. There are two sandy beaches to the right of the Divani Hotel and three more to the left as you face the ocean. Families will love these shallow waters, and the staff at the nearby coffee shops will be happy to take your order.

Megalo Kavouri For families with small children, Megalo Kavouri's shallow waters are a popular destination. The beach is surrounded by a large number of cafes, restaurants and bars, and its flat sand makes it ideal for strolls in the dusk and tanning. Skip the weekend visits to this beach if you want a more sedate, less congested experience.

Mavro Lithari Many people are surprised to learn that Mavro Lithari allows free access to its white sand beach and crystal-clear blue waters. Keep in mind that getting to this beach by car or taxi can often be more

efficient because it is not easily accessible by public transportation.

Sounio Sounion is totally free and open to the public. It is bounded by the Cape of Sounio, which protrudes into the Aegean Sea at the end of the Attican peninsula. This is about as far away from Athens as you can go without a boat, only a few hundred meters from the magnificent archaeological site known as the Temple of Poseidon and 70 kilometers from the city. The Temple of Poseidon, which is visible from the beach, is what distinguishes Sounion from the other


a rocky outcrop with a view of the ocean, Limanakia is a well-liked hangout for LgbTQia+ people and people in the nude. You can walk there from Vouliagmeni.

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Legrena has a long stretch of unorganized coast close to the Temple of Poseidon. Legrena is nearly deserted during the week, though the beaches can get crowded on weekends. Locals enjoy sipping cocktails at the surrounding restaurants while staring out to sea, and naturists relish tanning in the nude at Legrena's shingle-style KaPe beach.

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The beach at ramnounta, east of Marathon, is an ancient site encircled by ongoing excavation projects (which are closed to the public). its secluded pebble beaches and azure waters provide the ideal setting for unwinding. although ramnounta is a popular destination for naturists and couples in athens, it is undoubtedly hard to find.

beaches on this list. It gives you the impression that you are taking in both sunlight and Greek culture.

Limanakia The first cove, which is followed by two more, is immediately after the Vouliagmeni beach and directly across from the lake of the same name. The third cove is suitable for nudists. You will jump into the sea from these little, rocky bays. Though there are more coves along the route where you may find more privacy, all three of them are very well-known and crowded. Be careful when descending.

KAPE, Legrena Turn right at the sign that reads “KAPE Property” on the road leading to Sounio, immediately after the settlement of Harakas and before Legrena. After a short distance on the dirt road, park. If this is your first visit, especially during the week when it's not too busy, you'll undoubtedly be perplexed as to how a beautiful beach like this can be found only an hour's drive from Athens' downtown. Looking out to sea, there's another beach that's open to nudists on the right. Don't forget to pack supplies.

Althea (Skalakia, Agia Marina),

Koropi This little bay, which is located at the start of the Municipality of Kropia right after Varkiza, is sure to impress. It has a slight Cycladic feel to it. You'll descend a short flight of stairs to reach the beach. Remember to bring supplies with you!

Erotospilia, Porto Rafti Situated just one kilometer from Porto Rafti, there's a sandy beach with rocks, tree-shaded areas and little caves. If you're not a fan of crowds, stay away from this beach on weekends. Additionally, there's a packed beach bar.

Alepochori and Psatha, Vilia, Attica Approximately 60 kilometers west of Athens, on the other side of Attica. Both beaches are enormous, with organized sections complete with sunbeds and umbrellas, cool waters and plenty of room to spread out your towel. There are also pleasant taverns with tables by the seaside at the edge of Psatha.

Eden (Paleo Faliro) Edem, the nearest beach to the center of Athens, is a sandy beach with crystal-clear waters

that sits close to the border of the Palio Faliro and Alimos districts. Edem is a very charming beach and one of the easiest free beaches to reach by public transportation. Apart from swimmers, you can probably spot people taking in the warm weather and sea breeze while strolling along the charming waterfront promenade or competing against one another on a sizable chessboard set into the pavement.

Vouliagmeni The public beach at Vouliagmeni, which is located across from the well-known Astir beach, is cozier and less expensive. This beach is ideal for families and friends alike, offering a beachside bar, rentable daybeds and crystal clear waters for a fun day trip.

Organized beaches

Akti tou Iliou It is the closest beach to the heart of Athens and it is situated in Alimos. A water park, a number of eateries and cafés and a store selling beachwear can all be found here. Weekday admission is 6 euros, and weekend admission is 8 euros. For those over 65 and children aged 5 to 12, the price is 4 euros, respectively. Sunbeds come with an extra cost of 2 euros during the week and 4 euros on the weekend. 62 Poseidonos ave., alimos, +302109855169,

Akti Vouliagmeni The favorite beach in Vouliagmeni is open all year round. It is incredibly well-run and has recently added a new, purpose-built area called Gold Beach, which offers special access, services and advantages. Weekday admission to Akti Vouliagmeni costs 10 euros and weekend admission costs 15 euros. Reduced tickets cost 5 and 8 euros respectively. The entry fee to the Gold Coast is 50 euros during the week and 65 euros on the weekends.

2 Poseidonos ave. & apollonos str. Vouliagmeni, +302108960769,

Astir Beach The most popular summer destination on the Athenian Riviera, it has been making history since 1959 and offers all the comforts you could want, including opulent eateries, pubs and cafés. The best location if you want to swim alongside TV stars and other somewhat well-known

figures. Youngsters under four enter free of charge. Depending on availability, a set that includes two sunbeds and an umbrella costs 50 euros per day for adults and 12.50 euros for kids aged five to twelve. The rates are 80 euros and 20 euros on weekends, respectively. The cost of reservations made online is higher: 70 euros for daily reservations and 140 euros for weekends.

40 Apollonos Str. Lemos Vouliagmenis, +302108901619,

Varkiza Resort (Yabanaki)

A huge, magnificent, shallow-water sandy beach with a plethora of activities to fulfill every need. Yabanaki is a yearround destination with a variety of eateries, bars, beach bars, playgrounds, water sports, spas and retail stores. On weekdays, admission costs 7.50 euros, and on weekends, it costs 8.50 euros, which includes one sunbed under an umbrella. A total of 10 euros extra will be charged if you wish to reserve an entire set of umbrellas and sunbeds. Varkiza Resort, +302108972414,


Aquapolis, the only waterpark in Athens, has been the sensation of summer since its opening next to the Attica Zoological Park, the largest zoo in Greece. The star attraction? The King Cobra. This thrilling slide dominates the park, offering a stomach-churning drop into the beast's belly, followed by a high-flying swoop between its fangs. Imagine a skate ramp on steroids—on an inflatable! Visitors can't get enough, racing up and down the stairs to perfect their moves for the ultimate TikTok or Boomerang moment. Capture their daring descents or join them on double inflatables. Aquapolis is expertly divided into the Adrenaline Speed Zone, a delightful Family Adventure Zone, and a relaxing pool area. Don't miss the Rafting Ride and the neon-lit Magic Cone and its brand new Virtual Reality corner! Located 20 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the airport. Open June through end of September-early October. Thesi Yalou, Spata, +302106633250

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Grand Resort Lagonissi

This beach, which stretches across the whole Lagonissi peninsula, is almost unbelievable in its proximity to Athens and equally remarkable in terms of its aesthetics. The beach is great for a full day's visit because it provides a variety of facilities, such as the traditional beach chair and umbrella as well as an assortment of adult-only water sports. A movie theater, volley court, beach bar, restrooms, medical support, and complimentary Wi-Fi are among the additional amenities. Enjoy the waterfront view and sea breeze while relaxing by the Grand Pier jetty-bar, which also features soft music, fresh juice, and a breathtaking sunset. There are several places to eat, including Poseidon Tavern, which offers a more laid-back dining experience. On weekdays, a set of sunbeds and an umbrella will cost approximately 40 euros, and on weekends, 80 euros. +302291076000,


National Observatory, Thission Visitors’ Center

It is located north of the Hill of Pnyx, where Meton used his heliotrope to conduct the first astronomical observations of the classical Greek era, and directly across the Parthenon on the Hill of the Nymphs. Discover the Geoastrophysics Museum and the Observatory Library, which house a range of scientific instruments from the 19th and 20th centuries along with historically significant books and documents.

Open-air cinemas

A movie night out! Cine Pari and Cine Thission are two of the most celebrated open-air cinemas in the city. Actually these two are the only open-air cinemas in central Athens with a stunning view to the Acropolis. The price you pay for enjoying a fantastic movie under a starry summer sky is substantial, though. You might as well turn away from the film and overlook the entire narrative.

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Despite being located in the center of a bustling modern metropolis, a particularly significant archaeological site is oddly enough the least frequented. Located on the northwest edge of the capital, Kerameikos was the ancient Athens cemetery. It's on your right if you follow Ermou Street past the Monastiraki train station. Its natural surroundings, which include a tiny portion of the Eridanos stream, birds, turtles, frogs, and an enormous variety of vibrant flora, prove to be equally tranquil and almost magical.


By the “rocks of Piraiki”, the charming, historic community east of Piraeus' main port, an eastside tale is being told. From the Naval Academy to Alexandras Square, a scenic 5-kilometer paved “vein” winds along the picturesque seashore. This route is perfect for strolls, especially in the late afternoon when the entire Attica, from Faliro to Glyfada, is covered in sunset hues. The remains of the ancient

Themistoclean Wall blend harmonically in a long frame of beloved fish tavernas, coffee shops, and cocktail lounges, while vintage street lambs cast a soft yellow glow over your footsteps.

The flea-markets at Elaionas and Tavros

Every weekend the Elaionas and Tavros districts in southwest Athens are quilted with a colorful patchwork of people, boisterous voices, music, the smell of souvlaki and barbecued meat, and cars parked in total “anarchy” in all directions. The scene of a unique treasure hunt for the explorers of the “irreplaceable” includes antiques, crockery, furniture, decorative items of all kinds, vinyls, typewriters, and turntables, books and comics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, artwork and paintings, and various tools—pretty much anything you can imagine.

Cape Sounio

Situated on the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, you can find your-

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self staring at the sunset in awe, surrounded by the ancient ruins of the majestic Temple of Poseidon. The drive is just 70 kilometers from the city center, along a seaside road that reveals the bluest waters. Enjoy fresh fish and side dishes at the traditional tavernas lining the coast, or take a dip in the perfect, crystal-clear waters of the nearby beaches at Legrena or Lavrio.

The old Euripos bridge at Chalkida

It is truly amazing to watch the unique Euripos tidal phenomenon from the old sliding bridge. The unique tide effects, which occur nowhere else in the world, are on full display six to seven times a month, with the strait's current changing direction up to 14 times in a single day. The old Euripos bridge is one of the few sliding bridges still standing in the world. Chalkida is a great place for a day trip; it offers beautiful walks along the waterfront surrounded by street performers and dapper fishermen. A succession of vi-

brant umbrellas reveals an unending array of cafes and fish restaurants, perfect for a typical Greek hangout.

Isthmia and the Corinth Canal

The submersible bridge over the Corinth Canal is another bridge that one should absolutely “cross." In fact, there are two of these bridges: the bridge of Posidonia on the Corinthian side and the bridge of Isthmia by the Saronic Gulf, which are both surrounded by lovely neighborhood tavernas and refreshment areas. Unquestionably a must-see location is the 6.4 km long Corinth Canal, with its imposing rocky walls rising 90 meters above sea level. Through the slender 25-meter Corinth isthmus, which was formerly a crucial shipping channel leading into the Aegean Sea, the canal connects the Corinthian Gulf with the Saronic Gulf.

Parnitha Cable car

If you have some extra time while in Athens, hiking the rich pine forest along the mountain trails of Parnitha's

National Park sounds energizing and very intriguing—not just for the unique landscape with its incredibly rich flora and fauna, but also for the exuberant view of Attica, far, far away. You have two options for getting to this amazing summit: drive your own vehicle or, for the ultimate thrill, take the cable car. The “Mont Parnes” Casino is the first and only stop. It is a worthwhile “adventure” to walk the mountain paths to the two stunning refuges of Bafi and Flabouri or to test your luck.

The beach at Varnavas White sand and remarkably pristine deep blue waters. The picturesque village of Varnavas is located about 12 kilometers from one of the most stunning and spotless beaches in all of Attica where you’ll enjoy cool swims and fresh fish at the neighborhood tavernas. An excellent chance to explore the historical sites nearby, including the church dedicated to St. Peter and Paul and the Archaic tower dating back to the fifth century BC.

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Folegandros Tucked between Santorini and Milos, Folegandros is a serene island paradise that has managed to retain its authentic Greek charm. With its picturesque main village, Chora, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, and pristine beaches such as Agkali and Livadaki, Folegandros offers a tranquil escape from the crowds.

Amorgos Known for its rugged beauty and spiritual ambiance, Amorgos is a hidden gem in the Cyclades archipelago. Explore its labyrinthine alleys, visit the stunning Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa clinging to the cliffs, and unwind on secluded beaches like Agia Anna and Mouros, where crystal-clear waters beckon weary travelers to relax and rejuvenate.

Astypalaia Dubbed the “Butterfly of the Aegean” due to its unique shape, Astypalaia is a lesserknown island that captivates visitors with its unspoiled beauty and traditional charm. Explore its whitewashed villages, discover hidden coves and pristine beaches, and marvel at the imposing Venetian castle that overlooks the island—a testament to its rich history and heritage.

Ikaria Named after the mythical Icarus who fell into the sea nearby, Ikaria is a tranquil haven where time seems to stand still. Known for its laid-back lifestyle, pristine nature, and longevity-promoting diet, Ikaria offers a glimpse into the simple pleasures of Greek island living. Explore its rugged coastline, soak in natural hot springs, and immerse yourself in the local culture at traditional festivals and tavernas.

Symi Nestled near the coast of Turkey, Symi is a gem of the Dodecanese known for its colorful neoclassical architecture and tranquil atmosphere. Wander through its charming harbor town, Symi Town, with its pastel-hued houses and vibrant bougainvillea, and explore hidden gems like the Panormitis Monastery and secluded beaches like Nanou and Marathounda.

Kythira Located off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, Kythira is a lesser-known island steeped in myth and legend. Explore its enchanting villages, visit the medieval castle of Chora, and discover hidden gems like the waterfalls of Fonissa and the stunning beaches of Kaladi and Fyri Ammos, where emerald waters meet golden sands in secluded coves.

Tilos With its pristine landscapes, rich biodiversity, and welcoming atmosphere, Tilos is a hidden paradise in the Dodecanese waiting to be explored. Explore its medieval castles, hike through lush valleys and rugged mountains, and relax on deserted beaches like Agios Antonios and Plaka, where you can enjoy the serenity of island life away from the crowds.

Chios Known as the “Mastic Island” due to its unique cultivation of mastic trees, Chios is a hidden gem in the northeastern Aegean with a wealth of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Explore its medieval villages, visit the UNESCO-listed Mastichochoria, and discover hidden treasures like the Nea Moni monastery and the picturesque beaches of Mavra Volia and Emporios.

Greece is renowned for its stunning islands, each boasting its own charm and character. While Santorini and Mykonos may steal the spotlight, there are countless islands waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers seeking the authentic Greek experience. From secluded beaches to traditional villages and unspoiled landscapes, here are some hidden gems of the Greek islands that promise to enchant and delight.


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Situated on the southeasterly portion of the Peloponnesian peninsula, the island and its adjacent waters harbor a multitude of archaelogical relics that merit exploration. It is thought that the ancient underwater city of Pavlpetri, which dates to the early third century BC, was washed away by the sea at some point around 1000 BC. Another interesting place to visit is Elafonisos’ main church, Agios Spyridon. This church is spread across a narrow, discrete piece of land connected by a bridge that crosses a turquoise sea.

Antiparos Antiparos is a small and charming island located in the heart of the Cyclades, just a short ferry ride away from its more famous neighbor, Paros. Despite its proximity to Paros, Antiparos maintains a laidback and tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking relaxation and authentic Greek island life. The island's interior is dotted with traditional villages, olive groves and vineyards, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities for exploration and discovery. The famous Antiparos Cave, a natural wonder with striking stalactites and stalagmites, is a mustsee for the daring.

Donoussa Ten miles north of Amorgos and east of Naxos, on the southeast coast of the Cyclades archipelago, sits the small island of Donoussa, with only 163 residents. The island is made up of cliffs, hills, and mountains and is only 13.75 km in size. The main village of Donoussa, Stavros, has a small harbor from which ferries to Naxos and Amorgos depart. There is a single ferry on the island that transports guests to each of the sandy beaches with pristine waters.

Schinoussa In the middle of the Small East Cyclades archipelago is Schinoussa. It is a location that genuinely provides peaceful and restful vacations. Belonging to the municipality of Naxos, the journey to the island by ferry from Piraeus takes eight hours. Because of its narrow outlet, Mersini's port is one of the best harbors for small ferries in the entire Aegean Sea.

Keros Named Kereia or Keria in the ancient times, this tiny island northwest of Amorgos is of particular interest to archeology buffs. Keros was first mentioned in an inscription in 425 B.C. that listed the taxpayers of city-states that were allies of Athens. Particularly mountainous, its richness in antiquity came from having one of the most valuable stones in the world - white marble.

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Unspoiled landscapes, spotless shorelines and undiscovered splendor can be found on the small Aegean islands that manage to withstand unbridled tourism growth while preserving their original essence


Unknown to most, the island of Polyaigos is a favorite among those who appreciate the splendors of Kimolos and Milos. The admiring gaze is drawn even before you approach it to the white vertical cliffs rising imposingly above a sea that resembles an azure oasis within the blue of the Aegean's deeper waters. Τhe coasts unfold a strange yet charming formation of rocks creating also enchanting sea caves, with the most famous among them being the cave of Fanara on the northern side of the island. Fanara's size allows boats to sail through, so it has been captured innumerable times in visitor photos. Diamantospilia, with its tiny quartz crystals glistening on its rocks, is another sight to behold further north. Pano Mersini (also called Myrsini), which faces the islet of Manolonisi, is the most well-liked beach on Polyaigos because of its proximity to Kimolos. Many private boats and yachts make it a popular summer destination due to its white sand and tranquil, turquoise waters that are typically shielded from the strong Aegean winds. Kato Mersini is a stretch of (also) white sand with an amazing sea located a little further south. Hikers can follow a path from Pano Myrsini to the Panagia T' Avlaki beach.


The island is perfect for hiking because of its small size. You will pass through fascinating caves, distinctive beaches, Byzantine chapels, ruins of ancient settlements, and stunning scenery that is protected by the Natura 2000 program. Start at the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi and travel for approximately two hours to reach Malta Beach or take the ancient cobblestone path from Kastro to Alopronia. The ideal location to witness a breathtaking sunset is at Panagia Pantochara, a tiny chapel that Odysseas Elytis erected on the route from Kastro to the Monastery of Chrysopigi. The ancient city's ruins can also be found atop Agia Marina's hill. Sikinos is an incredibly friendly island with a vibrant cultural scene and friendly locals. They host top-notch festivals, keep the island's trails easily accessible to tourists, and plan the annual “Documentary Days” film festival in the island's open spaces each summer. For the record, free wireless broadband internet access is provided by the municipality to both locals and guests.


One of Greece's most graceful little islands, Halki is a great place for people looking for a different kind of summer -a summer of complete peace and relaxation in an environment full of glistening seas, untamed scenery, enchanted mountain paths, mouthwatering cuisine- all of which you can explore “on foot”. There is only one settlement on the island (this is how small Halki is), the well-known Nimborio, also known as Emporio by the locals, which is located directly across from the port. A charming village with brightly colored homes and distinctive Dodecanese architecture, as well as lovely balconies with flower pots in bloom and winding cobblestone lanes that stretch out until they meet the azure waters of the Aegean. While in Halki, spend some time swimming in the sea around the stunning Alimia, the little island sandwiched between Halki and Rhodes. To enjoy swimming in glistening waters and lounging on the expansive, sandy beach of the island, you can rent a boat from Nimborio. Because the island is deserted and there are no supplies to be found, try to pack at least one umbrella and some water or coffee. A small

saltwater lake, one of the 37 natural wetlands in the Dodecanese, can be found on the northwest edge of the island's former settlement, which has been abandoned since the 1940s, if you feel like taking a stroll.


Known historically as Kelaris, the island of Telendos was formerly connected to Kalymnos until a powerful earthquake in the 6th century AD submerged the land between (to create another amazing Greek island for summertime getaways!) A boat departing from Myrties in Kalymnos regularly connects the two islands; the trip takes about eight minutes. The island is notable for its charming town with old-fashioned taverns, ancient ruins, historical monuments and…happy, lethargic cats. Stroll the trails, climb the stunning vertical cliffs, and take in the Aegean view while in the pine forest. Since cars are not permitted on Telendos, you must travel by private boat or follow

the paths to explore the island's beaches. We recommend staying on the beach for the entire day to take in the crimson sunset.


It is regarded as one of the Dodecanese's most genuine and environmentally friendly travel destinations. Nestled between Rhodes and Kos, Tilos is one of the smaller islands in the Dodecanese chain. Together with four hundred different kinds of flowers and herbs, the island's tall mountain masses, fertile coastal plains, rocky coasts, and expansive sandy beaches create a natural habitat for many endangered bird species, including the Bonelli's Eagle, Eleonora's Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, European Shag, Bee-eater, and Heron. It is a sizable ecological park that is safeguarded by international treaties and the first energy-green island in the Mediterranean. The dwarf elephants, the last remaining elephants in Europe,

resided here. These days, it's a serene island with charming towns and enchanted beaches, perfect for leisurely getaways. The island's capital, Megalo Chorio, is notable for its stone-built homes' straightforward island architecture, which lends charm to relaxed pace strolls along its winding streets. The Knights of St. John erected a mediaeval castle atop the hill on the location of the island's historic acropolis. Megalo Chorio is home to an Archaeological Museum featuring paleontological finds from the Charkadio Cave, along with other educational materials about the excavations at the cave, as well as a small archaeological collection of vases, inscriptions, sculptures, and more from various parts of the island. Combine your visit to the Museum with a stop at the Charkadio Cave (2 km SE) to see the remains of deer and dwarf elephants that lived 45,000-4,000 years ago, as well as Neolithic ceramics and stone tools.


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Bringing a piece of Greek culture back home

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, Athens has something special for you to take home

Olive Oil and Olive Products

Greece is known for its extra-virgin olive oil, and Athens is the ideal “market place” to purchase some of the best available. Other olive products, such as marinated olives in jars, olive soaps and a wide range of beauty products made with olive oil, would also be wonderful gifts to loved ones.


Prized for its unique flavor, Greek honey is influenced by the diverse flora of the country. Varieties such as thyme honey or pine honey are particularly popular. Look for beautifully packaged jars at local markets or specialty shops.

Handmade Jewelry

Athens boasts numerous jewelry shops where you can find exquisite handmade pieces inspired by ancient Greek designs. Whether it's a pair of

earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet, Greek jewelry often incorporates striking motifs like the Greek key (Meander motif) or mythological symbols.

Komboloi (Worry Beads)

Komboloi, or Greek worry beads, are a traditional item used to relieve stress and keep hands busy. Made from a variety of materials such as amber, wood, or glass, these beads come in many colors and designs, making them a thoughtful and authentic souvenir.

Ceramics and Pottery

Greek pottery is an art form that dates back to ancient times. In Athens, you can find beautiful ceramic pieces, including vases, plates, and decorative items that replicate ancient Greek designs. These pieces are perfect for adding a touch of history to your home decor.

Textiles and Embroidery

Handcrafted textiles and embroidered linens are another traditional Greek craft. You can find tablecloths, pillow covers, and other home textiles with intricate patterns and vibrant colors, reflecting Greece’s rich cultural heritage.

Greek Wine and Spirits

Greece has a long tradition of winemaking. Wines such as Assyrtiko from Santorini or Agiorgitiko from Nemea are must-tries. Additionally, you might want to pick up a bottle of Ouzo, Greece’s famous anise-flavored spirit, or Mastiha, a liqueur made from mastic resin.

Replica Antiquities

For history enthusiasts, Athens offers high-quality replicas of ancient Greek sculptures, pottery, and other artifacts. These items are often crafted by skilled artisans and make for impressive and educational keepsakes.

Local Art

Athens has a vibrant contemporary art scene. Consider purchasing a piece of local artwork, whether it's a painting, sculpture, or even street artinspired pieces. These works not only support local artists but also provide a modern take on the city's cultural heritage.

Books on Greek History and Mythology

For a more intellectual souvenir, books about Greek history, mythology, or even cookbooks featuring Greek cuisine make excellent purchases. You can find beautifully illustrated editions that serve as both informative and decorative items.

Where to Shop

Monastiraki Flea Market

A bustling market area with a wide variety of shops selling everything from antiques to souvenirs.

Plaka One of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens, known for its charming streets filled with shops offering traditional Greek products.

Ermou Street A major shopping street with a mix of high-end stores and smaller boutiques where you can find unique items.



Asklipieio Voulas 1 Vassileos Pavlou Str., Voula, +302132163000

KAT 2 Nikis Str., Kifissia, ΚΑΤ, +302106280000


Evangelismos 45-47 Ipsilantou Str., Evangelismos, +302132041000


Albania 7 Vekiareli Str., Filothei, +302106876200

Australia 1-3 Kifissias Str., +302108704000

Austria 4 Vas. Sofias Str., +302107257270

Belgium 3 Sekeri Str., Kolonaki, +302103617886

Geniko Kratiko-Gennimatas 154 Mesogion Str., Ethniki Amyna, +302132032000

Ippokratio 114 Vas. Sofias Str., Ambelokipi, +302132088000

Laiko 17 Agiou Thoma Str., Ambelokipi, +302132060800

Tzanio Afentouli & 1 Tzani Str., Piraeus, +302132081000

Bulgaria 33A Stratigou Kallari Str., Psyhiko, +302106748106

Canada Ioannou 4 Gennadiou Str., +302107273400

Cyprus Xenofontos 2A,+302103734800

Czech Republic 6 Seferi Str., Psyhiko, +302106719701

Denmark 10 Mourouzi Str., +302107256440

France 7 Vas.Sofias Str., +302103391000

Germany Karaoli & Dimitriou 3 Str., Kolonaki, +302107285111


Agia Sofia Thivon & Papadiamandopoulou Str., Goudi, +302132013000

Aglaia Kyriakou Thivon & Levadias Str., Goudi, +302132009000


Alexandra 80 Vas. Sofias Str., Megaro Moussikis, +302132162000

Hungary 25 Karneadou Str., Kolonaki, +302107256800

China 2A Krinon Str., Psyhiko, +302106723282

Ireland 5-7 Vas. Konstantinou Str., +302107232771

Israel 1 Marathonodromon Str., Psyhiko, +302106705500

Italy 2 Sekeri Str., Kolonaki, +302103617260

Japan Ethnikis Antistaseos Str., +302106709900

Netherlands 5-7 Vas. Konstantinou Str., +302107254900

Norway 23 Vas. Sofias Str., +302107246173

Poland 22 Chrysanthemon Str., Psyhiko, +302106797700

Aiport Police +302103536919 Coast Guard 108 ELPA (roadside assistance) 10400

Railways OSE 14944

Piraeus Port Authority +302104593000 Rafina Port Authority +302294023605 Lavrio Port Authority +302292025249

Eleftherios Venizelos 14944 International Airport +302103530000

Elena Venizelou Elena Venizelou sq. 2, Ambelokipi, +302106432220

Iaso 37-39 Kifisias Str., +302106184000

Leto 7-13, Mouson Str. , +302106902000

Mitera Kifissias & 6 Erithrou Stavrou Str., +302106869000

Romania 7 Em. Benaki Str., Psyhiko, +302106728875

Russia 28 Nikiforou Lytra Str., Psyhiko, +302106725235

Serbia 106 Vas. Sofias Str., +302107774344

Slovakia 4 Georgiou Seferi Str., Psyhiko, +302106771980

South Africa 60 Kifissias Str., Marousi, +302106106645

Spain 21 Dionysiou Areopagitou Str., +302109213123

Sweden 7 Vas. Konstantinou Str., +302107266100

Switzerland 2 Iasiou Str., +302107230364

Turkey 8 Vas.Georgiou Str., +302107263000

UK 1 Ploutarhou Str., +302107272600

USA 91 Vas. Sofias Str., +302107212951

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