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“Becoming An Insider”

by Victoria Hislop

I am no longer a tourist in Athens. My status changed when I paid my first monthly rent for a flat in Patissia. For almost five years I had been visiting Athens on an almost monthly basis and realised I could write a detailed guide to the city’s hotels. It was time to have my own bookshelves, a toothbrush that sat permanently in a glass, a supermarket where I know people by name, a tailor who turns up my hems and a place to get shoes mended. All these things change have changed my connection with the city. On my wall, I have an enormous map of Athens. I still get very lost but sometimes this is when I discover how one place actually links with another. For example, how Kolonaki sits next to Exarchia, which always surprises me. If there’s time, I love to walk to my destination. It’s a way to observe, a way to take in smells (good as well as bad), and to listen. For someone learning the language, even small snatches of conversation are educational! If I wander out during the day for a coffee, my favourite area is Fokionos Negri, which is lined with cafes and a great place just to pass the time. And in the evening, I am very lucky to have so many Athenian friends who share with me their favourite places, such as tavernas like “Ta Kanaria” in Metaxourgio or “Lefkes” in Galatsi. It would be impossible to stumble upon such places without somebody “in the know”. It’s the same with bars. I am always astonished by the sheer number of tiny, hidden away places to have a drink in Athens. There are no such places in London, and definitely not as many places with such individual style and design. The most exciting thing for me as someone who knew the centre of the city so well (Syntagma, Hermou, Plaka, Kolonaki) is to find the areas where tourists never go and to find myself the only foreigner. There is nothing that ruins an evening for me faster than hearing English or American voices in a restaurant. When I am in Athens, I am happy to drown in the sounds of the city and its language.

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As a part-time resident, I have discovered the joys of sitting under the stars and watching a film (the thrill of this will never wear off, I just can’t believe it’s possible to sit for two whole hours and enjoy a film in the open air without the possibility of getting rained on!). Going to see plays is another huge pleasure for me. The range and quality of productions in Athens is at least as good as it is in London and there is the added benefit for me of adding more words to my vocabulary. To watch a tragedy by Evripidis or Aeschylus in Greek, in Greece, is spine-tingling, even without complete fluency in the language. I no longer wake up with a view of the Acropolis outside my window, but it is much more thrilling to walk to the end of my street, turn right and see it there, in the distance, day after day, beautiful both during the day and when it is floodlit at night. As a foreigner, a traveller, I still appreciate Athens as an outsider and I am hoping this will never change. I still walk the soft marble streets of Plaka, drink coffee in Monastiriki and appreciate the Parthenon. Perhaps more than ever I am moved by its antiquity and its beauty, in contrast with all the economic and political problems which the city faces. I often go to the Acropolis Museum for several reasons: for the café (it does have one of the best views in the city), the experience of being inside such a superb piece of modern architecture and of course for the exhibits. I go to the Benaki Museum in Vasilissis Sofias for their temporary exhibitions and to the Museum of Cycladic Art because I simply enjoy being there, in a tranquil state, away from the stress of the streets, with the small, calming sculptured figures from another age. I love all the same things I enjoyed as tourist, but I am discovering so much more as well… Victoria Hislop Author of the “Sunrise”, “The Thread” & “The Island”


Athens vs London


Here it is always sunny. It is like Miami, with the exception of palm trees. Therefore your suitcase will be lighter and you won’t need an umbrella like in London. Here your hair won’t frizz because of the humidity. Intolerable London! You can always shop around and profit from closing down sales and special discount deals. After all, Greeks cannot, due to the crisis. You can have a full meal on the go for just 2 euro. This is called souvlaki and it’s delicious. Here we have the best ski resorts just in 2 hours driving away from Athens and at very good prices. Furthermore, you can be in Nafplion in less than two hours and enjoy your ride to the sea and the narrow streets and taste all the traditional delicacies. In Athens 2015 you can attend shows and events, almost as many as in Berlin-and for all budgets, starting from 10 euros. You can always make a short trip to Santorini, have an express marriage and take pictures with the most beautiful sunset in the world as background. Meanwhile, all the Greek islands lay at your feet, whereas from London; at most, you can go to Scotland. Like it’s such a big deal… You can do your nails for only 15 euros. You can actually find a nail salon almost in every corner, because during the crisis, these enterprises were multiplied. In Athens the monthly card for unlimited travel with all public transportation modes is the cheapest, probably, in Europe. And if that sounds crazy … Well, I shall tell you the price; only 30 euros for a month for all modes. In London, in case you want to have a beer on the street -oops risky!-, you have to hide it in a paper bag. Instead, here you can enjoy your drinks without any fear and guilt while sitting on a bench. Here you can stay in the city center without paying a fortune not only in fetching hotels, but also in the most charming airbnb houses. You can take your coffee beside the ancient ruins, as well; a bit more expensive, but definitely more fun (see Plaka). If you are lucky and there isn’t any general strike or any anti-austerity protest, you can cross the whole center on foot. Last but not least, in the Acropolis Museum, you will realize the reason why all the ancient Greek artifacts exposed in the British Museum should be returned. ‘Cause they belong here under this sun. Enjoy!


NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE [22-24 Agiou Konstantinou St, Athens]

1/ Homer’s Odyssey || 16/10/2015 – 22/04/2016 As a continuation of the absolutely successful Cycle of Reading of Homer’s “Iliad”, 24 Greek leading actresses (most of whom participated in the “Iliad”, as well), present 24 rhapsodies of “Odyssey”, in cooperation with a man - partner of their choice, in the emblematic translation of Maronite. The important and internationally recognized work of Homer, which constitutes the beginning of literature and poetry, comes alive every Friday at 18:00 in the Events Hall of the National Theatre of Greece, until April 22, 2016. Performed by some of the best Greek actresses. 2/ Richard III by William Shakespeare || 12/12/2015 – 14/02/2015 Peace and prosperity appear to have returned to England after a long civil war. This prosperity is guaranteed by King Edward, of the house of York. However, the king’s younger brother Richard is thirsty for power. Because he is not high in the order of succession, he ruthlessly and with a seductive charm employs violence, diplomacy, persuasion, pretense and every mean at his disposal to surmount the many obstacles that bar his way to the crown. A play directed by Yannis Chouvardas, with a variety of exceptional actors such as Karyofyllia Karampeti, Dimitris Lignadis, Themis Bazaka and others.


ONASSIS Cultural Centre

[107 Syngroy Avenue]

1/ Angelo Plessas: Installation of the Year || 28/9/2015 – 30/6/2016 The international visual artist transforms the golden shell of the Onassis Cultural Centre with his new multimedia creation. Angelo Plessas exhibits his creation EtherealSunrise.com in the foyer of the building. It consists of moving images which bring to mind an ethereal daybreak and awaken the need for rebirth and catharsis. At the same time, he also exhibits his site-specific installation I AMness at the Onassis Foundation, New York, in the context of the Narcissus Now Festival. 2/ Digital Revolution || 20/10/2015 – 10/1/2016 Come in. Touch. Interact. An experience for the whole family that will blow your mind! From Pac-Man, Super Mario and Tetris to Gravity and Inception, from Björk to Black Eyed Peas, from Steve Jobs to the Augmented Reality and the Industrial Revolution to 3D printing, the “Digital Revolution” exhibition presents the impact of digital technology on the evolution of the Arts, design, music, fashion, film and video games. The future is here and it’s made out of algorithms and pixels. After London and Stockholm, the revolutionary and highly interactive exhibition of digital arts came on the OCC! 26 years after the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, which is the beginning of the today’s Internet, “Digital Revolution” exhibition captures the evolution of digital technology, bringing together for the first time, in the same place, a wide range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers. 3/ Lumen Drones || 28/1/2016 A musical project by three outstanding musicians from the contemporary Norwegian post-rock and folk music scene which could easily be the soundtrack for a David Lynch movie. Until recently, the Lumen Drones was a well-kept secret of the independent music scene. Their sound is lyrical and nostalgic, with a DIY approach that borrows elements from the British post-punk of the 1980s, and references to groups like the Doors and Sonic Youth. They characterize their music psychedelic drone.


Elena Syraka


Elena Syraka’s

NOUR collection

To a defining degree, the Eastern light has shaped the aesthetic dialect of Islamic art. The animating light in which basks the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest civilizations is the inspiration, the subject matter and name of Elena Syraka’s collection of artistic jewelry. Syraka’s jewels move past the ornamental, declaring in sculpted form the encounters of people and civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean, their birthplace. They are of no single time; they are both weathered and current. To design them and to produce her own artistic narrative of history, the artist respectfully and intelligently draw from the material remains of Islamic civilization, as they are displayed at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art. She has managed to isolate the naturalist motifs and the geometric patterns present in artworks of silk and glass. She was inspired by the armors, the helmets, the swords, the weaponry stating not merely martial bravery and excellence, but the army’s godly mission. She studied the manuscript miniatures and the Arabic script, which she rendered autonomous in compositions of her figurative vernacular, one of strong expressive quality gained through simplicity. In Syraka’s work, decorative detail is distinguished as an aesthetic whole. ! The jewels’ raw materials, 18K gold, often paired with precious and semi-precious stones, carry their clarity, radiance and luxury as elements of spirituality. They are 45 art jewelry pieces,all numbered ,with their certificate of authenticity. Nour collection first exhibited at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art,February of 2012. In Egypt,Cairo,at El Hanager Arts Center,Opera House Yard and in Alexandria,at El Horreya.May of 2013 In America,New York,at Hellenis,jewelry shop ,at Olympic Tower ,March 2014.


It’s All Greek On Me


Rena Halkia, a trained marketing expert and Magda Mavridou an architect,sitting over a glass of wine in a bar, conceived the idea of a company that would produce women’s handbags, but it would do so in a way that combines Greek design and Greek craftsmanship. There is a dual commitment at the heart of “It’s All Greek On Me” that explains our name. The first commitment is to Greek craftsmanship.We go to great troubles to find materials of Greek origin and manufacture whenever this is possible.We would like to keep Greeks at home: productive,proud and happy. The second commitment is,to make a strong appeal to the aesthetic of the Greek line and look.So, we take advantage of the richness of the Greek tradition that extends from the prehistoric,the mythological and the Homeric Greece all the way to more modern times.We do not imitate oid forms and items,instead what we seek is a meeting ,a marriage if possible,between modern day utility and practicality on the one hand and the limitless treasure of the Greek form on the other.There is no item produced by this company that will not contain a piece of Greece,not just as a little reminding detail ,but as a prominent , but not loud ,aesthetic statment.


Candybag


Candybag Bags and Leather Goods was created in 2012 in Athens, Greece by Georgia Kavga, graduate of Veloudakis Fashion School and former fashion stylist. Candybag aspires to produce classic female handbags of suburb craftsmanship and materials. It is a 100% Greek product, made with local leather or canvas and it’s handcrafted by local technicians. The designs are minimalistic and structured, allowing for experimentation with materials and colors. The monochromatic palette is balanced with unexpected textures, creating a tomboyish vibe that hits just the right note in the city’s lifestyle. Part of Candybag’s mission is to support high-end fashion manufacturing in Greece. In accosiation with well known Greek fashion bloggers like Cloudline Chic Flows, Modelapproved and a worldwide network (New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Milan) of blogs and magazines Candybag overpassed the Greek boundaries and seeks today for international business synergies. The brand’s showroom is located at 12,Anagnostopoulou St. , Kolonaki, one of the capital’s leading shopping areas where you can find a number of highend boutiques from young adult to casual fashion to prestigious haute couture from Greek and international designers. Fall/Winter ‘15-’16 collection of Candybag is dedicated to the girl next door, the business woman, the mother, the friend, the college student, women from any age that are simple and unique.


KimalĂŠ


Kimalé is an innovative fashion brand that celebrates the joie de vivre of the global riviera. Established in 2013 by Irène Mamfredos, a French/Greek designer together with her friend and pattern-maker Aliki Demi, Kimalé merges the bold style and unique energy of African fabrics -often handmade or rare- with clean and contemporary silhouettes. The three main families of fabrics used are waxprint for pieces with clean cut silhouettes such as shirts, high waisted shorts, mid dresses and slim fit trousers; Bazin which offers shine, contrast and an Arabic touch; And the rarer Bogolan reserved fo unique pieces with earthy hues complete with hand finished details and signature brass buttons. Once a year only, the brand presents an exclusive collection made with love and craftsmanship, in Athens, Greece: Limited edition clothes and accessories which playfully navigate between the colorful palette of African culture and the minimal side of contemporary fashion. Every item is a beautiful marriage of ethnic vibes and minimal shapes that can be worn and enjoyed in the city or in bohemian seaside resorts: Kimalé blooms wherever the sun shines!


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Kolonaki

Step into luxury at the posh area Kolonaki. This is the best place for you to indulge in window shopping, visit high-end boutiques, stroll through galleries and end up enjoying a glass of wine in one of the numerous bars located at its Square. Athens has its own aristocratic district with a long tradition in handcrafted jewelry. Yield to spending temptation at Voukourestiou Street and blend in with the trendy crowd that goes by as if walking down a catwalk! Kolonaki has long had a unique prestige. Indeed, for years all the Athenian elite has been gathered in its cafĂŠs and patisseries. There, they would discuss, gossip and act with no inhibitions. Many times, anonymous people would rush there to see what was going on. All the important politicians and all the rising stars of theater and music used to hang out there... And maybe the years have passed, but still the streets of Kolonaki keep a little of their old glamour. Kolonaki extends from Panepistimiou Avenue to the Concert Hall (where there is a metro station) and from Sina Street, which separates the district of Neapoli, to Vassileos Constantinou Avenue. Kolonaki in Greek means little column and it was named after an old marble cylindrical column of 2 meters height and of 30 cm diameter found in the area and restored at the right ladder of Deksameni Square.


Lycabettus

Athens sprawls across the plain of Attica and like many European cities, is built on seven hills. Lycabettus, at 300 meters above the sea level, is the highest peek overlooking the Attica Basin offering unique views from above. Considered as an oasis in the middle of the city, with rocky slopes covered with pines and low shrubs the hill provides a significant habitat for 64 bird species. According to mythology, goddess Athena removed a piece of Mountain Pendeli, to boost the heights of her temple on the Acropolis hill, but while en route, bad tidings imposed the goddess to drop the rock in the middle of the city. On the top of the rock, a large open-air ampitheater hosts world acclaimed musicians throughout the summer period offering unique moments to Athenians and visitors. The summit is crowned with Ayios Georgios Chapel and the “sine qua non” traditional bell tower. On a clean and clear day, one can even watch the island of Aegina, with or without the telescopes. Lycabettus, the older of the names for this mountain, means “where the wolves go” or “path of the wolves” since in the ages of Peri-

cles, it is believed that wolves used to roam freely in this mountain, in this last haven in Attica. The wolves are definitely gone, but the forest and the view are still here! The top of the hill is an excellent spot to watch the sunset and indulge yourself in a mystic view of the city. Now! Turn around, to watch the moon rising across the Mountain Hymettus. The panoramic view from this top is priceless. In the north affront Mountain Parnes, in the west side stretch your gaze towards Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf. Much higher of the Acropolis, the Mountain gives an unsurpassed view of the temple, the Panathinaiko Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hellenic Parliament. Active travellers may climb; romantic ones can take a great ride with the Funicular Railway. One way or another, do not miss the top and be alert for summer concerts. Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, Pet Shop Boys and many more have performed on this theatre’s stage. For more information visit:

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Holy Spirit Cocktail Bar When a bar becomes a meeting point, it deserves your attention. Holy Spirit is one of the most beloved street bars of the southern suburbs, and a reference point for every group of company that wants to have fun, listen to beautiful music and just relax! Inside you can dance, and gaze its modern and cozy design, while in a special area outside the bar, you can discuss with your friends or make new acquaintances in its always friendly environment! It is certain though, whatever you choose from the above, you will do so with the company of one of its famous signature cocktails, which will surely fascinate you. The Holy Spirit is famous for the excellent quality and great variety of its drinks! The only bad thing is that you won’t know what to choose... 41, Laodikis Street, Glyfada Facebook page: Holy Spirit Cocktail Bar Instagram: holyspiritbar


PANOS GIANNAKOPOULOS JOURNALIST


5 Athenians

and their

Pets

by Marilena Vainanidi w w w. s p i t i s h o o t . c o m


FOTEINI GKILA - FOOD TECHNOLOGIST


DIMITRIS KALAMARIS - ADVERTISING DIRECTOR


TOMY KARAISKOS - GRAPHIC DESIGNER


XRISTINA-LOUIZA MAVROUDI - ADVERTISER


PHILIPPA DIMITRIADI – JOURNALIST


PANOS GIANNAKOPOULOS - JOURNALIST


Chrysanthos Panas Chrysanthos Panas is the man “hiding” behind the most successful ventures in the field of entertainment and catering. Everything he touches becomes gold. Everything he does is innovative. “Island” is among the first nightclubs and the most beautiful banquet hall currently in the city. A venue by the sea, which was literally transformed into a picturesque scenery. Later on, the idea of a private club came, located in the city center was denatured in Salon de Bricolage. Indeed, until now, no one has dared to imitate his movements, making him, in this way, master of the “game”. And even now, in this difficult period, he takes another important step; the renovation of Zonar’s, a true cradle of culture and the revival of all that good old era of Athens. The goal is one. All foreigners to find out that there is still healthy entrepreneurship in Greece, able to do miracles, if businessmen dare to. This is Chrysanthos Panas ...


-You have the most famous and successful ventures currently in Athens. How do you decide the style of each place?

its story from where it was left. Aesthetically, however, we managed to create the most beautiful place ever made in Greece.

The style of each place is decided upon the period and our need to create something specific, and I speak in plural, because my brother is always my accomplice -something beyond a partner- in what we create. Our idea, which we won’t abandon until we realize it, can be implanted by various stimuli, such as a trip, a film; anything can serve as a source of inspiration. However, the places of City Link, City Bistro and Bar de theatre, were ready at the time when Piraeus Bank and its chairman, Michalis Sallas entrusted them to us. We did, however, make modifications so that each one acquires a strong personality and character. The bar de theatre, for example, acquires already a theatrical feel through the objects and the photos that actors offer us. As far as the Zonar’s is concerned, it is as if we have made an excavation to preserve the pieces that were left untouched by the past. Altering such a historical place is not an option; you can only continue with respect

- How did you know that you will succeed when years ago you brought the idea of the private club in Athens, with the Salon de Bricolage? The idea of the club has roots and philosophy starting many years ago. I was always excited by the mystical intercourse of people sharing ideas and views on life, art and philosophy. I had to do extensive research in many private clubs abroad, find their common denominator and transfuse it in Greek territories. It was a risk. The Greeks have their own mindset and before they accept something, they filter it strictly. However, the project was achieved and I feel very proud of the affiliations with other club members abroad, because, with the card of the Salon de Bricolage, I give the opportunity to its club members to visit these clubs and to have the experience in many parts of the world.


-Could efforts like yours help in the transformation of Athens and in its relief from the general pessimism and misery? The metamorphosis of racked Athens requires much more than my own effort. A collective spirit of experienced professionals with deep knowledge in the hospitality industry and in its importance in the context of a country’s culture is needed. Personally, I do what I always did. I create “homes”/places, where people may be able to have a good time, an environment, where nothing insults them; instead, it respects them and treats them, as it should be everywhere. -What would you like to happen more when Zonar’s operates again? To see it full of people; ladies enjoying their afternoon tea, people trying new wonderful dishes from the new menus… I, also, look forward to the evenings in Zonar’s; when the curtains close, the Zonar’s shall be transformed. There will be a concentrating atmosphere depending on the day. It will end up either in major debates or in memorable parties. Most of all, however, I expect to see foreign visitors

to observe the photos and screenshots in the frames that are placed on the Zonar’s walls, with respect for the important people who elevated Athens internationally and all of them were Zonar’s regulars. -How do you dream of Athens? I dream of a transformed Athens. Taking the form that it deserves. Athens is a historic capital and attracts many foreign visitors and in combination with the wonderful weather in our country, it is imperative that it has a more welcoming figure. I dream of it full of foreign visitors, clean, and certainly more optimistic. -How is your typical 24 hours? My day begins at around ten. I ensure to provide a luxurious half hour to myself, during which I can drink my coffee and get informed on the day’s news. Afterwards, I go to City Link, where my business meetings take place and, ideally, during the afternoon, I am found at home with my son and my wife. Then, when the evening comes, I go to Salon de Bricolage to meet friends.


-How easy is it for someone like you, with a program that continues and during the night, to have a calm and personal life? Nothing that requires effort and dedication is easy. The balance is very delicate. I’m very lucky because my wife, Elena Syraka, a jewelry designer, shows great understanding and patience with what I have chosen to do and that’s the main reason why my personal life is calm. -How will Zonar’s be? Would it be similar to the old Zonar’s? As I already said above, a complete renovation of Zonar’s has been done. What we have achieved is the feeling of the old Zonar’s revived through the modern look of the architectural office K-studio Karabatakis and the valuable advice of the leading set designer, Dionysis Fotopoulos, creating a space, which brings to mind a hotel lobby, open from morning until late at night. -Why are there no more artistic hangouts in the sense of the old Zonar’s? Over the last years, Greece has been going through a difficult period on many levels. This has caused some confusion that has led to a decomposition and a tendency to doubt

about and to fight against anything old. Moreover, there was a period in our country, while new locations were constantly opening, without any specific concept and this had the devastating effect of people’s disorientation. A good thing, brought by the financial crisis, was that these locations were reaped out and the need to seek for qualitative ones was revived. I’m sure that Zonar’s, as well as the whole neighborhood of City Link, will mark the beginning and the artistic hangouts will start again to be established. -How easy or difficult is to be a successful businessman in Greece in 2015? It is difficult. Let’s start from there. The crisis brought changes in legislation, overloading all businesses and in combination with people reducing their exits, the result was not only that the unnecessary locations were closed, but the rest of them got hit, as well. So, it is understandable that the ones that actually survived, certainly it wasn’t by accident and definitely it wasn’t easy. -What shouldn’t miss a visitor/tourist who comes to Athens in winter 2015? He shouldn’t miss a walk in Dionysioy Aeropagitoy and in Plaka, the Acropolis Museum and a visit, of course, to the historic Zonar’s.


G R - E AT


In Amsterdam, I ate everywhere French fries with mayonnaise. And this mayonnaise was different. I still haven’t managed to find it in Greece. On the walk, just before entering the museum or a nightclub, the barman could always serve you your favorite potatoes. In New York, outside the Moma museum, you got dizzy by the smell of the best hot-dogs on the planet and of course there was no reason to resist. All day on the road, from one museum to another, the snack was none other than the famous pretzels and certainly a huge juice (vitamin boost was written everywhere) that you would find anywhere in these vast canteens lined up in a row. You cannot find yourself in a city and not try its snacks, smells and aromas found on its streets. What can you eat in Athens that you won’t find elsewhere? With very little money you can have the most delicious and healthy snacks: -Koulouri (a type of baked bread shaped into a zero) Plain or in other seasonings including sesame, cheese or raisins, even with some extra cheese given to you by the koulourtzis (the koulouri vender) whom you will find in every corner of downtown Athens. There is usually a gentleman, with a countertop in front of him, ready to offer you the most inexpensive and healthy finger food of the city. If you do not want any of the seasonings, just get a plain one and enjoy it with a Greek yogurt which you will find in every kiosk. Price: 0.50 EUR -Souvlaki (Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer mostly, served in a pita sandwich with garnishes and sauces) The finest and most delicious pita (partially leavened flat round bread), with all kind of meat you want (chicken, pork, burgers, the famous gyros, even chops if you end up in a hip grill), garnished with sliced tomatoes and onions, fries, sauced with tzatziki (Greek sauce made of yogurt with cucumber and garlic) and all these in the palm of your hand. You can always try a plain souvlaki, known also as kalamaki (little reed) due to the meet in cubes skewered on wooden skewers, along with pies. Anyway, you will never regret it! And until you leave, you will seek for it again and again! You will find it everywhere and throughout the city. Just follow the smell! Price: € 2 -Bougatsa with cheese or cream (Greek breakfast pastry consisting of either semolina custard or cheese filling between layers of phyllo) If you ever find yourself in Thessaloniki, you will definitely taste the best of its kind there. However, you can taste this hearty snack in Athens, too. It will keep you full as long as you enjoy shopping in the center of Athens. You will find it mainly where you can buy your favorite coffee on the go, across the city and in many small pastry shops. Price: € 2 -Tyropita (Cheese pie) of all types (Greek layered pastry food made with layers of buttered phyllo and filled with a cheese-egg mixture) You can find tyropita with feta cheese, kasseri cheese, kourou (surrounded by a thick pastry), sfoliata (surrounded by puff-pastry). Any-


way, it is not possible to leave Greece without tasting tyropita and other Greek pies first. It is a tasty healthy snack that makes you feel full and it has incredible variations. Price: starting from € 1 -Machine ice cream (known also as soft (serve) ice cream, semi-frozen etc., is a type of ice cream that is softer than regular ice creams as a result of air being introduced during freezing) If it is summertime, that is even better. Apart from all sorts of ice cream, do not forget to try the machine ice cream. Cream or chocolate; these are your options. Still the taste will remain unforgettable. Price: starting from € 1 -Fruit from manaviko (greengrocery store) You will find greengrocery almost everywhere, full of colors and scents. Apples with a real aroma, mandarins and oranges smell so nice and do not look like plastic. Buy a lot for a quick and healthy dessert or even one for the road. You will never forget the smell. Price: starting from 0,50 EUR

-Pantopolia (Delicatessen stores) If you intend to stay in Athens alone, reach out for our pantopolia. They are like your delis. There you will find delicacies and products from all over Greece. We recommend that you take with you ouzo or raki, Cretan rusks, honey and pasteli (soft sesame energy bar with honey), Florina’s peppers, halva and nuts. You can carry them all with you safely, and it is the best gift idea for your friends. -Cookhouses They are usually tiny places with small tables close to each other. Greek dishes smell from afar. Their owners are usually elder people, who love having these shops for years. Ask them what they propose to eat and you won’t regret it. They are very economical and the wine most likely will be on the house. The bread and the water are the most inexpensive in our country, mind you.


Black Duck Garden becomes your host in an open space at the heart of the city. Respectful of the historical and natural environment, Black Duck Garden - Athens City Museum Bistrot awaits you in the garden during the summer, but also in the patio throughout the year, offering the famous hospitality of the “Black Duck”. Black Duck Garden is suitable for Coffee breaks, lunch breaks, brunch, business meetings, private reserved areas for dinners, cocktails. Opening hours 10.00 to 01.00 during summer season and 10.00 to 19.00 during the winter. The menu is Mediterranean with a lot of central European Cuisine influence. Reservations are recommended.

Black Duck Garden – Athens City Museum Bistrot I.Paparrigopoulou 5-7, Str., 10561 Athens Tel. 2103252396 – info@blackduckgarden.


L i v e To B a k e By Spyros Pagiatakis

Galatopita (Milkpie)

The latest culinary trend dictates the thorough study of the traditional Greek recipes. And when you find the best ones, you “tweak� them a little so as to make them more modern, although some of them are already "modern" from very old times! The galatopita is a sweet which exists throughout Greece, with minor variations; with phyllo pastry or no phyllo pastry, with cow's, sheep's or goat's milk, with many or few eggs, with sugar or honey to serve. Anyway, the technique is the same and, although it is simple, the result is impressive and very tasty! It is in fact a Greek baked cream. Most people like creams because they remind them of their childhood and everything that reminds them of that age is sacred and delicious! The first time I made a milkpie, I got ideas from the Catalan cream and so I added lemon peel, which makes it more refreshing, and a little of cardamom, also, to make it more aromatic. If you watch your diet, you can use low-fat milk and margarine instead of butter, but if the sweet is not sinful, its flavor is gone. It is more tasteful when it is fresh, out of the oven, at room temperature, but also when it is cool from the fridge, it is good again!


For a large Pyrex 2 liters of milk 400 gr. sugar 340 gr. fine semolina 4 eggs 80 gr. butter 2 vanilla extract 2 seeds of cardamom or a cinnamon stick Zest of one lemon Crystal sugar and cinnamon for serving

Preheat the oven to resistances up and down to 180 C. Boil the milk with the sugar, the lemon zest and the cardamom. Stir to prevent milk from sticking. Once it reaches the point where it starts to boil, remove the zest of the lemon and the cardamom and add the semolina. Mix with a wire for a few minutes until the mixture begins to thicken slightly. Remove from heat. Immediately, beat the eggs and add them, stirring well with a whisk. Put the cream in a well-buttered baking pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until it consolidates and gets golden brown. Allow to cool, cut into pieces and serve after dusting with sugar and cinnamon.


Aegina [Faraway so Close]


Located in the heart of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, the island of Aegina is a favorite destination for Athenians and the perfect choice for tourists who visit Greece. Just 17 miles from the port of Piraeus (1 hour and 15 minutes from Piraeus by ferry and just 35 minutes by flying dolphin). Aegina’s rich history (was born) began in the fourth millennium BC, when the first settlers arrived. (Well, I think you don’t know that,) From the eighth to the fifth centuries BC, Aegina was the first city to mint coins (in the seventh century BC) and due to its large maritime fleet, it developed and mastered commercial control of the entire eastern Mediterranean. In 480 BC the island’s naval fleet played a major role in the defeat of the Persians at the battle of Salamis. A Closer Look With its lush green forests, beautiful villages, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Aegina offers visitors a wide variety of unique landscapes and activities. With frequent ferries and flying dolphin connections to Piraeus, Aegina is also the perfect destination for sailing trips. And guess what…Located a mere half-hour away by boat, the small, picturesque island of Agistri is blanketed in green, a beautiful contrast to the crystal waters. This is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway.

What not to miss •In Aegina island, history is ever-present, as evidenced by a number of impressive sites, including the Archaeological museum and Kolona, both very close to the port and definitely worth a visit. •Then there is the temple of the Aphaia, an architectural masterpiece that towers over the majestic landscape – truly an attraction you cannot afford to miss. Whether seen by buggy ride or on foot, the neoclassical architecture of the City of Aegina is sure to transport moveyou. •The major religious attraction on the island is the temple of miraculous St. Nektarios. And for those interested in ecology, a visit to Paleohora and Messagros for the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) is a must. •Visitors can also bond with nature on the island of Agistri: with its stunning waters and green landscapes, it’s the perfect place for relaxation, camping and returning to nature •Τhe famous pistachios of Aegina, either fresh or roasted, whether salted or not, used in halva nougat pies or in spoon sweets, sell like hot cakes not only in the Greek market but outside the country as well. •Local famed pottery products, while, if you like folklore, you should buy traditional embroidery items of the island, the so-called “kopanélia.” •A romantic ride on a one-horse chaise.


Gastronomy and local products Aegina can boast, a small, yet commanding representative: the pistachio nut. Although the island’s other foods are first class, especially when it comes to meat and fish, the pistachio nut is the undisputed king of Aegean food. A protected name-of-origin product, it can be found everywhere here: plain, salted, roasted, natural, in sweets, with chocolate, in sweet sauce, as a liqueur, in jams and in any other form imaginable. The pistachio nut even has its own festival held annually in mid-September! Also, don’t miss Aegina’s exquisite pottery, highly valued by locals and visitors alike. The best beaches on the island And here comes the most interesting piece of information you need to know. Aegina has many free beaches, all easily accessible. The most popular here is the Agia Marina, a trendy, family-favourite with a multitude of beach bars. The northern beaches of the island, particularly Loutra Souvalas and Vagia, are also worth a visit. To the south, Marathonas and Perdika beaches are perfect for a relaxing swim to the nearby islet of Moni. The fact is, all of Agistri’s beaches are nothing short of stunning, especially Aponissos, Dragonera, and Mareza. Don’t miss out on any of them!

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Do’s and don’ts from an Athenian Do’s

-If you want a piece of information, the best way to get it is to ask one of us. Surely most young people know how to speak English fluently. -Always carry on your sunglasses because the sun is always there somewhere. -If you just missed your bus, and you find yourself running to catch it, just wave to try to stop it. If you are lucky, the driver will see you and let you enter. -Use the metro. It may not have so many routes as yours, but it is definitely cleaner and newer. -Enjoy walking in the city. Especially if it is sunny, it’s something you will never forget. -Take a walk from Syntagma Square to Monastiraki, if you want to explore the downtown market. -Taste street food. You’ll enjoy it! -If you smoke, you will not need to deprive yourself of it in this city. (If you do not smoke, prepare yourself to get used to the fact that everyone smokes everywhere. Do not forget you are in the Balkans.) -Have a ride on the red open tour bus. You’ll have the chance to see Athens just under the blue Attic sky. Do not miss it! -Take a walk in our National Gardens. It is not the Central Park, but it looks like an oasis in the city center.


Tips to have a better time

Don’ts

-Don’t ever think about bringing your baby’s stroller. Even if it is the smallest you can find in the market, you won’t have a great time. -Don’t try to get a taxi on Friday night from Panepistimiou Avenue or anywhere from downtown generally. You’ll get faster where you want to go, if you go on foot. -Don’t cross the road because the signal for pedestrians just turned on. Better first look left and right to check that no car or motorcycle is coming. -Don’t be dazed by the honking in this city. It happens a lot! -Don’t think that all squares have something beautiful to see. There are many which are not recommended for sightseeing, especially during the night (see Omonia). -Don’t be surprised that most Greeks do not smile anymore on the road. However, there are some of us who still try it! Seek for us!


Chocolate Factory and Museum [39 Kifissias Avenue, Maroussi] 07.11.2015 to 21.02.2016 The most delicious theme park in Athens opened its doors! The “Chocolate Factory and Museum” consists of impressive and fabulous structures, which occupies more than 3,500 square meters along with chocolate fountains, giant pieces of chocolate, cookies and many heroes from your childhood, who come to life before your eyes. Among the main exhibits, the ones who stand out are the Cocoa Museum, where you can learn all about the exotic cacao and see real samples of fruit and seed, the Aztec Temple, which presents the traditions and culture of the Indians, the Amazon jungle for a unique experiential tour in simulated conditions, the wooden Amazon Hut with modern technology, the Chocolate Workshop where you can produce, pack and try all kinds of chocolate, but also the largest Chocolate Waterfall in Europe with 1,200 liters of real chocolate actually flowing before your eyes! The exciting journey ends with workshops and a tasting show with excellent chocolates and selected flavors from around the world. Taste, recognize the materials and be awarded as “Special chocolate connoisseur “. The informational material of the museum is available in Greek, English and sign language. All areas are accessible to people with disabilities. Info Helexpo Maroussi - International Exhibition Center (39, Kifissias Av., Maroussi) Open daily 9:00 to 19:00, Saturday 11:00 to 21:00, Sunday 11:00 to 19:00 Tickets: 7 € - 5 €


The Christmas Factory - Technopolis [Piraeus 100]

11/27/2015 -06/01/2016 Christmas! The biggest celebration of the year is approaching and the fairytale begins! «The Christmas Factory», the biggest and most magical Christmas factory returns for the third consecutive year in the city center, at the splendid setting of Technopolis of Athens Municipality. Renewed with an even more festive decor, bright and warm, with imaginative workshops, fantastic games, delicacies, exciting events and the most important ... with a new economic policy that includes affordable, alternative packages! Open daily 10:00 to 22:00 Tickets: 5.5 €


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AT H E N S B I E N N A L E Athens Biennale || 2015-2017 Can a hotel in the center of a capital be deserted? Can a building ghost, from which you pass by almost daily, be unknown to you? Can Omonia Square host today the most modern of contemporary art? Can a deeply wounded area of the historical center of Athens distinguish through the visual culture of our time? The answer is yes to all these questions, and is given by the “Bageion”, a historic hotel in Omonia Square, which opens its doors once again due to Athens Biennale! This building was constructed in 1880 by Ziller and it was built, not by accident, at the intersection of Omonia Square and Athena Street, one of the most commercial crossroads of Athens. Both hotels the “Bageion» and the “Alexander the Great” were part of the donation to the Greek state of the national benefactor, I. Bagas. In the typology of the late neoclassicism, the “Bageion” followed the pattern of the large European hotels and established a key point in the Athenian urban web. Thus, the deserted building of the center, like other abandoned emblematic buildings in the area, becomes a perfect shell for the activities of the creative ideas workshop, in which Athens Biennale aspires to develop. Bringing together, for the first time, the 5th and the 6th edition, the Biennale unfolds its program until 2017 in the multi-title “Omonia”. The particularity of this event is that it will present tangible artifacts: “Our meeting this year is different from other years. We invite you to the launch of our operations in order-if you wish and especially if you consider it as an imperative need-to get involved in the way that the next two years will evolve, forming eventually together what we will present in 2017. The next two years, we will operate mainly in Omonoia square, a major urban landmark, where immigrants, homeless, street vendors, employees, merchants, professionals and tourists meet every day. Omonia means unity. On the contrary, “our Omonia” will not be a place of uniformity. It will be a place where diversity exists and it is productive, a place for both the individual and the whole, whose limits are constantly being tested ‘’ says Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, who, along with Poka-Yio – both of them winners of the European Foundation for Culture (ECF) - consist the soul of Athens Biennale.


We were heading up on Kallidromiou Street, under the shadow of the Strefi hill, somewhere at the foot of the ‘island’ of Exarchia. There laid many beautiful buildings of the old Athens, most of them abandoned, which had caused us grief, melancholy, feelings that were weakened when the air flooded us with pleasant scents which dragged us into a large green courtyard. The “Ama Lachi” (Greek for “if it happens”), before becoming “stis Nefelis” (meaning “in Nefelis’ place”) was an old style tavern, and before that an elementary school. In its courtyard, we felt quite nostalgic, like as if we were having a school break, carefree, dismissed from any obligation so as to relax and enjoy our meal. A meal like the one that the schoolchildren carried from home back then; tended homemade food.

ΑΜΑ ΛΑXEI stis Nefelis

The people of the restaurant, after contacting with farmers and others, from different parts of the country, chose products with quality and authentic flavor. The menu has been created by the chef Georgios Polatidis. It is mainly Greek modern cuisine, with some “tweaking” of creative elements, in the philosophy of appetizers. In the closed space of “Ama lachi stis Nefelis”, the old photographs of schoolchildren are dominant on some of its walls. When entering the place, lots of people are looking for their child face, their friends and their teachers on those photographs. The high-ceilinged halls with the huge doors and the several windows let in plenty of diffuse light on the wooden surfaces, giving the sense of open space to the room where you can breathe comfortably.

69, Kallidromiou Street, Exarchia, 210 3845978


A visitor’s View

Theatre of Dionysus by Graham Derfner The clouds hung grey over our heads, masking the summer sky and threatening to shower us with cold heavy raindrops. But even with a chill in the air, we Latin scholars ventured to the acropolis to visit the Theatre of Dionysus. Excited for the journey ahead, we took a shortcut (new to me) through Pagrati to arrive at a familiar place, the Acropolis. However, instead of climbing to the top of the citadel we strolled to the south slope and up the Street of Tripods. The theatre, majestic in its solitude, rose in front of us with its ascending stone seating. I had only seen the theatre from a distance, but now I felt consumed by the history of the place. We sat down on the cold marble and plunged into the past. We spoke of the ancient festival celebrating Dionysus, imagining warm spring days even as the rain clouds encroached. We discussed the three poets chosen to write and orchestrate three plays to honor the god over three days. We envisioned the crowd of Athenians, sitting among their tribes, men towards the front, women and children in the back, and thrones occupied by Priests of Dionysus in the front row. Even with the modern city on the horizon, I could feel the energy of past spectacles around me. Closing my eyes, the crumbling ruins transformed into the dazzling center of Athenian art, actors performing on stage, chorus harmoniously pulsing together to give the theatre life. I was stolen from my fantasy when a thick raindrop crashed suddenly upon my brow. Back in reality, I took one last look around the ancient site before we departed into the Athenian night. But as we left the site I could have sworn I heard a faint melody echoing from days past. Graham Derfner is a student at Arcadia University, College of Global Studies, Athens Center.


#kifissia


The Municipality of Kifissia, in its current form, is a city of the Attica Region, which derived from the merger of the municipalities of Kifissia, Ekali, and Nea Erythraea. The new Municipality has more than 70 000 inhabitants and spreads over 34.03 km². There are four versions of the story of how Kifissia acquired its name. 1) It is said that one of the ancient twelve cities of Attica had the name Kifissia. 2) According to Apollodoros, Kifissia, as well as the known river, were named after the ancient Attic hero Kifissos. 3) Others say that its name comes from the God Kifissos, Diogeneia’s father, whose daughter Praxithea married Erechtheus. 4) It’s been indicated that on the Kodrou Street, where there was Alexiou’s family home, an old plate was found in which one can easily read “KEI FYSSA” (Greek for there where it blows). There are references for Kifissia from the 3rd century AD, when the Biography of the historian Pomplios Errenios Dexippos refers to the battle given against an Herulian army (raiders, probably of German origin) forcing them to a disorderly retreat. During the period from 1395 to 1402, it was mainly foreign officials (French, Catalans, Florentines, Venetians), who built in Kifissia their homes, in the area which now lies between the hill of Prophet Elias and Alonia, where they kept spacious gardens and cultivated plants , fruits and flowers. According to testimonies, a Turkish governor of Athens lived in Kifissia, who had built the tower to the place where the church of Agios Dimitrios is found today. It is said that later in Platanos Square, the Turks had built a mosque which after the liberation it became a police station and then it was demolished. After the fight against the Turkish conquerors and their departure from Attica, the estates fell into the hands of the Greeks.

After the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s (1805-1875) visit in Kifissia in 1841, he described it in the “Journey to Greece”, pointing out how much impressed he was by a plane tree, the branches of which shaded almost the entire square of the village. In 1870, the first Statute of the community of Kifissia’s residents was created for the purpose of their financial autonomy. The “beast” (steam train), which passed through the park of Kifissia, where until today the famous floricultural exhibitions are organized, played a key role in the economic development of the region. The position of the area within the nature soon made it a popular touristic and residential center for Athenians, Chians, Egyptians, Constantinopolitans, etc. while numerous magnificent hotels were created in the chilly areas of the Pentelic landscape. New Erythraea was founded by Greek refugees from Asia Minor who fled in Kifissia, after the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922. The first attempts to establish New Erythraea were made with the founding of the Association of Kifissia’s Refugee (1923) whose aim was the urban rehabilitation. In September 1927, the sacred Church of Evangelistria and the building of the first elementary school were founded; buildings directly linked to the history of New Erythraea and a reference point for all its residents. The school was housed in a wooden hut, consisted of two halls and one room for the teacher in front of the Church of Evangelistria, and functioned there until 1931, when the government of E. Venizelou with Education Minister G. Papandreou built the building which the current school is housed. The economic activity of the first inhabitants of the N. Erythraea began with the cultivation of the land with grapevines, by the people of Asia Minor’s great passion and artistry. The name of the Ekali settlement was first used by the “Ekali Construction Company SA”, which in 1922 established a model urban settlement based on the plans for a typical English garden city at the 19th km. between Kifissia and Dionysus.


Goulandris Museum of Natural History

A vision that turned into reality


It’s been many years since I first visited the Goulandris Museum of Natural History. What you realize, the moment you find yourself inside it, is the love with which it was made and the care and concern that surrounds everything in it. It is a charitable foundation dedicated to the study, preservation and protection of the natural environment. The existence of a place, of a dynamic workshop with continuous actions and cultural triggers is Ms. Niki Goulandris’ vision. Goulandris Museum was the first museum of Natural History established in Greece in 1964, and the first to set the foundations of environmental education. It is housed in an elegant neoclassical building of the last century (1875). It was designed and expanded over the years of its operation in order to provide adequate space for the scientific and educational needs of the Foundation. What’s the story, however, hiding behind the museum? In 1964, Angelos and Niki Goulandris founded the Natural History Museum (a private legal entity) as a laboratory for research and action. Their work silently progressed alongside the other investment development. They invested their resources, time and knowledge for the creation of an institution with the purpose of raising national alert for the protection of the country’s precious natural resources and for the young people’s awareness for a new code of values, based on a balanced coexistence of the natural environment and humans. The Museum proceeded for decades, with a team of Greek and foreign scientists, in the research and the recording of the natural (biological and geological) wealth of the country. The research and the study of Greek nature revealed the variety and the exceptional beauty of the Greek space. Greece is of a particular interest because of its geomorphology, climate and geographical position at the intersection of three continents. Greece, in comparison to its size, has a greater biodiversity than in any other country in Europe. We also meet a high percentage of endemic species, plants and animals, and some even rare ones, threatened with extinction. Originally, it served as a Botanical Museum aimed at research, study and recording of the Greek flora. In 1977 it expanded in the fields of zoology, paleontology and geology and it was renamed as Goulandris Museum of Natural History. Greek and foreign scientists, artists and museolo-


gists needed ten years of scientific research and data collection in order to design and present the first showrooms to the public, fulfilling in this way the dual mission of the museum as a scientific and educational center. In 1983, the urban planner, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, bequeathed the estate “Sparoza”, in Paiania, to Goulandris Museum of Natural History. The garden and the management of the east hillside of Hymettus, where 17.5 hectares of the estate extend, are, today, example of ecological gardening of Mediterranean climate. Since 1994, the “Sparoza” is the headquarters of the Mediterranean Garden Society, functioning as an information space for those with a special interest in plants and gardens of Mediterranean regions. Looking ahead to the rapid developments of the 21st century, the Museum proceeded to the expansion of its facilities by establishing the Center for Environmental Research and Education - GAIA Centre. The project started in September 1995 and it was completed in 2000. The Goulandris Museum of Natural History has received many honors and awards for its work, at national and international level. Monopati is a company of 152 olive oil producers based in Geraki of Ancient Elis. The name of the company “Monopati” (meaning path) derives from the ancient path, which was followed before the Olympic Games, from Elis to Olympia. The “Monakrivo” olive oil is produced with love for the land and its history.

The Library of the Museum was organized in 1973 by Dr. Werner Greuter, director of the Goulandris Museum at the time, professor and director of the Botanisches Museum und Botanischer Garten in Berlin afterwards. The library operates under the international Dewey system and has approximately 50,000 volumes of scientific periodical publications. It also contains 10,000 books, including rare editions, concerning the philosophy and the historical development of these sciences and 5,500 reprints. Moreover, there are the majority of Greek publications - old and new - for reptiles, birds and mammals. Many important books published abroad, which relate to both general and specialized topics of botany, zoology, geology-paleontology and rare editions, dating even from 1552, are found in the offices of the Museum’s founders, Angelos and Niki Goulandris. It is designed to accommodate quite a large number of visitors and is open Monday to Friday 9am - 2 pm after telephone contact at the telephone number 210-8015870 (internal: 508).

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Cake

If you want each day to be like a celebration, full of color and good taste, the Cake is the place, which will add a dose of a yummy fairy tale in your everyday life! Cupcake, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Salted Caramel, classic mosaicο, Banofee, Stevia Cheesecake, but also savory tarts and quiche, accompanied with excellent coffee or tea, are few of the options you have, if you visit Cake’s beautiful place.

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24 Hours in Kifissia If you want a break from the city center, if you want to see how we, the Athenians, live in the suburbs of the city, you should take the train and get off at Kifissia station. In half an hour you will find yourself surrounded by nature, enjoying the most beautiful walks. Start your day with a nice coffee and a lavish breakfast. You will find plenty of beautiful coffee shops here. A walk on Syngrou Street will make you feel that you are in a traditional village, away from the city. Green is the dominant color. You also realize it due to the many parks that you can find here, where you can rest for a while. Many museums and galleries await you. If you hurry you will manage to visit plenty of them. Here, you will have the best brunch/lunch in many restaurants in the city center and beyond. The market is probably the best of Athens, since it has everything; you can find the most famous brands, but also huge and well known chain stores. If you want to rest your eyes a little and relax, you can walk on the recommended route of the preserved residences. In the evening, you can dine and have drinks in Kifissia or in New Erythrea and if you can handle more, you can always watch a movie in one of the cinemas around. Enjoy!


Perfume & Soap The Perfume & Soap is a paradise for those who love perfumes and soaps! The alluring perfumes (eau de parfum) are imported from France, which is the reason why they are even more powerful and longer lasting. The packing with the Perfume & Soap characteristic bow and the very low price of your favorite perfume brand are two more reasons that will make you love it! Handmade soaps, air fresheners and natural cosmetics complete the atmospheric mood of the Perfume & Soap shops.

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Papakostopoulos & Phountis

Hair Salon

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is located in the center of Kifissia and it is distinguished for its exquisite beauty services but also for its unique and warm environment. Its staff embodies the best professionals in their field of expertise and guarantees the best result in the appearance of their clients.

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ΜINT VINTAGE AESTHETICS Selected fashion-forward vintage designer items for women… 1 Kolokotroni str - Kifissia (1st floor) +3021 0623 1384 www.meanttobemint.com Facebook Page: MINT Vintage Aesthetics Instagram: meanttobemint


Kouvoutsakis Art Institute


The «Pinacotèque Kouvoutsakis» is a non-profit, public welfare institution founded in 1995 by Panayotis N. Kouvoutsakis for the purpose of promoting and propagating fine art with emphasis on Greek figurative painting and sculpture. It functions as a local cultural and exhibition centre in a privately owned building erected by its founder on the corner of Levidis and Papadiamantis Street in the centre of Kifissia. The permanent collection of artworks covers an area of approximately 2,000 sq. m., subject to standard museum requirements. Maintenance costs are wholly covered by donations from its founder, without financial help from municipal, government, European community or other sources. Admittance for the public is free. The premises are available gratis for cultural events and educational conducted tours. Address: 11 Levidou Street, Kifissia, 145 62 Athens Τel.: +30 210 6233682-3 Ε-mail : info@kouvoutsakis-pinakothiki.gr & kouvinst@otenet.gr Visiting hours: Tuesday to Friday 9.00 - 15.00 Saturdays & Sundays 10.00 - 15.00 Closed on Mondays and holidays. Admittance is free


Georgios Drossinis’ Museum The museum was founded in 1997 and housed in Villa Amaryllis, where the Greek poet, writer, journalist, publisher and social activist Georgios Drossinis, lived the last thirteen years of his life. Greek originals and translations of Drossinis’ poetic, literary, publishing and cultural work and many personal items belonging to the Association of Friends of the Drossinis’ Museum are on display and decorate the house. The Association is responsible for the continuous enrichment of the museum’s exhibits and its proper functioning, in cooperation with the Municipality of Kifissia, which is also the manager of Drossinis’ endowment. The museum exhibits, such as family heirlooms, notes, manuscripts, photographs of the poet and testimonials for his contribution to the Greek nation and in particular to the educational sector, modern greek literature and culture, depict Drossinis’ versatile personal life. Free entrance. Open all mornings except Sundays Info 210 8012642 Fax: 210 8014105 www.drossinismuseum.gr Ag. Theodori and D. Kyriakou - 145 62 Kifissia Tel: 210-8012642email: drossini@otenet.gr


Kifissia Archaeological Collection Opened in 2004, the Kifissia Archaeological Collection is located in a 1930s house, with exhibits on the main floor and an archaeological laboratory below ground level. Derived from excavations on private and public digs, the exhibits highlight the importance of northern Attica’s ancient cities. The area of Kifissia was continuously inhabited from the Geometric period until the Roman era, according to the archaeological evidence. Important finds from Kifissia, Maroussi and Pallini are on display, with the excavations of Attiki Odos well represented. Also of note is the collection of Roman sculptures, from the period when Herod Atticus was based in Kifissia. The exhibition’s most famous artefact is the headstone of Archestratus, discovered near the bed of the Panagitsas stream in Pallini and dating from 340 to 330 BC. The museum also showcases ceramics from all eras of antiquity, as well as bronze vases from local cemeteries. Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.


Βarber’s & Co

launched its operation in May 2013 in the center of Kifissia and is the ideal place for male grooming and more... The Barbers & Co offers haircut, shaving, dyeing, manicure, pedicure, waxing at affordable prices so anyone can enjoy them while relaxing in a sophisticated and warm environment. At the same time, one can find distinguished Greek male care products (Homer, Barbatus) to ensure the best possible result. In January of 2016, we are officially launching the new section for women who seek for a complete beauty care treatment! It is not a coincidence that Barber’s & Co clients in Kifissia visit it from all over Athens, showing confidence in its qualified staff and their extensive experience. Barber’s & Co, 16, Levidou Street, Kifissia Τel: 2167003132 Facebook: Barber’s & Co


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The first store was founded in 1978 in Athens, by Constantine Panagiotopoulos. It is a family business being active in the trade of footwear and leather accessories. In the three retail points of sale in Athens, Sider stores offer to our customers a wide range of branded products. Sider, also, is the exclusive distributor of famous brands and at the same time imports a variety of leather goods and accessories, emphasizing, always, on the unrivaled quality and the best prices. In Sider stores, customers can find a huge range of products of international brand names, such as Sebago, Timberland, Camper, Florsheim, Bikkembergs, Coala, Raniero Condi, See By Chloe, Moschino. For those, who seek quality products apart from clichĂŠ-ridden style, the Sider stores are the ideal shopping destination.

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The talented chef Stylianos Plytas, charged with the aesthetics and the design of an integrated menu, manages to pleasantly surprise you with his excellent creations.

L’ été

After a long course of studies and a significant experience in five-star hotels, he starts the menu with early proposals such as eggs benedict, crock madam, crock mashie, scrabble and omelets. The price winning chef proposes for your lunch french dishes like veal court bouillon, homemade tarts, salmon mille-feuille, but also more modern dishes such as ... bass roll with

wild rice, ecraze potato with salmon, pork tenderloin with parsley and sun dried tomato pesto sauce and confit potatoes. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a beverage from a variety of 50 different organic herb teas accompanied by the master chef ‘s, Stylianos Plytas’, french delicacies such as pavlova, éclair with forest fruits, chocolate fondue and apple pie. The culinary journey ends, accompanied by a piano, with a dinner of the excellent handmade creations of the chef, including saffron risotto, mushroom variety with white truffle, Vol au Vent, beef carpaccio, salmon tartar and cheese fondue.

7, Argyropoulou Street, Kifissia - +30 2108086811 www.lete.gr - Chef’s Email: stylianosplytas@outlook.com


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