Athens has a strong and vibrant culture that will make you fall in love with the city. The more you discover, the more you feel it. Take your time getting to know the city, and enjoy the romantic narrow streets of Plaka, Philopappus, and Thiseio. Visit famed sites like the sacred rock of the Acropolis, but be sure to also check out the hidden gems preferred by the locals – either downtown or in its northern and southern suburbs.
Grab a Bite in Exarcheia
The bohemian and “revolutionary” neighbourhood of Exarcheia is an old-time Athenian area extremely popular among college students because of the many nearby colleges and universities. Exarcheia is ideal for those who seek alternative entertainment, small taverns and bars with live jazz and rock music, or a quiet coffee break.
Here are a few of the great places to visit in the area: Oxo nou for traditional Cretan cuisine and raki, Ama lahei for ouzo and finger food, Kymatothrafstis for pies, oven-baked burgers, couscous and pancettas, Olea for Mediterranean dishes and fine wine, Mystic Pizza and Pasta for out-of-this-world pizza, Rozalia for incredible appetizers and delicious meals, Rififi for famous Greek flavours, Vergina – Achilleas, for Greek cuisine and grilled meats, Crepe Xarchia for crepes, and Pasta + Café for delicious salads and pasta. Exarcheia is also overflowing with amazing souvlaki and kebab places for a quick bite to eat.
Dine and Dance in Gazi and Keramikos
Popular among the younger crowds, Gazi and Keramikos are filled with taverns, raki bars, cafés, and after-hours entertainment including great cocktails, rakomela and live performances by famous DJs. Both areas have lots of trendy spots, ideal for people-watching and for checking out the hottest music.
Rest and Relax in Athens
Venture out with friends and family to explore downtown Athens, take the metro to visit Psyrri, Petralona, Panormou, and Halandri, or drive to Glyfada or Kifissia. All of these areas are perfect for grabbing a coffee and enjoying a homemade treat. Bring a newspaper or a book, chat with friends, and plan your next escape!
Tame your Appetite in Mount Parnitha
Mount Parnitha and its traditional taverns are only a short ride away from downtown Athens. Rejuvenate yourself, breathing in the fresh air while hiking the trails beneath the perennial fir forests and visiting the Bafi Refuge. On your way back, check out the taverns at the foot of the mountain that serve delicious grilled meat, like lamb chops, steaks, and roasted goat.
Here are a few of our suggestions: Vlahos, Agios Merkourios, Thea, or Kitsaronas for tender and delicious lamb chops, Pappas for burgers and Epirus pies with homemade phyllo, and Hani, Elatos, or Chryso Elafi for grilled meat.