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August - September 2011
“In Your Pocket: A cheeky, wellwritten series of guidebooks.” The New York Times
Strikes & Protests
Not what you think
Take the tram to the Med
N°20 - €2
E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S
Facts, habits, attitudes 6 10 12
A few thousand years in two pages
Districts of Athens
Be seen in the right places
A tram ride to the Med
Strikes & Protests A survival guide Culture & Events What’s on Where to stay
5* or hostels, the best is here for you
The central meat market
Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants How to avoid eating like a ‘tourist’ Cafés Join the ‘frappé’ nation 23 28
Nightlife One of the main reasons you’re here! 30 Gay Athens 34 36 40 42 46 49 53 56 59 60 66 August - September 2011
Sightseeing Monuments and Archaeological Sites
Acropolis Museum Museums Historic Buildings
Airplanes, boats and trains
Shopping Directory Maps & Index
Metro map City map Index
Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country.inyourpocket. Athens In Your Pocket athens. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. in Austria (Vienna). publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. especially around August 15th. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15.com . Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. riots are not.K. tel. so to answer all your questions and help you avoid any inconvenience during your stay we have compiled a “survival guide” with some advice on how to deal with strikes and demonstrations in the capital (p 15). with Amsterdam to follow very soon). the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August. as many places close for a few days at least. (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). (+370-5) 212 29 76). except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities. However it is advisable. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such.V. com/inyourpocket). drink and see. to call and check before your visit. Athens used to become a deserted city during August.com www.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. Since the economic crisis struck. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. regardless of the impression given by the international media. it is very likely that they will be back in September. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk). eat. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook. We receive many mails from readers asking about the situation with the strikes and riots and whether it is safe to visit Athens for their holidays. Lithuania tel. in Croatia (Šibenik). no matter what you have seen or read. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner.inyourpocket. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. we have the best places to stay. Vilnius. (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. All rights reserved. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors.inyourpocket. The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city.com www. And as always. E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S Athens In Your Pocket Harilaou Trikoupi 22 106 79 Athens Greece e-mail: athens@inyourpocket. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. Our answer is of course yes. We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering.
Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). and wish you an exciting. If you have your own car. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. but that of course depends on the traffic. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square.inyourpocket. loudly and clearly. you will soon discover. even an airport museum.8 miles) east of Athens. fairness. athens. Finally. situated 27 km (16. bus. taxi and.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. be it for business or pleasure. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. discover new ideas and speak their mind. spiritual landmarks and sport. Athens is a global capital. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. who are friendly. hospitable environment. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. We welcome all visitors to Athens. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. Easily accessible and strategically located. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. among others. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. invigorating and meaningful experience. You can always pick up a taxi which costs €35 (fixed price including all extras) during daytime and €50 ( fixed) between 00:00 and 05:00 . Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. car hire. democracy. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. where you must change to enter the metro system. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). Athens. unlimited development potential. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge.e. professional services. active and innovative. enjoyable and rewarding stay. highly-qualified. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. gastronomy. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. George Kaminis Mayor of Athens Arriving by boat From Italy to Patras : There are many connections across the Adriatic Sea and a few ferry companies operate between the Italian ports of Brindisi and Ancona and the port of Patras. day and night life. suburban railway. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others.com/greece/thessaloniki Arriving by train Unfortunately as part of the restructuring of the debt -ridden Greek railways all international routes that used to connect Thessaloniki with the Balkan capitals have been suspended.com August . If you are too far (i. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. Indicatively. Full of life and passionate about their town. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. newsstands. of course. innovation. multilingual human resources. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. shopping. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends.90). cafés. To get to town you have a choice between metro.September 2011 . chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. Belgrade and Istanbul. banks. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often.
9 million Total territory: 131. as you’ll be able to find it aplenty once you’re in the country) Alcohol Greeks tend to drink on social occasions and you will rarely witness scenes of extreme drunkenness in the streets or in bars. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. weapons. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. Diluted with water and ice. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. which make very good wines. Strangely enough. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. However. in practice. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. Mastiha is another pleasant. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. Finally. sweet-tasting spirit. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. In fact.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. Some bar owners serve cheap (methanol-based) spirit substitutes out of branded bottles and a great night out may end up in a miserable day in bed nursing a nasty hangover. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals.944 sq km (51. no less.U.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. explosives. which has evolved to survive many decades of Athenian nightlife: Well-known Greek singers perform live most nights in ‘bouzoukia’ nightclubs and that’s where a visitor can get a first-hand experience of the truly local sense of fun. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. It is.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. 1. laws are there to be broken. clubs etc. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. Disabled travellers Unfortunately..inyourpocket. however. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. Between the last Sunday of March and the last Sunday of October Greece is in the Eastern European Summer Time Zone (EEST): GMT +3 hours Customs There are no restrictions placed upon incoming travelers from other E. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. over the last few years many new Greek brands have been introduced into the market and are steadily gaining in popularity: Mythos and Alpha are the most popular. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. you shouldn’t worry. nuclear or biological substances.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). protected species.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2.com . flammable gases. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals..6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. with a pine resin flavour. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. i. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor.e. However. which is added during fermentation. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens.917m Length of coastline: 15. but then again. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. If you are arriving from non-EU countries.
com August .basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. there is no way you will be allowed to pay your share of the bill and if they ask you to stay over at their house.up-to-date. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. and find the cafes.with the functionality of the iPhone. Petty crime does exist. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. within-app dialling and web browsing. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English.obvious correctness of these views. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). We even supply high-resolution static street and transport maps (exactly the same as those in our guides) so you can enjoy In Your Pocket on your iPhone without racking up huge roaming charges. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. They tend to think that the rest of the world.But that’s fair enough. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. but for that same reason.inyourpocket. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. as well as at the Airport shops. Finally. bars and restaurants closest to you. If you avoid questioning the. And like In Your Pocket guides. meaning something between a sense of honour. It only has two lines (plus a pre-existing one which runs over-ground) but its stations are lined with marble and granite and are generously and tastefully adorned with artworks and replicas of ancient objects (in some cases. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. dignity and pride and is a highly-praised virtue in Greek society Health & Safety Athens is a polluted city but has come a long way since the eighties. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle.. even showcasing original archaeological material). your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. well-written and independent information . is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. you may still get the odd smoggy day and feel like you just woke up in Mexico City! There are no widespread infectious diseases that should be of concern to the visitor and no vaccinations are required prior to your visit. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. especially as a sole traveler. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. although it revolves around them. accurate. but if you avoid certain areas. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. and more are being released all the time. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often.September 2011 . embedded In Your Pocket video guides. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. This is known as ‘filotimo’. If you go out to dinner with locals.. and keep an eye on your belongings. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. athens.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. Or so the public water company says. New technology cars and buses and the transfer of all heavy industries outside city limits have reduced emissions to a bearable level for a city of its size.
Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. They have no respect whatsoever for pedestrians and cycling is a sure way to eventually land yourself as a client of the National Health Service (and that’s the last thing you want to do. legitimate music prices have been slashed during the last few years and you can now buy top-selling music from €5 (which is the same as the price for a pirate copy!) The Greek alphabet The Greek alphabet looks scary but once you learn how to pronounce each letter and combination of letters you can actually read Greek! Just give it a few minutes and you’ll be surprised. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations.com . Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. but that’s about it. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. Athenian roads are not in the best of conditions and this is exacerbated by the complete lack of coordination between the different governmental departments and public utility companies that regularly carry out roadworks and drill into city streets. this comes at a price: Parking lots. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. lead to a full-scale revolt). Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. As a result. 2002. take our word for it). As for understanding. practice and time.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. Like their Balkan counterparts. The ridiculously complicated pricing system is as follows: 50c for the first half hour increasing by 50c for every subsequent half hour and up to two hours (€2). 100 Ambulance tel. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. The traffic in the centre cannot get any worse and although public transport keeps improving with the introduction of new metro stations and tram lines.. over and under ground. Add to that the Greek judges’ sympathy for the young Nigerians when the unsympathetic police take them to court and you have one furious music industry. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. Αα Ββ Γγ Δδ Εε Ζζ Ηη Θθ Ιι Κκ Λλ Μμ Νν Ξξ Οο Ππ Ρρ Σσ Ττ Υυ Φφ Χχ Ψψ Ωω alfa pronounced as in c at beta as in vino gama as in yet delta as in the epsilon as in set zita as in zebra ita as in six theta as in theme ghiota as in six kapa as in key lamda as in love mi as in man ni as in new ksi as in tex t omikron as in box pi as in power rho as in run sigma as in sun tau as in tea ipsilon as in six fi as in fun chi as in hi psi as in tips omega as in box National Holidays Jan 1 New Year’s Day (Protochronia) Jan 6 Epiphany (Theofania) Feb 15 ( mov) Ash Monday (Kathari Deftera) Mar 25 Independence (Ikosti Pempti Martiou) Apr 24 (mov) Easter Sunday (Pascha) Apr 25 (mov) Easter Monday (Deftera Pascha) May 1 Labour Day (Protomagia) Jun 13 (mov) Holy Spirit Monday (Agiou Pnevmatos) Aug 15 Assumption of Virgin Mary (Dekapen- tavgoustos) Oct 28 1940 refusal to yield to the Axis Dec 25 Christmas Day (Christougenna) Dec 26 Boxing Day Note that ita (η). in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. 166 Fire Service tel. Police emergency tel. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. giota (ι). usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. It is not rare to witness the electricity or water company men drilling into a street that has just had a newasphalt layer applied only a week earlier! Cars are allowed into the city-centre (areas marked with a “Greek Delta” sign and called ‘Daktylios’) every second day. Once you remember the above. Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. Athens In Your Pocket athens. with mathematical precision. which is the maximum time allowed..inyourpocket. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. (αι) is pronounced e. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. This measure was introduced back in 1982. (ου) is pronounced oo. €6. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn.
210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. Kydathineon 22. something around five percent is the most common practice. Establishments over 70 sqm were obliged to provide separate smoking rooms and owners of places under 70 sqm were free to decide whether theirs will be a smoking place or not! The results were satisfactory in most working places. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. The truth is.U. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs.. code is +30 210 athens. however. Plaka. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. but in wonderful Greece. This was. a real treat for sultry summer nights. Ten percent is considered generous. 210 3420864 This cinema has hardly had any facelifts and that’s because it doesn’t need any (except maybe its chairs which are not very comfy).inyourpocket.and rightly so. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. the streets. Switzerland and the US. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009.com August . each with its own distinctive character. Apostolou Pavlou 7. Iceland. that many of these animals are not abandoned in the streets but are actually born there and live in neighbourhoods where people feed and water them on a daily basis. Exarchia. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. making it a completely different cinema experience. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. a fact that. Together with your chosen movie. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. Aigli G7. surely enough. Against all odds. Israel. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. 210 3369370 The poshest of all.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Vox G2. Norway. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions.. constitutes bad publicity for the city. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. tel. Australia. 210 3212476 A parking lot at the backyard of a theatre and a warehouse (during the winter) are transformed into a lovely cinema in the summer months. Sarri 40-44. For a full list of countries exempt from visa requirements for up to 90 days visit you can consult the Greek Foreign Ministry The Athens tel. Most are small gardens in their own right. Thissio. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. Open air cinemas used to replay winter movies but their new-found popularity during the last few years has resulted in many of them screening new films. Kolonaki. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. plays movies catering to all tastes. are: Cine Psirri D4. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. New Zealand. Dexameni Sq. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. tel. This was the reason the government came back and announced that from September 1 2010 there will be a universal ban in all public places with an eight month transitional period just for casinos and nightclubs. tel. you can enjoy food. like everything else in this country. laws rarely get in the way of people’s lives and most bars and many restaurants completely ignored the new law which became redundant in practice. Canada. Themistokleous 82. Just before the Olympic Games. Japan. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. tel. Thission C6. vaccinated and sterilised. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. However. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. Tipping Service charge is included in the bill in all restaurants and cafés but if you are pleased with the service it is customary to leave a few euros on the table. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. it will be the final nail in their coffin.tel. according to animal welfare organisations. Cine Dexameni H4. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. tel. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. Psirri. It is the most atmospheric of all. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride .September 2011 .. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. Cine Paris F6. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. on't miss the opportunity to spend an evening in true D Athenian summer style at one of the many open-air cinemas that operate throughout the capital when the weather gets warm. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. Zappeion Garden.
among other architectural masterpieces.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. 356BC: Alexander the Great. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. all flourished. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. which lasts until 446. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. 510BC: Hippias. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. is born in Pella. king of Pontus. c. the son of Peisistratus. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. Aeolians. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. Rebuilding of Athens begins. an Athenian herald. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. Aegeus. creation of a people’s court). c. Aeolian. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. construction of the first Agora. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. In his grief. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. 508-507BC: Democratic reforms of Cleisthenes in Athens upheld by the ‘Ekklesia’ (public assembly of male Athenian citizens with the right to vote at public hearings and elect magistrates). that he survived. Democracy. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. science. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city.com .inyourpocket. During this period. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. The Parthenon. In 451BC. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. architecture. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. philosophy. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. Athens In Your Pocket athens. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. son of Philip II. Sulla attacks the city. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. c. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. is built between 447-437BC. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. Sigeum.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. drama. including Pericles. During this period. Ionians and Dorians. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. held at Olympia. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. at the mouth of the Hellespont. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. sculpture. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. Legend has it that Pheidippides. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him.10 BC history c.
mainly in Athens and other major cities. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece.September 2011 . Greeks take to the mountains. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. Ioannis Kapodistrias. based on religious faith. following popular uprisings. In December. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. After a month of intense fighting. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. athens. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. the guerrillas surrender. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. Serbia. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. under the Treaty of Lausanne. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. 1973: In November. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. is partially destroyed. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. More than 50. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. The Byzantine Empire is established. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. King Constantine II flees the country. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. Presidential democracy adopted. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. Britain. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. End of the Byzantine Empire. 1913: Second Balkan War. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. Greece. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey.000 dead. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. which is renamed Constantinople. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. on October 28. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. with heavy support from the US. is crushed with bullets and tanks. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. 1912: First Balkan War.inyourpocket. Italian and Bulgarian forces. “No”. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. Military regime collapses in Athens. giving the country its final shape. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. Before his death. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey.com August . being on the winners’ side. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. The Acropolis. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. 1949: The National Army. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. 1941: In April. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. Crete unites with Greece. 1940: After occupying Albania. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. 1952: Greece joins NATO. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. advancing towards Albania during the winter.
taking in the golden sea views along the way. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. Enter the National Gardens. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks.G2. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. The old days’ frequent riots are now rare (with the exception of December 2008) but there is always a refreshing revolutionary feeling to make restless minds feel at home. head to Kolonaki. if posh dining is more up your street. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. Allow at least two hours for your visit. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. models and powerful businessmen.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. The nightlife here is excellent. MSyntagma. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. Monastiraki. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka.inyourpocket. A4 Bordered by Pireos. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. athens. Iera Odos. rockers and anarchists.MSyntagma. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés.H5. actors. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. The Athenian élite of politicians. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. Once you’re done with the sacred rock head to the new Acropolis Museum before you stop for a late lunch-Greek style somewhere around Thissio station. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. leftists. Enjoy your leisurely ride. exhibitions and festivals take place. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. Fortunately.com Athens In Your Pocket .inyourpocket. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants.com athens. mingle. Exarchia F2. Akadimias. from where you will board the scenic funicular (runs every half hour €7) or walk the lovely pine-lined pedestrianised path up Lycabettus hill (about 300m). Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. students. Enjoy lounging at the beach before taking the Tram back to downtown Athens and rounding the day off with dinner somewhere around Monastiraki Station with its numerous lively live-music establishments or. However. Kolonaki H4. if you wander off the beaten track. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. Patision (October 28th) Streets. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. high profile journalists. M Kerameikos. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. Board the metro to Syntagma station. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. show off and decide the future of the country. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. Beach attire. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. Countless tourist shops. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis.E6. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. M Omonia. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down. right in the centre of Athens. most dating back to the 1970s.
Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital.E5.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. clubs. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. theatres. Philopappou Hill. at night. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. or a Sunday afternoon. workshops. The food is generally average. as the masses started to move elsewhere. MThissio. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. Pireos.September 2011 . weird and suspicious figures. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. Metaxourgio B3.C3 Bordered by Pireos. If you head towards the back streets to the west of the square you’ll find yourself in the Athenian version of a China town. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. MKerameikos. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. Makrigianni hasn’t so far had very much to offer the visitor except its proximity to the ancient monuments and some tourist shops and restaurants. Syntagma.C5. Ermou. the pride and joy of the capital. MMonastiraki. imagine Socrates conversing with his disciples on these very same grounds and attune yourself to the rhythm of life of modern city-dwellers sipping their indispensable ‘frappé’ (iced coffee the Greek way) at one of the countless outdoor cafés directly facing the Sacred Rock. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind.D3. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. Buzzing and ugly. occasionally. Ancient Agora. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. street traders. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. Philopappou hill.inyourpocket. but. finally opened its doors last year transforming the district into one of the foremost attractions for visitors and Athenians alike and the area west of Athinas & September 3rd Streets. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. Iera Odos. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. MAcropolis. Syngrou Ave.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. Evripidou Streets. Athinas and Ermou St. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. Countless bars. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. with a new bar.F4. Panepistimio. Thissio. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. MMonastiraki. (Since then.E2. gritty and colourful. One of the oldest districts of Athens. athens. D2. with some exceptions. Achilleos Streets.E3 MOmonia. Like many other European cities.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days.F5 Bordered by Stadiou.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. lottery ticket sellers and.com August .
Bus E22 Agia Marina. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd.com . Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. 64 km. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. As a rule. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. Daily: 08:00-20:00. 44 km. children €8 Weekends € 25. Varkiza 27km Tel. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. weekends €11. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. children 6-12 yrs: €8. children €13 Yabanaki. 8 km. for a fee of course. Or. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. Bus E22 . Weekends: €17. the price includes the use of the swimming pool sun-beds and towels (and often lockers and changing rooms) and you can buy drinks and light snacks from the pool bar. Children under 6yrs free.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. Parking weekdays: €6. Bus E22 . Alimos. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. Sunbeds incl. Lagonissi 40km Tel. remember to bring a bottle of water. hats and everything else you may need.5. 15 km. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. Daily: 08:00-19:00. Alimos 10 km Tel. if you are really lazy. 69 km. As a general rule.inyourpocket. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . towels. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. children under 12 free. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. if you drive. Finally. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. Tram. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. 28 km. 210 8902000 Tram. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. all days. Weekends 09:00-sunset. Grand Beach. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. Astir Beach. 34 km. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). bus stop Lagonissi. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. Tram.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5).Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. Admission: Weekdays: €8. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas.
Instead. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. just head for the nearest protest and start loudly expressing your views about lazy Greeks who want to carry on riding the gravy train at Europe’s expense. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. Locals take it all in their stride. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. When a strike scuppers your plans. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre.September 2011 . Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. pulsating with protestors and police. The trains. It means that no air traffic controllers. take to the streets. consider the alternatives. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. only to find they’re not operating. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www.gr – has information in Greek and English. think about taking the bus or tram instead. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square .000 years ago. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. and reliable English information can also be found online. But strikes – be they for a few hours. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. So. not the rule. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. you may be a little surprised. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar.inyourpocket. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. Life goes on. Check out livingingreece. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. Welcome! Looking around. and a country crippled by constant strikes. Greek society has not imploded. Most strikes are announced in advance. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache.com August . a few days. That in itself is a good start. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. don’t despair.gr for regular updates. If you are staying at a hotel. Athens is a city best seen by foot. Just a few blocks away. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. athens. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger.oasa. The whole city is not in turmoil when BBC or CNN show protestors hurling stones and street furniture at riot police lined up in front of parliament. Flexibility is key. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map.ekathimerini. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. In addition to TV and radio news. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www.com.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o.
17:00. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections.ticketpro.24:00. at the start of the eighteen fifties. Of Scottish extraction. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. Egypt and Damascus in 1857. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi. This collection of photographs constitutes a unique archive of visual evidence to the condition of the monuments in Athens in the period following the Greek War of Independence. Sofias Ave MSyntagma. Admission fee: €7.15:00. 1 Koumbari St.inyourpocket. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56). he took his first steps as a photographer.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Wed.gr www.€40 14/9. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time. tel. www. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs. Sat: 09:00 . James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage . dating from 1853-54. Malta in 1856. There. where he lived out his days.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . €35 www. the Holy Lands.tickethouse.Pulp Terra Vibe . Fri.gr/www. QOpen Mon.benaki.gr. 210 367 1000.gr athens.ticketnet. Thu 09:00 . Sun 09:00 . & Vas.gr / www. he was an engraver and in 1841 was invited by Sultan Abdulmecid to take up the position of chief engraver at the Imperial mint at Constantinople. Using Constantinople as his launching pad – he lived there for forty years – he carried out photographic tours of Athens in 1853-54 and again 1856. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20.i-ticket.
Free admission.. to date.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF).17: ‘Bijoux de kant. MMonastiraki. Recording actions’.. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. when confronted with the remains of our collective past. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Under 12: Free. writers and local researchers as presenters. without official members. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. D5. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 .inyourpocket.24:00. tel. (+30) 6988391684. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts.com August . (+30) 210 3238757. Concessions:€4. MThissio.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. when the group was created. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean.. Sep 19 . Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis. Roman. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts.theartfoundation. using our own editors. and explores the fields of theatre. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. performance. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Closed Aug 1 . to contribute installations on the same theme. www. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. 210 3461981. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. contemporary music. Jul 21 .. Sun 11:00 . and Egyptian.www. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket.19:00. Group Filopappou is the result of a voluntary cooperative effort and numerous self-directed participants who have worked together in equal terms without a central organisation or leadership. Closed Mon.gr. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Normanou 5. Kind of. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. each artist. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . Iraklidon 16. the need for their message to reach its recipient.September 2011 . including the Greek. who reside in the Netherlands. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. athens.herakleidon-art. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse.gr. multimedia installations. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures.com/inyourpocket. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’.com.21:00. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . theory of art and poetic contemplation. Admission fee: €6. tel. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 .
Singles / Doubles: €180-300. www. Sofias 46.avahotel. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. Recently. Needless to describe its amenities. tel. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. fax (+30) 210 3312942. Q 22 rooms. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul. Internet is free of charge. Tudor Hall. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. no less. Doubles: €180-400. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. fax (+30) 210 3259001. a jacuzzi and a wonderful Parthenon view which is included in many of those international lists compiled for the rich and privileged of this world. Superior rooms: €295-450. you can wind down in the silent room.gr. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door.athens@hiltoncom. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size.com. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. Lysikratous 9-11. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character.. fax (+30) 210 7281111.. Syntagma Sq. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. www. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets.classicalhotels. Q 15 rooms. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. email@example.com. 4persons: €230-270. Suites: €500-€5000. (+30) 210 7281000. Triples: €140-170. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. Q 524 rooms. An outright riot of colours and shapes complemented by top class facilities will tempt you to spend your entire holiday inside the hotel! Q 51 rooms. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. Leokoriou 7.electra-hotels. Doubles: €190-210.gr. Singles: €150-200. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. 5persons: €250280. reservations. tel. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city. Syntagma Square.com. MSyntagma. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. barber’s shop. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.000.grandebretagne.com. a beauty salon. www. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. but you can always book a suite with living room. Aristotle Onassis and. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. info@semiramisathens. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48.inyourpocket.oandbhotel. MAcropolis. info@avahotel. Q 154 rooms. info@ grandebretagne. Psirri. MSyntagma. www. tel. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. MEvangelismos. Most impressive. MThissio. Q 102 rooms. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals.hiltonathens. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. Vasileos Georgiou 3. Internet is of course free-of-charge. as well as countless kings. tel. Singles: €160-250. is the list of its famous guests. (+30) 210 3370000.gr. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. fax (+30) 210 3250504. Athens In Your Pocket athens. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. fax (+30) 210 6284449.210 3443590. though. Kifisia. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape.com. MSyntagma.semiramisathens. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. a place of complete relaxation. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms.Doubles: €160-250. minimal decoration and calm atmosphere O&B has been known for have been carefully preserved and the guests now have a large choice of accommodation ranging from a standard double up to the ‘Acropolis Grand Suite’. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. com. Suites: €300-550. What we need to point out is its Spa. Although accommodation is ample. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family.Naomi Campbell. reserve@ oandbhotel.com. Nikodimou 18-20. then look no further than Semiramis. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. In Your Pocket will not stop crying out that Athens is in desperate need of reasonably priced accommodation at all levels and our list of recommendations is primarily based on the premise of the fairness of prices charged A during turbulent times and from its balconies. (+30) 210 3312950. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. Maria Callas. (+30) 210 3259000. www. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. tel. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. www. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. cigar store. tel. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka.com. Plaka. the 7th floor French restaurant. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests.gr. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. this hotel is a temple of modern living. Suites: €500-10. salesepath@electrahotels. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. The subtle luxury. Doubles: €130-160. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. An immense fitness centre.gr. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list.com . Pure luxury. Vas. www. fax (+30) 210 3241875.
Hermes bathroom sets. melia-athens@solmelia. with a high degree of privacy. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. Breakfast will brighten up your day. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Q 106 rooms. One of the top small hotels in the city. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. Suites: €200-250.gr. herahotel. a meeting point even for non-residents. (+30) 210 Hera E8.gr. (+30) 210 6989000. highly recommended hotel.com August . The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. Q 38 rooms. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. gr. www. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Pireaus 78. www. Haritos 22. info@herahotel. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. info@athensparkhotel. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. Renovated in 2010. eridanus@eridanus. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities.gr. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. Wi-Fi Internet is free. Acropolis view: €150-190. tel.inyourpocket.for thnet. www. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. www.com. (+30) 210 3378000. Doubles: €100-120. Being next to greenery in Athens is a huge privilege and Park Hotel stands right opposite one of the biggest parks in the centre of the city (Pedion tou Areos). This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. Situated on Ermou street. Try out the fitness centre. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Wooden floors. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details.com. Triples: €160-230.gr. fax (+30) 210 5200550. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. tel.herodion.gr.com. right across from the New Acropolis Museum.. 10 suites. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. Doubles: €100-150. Rovertou Gali 4.president. Suites: €200350. Q 126 rooms. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. Michalakopoulou 57. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis.goldenage.melia-athens. Kolonaki. Suites: €220. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. Q 122 rooms.gr. tel. www. Overall. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. info@periscope. Ermou 5. fax (+30) 210 9211650. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. MSyntagma. saleselath@electrahotels. The fitness centre. value for money. Doubles: €120-250. www.gr. MSyntagma. Q 22 rooms. MOmonia.com inyourpocket.Where to stay Electra F5. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500.gr. reservations@president. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. Q 516 rooms. tel. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation.com. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. goldenage@ath. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. Suites: from €170. PTJHAFLGKDW hhhhh 19 Symbol key P Air conditioning E Live music T Child friendly G Non-smoking areas O Casino R Internet D Sauna A Credit cards accepted S Take away U Facilities for the disabled L Guarded parking M Nearest station 6 Animal friendly C Swimming pool Mousikis. Singles: €110-200. with a sauna and a hamam. Doubles: €110170. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. Standard: €120-170. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. Singles: €100-130. An excellent. Q 38 rooms. MAcropolis. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. quite often with live music. tel. w w w.gr. stays open until 02:00.gr. Doubles: €165-190. 10. free Internet access. (+30) 210 7240861-9. Singles: €90-110. Singles: € 90-120. herodion@ herodion. Avenue bar. (+30) 210 9236832-6. www. Chalkokondili 14. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. fax (+30) 210 9238269.September 2011 . eridanus. (+30) 210 5205360. MAmpelokipoi. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. www. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum.gr. Falirou 9.periscope.electrahotels. Q 150 rooms. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. MVictoria. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43.. The roof top Penthouse bar and swimming pool will add a cosmopolitan touch to your stay while you’ll have a true 360 degrees view of the city skyline. A non-smoking wing is also available. tel. Singles: €150-170. tel.athensparkhotel. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100.gr. (+30) 210 7297200. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. a good. fax (+30) 210 7213965. tel. an excellent fitness centre and the brand new Gallo Nero all day restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and fine wines from Tuscany.gr. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians. If you have some extra euros to spare. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration.
All rooms are non-smoking and 14 have a see-through (from the bed) shower in case you can’t get enough of your companion. arethusa@ traveling. Doubles: €60-80. Singles: €90-120. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. www. just two minutes walk from the metro. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. Nikis 27. the rooftop restaurant.athensgate. titania@titania. com. omiroshotel@hol. Fallirou 37-39.gr. Syngrou 10. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. info@nikihotel. free Internet. Athinas 29. Makrigianni. Q 84 rooms. (+30) 210 9249050 . PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. The location is very convenient too. These days. fax (+30) 210 9223615. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. (+30) 210 3326000.gr. 210 3229431. Suites: € 200-250.gr. www. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). 1 suite. tel. Mitropoleos 6. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. A fine meeting room. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. tel. Q 22 rooms. MSyntagma. (+30)210 9288400. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. Omo- Omiros F5. www. (+30) 210 9215353. free WiFi included. an extra definitely worth asking for. MSyntagma. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Singles: €95-205. there’s something Parisian about it. Large central hotel. fax (+30) 210 9249052.gr.gr. fax (+30) 210 3229439. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. fax (+30) 210 3243124. gold and a few ancient replicas. Doubles: € 90-110. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. Doubles: €100-225. info@acropolismuseumhotel. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. (+30) 210 3212801. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. tel.gr. excellently located accommodation. Q 50 rooms. www. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. Some rooms boast large verandas.gr. so will you. www. Suite:€110-130. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner. Q 99 rooms. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. www. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. Suites: €270-340. MPanepistimio. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. Triples: €80-100. Family: € 200.acropolismuseumhotel.com. To name a few. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities.gr.gr. Singles: € 75-90. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. fax (+30) 210 9216938. tel. Magna Grecia. Just off the centre of action. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. a library. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights.com. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Drink one of the cheapest and best cappuccinos in the capital while trying to imagine what Athens used to look like from the eighth floor. Apollonos 15. Syngrou 48. firstname.lastname@example.org. www. attaloshotel. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. fax (+30) 210 3220886. Mitseon 3. Panepistimiou 52. tel. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. Q 22 rooms.com . omiroshotel. A sister hotel of Herodion.com. MAcropolis.com. M Acropolis. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. Arethusa F5. Olive Garden. (+30) 210 3220913. Q 80 rooms. Doubles. www. email@example.com. more impressive once you walk in. a gym and Ioannis. Rooms are basic. MAcropolis. no doubt.gr. fax (+30) 210 9215342.tac. info@attaloshotel. PTJARGW hhh athens. are more than spacious. tel. fax (+30) 210 3300700. Q 87 rooms. Some of the bathrooms. www. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. Time also equals information. Doubles: €75-95.philipposhotel. philippos@ herodion. firstname.lastname@example.org. Plaka. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. especially in executive rooms. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. tel. Singles / Doubles: €125 .gr. Q 230 rooms. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay. this is very good value for your money accommodation. This 1930s building was once a clinic.nikihotel. Q 385 rooms. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. select3@ otenet. Singles: €50-70. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune.gr. MSyntagma. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. Suites: €400. Singles:/Doubles €80-100.gr.gr. Acceptable.arethusahotel. tel. (+30) 210 9223611-4. www. The rooms are comfortable. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. fax (+30) 210 9237493. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . Tasteful and low key decor as well as helpful and professional staff guarantee a pleasant stay for those not looking for swimming pools and spa services but good value for money accommodation instead. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix.acropoliselect. tel.gr. Try the café on the mezzanine.200. Q 72 rooms. Q 40 rooms. Named after an Athenian nymph.royalolympic. www.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom.1. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. € 100-180. tel. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. tel. Singles: €100-150. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8.titania. Singles: €60-80. The facade stands out as it combines a modern glass surface with ancient architecture elements and the facilities on offer are excellent and include a swimming pool. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. Doubles : €100-140. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. MSyngrouFix.
inyourpocket. You can always chill out for free on the settees if you arrive in the middle of the night and your booking is for the next morning. Doubles €40. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. English speaking joint. M Acropolis. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area.com. tel. 6976 484135. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. www. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. “Fabian. Elspeth Geronimos.athenstyle. By the way. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. (+30) 210 9224044. Constructed in 2005. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights.gr. Singles: €40-70.gr.com August . There is a bar. Singles: €60-80. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7.gr. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens.gr. Epikourou 16. This is one of our top low budget favourites. email@example.com. PJAB AthenStyle D5. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. M Thissio. Mitropoleos 11. athensstudios.gr. Doubles: €70-100.. Triples: €96. Q Dorms: €15-20. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. Q 22 rooms.Q Dorms: €20. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. If it’s luxury you’re after. 210 9235811. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. info@backpackers. Suites: €100. M Acropolis. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. Doubles: €35-50. MVictoria. organised by Athens Studios. www.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. www. PJR6 hh 3237816. com. tel. tel. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. www. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. firstname.lastname@example.org. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. info@athenstyle. look elsewhere.gr. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. tel. Psirri. tel. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. If you are the type who prefers to stay close to nightlife this new hostel is a perfect choice as it is located right in Psirri. Named after ancient god Pan. tel. The Internet is free of charge. Dogs are more than welcome! Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a glimpse of the “Athens by night” walking tour. fax (+30) 210 3237819.centrotel. Q 59 rooms. Mitropoleos 46. Q Singles: €22-26. (+30) 210 3217871. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. (+30) 210 32 44 808. Pittakou 6. studios: € 60-150. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. consolas@hol. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure.EP16. com.panhotel.Where to stay Budget 8258010. www. with people who know where to take you. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. MAcropolis. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. info@ hotelmetropolis. tel. it is a super-clean and modern hotel with a helpful and professional staff that would be more than adequate in a five star establishment. The rooms are less than basic but then again. Negotiable for long term stay. If you’re lucky enough. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). Q Dorms: €25. Veikou 3A. pleasant homey but minimal environment. Triples €50.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. Agias Theklas 10. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more.com.com. tel. Makri 12. Private rooms pp €15-30. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle.gr. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. Doubles: € 40-80. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens.September 2011 . gr. www. this family business is a respectable choice. Q 33 rooms. studenttravellersinn. PTJA6GB W W athens. PJARGW raki. backpackers.hotelfivos. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. fax (+30) 210 3217469. Minimum stay 3 days. MSyntagma. All the rooms are non-smoking. Triples: €60-100. www. the lady in charge. Breakfast is also available on demand. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. Thissio. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. and as basic as you can get. (+30) 210 3248165. Kidathineon 16. Q Dorms: €18-25. it is located in the heart of Plaka. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7.hotelmetropolis. Doubles: €40-50.. fax (+30) 210 3219991. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats.gr. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. info@centrotel. as is reasonably priced accommodation. M Syntagma. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. MAcropolis. Doubles. www. English-speaking. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience.gr. tel. (+30) 210 3225010. www. info@boutiqueathens. What you’ll get here is a clean room for a good night’s sleep and great opportunities to meet free style travelers like yourself. as most hostels in Athens. Look out on the notice board for announcements like.
Its crammed tables lining the pavement. even in winter. info@jacksonhall. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. www. www.01:00. tel. tel. (+30) 210 9300000. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. www. €€. tel. (+30) 210 3219908. tel. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. Sofokleous 1. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4. Athens got its own Wagamama recently and those of us who never miss the oportunity to enjoy its fresh and delicious Asian meals abroad got really excited! The quality and prices are the same as in every other Wagamama around the world but it is a shame that this first Athenian restaurant is housed in the open space of a shopping mall. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. €€€. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. Closed Sun.inyourpocket. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls.com. They take no phone reservations. (+30) 210 3410418. Kifissias Avenue 37. tel. (+30) 210 3616098. M Pane. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. Panepistimio. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town.01:00. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall.01:30. Your experiences are always appreciated. €€€. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration.com/athens. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously.com athens.01:30. MSyntagma. Filellinon 18. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . QOpen 09:00 .jacksonhall. This restaurant is so authentic. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. burgers. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. gr. are a distinctively Athenian landmark.blackduck. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed.There is no admission charge for the performances. Hristou Lada 9.gr. Hidden in a lovely atrium this is a modern barrestaurant and at the same time a music stage where bands perform live jazz on a daily basis.redindian. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). QOpen 18:00 . Milioni 4. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. exclusivity and attitude. QOpen 10:00 . forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. MThissio. (+30) 210 3252758. tel. tel.gr. PTJAU Red Indian D3. €€€€. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. Closed Mon. €€€€. (+30) 210 6441215. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. €€. Athenians have become true cosmopolitan diners but Kona Kai remains a point of reference for the knowledgeable who come here time and again to enjoy excellent food prepared by top Polynesian chefs. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. tel. tel. Kolonaki. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one.00:00. QOpen 21:00 . Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. €€. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou.02:00. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting.hardrock. MKerameikos. among hundreds of establishments. MSyntagma.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. This Polynesian restaurant became a synonym for fine dining in an era when Athenians were as used to international cuisine as they were used to snow sledges. after all. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. MSyngrou-Fix. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. but once you’re there you can request a table.00:00. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building.gr. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. Sun 18:00 . Go ahead. Gazi.com . In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square. view. Great location too. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. Sun 02:00 . All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket.00:00. QOpen 12:00 . live up to its eclectic clientele). One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. www. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening.gr. QOpen 10:00 . Do not dress too casual.11:30. 210 3234760. A quarter of a century later. MAmpelokipi. Service is very professional. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. (+30) 210 3211882. www. QOpen 20:00 03:00. QOpen 10:00 01:30. you know that. Epikourou 25 Psirri. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. you should consider checking this out.wagamama. location.
Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. rabbit. Gazi. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. Chez Lucien A7. it became an instant hit. (+30) 210 4080017. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. Try out some of his creations such as dumplings filled with a feta cheese mousse and served with pomegranate syrup or orzo risotto style with lobster that will impress even the most demanding fans of gastronomy.17:00. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). QOpen 20:30 . PTJAB Kanella A4. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. Politicians and fellow journalists. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices.03:00. Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. tel. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). PJA Alatsi K5. rabbit etc). QOpen 14:00 .inyourpocket. MThissio. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. €€. PTA August . Very nice thought to offer a €20 lunch menu of the same quality as dinner but watch out: wine is not included and it is not cheap. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. PTJA Milos K5.02:00. QOpen 13:00 . in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. QOpen 13:00 . (+30) 210 3240133. tel. QOpen 12:00 . MKerameikos. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. PJA (+30) 210 3464236.com . (+30) 210 3410107. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. tel. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently.€30 per person €30 . Petralona. €€. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. (+30) 210 3638525. MAcropolis. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. (+30)210 9288400. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. tel. tel. MSyntagma. tel. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. QOpen 13:00 . One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. QOpen 14:00 . Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . brought in from around the country. low prices and a fashionable clientele.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. Hilton hotel. PJAB Mamacas A4. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Kuzina C5. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). which is shipped in on a daily basis. €€€€.01:30. Cold lentil salad and lemon lamb are our favourites while the house wine is an acceptable choice if you want to keep your bill at really low levels.00:00. MAcropolis. Closed Aug €€€. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. tel.01:00. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . If you are looking for real.01:00. Watch out for its live DJ sets. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. Closed Aug €€€. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. Troon 32. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. (+30) 210 7244400. (+30) 210 9218180. Adrianou 9. it offers modern Greek cuisine. QOpen 13:30 03:00. Sun 13:00 . Makrigianni. MKerameikos. MEvangelismos. tel. tel. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city.01:00. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. €€. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. Closed Sun. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking.01:00. MEvangelismos. (+30) 210 3476320. MKerameikos. €€€€. (+30) 210 3464984. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal.01:00. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. A relatively new entry. Metaxourgio. As for dining here. among others. €€€. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. Falirou 10. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. €€. among others. this is your first choice. QOpen 12:00 . with a geat Acropolis view. Pir eaus. PTJB athens. You may have to share your table (there is also one hanging upside down from the ceiling but we doubt you can dine there) and you’ll enjoy original French specialties prepared in the open kitchen and French wines at very reasonable prices.Restaurants French tel. Snails. Closed Mon. Thissio. Gazi. If you are a train spotter. PJAB ManiMani E8. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant.they take no phone reservations. MThissio. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. QOpen 13:00 .02:00.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. Konstantinoupoleos 104. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . Traditional forgotten Greek recipes prepared with the freshest ingredients and a modern twist and a breathtaking view of most city landmarks (you can almost touch the Temple of Olympian Zeus) make this restaurant well worth of one of your less casual Athenian nights. QOpen 12:00 . You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. Vasilisis Sofias 46. plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. €€. M Piraeus. PJA Tirbouson A3. Persefonis 41. Panepistimiou 10. Impeccable white couches inside.
€€. Thu 19:30 . A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. Closed Mon. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). A daytime-only restaurant. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good.24:00.01:00. QOpen 13:00 . MSyntagma.varoulko. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. Exarchia. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. tel. tel. if you prefer to opt for sweets. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. Lefteris Lazarou.gr. €€€€. QOpen 12:00 . PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6.B5. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. tel. An old house. Rozalia is a garden taverna that has been around for almost three decades and is considered an institution in simple original Greek cooking among its regulars that include students. yet simple menu. QOpen 13:00 . €€€€. MPanepistimio. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. Apollonos 40. Petralona. Sun 12:00 . MThissio. Dining here makes one feel like an extra in an old black and white film and rightly so…the place has provided the setting for many Greek films of the sixties.00:00. €€. the main dishes. Closed Sun. €€.01:00. 210 7520658. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. €€€€.18:00. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent.01:00. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. tel. QOpen 14:00 .inyourpocket. Sun 13:00 . Pangrati. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. QOpen 20:30 . Plaka. right on Syntagma square.01:00. €€€.16:00 & 19:00 . Valtetsiou 44. tel. (+30) 210 3301369. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. Pireos 80. Valtetsiou 58. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. Prices are dead cheap and. €€. Pyrronos 5. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. 210 5228400.Vouliagmeni. MThissio.gr. PJN Doris E4. Plaka.17:30. high ceilings and Greek pillars but we recommend you book a table on the terrace where you’ll feel you can almost touch the floodlit Parthenon. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. PAUG Spondi I8. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. (+30) 210 3225084.You’ll be tempted to pick most of the fifteen starters that will arrive as soon as you take your seat but don’t get carried away.12:00. www. The hands-on consumption of copious amounts of barbecued lamb chops constitutes a time-honoured ritual that has survived the refinement of the modern Athenian. tel. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. €€€€. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. Closed Sun. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. New York. Closed Mon.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. The emphasis of the menu is on grilled meat but there are other typical Greek dishes on offer and the quality and taste of almost everything we tried was exeptional. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. Sat 19:30 . QOpen 20:00 . Praxitelous 30. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. TJN Varoulko C4. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. salvaged from demolition. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently. Kidathineon 41. tel. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. Erechtheos 16. (+30) 210 3821685. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. 210 3450288. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. (+30) 210 3232671. 210 8960510. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. tel. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. MOmonia. MOmonia. (+30) 210 3222210. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience.0:30. Mezedopolio: Taverna specialising in ‘mezedes’ (entrées-nibbles) Ouzeri: Taverna specialising in ‘mezedes’ that are best accompanied by a carafe of ouzo Tsipouradiko: Taverna specialising in ‘mezedes’ that are best accompanied by a bottle of ‘tsipouro’ Kappari A8. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. QOpen 09:00 . MSyntagma. tel. Georgiou A. MSyntagma.spondi. QOpen 12:00 . Metaxourgeio. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers.01:00. you won’t mind the bill. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. PJAUB Yantes G2. Dorieon 36. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Wed. Kerameikos. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. Exarchia. tel. (+30) 210 3218733. QOpen . €€.www. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka.00:00. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients.17:00. Syntagma Sq.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. PTJNS Ilias C5. Closed Sun. Tue. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. a no-frills.com . tel. Fri.
tel. This is definitely one of those places that has survived for decades in an area full of frills and attitude and poor excuses for Greek restaurants. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. Kolonaki. but then again. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. (+30) 210 3641414. Kolonaki. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2.01:00. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. QOpen 12:00 . Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. or ‘garides saganaki’. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. universally known as Greek Salad. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. Closed Sun. QOpen 13:00 . Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. Persefonis 19. PTJAB Drinks Ouzo Traditional aniseed-flavoured spirit usually accompanying seafood ‘mezedes’ Tsipouro Traditional strong spirit Raki Traditional strong spirit similar to tsipouro Rakomelo ‘Raki’ blended with honey. Loukianou 26. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. Lekka 22. simple.inyourpocket. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. layered with mince meat. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. peppers (and less usually. tel. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. €€. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. MOmonia. Gazi. tel. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. Taverna tou Psirri D4.and checked table cloths. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. Exarchia. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. MMona- stiraki. (+30) 210 3214923. QOpen 13:00 . which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style.19:00. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. together with a generous amount of shallots. €€. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. MSyntagma. €€€.01:30. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. green peppers. As for the bill. €€. PTJ 210 7237757. PJA To Kafeneio I5.01:00.) / Mezedes (pl. complete with wooden floors and chairs. open-air kitchen. Its location is very convenient should you wish to continue your evening in the nearby bars in this small but lively nightlife neighbourhood on the borders of Kolonaki and Exarchia. Eschylou 12. QOpen 13:00 . Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. tel. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. tel.com . Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). raisins). PJA M Panepistimio. QOpen 12:00 . Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. (+30) 210 3304333. just don’t worry about it. aubergines and bechamel sauce. pine nuts. €€. Closed Sun. Andrea Metaxa 30. PTJA August . olives. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie.00:00. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq.02:00.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. cucumber. tel. (+30) 210 3227298.01:30. Of course. This meat-only restaurant looks like an old butcher’s shop and serves fine organic meats and local varieties of sausage supplied directly from every corner of Greece. (+30) 210 3413440. M Kerameikos.September 2011 athens. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. €€€. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). accompanied by its good quality house wine. Psirri. Popular varieties are the shrimp. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. the owners set up shop next door. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon.
Central Market. €. Q Open 12:00 . make up the GB experience. Sun. As expected. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider.late.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. tomato. Mr. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. JS tel.01:00. Psirri. Closed Sat. Closed Sun. Closed Sun. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. Pentelis 5. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. This classic brasserie. tel. (+30) 210 3252591. MSyntagma. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. Psirri. Agias Eirinis Sq. tel. He set up shop at a new location to serve his many loyal fans who insist that he makes the best souvlaki in Athens since 1950. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. ‘high-society’ crowd. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. Sun. MOmonia. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. (+30) 210 5150550.16:00. QOpen 24h. Q Open 13:00 . Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. Art-deco atmosphere. Q Open 13:00 . from his narrow kitchen. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. JBS GB Corner G5. Closed Sat. PJAW Kostas F5. JNS stiraki. €€€€.16:00.com . You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. €€€. take our word for it. Do not expect seating and service. This psitopolio has been serving the working crowds of Psirri since 1967 and has maintained a loyal clientele even these days with the hundreds of choices in the area. Q Open 12:00 . For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. But the souvlaki is top class. MThissio. Kostas is back in business.inyourpocket. No Telephone. Panepistimiou 52. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. tel. MSyntagma. Hotel Grande Bretagne. €. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. Q Open 13:00 . as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. (+30) 210 3218219. (+30) 210 3330000. Very conveniently located. Q Open 12:00 . M Evangelismos. Sun. Every day. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. Closed Sat. and its lovely garden. €€€€. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. €.24:00. This is actually an address as this place has no name. tel. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. €. Closed Sat. MThissio. Evripidou 86. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. That having been said. when all national newspapers were based downtown. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. M Panepistimio. This atmospheric and elegant restaurant is situated on the roof of Titania hotel and is an excellent choice for night out in style in the middle of an olive grove facing the floodlit Acropolis. €. However. Q Open 12:00 . €€. (+30) 210 3326000. a fridge and a sink. none is served here. Psirri. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. JS Telis D4. a meeting point for government officials. PJS Nikitas D4.16:00. but it is worth it. PJA Iroon Square E5. with a slight preference for fish and seafood.01:00.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Q Open 12:00 . And you’ll pay for it accordingly. €. Iroon Square 6. JBS 210 3228502. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. (+30) 210 3242775. is very easy to spot Nikitas. Q Open 10:00 . Agion Anargyron 19. Sun. french fries. (+30) 210 721 08 93. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. tel. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. Evangelismos Grove. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. tel. Closed Sun. M Monastiraki. MMona- Kosta E5. It doesn’t need one as it has been well known for years for its tasty fare among its fans who queue everyday during lunchtime to enjoy high quality kalamakia and meatballs served on their own or inside half a loaf of normal bread. tel. MMonastiraki.18:00.
PTA Glykis F6. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success.usually on weekends. (+30) 210 3813358. MMonastiraki. with some innovative dishes on offer. but that’s our job after all.01:00.00:00. Closed Sun. youthful environment. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. Psirri. tel. it manages to create a lively. Agelou Geronta 2. €€. tel. tel. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. We don’t often recommend restaurants outside the city centre unless we think that the food you will enjoy there is really worth a short bus or tram ride. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 13:00 . Exarchia. Closed Mon. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. (+30) 210 3218222. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which.01:00. JNB athens. (+30) 210 3478050.the ideal people-watching spot. tel. Paleo Faliro. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. €€. Persefonis 15. €€. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. Astigos& Philippou. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. Rethymnis 12. Valtetsiou 51. QOpen 12:30 . this is worth checking out. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. QOpen 08:00 . The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. QOpen 14:00 . Exarcheia. Gazi. (+30) 210 3240716. Plaka. (+30) 210 8230313. Closed Mon. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. Kolonaki. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches.Restaurants Salero G2. tel. If you’re looking for an unaffected.01:30. tel.inyourpocket. MVictoria. True to its name. Situated in the lively nightlife area of Psirri and brimming with a casual crowd of students sipping their “rakomela” (traditional sweet but in no way innocent drink concocted by warming up raki -a strong spirit. QOpen 13:00 .02:00. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. €€. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. PTJB tiraki. Q Open 10:00 . JB 9837498.with honey). €€. Omirou 11. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. €€. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel.com August . The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. MKerameikos.01:00. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . Tapas are always up for grabs.September 2011 . one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. MMonastiraki. (+30) 210 3624825. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. MMonastiraki. It is not dirt cheap but the quality of the food served (everything is fresh and deliciously cooked) makes it a good choice for an ouzo lunch among politicians and local businessmen. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. Food is more than satisfactory. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. QOpen 20:00 .01:30. MVictoria. Humble but real food. Miaouli 22.02:00. Glykis is an ouzeri just off Plaka square frequented mainly by students and some tourists where you can have an ouzo lunch accompanied by a pikilia (a plate of assorted mezedes) coming in different sizes depending on the number of people sharing. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. €. MPanepis- Surreal F1. Naxos D5. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. tel.Thissio. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. (+30) 210 3223925. MMonas- Rebecca D4. PJA Sardeles A5. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz .01:00. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses.
Exarchia. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. QOpen 09:00 .com. (+30) 212 1006147. MMonastiraki. Tsakalof 1. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). that hosts a large number of art events. tel. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised..02:00. tel. Closed Sun. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. M Syntagma.50-2. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. New entry. JB Krinos E4. QOpen 10:00 . tel. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. PJB Inoteka D5. Sun 11:00 .24:00.15:30. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. Thu. Thissio. Monastiraki. Also loukoumades. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . There is a long wooden table. just step upstairs to the night club. you are right on Exarchia square after all. (+30) 210 3212493. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. video art projections and performances. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. tel. Ginger Ale is no place like that. cold snacks and sweets are on offer from early in the morning and when the evening comes electro and ambient dub sounds by different DJs attract young and fashionably alternative crowds. Coffees. Plaka. (+30) 210 3612850. (+30) 210 3240944.20:30.24:00. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building.50-6. magazines and board games. concerts. MVictoria. These days. it is rather a part of an alternative art house. Fri 07:30 . that it is getting a bit boring. (+30) 210 3216852.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. refreshing and healthy dessert.00:30. Monastiraki. not least because of the cheap and soulless imitations of 60s objects and furniture used en masse by owners who in their effort to differentiate their place achieve the exact opposite result.02:00. despite the occasional refurbishments. Skoufa 34. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. tel. QOpen 08:00 . like fresh fruit. Adrianou 39. Situated right next to the Museum. Themistokleous 74.20:00. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. exhibitions. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. PJB Da Capo H5. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. Aiolou 23. boozecooperativa. MThissio. tel. Closed Mon. (+30) 210 3246446. Monastiraki. MMonastiraki. QOpen 10:00 . Akamantos 2. Famous outdoor café. QOpen . guaranteed additive and preservative-free. PJ Klepsidra E6. (+30) 210 3253323. PJB Ginger Ale G2. MMonastiraki. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. tel. Kolonaki Sq. Fri 08:00 . ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. Despite its unremarkable décor. This isn’t just a simple “place to drink your coffee” choice but a way of life for some of its regulars who spend hours here on a daily basis practicing the intricate ancient art of checking out passing crowds.00:30. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. MSyntagma. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. booze@boozecooperativa. MMonastiraki.com. QOpen 07:00 . MOmonia. www. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. New Acropolis Museum. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. tel. QOpen 08:00 . this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). Booze Cooperativa. (+30) 210 3473133. QOpen 10:00 .03:00. Kolonaki. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. PTJUB Aiolis E5. PJ6E tel. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. (+30) 210 9000901.02:00. tel. This is not an ordinary café.late. Sat 07:30 . The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. MAcropolis. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. cereal. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. Aiolou 87. JB Filion H4. PJNB Booze E4. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. Avissinias sq 3. Q Open 07:30 . Tue. (+30) 210 3301246.50) and snacks and salads (€2. Kolokotroni 57. tel. Someone should finally set an example in this overcharging city and what a nice surprise: it was the brand new Acropolis Museum with its two cafés. This café has been around since the twenties. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. QOpen 10:00 . but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. This is one of the few cafés under this label in the region and is situated in the picturesque spot just above Monastiraki Metro station.00:00. Athens In Your Pocket . PTJNS Museum Café F1. (+30) 210 3312839. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. tel. (+30) 210 3602497. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). Wed. as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. MMonastiraki. Mon. actors and high profile celebrities. hidden behind jumbles of old furniture and every kind of second hand item sold in Avissinias square this all day café-bar is a perfect stopover during your wanders in the city.late. QOpen 08:00 .02:00. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. a light lunch comes at low prices.
expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. It’s a strange combination but. Skoufa 47-49. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. QOpen 09:00 . restaurant.an oasis in the noisy city centre. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. 210 3257644. MSyntagma.02:00.22:00. PJA Stavlos C5. MSyntagma. snacks. tel. One of the hottest night spots in town these days.late. Food is respectable and reasonably priced.gr.com. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . Service is efficient and polite. Plaka.gr. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere .01:30. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. London and New York. 25. MSyntagma. Kerameikos. QOpen 08:00 . A historic café that opened its doors again. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom.stavlos. tourists and all sports fans who love watching a game of their favourite sport the right way: with lots of beer and a fun atmosphere. (+30) 210 3229805. This bar is divided into 3 parts. (+30) 210 3245862. MKerameikos. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. soul and hip-hop. M Thissio.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar.03:00.02:00. MSyntagma.02:00. MSyntagma.gr. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. www. QOpen 20:00 .brettosplaka. Psirri. QOpen 11:00 . & Praxitelous Gallery. Pireos 84. now a café. National Gardens. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. Panepistimiou 12. a bustling section and. tel. Kydathineon 41. The King’s stables once. QOpen 20:00 . (+30) 210 3425335. a stage for live performances.September 2011 . tel. QOpen 09:00 . M Syntagma. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. a space for those who like a bit of both.20:00. tel. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. tel. Irodou Attikou entrance.02:00.03:00. QOpen 10:00 . it has been one of the big hits of the last season. for this freestyle coffee shop. (+30) 210 3426322. sandwiches. Iraklidon 10. M Panepistimio. (+30) 210 3232110. bios. try finding a table next to the almond tree. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. MAcropolis. Veikou 3A. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. sweet crepes. If you visit in early spring. Bios B4. progressive. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’.3:00. bios@bios. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. in the middle. The café offers a large selection of snacks. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. Lekka 14. PJ National Gardens café H6. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. If you want to stay out of sight. a designer and his team. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. €. tel. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. QOpen 09:00 . www. M Syntagma. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. Closed: Aug 13-24. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. A sitting room for quiet conversations. Kolokotroni St. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. QOpen 10:30 . if you lose track of time. (+30) 210 3211158. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. Monastiraki. As central as it gets. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. QOpen 09:00 . Kleitiou 6. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. The place itself has the minimal-industrial feel of the ‘Bios’ school but most people stand outside right in the heart of the city’s historic triangle. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky . J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. huge ice cream servings. PJK Ambariza F5. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. Coffees. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. A minimal bar. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3643774.athenssportsbar.23:00. This is where you’ll find your average arty type sitting side by side with your typical mid 30s ladies taking a break from their strenuous shopping spree. Makry. tel. www. As for the music. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. A small café with character. try the upstairs level. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’.gr. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants.jazzy tunes. it seems to work out fine. (+30) 210 3645888. tel. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. PTJ raki. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. Thissio. tel. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. Although they serve food. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. PJB Bartesera F5.01:00. tel. QOpen 12:00 . Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. www. PJA Brettos F6. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. PJB Baba Au Rum E5.
PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. PAB Mai Tai I4. Lekka 14. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. Athens In Your Pocket athens. PJB Gazaki A4. Minimal decoration for low profile people. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. PA Pairidaeza F4. Triptolemou 30. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. Original seventies. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. This is a wine bar and shop where you can taste top quality Greek wines and rare spirits and take away those you loved most. Amazing city view. (+30) 210 7258306. (+30) 210 3413395. Syntagma. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. QOpen 10:00 . Kolonaki. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. with not-so-young regulars. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. (+30) 210 3229374. QOpen 10:00 . and those who come in later. It looks quiet from the outside but that’s only because this is a residential area and many locals have complained about the noise in the past. Gazi. (+30) 210 728 10 00. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. If too much socialising makes you hungry. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. It feels good to be able to take part in a conversation without having to scream one’s lungs out in order to be heard. (+30) 210 3458534. but do come along to the roof bar of the Athens Hilton if you’re the type who only feels at home when mingling with important (looking) people. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. Agisilaou 61. Stadiou 10. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. PJ Nixon B4. QOpen 21:00 . It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types.Sat 10:00-01:00.02:00. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types. Vintage at its best. QOpen 21:00 . QOpen 21:00 . tel. Sofias Ave 46. A wild-west touch. (+30) 210 3608269. MKerameikos. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. don’t worry. (+30) 210 3462007. Voutadon 42.03:00. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. (+30) 210 3466055. tel. MPanepistimio. (+30) 210 3210233. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. In the summer or when weather permits.03:00. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. Pop. Live performances organised from time to time. MSyntagma. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. Triptolemou 31. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. Paradise in Persian. all at the…appropriate price.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. MKerameikos.03:00. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. MEvangelismos.02:00. tel. past metro opening hours. tel. (+30) 210 3460901. Kolonaki.12:00. a happy medium. with wood used as the key decorating element. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’.03:00.02:00. MKerameikos. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively.02:00. Ampelokipoi. Parnasou 3. This is a good choice for Kolonaki beginners in the sense that it doesn’t feel as exclusive as other establishments in the area (without of course being completely laid back). Vas. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. En Delphis G3.03:00. as such. tel. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. tel. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). Gazi. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. QOpen 11:00 .com . this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. Fri . PJ Hoxton A4. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. (+30) 210 322 77 33. tel. a long bar. QOpen 15:00 . Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. MSyntagma. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. MKerameikos. It’s almost pitch black in there. A great place to buy a stylish gift to take home with you only a minute’s walk from Syntagma squareQOpen Mon -Thu 10:00 . tel. PJEK Capu F5. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. tel.inyourpocket. MPanormou. Situated on Karitsi Square. tel. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. QOpen 10:00 . and. Delfon 5. QOpen 21:00 . There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. JB Nipiagogeio A5. tel. Closed Sun. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. Should you decide to go out late. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. Gazi. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka.02:00. QOpen 10:00 . you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife.03:00.02:00. Basically. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. PJ tel. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. Metaxourgeio. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. QOpen 17:00 . fine cocktails and delicious finger food. MEvangelismos. tel. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. M Panepistimio. QOpen 11:00 . There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. only to return a little later to wrap up the evening by knocking back tequila shots and mumbling utter nonsense to the person who as it happened was unfortunate enough to be standing next to you. Driving there is also an option. glass in hand. QOpen 10:00 . 210 3226844. (+30) 210 6911672. MKerameikos. Ploutarchou 18. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club.04:00.
A classic already. (+30) 210 3235055. barrels. Just watch your fingers.stinpriza. order. QOpen 10:00 02:00. nonetheless. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. (+30) 210 3244101. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. Skoufa 46. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. (+30) 210 3311555. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers.S. MMonastiraki. (+30) 210 3471844.G. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif.01:00. in the evening. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. tel. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. depending on the resident dj. PJ Six D. QOpen 10:00 .September 2011 .Nightlife Priza Bar F4. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. Avramiotou 6-8.03:00. tel. MPanepistimio. in the late afternoon.inyourpocket. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. One of our favourites.O. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. (+30) 210 3392370. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. all cater for selective crowds of the city. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. Start off with interesting Spanish nibbles in the small dining area and end up knocking back the greatest mai tais you’ve tasted since your last trip to Madrid. Triptolemou 44. it serves coffee and sandwiches. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. Sun 21:00 . Good times to be had. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . 6 D.03:00. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. tel. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. Karitsi 10.02:00. They may have to think again.If your stomach begins to complain. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. an events space as well as a gallery. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. Voulis 7. it transforms itself into a lively and perennially packed bar with a loyal clientele that flocks here to enjoy delicious cocktails and listen to excellent music of different genres. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. (+30) 210 3238757. tel.03:00. E5. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Astigos 12.S has taken over with a bar. tel. Freestylers and media staff love it here. www.03:00. MPanepistimio. PJEB tel. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. Kolonaki. the soothing sound of jazz. www. Kolonaki. QOpen 22:00 . Monastiraki.com. www.02:00. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective.G.O. (+30) 2103210510. PJA Seven Jokers F5.jjoyceirishpubathens. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. QOpen 19:00 . souvlaki-gyros in hand. Gazi. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. PJB Rosebud G4. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation. Christou Lada 1. MSyntagma. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. porcelain and books. Fri. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual.gr. Monastiraki. QOpen 10:00 . a tiny. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu.theartfoundation.02:00. tel. (+30) 210 3623541. MMonastiraki.05:00.com. QOpen 21:00 . tel. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. (+30) 210 3219225. M Monastiraki. true to the originality of the establishment. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover.03:00. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets.gr. Karitsi Sq. MKerameikos. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. Established in 2008. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. Normanou 5. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. fax (+30) 210 3235070. tel. PJA Tapas Bar A4. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. Music is mainstream. Q Open 12:00 . MPanepistimio. QOpen 10:00 . PJA 31 The James Joyce D5.com August . what else? Fish n’chips. Sun 18:00 . An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. Thissio. J6B athens.01:00. this is one street that’s always got something going on. Sat 22:00 .
mousses. A Baby O Pireos 171. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. gr.gr. you can watch the show . tel. which is lit even during the day. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. www. www. tel. tel. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. (one drink included). (+30) 210 3477744. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). and around Theatrou Sq. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20).06:00. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). you won’t regret it. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. However. illegal immigrants who work the streets for little money and very often face organised police raids and disappear for a few hours in the back streets of the area. Prices negotiated on the spot. Drinks cost €11. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations.06:00. The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. 210 9235576.gr. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. (+30) 210 9421264.babygold.gr.com .grandritorno. Fortunately. www. QOpen 23:30 . (+30) 210 9413079. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). Admission fee: €15. Some of the girls in this club could easily be Playboy bunnies but the management is not content with them alone and from time to time calls in international celebrity showgirls to keep the regulars on the alert. some quite explicit. Michalakopoulou 52. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. where foreign girls will table-dance for you or just keep you company if you buy them an (expensive) drink (do not expect much more than this). One of the oldest strip clubs in town. as is their self-professed title. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. www.penthhouseclub. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St.on the plasma screens too. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Otherwise. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. Kallithea.inyourpocket. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show.06:00. Admission fee: €10.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137.which is the strong point of this club . www. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. They also offer 20% discount to tourists.inyourpocket.06:00. just off the Psirri nightlife district. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. That is not to say that what you get is cheap.06:00. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. MMegaro Mousikis. as a big city. Admission fee: €15. QOpen 23:30 . as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back. Baby Gold Syngrou 140. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. post your own nightlife review at www. you could easily mistake it for a dance club. tel. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. and Evripidou St. As for illegal prostitution.gr. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. QOpen 23:30 . thinly disguised as soul mate ads. tel. Most gentlemen’s clubs. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. grou 237. alcatraz.gr. QOpen 23:30 . One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. It is located a bit further out of the centre. tel. (+30) 210 7245233.06:00. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . baby-o. www. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. (+30) 210 9316417. so you call it a bargain. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. Of course there is always the pure entertainment option: you can head for one of the numerous strip clubs that spring up in the city like mushrooms. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors.
MKerameikos.04:00. (+30) 210 3224771. The crowds are young. Mon: Sports. tel. Gazi.mybar.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area.bigbarathens. www. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens.eu / www. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. trendy and friendly. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. It consists of two separate rooms. Psiri. 3 saunas. Triptolemou 10. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. Avdi Sq.com. The music is mainstream-dance. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). MKerameikos.noizclub.03:00. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. Happy hour: €10.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . tel. Megalou Alexandrou 134.03:00. MKerameikos. . M Kerameikos. www. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. 6946 282845.scape. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. 210 3411003. Fri: Go go boys.September 2011 . you tend to be looking to have a good time rather than resolve the hang-ups of Greek society and you won’t find yourself short of a wide array of gay bars and clubs . Polyklitou 6. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative.03:00. PJB MMetaxourgio.gr.lesbian. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. w w w.04:00.athenspride.gr August . A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration.gr.eu / www. 210 3468657. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . Gazi. 210 5228806. weekends 14:00-07:00. Tue: Bear. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . Megalou Alexandrou 134. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. QOpen 23:00 . Ga zi. MKerameikos. Thu: Mixed ages.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. finger food and different music every night. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. As a visitor. MMonastiraki.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city.alexandersauna. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. This is a romantic bar and its outdoor tables boast of a hard to beat décor: Real trains passing by every so often! Perfect for early drinks but you may find yourself still lingering at its tables long after the last sleeper train has departed to the north.gr. Three visits tourist pass: €35. 210 3460677. Here you’ll find a list of some classics but if you’re looking for more diversity you can always head to the Gazi district and follow the crowds. free WiFi. Q Open 23:30 . Friendly staff provide high quality service. especially on the entertainment side of things.07:00. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. It has. however. QOpen 20:00 03:00.myspace.05:00. Gazi. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. tel. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. Bars Big A4. 210 3210539. PJ My Bar E5. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. and are just above Alexander Sauna. Admission fee: €15. tel. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. PJRD Myrovolos C3. tel.gr www. Gazi. tel.06:00. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. tel.alexander-apartments. Kakourgiodikiou 6. www. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). (+30) 210 3460667. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. Gazi. tel. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. Closed Mon.04:00. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . though. MKerameikos. reasonably priced drinks. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. Metaxourgio. tel. Konstantinoupoleos 70. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. Tue. QOpen 10:00 . dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. www. tel. There are th eme days. 210 9224202. private bathroom.www.late. MKerameikos. PJ Cafés ameikos. They are fully air-conditioned with TV. Gazi. Wed: underwear. 2 jacuzzis. Fri-Sun 19:00 . www. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. Gazi. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. MMonastiraki. Gazi. There is food on offer if after a few coffees or drinks you’re having such a relaxing time that you’re too lazy to move on. PJ Sodade A4. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . Megalou Alexandrou 139. come a long way during the last years. Clubs Kazarma A3. Q Open 23:30 . tel. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. QOpen 11:00 . Lebesi 15. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Closed Mon. will keep you busy for hours. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. There is a large cruising area.03:00.gr.gaygreece. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Drinks are cheap.greekgayguide. www. lotteries etc. PJB tel. Admission fee: €15. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. MAcropolis. As for our list. Giatrakou 12. The music is mainstream (every Thursday is Greek night) and as soon as the weather permits its superb roof garden becomes one of the top gay meeting points in the city. 33 A Lamda Club F8.
so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. mosques and residential areas. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. musical and dance performances. Some monuments were reused as palaces.or at least view . Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. proper measure. In all. liberty. while the majority of the restoration programmes and the project for the Unification of the archaeological sites surrounding the Acropolis is co-funded by the EU. with whole areas (such as the East.000 sq.com . The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. with detailed signs. beauty. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. Walking through them. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . but more so at the hands of man.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments .harmony. The project won 3rd prize (Diploma) in the ‘Conservation of Cultural Landscapes’ category of the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2005.including the Acropolis Slopes. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. Dating back to the 5th century BC.000. and the installation of a lift on the North Slope means that disabled visitors can now get a close-up view for the first time. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. the Areopagus. the Ancient Agora. publications. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then.m.are at the historical heart of the city. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. The Acropolis and its surrounding area . In 1997. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). however. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1.the most important monuments. virtuous competition and democracy.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. Educational programmes are also available to introduce children to Athens’ unique monuments and raise awareness of the importance of respecting and protecting the cultural heritage they represent.inyourpocket. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. churches. knowledge. The monuments are intrinsically linked with the birth of Democracy and they symbolise a precious part of the cultural heritage of Greece and western civilisation ever since. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. leaflets. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . the Acropolis. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. the Erechtheion.
where the works of the Aeschylus. Sophocles and Euripides were performed.D7. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations.theotheracropolis. They want to take our perception of the site away from the stereotypical tourist experience and “undermine the monolithic discourse on the Acropolis as an exclusively classical site”. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city. the Erechtheion. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries.inyourpocket. In the golden age that followed. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. the Erechtheion. MAcropolis. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC).. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. the cave with the Mycenaean spring.000 sq.September 2011 . it was home to the cult of Athena. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B. Set in a site covering 30. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). www. (the Parthenon.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). 210 3210219. the Acropolis of Athens is a perfect example of how ancient architecture was adapted to a natural site to form what has become a model worldwide and down the ages.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. tel. After the Acropolis itself. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later.000 sq. established in the athens. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . patron goddess of the city that took her name.E7. Zeus and Apollo.com’ project. thought and art flourished. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. Eumenes II. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. the Propylaea . especially during the 5th century AD.m. tries to introduce us to the different faces.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . The collective behind the ‘www. With the predominance of Christianity.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe.m. August . many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. built in the 2nd century AD. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. There. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros.com 6th Century BC. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy. QAdmission: €12.theotheracropolis. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. by the king of Pergamon.C. The 70.
play games. Athens In Your Pocket athens. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. were held.parthenonfrieze. During the 5th century BC. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian.7. Melite and Koile. learn about the frieze. the ancient city of Theseus’. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . The Library of Hadrian was built as part of a project to re-design Athens by Hadrian in 132 AD to house the city’s largest library. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). the state archives and philosophical schools. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens).built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. site of the Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian includes the two large Roman monuments north of the Acropolis and east of the Ancient Agora. and the other. or Philopappus Hill.its religious. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’.inyourpocket. Thissio. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. The Agora was a large. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines).the first. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity.000 sq.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . to the west of the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. were held. 210 3210185. tel. commercial exchange. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. the gate bears two inscriptions . facing the Acropolis. reads ‘This is Athens. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC.36 What to see Hadrian’s Gate The Roman Agora The Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian in honour of the the Roman Governor Hadrian 131AD. The ancient Koile road.This area. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. wind vanes. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. The Western Hills C6. political and commercial centre. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished.m. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. MMonastiraki. The 28. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. northwest of the Acropolis.m. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). storerooms and offices.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. take thematic interactive tours.parthenonfrieze. Hadrian’s Gate F7. next to the Ancient Agora.m. religious festivals. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. From the 6th century BC. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. educational and cultural centre. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). If you are an archaeology buff. Amalias Ave. with shops.000 sq. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. with many important road axes.com . the area was gradually surrounded by public buildings that were rebuilt over the course of some 800 years while the Agora remained the centre of Athens.000 sq. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D.gr.
only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. as well as the Renaissance. Q Admission: €12. and its architectural and structural details and the precision in the carving of the marble are a testament to the expertise in the artisans that created it. tel. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. As a result their opening hours vary.19:00. Plaka. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. known as the ‘Philhellene’. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Free for pass holders.com August . in the late 19th century. Kerameikos & museum. QAdmission: €2. the god of wine and revelry. Tripodon St. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. MAcropolis. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. The stadium opened its doors again last April. tel. Arditos Hill. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. 210 3251744. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. Today. MSyntagma. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos.September 2011 . Baroque.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . Further. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7.inyourpocket. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. athens. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. Built between 447-437BC. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. 210 9226330. tel. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. MAcropolis. the tyrant Peisistratus. 210 3214172. in 132AD. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. who used it as a study room. the Roman Agora. the Ancient Agora & museum. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. the earliest theatre in the world . Boulanget and E. In 1669. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. But this year. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. due to the economic crisis. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument.
Then. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . Nearby. the remnants of streets. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. It is divided into historicallydefined sections that put the ancient site into context: T The Ancient Neighbourhood: Built on the remains sanctuary of the Nymphs give a complete overview of the different terracotta painting techniques used in ancient Greece. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. With light. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. Receiving 90. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. Theatrical masks and a statue of Old Silenus carrying a young Dionysus on his shoulders allows one to go back in time to see what a temple to an enigmatic and flamboyant god would have looked like. wine glasses and plates discovered buried in the floor of a house dating to the 3rd Century BC are encased in the museum floor at the gallery’s entrance. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. while the collection of unusual. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. Walking into the museum. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. the war between the gods and rebelling giants.000 visitors in its opening week alone.inyourpocket. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. space and angular lines. the neighbourhood continues below. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis.38 What to see Acropolis view from the Museum’s Parthenon Gallery VK Acropolis Museum Guide he Acropolis Museum has proven to be a massive success as was expected. something pottery buffs will delight in.which replaced the old geometric temple (close to the site of the Parthenon) around the time of the abolishment of tyranny in 508/507 BC – tells the story of the Gigantomachy. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. of an Athenian neighbourhood. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. the pediment of the Ancient Temple .com . a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. houses. Amongst the artefacts from households. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance.
athens. and the advent of Christianity. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. Admission fee: €5.20:00. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . Nevertheless. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. Finally. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none.grQOpen 08:00 . 210 9000901. something the ancient Greeks never forgot.theacropolismuseum. Agrippina the Younger. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. tel.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. This is evident in the temple of Athena Nike’s frieze exhibit– a scaled arrangement of how the frieze would appear on the temple itself. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. info@theacropolismuseum. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. one can admire the inner frieze. The Propylaia.are plaster casts.Closed Mon. regardless of the debate. the Roman period.gr. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. In fact. the cast makers’ excellent work. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. – 5th Century AD. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. with a collection of portrait busts allowing visitors to gaze into the intricately carved faces of historical figures such as a young Alexander the Great.com August . www. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum.history really does come alive here.inyourpocket. 39 Caryatids from an angle never seen before VK one of the crowning jewels of the Acropolis complex and the Museum – the famous Caryatids – female sculptures that acted as columns on the Erectheion temple’s porch. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. However. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. Emperor Caracalla. MAcropoli.What to see snakes. while a marble sphere dating to the 3rd/2nd BC carved with magic symbols and icons suggests we are looking at something that was just as much a mystery to the ancients as it is to those looking upon it today. his wife Plautillia and a rather handsome portrait of a Barbarian from the 3rd quarter of the 2nd Century AD exhibited in the Roman period – who knew savages could look so refined? This section also contains the museum’s most curious exhibits . perched atop the Acropolis hill. Indeed. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. A number of reliefs are also on display. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions.September 2011 . she seems to be crying.especially on the west pediment . Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. faces are the real winner in this section. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. as well as Lucius Verrus. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. Fri 08:00-22:00 . Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself.
Fri 09:00 . third millennium BC). a large hypostyle corridor. MVictoria.inyourpocket. Mycenaean. Admission fee: €5. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. Saturdays: €2.20:00. Closed Tue. www.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. the first half of the twentieth century. www. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. Kalkos. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre. 210 8232950. a lobby.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era.gr. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Thu 09:00 . including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. info@cycladic-m. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. tel. concessions €3. MSyntagma. tel. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. Epigraphical Museum F1.24:00. Closed Mon. Benaki Museum H5. Amenities include a children’s area. A gift shop is available.indeed. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop.14:00 & 18:00-20:00. records.gr. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c.com . 7228321 . This small Museum is housed both in an appealing modern building as well as in a stunningly beautiful neoclassical edifice and includes one of the best and most representative collections of Cycladic art worldwide (from the Cycladic group of islands in the Aegean. ema@ culture. Sun 09:00 . Vlachos and E. eleven rooms. 22. 210 3671000. Lange and remodelled by P . Set in a beautiful building. Tositsa 1. benaki@benaki. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic.15:00. a gallery. fax 210 3671063. Sun 11:00 . eam@culture. tribute lists. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. Ziller (built 1866-1889). Free admission.15:00. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy.5. QOpen 10:00 . this is simultaneously an Archaeological. M Omonia. recently refurbished.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. a 3.and early Christian periods. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. art. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). conference facilities and modern conservation workshops.17:00. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection.17:00. designed by L. fax 210 7239382. Wed. Mon.yet also very instructive. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. Q Open 08:30 .bsaverof. tel.gr. Decrees. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. 210 8217724. Its more than 20. Sat.benaki. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. QOpen 09:00 .15:00. Bronze Age. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . fax 210 8225733. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed.17:00. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. Classical and Hellenistic items.13:00. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. 1. H. Closed Tue. tel. QOpen . 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. tel. Closed Mon. tel.13:00 & 18:00-20:00. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum.cycladic-m. Trokadero. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas.com. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. . Tue. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. Sun 10:00 . Admission fee: €4. www. fax 210 8213573. Geometric. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos.gr. QOpen 08:30 . Minoan. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age. Admission fee: €6. Museum shop. housing a unique. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. Its permanent collection is vast . Archaic. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece.3. MSyntagma. 210 7232178. Thu 10:00 . surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. Thu 09:00 .gr. Q Admission fee €7. 18-26: €1.gr/.
gr.C.culture. Closed Sat. concessions: 2. QOpen 09:00 . designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. Middle East. www. Admission fee: €6. concessions: €4. Nikis 39. fax 210 3225550. MSyntagma. Europe. fax 210 9237358. Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry.gr Museum hours: Tues.19:00. Admission fee: €2. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists. spell to turn into a swallow 2006.15:00. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop.: 210 3461981 www. Ag. QOpen 08:00 . email@example.com. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.inyourpocket. 210 3225582. such as funeral urns. 13:00 -21:00.gr.00. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece.C. tel. from the 12th to the 19th centuries. ANCIENT CULTURES 25.herakleidon-art. 210 3251311. 210 3463552. MThissio. fax 210 3458225. tel.gr.6 25. concessions: €3. MThissio. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. America and Asia. Sun 11:00 . tel. info@jewishmuseum. in a picturesque neoclassical building.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August .September 2011 © Jan de Bie. islamic_collection@benaki. www.) Thissio. fax 210 3231577. Closed Tue. students.gr. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Vasarely. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum.-Sat. Wed 09:00 . Herakleidon 16. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. 210 3461981. 11:00 -19:00.00 & Saturday 9.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M.00 .21:00.11. Escher and V.19:00.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15.21:00.19:00. Mon 11:00 . tel.com / firstname.lastname@example.org:30. Islamic Art Museum C4. QOpen 09:00 . Sun 11:00 . Jewish Museum F6. Wed 09:00 . as well as from nature and from scientific discourse.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. Closed Mon. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. www. 210 9221044. 16 Herakleidon str. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12.herakleidon. A giftshop is also available. tel. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. MAcropolis. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.gr. under 19 yrs: free. Ermou 148. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. QOpen 13:00 . as well as seminars designed for students. concessions €3. such as M.gr. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str.14:00.gr athens. Sun. Far East and North Africa.21:00.gr. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. MThissio. Admission fee: €5. Monday Closed www. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve. Admission fee: €4.gr. linocut .16:00. Admission fee: €5. Closed Mon. Sun 10:00 . This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district.16:00. concessions:€1. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. QOpen 09:00 . It is located at the foot of the Acropolis.jewishmuseum. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. www.
42 What to see War Museum tel. Closed Mon. 210 9242111-2. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. Sun 10:00 .the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available.inyourpocket. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. Admission fee: €6. fax 210 3226979. M Syntagma. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. Closed Mon. records. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. This recently opened annex to the Benaki Museum is situated in an ex-industrial and underprivileged strip spanning Piraeus Str and extending to the Gazi area. Free admission.has organised some very successful exhibitions. items of furniture and household objects. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument.16:00. Kydathinaion 17. QOpen 08:00 . Closed Mon. Wed 12:00 . fax 210 3250198. tel. The Museum of Contemporary Art.18:00. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. this Museum preserves. http://www.15:00. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. www. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. flags. 330BC). As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. religious icons. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. 210 3229031. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. this Museum is well worth a visit if you wish to take in what Athens has to offer as far as modern and contemporary art exhibitions are concerned. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence.gr. Plaka. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography.14:00. Admission fee: €4. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Plaka. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. costumes. concessions: €2. up to the present day. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. MKerameikos.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. weaving.00 . through to the mid 19th century. QOpen 09:00 . Concessions: €3. MKatechaki. Adrianou 24. email@example.com. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. Concessions: €2.14:00. QOpen 10:00 . Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. photographs. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory.but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. Admission fee: €2. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). proudly greets visitors to the Museum. Sun 10:00 . inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros.14:00. 210 3254119. 210 7709855. Pireos 138. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. paintings. tel. consessions: €1. melt@melt. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. tel. QOpen 09. Mon 11:00 . civic emancipation and democratic institutions. as well as silver.com . MEvangelismos. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. 210 3453111. tel.gr/. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records.benaki. Rizari 2. This Museum. Closed Tue. Stadiou 13. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. MAcropolis. wood and stone carvings.culture. The architecture of the building itself is very original. fax 210 9245200. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. MPanepistimio. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). Admission fee: €3. War Museum I5. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. Among its collections are works of art.16:45. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. QOpen 10:00 . Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. tel.15:00. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. with special focus on the Second World War. 210 3210185. Goudi. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. royal portraits and weapons. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). from 1837 up to 1843. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). Free admission.15:00. Sat. QOpen 09:00 . Closed Mon. tel. National Historical Museum F4. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. MThissio. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. QOpen 09:00 . 210 3237617. A giftshop is available. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. MSyntagma. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. traditional costumes. Closed Tue. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. From the 17th century to the present. Diogenous 1-3. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. fax 210 3220765.athenscitymuseum. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5.14:00. Among its exhibits are embroidery. 210 3231397.16:45. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. tel.
such as tickets. (+30) 210 3238757. fax 210 7224889. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. Admission fee: €6. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure.September 2011 . www. Closed Mon. literary presentations. Closed Mon. Sat 10:00 . concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space.15:00. Closed Tue. accessible to the public year-round. Yiannis Tsarouchis.org. Normanou 5. performance. Admission: free. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. Nikolaos Gyzis. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. Its exhibits include more than 600. Sun. Webster 5. Georgios Iakovidis. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art. QOpen 08:00 .What to see companies. It is housed in an imposing 1840 bulding of the Otto era and is one of the busiest multipurpose art establishments in the city and one of the best places to see exhibitions representing the latest trends in the Greek and international art scene. www. MEvan- Sep 11 . Sepolia. 210 7235857. Closed Mon. open discussions and lectures. Railway Museum Siokou 4. 7 days a week. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Fri. athens. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. cropolis. Nikiforos Lytras. fax 210 922 0193.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. MMonastiraki. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era.nma. concessions: €2.gr. Closed Mon. Fri. film screenings. MSyntagma. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. tel. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou.13:00.24:00. QOpen . atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. tel.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. www. contemporary music. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece.14:00. multimedia installations. fax 210 7519279. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . Closed Sat.gr. while plans for its expansion are underway. concessions: €3. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). 210 5246580.22:00. 210 9231502.18:00. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium).17: ‘Bijoux de kant. theory of art and poetic contemplation. a well-equipped library. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5.inyourpocket. Sat. Thu. Recording actions’. theatre performances. 210 7519042. instruments and mechanics’ tools. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. tel. Michalakopoulou 1. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . Sep 19 . Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 .gr. tel. (+30) 6988391684.15:00. Panepistimiou 12. www.culture. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. QOpen 09:00 . as well as models and historic photographic archives. A haven for the railways aficionados. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century.13:00 & 17:00-20:00.made salads. gelismos. Wed 9:00 . tel. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 10:00 . as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. protocol@ nm. nationalgallery. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. QOpen 08:30 . Admission fee: €3. Nikolaos Kounelakis. postalmuseum. Free admission.theartfoundation.20:00. Wed 12:00 .Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. historic tram trains. postmuseum@elta-net. http://www. Its amenities include conservation laboratories. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive.com August . Sun 10:00 16:00. 210 3643774. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tue.org.gr/. fax 210 3635953. Paintings. Free admission.gr.5. when the group was created until today. During the summer the place becomes even more attractive as visitors can combine the visual pleasure of the exhibitions with drinks in the internal courtyard under the trees.gift ideas.spyrosvassiliou. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. Yiannis Moralis.14:00. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. tel. woodcuts. Tue. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely.
The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. Sun 10:00 . 210 3707000. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people.parliament. MOmonia. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. Panepistimiou 21. Sat. MMonastiraki.20:00. this church dates back to 1065 AD. M Panepistimio. w w w. the bell tower was added later. MPanepistimio. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). House of Parliament (Vouli) G5. The building was designed by archi tects K. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. bankof gr e ece. it was erected around 1050AD. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. Papadakis and N. It is currently undergoing restoration. Monastiraki. M Panepistimio.Athens Academy . is located in the forecourt of the building. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. This is a cross-insquare construction. Syntagma. The last known restoration was in 1840. Syntagma Square.gr. There is no activity in the building these days as trading went electronic a few years ago and the management moved to a new building in 2007. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. QOpen . under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. www. National Librar y . As is the case with most churches in Greece. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court.inyourpocket. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens.gr. since 1934. mou & Kapnikareas St. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. they date to the 19th century.gr. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. Free admission. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. Panepistimiou 47. The official inauguration took place in 1938. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. MSyntagma. fax 210 3692170. has housed the Greek Parliament. with 3 apses on the east side. It is cross-in-square shaped. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. A chapel. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. Panepistimiou 2832. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. struggle for Greek Independence. As for the interior. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. Bank Of Greece F4. MOmonia. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. As for the imposing wall paintings. In a poll. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. the first monarchs of Greece. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. The square also functions as an open-air antiquities Museum and is surrounded by beautiful neoclassical buildings from the turn of the century (such as the National Bank or ‘Karatza Megaron’). Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou.com . Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. info@parliament. As for its background. MPanepistimio. tel. was later added to the north side. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. which is open to the public. M Syntagma. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. the palace was completed in 1843. Overlooking Syntagma Square. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day.
with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. E5. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. Hill of MSyntagma. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. commercial events. Kyristou 8. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. MOmonia. This building.September 2011 . Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. Cemeteries Av.inyourpocket. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Old House of Parliament F4. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. MSyntagma. athens. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall.14:30. while h e awai ted completion of the Royal Palace (now House of Parliament) and subsequently housed the Greek Parliament between 1843-1854 and 1875 . this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). Closed Mon. Stadiou 13. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. M Monastiraki. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. M Syntagma.000 members of the land forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives during the campaigns in Greece and Crete in 1941 and 1944-1945. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. This historic Obser vatory. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. Today. the Nymphs. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. MThissio. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building.What to see National Theatre D2. Most famous Greeks are buried here. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. M Acropolis. which was formerly a Royal Residence. & Vas Olgas. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. 596 of the burials are unidentified and there are also 74 men of the army of undivided India who died during the campaigns in Greece and Crete during the Second World War. Monastiraki Square. and who have no known grave. Konstantinou 22. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). Plaka. MOmonia. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. died in Greece. which were violently put down on 17 November. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. Amalias Observatory C6. in order to commemorate the event. while its Minaret has been removed. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. Patision (28th October) 46. Admission by invitation only. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. Alimos. It was founded around 1837.com August . The imposing Presidential Palace. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. 2. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. Ag. Zappeion G6. Mets.1932. QOpen 10:00 . marble sculptures. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. MSyntagma. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. situated in the forecourt of the University. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. in 1759. as well as for European heads of State meetings. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. that points to the four points of the horizon. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. 1973. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. it is now used for international conferences. columns.
Planetarium Digital Shows: €6.01:00. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world.14:30. and climbing towers. a café-restaurant. a number of African mammals like giraffes. www.gr. fax 210 6634726. Children. Closed Sat. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. 210 3312995. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. including state-of-the-art technological applications. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’.gr. Sun 10:00 .inyourpocket. QOpen . Family and member tickets also available. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. Wed. QOpen 09:00 . Sun 10:00 . fax 212 2540123. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. Tue. Spata. concessions: €3 (€4). E16. Admission fee: €4-6. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts.hellenic-cosmos.14:00. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. creative and inquisitive faculties. geological and palaeontological exhibits. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time.21:00. Seniors: €10. Entertainment Park covering about 40. Sat.copacopanapark.15:00. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. Highly recommended if you are looking for a high-tech educational experience for the whole family and want to rediscover the little explorer in you. 210 4256990. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children.16:00. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre.02:00. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. tel. botanical. Sun 10:30 .gr. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. There is a café. internet-access area and giftshop. drop by the Eugenides Foundation. www. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. QOpen 10:00 . Waterslides of every kind. Sat. carousel. Sun 10:00 . children up to 12 yrs: €12. Yet. Fancy a journey to the stars? If you’re not a millionaire or an astronaut but just curious what Neptune looks like this time of year.15:00. Sun 10:00 . pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails.gr. tel. Greek fauna species like: wolves. Athens In Your Pocket athens. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. Visitors can walk into the monkeys’ enclosure and also walk through a special tunnel and get very close to the four cheetahs of the park. Wed 09:00 .com. tel. trampolines. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). MKallithea. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. info@hcm. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. DJs and live music. tel. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. foxes and wild cats.20:30.gr.gnhm. info@gnhm. Plaka. gift-shop.m. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia.02:00. Fri 17:00 . by general acclaim.edu. hellenic_cosmos@ime. Fri 10:00 . The Gaea Centre is a modern exhibition area with interactive displays and audiovisual performances that tackle and invite the reader to address topical environmental issues. 12th km Athinon Ave. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. Admission fee: €14. waterfalls and the Magic Town. www. www.02:00.gr. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. 210 8015870. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 .atticapark. Tue.allou. many reptiles.01:00.gr.000 square metres. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. Buses: 126. This is home to the largest and. firstname.lastname@example.org . This Centre. B16. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. tel. including an attic and garden. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. zebras. as well as a parking area.. www. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. Weekdays: €17. Q Open 09:00 . get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. www. tel. the biggest children playground in Greece. www.gr. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. iWERKS Shows: €8. tel.eugenfound. bears.20:30. Sat 10:00 . A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. QOpen 17:00 . A2. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. m. 210 5576006. Rentis.hcm. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. Thu. 210 9469641. a café. islands. A taxi ride costs about €10. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. fax 210 8080674. 212 2540000. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). swimming pools. Haidari.sunset. fax 210 3312996. Free entrance. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). M Syntagma. Tholos: €10. Bus No: A16. gr.14:30. entomological.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. complete with a pirate ship. MKifisia. 210 6634724. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. Closed Mon.gr.000 sq. Closed Mon.
Iera Odos Avenue. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. MSyntagma. The magnificent gardens became accessible for the first time last March after President Karolos Papoulias decided to open their gates to the public every Sunday 10:00 .800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. Dafni and Agia Var vara. cool trees and popular ponds.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. by the funicular or by car. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. if impractically situated. Vas. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. Amalias Street. 401. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and.14:00. scenic stroll. Sun 10:00 . Extending over a vast area of 1. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. National Gardens G6. some of which are exceedingly rare. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Olgas Av. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. QOpen 08:00 . i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. MSyntagma. Sat. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. Acropolis.14:00.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital.September 2011 . A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens.15:00. MVictoria. August . Its meandering benchladen paths. Zappeion Garden G7. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. Irodou Attikou St. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day .
You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1. The recent inauguration of bus lanes means that t h ey are rela ti vel y fas t th ou gh som etim es s till unpun ctual. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. 210 3636508 Asteras tel.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. 210 6792399. daytime tari f f (05. Star ting price is at €1 . The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday.65 for an appointm ent. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates.19 per km for the double. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. train and bus stations. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. There is a cheaper ticket at €1.16 .gr.usually operating at airpor ts .39 . Taxis 185.68 per km for the single. For the l ei surel y t ra vel er who wishes to get around in style (the tram cars were d e si gn e d b y Ferrari designer Sergio Pininfarina.inyourpocket. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f.€5. alb ei t slower fashion. no less) and in a less crowded.oasa. Plus. This is defini tel y t h e m o s t c o n ve n i e n t means to getting around Athens.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. 210 4115200 Icaros tel. tramsa.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. I f you have to use a taxi.gr. such as Acropolis and Syntagma.00). refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. 18 300 Protoporia tel.ametro. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some. gr. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula.com . night-time tari f f. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. This has worked wonders in the past and tourists have seen the price asked dropping dramatically in seconds! Tr a m Athens In Your Pocket athens.07 from and to harbours. and €1 . There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. w w w.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. w w w. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. There is an additional charge of €1. www.ask for a receipt. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. always ask for the meter to be on. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel.00-24. B Metr o tel. the tram is the way. e careful as some taxi drivers . Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. never accept a fixed price i f you pick a taxi in the street ( exceptions are the airport rides that have a f ixed price of € 35 during day time (05:00 -24:00) and €50 during the night ).
here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. Mitropoleos 3. craving for a chocolate. fax 210 6879610. 800 11 800 12.avis. 210 2882151. or worst of all.gr. reservations@avis. reservations@nationalcar. 210 9984000 August . IVIS Travel Internet Service. www. reservations@budget-athens. 210 6264000. H5 Syntagma Sq.com .gr Run out of cigarettes. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. G5 Kanigos Sq. fax 210 3493417. 210 6879600. fax 210 2882050.nationalcar. 210 9890000 TNT tel.gr.gr National Tel. MPanepistimio. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. F2 Mavili Sq. www. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. Europcar Tel. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. fax 210 6264409.gr Budget Tel. www. www. K4 Omonia Sq. 210 3493428. Car rental Avis Tel.hertz. www. 801 11868868 UPS tel. feel like reading a newspaper.gr. tel. gr Kolonaki Sq. 210 8981444.September 2011 athens. info@batek-europcar.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma.inyourpocket.gr. need a condom. tel.europcar.budgetathens.gr.com.
Sun. Closed Sat. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. MAkropolis. tel. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170.14:00. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. tel. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. Acropolis rock. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7.70. tel. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Nikis 33. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. Omonia E2. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. Marousi. 210 5233636. head to Syntagma Square. Mitropoleos E5. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. MMetaxourgio. tel. tel. Mitropoleos 60. Sun. QOpen 07:30 .20 for registered and €2. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3237573. MMarousi. tel. 210 5225277. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. Syntagma Square F5.14:00. tel. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. www. tel. tel. Swiss Sorou 18-20. 210 7244404. info@ abi. QOpen 07:30 . tel. MAkropolis. tel. MOmonia. 210 9218076. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. Air China Filellinon 24. Closed Sat. Sun.inyourpocket. airlift@airlift. . The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. 210 3531101. Exarchia G1. Add to that €3. tel. Argyroupoli. Malev Panepistimiou 15. 210 9692020/210 3531237. Buy. tel. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. tel. Glyfada.gr.20:00. 210 9967870. British Airways Themistokleous 1. here is a list of centrally located post offices. tel. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. tel.gr. Kotzia Square.14:00. tel. Kolonaki I5. sell. 210 3537600.gr. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. Argyroupoli. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. tel. tel.14:00.Central PO E3. Closed Sat. 210 8219570. 210 3534020. Sun 09:00 . Sun. 210 3622054/210 3634572. Aiolou 100. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3235831. tel. tel. Kifisia. tel.14:00. QOpen 07:30 . Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style.gr. tel. karafil@abi. Delta Athens International Airpor t. Closed Sat. Sun. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174.14:00.20:00. MVictoria.14:00. 210 6175200. Closed Sun. Sun. Cyprus Athens International Airport. QOpen 07:30 . 210 210 3534245.13:30. tel. Venizelou 32. tel. Plaka F6. 210 3217650. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. 210 8093771/210 8093777. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. Marousi. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. tel. tel. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. QOpen 07:30 .90 for express mail. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6.14:00. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. Metaxourgio C3. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). tel. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. 210 3218143. Argyroupoli. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. Closed Sat. Sun. port: 210 3530101. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. airlift. Closed Sat. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. Closed Sat. 3rd Septemvriou 28. tel. Glyfada. Glyfada. Turkish Athens International Airport. MMonastiraki. QOpen 07:30 . MSyntagma. tel. Emirates Syngrou 128. tel. Marousi. Gulf Air Nikis 33. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. LOT Panepistimiou 15. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h).13:30.17:00. MEvangelismos. tel. Olympic Syngrou 96. Aiolou . Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. MSyntagma.20:00. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Sat 07:30 . Sat 07:30 . fax 210 9967872.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. Zaimi 36-38. tel. MOmonia. 210 3216024. Sun 09:00 . tel. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. tel. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156.com . Thai El. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. Makrigianni F7. tel. tel. tel. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Thermopylon 42. tel.
www.superfast. ose.inyourpocket. Crete. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. 6:50-IC 11:54 7:53-ICEX 12:20 9:21 15:02 10:51-IC 15:50 13:21-IC 18:31 14:52 20:51 19:29-IC 23:55 20:39-IC 01:48 23:59-SL 06:59 From THESSALONIKI Dep. tel. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel.com.com. Ferry connections between Piraeus . sales@nel. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30.Getting around Ferry Schedule From Piraeus to: Siros-Tinos-Mykonos / HS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos / HS Paros-Naxos-Santorini/BS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos /BS Kithnos-Serifos-Sifnos-MilosKimolos/GA Paros-Naxos/HS Ios-Santorini/HS Santorini-Rethymno Paros-Naxos/HS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos /HS Paros-Naxos-Iraklia-ShinousaKoufonisi-Amorgos-BS Paros-Naxos-AmorgosAstipalea/BS Syros-Paros-Naxos-DonousaAmorgos-Astipalea/BS Siros-Ikaria-Samos-HS Siros-Ikaria-Samos-HS Paros-Naxos-Kalimnos-KosNisiros-Tilos-Rodos/BS Chios-Mytilini/NEL Siros-Kos-Rodos/BS Serifos-Sifnos-Milos/HS Kalimnos-Kos-Rodos/BS Syros-Patmos-Leros-KosRodos/BS Heraklio/ANEK Heraklio/ML Chania/Anek Paros/BS Paros-Naxos-Ios-SikinosFolegandros-Santorini-Anafi/ GA Kithnos-Serifos-SifnosKimolos-Milos-FolegandrosSikinos-Ios-Santorini-Anafi Patmos-Leros-Kos-Rodos/BS Days 1234567 –––4567 1234567 12–4567 1234567 1234567 1234567 –2–––6– 1234567 12–4567 ––3–5–7 1–––––– –2 – 4 – 6 – 1234––– ––––5–– 1–3–––– 12345–7 1––4––– 12–4567 –2–4––– –– 3–––– 1234567 1234567 1234567 ––––5–7 –––––6– –2–4––– –––––6– Dep. The mountainous landscape of the country does not allow for an extensive network but the truth is that the railway never featured among Greek governments' top priorities. tel.gr. However. Voula.gr. booking@anek. Pireaus.hellenicseaways. tel. www. Arr. tel. 210 athens. tel. Arr.Crete and Greece . OASA (urban transportation) info tel.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. www. Arr. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep.minoan. www. 1110.nel. www. tel. 210 4199000. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. August . Heraklion. 185. Only over the last twenty years. 17. 7:25 17:15 7:25 7:35 7:25 7:30 7:15 15:45 16:30 17:15 17:30 17:30 17:30 13:00 16:00 15:00 19:00 19:00 18:00 18:00 19:00 20:30 21:00 21:00 21:00 15:00 15:00 23:55 OSE train in northern Greece 51 VK Trains he Greek rail network is one of the smallest in Europe. info@minoan. there has been an effort to modernise and upgrade the standards of the rail services and as a result the travel time between Athens and Thessaloniki is now less than five hours.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2.gr. tel. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St.com. 1441.gr.September 2011 14505 8919509. Ferry connections between Piraeus . Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157.bluestarferries.gr. www. Pireaus. www. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. Online reservations: http://tickets. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways .gr.gr. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). Connections to Lesvos. email@example.com . some of them otherwise inaccessible.anek. 1:41-IC 6:45 7:13-ICEX 11:40 10:13 15:21 11:40-IC 16:43 12:42-IC 18:18 14:54 19:50 16:33 22:46 18:50-IC 23:16 22:59-SL 5:46 To THESSALONIKI City ALEXANDROUPOLI ALEXANDROUPOLI Dep. In fact. 210 4145700. Arr. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. for the rail journey lovers.Crete and Greece . 210 8919800. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. 1110. 210 4115015.trainose.
a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). www. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq.notosgalleries. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99.gr. MOmonia. www. M Nerantziotissa. Athens In Your Pocket .public. fax 210 3318249. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. 211 1802600.germanos. www.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. 210 3743000. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. www. All top brands priced accordingly. gift shops (yes. There is a branch on every other corner.atticadps. Oh. Sat: 09:00-15:00. F1-Zaimi 10. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. Merlin 6. if you’re the department-store type of shopper.gr. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven).the biggest in the city.gr. Upmarket department store. F1-Voulis 3. vintage records and other quirky items and memorabilia) and the colourful Athens’ Central Market (we recommend you purchase some local herbs here there’s a very wide selection available at great prices). tel. Ippokratous 3. you’ll find that many businesses (with the exception of large department stores and some central shops that stay open all day) adhere to the following opening hours: Mon. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. travel accessories. underwear. this sprawling. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. Closed Sun. Sat 10:00 .athensmetromall. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. wine and spirits shops.20:00. F5 Public.com. www. Omonia Sq 4. (See our list). Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic.themallathens. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). info@ collector-shop. and take our word for it. Computers & Gadgets Germanos. All shops close on National Holidays.gr. This is a great shopping spree destination. you guessed it. Then again. and as regards local colour. 210 3255564. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. Thu. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. The Mall . They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. fashion. fax 210 3221440. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. M Syntagma. is a different story.-Stournari 19 & 24. Plaisio. www. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Kotzia Sq. MSyntagma.notosgalleries. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. will also reward you with great traditional arts and crafts shops that are well worth a visit (we give you some ideas in our listings section). Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. wondering where to head off shopping.plaisio.gr. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. tel.gr. Tue. The largest computer and office supply chain. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. enticing city. 276. At the opposite end of the spectrum. are closed). Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. banknotes and stamps. shoes. A visit to the charming Plaka district. On the other hand. tel. www. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. City Link. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. Head here for urban wear.21:00.hondoscenter. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. Furniture. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. chaotic. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours.com. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. QOpen 10:00 . www. tel. jewelry. Wed. gr. Syntagma. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. as well as in boutiques. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. of course). Finally. www. MAg. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. fax 211 1802698. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. MOmonia. MOmonia. Electronics. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. www. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. Notos Home Kratinou 5. But the lower end of Ermou Street. cosmetics. 210 3318248. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists).collector-shop.gr. Designer brands at great prices.
155.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon.:09:00-21:00 Sat. – Sun. 219. Dimitrios.September 2011 . 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. 113. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket.gr athens. Dimitrios.: 09:00-20:00 Sun. a bank and many other services. The place is a perfect all-day destination and besides the shopping experience a visitor can enjoy lunch or dinner in one of its 18 eateries of all kinds. B3. A3.inyourpocket. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. 790.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. Ag. Clothes. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station. 109.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. Ag.athensmetromall. X97. a play area. B4.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. accessories. shoes. a beauty salon. 154. 276. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex.Shopping Athens Metro Mall 53 T his new shopping centre is very popular among Athenians as it is located only a 9 minutes metro ride from Syntagma square. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. 208. 816. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. electronics.: Closed. Shops: Mon – Fri. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. 276. A4.com August . 171. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. 219.
€ $ £ Mc Donald’s Big Mac 3.20 4.54 2.78 Loaf of white bread 0.75 1.06 0.65 Snickers bar 0.80 1.13 0.70 0.7L of vodka 16.00 22.72 13.92 0.5L bottle of beer 1.20 1.70 1.04 20 Marlboros 4.00 5.68 3.48 Public transport ticket 1.40 1.99 1.22 Cinema ticket 8.50 12.00 7.40 Exchange rates (as of 28.07.2011): EUR=1.42USD EUR=0.87 GBP ies, as well as an outspokenly subversive-yet-glamorous diva, confident enough to pull off these exciting creations in style.
Parthenis H4, Dimokritou & Tsakalof 20, Kolonaki. Casual chic designer label, offering sophisticated garments using exclusively natural fibres for those who opt for style and comfort in one. Orsalia Parthenis’ creations can aptly be characterised as unaffected and simple, yet quintessentially elegant.
Compendium Nikis 28, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3221248,
firstname.lastname@example.org. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines
Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, email@example.com, www.benaki.gr/museumshop/en. A tasteful selection of replicas of ancient Greek and Byzantine art, as well as an interesting selection of jewelry, prints, ceramics, antiques, religious icons and books. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Thu 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Tue. shop offers all kinds of rosary beads, known as ‘kombologia’ - in Greece they are used for pleasure and for aiding concentration and are especially favoured by older men. It is also recommended against stress and, believe it or not, as an aid for quitting smoking. A gift with many uses…
Benaki Museum Gift Shop Koumbari 1, Kolonaki,
Stadiou 10 & Omirou 4, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3225294, fax 2103232289, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. dbo.gr. German books are not widely available in Athens but this excellent buchhandlung perfectly covers the needs of German locals and travellers.
Deutsche Buchhandlung (German Bookshop)
Eleftheroudakis Panepistimiou 17, MPanepistimio,
Kombologadiko H5, Koumbari 6, Kolonaki. This specialty
tel. 210 322938, email@example.com, www.books.gr. Expats’ favourite hang out, this 7 storey bookshop boasts a large English section with all the paperbacks you’re likely to wish for before you head to the beach and then some.
Fashion Bookstore F5, Thisseos 6. An interesting little
bookshop selling exclusively fashion magazines from around the world.
Melissinos, The poet-sandalmaker Agias Theklas 2, Psirri, MMonastiraki, Thissio, tel. 210 3219247, info@ melissinos-poet.com, /www.melissinos-poet.com. Fancy a pair of hand-made ancient Greek sandals made by a world famous...poet? Stavros Melissinos has crafted sandals for celebrities like the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Sofia Loren and has featured in newspaper articles all over the world. He runs his workshop together with his son, an artist. National Archaeological Museum Gift Shop Patision
(28th October) 44, MVictoria, tel. 210 8217724, fax 210 8213573. Recently refurbished and expanded, it offers a wide selection of replicas of ancient artifacts, as well as a comprehensive collection of guide books on ancient Greece. An interesting selection of gift ideas and memorabilia is also available. QOpen 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 13:00 - 19:00.
Librairie Kauffmann (French Bookshop) Stadiou 28, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3255321, fax 210 3230320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kauffmann.gr. A historic bookshop supplying local francophones since an era when French was the foreign language of choice among educated Greeks. Travel Bookstore Solonos 71, MPanepistimio, tel. 210
3616943, This excellent travel bookshop belongs to the top Greek cartography company ORAMA Editions, which is our map supplier. A visit here is essential before any excursion to the countryside, where you’ll have a huge choice between top quality maps and travel guides covering every last corner of the country and all international maps and travel guides series. If you mention you’re an In Your Pocket reader, the bookshop’s experienced staff will happily give you an extra discount.
Celia Kritharioti F6, Dedalou 8, Plaka. Internationally acclaimed Greek designer, her creations are feminine, sensuous and elegant. She is also well known for her wedding gowns and lovely sequined and hand-embroidered garments, many of which are strewn with semi-precious stones and crystals.
Zolotas G5, Panepistimiou 10, Stadiou 9, www.zolotas.
gr. Fine jewellers since 1895. Inspired by classic Greek art, their creations are objects of desire for every female with fine taste and finesse. If a knickknack souvenir is not your cup of tea and you have a corresponding bank balance, then walk in one of their posh boutiques and spoil yourself or your beloved.
Ioanna Kourbela F6, Adrianou 109 & Hatzimichali 12,
Plaka, www.kourbelaioanna.gr. Innovative fashion designer Ioanna Kourbela takes the national body conscious image to a whole different level with a barrage of billowing fabrics twinned with creative layering, seeking to showcase the female form in a completely different way to what we’re accustomed..
Loukia H5, Kanari 24, Kolonaki. Unique designer label that manages to exude an aura of romance, unconventional creative originality and theatrical extravaganza, all in one. Loukia’s clothes are simultaneously reminiscent of a fairy tale princess, with flamboyant tulle, ruffles, laces and embroiderAthens In Your Pocket
Koukos F6, Navarchou Nikodimou 21, MPanepistimio, Tel. (+30) 210 3222740 www.koukosjewellery.gr Koukos is one of the most popular Greek quality jewellery brands. Since 1970 the collection has adopted designs inspired by the ancient Greek and traditional jewellery. In their shop you’ll find complete collections with visible references to the Greek popular and Byzantine tradition as well as contemporary design trends. Also fine Italian tin collections, hand made replicas of Byzantine icons and old traditional ceramics. athens.inyourpocket.com
Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) Athinas
Street (between Evripidou & Sofocleous Streets), MMonastiraki, Omonia. An extravaganza of sights, smells and sounds, here you will be treated to a very wide selection of spices, herbs, cheeses, olives, meats, fish and all sorts of gastronomical delights. Take a pick from the wonderful selection of nuts, herbs and dried fruits - you will be hard pressed to find these back home. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.
Aristokratikon F5, Karageorgi Servias 9. The city’s
premier sweets and pastries emporium, with an extensive array of delicious hand-crafted sweets and chocolates, made with the finest local ingredients.
Tattoo & Piercing
Black Rose D4, Pallados 16, Psirri, MMonastiraki,
tel. (+30) 210 3238610, www.blackroseta2.gr. If you are up for a permanent souvenir from Athens, then head to Black Rose, one of the top tattoo and piercing studios in the centre of the city. Professional art work, safety and hygiene are guaranteed.
Every Athenian neighbourhood has its own open air fruit and veg market on a specific day of the week. Licenced producers bring their fresh goodies from their farms to the big city neighbourhoods. Prices start high in the morning but in true market fashion get really low towards midday. One of the best and well worth pottering around is in Kallidromiou St. Exarchia, every Saturday morning.
Fruit & Vegetable street markets (Laiki markets)
Traditional Food Products
ucts of exceptional quality and many international awards. Extra virgin olive oil, olives, and dips to take home with you. Available in large supermarkets and the airport duty free shops. Mastiha Shop G5, Panepistimiou & Kriezotou and Athens Airport, www.mastihashop.gr. All mastiha products brought to you by the association of Chios mastic growers. These exclusively Greek product makes the ideal gift to bring home if you want to avoid an ‘ouzo power’ t-shirt! Try the natural chewing gum and the sweet liquor. A full range of natural cosmetics is also available. Mesogaia Hamosternas 14, Kato Petralona. Delicatessen selling delicious local speciality foods from around Greece, such as extra-virgin olive oil, the local spirit, “raki”, a diverse array of cheeses and a fragrant selection of wild herbs.
Gaea Products, www.gaea.gr. Greek traditional prod-
Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou & surrounding
streets, MMonastiraki. It has lost some of its old days charm as modern shops have replaced the stalls, but it remains the absolute Athenian open-air, vibrant, peoplepacked, shopping/haggling experience. Head here if you are looking for antiques, collectors’ items, vintage clothing, old music records and books, homeware, leatherwear and souvenirs. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00.
A full series of natural cosmetics produced with propolis, honey, royal jelly, rosemary, green tea and fruits. Greek products that make perfect gifts for anyone back home. Korres, www.korres.com. Started as a homeopathic pharmacy, Korres now produces more than 500 skin and hair care herbal products, sold in more than 30 countries. Greek women love them as they are 100% natural.
Apivita G4, Solonos 26, Kolonaki, www.apivita.com.
American Markets . Ermou 30, D5, 2nd floor tel. 210
3217870, Ermou 48, D5, 1st flor tel. 210 3215740, Sofokleous 19, E3, 1st floor tel. 210 3217051 Yesterday’s Bread Kallidromiou 87, Exarchia, tel. 210 8811233. Imported second hand clothes.
Camper Ermou 34, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3216709. Kalogirou H5, Patriarchou Ioakim 4, Kolonaki. The ultimate fashionable shoe shop, with top international labels as well as its own-brand discerning designs. A must-visit destination for all shoe afficionados. The world’s grooviest shoes!
AB Vassilopoulos www.ab.gr. Supermarkets are rare in downtown Athens, they tend to concentrate in residential areas. Some central branches of the best supermarket chain AB Vassilopoulos can be found at the following addresses: -Vouliagmenis 67 & Menonos, Mets, F8 -Marni 24, E1 -Spyrou Merkouri 38, Pangrati, J6 -Keiriadon & Sfiton, Petralona, A6 -Mavromichali 157 & Digeni Akrita, I1 QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. athens.inyourpocket.com August - September 2011
Albania Vekiar eli 7, Filothei, tel. 210 6876200. Australia Kifisias 1-3, tel. 210 8704000. Austria Vas.Sofias 4, tel. 210 7257270. Belgium Sekeri 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617886. Bulgaria Stratigou Kallari St, Psyhiko, tel. 210 6748106. Canada Ioannou Gennadiou 4, tel. 210 7273400. Cyprus Herodotou 16, tel. 210 7237883. Czech Republic Seferi 6, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719701. Denmark Vas.Sofias 11, tel. 210 7256440. France Vas.Sofias 7, tel. 210 3391000. Germany Karaoli & Dimitriou 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 7285111. Hungary Karneadou 25, tel. 210 7256800. China Krinon 2A, Psichiko, tel. 210 6723282. Ireland Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7232771. Israel Marathonodromou 1, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719530. Italy Sekeri 2, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617260. Japan Papadiamanti 21, Psichiko, tel. 210 6709900. Netherlands Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7254900. Nor way Vasilissis Sof ias 23, tel. 210 7246173. Poland Chryssanthemon 22, Psichiko, tel. 210 6797700. Romania Emmanouil Benaki 7, Psichiko, tel. 210 6728875. Russia Nikiforou Lytra 28, Psichiko, tel. 210 6725235. Serbia Vasilissis Sof ias 106, tel. 210 7774344. Slovakia Georgiou Seferi 4, Psichiko, tel. 210 6771980. South Africa Kifisias 60, Marousi, tel. 210 6106645. Spain Dionysiou Areopagitou 21, tel. 210 9213123. Sweden Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7266100. Switzerland Iasiou 2, tel. 210 7230364. Turkey Vasileos Geor giou 8, tel. 210 7263000. UK Ploutarhou 1, tel. 210 7272600. USA Vasilissis Sofias 91, tel. 210 72129519.
Alpha Bank Stadiou 40, tel. 2103260000. ATE Bank Panepistimiou 23, tel. 210 3298911. Bank of Greece (Central Bank) Panepistimiou 21,
tel. 210 3201111, www.bankofgreece.gr.
BNP Paribas Vasilissis Sofias 94, tel. 210 7468000. Citibank Achaias 3, Kifisia, tel. 210 8186000. Eurobank Amalias 20, tel. 210 9555000. HSBC Mesogion 109, tel. 210 6962100. Mar f in Egnatia Bank Zef yr ou 56, tel. 210
National Bank Eolou 86, tel. 210 3341000. Piraeus Bank Amerikis 4, tel. 210 3335000.
Postal Savings Bank Pesmazoglou 2-6, tel. 210
gion 109, tel. 210 6993559, www.amcham.gr. www.ase.gr.
American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce MesoAthens Exchange Athinon 110, tel. 210 3366800, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Athens Tourism & Economic Development Com-
Akadimias 7-9, tel. 210 3604815, www.acci.gr.
pany G6, Xenofontos 7, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3253123, fax 210 3216653, email@example.com.
Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Vasilissis General Secretariat for Investment and Development Nikis 5-7, tel. 210 3332402, www.ggea.gr/ German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dorileou 10-12, tel. 210 6419000, http://
Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry Kifisou 102, tel. 210 5384177, www.heda.gr. Hellenic-Chinese Chamber Amerikis 10, tel. 210
3629052, www.chinese-chamber.gr/. 210 3355700, www.elke.gr.
Hellenic Center for Investment Mitropoleos 3, tel. Hellenic Foreign Trade Board Marinou Antipa 86-88, Ilioupoli, tel. 210 9982100, www.hepo.gr.
tel. 210 3332000, www.mnec.gr/en.
Hellenic Ministy of Economy and Finance Nikis 5-7,
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Athens University 44 National Theatre 45 Natural History (Goulandris) Museum 46 Naxos 27 Netherlands 56 New Benaki Museum 42 Nixon 30 Norway 56 Numismatic Museum 43 Numismatic Museum Café 29 OASA (urban transportation) info 51 O'Connell's 30 Old House of Parliament 45 Omiros 20 Orphee Beinoglou 58 OSE (Greek Railways) info 51 Ouzou Melathron 27 Pan 21 Parliament 57 Pedion tou Areos 47 Periscope 19 Piraeus Bank 56 Poland 56 Polish Community School 57 Postal and Philatelic Museum 43 Postal Savings Bank 56 President 19 Prime Minister 57 Railway Museum 43 Rebecca 27 Red Indian 22 Remax Hellas 57 Revaizi 23 Romania 56 Royal Olympic 19 Rozalia 24 Russia 56 Saint George Lycabettus 18 Sarantitis Law Firm 57 Serbia 56 Seven Jokers 31 Six D.inyourpocket.66 Index ABI (air business international) 50 AB Vassilopoulos 55 Acropolis Museum Hotel 20 Adecco 57 Aegean 50 Aiolis 28 Alatsi 23 Alcatraz 32 Alexander Sauna 33 A Lier Man 29 All Year Travel 58 Alpha Bank 56 Ambariza 29 American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) 57 American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 American Markets 55 ANEK LINES 51 Apivita 55 Arethusa 20 Aristokratikon 55 ATE Bank 56 Athens Backpackers 21 Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) 55 Athens Centre 57 Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Athens City Hall 44 Athens Exchange 56 Athens Metropolitan Cathedral 44 Athens Sports Bar 29 Athens Stock Exchange 44 Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company 56 AthenStyle 21 Attica 52 Attica Zoological Park 46 Australia 56 Austria 56 Baba Au Rum 29 Baby Gold 32 Baby O 32 Balthazar 22 Bank Of Greece 44 Bank of Greece (Central Bank) 56 Bartesera 29 Belafonte 29 Belgium 56 Benaki Museum 40 Benaki Museum Gift Shop 54 Big 33 Bits and Bytes 49 Black Duck Multiplarte 22 Black Rose 55 Blues 29 Blue Train Café 33 BNP Paribas 56 Booze 28 Boschetto 26 British Council 57 British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 Bulgaria 56 Buses and Trolleybuses 48 Butcher 25 Byron College 57 Byzantine and Christian Museum 40 Camper 55 Campion School 57 Canada 56 Capu 30 Celia Kritharioti 54 Cellier Le Bistot 23 Cervantes Institute 57 Chez Lucien 23 China 56 Church of Aghioi Theodoroi 44 Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea 44 Citibank 56 Classical King George Palace 18 Collectors shop 52 Commonwealth war cemetery 45 Compendium 54 Copa Copana 46 Czech Republic 56 Diammond Dolls 32 Dioskouroi Café 28 Dioskouros 21 Doris 24 Dowlings Solicitors 57 Efta Thalasses 27 Ellinogermaniki Agogi (German) 57 Epigraphical Museum 40 Eridanus 19 Eurobank 56 Fair Consulting 57 FC&D 57 Ferries departure info 51 First cemetry of Athens 45 Folli Follie 54 Foundation of the Hellenic World 46 France 56 French-Greek School 57 French Institute 57 Fresh 19 Galaxy Bar 30 Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) 30 Gazaki 30 GB Corner 26 General Secretariat for Investment and Development 56 German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Germanos 52 Germany 56 Gialiskari 27 Global Business Services 57 Glykis 27 Goethe Institute 57 Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art 40 Granazi 33 Grand Ritorno 32 Hard Rock Café 22 Hellenic American Union 57 Hellenic Center for Investment 56 Hellenic Children's Museum 46 Hellenic-Chinese Chamber 56 Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry 56 Hellenic Foreign Trade Board 56 Hellenic Ministy of Economy and Finance 56 Hera 19 Hondos Center 52 House of Parliament (Vouli) 44 Hoxton 30 HSBC 56 Hungary 56 Ilias 24 Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum 41 Il postino 25 Inoteka 28 International Business Services 57 Intrepid Fox 30 Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) 23 Ireland 56 Islamic Art Museum 41 Israel 56 Italy 56 Jackson Hall 22 Japan 56 Jewish Museum 41 Kafeneio Thissio 28 Kantor 57 Kappari 24 Kavouras 26 Kazarma 33 Kerameikos Museum 41 Kiriakoulis Mediterranean 58 Klepsidra 28 Kosta 26 Kostas 26 KPMG 57 Krinos 28 KTEL (intercity buses) departure info 51 Lamda Club 33 Livadia 26 Mamacas 23 ManiMani 23 Manpower 57 Marfin Egnatia Bank 56 Melissinos.Athens Academy .com Athens In Your Pocket athens.G. The poetsandalmaker 54 Metropolis 21 Mondial Forwarding Hellas 58 Mousses Club 32 Museum of Greek Folk Art 42 Museum of the Ancient Agora 42 Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments 42 National Archaeological Museum 40 National Bank 56 National Gardens café 29 National Glyptotheque 42 National Historical Museum 42 National Library . 31 Skoufaki 29 SOL SA 57 Soul Kitchen 22 South Africa 56 Spain 56 Spyros Vassiliou Museum 43 Stavlos 29 St Catherine's British Embassy School 57 Stratos Vassilikos 20 Surreal 27 Sweden 56 Taverna tou Psirri 25 Temple of Olympian Zeus 37 The Art Foundation (TAF) 31 The Athens Gate 20 The National Gallery 43 Titania 20 To Kafeneio 25 Toy Bar 31 Tram 48 Travel Plan 58 Triantafyllo tis nostimias 25 Tudor Hall 24 Turkey 56 UK 56 USA 56 Vernicos Yachts 58 Wagamama 22 Zappeion 45 Zappeion Garden 47 Tell us what you think about our guide: We’re all ears! athens@inyourpocket.S.com .O.
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