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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
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there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. Belgrade and Istanbul. among others. If you are too far (i. Athens. cafés. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. 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 . one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. highly-qualified. of course. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. spiritual landmarks and sport. and wish you an exciting. bus. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. hospitable environment. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together).inyourpocket. loudly and clearly. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. unlimited development potential.com August . there is no option to arrive in the country by train. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. be it for business or pleasure. active and innovative. and hope their stay proves an inspiring.e. Full of life and passionate about their town. fairness. Indicatively. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. To get to town you have a choice between metro. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. Finally. 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. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. day and night life. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. you will soon discover. banks. enjoyable and rewarding stay. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. situated 27 km (16.8 miles) east of Athens. invigorating and meaningful experience. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. suburban railway. car hire.September 2011 . 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends.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. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). discover new ideas and speak their mind. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. We welcome all visitors to Athens. who are friendly. multilingual human resources. athens. newsstands. even an airport museum. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. Easily accessible and strategically located. shopping. where you must change to enter the metro system. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. democracy. professional services. If you have your own car. but that of course depends on the traffic. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station.90). innovation. gastronomy. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. Athens is a global capital. taxi and.
which make very good wines.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. which is added during fermentation.. 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.U. However. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. Mastiha is another pleasant. Disabled travellers Unfortunately. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. 1.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours. with a pine resin flavour. you shouldn’t worry. sweet-tasting spirit. 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. clubs etc. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and.9 million Total territory: 131.917m Length of coastline: 15. Finally. Diluted with water and ice.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. laws are there to be broken.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. In fact. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. explosives. However.. i. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. however.e. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps).8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. protected species. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. Strangely enough. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. flammable gases. nuclear or biological substances. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. 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.com . in practice. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. 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. It is. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. 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.944 sq km (51. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. weapons. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. no less. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. but then again.inyourpocket.
. and more are being released all the time. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. although it revolves around them. and find the cafes. 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. This is known as ‘filotimo’. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. especially as a sole traveler. bars and restaurants closest to you.September 2011 . as well as at the Airport shops. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often.com August . Finally. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. Or so the public water company says. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. 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.. accurate. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. 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. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). 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. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections.with the functionality of the iPhone. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. If you go out to dinner with locals. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English. but for that same reason. And like In Your Pocket guides.But that’s fair enough. well-written and independent information . within-app dialling and web browsing. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. 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. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. Petty crime does exist.up-to-date. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. even showcasing original archaeological material). but if you avoid certain areas. 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. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. athens.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. and keep an eye on your belongings. meaning something between a sense of honour. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. They tend to think that the rest of the world.inyourpocket. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. If you avoid questioning the.obvious correctness of these views.
Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. 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). depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. As for understanding. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. take our word for it). If you prefer to opt for something simpler. 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. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). €6.. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. Once you remember the above. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. 2002. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. which is the maximum time allowed. practice and time. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. (ου) is pronounced oo. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. Like their Balkan counterparts. 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. giota (ι). 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. 166 Fire Service tel. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. 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). with mathematical precision. This measure was introduced back in 1982. 100 Ambulance tel. lead to a full-scale revolt).that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. (αι) is pronounced e.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines.com . 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.inyourpocket. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too.. over and under ground. this comes at a price: Parking lots. Police emergency tel. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. but that’s about it. Athens In Your Pocket athens. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. As a result. 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. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. 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.
Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. are: Cine Psirri D4. Ten percent is considered generous. Israel.September 2011 . each with its own distinctive character. Norway. a fact that. 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. Sarri 40-44. 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. tel. tel. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride .inyourpocket. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. New Zealand. tel.. Canada. surely enough. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. Switzerland and the US. the streets. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. vaccinated and sterilised.. Thissio. Australia. Aigli G7. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. Psirri.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. The truth is. plays movies catering to all tastes.tel. according to animal welfare organisations. Cine Paris F6. constitutes bad publicity for the city. Just before the Olympic Games. Vox G2. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. Against all odds. 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. Cine Dexameni H4. like everything else in this country. 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. you can enjoy food. Most are small gardens in their own right. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. Japan. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. Thission C6. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. Zappeion Garden. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. but in wonderful Greece. 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. however. 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). Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. something around five percent is the most common practice. This was. Exarchia. code is +30 210 athens. Plaka. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. a real treat for sultry summer nights. making it a completely different cinema experience. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. Apostolou Pavlou 7. It is the most atmospheric of all. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings.com August .. However. Dexameni Sq.U. tel. Kolonaki. 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. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. Together with your chosen movie. 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. Iceland. Kydathineon 22. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. 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. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. 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. Themistokleous 82. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. tel. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly.and rightly so. it will be the final nail in their coffin.
1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. In 451BC. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. c. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. Ionians and Dorians. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. Sulla attacks the city. Sigeum. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. is built between 447-437BC. including Pericles. Democracy. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. held at Olympia. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. king of Pontus.10 BC history c. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. architecture. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. Rebuilding of Athens begins. philosophy. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. science.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. In his grief. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. During this period. The Parthenon. Athens In Your Pocket athens. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. c. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. which lasts until 446. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. 510BC: Hippias. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians.inyourpocket. drama. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. the son of Peisistratus. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. 356BC: Alexander the Great. an Athenian herald. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens.com . 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. all flourished. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. 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). Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. c.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. Aeolians. creation of a people’s court). 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. During this period. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. Aegeus. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. is born in Pella. among other architectural masterpieces. sculpture. at the mouth of the Hellespont. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. construction of the first Agora. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. that he survived. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. Legend has it that Pheidippides. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. son of Philip II. Aeolian. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece.
1940: After occupying Albania. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word.com August . drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. based on religious faith. 1913: Second Balkan War. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. Before his death. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. which is renamed Constantinople. on October 28. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. is partially destroyed. The Acropolis. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. Britain. athens. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. After a month of intense fighting. Greece. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. mainly in Athens and other major cities. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. Serbia. the guerrillas surrender. 1952: Greece joins NATO. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. 1973: In November. giving the country its final shape. King Constantine II flees the country. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. End of the Byzantine Empire. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. Greeks take to the mountains. In December. with heavy support from the US. 1941: In April. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. Military regime collapses in Athens. Presidential democracy adopted.September 2011 . which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London.000 dead. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 1949: The National Army. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France.inyourpocket. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. following popular uprisings. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. Crete unites with Greece. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. “No”. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. Italian and Bulgarian forces. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. Ioannis Kapodistrias. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. advancing towards Albania during the winter. being on the winners’ side. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. under the Treaty of Lausanne. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. 1912: First Balkan War. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. is crushed with bullets and tanks. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. More than 50. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. The Byzantine Empire is established. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers.
Konstantinoupoleos Streets. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. 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. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. Allow at least two hours for your visit. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. most dating back to the 1970s. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). Enter the National Gardens.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. M Omonia. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. Patision (October 28th) Streets.com Athens In Your Pocket . Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. leftists.inyourpocket. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. models and powerful businessmen. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. Iera Odos.H5. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. Board the metro to Syntagma station. mingle.MSyntagma.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. MSyntagma. right in the centre of Athens. students. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. M Kerameikos. Enjoy your leisurely ride. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. However. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. Beach attire. Fortunately. show off and decide the future of the country. head to Kolonaki. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down. exhibitions and festivals take place. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. if posh dining is more up your street. 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. Monastiraki. 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. Countless tourist shops. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. high profile journalists.G2. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue. Akadimias. athens. if you wander off the beaten track.com athens. The Athenian élite of politicians.inyourpocket. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. actors. Exarchia F2. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. Kolonaki H4. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. The nightlife here is excellent.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. A4 Bordered by Pireos. taking in the golden sea views along the way. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. rockers and anarchists. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation.E6. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. 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). the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market.
D2. Philopappou Hill.E3 MOmonia. Evripidou Streets. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine.com August . Thissio. theatres. the pride and joy of the capital. 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. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. Ermou. Achilleos Streets. Countless bars. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. Panepistimio. as the masses started to move elsewhere. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. Ancient Agora. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. MThissio. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. clubs. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. but. with a new bar. workshops.D3. MMonastiraki. MKerameikos. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. street traders.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. Syngrou Ave. occasionally. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. Syntagma. weird and suspicious figures. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. 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. Iera Odos.E2. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. gritty and colourful. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. MMonastiraki. (Since then.inyourpocket.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. Buzzing and ugly.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. lottery ticket sellers and. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. One of the oldest districts of Athens. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city.F4. Athinas and Ermou St. 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.E5. athens. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. at night. Metaxourgio B3. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago.C5. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. Philopappou hill. 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. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. The food is generally average. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). Pireos. or a Sunday afternoon. with some exceptions.C3 Bordered by Pireos. MAcropolis. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. Like many other European cities.September 2011 . do enter any of them on a Saturday evening.
Alimos. 44 km. As a rule. Weekends 09:00-sunset. weekends €11. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. Grand Beach. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. 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.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. towels. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. Admission: Weekdays: €8. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. Finally. Lagonissi 40km Tel. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. 64 km. Varkiza 27km Tel. hats and everything else you may need.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). Or.5.com . all days. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. 69 km. Bus E22 . 15 km. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. Bus E22 Agia Marina.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. Tram. remember to bring a bottle of water. As a general rule. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. children 6-12 yrs: €8. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. if you drive. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. if you are really lazy. children €8 Weekends € 25. Parking weekdays: €6. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. 210 8902000 Tram. 34 km. Weekends: €17. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. children under 12 free. Children under 6yrs free. Daily: 08:00-20:00. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. for a fee of course. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. 28 km.inyourpocket. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. Alimos 10 km Tel. 8 km. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. bus stop Lagonissi. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. Daily: 08:00-19:00. children €13 Yabanaki. Sunbeds incl. Bus E22 . you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. Astir Beach. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . Tram.
consider the alternatives. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar.gr for regular updates. Instead. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. pulsating with protestors and police. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. 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. 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. If you are staying at a hotel. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. So.oasa. not the rule. It means that no air traffic controllers. Locals take it all in their stride. Check out livingingreece. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. don’t despair.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. Flexibility is key.inyourpocket. Athens is a city best seen by foot.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. a few days. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2.com. That in itself is a good start. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. Greek society has not imploded. athens. Welcome! Looking around. In addition to TV and radio news. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. take to the streets. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life.September 2011 .ekathimerini. Life goes on. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. But strikes – be they for a few hours. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. Just a few blocks away.000 years ago. only to find they’re not operating. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever.com August . you may be a little surprised. think about taking the bus or tram instead.gr – has information in Greek and English. The trains. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. When a strike scuppers your plans. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. and a country crippled by constant strikes. and reliable English information can also be found online. Most strikes are announced in advance. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down.
while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56). This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century.15:00. & Vas.Pulp Terra Vibe . dating from 1853-54. There. Sat: 09:00 . It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama. he took his first steps as a photographer. €35 www.gr / www. 1 Koumbari St. Of Scottish extraction.24:00.gr/www. 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. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. Admission fee: €7. Sofias Ave MSyntagma. at the start of the eighteen fifties. 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. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage .i-ticket.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket .€40 14/9.ticketpro.17:00. QOpen Mon. 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.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum.gr athens.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8.inyourpocket. Fri.tickethouse. Malta in 1856. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs. the Holy Lands. where he lived out his days.benaki. tel.gr www. Wed. Sun 09:00 . 210 367 1000. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20. Thu 09:00 .€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. Egypt and Damascus in 1857.gr. www.ticketnet. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”.
www..Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. Concessions:€4. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. Iraklidon 16.www. Free admission. (+30) 210 3238757. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 .theartfoundation. Jul 21 . D5. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Kind of.herakleidon-art. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . without official members. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. Sun 11:00 . and explores the fields of theatre. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. Admission fee: €6. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. using our own editors.com/inyourpocket.19:00. tel. contemporary music. Closed Mon.21:00. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. theory of art and poetic contemplation.gr. 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. tel. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each.com. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. Recording actions’. (+30) 6988391684. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 .September 2011 . Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras.. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Under 12: Free. who reside in the Netherlands.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). Sep 19 . 210 3461981.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’... Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation).Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. each artist.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business. Normanou 5. performance.gr. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. to contribute installations on the same theme. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. to date. Roman. Closed Aug 1 . the need for their message to reach its recipient. including the Greek. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis. when confronted with the remains of our collective past.inyourpocket. multimedia installations. and Egyptian. when the group was created.24:00. MThissio.com August . writers and local researchers as presenters. MMonastiraki. athens.
PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4. www. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. www. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. but you can always book a suite with living room. Q 154 rooms. tel. Internet is of course free-of-charge. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. Syntagma Sq. reservations. The subtle luxury. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms.000.. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Aristotle Onassis and. Triples: €140-170. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door.inyourpocket. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. (+30) 210 7281000. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. Q 15 rooms. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. Maria Callas. tel.classicalhotels.210 3443590. Suites: €500-€5000. Leokoriou 7. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. this hotel is a temple of modern living. MEvangelismos. Tudor Hall. MAcropolis.athens@hiltoncom. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. fax (+30) 210 3312942. is the list of its famous guests. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character.com. MSyntagma. you can wind down in the silent room. Kifisia.electra-hotels. www. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. fax (+30) 210 6284449. Lysikratous 9-11. (+30) 210 3259000. Internet is free of charge.gr. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. MThissio. 5persons: €250280. Doubles: €130-160. salesepath@electrahotels. fax (+30) 210 7281111. as well as countless kings. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building..avahotel.gr. An immense fitness centre. Sofias 46. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. no less. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation.gr. info@ grandebretagne. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. info@avahotel. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history.grandebretagne. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. Vas. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself.gr.gr.Doubles: €160-250. com. www. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul. Vasileos Georgiou 3. Plaka. (+30) 210 3370000. tel. the 7th floor French restaurant. barber’s shop. fax (+30) 210 3250504. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here.com. Psirri.Naomi Campbell. (+30) 210 3312950.com. tel. Doubles: €180-400. Singles: €150-200. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city.com. www. tel.oandbhotel. www. Q 102 rooms. Needless to describe its amenities. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. What we need to point out is its Spa. info@semiramisathens. Q 524 rooms. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. Doubles: €190-210. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. reserve@ oandbhotel. MSyntagma.com. kgpalace@classicalhotels. Superior rooms: €295-450. Singles / Doubles: €180-300. fax (+30) 210 3259001. cigar store. tel. Suites: €500-10. then look no further than Semiramis. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. www. Recently.hiltonathens.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. 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. Suites: €300-550.semiramisathens. 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. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. Singles: €160-250. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. though. Syntagma Square. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. MSyntagma. Although accommodation is ample. Q 22 rooms. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. Most impressive.com. 4persons: €230-270. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963.gr. a place of complete relaxation. Nikodimou 18-20. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. 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’. fax (+30) 210 3241875.com . Pure luxury. a beauty salon. 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.
Q 38 rooms. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s.for thnet. www. Kolonaki. herahotel. eridanus.com.September 2011 .president.. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. Standard: €120-170. www. MOmonia. fax (+30) 210 5200550. tel.gr. Wi-Fi Internet is free. stays open until 02:00. tel. Singles: €110-200. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. (+30) 210 9236832-6. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. right across from the New Acropolis Museum.. 10 suites. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. (+30) 210 3378000.com. fax (+30) 210 9238269. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. www. Q 22 rooms. Suites: €200-250. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43.gr. MSyntagma. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Ermou 5. Q 126 rooms. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. One of the top small hotels in the city. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. (+30) 210 6989000. fax (+30) 210 9211650.herodion. Renovated in 2010. A non-smoking wing is also available.com. MAmpelokipoi. info@herahotel. Singles: €100-130. firstname.lastname@example.org August . value for money. tel. reservations@president. fax (+30) 210 7213965. Q 106 rooms. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. Singles: €90-110. Breakfast will brighten up your day. Doubles: €100-120. tel. email@example.com. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. Park Hotel Alexandras Av.electrahotels. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. 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). Suites: €220. Q 122 rooms. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Suites: from €170. www.goldenage.melia-athens. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. with a sauna and a hamam. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. quite often with live music. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. (+30) 210 7240861-9. Singles: €150-170. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. info@periscope. tel. Acropolis view: €150-190. Triples: €160-230. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. info@athensparkhotel. (+30) 210 Hera E8. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner.gr. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere.gr. gr. Avenue bar. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. tel. Pireaus 78. melia-athens@solmelia. Suites: €200350. (+30) 210 7297200. Chalkokondili 14.gr. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. Doubles: €100-150. MVictoria. Falirou 9.gr.gr. Try out the fitness centre. tel. (+30) 210 5205360.com. Q 38 rooms.com inyourpocket. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. www. MSyntagma.gr. a meeting point even for non-residents. 10. An excellent. w w w. www. Doubles: €120-250.athensparkhotel. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds.Where to stay Electra F5. firstname.lastname@example.org. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. with a high degree of privacy. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city.gr. Q 150 rooms. Hermes bathroom sets.gr. tel. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. a good. If you have some extra euros to spare.inyourpocket. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. Singles: € 90-120. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. herodion@ herodion. Situated on Ermou street. free Internet access.periscope. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. www. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. Doubles: €165-190. Doubles: €110170. Michalakopoulou 57. 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. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. 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. MAcropolis. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. Wooden floors. 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. www. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. Haritos 22. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. Q 516 rooms. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. highly recommended hotel. Overall. Rovertou Gali 4.gr. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians. The fitness centre.
tel. tel.gr. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. Suites: €270-340. com. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. Doubles: € 90-110. a gym and Ioannis. gold and a few ancient replicas. tel. no doubt.athensgate. tel.arethusahotel. www. Just off the centre of action. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors.gr. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. (+30) 210 9215353. arethusa@ traveling. fax (+30) 210 9237493. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. Mitseon 3. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. Singles / Doubles: €125 .tac. A sister hotel of Herodion.com. Q 40 rooms. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. (+30)210 9288400. Q 22 rooms. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. (+30) 210 3326000. Doubles: €75-95. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. Large central hotel. www.1. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. tel. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). tel. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. select3@ otenet. tel. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. free Internet. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. Doubles. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. Singles: €60-80. titania@titania. Try the café on the mezzanine. just two minutes walk from the metro. Panepistimiou 52. more impressive once you walk in. www.gr. Family: € 200. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 9249052. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. www.com.gr. The rooms are comfortable. tel. www. 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. Syngrou 48. omiroshotel@hol. M Acropolis. especially in executive rooms. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden.gr.gr. Q 87 rooms. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom.com. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. tel.gr. Omo- Omiros F5. MAcropolis. are more than spacious. Q 385 rooms. Singles: €90-120.200. philippos@ herodion. the rooftop restaurant. Magna Grecia. Q 80 rooms. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. Rooms are basic. PTJARGW hhh athens. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4.philipposhotel.gr.gr. a library. reservations@athensgate. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. Syngrou 10. To name a few. MSyngrouFix. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay. there’s something Parisian about it. Mitropoleos 6. Q 72 rooms. 210 3229431. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. MPanepistimio. (+30) 210 3212801. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. Singles: €50-70. an extra definitely worth asking for. info@acropolismuseumhotel. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. tel. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. www.gr. www.com . www. so will you. email@example.com. A fine meeting room. Apollonos 15.titania. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge.nikihotel. MSyntagma. omiroshotel. Suite:€110-130. Olive Garden. Triples: €80-100. fax (+30) 210 3229439. fax (+30) 210 3300700. 1 suite. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. fax (+30) 210 9215342. Doubles: €60-80. Some rooms boast large verandas. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. Time also equals information.gr. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. Named after an Athenian nymph. www. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6.acropoliselect. MSyntagma. excellently located accommodation. Singles: € 75-90. Q 230 rooms. This 1930s building was once a clinic. Plaka. info@nikihotel. Q 84 rooms. fax (+30) 210 3243124. Acceptable. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. attaloshotel.acropolismuseumhotel. (+30) 210 9249050 . offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner. www. Arethusa F5. 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. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. Q 50 rooms. The location is very convenient too. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. (+30) 210 3220913. These days. firstname.lastname@example.org. (+30) 210 9223611-4.gr. info@royalolympic. free WiFi included. MAcropolis. 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. € 100-180. Doubles: €100-225. Makrigianni. free fitness centre and generous upgrades.com. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. Some of the bathrooms. Fallirou 37-39. 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. tel. fax (+30) 210 9216938. Doubles : €100-140.gr. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport.gr.gr. Q 22 rooms.inyourpocket. www. Q 99 rooms. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. fax (+30) 210 3220886. Singles: €95-205. Suites: €400. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Athinas 29. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. fax (+30) 210 9223615. Suites: € 200-250. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune. Nikis 27. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. Singles: €100-150.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment.gr. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights.
pleasant homey but minimal environment. tel. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. info@boutiqueathens. tel. Agias Theklas 10. All the rooms are non-smoking. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7.Q Dorms: €20. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. Private rooms pp €15-30. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly).gr. info@ hotelmetropolis. Triples €50. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. www. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. www. Veikou 3A. Constructed in 2005. Q Dorms: €25. There is a bar. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats. Doubles: € 40-80. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. as most hostels in Athens. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens.gr. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. com. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. M Acropolis. Epikourou 16. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. 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. this family business is a respectable choice.inyourpocket. studenttravellersinn. look elsewhere. If it’s luxury you’re after. www. (+30) 210 32 44 808.gr. organised by Athens Studios. The rooms are less than basic but then again. studios: € 60-150.gr. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. Q 33 rooms.gr. (+30) 210 3217871. Q 59 rooms. PJR6 hh 3237816. MAcropolis. fax (+30) 210 3237819. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. English speaking joint. M Syntagma. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. Breakfast is also available on demand.com. Singles: €40-70. tel.com. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. Triples: €96. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. tel. Elspeth Geronimos. (+30) 210 3225010. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. Thissio. and as basic as you can get. PTJA6GB W W athens. www.hotelmetropolis. Doubles: €35-50. Pittakou 6. www. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. Doubles €40. reservations@panhotel. com. By the way. as is reasonably priced accommodation.com August .The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. Triples: €60-100. Named after ancient god Pan. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. Q Dorms: €15-20. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. email@example.com. PJAB AthenStyle D5. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. athensstudios. backpackers. fax (+30) 210 3217469. Doubles. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types.gr. 6976 484135. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. tel. Q Dorms: €18-25. Q 22 rooms. (+30) 210 3248165. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. 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 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. 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. MVictoria. info@centrotel. Psirri. www. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. firstname.lastname@example.org. English-speaking.EP16.gr. info@athensstudios. 210 9235811. Doubles: €40-50. consolas@hol. Kidathineon 16. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure.gr. 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. gr. it is located in the heart of Plaka. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. Suites: €100. www. tel. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned.. fax (+30) 210 3219991.com. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. PJARGW raki. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens.centrotel.gr. www. tel. MAcropolis. “Fabian.September 2011 . (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. Singles/Doubles: €60-80.Where to stay Budget 8258010. tel.panhotel. Mitropoleos 11. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. tel.gr. Doubles: €70-100. This is one of our top low budget favourites.gr. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. Minimum stay 3 days. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. M Acropolis. MSyntagma. 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. with people who know where to take you. Q Singles: €22-26. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. If you’re lucky enough. Mitropoleos 46. www. (+30) 210 9224044. M Thissio. The Internet is free of charge. Makri 12. the lady in charge. Singles: €60-80.. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. Negotiable for long term stay.
01:30. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4.00:00. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional.01:00.gr. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. gr. tel. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses.gr. Epikourou 25 Psirri. view. €€€€. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots.gr. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square. Your experiences are always appreciated. M Pane. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. Filellinon 18. (+30) 210 6441215. www. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. Go ahead.hardrock. QOpen 10:00 01:30. (+30) 210 3410418. (+30) 210 3252758. MSyngrou-Fix. MThissio.There is no admission charge for the performances. €€. 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. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. 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. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. you know that. €€. MSyntagma.11:30. Hristou Lada 9. Kolonaki. QOpen 20:00 03:00. (+30) 210 3211882. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 9300000. QOpen 18:00 .00:00. Closed Mon. €€€. €€. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. (+30) 210 3219908. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. www. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail.redindian. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. www. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4.00:00. Sun 02:00 . A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks.com . tel. location. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. Service is very professional. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. you should consider checking this out. 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. MKerameikos. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. €€€. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community.inyourpocket. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. 210 3234760. Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. QOpen 21:00 . Closed Sun. exclusivity and attitude.com athens.jacksonhall. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. after all. burgers.com. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. QOpen 12:00 . tel. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. (+30) 210 3616098.com/athens. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. MSyntagma. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. are a distinctively Athenian landmark. tel. among hundreds of establishments. even in winter. 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.wagamama. PTJAU Red Indian D3. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. www. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). Milioni 4. tel.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor.gr. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. tel. QOpen 10:00 .02:00. Great location too. Panepistimio. Do not dress too casual. live up to its eclectic clientele). forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. A quarter of a century later.01:00.blackduck. Sofokleous 1. but once you’re there you can request a table. tel. Sun 18:00 . is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. www.01:30. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. tel. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. QOpen 09:00 . it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. Kifissias Avenue 37. tel. This restaurant is so authentic. MAmpelokipi. info@jacksonhall. €€€€. Gazi. They take no phone reservations. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners.
Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available.01:00. Makrigianni.Restaurants French tel.€30 per person €30 . If you are looking for real.01:00. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. PTJB athens. PJA Tirbouson A3. Kuzina C5.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. Vasilisis Sofias 46. tel. As for dining here. which is shipped in on a daily basis. with a geat Acropolis view. A relatively new entry. Closed Aug 9-31 €€.com . tel. Metaxourgio. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). PJAB Mamacas A4. QOpen 12:00 .03:00. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. MThissio. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. QOpen 13:00 . Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style.17:00. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. 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. €€€. €€. MKerameikos. Thissio. tel. rabbit etc). Gazi. PJAB ManiMani E8. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Closed Mon. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. M Piraeus. (+30) 210 3240133. MEvangelismos. 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. MAcropolis. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. QOpen 14:00 . QOpen 12:00 . You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. tel. low prices and a fashionable clientele. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. €€€€. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. Petralona. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. tel. MKerameikos. PJA (+30) 210 3464236. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens.02:00. PTJAB Kanella A4. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. QOpen 13:30 03:00. Closed Aug €€€. Closed Sun.01:30. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. Snails. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing.00:00. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . 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.02:00.01:00. Impeccable white couches inside. Adrianou 9. QOpen 13:00 . One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. MThissio. Watch out for its live DJ sets. among others. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. this is your first choice. €€€€. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. tel. MSyntagma.they take no phone reservations. Troon 32. plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. QOpen 13:00 . Sun 13:00 . Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . PTJA Milos K5. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. QOpen 13:00 . Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Hilton hotel. €€. PJA Alatsi K5. brought in from around the country. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. tel. (+30) 210 9218180. tel. 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. €€. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal. MKerameikos. it offers modern Greek cuisine. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. Persefonis 41. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. (+30) 210 3476320. (+30) 210 7244400. among others. (+30) 210 3638525. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area.inyourpocket. Panepistimiou 10. (+30) 210 3410107. Chez Lucien A7. 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. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. €€. Gazi. QOpen 14:00 . Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. Falirou 10. it became an instant hit. PTA August . Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. Politicians and fellow journalists. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. Pir eaus. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). (+30) 210 4080017. (+30)210 9288400.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. (+30) 210 3464984. Closed Aug €€€. MEvangelismos. rabbit. QOpen 20:30 . this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. If you are a train spotter. Konstantinoupoleos 104. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8.01:00. QOpen 12:00 . MAcropolis. tel. €€.01:00.
Sun 13:00 . There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. the main dishes. Petralona. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. you won’t mind the bill. tel.Vouliagmeni. Valtetsiou 44. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. QOpen 20:30 . and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. Closed Sun.01:00. €€. Sat 19:30 . A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). QOpen 14:00 . Closed Sun.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century.18:00. (+30) 210 3301369. tel. Syntagma Sq. MSyntagma. Praxitelous 30. TJN Varoulko C4. 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. tel. PTJNS Ilias C5. QOpen 12:00 . €€. QOpen 13:00 .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. (+30) 210 3222210. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. MSyntagma. QOpen 13:00 . No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. Valtetsiou 58. Fri. Metaxourgeio. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. Exarchia.spondi.com . and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. €€. Georgiou A. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. Kidathineon 41. tel. Tue. salvaged from demolition. if you prefer to opt for sweets. QOpen 12:00 . (+30) 210 3225084. Closed Sun. tel.24:00. PJN Doris E4. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. 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. MOmonia. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. €€€€.17:00. tel. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent.gr. yet simple menu. tel.16:00 & 19:00 . authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . Exarchia. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. 210 3450288. 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. Closed Mon. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. €€€€. Dorieon 36. Apollonos 40. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. Pyrronos 5. right on Syntagma square. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. €€. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens.01:00. tel.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel.B5. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. a no-frills.01:00. 210 5228400. MThissio.www. Pangrati. 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.gr. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. €€€€. www. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. MSyntagma. Thu 19:30 . PJAUB Yantes G2. Plaka. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. €€€€. New York. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. (+30) 210 3821685. A daytime-only restaurant. Plaka. Lefteris Lazarou. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. 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. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Kerameikos. QOpen 09:00 .01:00. Closed Mon. An old house. Erechtheos 16.00:00. Wed. €€€. Pireos 80. 210 8960510. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. Prices are dead cheap and. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. MOmonia. PAUG Spondi I8. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. Sun 12:00 . An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. MPanepistimio. tel. 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.0:30. QOpen 20:00 .varoulko. QOpen . Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently. tel. (+30) 210 3232671. tel. 210 7520658.00:00. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6.12:00. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. MThissio.01:00. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. €€. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. (+30) 210 3218733.17:30. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine.inyourpocket.
the owners set up shop next door. or ‘garides saganaki’. Of course. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie.) / Mezedes (pl. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. Loukianou 26. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. universally known as Greek Salad. €€. €€€. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must.com . PJA To Kafeneio I5. QOpen 13:00 . Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. complete with wooden floors and chairs. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). €€. MOmonia.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. Taverna tou Psirri D4. €€. peppers (and less usually. tel. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. €€.19:00. tel. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. (+30) 210 3413440. Lekka 22. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. 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. PJA M Panepistimio. QOpen 13:00 . you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. pine nuts. PTJ 210 7237757. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. QOpen 12:00 .01:30. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. Popular varieties are the shrimp. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. layered with mince meat. Eschylou 12. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. (+30) 210 3641414. 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. Closed Sun. Kolonaki. PTJA August . MMona- stiraki. raisins). just don’t worry about it. together with a generous amount of shallots. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. Closed Sun. QOpen 13:00 . we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. Gazi. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige.inyourpocket. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. cucumber.September 2011 athens.00:00. tel. Kolonaki.01:00. tel. QOpen 12:00 . Closed Aug 10-31 €€. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. (+30) 210 3214923.and checked table cloths. olives. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. Andrea Metaxa 30. QOpen 13:00 . Psirri.01:00. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. but then again. aubergines and bechamel sauce. €€€. As for the bill. QOpen 12:00 . accompanied by its good quality house wine. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. 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. tel. MSyntagma. open-air kitchen. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. Persefonis 19.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. simple. green peppers. M Kerameikos.01:30. Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. Exarchia. (+30) 210 3304333. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. 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.02:00. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. tel. (+30) 210 3227298. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel.
tel. Q Open 12:00 .24:00. MMonastiraki. but it is worth it. JNS stiraki. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. MOmonia. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. 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. ‘high-society’ crowd. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. No Telephone.01:00. Every day. MMona- Kosta E5. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. Closed Sun. Closed Sun. This is actually an address as this place has no name. tel. Q Open 13:00 . TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. and its lovely garden. Q Open 12:00 . M Evangelismos. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. Iroon Square 6. M Monastiraki. M Panepistimio. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. none is served here. 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. Mr. As expected. Psirri. (+30) 210 3252591. (+30) 210 3330000. Agion Anargyron 19. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. Closed Sat. €. Closed Sat. tel. PJA Iroon Square E5. tomato. €. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. Psirri. But the souvlaki is top class.18:00. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. 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. MThissio. 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. Pentelis 5.16:00. QOpen 24h. tel.late. JS Telis D4. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. Closed Sat.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Sun. (+30) 210 3218219. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. €€€€. Q Open 10:00 . JBS 210 3228502. Art-deco atmosphere. take our word for it. PJAW Kostas F5. Q Open 13:00 . Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. french fries. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. Psirri. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. MSyntagma. Closed Sun. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. €. is very easy to spot Nikitas. Panepistimiou 52. a fridge and a sink.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. Sun. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3326000. €€. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. €. (+30) 210 721 08 93. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. from his narrow kitchen. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. €.01:00. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. €€€. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. €€€€. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel.16:00. tel. €. Closed Sat. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. Do not expect seating and service. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. However. Very conveniently located. (+30) 210 3242775. PJS Nikitas D4. Kostas is back in business. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. MThissio. Sun. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. Sun. Central Market.inyourpocket. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. Evangelismos Grove. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. with a slight preference for fish and seafood.com . spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. Evripidou 86. Q Open 12:00 . (+30) 210 5150550. Agias Eirinis Sq.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. make up the GB experience. Q Open 12:00 . tel. Hotel Grande Bretagne. when all national newspapers were based downtown. JS tel. That having been said. This classic brasserie.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. Q Open 13:00 . a meeting point for government officials. JBS GB Corner G5. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise.16:00. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. Q Open 12:00 .
PTA Glykis F6. it manages to create a lively.02:00. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. QOpen 13:00 .Restaurants Salero G2.with honey). True to its name. tel. tel. If you’re looking for an unaffected. tel. tel. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens.01:30. MVictoria. (+30) 210 3478050. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. youthful environment. MMonastiraki. €€. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. Closed Sun. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. Miaouli 22. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. Closed Mon. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4.01:00. MKerameikos. QOpen 13:00 .usually on weekends. €. (+30) 210 3813358. JNB athens. tel. 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. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. €€. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. Food is more than satisfactory. PTJB tiraki. €€. QOpen 13:00 . Q Open 10:00 . The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. PJA Sardeles A5. Tapas are always up for grabs. Humble but real food. JB 9837498. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. but that’s our job after all. €€. Astigos& Philippou. tel. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . Psirri.00:00. Omirou 11. Kolonaki.Thissio. QOpen 20:00 . (+30) 210 3240716. Exarchia. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri.01:00. Closed Mon. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . tel. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing.the ideal people-watching spot.01:00. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. 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. Rethymnis 12.01:00. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. 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. MPanepis- Surreal F1. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. this is worth checking out. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. MMonastiraki. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s.02:00. QOpen 14:00 . QOpen 12:30 . The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . Closed until Sep 6 €€€. Persefonis 15. Valtetsiou 51. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. (+30) 210 3624825. (+30) 210 3223925. €€. MVictoria.inyourpocket.September 2011 . MMonastiraki. (+30) 210 3218222. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. €€. Exarcheia. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. Gazi. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. Agelou Geronta 2. QOpen 08:00 . Paleo Faliro. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. 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. Naxos D5. (+30) 210 8230313. Plaka. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. MMonas- Rebecca D4.com August . with some innovative dishes on offer. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza.01:30. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced.
20:00. PJ Klepsidra E6. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. MMonastiraki. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets.50-2. (+30) 210 3246446. Exarchia. QOpen 07:00 . (+30) 210 3473133. MMonastiraki. Thissio. Wed. Plaka. QOpen . Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). Closed Sun. tel. MVictoria. MSyntagma. tel. Monastiraki.. tel. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. (+30) 210 3612850. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. (+30) 210 3216852. tel. Athens In Your Pocket . There is a long wooden table. despite the occasional refurbishments.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. Akamantos 2. 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. (+30) 210 3212493. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. PJB Da Capo H5. 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. (+30) 210 3253323. Situated right next to the Museum. PJNB Booze E4. Also loukoumades. Kolonaki Sq. QOpen 10:00 . the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. Fri 08:00 . Tsakalof 1. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. QOpen 10:00 . The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun.02:00. MAcropolis. Aiolou 87. MThissio.late. PJB Ginger Ale G2. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. QOpen 08:00 . Thu. that it is getting a bit boring.00:30. New Acropolis Museum.com. 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. refreshing and healthy dessert.24:00. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. This is not an ordinary café. Coffees. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). actors and high profile celebrities. Avissinias sq 3. Kolonaki.02:00. 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. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. tel. JB Krinos E4. These days. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops.15:30. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. MMonastiraki. tel. JB Filion H4. tel. Closed Mon. Sat 07:30 . 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. tel. Monastiraki. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. Fri 07:30 . tel. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. 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. (+30) 210 3240944. (+30) 210 3312839. MOmonia.50-6. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. just step upstairs to the night club. Despite its unremarkable décor. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. QOpen 08:00 . Aiolou 23.02:00. QOpen 08:00 . continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. Booze Cooperativa. (+30) 212 1006147. Adrianou 39. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. concerts.24:00. New entry. PJB Inoteka D5. tel. PTJNS Museum Café F1. magazines and board games. cereal. like fresh fruit.50) and snacks and salads (€2.late. (+30) 210 9000901.00:00.03:00. that hosts a large number of art events. Themistokleous 74. Famous outdoor café. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. boozecooperativa. Kolokotroni 57. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). M Syntagma. a light lunch comes at low prices. Monastiraki. you are right on Exarchia square after all. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. Ginger Ale is no place like that. booze@boozecooperativa. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. (+30) 210 3301246. it is rather a part of an alternative art house. Q Open 07:30 . This café has been around since the twenties. (+30) 210 3602497. exhibitions. Skoufa 34. as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. video art projections and performances. www. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. QOpen 10:00 . Tue. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock.02:00. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. QOpen 09:00 . Sun 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 . it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. PJ6E tel. PTJUB Aiolis E5. MMonastiraki. MMonastiraki.20:30. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. tel. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character.com. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians.00:30. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. Mon.
Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails.jazzy tunes. A sitting room for quiet conversations. National Gardens. Although they serve food. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. MSyntagma. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. Psirri. www. sweet crepes. a designer and his team. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. tel. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. PJB Bartesera F5. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. MSyntagma. A historic café that opened its doors again.02:00. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky .03:00. M Panepistimio. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers.3:00. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . Kerameikos.01:30. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. QOpen 10:30 . Kydathineon 41. progressive. MSyntagma. tel.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. As for the music. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. (+30) 210 3211158. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. QOpen 09:00 . baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square.01:00. Veikou 3A. MSyntagma. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. M Thissio. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. QOpen 09:00 . The café offers a large selection of snacks. QOpen 11:00 .03:00. The King’s stables once. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. A small café with character. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. huge ice cream servings. QOpen 20:00 . with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. tel. tel. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. Lekka 14. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . for this freestyle coffee shop.an oasis in the noisy city centre. bios. (+30) 210 3425335. www. tel. Iraklidon 10. tel.23:00.athenssportsbar. QOpen 09:00 . MMonasti- Skoufaki H4.02:00. QOpen 20:00 . (+30) 210 3643774. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. QOpen 10:00 . The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. PJK Ambariza F5.02:00. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. try finding a table next to the almond tree. (+30) 210 3426322. As central as it gets.gr. 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. & Praxitelous Gallery. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin.20:00. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. PJ National Gardens café H6. This bar is divided into 3 parts.gr. a stage for live performances.02:00. MAcropolis.stavlos. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. tel. 210 3257644. Bios B4. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. Kolokotroni St. Coffees. (+30) 210 3232110.brettosplaka. tel. a bustling section and. A minimal bar. 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. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. Service is efficient and polite. QOpen 08:00 . This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. PJA Brettos F6. restaurant. Thissio. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. M Syntagma. Pireos 84. MKerameikos. London and New York. €. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. PJA Stavlos C5. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. It’s a strange combination but. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars.22:00. Kleitiou 6. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. Irodou Attikou entrance. Closed: Aug 13-24.September 2011 . We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants.late. tel. Panepistimiou 12. soul and hip-hop. sandwiches. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. a space for those who like a bit of both. www. if you lose track of time. 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. MSyntagma. Monastiraki. now a café. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. (+30) 210 3645888. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. 25. Plaka. Makry. snacks. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. If you want to stay out of sight. it seems to work out fine. bios@bios. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. QOpen 12:00 .gr. (+30) 210 3229805.com.gr. (+30) 210 3245862. tel. www. M Syntagma. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. PTJ raki. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . try the upstairs level. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. in the middle. Skoufa 47-49. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. If you visit in early spring.
You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club.02:00.Sat 10:00-01:00. Syntagma. QOpen 17:00 . it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Delfon 5. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. MKerameikos.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. Triptolemou 31. as such. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. Paradise in Persian. tel. MKerameikos. MEvangelismos. 210 3226844. QOpen 10:00 . Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. 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). (+30) 210 3466055.03:00. tel. QOpen 21:00 . QOpen 21:00 . you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. QOpen 21:00 . large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. Live performances organised from time to time. and. Driving there is also an option. MKerameikos. Parnasou 3. It’s almost pitch black in there. a long bar. tel. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. Vas. Vintage at its best. MSyntagma. In the summer or when weather permits. Kolonaki. Pop. Minimal decoration for low profile people. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. PAB Mai Tai I4.04:00. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. (+30) 210 3210233. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. Should you decide to go out late. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. (+30) 210 7258306. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. (+30) 210 3458534. and those who come in later. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot.02:00. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. MKerameikos. 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. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. tel. Situated on Karitsi Square.02:00. QOpen 11:00 . Ploutarchou 18. Lekka 14. Basically. Triptolemou 30. glass in hand. PJEK Capu F5. Fri .com .03:00. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. 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. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types. tel. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. PJ tel. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble.03:00. PA Pairidaeza F4.03:00. tel. MSyntagma. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. tel. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. QOpen 10:00 . MKerameikos. all at the…appropriate price. Voutadon 42. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means.inyourpocket. QOpen 11:00 . 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. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. Agisilaou 61. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. A wild-west touch. QOpen 10:00 . Gazi. JB Nipiagogeio A5. QOpen 21:00 . past metro opening hours. 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. with wood used as the key decorating element. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8.02:00. (+30) 210 6911672.12:00. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 3229374. tel. a happy medium. QOpen 15:00 . MPanormou. (+30) 210 728 10 00. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. Sofias Ave 46. En Delphis G3. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation.03:00. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. 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. Original seventies. MEvangelismos. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. Athens In Your Pocket athens. with not-so-young regulars. If too much socialising makes you hungry. Metaxourgeio.03:00. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. QOpen 10:00 . Gazi. (+30) 210 3462007. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. QOpen 10:00 . tel. 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 .02:00. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. Kolonaki.02:00. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. PJ Hoxton A4. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). don’t worry. Ampelokipoi. Gazi. PJB Gazaki A4. Stadiou 10. (+30) 210 3413395. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. (+30) 210 3460901. tel. (+30) 210 3608269. M Panepistimio. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. PJ Nixon B4. Amazing city view. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. (+30) 210 322 77 33. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. tel. tel. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. MPanepistimio.
the soothing sound of jazz.gr. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. QOpen 10:00 02:00. Good times to be had. MPanepistimio. (+30) 210 3623541. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. Skoufa 46. fax (+30) 210 3235070. tel. Gazi. tel. www. in the evening. M Monastiraki. (+30) 210 3471844. Just watch your fingers. tel.03:00. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. (+30) 210 3219225. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets.02:00. Voulis 7.jjoyceirishpubathens. www. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. Monastiraki. tel. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. Avramiotou 6-8. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. MKerameikos. QOpen 10:00 . MPanepistimio. J6B athens. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. (+30) 210 3235055. what else? Fish n’chips. Christou Lada 1. barrels. in the late afternoon. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. PJA Seven Jokers F5. souvlaki-gyros in hand. Karitsi Sq. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. They may have to think again. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while.O. Fri. porcelain and books. QOpen 19:00 .S has taken over with a bar. it serves coffee and sandwiches. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. 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.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. MMonastiraki.03:00. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. tel.com.02:00. (+30) 210 3311555. QOpen 22:00 . little road hidden just off Athinas Street. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. (+30) 210 3238757. A classic already. Sun 21:00 . all cater for selective crowds of the city. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. depending on the resident dj. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. Astigos 12. Q Open 12:00 . www.02:00. an events space as well as a gallery. QOpen 10:00 . cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here.G.O. Omirou 60 & Skoufa.stinpriza. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. Established in 2008.com. tel.S. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square.September 2011 . promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. QOpen 21:00 .01:00. E5. Karitsi 10. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor.01:00. PJ Six D. this is one street that’s always got something going on. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. Normanou 5. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. Thissio.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3244101. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. 6 D. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. One of our favourites. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. a tiny. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4.05:00. nonetheless. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. Kolonaki. tel. (+30) 210 3392370. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5.03:00. (+30) 2103210510.com August . Triptolemou 44. Kolonaki. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation.theartfoundation. Sun 18:00 .03:00. order. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. tel.03:00. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 .If your stomach begins to complain. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. MPanepistimio. QOpen 10:00 . Music is mainstream. 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. Freestylers and media staff love it here. MMonastiraki. true to the originality of the establishment. MSyntagma. PJA Tapas Bar A4. PJB Rosebud G4.gr. Monastiraki. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square.G. PJEB tel. Sat 22:00 .
Admission fee: €10. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 .32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. tel. Admission fee: €15. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . (+30) 210 9413079. gr. Otherwise. you won’t regret it. grou 237. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). tel. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them.on the plasma screens too. (one drink included). Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. QOpen 23:30 . www. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. Kallithea.grandritorno. QOpen 23:30 . Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5.06:00. However. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals.06:00. (+30) 210 9316417. thinly disguised as soul mate ads.com .gr. www. Prices negotiated on the spot. 210 9235576. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. QOpen 23:30 . Fortunately. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30.06:00.gr. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. alcatraz. 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.inyourpocket. It is located a bit further out of the centre.06:00. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. as is their self-professed title. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. Michalakopoulou 52. A Baby O Pireos 171. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers.inyourpocket.penthhouseclub. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included).mousses. That is not to say that what you get is cheap.babygold. MMegaro Mousikis.gr. (+30) 210 9421264. and around Theatrou Sq. www. (+30) 210 3477744.which is the strong point of this club . www.06:00. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. QOpen 23:30 . boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients.gr.gr. which is lit even during the day. Baby Gold Syngrou 140. you can watch the show . Admission fee: €15. tel. you could easily mistake it for a dance club. (+30) 210 7245233. tel. Most gentlemen’s clubs. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. 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). The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. baby-o. just off the Psirri nightlife district. so you call it a bargain. some quite explicit.06:00. www. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). 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. post your own nightlife review at www.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. tel. as a big city. www. They also offer 20% discount to tourists. As for illegal prostitution. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. 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. tel. and Evripidou St. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back. (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. Drinks cost €11. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus).
This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). tel. Megalou Alexandrou 139.myspace. PJ Cafés ameikos. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. trendy and friendly.05:00. MKerameikos. Closed Mon. Gazi. especially on the entertainment side of things. tel. weekends 14:00-07:00. tel. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. The crowds are young. Closed Mon. QOpen 10:00 . w w w. 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.September 2011 . A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. (+30) 210 3224771. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. As for our list. QOpen 23:00 . 210 5228806.gr. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. lotteries etc. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar.04:00. There is a large cruising area. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. private bathroom. Drinks are cheap. MKerameikos. Ga zi. Clubs Kazarma A3.06:00. PJRD Myrovolos C3. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers. 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. PJ Sodade A4. 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 . Konstantinoupoleos 70. tel. Happy hour: €10. 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.scape. Gazi.lesbian. Fri-Sun 19:00 . Gazi. Lebesi 15. Fri: Go go boys. 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. Thu: Mixed ages. tel. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . Psiri. Triptolemou 10. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4.eu / www. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. 210 3468657. MAcropolis.03:00. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. 210 3210539. 6946 282845. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago.04:00. reasonably priced drinks. QOpen 20:00 03:00.mybar. come a long way during the last years. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. M Kerameikos. MKerameikos. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. tel. MKerameikos. MKerameikos. 210 3460677.noizclub.bigbarathens.late. Megalou Alexandrou 134.03:00. Gazi. Tue: Bear.alexandersauna. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. Kakourgiodikiou 6.gr.gr August . This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic.04:00. Gazi. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 .Gay athens thens is by no means New York. free WiFi. They are fully air-conditioned with TV.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. tel. tel. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . It has. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). Metaxourgio. www. 33 A Lamda Club F8. Bars Big A4. Polyklitou 6.03:00. Avdi Sq. www. 2 jacuzzis. MMonastiraki. Gazi. Gazi. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours.athenspride. and are just above Alexander Sauna. tel. Gazi.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. Q Open 23:30 . Mon: Sports. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. Three visits tourist pass: €35. though. www. Friendly staff provide high quality service. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. Megalou Alexandrou 134.www. PJ My Bar E5. Admission fee: €15.greekgayguide. The music is mainstream-dance. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. finger food and different music every night. . Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom.07:00.gr. however. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. Giatrakou 12. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. Q Open 23:30 . As a visitor.gaygreece. Wed: underwear. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. 210 9224202. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. www.eu / www. www. www.gr. It consists of two separate rooms.alexander-apartments. QOpen 11:00 . MMonastiraki. will keep you busy for hours.com. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. 3 saunas. 210 3411003. MKerameikos. tel. PJB tel.gr www. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . There are th eme days. Admission fee: €15. Tue. (+30) 210 3460667. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. tel. PJB MMetaxourgio.03:00.
Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek.inyourpocket. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation.are at the historical heart of the city. mosques and residential areas. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. beauty.000 sq. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . In all. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. the Ancient Agora. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources. publications.including the Acropolis Slopes. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. Walking through them. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. the Erechtheion. The Acropolis and its surrounding area .the most important monuments. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. the Areopagus. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. Dating back to the 5th century BC. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then. with detailed signs.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. liberty. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). but more so at the hands of man. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. knowledge. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. with whole areas (such as the East.harmony. however. Some monuments were reused as palaces. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. churches.or at least view . the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. virtuous competition and democracy. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. the Acropolis. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. 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. 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. 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. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. 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. proper measure. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever.com . Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. In 1997. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . 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.m. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea.000. musical and dance performances. leaflets.
m. by the king of Pergamon. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B.inyourpocket. thought and art flourished. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality.September 2011 . one of the world’s most ancient theatres.C. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. tel. the Erechtheion.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). established in the athens. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas.000 sq. Zeus and Apollo. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. www. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. it was home to the cult of Athena. 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”. patron goddess of the city that took her name. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. The collective behind the ‘www. (the Parthenon.000 sq. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon. the Erechtheion. August . The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles. Sophocles and Euripides were performed. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples.com 6th Century BC. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). especially during the 5th century AD. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. In the golden age that followed. The 70. Eumenes II. built in the 2nd century AD. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. tries to introduce us to the different faces. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later.theotheracropolis. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity.D7. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. With the predominance of Christianity.. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. QAdmission: €12. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. 210 3210219.theotheracropolis. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. MAcropolis. There. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias.com’ project. 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. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) .m.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). where the works of the Aeschylus. Set in a site covering 30. the Propylaea .E7. After the Acropolis itself.
The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds .This area. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami).gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens). 210 3210185. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines).built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D. take thematic interactive tours. the ancient city of Theseus’.com . with shops.m. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. Melite and Koile. 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. religious festivals. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare.000 sq.000 sq. northwest of the Acropolis.parthenonfrieze. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. commercial exchange. Hadrian’s Gate F7. reads ‘This is Athens. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. were held. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. Athens In Your Pocket athens. to the west of the Acropolis. Thissio. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680.parthenonfrieze.gr. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. If you are an archaeology buff. The Agora was a large. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. tel. and the other. play games. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city.m. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. or Philopappus Hill. 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. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. next to the Ancient Agora. The ancient Koile road. learn about the frieze.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. with many important road axes.the first. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. facing the Acropolis.000 sq. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy.its religious. The 28. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. MMonastiraki. The Western Hills C6. 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. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. From the 6th century BC. the state archives and philosophical schools. the gate bears two inscriptions . where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. During the 5th century BC. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . political and commercial centre. educational and cultural centre.inyourpocket. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions.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. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests.m. were held. wind vanes.7. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. Amalias Ave. storerooms and offices.
fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. in the late 19th century. tel. QAdmission: €2. Baroque. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . 210 3251744.19:00. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. who used it as a study room. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. due to the economic crisis. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. the tyrant Peisistratus. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. in 132AD. as well as the Renaissance. the earliest theatre in the world . The Temple was huge by ancient standards. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. Further. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. 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. 210 9226330.September 2011 . athens. the god of wine and revelry. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. Built between 447-437BC.com August . MAcropolis. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. tel. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. MAcropolis. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. Tripodon St. Q Admission: €12. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). known as the ‘Philhellene’. Arditos Hill. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. the Roman Agora. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. Kerameikos & museum. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. Plaka. The stadium opened its doors again last April. 210 3214172. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. But this year. tel. Free for pass holders. In 1669. As a result their opening hours vary. Today. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos.inyourpocket. Boulanget and E. MSyntagma. the Ancient Agora & museum. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004.
com .a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. while the collection of unusual. 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. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. of an Athenian neighbourhood.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. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance. Nearby. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. Receiving 90. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. something pottery buffs will delight in. 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. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. With light. the remnants of streets. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. space and angular lines. Then.000 visitors in its opening week alone. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. 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. houses. 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. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. Walking into the museum. the neighbourhood continues below.inyourpocket. Amongst the artefacts from households. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors.
athens. Indeed. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. tel. Nevertheless. and the advent of Christianity. www. 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.theacropolismuseum. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. A number of reliefs are also on display. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. one can admire the inner frieze. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece.especially on the west pediment . 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 . a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis.20:00. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . In fact. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. she seems to be crying. 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.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC.September 2011 . info@theacropolismuseum. Finally. The Propylaia. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum.Closed Mon. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery.inyourpocket.are plaster casts. 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. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. Emperor Caracalla. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. However. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . something the ancient Greeks never forgot.com August . is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. faces are the real winner in this section. Fri 08:00-22:00 . Agrippina the Younger. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. regardless of the debate. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. perched atop the Acropolis hill. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. 210 9000901. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. 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. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. 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 .gr. MAcropoli. Admission fee: €5. as well as Lucius Verrus.What to see snakes. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. – 5th Century AD. the Roman period. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC.history really does come alive here. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. the cast makers’ excellent work.
17:00.gr. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop.gr/.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. Kalkos. a 3. Lange and remodelled by P . the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre. 210 8232950. housing a unique. A gift shop is available. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. Classical and Hellenistic items. Saturdays: €2. Sat. Fri 09:00 . tel.indeed. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. 210 8217724.15:00. 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. info@cycladic-m. . fax 210 8213573. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. Sun 11:00 . Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age. Museum shop. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. Sun 09:00 .this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. a large hypostyle corridor.17:00. Vlachos and E.gr. Archaic. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic. www. 210 3671000. 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. a lobby.15:00. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. fax 210 8225733. www. tel.gr.3. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. Benaki Museum H5. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. 7228321 . Its permanent collection is vast . tel. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . Closed Mon. Admission fee: €4. Ziller (built 1866-1889). third millennium BC). but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. eam@culture. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. QOpen 08:30 . Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. Wed. Its more than 20. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. Mon.bsaverof.com . fax 210 3671063. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. a gallery.17:00. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces.14:00 & 18:00-20:00. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. art. 1. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. MVictoria. fax 210 7239382. tel. Closed Mon. Mycenaean. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. Decrees. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon.yet also very instructive. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. Sun 10:00 . Set in a beautiful building. Thu 09:00 . Free admission.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. Admission fee: €6. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed.gr. 22. Thu 09:00 . records. Bronze Age. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. Geometric. Thu 10:00 .13:00. Admission fee: €5.com. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. M Omonia. 210 7232178. eleven rooms. benaki@benaki. 18-26: €1. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum.15:00.20:00.24:00. H. concessions €3. Trokadero. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c. MSyntagma. Minoan. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. Tositsa 1. recently refurbished. designed by L. QOpen 09:00 . ema@ culture. the first half of the twentieth century. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. Closed Tue. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. MSyntagma.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. Closed Tue. Q Admission fee €7. tribute lists.inyourpocket. tel. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. Amenities include a children’s area. Q Open 08:30 . Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection.13:00 & 18:00-20:00.benaki. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. QOpen 10:00 . tel. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. QOpen . including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. www.gr.5. Epigraphical Museum F1.and early Christian periods.cycladic-m. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . Tue.
19:00. tel. Herakleidon 16. info@jewishmuseum. Admission fee: €5. QOpen 09:00 . Admission fee: €2. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. tel. Admission fee: €4.gr athens. tel. in a picturesque neoclassical building. fax 210 3225550.inyourpocket.16:00.September 2011 © Jan de Bie.14:00. 210 3463552. 11:00 -19:00. Middle East. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. such as funeral urns. 210 3461981. as well as seminars designed for students. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. MThissio. Jewish Museum F6. 16 Herakleidon str. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East.gr Museum hours: Tues. 210 3225582. QOpen 09:00 . Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. tel. Monday Closed www.benaki. www.15:00. islamic_collection@benaki. Ag. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse. concessions: €4. Nikis 39. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens.19:00. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. Sun 11:00 .21:00.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. fax 210 9237358. tel. Closed Tue. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. under 19 yrs: free. Wed 09:00 .00 & Saturday 9. QOpen 08:00 . concessions: 2. such as M.00. 210 9221044. Far East and North Africa. from the 12th to the 19th centuries.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. info@herakleidon-art. Closed Mon. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. concessions €3. MThissio.16:00. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society.herakleidon. MAcropolis.gr. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve. QOpen 09:00 . Sun.com / info@herakleidon-art. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists.gr. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. Wed 09:00 . spell to turn into a swallow 2006. fax 210 3231577. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. linocut .14:30.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. Admission fee: €6. Sun 10:00 . This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12.gr. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.21:00. A giftshop is also available. MSyntagma.culture.herakleidon-art.11. students. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. 13:00 -21:00. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop. www.: 210 3461981 www. MThissio.19:00. www. Sun 11:00 . concessions:€1. Admission fee: €5.21:00. 210 3251311. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.-Sat. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. Escher and V. Mon 11:00 . concessions: €3. fax 210 3458225. www.gr. Ermou 148.gr. ANCIENT CULTURES 25. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000).com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . It is located at the foot of the Acropolis. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.jewishmuseum.gr. Islamic Art Museum C4.C. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. Europe.6 25.gr. America and Asia.gr. Vasarely. Closed Sat.00 . QOpen 13:00 . Closed Mon.C.) Thissio.
inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. tel.gr. Goudi. 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. www. fax 210 9245200. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. as well as silver. Closed Mon. through to the mid 19th century.gr.has organised some very successful exhibitions. concessions: €2. from 1837 up to 1843. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens.14:00. Plaka. Admission fee: €3. The architecture of the building itself is very original. MKerameikos. consessions: €1. paintings. MSyntagma. Concessions: €3. costumes. Adrianou 24. items of furniture and household objects. Pireos 138.18:00. Kydathinaion 17. with special focus on the Second World War. The Museum of Contemporary Art.benaki.16:45. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. From the 17th century to the present.00 . Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records.14:00. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. QOpen 09. Sun 10:00 .16:45. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. Free admission. Mon 11:00 . tel. tel. 210 3231397. melt@melt. weaving. as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. fax 210 3250198. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). Closed Mon. photographs. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. http://www. MKatechaki. Admission fee: €2. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. 210 7709855. religious icons. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. 210 3229031. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . Closed Tue. Concessions: €2. 210 3210185. MPanepistimio. 210 3453111. tel. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Sat. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. Closed Mon. 210 9242111-2.com . Sun 10:00 . including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. QOpen 10:00 . Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka.athenscitymuseum. Rizari 2. QOpen 10:00 . Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. MAcropolis. QOpen 09:00 . A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. Wed 12:00 . Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. Stadiou 13. War Museum I5. Closed Mon. wood and stone carvings. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. Admission fee: €6.culture. Plaka. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. tel. Free admission. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament.16:00. A giftshop is available. QOpen 09:00 . Diogenous 1-3. traditional costumes. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). tel. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. protocol@emst. QOpen 09:00 . royal portraits and weapons. tel.14:00. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. civic emancipation and democratic institutions. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). flags. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. M Syntagma.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . QOpen 08:00 . Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence.15:00. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. MEvangelismos.gr/.15:00. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. this Museum preserves. National Historical Museum F4. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. This Museum. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. Admission fee: €4. Among its exhibits are embroidery. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall).15:00. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. MThissio. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. Among its collections are works of art.42 What to see War Museum tel. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. Closed Tue.inyourpocket. up to the present day. 210 3254119. 210 3237617. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. fax 210 3226979.but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. records. fax 210 3220765.14:00. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . 330BC). 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.
film screenings. Paintings. Closed Mon. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. while plans for its expansion are underway.5. Admission fee: €6.gr.inyourpocket. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. Nikolaos Gyzis. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely. Sun. tel. Its exhibits include more than 600. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. tel.gift ideas. Nikolaos Kounelakis. theatre performances. Sepolia.nma.theartfoundation.14:00. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann.14:00.made salads.13:00. a well-equipped library. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . Sat 10:00 . Closed Tue. gelismos. Closed Sat. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). Yiannis Moralis. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space.org. Tue.18:00. tel. Sun 10:00 16:00. 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.15:00. QOpen 08:30 . fax 210 3635953. www.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. historic tram trains. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.22:00. tel.com August . It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. A haven for the railways aficionados. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. Wed 9:00 . 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. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. nationalgallery. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. MEvan- Sep 11 . Railway Museum Siokou 4.org. theory of art and poetic contemplation. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . MMonastiraki. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. fax 210 7224889. www. Free admission. 210 7519042. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. accessible to the public year-round. fax 210 7519279. multimedia installations. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. tel. 7 days a week. woodcuts. tel. 210 7235857. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. QOpen . Recording actions’. concessions: €2. Thu. Closed Mon. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. literary presentations. Sun 10:00 . Free admission. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. Fri. Yiannis Tsarouchis. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. as well as models and historic photographic archives. performance. www. Wed 12:00 . cropolis. contemporary music. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. QOpen 10:00 . posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. 210 3643774. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5.24:00. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco).17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Nikiforos Lytras. such as tickets.20:00. Closed Mon. athens. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. postalmuseum. Webster 5. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. QOpen 08:00 . Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7.gr. 210 9231502. protocol@ nm.spyrosvassiliou. open discussions and lectures. Normanou 5. concessions: €3. MSyntagma. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items.gr. Fri. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. http://www. Michalakopoulou 1. QOpen 09:00 . Sep 19 . when the group was created until today. Admission: free. fax 210 922 0193. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. (+30) 6988391684. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Georgios Iakovidis. Closed Mon. Its amenities include conservation laboratories.culture. postmuseum@elta-net. Tue.gr/.15:00. Sat. (+30) 210 3238757. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 .What to see companies. Panepistimiou 12.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. www. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era.September 2011 .gr. instruments and mechanics’ tools. 210 5246580. Admission fee: €3.
inyourpocket. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding.20:00. Sat. MPanepistimio. In a poll. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. M Syntagma. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. The last known restoration was in 1840. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. info@parliament. the bell tower was added later.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Panepistimiou 2832. Syntagma. MMonastiraki. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. MPanepistimio. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). This is a cross-insquare construction. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. 210 3707000. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. bankof gr e ece. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons.gr. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. MOmonia. As for the interior. struggle for Greek Independence. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. Monastiraki. As is the case with most churches in Greece. This was common practice during Byzantine ages.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square.com . it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. the first monarchs of Greece. A chapel. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece.gr. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. Papadakis and N. fax 210 3692170. since 1934. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. The building was designed by archi tects K. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. QOpen . with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. Panepistimiou 21. As for the imposing wall paintings. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. M Panepistimio. the palace was completed in 1843. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. has housed the Greek Parliament. Sun 10:00 . either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. Overlooking Syntagma Square. M Panepistimio. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. Syntagma Square. Free admission.Athens Academy . it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. with 3 apses on the east side. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. It is cross-in-square shaped. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). w w w. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. www. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. 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’). Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. 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. As for its background. Bank Of Greece F4. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. they date to the 19th century. which is open to the public. it was erected around 1050AD. National Librar y . The official inauguration took place in 1938.gr. MOmonia. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. was later added to the north side. mou & Kapnikareas St. tel. It is currently undergoing restoration. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. this church dates back to 1065 AD. MSyntagma. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5.parliament. Panepistimiou 47. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. is located in the forecourt of the building.
MOmonia. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. E5. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Closed Mon. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. 1973.14:30. QOpen 10:00 . It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. it is now used for international conferences. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. athens. Mets. which was formerly a Royal Residence. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Amalias Observatory C6. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. as well as for European heads of State meetings. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. situated in the forecourt of the University. died in Greece. Old House of Parliament F4. Today. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. in 1759. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. while its Minaret has been removed. which were violently put down on 17 November. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. Monastiraki Square. It was founded around 1837. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship.inyourpocket. that points to the four points of the horizon. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. MSyntagma. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. Kyristou 8. Zappeion G6. columns. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. 2. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). Plaka. & Vas Olgas. Konstantinou 22. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). 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. Stadiou 13. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. This historic Obser vatory.What to see National Theatre D2. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. Cemeteries Av. MSyntagma. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. MThissio. Most famous Greeks are buried here.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. MOmonia. Hill of MSyntagma. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. marble sculptures. Ag. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. commercial events.1932. and who have no known grave. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. M Monastiraki. the Nymphs. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. The imposing Presidential Palace. in order to commemorate the event. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. M Syntagma. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. This building. Alimos. Admission by invitation only.com August . Patision (28th October) 46. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et.September 2011 . when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). 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 . M Acropolis.
000 sq. 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. There is a café. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. children up to 12 yrs: €12. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. a café. tel. islands. geological and palaeontological exhibits. complete with a pirate ship.m. iWERKS Shows: €8. the biggest children playground in Greece. Fri 17:00 . info@hcm. 210 6634724. 210 4256990. Spata. Admission fee: €14. Bus No: A16. 210 5576006. Q Open 09:00 .B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 .gr. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. Seniors: €10. info@gnhm. gr. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. A2.01:00. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). tel. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. by general acclaim. M Syntagma. QOpen 10:00 . Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre).21:00. botanical.gr. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. Closed Mon. tel. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. including an attic and garden.hcm.eugenfound. 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. QOpen 09:00 .02:00.. Plaka. a number of African mammals like giraffes.01:00. drop by the Eugenides Foundation.15:00. gift-shop. tel.allou. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. Sun 10:00 .16:00.02:00. Greek fauna species like: wolves. trampolines. Sun 10:00 .com . Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome.000 square metres. Sat 10:00 . 12th km Athinon Ave.20:30. 210 8015870.02:00.14:30. carousel.copacopanapark. QOpen 17:00 . tel. This Centre. QOpen . but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. 210 9469641. www. zebras. Sat. Tholos: €10. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. and climbing towers. bears. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. 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. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. This is home to the largest and. zoo@atticapark. Closed Sat. Entertainment Park covering about 40. Fri 10:00 . hellenic_cosmos@ime. Haidari. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. Athens In Your Pocket athens.gr. Wed 09:00 . Buses: 126. tel. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. www. internet-access area and giftshop. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. Free entrance. Tue. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos.20:30.gr. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). www. www. Children. Sun 10:00 . Tue.15:00.inyourpocket. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. tel. creative and inquisitive faculties. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. foxes and wild cats. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. Thu.gnhm.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. waterfalls and the Magic Town. many reptiles.sunset. with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems.hellenic-cosmos. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60.edu. Sun 10:30 . including state-of-the-art technological applications. Sat. fax 212 2540123.com. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. Yet. www.gr. MKifisia. swimming pools. Sun 10:00 .gr. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. E16. Wed. B16. fax 210 8080674. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. Admission fee: €4-6. m. fax 210 6634726. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. 212 2540000. Family and member tickets also available. Weekdays: €17.14:30.gr. MKallithea. entomological. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. www.gr. a café-restaurant.atticapark. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. concessions: €3 (€4). Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. DJs and live music. 210 3312995. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. 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. Closed Mon. A taxi ride costs about €10. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. Rentis. www. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’.gr. as well as a parking area. Waterslides of every kind. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. fax 210 3312996.14:00.
i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. Dafni and Agia Var vara. MSyntagma.15:00. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). National Gardens G6. the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. if impractically situated. August . Amalias Street. Sun 10:00 . Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. Its meandering benchladen paths. Acropolis. Sat. Vas. cool trees and popular ponds. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. Iera Odos Avenue. some of which are exceedingly rare. Olgas Av. QOpen 08:00 . the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. MVictoria.14:00. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day .Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. Extending over a vast area of 1. Zappeion Garden G7. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. scenic stroll. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. MSyntagma. 401. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens.14:00.September 2011 . There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Irodou Attikou St. 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 . offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. by the funicular or by car.
Star ting price is at €1 .usually operating at airpor ts .tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. 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. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some.07 from and to harbours. the tram is the way.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3.19 per km for the double. always ask for the meter to be on.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. train and bus stations. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. and €1 .ametro. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. no less) and in a less crowded. 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. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f.€5. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. tramsa. There is an additional charge of €1. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. B Metr o tel.ask for a receipt. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station.65 for an appointm ent.16 . 210 5152800 Kosmos tel. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network. w w w. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. 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 ). Taxis 185. 210 3636508 Asteras tel. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. 210 5028574 Hermes tel.gr.00). 18 300 Protoporia tel. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses.68 per km for the single. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. Plus.oasa. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. www. alb ei t slower fashion. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. e careful as some taxi drivers . I f you have to use a taxi.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0.00-24. 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. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis.gr. w w w. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. gr.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. 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. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia.com . 210 6459000 Evropi tel. night-time tari f f. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1.39 . 210 6792399. 210 4115200 Icaros tel. daytime tari f f (05.
210 3493428.hertz.gr. fax 210 6264409. reservations@nationalcar. www. Car rental Avis Tel. K4 Omonia Sq.inyourpocket.gr.com .gr National Tel. tel. or worst of all. reservations@budget-athens. www. 210 2882151.budgetathens. G5 Kanigos Sq. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel.gr Budget Tel. F2 Mavili Sq. craving for a chocolate. H5 Syntagma Sq. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. fax 210 2882050. 800 11 800 12. www. 210 9890000 TNT tel. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries.com. IVIS Travel Internet Service.September 2011 athens.gr Run out of cigarettes. gr Kolonaki Sq. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq.avis.nationalcar. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. info@batek-europcar.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. www. Mitropoleos 3. need a condom. MPanepistimio. Europcar Tel. 801 11868868 UPS tel. fax 210 3493417. feel like reading a newspaper. 210 9984000 August .gr. reservations@avis. www. fax 210 6879610. tel. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. 210 8981444.gr. 210 6879600.europcar. 210 6264000.gr.
gr. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. Kifisia. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. tel. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. 210 9692020/210 3531237. sell. Swiss Sorou 18-20. karafil@abi. Gulf Air Nikis 33. 210 8093771/210 8093777. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. MMonastiraki. MAkropolis. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. tel. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). airlift. Aiolou 100. Syntagma Square F5. tel. Closed Sun. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. Acropolis rock. Olympic Syngrou 96. LOT Panepistimiou 15. tel. 210 9218076. tel. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. tel. Sun 09:00 . 210 3237573. Kolonaki I5. Sun. Sun 09:00 . MEvangelismos. tel. 210 5225277. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. 210 3534020. Thai El. 210 3531101. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. 3rd Septemvriou 28. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. airlift@airlift. QOpen 07:30 .14:00.20:00. tel. QOpen 07:30 .inyourpocket. Air China Filellinon 24.14:00. MAkropolis. 210 7244404. QOpen 07:30 . MVictoria. tel. tel. Argyroupoli. Venizelou 32. Nikis 33. 210 5233636.14:00. Marousi.gr. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3217650.20:00. Closed Sat. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. 210 8219570. tel. QOpen 07:30 . Sun. Sat 07:30 . Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h).70. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. tel. tel. www. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. tel. tel. MSyntagma. MMarousi. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. Closed Sat. port: 210 3530101. tel. 210 3622054/210 3634572. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. tel. tel. Delta Athens International Airpor t. tel. Closed Sat. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312.13:30. Cyprus Athens International Airport. Kotzia Square. 210 3216024. Plaka F6. Makrigianni F7. MOmonia. tel.Central PO E3. tel. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. tel. Marousi. tel. Aiolou . Malev Panepistimiou 15. tel. tel. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. Closed Sat. MOmonia. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31.14:00. tel. QOpen 07:30 . tel. tel. MSyntagma.com . tel.13:30. info@ abi. Glyfada. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Sun. tel. Sat 07:30 . tel. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. 210 210 3534245. tel. 210 3537600. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. Buy. Sun.20 for registered and €2. tel.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. Argyroupoli.gr. 210 6175200. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. British Airways Themistokleous 1. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. . Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. Mitropoleos 60. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. tel. Add to that €3. Glyfada. tel.gr. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Mitropoleos E5. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. Metaxourgio C3. Argyroupoli.14:00. Turkish Athens International Airport. Zaimi 36-38. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. Closed Sat. Marousi. head to Syntagma Square. 210 3218143. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Emirates Syngrou 128.20:00.14:00. Thermopylon 42. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. tel. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. Glyfada. 210 3235831. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. QOpen 07:30 . Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. MMetaxourgio. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. Closed Sat.90 for express mail. Sun.14:00. Omonia E2. here is a list of centrally located post offices. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. Exarchia G1. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. fax 210 9967872. Sun. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Closed Sat. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. tel.14:00. Sun. 210 9967870.17:00.
tel.gr.Crete and Greece . 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. Voula. www. Ferry connections between Piraeus .superfast. Arr. tel.com . 1441. 210 athens. sales@nel. 210 4115015. August .Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. tel. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. Only over the last twenty years. 210 8919800.bluestarferries. 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. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. 1110. www. Connections to Lesvos. www. 185.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30. www.gr.gr.inyourpocket.minoan. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel.Crete and Greece .September 2011 14505 8919509. Arr. for the rail journey lovers. 210 4199000. Heraklion. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. ose. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office).nel. Arr. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. tel. Pireaus. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. bluestarferries@bluestarferries. 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. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways . Crete.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. www. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St. Pireaus. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel.com. In fact.gr. tel. email@example.com. 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. Ferry connections between Piraeus . However. tel.trainose. Online reservations: http://tickets.gr. info@minoan. 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.anek. tel. some of them otherwise inaccessible. 17. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. 210 4145700.gr. Arr. www.com. 1110.gr.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430.com.hellenicseaways. www.
you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. is a different story. The largest computer and office supply chain. 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). www. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. tel.gr. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. Tue. fax 211 1802698. chaotic. Syntagma. This is a great shopping spree destination. Oh. Designer brands at great prices. fashion. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest.notosgalleries. MOmonia. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. tel. M Syntagma.com. underwear. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. of course). Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). if you’re the department-store type of shopper. All shops close on National Holidays. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. MAg. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. Head here for urban wear. you guessed it. MOmonia.com. F5 Public. Sat 10:00 . Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. M Nerantziotissa. 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). This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. www. so in those establishments it is best to double-check.gr. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop.gr. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. tel. The Mall . if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. On the other hand. All top brands priced accordingly. MSyntagma. and as regards local colour. Then again. Computers & Gadgets Germanos. www.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. and take our word for it. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. www. Merlin 6. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. banknotes and stamps. Notos Home Kratinou 5. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available.hondoscenter. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. this sprawling. gr. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. shoes. (See our list). Thu. are closed). 210 3255564. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items.the biggest in the city. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. fax 210 3221440. Electronics. fax 210 3318249. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. cosmetics. www. www. Sat: 09:00-15:00. Closed Sun. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. wondering where to head off shopping. City Link. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. A visit to the charming Plaka district.20:00. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite.athensmetromall. towards the seedier Monastiraki area.collector-shop. 211 1802600. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. At the opposite end of the spectrum. www.notosgalleries. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. 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.plaisio. Ippokratous 3.germanos. Athens In Your Pocket .public. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. Wed.gr.themallathens.gr. tel. as well as in boutiques. F1-Voulis 3. Finally. There is a branch on every other corner. enticing city.-Stournari 19 & 24. info@ collector-shop. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. You can’t miss this large store selling computers.gr.atticadps. 210 3318248. MOmonia. F1-Zaimi 10. www. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. 210 3743000. QOpen 10:00 . Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours.21:00. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. Furniture. gift shops (yes. Plaisio. Omonia Sq 4.gr. www. jewelry. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. www. travel accessories. wine and spirits shops. But the lower end of Ermou Street. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. Upmarket department store. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. Kotzia Sq. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. 276.
Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. 109.September 2011 . B4. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. 208. 113. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. Shops: Mon – Fri. 171. 219. electronics.: Closed. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station. A3. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. 276. Clothes.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun.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.inyourpocket. A4. Dimitrios.athensmetromall. accessories. X97. Dimitrios.:09:00-21:00 Sat. 155.gr athens. a play area. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. Ag. – Sun. 816.com August . 154. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. 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. a beauty salon. B3. a bank and many other services. 276. 790. shoes. Ag.: 09:00-20:00 Sun.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. 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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