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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
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Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. it is very likely that they will be back in September. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. drink and see. no matter what you have seen or read. except brief extracts for the purpose of its review.V. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to. (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. Athens In Your Pocket athens.inyourpocket.com . However it is advisable. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities.K.com www. eat. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk).inyourpocket. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. we have the best places to stay. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. And as always. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. (+370-5) 212 29 76). All rights reserved. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. regardless of the impression given by the international media. riots are not. Since the economic crisis struck. as many places close for a few days at least. Vilnius.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. tel. in Croatia (Šibenik). Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late.com www. E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S Athens In Your Pocket Harilaou Trikoupi 22 106 79 Athens Greece e-mail: athens@inyourpocket. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. com/inyourpocket). Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard.inyourpocket. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. Lithuania tel. so to answer all your questions and help you avoid any inconvenience during your stay we have compiled a “survival guide” with some advice on how to deal with strikes and demonstrations in the capital (p 15). We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. to call and check before your visit. We receive many mails from readers asking about the situation with the strikes and riots and whether it is safe to visit Athens for their holidays. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. in Austria (Vienna). Our answer is of course yes. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. especially around August 15th. (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook.
solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. If you are too far (i. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. among others. fairness. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. Full of life and passionate about their town. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. athens. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. unlimited development potential. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. who are friendly. taxi and.90). To get to town you have a choice between metro. hospitable environment. Belgrade and Istanbul.e. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). loudly and clearly. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. Athens. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. innovation. you will soon discover. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. enjoyable and rewarding stay. gastronomy. If you have your own car. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. cafés. newsstands. democracy. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. of course. 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. Finally. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. We look forward to seeing you here again soon.September 2011 . banks. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket.com August . Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. active and innovative. car hire. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. and wish you an exciting. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. Indicatively. 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.8 miles) east of Athens. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. bus. highly-qualified. Easily accessible and strategically located. professional services. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus.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.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. multilingual human resources. shopping. spiritual landmarks and sport. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. even an airport museum. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. where you must change to enter the metro system. We welcome all visitors to Athens. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. suburban railway. invigorating and meaningful experience. situated 27 km (16. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. be it for business or pleasure. day and night life. discover new ideas and speak their mind. 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 . but that of course depends on the traffic. Athens is a global capital. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. state-of-the-art technology and a secure.
all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. Diluted with water and ice. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). you are not allowed to import the following: drugs.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. but then again. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. explosives. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. Mastiha is another pleasant. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. Strangely enough. clubs etc. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. It is. protected species. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. weapons.. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. 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. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals.917m Length of coastline: 15. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. However. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175.e. 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. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. you shouldn’t worry.9 million Total territory: 131.inyourpocket. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%.com . i. nuclear or biological substances. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists.U. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. with a pine resin flavour. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. in practice. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. 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. Finally.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served.. which is added during fermentation. which make very good wines. 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. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. In fact.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. however. 1. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. flammable gases. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. Disabled travellers Unfortunately. no less. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. However. sweet-tasting spirit. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. 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. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. laws are there to be broken.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours.944 sq km (51.
Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. meaning something between a sense of honour.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC.. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. well-written and independent information . but for that same reason. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. athens. and more are being released all the time.. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. 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. and keep an eye on your belongings. accurate. especially as a sole traveler. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. If you go out to dinner with locals. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. This is known as ‘filotimo’. as well as at the Airport shops. 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. 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. within-app dialling and web browsing. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. If you avoid questioning the. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. bars and restaurants closest to you. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. 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. and find the cafes. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English.com August .with the functionality of the iPhone. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. even showcasing original archaeological material). Petty crime does exist. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. 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.up-to-date.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. Finally. And like In Your Pocket guides. Depending on atmospheric conditions though.obvious correctness of these views. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections.September 2011 . but if you avoid certain areas.But that’s fair enough. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). Or so the public water company says. although it revolves around them. They tend to think that the rest of the world. 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. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides .inyourpocket. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1.
(ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. €6. take our word for it). Police emergency tel. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. 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). they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. with mathematical precision. As for understanding. 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. giota (ι). Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. Once you remember the above. this comes at a price: Parking lots. but that’s about it. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. (αι) is pronounced e. (ου) is pronounced oo. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly).. As a result. lead to a full-scale revolt). 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.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. 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).. practice and time. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. which is the maximum time allowed. 166 Fire Service tel. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00.com . 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. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. over and under ground. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. 100 Ambulance tel. Athens In Your Pocket athens.inyourpocket. 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. 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. 2002. 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. This measure was introduced back in 1982. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. Like their Balkan counterparts. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek.
surely enough. constitutes bad publicity for the city.inyourpocket. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. tel. Japan. according to animal welfare organisations. Ten percent is considered generous. but in wonderful Greece. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. Thission C6. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. Norway. 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).September 2011 . 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. tel. The truth is.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. Cine Dexameni H4. plays movies catering to all tastes. Exarchia. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. tel. Against all odds. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. vaccinated and sterilised. 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. Themistokleous 82. 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. 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. Aigli G7. New Zealand. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. This was. like everything else in this country. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. however. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. tel. Apostolou Pavlou 7. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. Vox G2. something around five percent is the most common practice.com August . Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. Just before the Olympic Games.U. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. the streets. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. code is +30 210 athens. Cine Paris F6. Psirri. Switzerland and the US.. Sarri 40-44. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. Most are small gardens in their own right. However. Canada. Plaka. tel. 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. Israel. Thissio. Together with your chosen movie. 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. 210 3369370 The poshest of all.tel. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems.. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. Kolonaki. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Dexameni Sq. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. 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. making it a completely different cinema experience. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. are: Cine Psirri D4. 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. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. it will be the final nail in their coffin. 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.and rightly so.. a fact that. each with its own distinctive character. a real treat for sultry summer nights. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. Kydathineon 22. you can enjoy food. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . Iceland. Australia. It is the most atmospheric of all. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. Zappeion Garden.
is built between 447-437BC. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. Ionians and Dorians. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. that he survived. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. philosophy. c. Aegeus. In his grief. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. c. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. Democracy. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. Sigeum.inyourpocket. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. among other architectural masterpieces. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. Sulla attacks the city. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. sculpture. In 451BC. During this period. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. Aeolians. held at Olympia. science. creation of a people’s court). The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. which lasts until 446. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot.10 BC history c. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. king of Pontus. 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). architecture. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. an Athenian herald.com . 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. Aeolian. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. c. at the mouth of the Hellespont. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. During this period. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. Legend has it that Pheidippides. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. all flourished. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. is born in Pella. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. The Parthenon. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. including Pericles. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. 510BC: Hippias. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. drama. Rebuilding of Athens begins. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. construction of the first Agora. the son of Peisistratus. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. son of Philip II. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. 356BC: Alexander the Great. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. 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End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. After a month of intense fighting. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 1949: The National Army. End of the Byzantine Empire. under the Treaty of Lausanne. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. The Acropolis. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. is crushed with bullets and tanks. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 1940: After occupying Albania. athens. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. following popular uprisings. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. with heavy support from the US. giving the country its final shape. More than 50. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. Crete unites with Greece. Military regime collapses in Athens. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. being on the winners’ side. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. Serbia. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. 1952: Greece joins NATO. Britain. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. Before his death. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. 1941: In April. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. the guerrillas surrender. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. based on religious faith. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. The Byzantine Empire is established. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London.000 dead. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. 1912: First Balkan War. Greeks take to the mountains. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. Ioannis Kapodistrias. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. advancing towards Albania during the winter. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. 1973: In November. “No”. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. Greece. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. King Constantine II flees the country. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. 1913: Second Balkan War. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. mainly in Athens and other major cities. which is renamed Constantinople. is partially destroyed.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. In December. Presidential democracy adopted. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece.September 2011 . Epirus and the north Aegean islands. Italian and Bulgarian forces. on October 28.inyourpocket. 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See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. high profile journalists.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. 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. Allow at least two hours for your visit. Fortunately. rockers and anarchists. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. Enter the National Gardens. athens. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals.MSyntagma. if posh dining is more up your street. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. Enjoy your leisurely ride. Kolonaki H4. right in the centre of Athens. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants.inyourpocket. A4 Bordered by Pireos.G2. 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. Board the metro to Syntagma station. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka.com Athens In Your Pocket . or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. M Kerameikos.E6. M Omonia. Exarchia F2. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. Monastiraki. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. exhibitions and festivals take place. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. mingle.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. 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 nightlife here is excellent. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. 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. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. head to Kolonaki. Patision (October 28th) Streets. However.H5.inyourpocket.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. Akadimias. students. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. show off and decide the future of the country. MSyntagma. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. most dating back to the 1970s. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. leftists. Iera Odos. Beach attire. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. taking in the golden sea views along the way. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. actors. if you wander off the beaten track. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. The Athenian élite of politicians. models and powerful businessmen. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down. Countless tourist shops.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis.com athens. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue.
MMonastiraki.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them.C3 Bordered by Pireos. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. athens. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. lottery ticket sellers and. D2. Syntagma. weird and suspicious figures. 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. This neighbourhood of narrow streets.inyourpocket. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4.com August . soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans.E5. Evripidou Streets. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. Syngrou Ave. MKerameikos. MAcropolis. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. but. street traders. theatres. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. Ermou. Panepistimio. Achilleos Streets. Pireos.D3. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas).districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. MThissio. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago.E3 MOmonia.F4. One of the oldest districts of Athens. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. The food is generally average. Philopappou hill. gritty and colourful.E2. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. Buzzing and ugly. 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. as the masses started to move elsewhere. workshops. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. Like many other European cities. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. with some exceptions.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. 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. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. Iera Odos. Metaxourgio B3. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. Philopappou Hill.C5. clubs. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. 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. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. Countless bars. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. (Since then. Athinas and Ermou St. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. Ancient Agora. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. or a Sunday afternoon. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. with a new bar. at night.September 2011 . Thissio. MMonastiraki. the pride and joy of the capital. occasionally.
KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. children under 12 free. remember to bring a bottle of water. 210 8902000 Tram.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. 15 km. Daily: 08:00-20:00. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. Daily: 08:00-19:00. Astir Beach. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. towels. Varkiza 27km Tel. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. Tram. 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.inyourpocket. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. 28 km. Alimos 10 km Tel.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. Weekends 09:00-sunset. all days. 44 km.com . Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. children €8 Weekends € 25. 34 km. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. As a general rule. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. Tram. Alimos. Lagonissi 40km Tel. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. if you drive. Or. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. Parking weekdays: €6. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. Sunbeds incl. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . Bus E22 . Admission: Weekdays: €8. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public.5. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. if you are really lazy.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. children 6-12 yrs: €8. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). 69 km. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. 64 km. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. Finally. 8 km. Bus E22 Agia Marina. Bus E22 . bus stop Lagonissi. weekends €11.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. Weekends: €17. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. children €13 Yabanaki. Grand Beach. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. Children under 6yrs free. As a rule. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. for a fee of course. hats and everything else you may need.
not the rule.com August . Flexibility is key. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine.September 2011 . you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. and reliable English information can also be found online. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. Locals take it all in their stride. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand.gr – has information in Greek and English.inyourpocket. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. you may be a little surprised. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. But strikes – be they for a few hours. Most strikes are announced in advance. only to find they’re not operating.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. pulsating with protestors and police. Instead. Athens is a city best seen by foot. When a strike scuppers your plans. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. 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. and a country crippled by constant strikes. That in itself is a good start.oasa. Greek society has not imploded. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. Just a few blocks away. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. Life goes on. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. take to the streets.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning.gr for regular updates. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. think about taking the bus or tram instead. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. consider the alternatives. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit.com. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. Check out livingingreece. So. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . 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.ekathimerini. It means that no air traffic controllers. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. In addition to TV and radio news. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. The trains. a few days. Welcome! Looking around. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. don’t despair. athens. If you are staying at a hotel.000 years ago.
www. €35 www. Wed. Sofias Ave MSyntagma.gr athens.gr / www. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56).benaki.17:00. dating from 1853-54. QOpen Mon.gr.Pulp Terra Vibe . Thu 09:00 . at the start of the eighteen fifties. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama.€40 14/9. Egypt and Damascus in 1857. 1 Koumbari St. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. Fri.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . Sat: 09:00 .€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. Sun 09:00 .Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. There.inyourpocket. he took his first steps as a photographer.24:00.15:00. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage .gr www.i-ticket. & Vas. 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. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi. Malta in 1856. where he lived out his days. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time. 210 367 1000.ticketnet. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs.tickethouse.ticketpro. the Holy Lands. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. tel.gr/www. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. Of Scottish extraction. he was an engraver and in 1841 was invited by Sultan Abdulmecid to take up the position of chief engraver at the Imperial mint at Constantinople. Using Constantinople as his launching pad – he lived there for forty years – he carried out photographic tours of Athens in 1853-54 and again 1856.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Admission fee: €7. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20.
using our own editors.gr. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 .com August .com/inyourpocket. without official members.inyourpocket. to date..www. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts.. Sun 11:00 . Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. D5. Sep 19 . Recording actions’. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Normanou 5. 210 3461981. Iraklidon 16..Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Closed Aug 1 . athens. tel. to contribute installations on the same theme. theory of art and poetic contemplation. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. Closed Mon. www.. Free admission. tel. Roman. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis. (+30) 6988391684. Admission fee: €6. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation).September 2011 .Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5.21:00. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. Concessions:€4.herakleidon-art. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. writers and local researchers as presenters.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.com.24:00.19:00. MThissio.17: ‘Bijoux de kant.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. including the Greek. and explores the fields of theatre. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. who reside in the Netherlands. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. when the group was created. and Egyptian.theartfoundation.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). multimedia installations. MMonastiraki. 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. each artist. Jul 21 . (+30) 210 3238757. contemporary music. the need for their message to reach its recipient. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 . when confronted with the remains of our collective past. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . performance. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. Kind of. Under 12: Free.gr.
www. Q 15 rooms. tel. fax (+30) 210 3241875. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. www. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. Singles: €150-200. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. MSyntagma. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. fax (+30) 210 6284449.gr. Needless to describe its amenities. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4.avahotel. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. Tudor Hall. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. Aristotle Onassis and. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city. no less. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. Q 524 rooms. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. a place of complete relaxation.com . Plaka. Pure luxury. Doubles: €180-400.oandbhotel.gr. fax (+30) 210 3250504. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices.com. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. this hotel is a temple of modern living. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. tel. Vasileos Georgiou 3. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. Syntagma Square. reserve@ oandbhotel.gr. MEvangelismos. What we need to point out is its Spa. Doubles: €190-210.com. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Triples: €140-170.semiramisathens. www.gr. MAcropolis. 4persons: €230-270. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. The subtle luxury. reservations. Lysikratous 9-11.hiltonathens. Q 22 rooms. Recently. hosting from 10 to 1200 people.Naomi Campbell. Superior rooms: €295-450.210 3443590. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. info@ grandebretagne. cigar store.com. Q 102 rooms. Most impressive. Kifisia. Leokoriou 7. Psirri. 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. (+30) 210 3259000.. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. 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. Internet is free of charge. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. kgpalace@classicalhotels. the 7th floor French restaurant. Internet is of course free-of-charge.athens@hiltoncom. fax (+30) 210 7281111. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms. tel. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. MSyntagma.classicalhotels.com.grandebretagne. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. barber’s shop. Suites: €300-550. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. though. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list.com. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. www. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. (+30) 210 3312950. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. then look no further than Semiramis. (+30) 210 7281000. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. Suites: €500-€5000. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. 5persons: €250280. tel. Q 154 rooms. tel. is the list of its famous guests. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. www. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. www. salesepath@electrahotels. www. Vas. MThissio. info@semiramisathens. firstname.lastname@example.org. fax (+30) 210 3259001. Nikodimou 18-20. 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’. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. Singles: €160-250. Although accommodation is ample. Syntagma Sq. but you can always book a suite with living room. Singles / Doubles: €180-300.000. (+30) 210 3370000. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. a beauty salon.com. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital.. Suites: €500-10. 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. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. Maria Callas. tel.Doubles: €160-250. Doubles: €130-160. If you have a few thousand euros to spare.gr. com. fax (+30) 210 3312942. MSyntagma. An immense fitness centre. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. you can wind down in the silent room. Sofias 46. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600.gr.electra-hotels. as well as countless kings.
The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. tel.president. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. 10 suites. tel.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 7240861-9. Haritos 22. The fitness centre. MAcropolis. Doubles: €100-120. right across from the New Acropolis Museum. tel.gr. MSyntagma. Q 106 rooms. saleselath@electrahotels. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. Suites: €200350. www. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. Singles: € 90-120. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. a good. Singles: €100-130. Overall.gr.com. Q 38 rooms. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. highly recommended hotel. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms.Where to stay Electra F5. Wooden floors. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. Hermes bathroom sets. Try out the fitness centre. Singles: €110-200. Michalakopoulou 57.com. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. Kolonaki. www. (+30) 210 6989000. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. Wi-Fi Internet is free. melia-athens@solmelia. 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. tel.periscope. Renovated in 2010.gr. Q 122 rooms.herodion. fax (+30) 210 5200550. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. A non-smoking wing is also available. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. One of the top small hotels in the city. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. goldenage@ath. Avenue bar. reservations@president. herodion@ herodion.gr. fax (+30) 210 9238269. w w w. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 5205360. MVictoria. Doubles: €100-150. Standard: €120-170. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. free Internet access.goldenage. MAmpelokipoi. Situated on Ermou street. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. Triples: €160-230. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill.. 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.com. Q 22 rooms. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. www. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. Pireaus 78. Doubles: €120-250. Doubles: €165-190. An excellent. gr. Q 38 rooms. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. tel. (+30) 210 7297200. Suites: €200-250.com inyourpocket.for thnet. (+30) 210 Hera E8.com. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. eridanus@eridanus. tel. Q 126 rooms.gr. Q 150 rooms.gr.athensparkhotel. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. MOmonia.gr. Singles: €90-110. fax (+30) 210 9211650. info@athensparkhotel. quite often with live music. Breakfast will brighten up your day. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. herahotel. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. email@example.com. Chalkokondili 14. www. with a high degree of privacy. 10. with a sauna and a hamam. eridanus.com August . as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. value for money. stays open until 02:00. info@herahotel. Acropolis view: €150-190.melia-athens. 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. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. If you have some extra euros to spare. (+30) 210 3378000. Singles/Doubles : €90-120.electrahotels. Ermou 5. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. Singles: €150-170. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. www.. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. Rovertou Gali 4. www. tel. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive.gr. a meeting point even for non-residents.September 2011 . it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. fax (+30) 210 7213965. Falirou 9. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details.gr. www.gr. Suites: from €170. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Doubles: €110170.gr. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. (+30) 210 9236832-6. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. Suites: €220. www. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. tel. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Q 516 rooms. 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). she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians.gr.
Q 72 rooms. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. Syngrou 10. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. A sister hotel of Herodion.athensgate. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. Singles: € 75-90. tel. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. www. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. www. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. just two minutes walk from the metro. MSyntagma. 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.arethusahotel. Q 99 rooms. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. reservations@athensgate. Singles: €60-80. Mitseon 3. fax (+30) 210 9215342.gr. tel. Plaka. M Acropolis. info@attaloshotel. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. Q 80 rooms. Suites: €400. PTJARGW hhh athens. Q 22 rooms. www.titania.com. Apollonos 15.com . this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. Time also equals information. Q 50 rooms. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. tel. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. (+30) 210 3326000. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. excellently located accommodation. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. an extra definitely worth asking for. omiroshotel@hol. tel. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. These days. titania@titania. Just off the centre of action. Suites: € 200-250. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. Some of the bathrooms.com. MPanepistimio. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka.com. Some rooms boast large verandas. www. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price.com.200. tel. Syngrou 48. more impressive once you walk in. there’s something Parisian about it. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. Mitropoleos 6.gr.gr. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. Doubles: €100-225. gold and a few ancient replicas. MSyntagma. omiroshotel. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Q 40 rooms. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. Named after an Athenian nymph. www. fax (+30) 210 3243124.philipposhotel. select3@ otenet. hotel@tac. Singles: €90-120. 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. (+30)210 9288400.gr.gr. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune. tel. (+30) 210 9215353. fax (+30) 210 9249052.com. 1 suite. Arethusa F5.gr. Suite:€110-130.acropoliselect. Singles/Doubles: €70-100.royalolympic. info@nikihotel. A fine meeting room. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . info@acropolismuseumhotel. Singles:/Doubles €80-100.acropolismuseumhotel. Omo- Omiros F5. To name a few. Triples: €80-100. www.inyourpocket. Doubles : €100-140. Q 87 rooms. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. This 1930s building was once a clinic. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. tel. Acceptable. € 100-180. fax (+30) 210 9216938.nikihotel. fax (+30) 210 3220886. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance.gr. tel. com. Suites: €270-340. MAcropolis. a gym and Ioannis. no doubt. The rooms are comfortable. a library. Q 22 rooms. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. tel. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. MSyntagma.gr. Rooms are basic. free WiFi included. Q 385 rooms. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. Panepistimiou 52. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. firstname.lastname@example.org. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. Singles: €50-70. Singles: €95-205. fax (+30) 210 3300700. tel. www. MSyngrouFix. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. The location is very convenient too. (+30) 210 9249050 . www. tel.gr. free Internet. Athinas 29. arethusa@ traveling. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities.gr.tac. Doubles: €75-95. Q 84 rooms. Olive Garden. so will you. especially in executive rooms. fax (+30) 210 9223615. (+30) 210 9223611-4. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8.1. the rooftop restaurant. Nikis 27. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. are more than spacious.gr. Doubles: € 90-110. www. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. Q 230 rooms. attaloshotel. Magna Grecia.gr. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. Singles / Doubles: €125 . 210 3229431. Doubles: €60-80. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. (+30) 210 3212801. Large central hotel. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. www.gr. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. 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. Fallirou 37-39. 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. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. Doubles. (+30) 210 3220913.gr. Try the café on the mezzanine. MAcropolis. fax (+30) 210 9237493. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. Singles: €100-150.gr. Family: € 200. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. Makrigianni. fax (+30) 210 3229439. philippos@ herodion.
don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. Doubles.. The Internet is free of charge. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure. this family business is a respectable choice. M Thissio. look elsewhere. MSyntagma. Minimum stay 3 days. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. 6976 484135. Doubles: €40-50. PTJA6GB W W athens. and as basic as you can get.gr.gr. Q Dorms: €25.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. Mitropoleos 11. Suites: €100. athensstudios. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. www. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. MVictoria. (+30) 210 3217871. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats.gr.com. with people who know where to take you. www. Triples: €60-100. Elspeth Geronimos. consolas@hol. tel. PJARGW raki. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. Psirri. info@athensstudios. studenttravellersinn.panhotel. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens. Doubles: €70-100. Q Dorms: €15-20. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home.athenstyle. tel. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. fax (+30) 210 3219991. reservations@panhotel. By the way. 210 9235811. Q Dorms: €18-25. Epikourou 16. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. tel. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. www. Q 33 rooms. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. M Acropolis. English speaking joint. 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. Private rooms pp €15-30. Kidathineon 16.inyourpocket.com August .hotelmetropolis. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. (+30) 210 3248165. tel. M Acropolis. PJR6 hh 3237816. www. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. MAcropolis. gr. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. 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. Triples: €96. www. 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. com. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. info@boutiqueathens. Doubles: € 40-80. info@athenstyle. All the rooms are non-smoking. tel. Mitropoleos 46. (+30) 210 32 44 808. backpackers. Pittakou 6. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. tel. the lady in charge. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. tel. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. Triples €50. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. Doubles €40. Named after ancient god Pan. 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.gr. com.com.Q Dorms: €20. info@ hotelmetropolis. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. www. Agias Theklas 10. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. This is one of our top low budget favourites. fax (+30) 210 3237819. tel. info@backpackers.September 2011 . Q Singles: €22-26.gr.gr. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. English-speaking. www. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. organised by Athens Studios. PJAB AthenStyle D5. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself.EP16. “Fabian. as most hostels in Athens. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. 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. (+30) 210 9224044. Doubles: €35-50. Thissio.gr. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). MMonasti- Metropolis F5. If you’re lucky enough.. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle.gr. www. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. studios: € 60-150. (+30) 210 3225010. Breakfast is also available on demand. Singles: €40-70. Singles: €60-80. Q 22 rooms.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception.centrotel. as is reasonably priced accommodation. If it’s luxury you’re after.gr. fax (+30) 210 3217469. it is located in the heart of Plaka. M Syntagma. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture.gr.Where to stay Budget 8258010. Constructed in 2005. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. Q 59 rooms. www. Makri 12. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay.gr. pleasant homey but minimal environment. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. The rooms are less than basic but then again. tel.hotelfivos.com. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. Veikou 3A. info@centrotel. MAcropolis. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. There is a bar. Negotiable for long term stay.
even in winter. €€€€. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food.com athens. tel. €€€. tel. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall.01:00. live up to its eclectic clientele).gr. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. burgers. Do not dress too casual. (+30) 210 3252758. This restaurant is so authentic.gr. 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. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. MKerameikos. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. after all.00:00.com. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. Kifissias Avenue 37. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. www. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. €€. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. (+30) 210 6441215. €€€€. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . (+30) 210 3219908. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. www. They take no phone reservations. view. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses.com . €€. QOpen 10:00 .redindian. www. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. Sun 02:00 . PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4.01:30. MThissio. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. QOpen 20:00 03:00. 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. Hristou Lada 9. Filellinon 18.00:00. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. you should consider checking this out. Milioni 4. Kolonaki. Closed Mon.com/athens. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. 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. a few steps from the historic Plaka district.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. info@jacksonhall.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. QOpen 09:00 .blackduck. Gazi. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. A quarter of a century later. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. gr. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants.wagamama. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor.gr. 210 3234760. Great location too. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba.00:00. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. Sofokleous 1. €€€. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden.hardrock. Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. Your experiences are always appreciated. 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. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. (+30) 210 9300000. QOpen 10:00 . Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. www. 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. among hundreds of establishments. but once you’re there you can request a table. MSyntagma. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. QOpen 10:00 01:30.02:00. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. Sun 18:00 .22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. Closed Sun. QOpen 18:00 . Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. Go ahead. Epikourou 25 Psirri. QOpen 21:00 . are a distinctively Athenian landmark. MSyntagma. tel. tel. M Pane. exclusivity and attitude. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. tel. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). Service is very professional. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting.01:30. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. location. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4.01:00. tel. MAmpelokipi. (+30) 210 3616098. PTJAU Red Indian D3. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks.11:30. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square.There is no admission charge for the performances.jacksonhall. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. www. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. QOpen 12:00 . As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. Panepistimio.inyourpocket.gr. (+30) 210 3211882. MSyngrou-Fix. tel. you know that. €€. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3410418. tel. tel. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. Its crammed tables lining the pavement.
MKerameikos. PJA Alatsi K5. 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. among others. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. MAcropolis. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. QOpen 14:00 . Closed Mon. Panepistimiou 10. 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. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). Closed Aug 9-31 €€. (+30) 210 4080017.02:00. QOpen 13:00 . Closed Aug €€€.inyourpocket. rabbit. Metaxourgio. Snails. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. which is shipped in on a daily basis. among others. (+30) 210 3476320. Sun 13:00 . served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. M Piraeus. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. €€. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os.01:00. PJAB Mamacas A4. tel. rabbit etc). If you are looking for real. MKerameikos. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. Thissio. €€€. 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. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens.02:00. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. PTJAB Kanella A4. Vasilisis Sofias 46. QOpen 13:00 . plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. Persefonis 41.01:00. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. QOpen 20:30 . QOpen 12:00 . €€€€. Politicians and fellow journalists. A relatively new entry. MEvangelismos. 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. QOpen 13:00 . €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . Konstantinoupoleos 104.€30 per person €30 . Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . 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. Gazi. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. Gazi. PJAB ManiMani E8. MAcropolis. Closed Aug €€€. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. (+30)210 9288400. tel. MThissio.Restaurants French tel.00:00.01:00.17:00. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. tel. (+30) 210 3464984. PTJA Milos K5.03:00. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. Kuzina C5. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. (+30) 210 3638525. it became an instant hit. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. QOpen 12:00 . tel. it offers modern Greek cuisine. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. €€. low prices and a fashionable clientele. tel. QOpen 13:00 . MKerameikos. As for dining here. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant.com . in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. Chez Lucien A7. Impeccable white couches inside. Watch out for its live DJ sets. (+30) 210 9218180. MThissio. Petralona.they take no phone reservations. MEvangelismos. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. tel. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. PJA Tirbouson A3. Troon 32. Pir eaus. Adrianou 9. €€. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. PTJB athens. QOpen 13:30 03:00. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk.01:00. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). tel. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. with a geat Acropolis view. (+30) 210 3240133. Falirou 10. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. QOpen 14:00 . on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. PTA August . Hilton hotel. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. Makrigianni. this is your first choice. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. brought in from around the country. If you are a train spotter. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. Closed Sun. €€. QOpen 12:00 . Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. PJA (+30) 210 3464236. (+30) 210 7244400.01:30. €€€€.01:00. (+30) 210 3410107. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. MSyntagma. tel. €€.
Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. QOpen 13:00 . catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. 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. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka.01:00. Fri. Sat 19:30 . and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere.01:00. Thu 19:30 . (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52.24:00.spondi. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. if you prefer to opt for sweets. €€€€. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. 210 5228400. right on Syntagma square. Pireos 80. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. Closed Sun. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. Petralona. (+30) 210 3222210. www. Pangrati.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 3218733. Tue. Lefteris Lazarou. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. tel. Pyrronos 5. Prices are dead cheap and. 210 7520658. Praxitelous 30. high ceilings and Greek pillars but we recommend you book a table on the terrace where you’ll feel you can almost touch the floodlit Parthenon. Wed. PJN Doris E4. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. MThissio. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. Georgiou A. tel. PJAUB Yantes G2. A daytime-only restaurant. 210 3450288. tel. tel. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. (+30) 210 3301369. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. yet simple menu. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. €€€.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. New York. Valtetsiou 58. Closed Sun. Closed Mon. Erechtheos 16. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. MSyntagma. Apollonos 40.com . PJAB Tudor Hall G5.Vouliagmeni. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. salvaged from demolition.17:30. MPanepistimio. MSyntagma. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. Dorieon 36. (+30) 210 3232671. 210 8960510. QOpen 12:00 .17:00. Plaka. 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. €€€€. Valtetsiou 44. QOpen 20:30 . MOmonia. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently.varoulko. PTJNS Ilias C5.0:30. €€.B5. (+30) 210 3225084. Closed Sun. Closed Mon. Sun 13:00 . QOpen 09:00 .01:00.01:00. Syntagma Sq. Plaka.inyourpocket. Metaxourgeio.gr. tel. QOpen 12:00 .00:00. TJN Varoulko C4. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. you won’t mind the bill. a no-frills. Kerameikos. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. €€. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. €€€€.16:00 & 19:00 . An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. the main dishes. €€. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. MThissio. An old house. MOmonia. MSyntagma. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. 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. QOpen 14:00 . Kidathineon 41.12:00.gr. tel. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. (+30) 210 3821685. QOpen 20:00 . €€.www. tel. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. QOpen 13:00 . If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. €€€€. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’.18:00.00:00. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. €€. Sun 12:00 . or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. PAUG Spondi I8.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. 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. tel. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . QOpen . tel. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. Exarchia. tel. tel. 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. Exarchia. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine).01:00.
It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. complete with wooden floors and chairs.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. Of course. accompanied by its good quality house wine. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. green peppers. olives. QOpen 12:00 . tel. tel. QOpen 13:00 . universally known as Greek Salad. MSyntagma. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. QOpen 13:00 . PTJ 210 7237757. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. or ‘garides saganaki’.and checked table cloths. PJA M Panepistimio.com . just don’t worry about it. MMona- stiraki. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). tel. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. Psirri. the owners set up shop next door.01:00. Eschylou 12. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. Andrea Metaxa 30. MOmonia. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. €€€. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. QOpen 13:00 . Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations.inyourpocket. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. (+30) 210 3227298. together with a generous amount of shallots. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. raisins). courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. As for the bill.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. simple. (+30) 210 3214923. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes.September 2011 athens. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). (+30) 210 3413440. 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. cucumber. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. M Kerameikos. Kolonaki. layered with mince meat. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. €€.01:00. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. peppers (and less usually. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. PJA To Kafeneio I5. Kolonaki. but then again. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. Exarchia. Gazi. open-air kitchen. pine nuts. (+30) 210 3641414. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. Closed Sun. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. €€€. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. Popular varieties are the shrimp. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. PTJA August .19:00. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. Closed Sun. €€. Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce.02:00. aubergines and bechamel sauce. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. tel. 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.01:30. tel. QOpen 12:00 . 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. Persefonis 19. €€.00:00. Lekka 22. Taverna tou Psirri D4. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. Loukianou 26. QOpen 13:00 .) / Mezedes (pl. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. QOpen 12:00 . €€. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. tel. 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.01:30. (+30) 210 3304333. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq.
together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. tel. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. Evangelismos Grove.16:00.inyourpocket. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. This classic brasserie. 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. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. MMona- Kosta E5. Closed Sat. 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. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. take our word for it. make up the GB experience. tel. Q Open 13:00 . JS tel. PJS Nikitas D4. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. Agion Anargyron 19. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 3326000. Iroon Square 6. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 721 08 93. french fries. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch.com . and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. No Telephone. However. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. Psirri. Very conveniently located. Q Open 12:00 . tel. QOpen 24h. M Evangelismos. MOmonia. (+30) 210 5150550. tel. Q Open 13:00 . Closed Sat. JBS GB Corner G5. none is served here. PJAW Kostas F5. €.16:00. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. Q Open 10:00 . this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. MMonastiraki. Do not expect seating and service. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. but it is worth it. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. a fridge and a sink.24:00. €€€€. (+30) 210 3330000. Closed Sat. €.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. But the souvlaki is top class.16:00. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. Closed Sun. ‘high-society’ crowd. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. €€. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. MThissio. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. Art-deco atmosphere. when all national newspapers were based downtown. Pentelis 5. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. (+30) 210 3242775. Q Open 12:00 .01:00. M Panepistimio.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Sun. Closed Sat. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. MThissio. with a slight preference for fish and seafood. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. Q Open 12:00 .26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. Sun. €€€. Kostas is back in business. 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. from his narrow kitchen. MSyntagma. JBS 210 3228502. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. (+30) 210 3252591. €. tel. a meeting point for government officials. This is actually an address as this place has no name. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. Sun. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. is very easy to spot Nikitas.late. 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. Psirri. Mr. Psirri. Q Open 12:00 . Q Open 13:00 . leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. M Monastiraki. Panepistimiou 52. €. Q Open 12:00 . Hotel Grande Bretagne. Evripidou 86. €. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. Central Market. tomato. JNS stiraki. (+30) 210 3218219. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. €. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. Every day. tel. Agias Eirinis Sq. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise.01:00. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. That having been said. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. MSyntagma. and its lovely garden. Sun. tel. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days.18:00. PJA Iroon Square E5. €€€€. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. JS Telis D4. As expected.
Miaouli 22. MMonastiraki. Astigos& Philippou.02:00. this is worth checking out. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. tel. (+30) 210 3624825. Kolonaki. QOpen 12:30 . This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use.01:00. PTJB tiraki. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. QOpen 13:00 . MVictoria. MPanepis- Surreal F1. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus .usually on weekends. tel. Tapas are always up for grabs. Closed Sun. PJA Sardeles A5. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. Psirri. PTA Glykis F6. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. Paleo Faliro. €€. €€.02:00. 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. MVictoria. Persefonis 15. 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. JNB athens. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb.00:00. If you’re looking for an unaffected. (+30) 210 3218222. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. QOpen 14:00 . Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. Exarcheia. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. (+30) 210 3223925. 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. Food is more than satisfactory. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior.01:00. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. MMonastiraki.Thissio. Naxos D5. €. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. QOpen 13:00 . €€. QOpen 20:00 .01:30. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike.the ideal people-watching spot. (+30) 210 8230313. €€. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. 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. Closed Mon. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. JB 9837498. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. but that’s our job after all. MMonas- Rebecca D4. tel. tel. (+30) 210 3813358. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. tel.01:00. True to its name. (+30) 210 3478050. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . Exarchia. Plaka. Q Open 10:00 .September 2011 . one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. youthful environment. Agelou Geronta 2. Gazi. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. €€.01:30. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. Rethymnis 12. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens.com August . QOpen 08:00 . tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . tel. Omirou 11.with honey). with some innovative dishes on offer. Humble but real food. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar.inyourpocket. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. MMonastiraki. tel.Restaurants Salero G2. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. QOpen 13:00 . Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron.01:00. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. €€. Closed Mon. (+30) 210 3240716. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. it manages to create a lively. Valtetsiou 51. MKerameikos.
50-6. Monastiraki. Closed Sun. MThissio. New entry. 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. you are right on Exarchia square after all. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. (+30) 210 3216852. Tue. just step upstairs to the night club. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. MMonastiraki. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building.24:00. cereal. Avissinias sq 3. Also loukoumades. as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. MVictoria. boozecooperativa.02:00. Famous outdoor café. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. PTJUB Aiolis E5. Athens In Your Pocket . Thissio. refreshing and healthy dessert. Situated right next to the Museum. tel. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Themistokleous 74. tel. QOpen 08:00 . (+30) 210 3602497.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . video art projections and performances. (+30) 210 3612850. 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. MMonastiraki. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. tel. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist.02:00. MMonastiraki. 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. QOpen 08:00 . a light lunch comes at low prices. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. Mon.00:30.late.20:00. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough.03:00. (+30) 210 3212493. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. PJB Inoteka D5. Wed. tel. Skoufa 34.15:30. Plaka. Akamantos 2. QOpen . Thu. www. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. tel. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. booze@boozecooperativa. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1.00:00. MMonastiraki. QOpen 10:00 .50-2. Ginger Ale is no place like that. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream.02:00. PTJNS Museum Café F1. M Syntagma. These days. tel.com. Sat 07:30 . PJNB Booze E4. tel. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. QOpen 10:00 . because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. (+30) 210 3246446. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. (+30) 212 1006147. (+30) 210 3240944. Coffees. tel. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. Adrianou 39. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka.. 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. Sun 11:00 . Kaf eneio Thissio C6. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. 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 3253323. This is not an ordinary café. PJB Ginger Ale G2. 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. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. tel. exhibitions. Closed Mon. Monastiraki. Aiolou 87. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. JB Krinos E4. it is rather a part of an alternative art house. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 9000901. Booze Cooperativa. tel. that it is getting a bit boring. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. that hosts a large number of art events. There is a long wooden table. Kolokotroni 57. Fri 07:30 . QOpen 09:00 . Q Open 07:30 . concerts. Monastiraki. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. MSyntagma. PJ Klepsidra E6. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. Fri 08:00 . where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3312839. Exarchia. (+30) 210 3473133. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock.02:00.com. Despite its unremarkable décor.20:30. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. despite the occasional refurbishments. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). Aiolou 23. PJ6E tel. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. MAcropolis. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). like fresh fruit. QOpen 08:00 . tel. Kolonaki Sq. Kolonaki.24:00. New Acropolis Museum. actors and high profile celebrities. MOmonia. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. magazines and board games.50) and snacks and salads (€2. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. MMonastiraki. PJB Da Capo H5. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table.00:30. Tsakalof 1. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. (+30) 210 3301246. QOpen 07:00 . Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon).late. JB Filion H4. This café has been around since the twenties.
Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel.22:00. PJA Brettos F6. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. for this freestyle coffee shop. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz.02:00. PJK Ambariza F5. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. tel. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. QOpen 10:00 . Skoufa 47-49. If you visit in early spring.01:00. progressive. (+30) 210 3643774. QOpen 10:30 . It’s a strange combination but.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. tel. tel. QOpen 12:00 . the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. sandwiches. QOpen 09:00 . sweet crepes. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. www.03:00. www. (+30) 210 3232110. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 20:00 . at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. restaurant. tel.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. Closed: Aug 13-24.03:00. Iraklidon 10. try finding a table next to the almond tree. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. soul and hip-hop. Makry. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. As for the music. A small café with character. try the upstairs level. Service is efficient and polite.late.stavlos.3:00.athenssportsbar. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. A historic café that opened its doors again. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. M Panepistimio. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 20:00 . QOpen 08:00 . which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars.com.jazzy tunes. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants.gr. PTJ raki. tel. 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. if you lose track of time. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . London and New York.brettosplaka. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. 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. M Syntagma. PJA Stavlos C5. bios@bios. Irodou Attikou entrance. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square.01:30. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. As central as it gets. MSyntagma. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. (+30) 210 3245862. QOpen 11:00 . Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. The King’s stables once. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. tel. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café.02:00. tel. 210 3257644. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. National Gardens.gr. MSyntagma. & Praxitelous Gallery. (+30) 210 3426322. Pireos 84. (+30) 210 3211158. Veikou 3A. Kolokotroni St. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. PJB Bartesera F5.23:00.02:00. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. Although they serve food. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. a bustling section and.gr. MKerameikos. Kydathineon 41. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. huge ice cream servings. A sitting room for quiet conversations. in the middle. QOpen 09:00 . (+30) 210 3645888. MAcropolis.gr. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky . If you want to stay out of sight. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3229805. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. Coffees. A minimal bar. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. Kleitiou 6. MSyntagma. snacks. Kerameikos. PJ National Gardens café H6. tel. a designer and his team. www. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds.02:00. Lekka 14. bios. tel. Thissio. Plaka. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. This bar is divided into 3 parts. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. (+30) 210 3425335. a space for those who like a bit of both. Psirri. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. QOpen 10:00 . a stage for live performances. www. now a café. Monastiraki. Bios B4.an oasis in the noisy city centre. The café offers a large selection of snacks. 25. it seems to work out fine.September 2011 . Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . €. 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. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. MSyntagma. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. M Syntagma. tel. M Thissio.20:00. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. Panepistimiou 12.
Metaxourgeio. QOpen 21:00 . with not-so-young regulars. 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. PJB Gazaki A4. a happy medium. QOpen 10:00 .03:00.12:00. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. (+30) 210 3460901. tel. tel.Sat 10:00-01:00. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. Ploutarchou 18. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. JB Nipiagogeio A5. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. Original seventies.03:00. (+30) 210 3462007. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. Vintage at its best.02:00. and. Basically. tel. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. PJEK Capu F5. (+30) 210 3210233. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. (+30) 210 3608269. MKerameikos. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. tel.03:00. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. Amazing city view. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. 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). MEvangelismos. QOpen 17:00 . as such. A wild-west touch. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. (+30) 210 728 10 00. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere.02:00. Should you decide to go out late.03:00. Agisilaou 61. with wood used as the key decorating element. MEvangelismos. Voutadon 42. all at the…appropriate price. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. QOpen 11:00 .03:00. tel. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. a long bar. PAB Mai Tai I4. MSyntagma. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave.02:00. QOpen 21:00 . DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types.02:00. (+30) 210 3466055. Ampelokipoi. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds.com . with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. Gazi. MPanormou. Stadiou 10. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 .02:00. Fri . Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation.inyourpocket. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. QOpen 10:00 . M Panepistimio. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. Syntagma. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. tel. PA Pairidaeza F4. Triptolemou 30. MKerameikos. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. QOpen 10:00 . Paradise in Persian. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. tel. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. (+30) 210 6911672. Driving there is also an option. Situated on Karitsi Square. QOpen 15:00 . 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 . PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. Closed Sun. Kolonaki. Pop. tel. Gazi. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. MSyntagma.02:00. don’t worry. QOpen 21:00 . (+30) 210 7258306. It feels good to be able to take part in a conversation without having to scream one’s lungs out in order to be heard. (+30) 210 3413395. MKerameikos. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. (+30) 210 3458534. Delfon 5. PJ Hoxton A4. glass in hand. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Minimal decoration for low profile people. Lekka 14. QOpen 11:00 . 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 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. En Delphis G3. If too much socialising makes you hungry. Live performances organised from time to time. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. Parnasou 3.03:00. MKerameikos. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. tel. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. QOpen 21:00 .30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. Triptolemou 31. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. 210 3226844.04:00. Kolonaki. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. Sofias Ave 46. Gazi. It’s almost pitch black in there. tel. MKerameikos. In the summer or when weather permits. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. (+30) 210 322 77 33. tel. MPanepistimio. past metro opening hours. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. tel. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. PJ Nixon B4. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). PJ tel. Vas. (+30) 210 3229374. and those who come in later. 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. In Hoxton’s industrial environment.
The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood.01:00. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. QOpen 10:00 . Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. 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. Kolonaki. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. Avramiotou 6-8. Freestylers and media staff love it here.gr. Christou Lada 1. tel. tel.03:00. One of our favourites. (+30) 210 3244101. Monastiraki.S. Good times to be had. www. tel. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. MPanepistimio. PJ Six D.theartfoundation. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. QOpen 22:00 . PJA Seven Jokers F5.02:00. order. QOpen 10:00 02:00. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here.O. what else? Fish n’chips. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. 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.G. true to the originality of the establishment. fax (+30) 210 3235070. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. an events space as well as a gallery. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. MMonastiraki. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub.If your stomach begins to complain. Karitsi 10. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective.03:00. Monastiraki. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. Gazi. Sat 22:00 . (+30) 210 3471844. Sun 18:00 . Music is mainstream. Just watch your fingers. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. They may have to think again.03:00. M Monastiraki. tel. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. J6B athens. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. (+30) 210 3238757. tel. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. PJEB tel. A classic already. Normanou 5. PJA Tapas Bar A4. it serves coffee and sandwiches. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation. (+30) 210 3311555. souvlaki-gyros in hand.inyourpocket. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. Karitsi Sq. tel. barrels. a tiny. tel. Kolonaki. in the evening. QOpen 10:00 . Astigos 12. in the late afternoon. depending on the resident dj. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. (+30) 210 3392370. MKerameikos. tel. the soothing sound of jazz. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. Skoufa 46.O. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street.01:00. 6 D. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. Triptolemou 44. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities.jjoyceirishpubathens.G. Fri. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 .S has taken over with a bar. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. Q Open 12:00 . Thissio. www. Sun 21:00 .02:00. E5. MPanepistimio.gr.03:00. www.com.03:00. porcelain and books.September 2011 .com. (+30) 210 3623541. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. nonetheless. (+30) 2103210510.05:00.02:00. QOpen 10:00 .stinpriza. MMonastiraki. MPanepistimio. Established in 2008. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. QOpen 21:00 . QOpen 19:00 . it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning.com August . (+30) 210 3219225. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. (+30) 210 3235055. PJB Rosebud G4. MSyntagma. all cater for selective crowds of the city. this is one street that’s always got something going on. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. Voulis 7.
www. you could easily mistake it for a dance club.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30.which is the strong point of this club . every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). www. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. gr. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . 210 9235576. as a big city. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. tel. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 .inyourpocket.06:00.mousses.gr. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. QOpen 23:30 . QOpen 23:30 . a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. and Evripidou St. alcatraz. as is their self-professed title. you can watch the show .06:00. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. 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.gr. which is lit even during the day.06:00. tel.inyourpocket. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15.on the plasma screens too.grandritorno. www. thinly disguised as soul mate ads.gr. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. and around Theatrou Sq. A Baby O Pireos 171. They also offer 20% discount to tourists. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). 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).06:00. That is not to say that what you get is cheap. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests.gr. QOpen 23:30 . Drinks cost €11. (+30) 210 7245233. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. tel. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). Most gentlemen’s clubs. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. Admission fee: €10. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. www. tel. just off the Psirri nightlife district. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. (one drink included). MMegaro Mousikis. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. However. Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. tel. As for illegal prostitution. Prices negotiated on the spot. Admission fee: €15. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. It is located a bit further out of the centre. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. Kallithea. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30).gr. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. Baby Gold Syngrou 140.06:00. so you call it a bargain. post your own nightlife review at www. tel. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. Michalakopoulou 52. www. Fortunately. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. Otherwise. some quite explicit. (+30) 210 9316417. (+30) 210 9421264. 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.com . The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance.06:00. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). QOpen 23:30 .penthhouseclub. www. Admission fee: €15. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. 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. (+30) 210 3477744.babygold. baby-o. grou 237. (+30) 210 9413079. (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. you won’t regret it. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs.
athenspride. MMonastiraki. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. Admission fee: €15. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. Drinks are cheap. free WiFi.04:00. Gazi. www. 210 5228806.late. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. Happy hour: €10. finger food and different music every night. Mon: Sports. Gazi. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. 2 jacuzzis.scape. tel. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. Lebesi 15.alexandersauna. Wed: underwear. It has. Clubs Kazarma A3.04:00. MKerameikos. Bars Big A4. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. Gazi. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. The crowds are young. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. 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. tel. 33 A Lamda Club F8.gr. Fri-Sun 19:00 . 210 3468657. tel. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Gazi. MKerameikos.03:00.September 2011 . Metaxourgio.www. MMonastiraki. QOpen 11:00 .gr www. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. lotteries etc.noizclub.04:00. especially on the entertainment side of things. Tue. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. (+30) 210 3460667. QOpen 20:00 03:00. 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 . Triptolemou 10.03:00. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . Gazi. Kakourgiodikiou 6. It consists of two separate rooms. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. Three visits tourist pass: €35. will keep you busy for hours. PJ Sodade A4. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). Tue: Bear. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene.bigbarathens. PJ My Bar E5. Konstantinoupoleos 70.mybar. tel. Giatrakou 12. The music is mainstream-dance. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. w w w.05:00. PJRD Myrovolos C3.eu / www. and are just above Alexander Sauna. Megalou Alexandrou 139.greekgayguide. tel. Gazi. There are th eme days. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. . 210 3411003. Friendly staff provide high quality service. tel. weekends 14:00-07:00. As for our list. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. PJB tel. There is a large cruising area. Closed Mon.com.gr.eu / www.03:00. private bathroom. come a long way during the last years. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . though. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service.06:00. Avdi Sq. Thu: Mixed ages. MKerameikos.alexander-apartments. MKerameikos. As a visitor.07:00. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar.gr. Ga zi. tel. tel. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. Polyklitou 6. Fri: Go go boys. M Kerameikos.lesbian. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. MAcropolis. QOpen 23:00 . PJB MMetaxourgio. 3 saunas.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . MKerameikos. 210 3210539.03:00. Megalou Alexandrou 134. Q Open 23:30 .Gay athens thens is by no means New York. trendy and friendly. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. tel. Closed Mon. 6946 282845. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. Gazi. reasonably priced drinks. 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. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours.gr. Q Open 23:30 .gr August . 210 9224202. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. tel. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. PJ Cafés ameikos. They are fully air-conditioned with TV. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. (+30) 210 3224771. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers.gaygreece. www. Admission fee: €15. Psiri. however. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. MKerameikos. www. www. 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. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. tel. Gazi.myspace. Megalou Alexandrou 134. www. 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. www. 210 3460677. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias.
the Acropolis. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). 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. virtuous competition and democracy. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. musical and dance performances. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. Some monuments were reused as palaces. liberty. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments.m. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. but more so at the hands of man. the Erechtheion. In 1997. 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. Walking through them. the Ancient Agora. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. In all. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. the Areopagus. mosques and residential areas. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. however. 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. knowledge.or at least view . UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1.harmony. The project won 3rd prize (Diploma) in the ‘Conservation of Cultural Landscapes’ category of the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2005. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then.000. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. with whole areas (such as the East. leaflets. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city.inyourpocket. 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.the most important monuments.com . The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. churches. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . publications. proper measure.including the Acropolis Slopes. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources.are at the historical heart of the city. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . The Acropolis and its surrounding area . with detailed signs. beauty. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses.000 sq. Dating back to the 5th century BC. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today.
August . An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. where the works of the Aeschylus. thought and art flourished. Zeus and Apollo. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king.D7. Eumenes II.September 2011 . 210 3210219. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. QAdmission: €12. (the Parthenon. built in the 2nd century AD.theotheracropolis. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). The 70. Sophocles and Euripides were performed.com’ project.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. 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. After the Acropolis itself. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. established in the athens.m. patron goddess of the city that took her name. it was home to the cult of Athena. by the king of Pergamon.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) .com 6th Century BC. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. With the predominance of Christianity. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city.theotheracropolis. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. MAcropolis. especially during the 5th century AD. the Propylaea .000 sq. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. There. the Erechtheion. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles. In the golden age that followed. the Erechtheion. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations. The collective behind the ‘www. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. tel. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis.C.E7. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . Set in a site covering 30. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries.. www.m. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). 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”.000 sq. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy.inyourpocket. tries to introduce us to the different faces. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC.
were held. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D.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.parthenonfrieze. religious festivals. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). were held. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). Hadrian’s Gate F7. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680.the first. to the west of the Acropolis. the ancient city of Theseus’. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. or Philopappus Hill.m. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . take thematic interactive tours. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. northwest of the Acropolis. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. The ancient Koile road.000 sq. political and commercial centre. 210 3210185. 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.7. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. storerooms and offices. wind vanes. and the other. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. the gate bears two inscriptions . Amalias Ave.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. Athens In Your Pocket athens.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. If you are an archaeology buff. Thissio.parthenonfrieze. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. facing the Acropolis. 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.000 sq. with shops.000 sq. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www.com . Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus.gr. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. learn about the frieze. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus.its religious. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . tel. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. MMonastiraki. The Western Hills C6. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. educational and cultural centre. reads ‘This is Athens. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. 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. play games. Melite and Koile.m. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. The 28. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos.m. with many important road axes. the state archives and philosophical schools. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens). The Agora was a large.inyourpocket. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. commercial exchange. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. next to the Ancient Agora. During the 5th century BC. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. From the 6th century BC.This area.
in the late 19th century. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896).that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time.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 3214172. Baroque. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. in 132AD. known as the ‘Philhellene’. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr.com August . A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. Arditos Hill. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6.September 2011 . Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. as well as the Renaissance. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. the Roman Agora. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. As a result their opening hours vary. 210 3251744. MAcropolis. the earliest theatre in the world . The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. In 1669. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. 210 9226330. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). Plaka. MAcropolis. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. tel. Kerameikos & museum. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. QAdmission: €2.19:00. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. Built between 447-437BC. athens. MSyntagma. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. Further. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. Tripodon St.inyourpocket. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. due to the economic crisis. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. 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. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. The stadium opened its doors again last April. the tyrant Peisistratus. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. tel. tel. Boulanget and E. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. Today. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. the Ancient Agora & museum. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. Q Admission: €12. But this year. Free for pass holders. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. who used it as a study room. the god of wine and revelry.
A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. Then. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. Walking into the museum.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.000 visitors in its opening week alone. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. houses. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. something pottery buffs will delight in.com . Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women.inyourpocket. the neighbourhood continues below. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis. space and angular lines. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . 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. 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. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. Nearby. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. Receiving 90. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. With light. the remnants of streets.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. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. while the collection of unusual. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. Amongst the artefacts from households.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. of an Athenian neighbourhood. 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.
Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians.are plaster casts. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. Indeed. something the ancient Greeks never forgot. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. – 5th Century AD.history really does come alive here. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon.inyourpocket. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum.gr. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. Emperor Caracalla. 210 9000901. faces are the real winner in this section. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. A number of reliefs are also on display. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. 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. the Roman period. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. However. MAcropoli. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. one can admire the inner frieze. 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. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis.com August . as well as Lucius Verrus. Nevertheless. www.grQOpen 08:00 . the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. info@theacropolismuseum. Admission fee: €5. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15.20:00. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. 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 . In fact. tel. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body.especially on the west pediment . though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none.theacropolismuseum. perched atop the Acropolis hill. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. 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. she seems to be crying.Closed Mon. the cast makers’ excellent work. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. regardless of the debate. The Propylaia. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. Finally.September 2011 . is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. and the advent of Christianity. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . 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. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. Agrippina the Younger.What to see snakes. Fri 08:00-22:00 . athens. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum.
Sat. Admission fee: €4. housing a unique. designed by L. Trokadero. Free admission. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. 210 7232178. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. info@cycladic-m. 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. Sun 11:00 . Vlachos and E. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. Museum shop. a large hypostyle corridor. fax 210 7239382. Fri 09:00 . the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c.24:00. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). art.gr. Closed Mon.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era.20:00. Q Admission fee €7. Admission fee: €5. Minoan. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. 1. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4.15:00. the first half of the twentieth century.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. Archaic. Saturdays: €2. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building.gr. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. tel. Bronze Age. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. third millennium BC).14:00 & 18:00-20:00. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. Set in a beautiful building. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. Q Open 08:30 . It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions.yet also very instructive.3. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. fax 210 3671063. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. M Omonia. A gift shop is available.5. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. Amenities include a children’s area. tel. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. tel.15:00. tel. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. Benaki Museum H5. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure.inyourpocket. eleven rooms. records. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre.gr. www. QOpen 10:00 . Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. Mycenaean. Decrees.gr. Sun 10:00 . The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. Thu 09:00 . Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. Closed Tue. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. Tue.gr/. Tositsa 1.benaki. 22.indeed. . Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . www. Classical and Hellenistic items. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. ema@ culture. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Thu 09:00 . 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Ziller (built 1866-1889). tel. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon.cycladic-m. Geometric.17:00. Sun 09:00 . as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. Its permanent collection is vast .000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. Lange and remodelled by P . returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. Thu 10:00 .13:00 & 18:00-20:00. fax 210 8225733.17:00. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. fax 210 8213573. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece.13:00. H.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. tel. Mon. concessions €3. QOpen 09:00 .gr. MVictoria. Closed Tue. 210 8232950. 18-26: €1. Wed. a 3.and early Christian periods. 7228321 . recently refurbished. QOpen .17:00. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. a gallery. eam@culture. 210 3671000. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic. a lobby. MSyntagma. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) .bsaverof. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. MSyntagma.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. benaki@benaki. 210 8217724. Epigraphical Museum F1. this is simultaneously an Archaeological.15:00. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. www.com . mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. QOpen 08:30 . Its more than 20.com. Admission fee: €6. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age. Kalkos. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. Closed Mon. tribute lists. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery.
Sun.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. Admission fee: €5. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. 210 3461981.11.gr. Ermou 148.C. Vasarely. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). Wed 09:00 . 16 Herakleidon str. Sun 11:00 .gr. Closed Mon.jewishmuseum. A giftshop is also available. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12. in a picturesque neoclassical building. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. concessions:€1. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation.16:00.14:30.6 25. concessions: €3. MThissio. Mon 11:00 . MThissio.: 210 3461981 www. tel. 13:00 -21:00. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens. tel.gr.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. Far East and North Africa. fax 210 9237358. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. linocut . from the 12th to the 19th centuries. MSyntagma. concessions: €4.September 2011 © Jan de Bie. 210 3225582. Sun 10:00 . spell to turn into a swallow 2006.inyourpocket. Closed Tue. under 19 yrs: free. such as M. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. fax 210 3458225. Closed Mon.16:00.com / info@herakleidon-art. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse. Admission fee: €4. MAcropolis. Islamic Art Museum C4.00. tel. Admission fee: €6.21:00.) Thissio. 210 9221044. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items.gr athens.benaki. www. Escher and V. QOpen 13:00 .00 . 210 3463552.gr. Monday Closed www. QOpen 08:00 . Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry.15:00.00 & Saturday 9. America and Asia. ANCIENT CULTURES 25.gr. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. 11:00 -19:00. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society. 210 3251311. concessions €3.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M.herakleidon. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . fax 210 3231577. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop.19:00. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.gr.19:00. islamic_collection@benaki. Ag. Admission fee: €2. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.culture.14:00. concessions: 2. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. Jewish Museum F6. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece.gr.C. fax 210 3225550.21:00. Nikis 39. www. www. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists. www.19:00.gr Museum hours: Tues. QOpen 09:00 . Closed Sat. QOpen 09:00 . as well as seminars designed for students. info@jewishmuseum. Middle East.-Sat. QOpen 09:00 . tel. tel.herakleidon-art. such as funeral urns. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis. Wed 09:00 . 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. Europe. MThissio. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. Herakleidon 16. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop. Admission fee: €5.21:00. Sun 11:00 . students.gr. info@herakleidon-art.
Adrianou 24. concessions: €2. as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s.benaki. fax 210 3226979. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. 210 9242111-2.gr/.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . Closed Tue.15:00. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre).gr. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life.15:00. MThissio. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. paintings. Admission fee: €6. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records. 210 3229031. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. Admission fee: €4. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. as well as silver. Plaka. QOpen 10:00 . photographs. QOpen 09. weaving. MKerameikos. QOpen 09:00 . from 1837 up to 1843. items of furniture and household objects.16:45. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. flags. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. Sat. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. Closed Mon. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. Stadiou 13. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence.14:00. Sun 10:00 . The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. 210 3453111. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. this Museum preserves. traditional costumes. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). Free admission. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. www.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . through to the mid 19th century. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. The architecture of the building itself is very original. 210 3231397. QOpen 09:00 . that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. MPanepistimio. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory.inyourpocket. QOpen 10:00 . Concessions: €3. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. Closed Mon. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. costumes. 210 7709855. M Syntagma. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. Free admission. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall).but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit.14:00. QOpen 09:00 .18:00. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. Wed 12:00 . From the 17th century to the present. this Museum is well worth a visit if you wish to take in what Athens has to offer as far as modern and contemporary art exhibitions are concerned. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. Sun 10:00 .00 . Plaka. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. consessions: €1. tel. tel. 210 3210185. 210 3237617. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . Diogenous 1-3.athenscitymuseum. Pireos 138. Goudi. MSyntagma. Kydathinaion 17. 210 3254119. MEvangelismos. protocol@emst. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. National Historical Museum F4. Closed Tue. MAcropolis. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). QOpen 08:00 .15:00. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. War Museum I5. tel.14:00. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. with special focus on the Second World War. fax 210 3250198. 330BC). shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. tel. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography.14:00.16:45. A giftshop is available. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings.has organised some very successful exhibitions.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. fax 210 3220765. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Rizari 2. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. royal portraits and weapons.42 What to see War Museum tel.com . The Museum of Contemporary Art. Among its exhibits are embroidery. fax 210 9245200. tel. inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia.16:00. Closed Mon. melt@melt. Mon 11:00 . Admission fee: €2. Admission fee: €3. up to the present day. MKatechaki.culture. civic emancipation and democratic institutions.gr. tel. Among its collections are works of art. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. tel. Closed Mon. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. religious icons. records. Concessions: €2. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. 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. This Museum. http://www. wood and stone carvings.
Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art.22:00. gelismos. fax 210 7224889. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. Sat 10:00 . tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. 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. concessions: €2. Webster 5. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. accessible to the public year-round. Sun. QOpen . as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. Nikolaos Kounelakis. 210 9231502. Nikolaos Gyzis. MSyntagma. tel. Sat. Sepolia. postalmuseum. Free admission. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. historic tram trains. 210 7235857. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium).nma. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou.theartfoundation. tel. 210 3643774. postmuseum@elta-net. Sun 10:00 16:00. Panepistimiou 12. Closed Mon. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5.made salads. Closed Mon. Paintings. Michalakopoulou 1. film screenings. contemporary music. Fri. Admission fee: €6.What to see companies. www. open discussions and lectures.18:00.15:00. Nikiforos Lytras. as well as models and historic photographic archives. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. (+30) 210 3238757.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. cropolis. theory of art and poetic contemplation. Sun 10:00 . The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . performance. www. nationalgallery. www. 210 5246580.org. www.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. fax 210 3635953. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its exhibits include more than 600. woodcuts.24:00. A haven for the railways aficionados.gr. while plans for its expansion are underway.September 2011 . Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Fri. Closed Tue. 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. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium).gr. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). Railway Museum Siokou 4.15:00. 210 7519042. Recording actions’. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’.gift ideas. Thu. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. Wed 9:00 .com August . literary presentations.org. tel. Closed Mon. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . MMonastiraki. Yiannis Moralis. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. a well-equipped library. fax 210 7519279. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. athens. Tue. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. Tue. Closed Sat. theatre performances. fax 210 922 0193. tel.20:00. Admission: free. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point.13:00.gr/.14:00. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. Wed 12:00 . Georgios Iakovidis.gr. multimedia installations. such as tickets.culture. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . instruments and mechanics’ tools. protocol@ nm. QOpen 10:00 . Its amenities include conservation laboratories. concessions: €3.spyrosvassiliou. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space.14:00. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. tel.inyourpocket. Free admission. (+30) 6988391684. Normanou 5.gr. 7 days a week. tel.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. QOpen 09:00 . Admission fee: €3. QOpen 08:30 . MEvan- Sep 11 . Sep 19 .000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. when the group was created until today. Yiannis Tsarouchis. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present.5. Closed Mon. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. QOpen 08:00 . http://www. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann.
Overlooking Syntagma Square. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons.gr. In a poll. MOmonia. is located in the forecourt of the building. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. struggle for Greek Independence. 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. Papadakis and N.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. w w w. Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. MSyntagma. the bell tower was added later. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. the palace was completed in 1843.inyourpocket. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. MMonastiraki. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. Panepistimiou 47. MPanepistimio. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. Syntagma. 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’).parliament. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. QOpen . it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. Monastiraki. they date to the 19th century. which is open to the public. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. The building was designed by archi tects K. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. It is cross-in-square shaped. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. M Syntagma. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. M Panepistimio. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. As for its background. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. Syntagma Square. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. was later added to the north side. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. www. As is the case with most churches in Greece.Athens Academy . Panepistimiou 2832. Panepistimiou 21. Bank Of Greece F4. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. A chapel. tel. MOmonia. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. with 3 apses on the east side.20:00. The last known restoration was in 1840. It is currently undergoing restoration. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. mou & Kapnikareas St. National Librar y . This is a cross-insquare construction. bankof gr e ece. has housed the Greek Parliament. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping.com . Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple.gr. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. The official inauguration took place in 1938. Free admission. M Panepistimio. Sat. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. MPanepistimio. 210 3707000. this church dates back to 1065 AD. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. the first monarchs of Greece. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. it was erected around 1050AD. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. fax 210 3692170.gr. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. info@parliament. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. Sun 10:00 . a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. As for the imposing wall paintings. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. As for the interior. since 1934.
Housed in an impressive neoclassical building.inyourpocket. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. athens. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. which was formerly a Royal Residence. Patision (28th October) 46. M Syntagma.September 2011 . was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. 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 . as well as for European heads of State meetings. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. columns. 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. Kyristou 8.14:30. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. Admission by invitation only. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. commercial events. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). the Nymphs. Amalias Observatory C6. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. Old House of Parliament F4. M Acropolis.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. Cemeteries Av. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. This building. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. Stadiou 13. MSyntagma. & Vas Olgas. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. The imposing Presidential Palace. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Closed Mon. 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. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums).com August . Zappeion G6. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. Plaka. Alimos. E5. in 1759. M Monastiraki. which were violently put down on 17 November. Most famous Greeks are buried here. in order to commemorate the event. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. MOmonia. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. MSyntagma. Monastiraki Square. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. This historic Obser vatory. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834).028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. situated in the forecourt of the University. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship.What to see National Theatre D2. and who have no known grave. died in Greece. QOpen 10:00 . It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. MOmonia. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. MThissio. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. 1973. It was founded around 1837. Today. while its Minaret has been removed. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. marble sculptures. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. Konstantinou 22.1932. Mets. it is now used for international conferences. Ag. 2. Hill of MSyntagma.
QOpen 09:00 .02:00. Closed Mon. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. Closed Sat. islands. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. and climbing towers. drop by the Eugenides Foundation.02:00. as well as a parking area. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. Entertainment Park covering about 40. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. B16. zoo@atticapark. Thu. info@gnhm. foxes and wild cats. www. Waterslides of every kind.14:00. Rentis.15:00. This Centre. Q Open 09:00 . built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. gift-shop. 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.gr. a number of African mammals like giraffes. 212 2540000.allou. bears. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. Sun 10:00 . A taxi ride costs about €10. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. M Syntagma. Closed Mon. Buses: 126. Free entrance.20:30.000 square metres. waterfalls and the Magic Town. 210 4256990. Children. Sat 10:00 . geological and palaeontological exhibits.inyourpocket. 210 9469641. QOpen 17:00 . complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. gr. entomological. Sun 10:00 . Fri 10:00 .m.gr. Sat. This is home to the largest and. Wed. 210 8015870.gr.gnhm. Athens In Your Pocket athens.. Spata.hellenic-cosmos. tel. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. trampolines. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. www.02:00. fax 212 2540123. Tue. tel. 210 5576006.15:00.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction.com . Plaka. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef.gr. MKallithea. botanical. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. Greek fauna species like: wolves.14:30. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. swimming pools. Admission fee: €14. www. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome.gr. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos.edu.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . Tholos: €10. many reptiles. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. Sun 10:30 . creative and inquisitive faculties.gr.com. the biggest children playground in Greece. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . Yet. 210 3312995. tel. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). Tue. www. tel. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. internet-access area and giftshop. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. fax 210 6634726. with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. 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.000 sq. Admission fee: €4-6. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. 210 6634724. tel. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. There is a café. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological.gr. a café.14:30. concessions: €3 (€4). 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. Bus No: A16. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. including an attic and garden. www. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254.copacopanapark. tel. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. E16. www. fax 210 8080674. Weekdays: €17. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. Fri 17:00 .16:00. hellenic_cosmos@ime. Sat. carousel. zebras. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. A2. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. info@hcm. tel. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. Family and member tickets also available. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . www.gr. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. including state-of-the-art technological applications.sunset. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games).01:00.01:00. Haidari. complete with a pirate ship. Wed 09:00 . To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station.hcm. 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.gr.20:30. MKifisia. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. 12th km Athinon Ave. fax 210 3312996. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. iWERKS Shows: €8. by general acclaim. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world.21:00. a café-restaurant. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. Seniors: €10. children up to 12 yrs: €12. DJs and live music.eugenfound. Sun 10:00 . Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). QOpen . Attica Zoological Park Yalou. m.atticapark.
the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6.14:00. 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 . scenic stroll. Extending over a vast area of 1. cool trees and popular ponds. 401.15:00. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. Iera Odos Avenue. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. National Gardens G6. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. if impractically situated.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. QOpen 08:00 . i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Dafni and Agia Var vara. MVictoria. Olgas Av. some of which are exceedingly rare. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. by the funicular or by car. Sat. MSyntagma. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. MSyntagma.14:00. Zappeion Garden G7. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. Its meandering benchladen paths. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). Sun 10:00 . Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. Acropolis. August . Irodou Attikou St. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. Vas. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. Amalias Street. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century.September 2011 . Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and.
June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. 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.com . the tram is the way.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. Taxis 185. B Metr o tel. w w w. daytime tari f f (05. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates. night-time tari f f. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. w w w. 210 5028574 Hermes tel.65 for an appointm ent. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. 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.19 per km for the double. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. 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 ). 18 300 Protoporia tel. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network.inyourpocket. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. gr. tramsa. alb ei t slower fashion. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. There is an additional charge of €1. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station.usually operating at airpor ts .00-24.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14.07 from and to harbours. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. www. Star ting price is at €1 . Buses and Trolleybuses tel. 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.16 . There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. I f you have to use a taxi.ametro.gr. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. 210 3636508 Asteras tel. train and bus stations. 210 6792399. 210 4115200 Icaros tel.00).gr. Plus.€5. e careful as some taxi drivers . Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f.68 per km for the single.ask for a receipt. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some. always ask for the meter to be on. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. and €1 . connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro.39 .oasa. 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. no less) and in a less crowded. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1.
210 6264000. www. need a condom. 801 11868868 UPS tel. tel. 210 3493428. IVIS Travel Internet Service. feel like reading a newspaper.gr.inyourpocket.com.avis. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. K4 Omonia Sq. G5 Kanigos Sq. Mitropoleos 3. gr Kolonaki Sq.gr.hertz. 210 2882151.gr National Tel.com .Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. www.gr Budget Tel. 210 8981444. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. 800 11 800 12.September 2011 athens. Car rental Avis Tel. fax 210 3493417. email@example.com. www. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830.gr Run out of cigarettes. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. fax 210 6879610. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. H5 Syntagma Sq. tel. fax 210 6264409. firstname.lastname@example.org. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. 210 9890000 TNT tel. Europcar Tel. reservations@nationalcar. F2 Mavili Sq.budgetathens. 210 9984000 August . www. or worst of all. reservations@avis. 210 6879600.gr. www. fax 210 2882050.gr. craving for a chocolate. MPanepistimio.
Gulf Air Nikis 33. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens.20 for registered and €2. QOpen 07:30 . tel. 210 8093771/210 8093777. Thermopylon 42. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. MAkropolis. airlift@airlift. tel.14:00.14:00. Aiolou 100. Air China Filellinon 24. Kotzia Square. tel. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). tel. sell.17:00.com . tel. tel.14:00. Mitropoleos 60. Metaxourgio C3. Argyroupoli. tel. QOpen 07:30 . tel. tel. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. Thai El. tel. 210 3235831. Sat 07:30 . Glyfada. karafil@abi. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. MEvangelismos. QOpen 07:30 . Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. Sun. MSyntagma. tel.gr. tel. Marousi. Turkish Athens International Airport. tel. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. tel. Sun 09:00 . QOpen 07:30 . SAS Vouliagmenis 85. tel.Central PO E3. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. Sun. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. tel.gr. Argyroupoli. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. QOpen 07:30 . 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. tel. tel. Glyfada. tel. Exarchia G1. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. tel. Sat 07:30 .gr. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7.20:00. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. fax 210 9967872. 210 5225277. tel. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. 210 9967870.13:30. Closed Sat. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. Marousi. Closed Sat. 210 7244404. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. tel. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. tel. tel. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. 210 3531101. Mitropoleos E5. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. . Omonia E2. MMetaxourgio. Sun. airlift. MOmonia.14:00. Sun.14:00. tel. Swiss Sorou 18-20. port: 210 3530101. info@ abi. Closed Sat. 210 3217650.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. tel. MMarousi. 210 3216024. tel. Makrigianni F7. Glyfada. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. tel. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. Olympic Syngrou 96. 210 9218076. tel. here is a list of centrally located post offices. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. tel. Acropolis rock. MOmonia. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. Marousi. Zaimi 36-38. Kifisia. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Malev Panepistimiou 15.inyourpocket. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. Sun. Syntagma Square F5. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156.20:00. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170.gr. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. tel. Venizelou 32. QOpen 07:30 . MAkropolis. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia.70. tel. tel. 210 3218143. 210 5233636. 210 3537600. British Airways Themistokleous 1. head to Syntagma Square. Kolonaki I5. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. tel.14:00. www.20:00.14:00. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. LOT Panepistimiou 15. Sun. Argyroupoli. Emirates Syngrou 128. tel.90 for express mail. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 3534020. Closed Sat. tel. 210 210 3534245. MVictoria. tel. Buy. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. Closed Sun. 210 9692020/210 3531237. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. tel. 210 3622054/210 3634572. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. 3rd Septemvriou 28.14:00. QOpen 07:30 . Cyprus Athens International Airport. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. 210 8219570. MMonastiraki. 210 3237573. Closed Sat. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Delta Athens International Airpor t. Sun 09:00 . 210 6175200. tel. Sun. Nikis 33. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. Aiolou . Plaka F6. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. Add to that €3. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425.13:30. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. MSyntagma.
September 2011 14505 8919509.gr. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. email@example.com. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. tel. sales@nel. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. for the rail journey lovers.com . August .Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30. firstname.lastname@example.org. Pireaus. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. tel. tel.nel. 1110. Arr. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. 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. www.inyourpocket. Arr. Arr. www. www. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. 210 4115015. 1441. 210 8919800. Pireaus.bluestarferries.gr.gr. 1110. some of them otherwise inaccessible.com. tel. www.Crete and Greece . www.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. Online reservations: http://tickets. OASA (urban transportation) info tel.com. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St.gr. In fact.gr. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways .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. Voula. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. tel. 210 athens. 185. booking@anek. 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. Arr. 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. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. 17. However.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep.com. tel. Ferry connections between Piraeus . 210 4199000. 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. 210 4145700. Only over the last twenty years. Ferry connections between Piraeus .trainose. Heraklion. Crete. Connections to Lesvos.gr. www.gr.minoan. tel.anek.Crete and Greece . www. 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. ose.superfast.
Plaisio. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. Merlin 6. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes.germanos.public. MAg. fax 210 3318249. All shops close on National Holidays. Electronics. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic.atticadps. gift shops (yes. chaotic. Sat 10:00 . www. of course). www. www. and take our word for it.collector-shop. Computers & Gadgets Germanos. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). At the opposite end of the spectrum. F5 Public. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. tel. 210 3255564. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. Kotzia Sq. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. time to tackle the next question: where to shop.gr. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. wine and spirits shops.gr. fax 210 3221440.plaisio. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10.themallathens. Syntagma.20:00. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after.gr. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. this sprawling. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. 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). fashion. 211 1802600. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. 210 3318248. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available.gr. F1-Voulis 3. shoes. www. 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). gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. On the other hand. cosmetics. banknotes and stamps. underwear. A visit to the charming Plaka district. MOmonia. Furniture. Athens In Your Pocket .the biggest in the city.21:00. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10).52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. fax 211 1802698. 210 3743000. MOmonia. info@ collector-shop. gr.gr. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. F1-Zaimi 10. www. Closed Sun. tel. flower shops and emergency pharmacies.gr. Thu. But the lower end of Ermou Street. www. and as regards local colour.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. jewelry. Oh. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. Head here for urban wear. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. M Nerantziotissa. www. Finally. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. you guessed it. Tue. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. (See our list). The largest computer and office supply chain. wondering where to head off shopping. This is a great shopping spree destination. as well as in boutiques. travel accessories. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories.gr. All top brands priced accordingly. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). Omonia Sq 4. tel. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. 276. MSyntagma. tel. Then again.com. There is a branch on every other corner. City Link. Upmarket department store. 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.notosgalleries. Ippokratous 3. MOmonia.-Stournari 19 & 24. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list.athensmetromall. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. www. www. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. www. Designer brands at great prices.hondoscenter. is a different story. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state.com. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. Sat: 09:00-15:00. M Syntagma. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. QOpen 10:00 . enticing city. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. Notos Home Kratinou 5. Wed.notosgalleries. are closed). The Mall .
inyourpocket. – Sun. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. A4. 276. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station. B3.:09:00-21:00 Sat. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. 155. 790. 219. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. X97. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. Ag. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. 219.gr athens. Shops: Mon – Fri.: Closed. electronics.athensmetromall. Dimitrios. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. 171. Ag. 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. Dimitrios. 154. A3. Car: Vouliagmenis Av.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.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www.com August . 276. Clothes. a beauty salon. a play area.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. 816. a bank and many other services.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. 109. 208.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. shoes. 113. accessories. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. B4.: 09:00-20:00 Sun.September 2011 .
€ $ £ 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,
email@example.com. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines
Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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