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August - September 2011
“In Your Pocket: A cheeky, wellwritten series of guidebooks.” The New York Times
Strikes & Protests
Not what you think
Take the tram to the Med
N°20 - €2
E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S
Facts, habits, attitudes 6 10 12
A few thousand years in two pages
Districts of Athens
Be seen in the right places
A tram ride to the Med
Strikes & Protests A survival guide Culture & Events What’s on Where to stay
5* or hostels, the best is here for you
The central meat market
Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants How to avoid eating like a ‘tourist’ Cafés Join the ‘frappé’ nation 23 28
Nightlife One of the main reasons you’re here! 30 Gay Athens 34 36 40 42 46 49 53 56 59 60 66 August - September 2011
Sightseeing Monuments and Archaeological Sites
Acropolis Museum Museums Historic Buildings
Airplanes, boats and trains
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Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. Our answer is of course yes. tel. we have the best places to stay.com www. We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. as many places close for a few days at least.com . many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to.inyourpocket. And as always. no matter what you have seen or read. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner.inyourpocket. 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.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. Vilnius. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. regardless of the impression given by the international media. Lithuania tel. eat. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. 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. The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. However it is advisable. to call and check before your visit. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. Athens In Your Pocket athens. it is very likely that they will be back in September.com www. Athens used to become a deserted city during August.K. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). All rights reserved. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. (+370-5) 212 29 76).inyourpocket. Since the economic crisis struck. com/inyourpocket). And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk).V. Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. drink and see. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. especially around August 15th. except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities. in Croatia (Šibenik). (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. in Austria (Vienna). riots are not. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. 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).
they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. who are friendly.e. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. 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. highly-qualified. enjoyable and rewarding stay. day and night life. discover new ideas and speak their mind. among others. Easily accessible and strategically located. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. Full of life and passionate about their town. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. spiritual landmarks and sport. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. cafés. Athens. Athens is a global capital. If you have your own car. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. Belgrade and Istanbul. invigorating and meaningful experience. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. but that of course depends on the traffic. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. active and innovative. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. hospitable environment. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. car hire. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. be it for business or pleasure. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. professional services. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. you will soon discover. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. bus. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. and wish you an exciting. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. shopping. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. 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 . multilingual human resources.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. suburban railway. of course.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport.inyourpocket. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). where you must change to enter the metro system. loudly and clearly. innovation. To get to town you have a choice between metro. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. unlimited development potential. newsstands. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. even an airport museum. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. gastronomy. Indicatively. Finally. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km).8 miles) east of Athens. situated 27 km (16. banks. We welcome all visitors to Athens. fairness.September 2011 . all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. If you are too far (i. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket.90). there is no option to arrive in the country by train. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. taxi and.com August . Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. democracy. athens.
In fact. but then again.e. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes.917m Length of coastline: 15. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. with a pine resin flavour. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. i. in practice. which make very good wines. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours. Mastiha is another pleasant.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. However. clubs etc. 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.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16.. It is. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. 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. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. weapons. which is added during fermentation. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2.. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. 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. flammable gases. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). 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. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher.944 sq km (51. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. Disabled travellers Unfortunately. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. you shouldn’t worry. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. however. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. nuclear or biological substances. Strangely enough.9 million Total territory: 131. Diluted with water and ice.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. sweet-tasting spirit. However. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. 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. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. 1.inyourpocket. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. Most other well-known international brands are widely available.U.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. no less.com . you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. Finally. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. protected species. laws are there to be broken. explosives.
And like In Your Pocket guides.with the functionality of the iPhone. Or so the public water company says. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. and keep an eye on your belongings. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. even showcasing original archaeological material). although it revolves around them. but if you avoid certain areas. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English. within-app dialling and web browsing.. 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. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance 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. 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. Finally. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. They tend to think that the rest of the world. and more are being released all the time. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. bars and restaurants closest to you.But that’s fair enough. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. well-written and independent information .inyourpocket. New technology cars and buses and the transfer of all heavy industries outside city limits have reduced emissions to a bearable level for a city of its size. accurate.September 2011 .com August . meaning something between a sense of honour. It only has two lines (plus a pre-existing one which runs over-ground) but its stations are lined with marble and granite and are generously and tastefully adorned with artworks and replicas of ancient objects (in some cases. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them.obvious correctness of these views. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares.. 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. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. and find the cafes. If you go out to dinner with locals. but for that same reason. If you avoid questioning the. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. especially as a sole traveler. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. as well as at the Airport shops. athens.up-to-date. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . embedded In Your Pocket video guides. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. Petty crime does exist. This is known as ‘filotimo’.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble.
If you prefer to opt for something simpler. 100 Ambulance tel. As for understanding. with mathematical precision.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. but that’s about it. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. As a result. 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. This measure was introduced back in 1982. 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). For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek.. take our word for it). Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. 2002. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). 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). 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. Like their Balkan counterparts.inyourpocket. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. Athens In Your Pocket athens. (αι) is pronounced e. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. giota (ι).. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av.com . €6. 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. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. over and under ground. which is the maximum time allowed. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. this comes at a price: Parking lots. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. 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. 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.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. Police emergency tel. 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. 166 Fire Service tel. practice and time. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. Once you remember the above. Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. (ου) is pronounced oo. lead to a full-scale revolt).
Vox G2.and rightly so. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. a fact that. 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. constitutes bad publicity for the city. but in wonderful Greece. Canada. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. Aigli G7. This was. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. tel. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions.. Themistokleous 82. plays movies catering to all tastes. Japan. like everything else in this country.September 2011 . Norway. The truth is. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. Ten percent is considered generous. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. Against all odds. according to animal welfare organisations. the streets. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. Dexameni Sq. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. Exarchia. Switzerland and the US. 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. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. Cine Dexameni H4. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. Kydathineon 22. tel.U. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. however. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. 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. code is +30 210 athens. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. Apostolou Pavlou 7. 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.com August . Together with your chosen movie. vaccinated and sterilised. Sarri 40-44.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. Just before the Olympic Games.. Iceland.tel. Thissio. Most are small gardens in their own right. making it a completely different cinema experience. 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 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. Australia. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . Kolonaki. It is the most atmospheric of all. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Zappeion Garden. something around five percent is the most common practice. each with its own distinctive character. tel. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. tel. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. are: Cine Psirri D4. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. Cine Paris F6. However. Psirri.. it will be the final nail in their coffin. Plaka. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. tel. 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. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. 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. a real treat for sultry summer nights. Thission C6. Israel. 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.inyourpocket. New Zealand. you can enjoy food. 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. surely enough. 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).
Athens In Your Pocket athens. Legend has it that Pheidippides.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. c.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 510BC: Hippias. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. among other architectural masterpieces. held at Olympia. king of Pontus. sculpture. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. is born in Pella. architecture.com . 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. Aeolians. an Athenian herald. In his grief. c. drama. including Pericles. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. In 451BC. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. is built between 447-437BC. Democracy. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. at the mouth of the Hellespont. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. 356BC: Alexander the Great. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. that he survived. Rebuilding of Athens begins. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. Sulla attacks the city. The Parthenon.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon.10 BC history c. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. all flourished. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. science. 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). the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. During this period. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. c. creation of a people’s court). son of Philip II. Aeolian. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance.inyourpocket. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. Sigeum. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. Aegeus. Ionians and Dorians. During this period. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. philosophy. construction of the first Agora. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. which lasts until 446. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. the son of Peisistratus.
1940: After occupying Albania. Military regime collapses in Athens. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. 1913: Second Balkan War. 1952: Greece joins NATO. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. Presidential democracy adopted. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. Greeks take to the mountains. mainly in Athens and other major cities. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. with heavy support from the US. Ioannis Kapodistrias. The Acropolis.com August . The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40.inyourpocket. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. Serbia. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. 1941: In April. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. “No”. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos.September 2011 . 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. Britain. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. 1949: The National Army. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. giving the country its final shape. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. The Byzantine Empire is established. Before his death. Crete unites with Greece. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. Greece. being on the winners’ side. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. 1912: First Balkan War. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. under the Treaty of Lausanne. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. advancing towards Albania during the winter. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. is crushed with bullets and tanks. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. End of the Byzantine Empire. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. following popular uprisings. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. More than 50. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. In December. King Constantine II flees the country. After a month of intense fighting. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. athens. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. on October 28. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara.000 dead.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. the guerrillas surrender. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. which is renamed Constantinople. is partially destroyed. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. 1973: In November. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. Italian and Bulgarian forces. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. based on religious faith. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister.
Countless tourist shops. 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). and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. exhibitions and festivals take place. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. show off and decide the future of the country. Enter the National Gardens.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. Beach attire.com Athens In Your Pocket . the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life.com athens. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants.G2. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. Fortunately. leftists. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). actors. most dating back to the 1970s. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. Enjoy your leisurely ride. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. Kolonaki H4. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. Allow at least two hours for your visit. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. However. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. M Omonia. Board the metro to Syntagma station. 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. models and powerful businessmen.MSyntagma. mingle.inyourpocket. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. Akadimias. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. The nightlife here is excellent. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. M Kerameikos. if posh dining is more up your street. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue.E6. head to Kolonaki. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. high profile journalists. students. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. The Athenian élite of politicians. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. 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. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum.inyourpocket. Iera Odos.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. Monastiraki.H5. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. rockers and anarchists. right in the centre of Athens. 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. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. taking in the golden sea views along the way. A4 Bordered by Pireos. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. Patision (October 28th) Streets. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. athens. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. Exarchia F2.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. if you wander off the beaten track. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. MSyntagma.
D3. theatres. Syngrou Ave. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants.F4. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. Philopappou hill.com August .A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. Buzzing and ugly. Like many other European cities. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. occasionally. MMonastiraki. with a new bar.September 2011 . The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. Countless bars. the pride and joy of the capital. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. street traders. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. weird and suspicious figures.inyourpocket. 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. lottery ticket sellers and. Athinas and Ermou St. workshops. Ancient Agora. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. as the masses started to move elsewhere. Thissio. with some exceptions. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. D2. Evripidou Streets.C3 Bordered by Pireos. Syntagma. or a Sunday afternoon. Panepistimio. One of the oldest districts of Athens. at night. MMonastiraki.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. athens. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. MKerameikos. (Since then. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock.E5. MThissio. gritty and colourful. Pireos.E2. but. Ermou. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5.E3 MOmonia.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. Metaxourgio B3. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. 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. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. Iera Odos. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. MAcropolis. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square.C5. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. The food is generally average. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. 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. Achilleos Streets. If you head towards the back streets to the west of the square you’ll find yourself in the Athenian version of a China town. Philopappou Hill. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. clubs. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill.
Tram. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. 69 km.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. As a rule. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. Varkiza 27km Tel. 15 km. Weekends: €17. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. children 6-12 yrs: €8. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . Lagonissi 40km Tel. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. Alimos. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. As a general rule. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). children under 12 free. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. bus stop Lagonissi. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. Bus E22 . towels. Bus E22 Agia Marina. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. Children under 6yrs free. children €8 Weekends € 25. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. remember to bring a bottle of water. Finally. 28 km. children €13 Yabanaki. Sunbeds incl. weekends €11. all days. Daily: 08:00-20:00. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). Or. Tram. Astir Beach. Alimos 10 km Tel. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd.5. hats and everything else you may need. if you drive. Admission: Weekdays: €8.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. 44 km. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Weekends 09:00-sunset. Parking weekdays: €6. 64 km. 34 km. Bus E22 . if you are really lazy. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. 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. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. Grand Beach. for a fee of course. 8 km. stop Glyfada and then bus 114.inyourpocket. Daily: 08:00-19:00. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos.com . restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. 210 8902000 Tram.
000 years ago. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. In addition to TV and radio news. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. But strikes – be they for a few hours. If you are staying at a hotel.gr for regular updates. Locals take it all in their stride. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. don’t despair. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. 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. take to the streets. you may be a little surprised. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. Greek society has not imploded. Just a few blocks away. only to find they’re not operating.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. When a strike scuppers your plans.oasa. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre.ekathimerini. Check out livingingreece. The trains. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. That in itself is a good start. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. Most strikes are announced in advance. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. athens. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. and reliable English information can also be found online. think about taking the bus or tram instead.September 2011 . Flexibility is key. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand.gr – has information in Greek and English. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. Welcome! Looking around. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square .the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. 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. a few days.inyourpocket. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way.com. not the rule. and a country crippled by constant strikes. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. Athens is a city best seen by foot. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. consider the alternatives. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. It means that no air traffic controllers. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. So. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. pulsating with protestors and police. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception.com August . Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. Instead. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. Life goes on.
gr/www. www. the Holy Lands.ticketpro.gr www.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. Admission fee: €7.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. dating from 1853-54. Of Scottish extraction. There. & Vas. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage . This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi.gr. Sofias Ave MSyntagma. Fri. Wed. where he lived out his days. 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. Sat: 09:00 . After 1881 he settled in Yokohama.€40 14/9. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. Thu 09:00 . Sun 09:00 . at the start of the eighteen fifties. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. 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. 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.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. 1 Koumbari St. he took his first steps as a photographer. 210 367 1000.ticketnet. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56).gr / www.24:00.15:00. €35 www.gr athens.benaki. Egypt and Damascus in 1857. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . tel. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs.tickethouse.17:00.inyourpocket. QOpen Mon. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time.Pulp Terra Vibe .i-ticket. Malta in 1856.
tel. the need for their message to reach its recipient. MMonastiraki.. D5. performance.inyourpocket. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures.. when confronted with the remains of our collective past. theory of art and poetic contemplation.. each artist. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Roman. and Egyptian. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 . a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation).22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business. Admission fee: €6.theartfoundation. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. (+30) 210 3238757.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. without official members.19:00.gr. Sep 19 . tel. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. including the Greek. 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. to contribute installations on the same theme. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. Closed Aug 1 .Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF).Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. writers and local researchers as presenters.24:00. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010.www. Free admission.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. Iraklidon 16. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. and explores the fields of theatre. 210 3461981. to date.. who reside in the Netherlands. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities.gr. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. athens. Sun 11:00 . Recording actions’. multimedia installations. www. Normanou 5.com.com/inyourpocket.herakleidon-art. Closed Mon. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. using our own editors. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. Jul 21 .com August . contemporary music. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . Kind of.21:00. Concessions:€4. MThissio. Under 12: Free.September 2011 . when the group was created. (+30) 6988391684.
All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. no less. MThissio. (+30) 210 7281000. The subtle luxury. Lysikratous 9-11. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. (+30) 210 3259000. Psirri.gr.gr. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. fax (+30) 210 6284449. this hotel is a temple of modern living. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. Kifisia. Q 524 rooms.com. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building.athens@hiltoncom. fax (+30) 210 7281111. www. tel. a beauty salon. you can wind down in the silent room. Vasileos Georgiou 3. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. Internet is free of charge. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. Triples: €140-170. Doubles: €130-160. Suites: €300-550. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. com. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. barber’s shop. tel. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. Syntagma Sq. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. fax (+30) 210 3259001. Athens In Your Pocket athens. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. Although accommodation is ample. 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. tel. Needless to describe its amenities. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city. tel. Singles: €160-250.com. Q 22 rooms. Suites: €500-€5000. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid.Naomi Campbell.grandebretagne. Superior rooms: €295-450.000. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. Aristotle Onassis and. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. www. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. a place of complete relaxation. What we need to point out is its Spa. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room.avahotel. MAcropolis. Syntagma Square. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. Maria Callas. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill.com. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. Pure luxury. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. is the list of its famous guests.gr. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. cigar store. then look no further than Semiramis. Singles / Doubles: €180-300.hiltonathens. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. 5persons: €250280. www. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4.com. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. www. as well as countless kings. MSyntagma. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. reservations. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. MSyntagma. Q 15 rooms. An outright riot of colours and shapes complemented by top class facilities will tempt you to spend your entire holiday inside the hotel! Q 51 rooms. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. hosting from 10 to 1200 people.electra-hotels.gr. Q 154 rooms. tel. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. 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’. Singles/Doubles: €180-400.gr. Sofias 46. info@ grandebretagne.. email@example.com . Suites: €500-10. Internet is of course free-of-charge. Tudor Hall.Doubles: €160-250. MSyntagma. MEvangelismos.oandbhotel. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. www.classicalhotels. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400.inyourpocket. the 7th floor French restaurant. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. salesepath@electrahotels. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms. fax (+30) 210 3250504. though. tel. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. Doubles: €180-400. www. Leokoriou 7. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative.com. 4persons: €230-270. 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. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country.210 3443590.gr. Nikodimou 18-20. firstname.lastname@example.org. info@semiramisathens. Plaka.. Singles: €150-200. reserve@ oandbhotel. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. (+30) 210 3370000. (+30) 210 3312950. Doubles: €190-210. An immense fitness centre.com. but you can always book a suite with living room. fax (+30) 210 3241875. Vas. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. Q 102 rooms. fax (+30) 210 3312942. Most impressive. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. www. Recently.
M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. www. Doubles: €120-250. Safety freaks have finally found their haven.gr. Triples: €160-230. Doubles: €165-190. a meeting point even for non-residents. Standard: €120-170. MSyntagma.electrahotels.gr. tel. Suites: €200350. www. The fitness centre. Try out the fitness centre. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. eridanus.September 2011 . Q 150 rooms. email@example.com. Q 516 rooms. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. stays open until 02:00. www. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. fax (+30) 210 7213965. with a high degree of privacy. Situated on Ermou street. (+30) 210 3378000. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. Acropolis view: €150-190.president. tel. www. Q 38 rooms. tel.gr. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. Avenue bar. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682.inyourpocket. info@herahotel. www. Q 106 rooms.com. Overall.. reservations@president. Singles: € 90-120.. Breakfast will brighten up your day. herodion@ herodion. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. right across from the New Acropolis Museum. Singles: €90-110. www. 10 suites.gr. 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). PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki.athensparkhotel. Rovertou Gali 4. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. tel. Ermou 5. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. Chalkokondili 14. (+30) 210 5205360.com. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. MVictoria. MOmonia. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. Doubles: €100-150. Singles: €150-170.com. Singles: €100-130. A non-smoking wing is also available. 10. Wi-Fi Internet is free. One of the top small hotels in the city. with a sauna and a hamam. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. eridanus@eridanus. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s.gr.gr. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Q 22 rooms. Suites: €220. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel.com August . 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. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. (+30) 210 7297200. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. info@periscope. 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. Haritos 22. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive.gr. gr. Q 126 rooms. tel. MSyntagma.Where to stay Electra F5.goldenage. fax (+30) 210 9211650.gr. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. Doubles: €100-120. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. MAmpelokipoi. tel. fax (+30) 210 9238269.gr. Q 38 rooms. Suites: from €170. Hermes bathroom sets. tel.herodion. fax (+30) 210 5200550. info@athensparkhotel. goldenage@ath. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians.com inyourpocket. quite often with live music. 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. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. w w w. tel. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. Michalakopoulou 57. Pireaus 78. (+30) 210 9236832-6. www. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Falirou 9. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. (+30) 210 Hera E8. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner.gr. www. a good.for thnet. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. saleselath@electrahotels. Doubles: €110170. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. Suites: €200-250. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark.gr. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. Q 122 rooms. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. value for money. MAcropolis.periscope. If you have some extra euros to spare. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other.gr. (+30) 210 7240861-9.melia-athens. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. Renovated in 2010. free Internet access. Singles: €110-200. herahotel. Wooden floors. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. (+30) 210 6989000. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope.gr. An excellent. highly recommended hotel. Kolonaki.
Magna Grecia. Plaka. The location is very convenient too. tel. free Internet. fax (+30) 210 3243124. 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. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Fallirou 37-39.gr. www. info@nikihotel. Try the café on the mezzanine.gr.gr. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. Q 72 rooms. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. € 100-180. tel. (+30) 210 9215353. tel. This 1930s building was once a clinic. Singles: €90-120. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. an extra definitely worth asking for. Doubles: €60-80. reservations@athensgate. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. Mitropoleos 6. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. just two minutes walk from the metro.gr.royalolympic. Q 385 rooms. Doubles : €100-140. Panepistimiou 52. Q 99 rooms.acropoliselect. (+30) 210 3212801.com. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. tel. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. Singles: €100-150. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. hotel@tac. www.tac. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. Suites: €400. tel.gr. omiroshotel.com. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. A sister hotel of Herodion. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. PTJARGW hhh athens.gr.com. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza.200. The rooms are comfortable.gr.gr. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. Nikis 27. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8.arethusahotel. Mitseon 3. To name a few. www. Triples: €80-100.com . Q 87 rooms. gold and a few ancient replicas.gr. MSyntagma. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. free WiFi included. tel. arethusa@ traveling. Q 22 rooms. no doubt. fax (+30) 210 3220886. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . MAcropolis. MSyngrouFix. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. Singles: €50-70. Doubles: €75-95. com. the rooftop restaurant. Doubles. info@royalolympic. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka.gr. fax (+30) 210 3300700. Q 80 rooms. www. These days. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. Time also equals information. Singles: €95-205. Singles / Doubles: €125 . Syngrou 10. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7.gr. Athinas 29. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune. fax (+30) 210 9249052. www. Q 50 rooms. firstname.lastname@example.org. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. Named after an Athenian nymph. select3@ otenet. Makrigianni. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay.gr. MSyntagma. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. Q 40 rooms. MPanepistimio. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. Rooms are basic. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. fax (+30) 210 9223615. Suite:€110-130. more impressive once you walk in. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. Q 230 rooms. (+30)210 9288400.nikihotel. Family: € 200. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. (+30) 210 9249050 . especially in executive rooms. Arethusa F5. philippos@ herodion. 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. Q 84 rooms. Omo- Omiros F5. www. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. Singles: € 75-90. Large central hotel. M Acropolis. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. tel. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. omiroshotel@hol. Some of the bathrooms. Doubles: € 90-110. titania@titania. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. (+30) 210 3326000. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service.com. fax (+30) 210 9216938. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. Doubles: €100-225. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware.inyourpocket. Singles: €60-80. (+30) 210 3220913. a gym and Ioannis. Q 22 rooms.com.athensgate.acropolismuseumhotel.gr. tel. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. stand out as this hotel’s strong points.philipposhotel. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). Some rooms boast large verandas. so will you. info@attaloshotel. www. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. Olive Garden. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. Suites: € 200-250. a library. fax (+30) 210 9237493.gr. excellently located accommodation. Syngrou 48. 210 3229431.gr. tel. tel. fax (+30) 210 3229439. www. A fine meeting room. Acceptable. Suites: €270-340. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. 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. there’s something Parisian about it. are more than spacious. Apollonos 15. www. www. 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. attaloshotel. Just off the centre of action. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 9215342. www.1. tel.gr. (+30) 210 9223611-4. MAcropolis. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. 1 suite.
gr. M Syntagma. Pittakou 6. info@boutiqueathens. Q Dorms: €15-20. Q Singles: €22-26.gr. info@centrotel. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). athensstudios.. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. (+30) 210 3248165.EP16. English speaking joint. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. www.hotelfivos. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. Doubles: €35-50. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. www. MAcropolis. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake.athenstyle. organised by Athens Studios. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. Look out on the notice board for announcements like.gr. this family business is a respectable choice. Suites: €100.gr.gr. pleasant homey but minimal environment.gr. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. Veikou 3A. look elsewhere. (+30) 210 9224044.com. 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.inyourpocket. This is one of our top low budget favourites. studios: € 60-150. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. com. fax (+30) 210 3217469. www.hotelmetropolis. the lady in charge. Makri 12. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. Mitropoleos 46. fax (+30) 210 3237819. Thissio. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. tel. Agias Theklas 10.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. All the rooms are non-smoking. www.gr. Q 22 rooms. Singles: €40-70. it is located in the heart of Plaka. Psirri. Doubles €40. Elspeth Geronimos. The Internet is free of charge. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. com. Named after ancient god Pan.gr. tel. PJARGW raki. as most hostels in Athens.Q Dorms: €20. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. M Thissio. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. Constructed in 2005. Triples €50. Q 33 rooms. M Acropolis. studenttravellersinn. 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. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. 210 9235811. www. www. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). Minimum stay 3 days. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. www. Epikourou 16. Negotiable for long term stay. Triples: €96. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. If it’s luxury you’re after. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. reservations@panhotel. M Acropolis. Singles: €60-80.gr. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. www. consolas@hol. www. tel.com. Doubles: €40-50. tel. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. If you’re lucky enough. (+30) 210 32 44 808. tel. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. tel. 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. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. 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.Where to stay Budget 8258010. (+30) 210 3217871. tel. info@athensstudios. There is a bar. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. (+30) 210 3225010. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats.com August . wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. Q Dorms: €18-25. The rooms are less than basic but then again.centrotel. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. and as basic as you can get. fax (+30) 210 3219991. Triples: €60-100. with people who know where to take you. tel. Doubles: € 40-80. “Fabian. PJR6 hh 3237816. Q Dorms: €25.September 2011 . gr. as is reasonably priced accommodation. 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. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. Kidathineon 16. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. Q 59 rooms. info@backpackers. Private rooms pp €15-30. PTJA6GB W W athens. tel.gr. 6976 484135. PJAB AthenStyle D5. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. email@example.com. backpackers. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. Doubles: €70-100. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels.panhotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. Breakfast is also available on demand. MAcropolis. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. info@ hotelmetropolis. MSyntagma. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure..com. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. Mitropoleos 11. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. By the way. MVictoria. English-speaking. Doubles.
com . tel. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. gr.wagamama.There is no admission charge for the performances. but once you’re there you can request a table.01:00. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. you should consider checking this out. www. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5.gr. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. tel. view. Epikourou 25 Psirri. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square.gr. tel.00:00. €€€€. Service is very professional. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4.02:00. MSyntagma. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. www. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. Go ahead. tel. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. www. Sun 18:00 . the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki.jacksonhall. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. www. tel. (+30) 210 3410418. €€. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. QOpen 21:00 . MSyntagma. burgers. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail.00:00. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses.com. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. €€. They take no phone reservations. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. Gazi. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots.com athens. QOpen 12:00 . €€. tel.01:30. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege.com/athens.redindian. Your experiences are always appreciated. after all.01:00. €€€. Closed Mon.hardrock. QOpen 20:00 03:00. (+30) 210 6441215. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. (+30) 210 3219908. MKerameikos. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. Closed Sun. Filellinon 18. Sofokleous 1. Hristou Lada 9. 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.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks.01:30.00:00. MThissio. Panepistimio. 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. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. 210 3234760. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. 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. (+30) 210 3211882. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks.gr. (+30) 210 9300000. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4. QOpen 10:00 . (Ledra Marriott Hotel). firstname.lastname@example.org. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. Sun 02:00 . even in winter.11:30.blackduck. Do not dress too casual. tel. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. PTJAU Red Indian D3. you know that. exclusivity and attitude. This restaurant is so authentic. (+30) 210 3252758. QOpen 10:00 01:30. 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. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. Great location too. location. Milioni 4. QOpen 10:00 .gr. QOpen 18:00 . live up to its eclectic clientele). do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. M Pane. Kifissias Avenue 37. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. are a distinctively Athenian landmark. among hundreds of establishments. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. MSyngrou-Fix. A quarter of a century later. tel. QOpen 09:00 . (+30) 210 3616098. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. €€€€. www. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. tel. €€€. Kolonaki. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . 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. MAmpelokipi.
PTJA Milos K5. Falirou 10. it offers modern Greek cuisine. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. Persefonis 41. Closed Sun. MSyntagma.00:00. Konstantinoupoleos 104.02:00. Metaxourgio.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. Thissio.02:00.inyourpocket. If you are a train spotter. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal. MAcropolis. If you are looking for real. 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. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). Chez Lucien A7. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. Closed Mon. €€€€. tel. €€€€. tel. QOpen 12:00 . among others. MThissio. (+30) 210 3638525. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. QOpen 12:00 . Sun 13:00 . served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. Impeccable white couches inside. €€€. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings).com . among others. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. PJAB ManiMani E8. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. (+30) 210 3476320. Troon 32. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. Pir eaus. QOpen 13:00 . that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. (+30) 210 3410107.01:30. (+30)210 9288400. PJAB Mamacas A4.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. QOpen 14:00 . excellent meats and real Cretan wine. (+30) 210 3464984. tel. (+30) 210 3240133. 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. PTA August . brought in from around the country. QOpen 13:00 . PJA (+30) 210 3464236. Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style.01:00. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. this is your first choice. Petralona. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. tel. €€. Adrianou 9. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. QOpen 13:30 03:00. A relatively new entry. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside.03:00. Closed Aug €€€. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . PTJB athens.01:00. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. tel. Vasilisis Sofias 46. Hilton hotel. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. MKerameikos. Kuzina C5. QOpen 12:00 . MThissio. tel. PJA Alatsi K5. As for dining here.01:00. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. (+30) 210 4080017. (+30) 210 7244400. tel. which is shipped in on a daily basis. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. Panepistimiou 10. €€. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. rabbit. PTJAB Kanella A4. low prices and a fashionable clientele. QOpen 20:30 . €€. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. €€.01:00. MEvangelismos. with a geat Acropolis view. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. (+30) 210 9218180. Gazi. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. 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. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. MAcropolis.Restaurants French tel. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Politicians and fellow journalists. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502.€30 per person €30 . it became an instant hit. QOpen 13:00 . Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 .they take no phone reservations. tel.17:00. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). Makrigianni. QOpen 14:00 .01:00. Snails. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. 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. MEvangelismos. M Piraeus. 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. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. Gazi. 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. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. €€. rabbit etc). tel. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. MKerameikos. Watch out for its live DJ sets. Closed Aug €€€. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. QOpen 13:00 . MKerameikos. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends.
€€. MThissio. An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. €€€€. Kidathineon 41. Closed Sun. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. 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. Thu 19:30 . Lefteris Lazarou. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. if you prefer to opt for sweets. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. tel. Sat 19:30 . Praxitelous 30. (+30) 210 3218733.gr. Valtetsiou 58. Plaka. €€€€. yet simple menu. QOpen 13:00 . His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. Pyrronos 5.B5. Closed Mon. MThissio. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. €€. 210 5228400. Syntagma Sq. QOpen 09:00 . Exarchia. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. QOpen . MOmonia.01:00. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). MSyntagma. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. QOpen 12:00 . or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. 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. PJN Doris E4.12:00.17:00.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel.16:00 & 19:00 .17:30. salvaged from demolition. Petralona.01:00. €€. Closed Sun. QOpen 20:30 . PTJNS Ilias C5. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service.00:00.01:00. QOpen 12:00 . Plaka. tel. Dorieon 36. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. www. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. 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. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. (+30) 210 3225084. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard.00:00. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets.spondi. Erechtheos 16. Exarchia.inyourpocket. 210 7520658. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. A daytime-only restaurant. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens.24:00. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. Pireos 80. MOmonia. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. €€. Pangrati. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. QOpen 14:00 . (+30) 210 3222210. €€€€. 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. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. Tue.gr. (+30) 210 3301369.Vouliagmeni. 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. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. Wed.01:00. Closed Sun. tel. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. 210 8960510. €€€. tel. €€. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. tel. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. 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. Closed Mon. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. Apollonos 40.18:00. PJAUB Yantes G2.varoulko. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . TJN Varoulko C4. Kerameikos. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. tel. Georgiou A. the main dishes. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. MSyntagma.www. PAUG Spondi I8. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. Sun 12:00 . it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. Valtetsiou 44. QOpen 13:00 . 210 3450288. tel. tel. MSyntagma. tel. Prices are dead cheap and. New York. tel. tel. €€€€. QOpen 20:00 .01:00. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual.0:30. Fri. a no-frills. Sun 13:00 . Metaxourgeio. (+30) 210 3232671. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. An old house. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore.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. MPanepistimio. (+30) 210 3821685. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood.com . right on Syntagma square. you won’t mind the bill.
but then again. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. 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. QOpen 12:00 .) / Mezedes (pl. 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. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. MMona- stiraki. €€. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. tel. PTJ 210 7237757. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. or ‘garides saganaki’. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes.September 2011 athens. Loukianou 26. Exarchia. (+30) 210 3413440. accompanied by its good quality house wine. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours.02:00. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. Popular varieties are the shrimp. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. QOpen 13:00 . 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. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. €€. Andrea Metaxa 30. PTJA August . you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting.and checked table cloths. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. MOmonia. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. Taverna tou Psirri D4.01:00. QOpen 12:00 . This meat-only restaurant looks like an old butcher’s shop and serves fine organic meats and local varieties of sausage supplied directly from every corner of Greece. (+30) 210 3641414. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. green peppers. Eschylou 12. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. tel. Closed Sun. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. simple. Lekka 22. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. (+30) 210 3304333. QOpen 13:00 . tel. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil.inyourpocket.19:00. PJA To Kafeneio I5. QOpen 13:00 . together with a generous amount of shallots. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. QOpen 13:00 . €€€. M Kerameikos. just don’t worry about it. cucumber. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. peppers (and less usually. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). Kolonaki. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). complete with wooden floors and chairs.com . Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. 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. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. As for the bill. Closed Aug 10-31 €€.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. (+30) 210 3214923.01:00. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. Of course. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3.01:30. aubergines and bechamel sauce. olives. Gazi. €€. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. raisins). Closed Sun. universally known as Greek Salad. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. the owners set up shop next door. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. pine nuts. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. €€. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. (+30) 210 3227298. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. tel. layered with mince meat. MSyntagma. open-air kitchen. QOpen 12:00 . Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. Psirri.01:30. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. Persefonis 19. tel.00:00. PJA M Panepistimio. Kolonaki. tel. €€€.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost.
Closed Sat. JBS GB Corner G5. is very easy to spot Nikitas.16:00. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. when all national newspapers were based downtown. ‘high-society’ crowd.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot.24:00. No Telephone. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. Very conveniently located. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. a meeting point for government officials. €. Q Open 10:00 . You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. but it is worth it. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. Q Open 12:00 . Evangelismos Grove. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. Agias Eirinis Sq. As expected. Q Open 12:00 . (+30) 210 3218219.01:00. 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. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops.16:00. JNS stiraki. tel. 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.late. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. tel.18:00. 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.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Sun. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. Do not expect seating and service. Psirri. take our word for it. €€€€. tel. M Evangelismos. That having been said. (+30) 210 3330000. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. none is served here. Evripidou 86. €€€. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. PJAW Kostas F5. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. Closed Sun. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. JS tel. Closed Sun. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. (+30) 210 3326000. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. tel. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. PJA Iroon Square E5. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. Psirri. Mr. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. €. JS Telis D4. MMona- Kosta E5. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. french fries. (+30) 210 3242775. tomato. €€€€. (+30) 210 3252591. Agion Anargyron 19.com . If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. tel. Every day. This classic brasserie. Q Open 12:00 . Q Open 13:00 . tel. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days.inyourpocket. MMonastiraki. This is actually an address as this place has no name. Closed Sat. tel. with a slight preference for fish and seafood. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. However. Hotel Grande Bretagne.16:00. Kostas is back in business. M Monastiraki. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. make up the GB experience. JBS 210 3228502. €€. MOmonia. QOpen 24h. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. But the souvlaki is top class. Q Open 12:00 . Sun. Central Market. €. Closed Sun. Q Open 13:00 . this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. Q Open 13:00 . These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. and its lovely garden. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. Art-deco atmosphere. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. from his narrow kitchen. MSyntagma. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. Sun. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 5150550. PJS Nikitas D4.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. M Panepistimio. MThissio. Iroon Square 6. Sun. a fridge and a sink. Closed Sat. 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. (+30) 210 721 08 93. €. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. Panepistimiou 52. Closed Sat. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. MThissio. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice.01:00. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. Pentelis 5. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. Q Open 12:00 . €. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. Psirri. €.
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. Naxos D5. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus .inyourpocket. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. PJA Sardeles A5. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. €€. If you’re looking for an unaffected. (+30) 210 3624825.01:00. €€. PTA Glykis F6. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. (+30) 210 3218222. JNB athens. tel. (+30) 210 3240716.September 2011 . QOpen 14:00 . Closed Mon. 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. MMonastiraki. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . but that’s our job after all. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. MMonastiraki. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. tel. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. €. €€. The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. MMonas- Rebecca D4. Plaka. QOpen 12:30 . PJA Ouzou Melathron D5.the ideal people-watching spot. tel. MMonastiraki. tel. Valtetsiou 51. QOpen 13:00 .02:00.01:00.01:30. (+30) 210 8230313. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses.with honey).Restaurants Salero G2. (+30) 210 3478050. Kolonaki. Closed Sun. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. 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. €€. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. Rethymnis 12. tel. (+30) 210 3813358. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri.01:30. MPanepis- Surreal F1. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. it manages to create a lively. tel. Food is more than satisfactory.00:00. Astigos& Philippou. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . youthful environment. MVictoria. with some innovative dishes on offer. QOpen 08:00 . tel.01:00. Omirou 11. Miaouli 22.01:00. Paleo Faliro. True to its name.02:00. PTJB tiraki. Tapas are always up for grabs. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market.com August . PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. QOpen 20:00 . QOpen 13:00 . MVictoria. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. €€.usually on weekends. Closed Mon. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. Persefonis 15.Thissio. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. Exarcheia. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. Gazi. Exarchia. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. (+30) 210 3223925. QOpen 13:00 . Agelou Geronta 2. Humble but real food. this is worth checking out. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. JB 9837498. Psirri. €€. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. Q Open 10:00 . MKerameikos. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. 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.
and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there.02:00. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. tel. Someone should finally set an example in this overcharging city and what a nice surprise: it was the brand new Acropolis Museum with its two cafés. Monastiraki. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact.com.. Kolonaki Sq. MMonastiraki. QOpen 07:00 . Closed Sun. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. magazines and board games. Adrianou 39.02:00.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. Skoufa 34. PJ Klepsidra E6. MSyntagma. (+30) 212 1006147. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. M Syntagma. 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. www. PJB Ginger Ale G2. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café.20:30. Wed. boozecooperativa. tel. Athens In Your Pocket . tel. video art projections and performances. MMonastiraki. This is not an ordinary café. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. MOmonia. Tsakalof 1. QOpen 10:00 . These days. QOpen 08:00 .00:00. JB Krinos E4. QOpen 08:00 . as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. tel.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. MThissio.late. 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. despite the occasional refurbishments. (+30) 210 3253323.24:00. tel. (+30) 210 3473133. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. Coffees. MAcropolis. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. a light lunch comes at low prices. Fri 08:00 .00:30. MVictoria. New Acropolis Museum. refreshing and healthy dessert. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. (+30) 210 3602497. 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. tel.02:00. Sun 11:00 . Avissinias sq 3. PTJUB Aiolis E5. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. Also loukoumades. PJB Inoteka D5. (+30) 210 3612850.50) and snacks and salads (€2. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. (+30) 210 3301246. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. Situated right next to the Museum. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. concerts. Monastiraki.00:30. There is a long wooden table. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. QOpen . you are right on Exarchia square after all.03:00. MMonastiraki. exhibitions. (+30) 210 3216852. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. Closed Mon. PJB Da Capo H5. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. Thu. MMonastiraki. tel. Kolonaki. QOpen 10:00 . 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. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. (+30) 210 3246446. Tue. cereal. that hosts a large number of art events. like fresh fruit. Booze Cooperativa. Themistokleous 74. continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. Aiolou 23. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. MMonastiraki. Akamantos 2. booze@boozecooperativa. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). PJ6E tel. tel. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. Exarchia. Famous outdoor café.15:30. QOpen 10:00 . it is rather a part of an alternative art house.24:00. Mon. QOpen 10:00 . tel. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. JB Filion H4. PJNB Booze E4. QOpen 08:00 . Kolokotroni 57. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. Thissio. New entry. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . (+30) 210 3240944. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building.02:00. Q Open 07:30 . You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. 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. Fri 07:30 . or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki.50-2. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. just step upstairs to the night club. (+30) 210 9000901. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. actors and high profile celebrities. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. This café has been around since the twenties. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. (+30) 210 3312839. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. tel. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). Monastiraki. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9.late. QOpen 09:00 . Plaka. tel. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too.20:00. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. that it is getting a bit boring. Sat 07:30 . Despite its unremarkable décor.50-6. (+30) 210 3212493.com. PTJNS Museum Café F1. Ginger Ale is no place like that. Aiolou 87.
You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and.03:00. tel. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. Plaka. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. PJ National Gardens café H6. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. (+30) 210 3229805. tel. 210 3257644. This bar is divided into 3 parts. sweet crepes. restaurant. It’s a strange combination but.02:00. Although they serve food. Iraklidon 10. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. M Kerameikos/ Thissio.20:00. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. www. progressive. Makry. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. QOpen 10:30 . It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. tel. a space for those who like a bit of both. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. bios. Closed: Aug 13-24. try finding a table next to the almond tree. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails.September 2011 . M Syntagma.brettosplaka.03:00. A sitting room for quiet conversations. €. sandwiches. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. PJA Stavlos C5. M Syntagma. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . One of the hottest night spots in town these days. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. National Gardens. www. a bustling section and. 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.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. London and New York. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . 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. (+30) 210 3245862. PTJ raki. (+30) 210 3232110. www. for this freestyle coffee shop. Kleitiou 6.gr. QOpen 08:00 . Skoufa 47-49. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. QOpen 12:00 .athenssportsbar. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. MSyntagma. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. M Panepistimio.01:30. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public.gr. soul and hip-hop. (+30) 210 3211158. tel.02:00. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. tel.22:00. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. tel.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. if you lose track of time. QOpen 20:00 . QOpen 20:00 . with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees.com. tel. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. QOpen 09:00 .23:00. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. (+30) 210 3643774. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . MAcropolis. QOpen 10:00 . tel.jazzy tunes. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. Monastiraki. QOpen 09:00 .3:00. The King’s stables once.02:00. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin.late. Panepistimiou 12. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. PJA Brettos F6. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. (+30) 210 3645888. it seems to work out fine. The café offers a large selection of snacks. If you visit in early spring. QOpen 09:00 . MKerameikos. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. Kydathineon 41. M Thissio. www. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. If you want to stay out of sight. now a café. MSyntagma. & Praxitelous Gallery. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. Pireos 84. MSyntagma. snacks. As for the music. Lekka 14.02:00. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. PJK Ambariza F5. it has been one of the big hits of the last season.an oasis in the noisy city centre. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky .gr. PJB Baba Au Rum E5.gr. Bios B4. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. a designer and his team. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. (+30) 210 3425335. A historic café that opened its doors again. As central as it gets. huge ice cream servings. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. bios@bios. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. A small café with character. QOpen 09:00 . tourists and all sports fans who love watching a game of their favourite sport the right way: with lots of beer and a fun atmosphere. A minimal bar. tel. PJB Bartesera F5. QOpen 11:00 . frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. a stage for live performances. Kolokotroni St. MSyntagma. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. tel. Thissio. Psirri. (+30) 210 3426322. Irodou Attikou entrance.01:00. QOpen 10:00 . We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement.stavlos. Kerameikos. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. Veikou 3A. try the upstairs level. 25. in the middle. Coffees. Service is efficient and polite. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. MSyntagma. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres.
Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. PJB Gazaki A4. tel. MSyntagma. MKerameikos. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. Minimal decoration for low profile people. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. MPanepistimio. Sofias Ave 46. 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. QOpen 10:00 . Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. QOpen 10:00 . With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. 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. (+30) 210 728 10 00. Syntagma. tel. glass in hand. QOpen 17:00 . even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. (+30) 210 3229374. Lekka 14. MKerameikos. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. (+30) 210 3458534. JB Nipiagogeio A5.03:00. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. Fri . QOpen 11:00 .02:00. MPanormou. Ampelokipoi. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. 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. tel. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. tel. 210 3226844. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3210233. QOpen 21:00 . 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. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113.com . there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. don’t worry. QOpen 21:00 . Closed Sun. with not-so-young regulars. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. QOpen 15:00 . and. 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. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration.02:00. MEvangelismos. past metro opening hours. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. with wood used as the key decorating element. 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).03:00. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. (+30) 210 322 77 33. It’s almost pitch black in there. tel. A wild-west touch. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. Gazi. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. a long bar. Stadiou 10. Should you decide to go out late. QOpen 10:00 . courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza.03:00.02:00. QOpen 10:00 . Amazing city view. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. tel. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. Situated on Karitsi Square. Athens In Your Pocket athens. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. In the summer or when weather permits. En Delphis G3. PJEK Capu F5. QOpen 11:00 . Triptolemou 30.04:00. Vas. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. PJ tel. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. as such. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. Live performances organised from time to time. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. Voutadon 42. tel. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. tel. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot.02:00. (+30) 210 3608269.02:00. Paradise in Persian. (+30) 210 3462007. Parnasou 3. Gazi. Agisilaou 61. tel. tel. (+30) 210 6911672. PAB Mai Tai I4. M Panepistimio. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A.Sat 10:00-01:00. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. Metaxourgeio. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Gazi. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. MKerameikos. QOpen 21:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Ploutarchou 18. MKerameikos. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. QOpen 21:00 . Original seventies. (+30) 210 7258306. tel. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife.inyourpocket. PJ Nixon B4. (+30) 210 3460901. MKerameikos. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake.12:00. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed.02:00. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. MEvangelismos. tel. (+30) 210 3413395. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. a happy medium.03:00. Driving there is also an option. PJ Hoxton A4. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types.03:00. Delfon 5. Vintage at its best. Pop. and those who come in later. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. Basically. all at the…appropriate price. Triptolemou 31. 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 . Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday.03:00. Kolonaki. If too much socialising makes you hungry. PA Pairidaeza F4. (+30) 210 3466055. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. Kolonaki. M Panepistimio/Syntagma.
playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. Christou Lada 1. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. MPanepistimio. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. what else? Fish n’chips. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. in the late afternoon. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while.03:00. an events space as well as a gallery. QOpen 10:00 . tel. www. souvlaki-gyros in hand. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif.S. tel.02:00. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. all cater for selective crowds of the city. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. One of our favourites. M Monastiraki. Fri. They may have to think again. depending on the resident dj. Triptolemou 44. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities.G. barrels. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. this is one street that’s always got something going on. order. tel. MPanepistimio. Music is mainstream. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. the soothing sound of jazz.O. porcelain and books. Avramiotou 6-8. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. a tiny. www. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. PJEB tel.If your stomach begins to complain. Established in 2008.gr. in the evening.com August . A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. www. fax (+30) 210 3235070.01:00. 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. (+30) 210 3623541.com. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Normanou 5. Sun 18:00 . The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. QOpen 10:00 .September 2011 . MMonastiraki. Q Open 12:00 . Monastiraki. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. (+30) 210 3244101. it serves coffee and sandwiches.02:00. tel.03:00. tel. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. email@example.com:00. Kolonaki. tel. Just watch your fingers. QOpen 19:00 . a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation.03:00. PJA Seven Jokers F5. Monastiraki. (+30) 210 3238757. Karitsi 10. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. MSyntagma. true to the originality of the establishment. tel. (+30) 210 3219225. Sun 21:00 . A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. QOpen 10:00 . Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. Kolonaki. QOpen 10:00 02:00. Freestylers and media staff love it here. Voulis 7. (+30) 210 3311555.Nightlife Priza Bar F4.stinpriza.inyourpocket. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that.02:00. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870.S has taken over with a bar. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . J6B athens. Karitsi Sq. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. tel.O. QOpen 21:00 . it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning.com.03:00. PJB Rosebud G4. Astigos 12.gr.03:00. MKerameikos.G. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. (+30) 210 3235055. Thissio. Skoufa 46. MMonastiraki. PJA Tapas Bar A4. Gazi. PJ Six D. nonetheless.theartfoundation. Good times to be had. 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. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd.jjoyceirishpubathens. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. Sat 22:00 . QOpen 22:00 . MPanepistimio. 6 D. (+30) 210 3471844. (+30) 2103210510.01:00. (+30) 210 3392370. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. A classic already. E5. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame.
The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. Baby Gold Syngrou 140.mousses. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination.gr. QOpen 23:30 . you could easily mistake it for a dance club. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. One of the oldest strip clubs in town.inyourpocket. Prices negotiated on the spot. That is not to say that what you get is cheap. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. Admission fee: €10.which is the strong point of this club . tel.gr. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. Admission fee: €15.grandritorno. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. you won’t regret it. (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back.com . grou 237. just off the Psirri nightlife district. www. 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. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. and Evripidou St. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. tel. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. and around Theatrou Sq.06:00.penthhouseclub.06:00. tel. 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). Otherwise.gr. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 .gr. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. www. which is lit even during the day. (+30) 210 7245233. A Baby O Pireos 171. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. Drinks cost €11. baby-o.06:00. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. Fortunately. post your own nightlife review at www. so you call it a bargain. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. Kallithea. (+30) 210 9316417.babygold.inyourpocket. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. (+30) 210 3477744.on the plasma screens too. However. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). www. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. gr. 210 9235576. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). www. (one drink included).32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. MMegaro Mousikis.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. 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. It is located a bit further out of the centre. Admission fee: €15. They also offer 20% discount to tourists. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. (+30) 210 9421264. As for illegal prostitution.gr. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. some quite explicit. alcatraz.06:00. QOpen 23:30 . as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. QOpen 23:30 . as a big city. tel. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100.06:00. you can watch the show . Most gentlemen’s clubs. tel. www. (+30) 210 9413079.06:00. as is their self-professed title. QOpen 23:30 . Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. 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. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. tel. Michalakopoulou 52. www. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5.
210 3210539. MAcropolis. will keep you busy for hours.06:00. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. Tue. though.gr. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. 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 . Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 .eu / www. Konstantinoupoleos 70.03:00. Gazi. Triptolemou 10.gr www. Admission fee: €15.myspace. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. As for our list. finger food and different music every night. and are just above Alexander Sauna. tel. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . tel. PJRD Myrovolos C3. www. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. It consists of two separate rooms. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. MKerameikos. QOpen 11:00 . Sun: Cruising Spa fun. There are th eme days. The crowds are young. tel. 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. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church.bigbarathens. 3 saunas.03:00. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. trendy and friendly. PJ Cafés ameikos. PJ My Bar E5. Friendly staff provide high quality service.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area. Q Open 23:30 . Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor).05:00. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. www. Gazi. 210 3468657. Closed Mon. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. Bars Big A4. come a long way during the last years. free WiFi.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. Ga zi. 2 jacuzzis. 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. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 .Gay athens thens is by no means New York. Wed: underwear. MKerameikos. Fri-Sun 19:00 .04:00. QOpen 20:00 03:00.scape. tel.alexandersauna. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. tel.07:00. Gazi. Metaxourgio. PJB MMetaxourgio. Kakourgiodikiou 6. Avdi Sq.gr. M Kerameikos. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers.noizclub.mybar. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. MKerameikos. Mon: Sports.September 2011 . PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. Q Open 23:30 . www. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. tel. Three visits tourist pass: €35. MKerameikos. MKerameikos. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. QOpen 10:00 . Megalou Alexandrou 134. They are fully air-conditioned with TV. tel.greekgayguide. The music is mainstream-dance.03:00. (+30) 210 3224771.gr. QOpen 23:00 . PJ Sodade A4. Happy hour: €10. 210 9224202. 210 3460677.eu / www. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. Clubs Kazarma A3. Tue: Bear.lesbian. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay.03:00.www. private bathroom. however. PJB tel. MKerameikos. tel. . and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. Gazi. Admission fee: €15. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination.04:00. Thu: Mixed ages. tel. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. MMonastiraki.athenspride. 210 3411003. Gazi.04:00. w w w. 210 5228806. tel. especially on the entertainment side of things. reasonably priced drinks. Lebesi 15. 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. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. 6946 282845.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . Gazi. www. Gazi. Fri: Go go boys. (+30) 210 3460667. Megalou Alexandrou 139.late. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. There is a large cruising area. Giatrakou 12.gr. tel. weekends 14:00-07:00. Polyklitou 6. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. Megalou Alexandrou 134. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life.gr August . Drinks are cheap.alexander-apartments. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. 33 A Lamda Club F8. Closed Mon. Psiri. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. www.com. 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. Gazi. As a visitor. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. It has.gaygreece. MMonastiraki. lotteries etc. www.
Dating back to the 5th century BC. A Athens In Your Pocket athens.or at least view . Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources.000 sq. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. the Erechtheion. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687. however. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . In all. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. leaflets. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses.m. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. the Areopagus. publications. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. while the majority of the restoration programmes and the project for the Unification of the archaeological sites surrounding the Acropolis is co-funded by the EU. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. liberty. Some monuments were reused as palaces. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. In 1997. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation.com . The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. 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. the Acropolis. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. knowledge. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. proper measure. churches. with detailed signs. 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. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. The monuments are intrinsically linked with the birth of Democracy and they symbolise a precious part of the cultural heritage of Greece and western civilisation ever since. The 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. but more so at the hands of man. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. the Ancient Agora. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens .harmony.the most important monuments. mosques and residential areas.000. The Acropolis and its surrounding area .are at the historical heart of the city. Walking through them. beauty. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark.including the Acropolis Slopes. musical and dance performances. virtuous competition and democracy.inyourpocket. with whole areas (such as the East. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon.
www. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles.theotheracropolis. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. 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”.September 2011 . August . 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. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. With the predominance of Christianity. 210 3210219. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC).com’ project. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Set in a site covering 30.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. the Erechtheion.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. where the works of the Aeschylus. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. (the Parthenon. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy.D7. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king.com 6th Century BC. 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.inyourpocket. the Erechtheion. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. built in the 2nd century AD.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. The collective behind the ‘www. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. thought and art flourished. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). Sophocles and Euripides were performed. patron goddess of the city that took her name.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe.m. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. MAcropolis. tel. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon.000 sq. There. QAdmission: €12.theotheracropolis.000 sq. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. especially during the 5th century AD. Zeus and Apollo. it was home to the cult of Athena. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. The 70. In the golden age that followed. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later.m. tries to introduce us to the different faces. established in the athens. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC.E7. by the king of Pergamon.C. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. Eumenes II. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. the Propylaea . After the Acropolis itself.. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas.
built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. to the west of the Acropolis. and the other. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. with many important road axes. Athens In Your Pocket athens. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. religious festivals. with shops. site of the Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian includes the two large Roman monuments north of the Acropolis and east of the Ancient Agora. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. commercial exchange. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian.its religious. From the 6th century BC. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400.This area.inyourpocket. MMonastiraki. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. were held. the gate bears two inscriptions . The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. political and commercial centre. reads ‘This is Athens. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus.m.m.the first.com . the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami).parthenonfrieze. 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. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . facing the Acropolis.000 sq. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. The Agora was a large. storerooms and offices. The Western Hills C6. If you are an archaeology buff. 210 3210185. The ancient Koile road. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy.m. Hadrian’s Gate F7.000 sq. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens).gr. learn about the frieze. take thematic interactive tours. were held. tel. play games.7.parthenonfrieze. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. wind vanes. educational and cultural centre. next to the Ancient Agora.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. During the 5th century BC. Amalias Ave.000 sq. Melite and Koile. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). the state archives and philosophical schools. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. northwest of the Acropolis. 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. or Philopappus Hill.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. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. the ancient city of Theseus’. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D. The 28. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. Thissio. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site.
athens. in 132AD. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. QAdmission: €2. Built between 447-437BC. 210 3214172. 210 9226330.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. Q Admission: €12. Kerameikos & museum. tel. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. MAcropolis. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). Plaka. tel. tel. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. Baroque. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. Tripodon St. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. who used it as a study room. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. Arditos Hill. in the late 19th century. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times.19:00. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit.September 2011 . Boulanget and E. the earliest theatre in the world . the Ancient Agora & museum. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. the tyrant Peisistratus. 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. due to the economic crisis. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. MAcropolis. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. As a result their opening hours vary. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. as well as the Renaissance. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. The stadium opened its doors again last April.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. Further. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. 210 3251744. MSyntagma. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. the Roman Agora.com August . 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. But this year. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. the god of wine and revelry. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. In 1669. Free for pass holders. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. Today. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. known as the ‘Philhellene’.inyourpocket. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father.
the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. the neighbourhood continues below. while the collection of unusual. the remnants of streets. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times.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. Nearby. Then. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. Amongst the artefacts from households. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities.inyourpocket. houses. something pottery buffs will delight in. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . Walking into the museum. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. 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. of an Athenian neighbourhood. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. 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. With light. space and angular lines. 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. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. Receiving 90. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life.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.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’.com . expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance.000 visitors in its opening week alone.
one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC.20:00. Emperor Caracalla. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. 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. tel. Fri 08:00-22:00 .history really does come alive here. MAcropoli. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none. Finally. regardless of the debate. and the advent of Christianity. In fact. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. 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. 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. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. faces are the real winner in this section. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. as well as Lucius Verrus. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15.What to see snakes. Admission fee: €5. perched atop the Acropolis hill.September 2011 . and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. The Propylaia. Indeed. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. something the ancient Greeks never forgot. A number of reliefs are also on display. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. 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 Roman period. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. the cast makers’ excellent work. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC.inyourpocket. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. 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.gr. one can admire the inner frieze. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body.especially on the west pediment . in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. However. info@theacropolismuseum. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. 210 9000901. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery.Closed Mon. – 5th Century AD. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon.grQOpen 08:00 . the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. athens. Nevertheless. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. Agrippina the Younger. she seems to be crying.are plaster casts. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians.com August . Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. 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 .theacropolismuseum. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. www. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures .
a lobby.benaki. Fri 09:00 . Archaic. a gallery. third millennium BC). Lange and remodelled by P . thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. Epigraphical Museum F1. housing a unique.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. Mycenaean. Classical and Hellenistic items. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. MSyntagma. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. A gift shop is available. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. 210 3671000.14:00 & 18:00-20:00.13:00 & 18:00-20:00. firstname.lastname@example.org also very instructive. Ziller (built 1866-1889). QOpen 09:00 . 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. fax 210 3671063. designed by L.15:00. recently refurbished.cycladic-m. Sun 10:00 . fax 210 8225733. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. Saturdays: €2.15:00. tribute lists. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. Sun 11:00 . religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece.indeed. Tositsa 1. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building.com.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. 210 8217724. eleven rooms. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. Admission fee: €5. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. records. 18-26: €1. art. Museum shop. a large hypostyle corridor. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. Wed. Thu 10:00 .gr. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. Bronze Age. 210 7232178. www. Admission fee: €6. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. Its more than 20. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. Q Open 08:30 . its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy.24:00. Minoan. M Omonia.3. tel.inyourpocket. email@example.com:00.bsaverof. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. . Q Admission fee €7. tel. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. Closed Mon. H. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. QOpen . fax 210 7239382. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. eam@culture. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) .15:00. a 3. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. Benaki Museum H5. Set in a beautiful building. 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. Vlachos and E. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. Closed Mon.gr. Sun 09:00 . revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. 7228321 .gr. ema@ culture. Trokadero. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. Its permanent collection is vast . tel. tel. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . Admission fee: €4.gr. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium).gr. Sat. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. the first half of the twentieth century. 22. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection. tel. www. Closed Tue. Geometric. Mon. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas.gr/. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. QOpen 08:30 . 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. Decrees. 1. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. Closed Tue. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. Tue.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era.and early Christian periods.com . Thu 09:00 .13:00. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections.20:00. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age. Free admission. Kalkos.17:00. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. Thu 09:00 . tel. QOpen 10:00 . concessions €3.5. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic. Amenities include a children’s area. fax 210 8213573. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. www. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. 210 8232950. MSyntagma.17:00. MVictoria. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c.
Ermou 148. QOpen 13:00 .gr. Mon 11:00 . It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. 13:00 -21:00. Islamic Art Museum C4. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. students. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. tel. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse.14:00. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. from the 12th to the 19th centuries.com / info@herakleidon-art. info@herakleidon-art. www. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. spell to turn into a swallow 2006.16:00. Admission fee: €5. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.-Sat. Vasarely. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12. Admission fee: €5.inyourpocket.gr. concessions: 2.jewishmuseum. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.benaki.gr. Closed Mon. 210 9221044. such as M. in a picturesque neoclassical building. Closed Tue. tel. tel. Escher and V.15:00.herakleidon-art. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. www. MThissio. QOpen 09:00 . America and Asia.19:00.C.21:00. concessions:€1. ANCIENT CULTURES 25. MThissio. as well as seminars designed for students. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. Nikis 39. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). 210 3463552. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.00 & Saturday 9. Closed Sat. Admission fee: €4. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. 210 3225582.19:00. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. under 19 yrs: free.gr.gr. Admission fee: €2. islamic_collection@benaki. Sun 11:00 . Sun 11:00 . fax 210 9237358.gr. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. fax 210 3231577.gr.herakleidon. Sun. 16 Herakleidon str. concessions: €4. Wed 09:00 . 210 3251311.21:00. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis.gr athens.6 25. such as funeral urns. QOpen 09:00 .September 2011 © Jan de Bie. QOpen 09:00 .gr Museum hours: Tues.culture. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. concessions €3. MAcropolis. QOpen 08:00 . linocut .9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. Ag.gr. info@jewishmuseum. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. concessions: €3. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.C. Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. Herakleidon 16. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society.: 210 3461981 www.) Thissio. tel.00 .com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . www. Europe. Wed 09:00 . 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7. fax 210 3225550. Admission fee: €6. Sun 10:00 . Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. Far East and North Africa. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens.19:00. Monday Closed www.16:00. www. MSyntagma.21:00. Middle East. MThissio. Jewish Museum F6. Closed Mon. 210 3461981. 11:00 -19:00.14:30. fax 210 3458225. tel.11.00. A giftshop is also available.
melt@melt. Closed Mon. 210 7709855. http://www.18:00. Concessions: €3. fax 210 9245200. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. QOpen 09:00 .16:45. 210 3237617.16:45. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. 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. with special focus on the Second World War. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. Closed Mon. Diogenous 1-3. inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament.culture. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. tel. fax 210 3226979. Among its collections are works of art. 210 3453111. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. M Syntagma. QOpen 10:00 . civic emancipation and democratic institutions. QOpen 09. costumes. MEvangelismos. MKerameikos. Admission fee: €3. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). this Museum preserves. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. Sat. Closed Tue. The architecture of the building itself is very original.15:00. tel. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. MPanepistimio. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. Wed 12:00 . The Museum of Contemporary Art.inyourpocket.has organised some very successful exhibitions. 210 3231397. QOpen 10:00 . Paparrigopoulou 5-7. from 1837 up to 1843. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. This Museum. through to the mid 19th century. Adrianou 24. Admission fee: €4.14:00. Closed Tue. Plaka. tel.benaki.16:00. Free admission. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. traditional costumes. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. 210 9242111-2. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art.com . Admission fee: €2. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. Goudi. QOpen 08:00 . it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece.14:00. Stadiou 13. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. tel. Kydathinaion 17. photographs. MKatechaki.14:00.gr. wood and stone carvings. Among its exhibits are embroidery. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. flags. royal portraits and weapons. War Museum I5. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. fax 210 3220765.15:00. Mon 11:00 .the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . MAcropolis. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. 210 3254119. Closed Mon. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . Sun 10:00 . since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records. National Historical Museum F4. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. www.15:00. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings.athenscitymuseum.gr. records.42 What to see War Museum tel. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. Pireos 138. A giftshop is available.00 . Admission fee: €6. protocol@emst. MThissio. Free admission. 330BC). showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). up to the present day. consessions: €1.gr/. From the 17th century to the present. concessions: €2. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. MSyntagma. Plaka. 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. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. Concessions: €2. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. 210 3229031. Rizari 2. tel. QOpen 09:00 . items of furniture and household objects. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. 210 3210185. weaving. religious icons. tel. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. tel. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). as well as silver.14:00. QOpen 09:00 . paintings. fax 210 3250198. Sun 10:00 . Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. Closed Mon. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th .but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit.
www. gelismos. QOpen 10:00 . while plans for its expansion are underway.15:00. Wed 9:00 . Free admission. Webster 5. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. MEvan- Sep 11 . Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. QOpen 08:30 . www. Normanou 5. 210 5246580. Tue.com August . as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely.gr. 7 days a week.15:00. QOpen . Sun. theatre performances. contemporary music.20:00. woodcuts.What to see companies. www. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. fax 210 922 0193. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. tel. Sep 19 . It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. 210 7235857. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. nationalgallery. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . MMonastiraki. (+30) 6988391684. Closed Mon. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art. a well-equipped library. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive.gr/. fax 210 7224889. athens. as well as models and historic photographic archives. 210 7519042.gift ideas.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. Closed Mon. open discussions and lectures. MSyntagma. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. theory of art and poetic contemplation. Michalakopoulou 1. Railway Museum Siokou 4. Admission fee: €6.inyourpocket.gr. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. performance. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Closed Tue. tel. protocol@ nm. Fri. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. 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.14:00. Nikolaos Gyzis. when the group was created until today.gr. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. Sepolia.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. www. Georgios Iakovidis.culture. Yiannis Moralis. fax 210 3635953. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou.org. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. Recording actions’. postalmuseum. Thu. accessible to the public year-round. 210 3643774. 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. tel.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. Nikolaos Kounelakis. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. tel. multimedia installations. tel.5.nma. cropolis. http://www.13:00.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Sat. tel. concessions: €3.18:00. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. QOpen 09:00 . Yiannis Tsarouchis.gr. Nikiforos Lytras.24:00.org.spyrosvassiliou.theartfoundation. Closed Mon. Admission fee: €3. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. Its exhibits include more than 600. film screenings. Closed Sat. historic tram trains. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas.22:00. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. Wed 12:00 . at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). concessions: €2. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . Admission: free.made salads. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tue. Closed Mon. QOpen 08:00 .000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. literary presentations. Sun 10:00 . Sun 10:00 16:00. Fri. postmuseum@elta-net. 210 9231502. (+30) 210 3238757. Free admission. Sat 10:00 . Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. A haven for the railways aficionados. Paintings. instruments and mechanics’ tools. fax 210 7519279. Its amenities include conservation laboratories. such as tickets.September 2011 .14:00. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. Panepistimiou 12.
a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. Panepistimiou 21. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). Free admission. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. As is the case with most churches in Greece. bankof gr e ece. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. struggle for Greek Independence. Bank Of Greece F4.gr. www.parliament. with 3 apses on the east side. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. 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’). dedicated to Aghia Varvara. Papadakis and N. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. MOmonia. the bell tower was added later. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea.Athens Academy . Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. In a poll. w w w. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. MPanepistimio. This is a cross-insquare construction.com . MMonastiraki. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. Syntagma Square. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. Panepistimiou 47. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. M Panepistimio. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. Syntagma.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou.gr. As for the interior. since 1934. which is open to the public. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. 210 3707000. was later added to the north side. has housed the Greek Parliament. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. they date to the 19th century. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. As for the imposing wall paintings. info@parliament. Monastiraki. Sun 10:00 . following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. this church dates back to 1065 AD. Overlooking Syntagma Square. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. mou & Kapnikareas St.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. MSyntagma. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. The official inauguration took place in 1938. M Panepistimio. the palace was completed in 1843. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. 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. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. The building was designed by archi tects K. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5.inyourpocket. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. M Syntagma. A chapel. It is cross-in-square shaped. is located in the forecourt of the building. QOpen . Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. it was erected around 1050AD. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. the first monarchs of Greece. MOmonia.gr. Sat. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus.20:00. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. As for its background. Panepistimiou 2832. MPanepistimio. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. The last known restoration was in 1840. tel. fax 210 3692170. National Librar y . Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is currently undergoing restoration.
which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. 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. Ag. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. This historic Obser vatory. Cemeteries Av. M Acropolis. M Syntagma. 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 . is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. as well as for European heads of State meetings. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. MOmonia. while its Minaret has been removed. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns.September 2011 . Surrounded by beautiful gardens. Old House of Parliament F4. E5. Mets. and who have no known grave. athens.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. commercial events. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). Monastiraki Square.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. 1973. Zappeion G6. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Most famous Greeks are buried here. MThissio. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. which was formerly a Royal Residence. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. in 1759. it is now used for international conferences. Closed Mon. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples.1932. & Vas Olgas. The imposing Presidential Palace. M Monastiraki. Amalias Observatory C6. columns.14:30. Admission by invitation only. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. 2. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. marble sculptures.What to see National Theatre D2. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. the Nymphs. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. which were violently put down on 17 November. Kyristou 8. MOmonia. Stadiou 13. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. Today. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. It was founded around 1837. died in Greece. Alimos. This building. that points to the four points of the horizon. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume).inyourpocket. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. Patision (28th October) 46. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. MSyntagma. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. MSyntagma. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. Konstantinou 22. in order to commemorate the event. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. QOpen 10:00 .com August . Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. Hill of MSyntagma. situated in the forecourt of the University. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. Plaka. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance.
entomological. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre.com. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. MKifisia. QOpen 10:00 . Thu. Plaka.gr. DJs and live music. tel. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time.02:00. Greek fauna species like: wolves.com . trampolines. Closed Mon. Spata. a café-restaurant. iWERKS Shows: €8. www.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. QOpen .gr. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. islands. Seniors: €10. complete with a pirate ship. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. Haidari. botanical. a café. zebras. www. m. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. 210 3312995. and climbing towers. foxes and wild cats. MKallithea. 210 6634724.gnhm. www.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . Rentis. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character.eugenfound. the biggest children playground in Greece. 212 2540000. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. Sat 10:00 . situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. Entertainment Park covering about 40. as well as a parking area.16:00. Sun 10:00 . with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. Sat. creative and inquisitive faculties. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. A taxi ride costs about €10. 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. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. Sun 10:00 . in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. Sun 10:00 .21:00. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. www. gr. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment.14:30. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. 210 4256990.gr. Buses: 126. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). fax 210 8080674. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. Closed Mon. Family and member tickets also available. gift-shop. Waterslides of every kind. M Syntagma. This Centre.20:30. 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.gr.14:30. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. info@gnhm. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora.14:00. A2. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. Amenities include special educational programmes for children.copacopanapark.000 sq. Wed. by general acclaim.gr. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. 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. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. Children.edu.15:00. QOpen 17:00 . swimming pools. concessions: €3 (€4).01:00.allou. Wed 09:00 . Free entrance. Tue.m. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. Sun 10:30 . the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. including an attic and garden. This is home to the largest and. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. QOpen 09:00 .01:00. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. 210 8015870.. bears. Admission fee: €14. tel. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . tel. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre.gr.gr. www. E16. Tholos: €10. Sun 10:00 . 210 9469641. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. Tue.hellenic-cosmos. children up to 12 yrs: €12. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. waterfalls and the Magic Town. tel. many reptiles. Athens In Your Pocket athens. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. Bus No: A16. carousel. Attica Zoological Park Yalou.gr.20:30. a number of African mammals like giraffes. 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. tel. Yet.02:00. Fri 10:00 . fax 212 2540123. internet-access area and giftshop. info@hcm. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. B16. tel. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. drop by the Eugenides Foundation. Closed Sat.15:00. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. www.02:00. Q Open 09:00 . www. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. 210 5576006. geological and palaeontological exhibits. including state-of-the-art technological applications.gr. There is a café. zoo@atticapark. fax 210 3312996.sunset.000 square metres. Admission fee: €4-6. fax 210 6634726.atticapark. Fri 17:00 .inyourpocket. Weekdays: €17. 12th km Athinon Ave. tel.hcm. Sat. hellenic_cosmos@ime. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails.
Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. Zappeion Garden G7. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . QOpen 08:00 . cool trees and popular ponds. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. Olgas Av. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. 401. Sun 10:00 . make up a favourite stroll for everyone. scenic stroll. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. Dafni and Agia Var vara. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. August . 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.15:00. some of which are exceedingly rare. Iera Odos Avenue. if impractically situated. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). Vas. MSyntagma. the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. Amalias Street. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. MVictoria. 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 . by the funicular or by car. MSyntagma. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. Sat.14:00. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. Its meandering benchladen paths. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. Acropolis. Extending over a vast area of 1. National Gardens G6.14:00. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6.September 2011 . MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. Irodou Attikou St.
There is an additional charge of €1.gr. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates.com . also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. 210 5028574 Hermes tel.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. e careful as some taxi drivers .gr. daytime tari f f (05. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f. Taxis 185. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. always ask for the meter to be on. 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. alb ei t slower fashion. w w w. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. the tram is the way.usually operating at airpor ts . 210 4115200 Icaros tel. Plus. This is defini tel y t h e m o s t c o n ve n i e n t means to getting around Athens. night-time tari f f. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. 210 3636508 Asteras tel.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. www. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. gr. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. 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.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. no less) and in a less crowded. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station.ask for a receipt. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network.65 for an appointm ent. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route.16 .00-24.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3. 210 6144000 Ellas tel.00). train and bus stations. w w w. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. Star ting price is at €1 . Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station.07 from and to harbours. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. B Metr o tel. 210 6792399. 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 ).39 .oasa.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel.ametro. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board.19 per km for the double. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses.inyourpocket. tramsa.€5. and €1 . 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.68 per km for the single. 18 300 Protoporia tel. I f you have to use a taxi. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some.
gr.hertz.September 2011 athens. K4 Omonia Sq. G5 Kanigos Sq. craving for a chocolate. H5 Syntagma Sq. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78.gr Run out of cigarettes. info@batek-europcar.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. Europcar Tel. reservations@avis. 210 6879600. tel. 800 11 800 12.gr. www. 210 6264000. 210 9890000 TNT tel. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. reservations@budget-athens. fax 210 2882050. gr Kolonaki Sq. need a condom. www. feel like reading a newspaper. www. firstname.lastname@example.org Budget Tel.europcar.gr. MPanepistimio. 210 8981444.budgetathens. 210 9984000 August .inyourpocket. Mitropoleos 3. fax 210 6264409. www. www. fax 210 6879610. or worst of all.com.com . Car rental Avis Tel. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. F2 Mavili Sq. fax 210 3493417.gr. 801 11868868 UPS tel.gr National Tel. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. 210 3493428. tel. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. IVIS Travel Internet Service. 210 2882151.
sell. Kifisia. Sat 07:30 . 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. Sun. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. Sun. MSyntagma. airlift. Marousi. Venizelou 32. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. 210 9218076. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. tel. Malev Panepistimiou 15. tel. Glyfada. tel. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. 210 3534020. Sun 09:00 . tel.20:00. tel. MMetaxourgio. tel. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. Closed Sat. Sun.gr. tel. Zaimi 36-38. QOpen 07:30 . Glyfada. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. Closed Sat. tel. Albanian Panepistimiou 15.17:00. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. QOpen 07:30 .20:00. Closed Sat. Sun 09:00 . tel. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. tel. tel. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. 210 5225277. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. Syntagma Square F5. tel. 210 3531101. Sat 07:30 . 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. MAkropolis. Makrigianni F7. Argyroupoli. 210 7244404.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada.14:00. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. MMarousi. 3rd Septemvriou 28. Closed Sat. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174.14:00.Central PO E3. tel.gr. 210 8093771/210 8093777. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. Exarchia G1. Sun. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. . 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 210 3534245. Swiss Sorou 18-20. 210 3217650. tel. QOpen 07:30 . Argyroupoli. Cyprus Athens International Airport. tel.inyourpocket.20 for registered and €2.14:00. tel. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. British Airways Themistokleous 1. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25.14:00. tel. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7.90 for express mail. Gulf Air Nikis 33. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. 210 3216024. tel. Mitropoleos 60. Thermopylon 42. Omonia E2. QOpen 07:30 . 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. Kolonaki I5. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. tel. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. Closed Sat. tel. tel. 210 9967870. www. tel. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Emirates Syngrou 128. tel. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. Sun. MVictoria. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. MSyntagma. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. Aiolou . Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. Glyfada. tel. tel. Delta Athens International Airpor t.13:30. Air China Filellinon 24. 210 5233636.20:00. Nikis 33. tel. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35.gr. MMonastiraki. Marousi. tel. tel. tel. tel.14:00. Acropolis rock. Closed Sat. port: 210 3530101.13:30.14:00. Metaxourgio C3. MAkropolis. Argyroupoli. 210 6175200. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. Closed Sun. tel. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. tel. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. 210 8219570. head to Syntagma Square. Turkish Athens International Airport. MOmonia. Sun. 210 3622054/210 3634572. Buy. tel. Olympic Syngrou 96. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. 210 3218143. 210 3537600. airlift@airlift. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). Kotzia Square. 210 3237573. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. tel. karafil@abi. fax 210 9967872. tel. Plaka F6. Add to that €3. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Sun. 210 3235831.com . 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. tel. Marousi. tel. 210 9692020/210 3531237. Mitropoleos E5.14:00. QOpen 07:30 . tel. QOpen 07:30 . Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. QOpen 07:30 . here is a list of centrally located post offices. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. Aiolou 100. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. QOpen 07:30 . The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. tel. Thai El.14:00. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. tel. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. LOT Panepistimiou 15.gr. info@ abi. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. MEvangelismos. MOmonia.70.
OSE (Greek Railways) info tel.com. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. 210 4115015.gr. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. Arr. 210 athens.Crete and Greece . KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel.superfast. Pireaus. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office).bluestarferries. 17. 210 8919800. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. 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.gr.September 2011 14505 8919509. Pireaus.com.gr.gr.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. sales@nel. 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. Voula.inyourpocket. tel. tel. email@example.com. www. 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. Only over the last twenty years. ose. Crete. tel. Ferry connections between Piraeus . Ferry connections between Piraeus .gr.gr. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. 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. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St.Crete and Greece .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. 185. www. However. 1441.trainose. info@minoan. 210 4199000. www. 1110.nel. www. tel. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways .hellenicseaways.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. August . 1110.anek. 210 4145700. Heraklion. for the rail journey lovers. some of them otherwise inaccessible.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30.com. www. Arr.gr.minoan. 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. In fact.com . bluestarferries@bluestarferries. tel. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. tel. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. Arr. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. www. Connections to Lesvos. tel. Online reservations: http://tickets.
F1-Zaimi 10. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins.athensmetromall.notosgalleries. Omonia Sq 4. gift shops (yes. All shops close on National Holidays. this sprawling. so in those establishments it is best to double-check.plaisio. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. There is a branch on every other corner. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. and as regards local colour. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. 211 1802600. fax 211 1802698. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. Sat 10:00 . www. Finally. www. are closed). 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). MOmonia. enticing city. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. wine and spirits shops. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. Electronics. is a different story. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. Tue. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. Then again. underwear. Sat: 09:00-15:00. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours. info@ collector-shop. On the other hand. But the lower end of Ermou Street. Computers & Gadgets Germanos.germanos. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. Athens In Your Pocket . All top brands priced accordingly. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. Furniture. tel.collector-shop. QOpen 10:00 . Ippokratous 3. A visit to the charming Plaka district. The largest computer and office supply chain. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. Closed Sun. F5 Public. Kotzia Sq. of course). Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. fax 210 3221440. www. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops.-Stournari 19 & 24. chaotic. The Mall . Wed. time to tackle the next question: where to shop.notosgalleries. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. MOmonia. wondering where to head off shopping. 210 3318248. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. 210 3255564. fax 210 3318249. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). cosmetics.gr. www.themallathens.public.hondoscenter.com. tel. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. Designer brands at great prices. tel. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. you guessed it. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. Syntagma. Thu. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. M Nerantziotissa. Oh. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. 210 3743000. www. At the opposite end of the spectrum. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. www. MSyntagma. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. shoes. Upmarket department store. Plaisio. 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. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. travel accessories.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki).gr.gr. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). and take our word for it.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. www. This is a great shopping spree destination. City Link. banknotes and a large collection of stamps.gr.com.atticadps. MAg. Notos Home Kratinou 5. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. jewelry. 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. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items.20:00. www. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. tel. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. www. www. MOmonia. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list.the biggest in the city.gr. M Syntagma. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. Head here for urban wear. (See our list).gr. banknotes and stamps.gr. as well as in boutiques. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). 276. Merlin 6.21:00. gr. F1-Voulis 3.
Ag. 171. 790. accessories. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station. 155. 154.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. B3. 219. a play area. B4. a bank and many other services. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens.com August . 109.gr athens.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. 816. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. 219.: 09:00-20:00 Sun. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. Clothes. shoes.inyourpocket. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. electronics. 276. Dimitrios.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av.:09:00-21:00 Sat. X97. 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. A4.: Closed.September 2011 . Dimitrios. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. 208. – Sun. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. Ag. A3. 276. Shops: Mon – Fri. 113.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. a beauty salon. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun.athensmetromall.
€ $ £ Mc Donald’s Big Mac 3.20 4.54 2.78 Loaf of white bread 0.75 1.06 0.65 Snickers bar 0.80 1.13 0.70 0.7L of vodka 16.00 22.72 13.92 0.5L bottle of beer 1.20 1.70 1.04 20 Marlboros 4.00 5.68 3.48 Public transport ticket 1.40 1.99 1.22 Cinema ticket 8.50 12.00 7.40 Exchange rates (as of 28.07.2011): EUR=1.42USD EUR=0.87 GBP ies, as well as an outspokenly subversive-yet-glamorous diva, confident enough to pull off these exciting creations in style.
Parthenis H4, Dimokritou & Tsakalof 20, Kolonaki. Casual chic designer label, offering sophisticated garments using exclusively natural fibres for those who opt for style and comfort in one. Orsalia Parthenis’ creations can aptly be characterised as unaffected and simple, yet quintessentially elegant.
Compendium Nikis 28, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3221248,
firstname.lastname@example.org. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines
Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, email@example.com, www.benaki.gr/museumshop/en. A tasteful selection of replicas of ancient Greek and Byzantine art, as well as an interesting selection of jewelry, prints, ceramics, antiques, religious icons and books. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Thu 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Tue. shop offers all kinds of rosary beads, known as ‘kombologia’ - in Greece they are used for pleasure and for aiding concentration and are especially favoured by older men. It is also recommended against stress and, believe it or not, as an aid for quitting smoking. A gift with many uses…
Benaki Museum Gift Shop Koumbari 1, Kolonaki,
Stadiou 10 & Omirou 4, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3225294, fax 2103232289, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. dbo.gr. German books are not widely available in Athens but this excellent buchhandlung perfectly covers the needs of German locals and travellers.
Deutsche Buchhandlung (German Bookshop)
Eleftheroudakis Panepistimiou 17, MPanepistimio,
Kombologadiko H5, Koumbari 6, Kolonaki. This specialty
tel. 210 322938, email@example.com, www.books.gr. Expats’ favourite hang out, this 7 storey bookshop boasts a large English section with all the paperbacks you’re likely to wish for before you head to the beach and then some.
Fashion Bookstore F5, Thisseos 6. An interesting little
bookshop selling exclusively fashion magazines from around the world.
Melissinos, The poet-sandalmaker Agias Theklas 2, Psirri, MMonastiraki, Thissio, tel. 210 3219247, info@ melissinos-poet.com, /www.melissinos-poet.com. Fancy a pair of hand-made ancient Greek sandals made by a world famous...poet? Stavros Melissinos has crafted sandals for celebrities like the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Sofia Loren and has featured in newspaper articles all over the world. He runs his workshop together with his son, an artist. National Archaeological Museum Gift Shop Patision
(28th October) 44, MVictoria, tel. 210 8217724, fax 210 8213573. Recently refurbished and expanded, it offers a wide selection of replicas of ancient artifacts, as well as a comprehensive collection of guide books on ancient Greece. An interesting selection of gift ideas and memorabilia is also available. QOpen 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 13:00 - 19:00.
Librairie Kauffmann (French Bookshop) Stadiou 28, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3255321, fax 210 3230320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kauffmann.gr. A historic bookshop supplying local francophones since an era when French was the foreign language of choice among educated Greeks. Travel Bookstore Solonos 71, MPanepistimio, tel. 210
3616943, This excellent travel bookshop belongs to the top Greek cartography company ORAMA Editions, which is our map supplier. A visit here is essential before any excursion to the countryside, where you’ll have a huge choice between top quality maps and travel guides covering every last corner of the country and all international maps and travel guides series. If you mention you’re an In Your Pocket reader, the bookshop’s experienced staff will happily give you an extra discount.
Celia Kritharioti F6, Dedalou 8, Plaka. Internationally acclaimed Greek designer, her creations are feminine, sensuous and elegant. She is also well known for her wedding gowns and lovely sequined and hand-embroidered garments, many of which are strewn with semi-precious stones and crystals.
Zolotas G5, Panepistimiou 10, Stadiou 9, www.zolotas.
gr. Fine jewellers since 1895. Inspired by classic Greek art, their creations are objects of desire for every female with fine taste and finesse. If a knickknack souvenir is not your cup of tea and you have a corresponding bank balance, then walk in one of their posh boutiques and spoil yourself or your beloved.
Ioanna Kourbela F6, Adrianou 109 & Hatzimichali 12,
Plaka, www.kourbelaioanna.gr. Innovative fashion designer Ioanna Kourbela takes the national body conscious image to a whole different level with a barrage of billowing fabrics twinned with creative layering, seeking to showcase the female form in a completely different way to what we’re accustomed..
Loukia H5, Kanari 24, Kolonaki. Unique designer label that manages to exude an aura of romance, unconventional creative originality and theatrical extravaganza, all in one. Loukia’s clothes are simultaneously reminiscent of a fairy tale princess, with flamboyant tulle, ruffles, laces and embroiderAthens In Your Pocket
Koukos F6, Navarchou Nikodimou 21, MPanepistimio, Tel. (+30) 210 3222740 www.koukosjewellery.gr Koukos is one of the most popular Greek quality jewellery brands. Since 1970 the collection has adopted designs inspired by the ancient Greek and traditional jewellery. In their shop you’ll find complete collections with visible references to the Greek popular and Byzantine tradition as well as contemporary design trends. Also fine Italian tin collections, hand made replicas of Byzantine icons and old traditional ceramics. athens.inyourpocket.com
Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) Athinas
Street (between Evripidou & Sofocleous Streets), MMonastiraki, Omonia. An extravaganza of sights, smells and sounds, here you will be treated to a very wide selection of spices, herbs, cheeses, olives, meats, fish and all sorts of gastronomical delights. Take a pick from the wonderful selection of nuts, herbs and dried fruits - you will be hard pressed to find these back home. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.
Aristokratikon F5, Karageorgi Servias 9. The city’s
premier sweets and pastries emporium, with an extensive array of delicious hand-crafted sweets and chocolates, made with the finest local ingredients.
Tattoo & Piercing
Black Rose D4, Pallados 16, Psirri, MMonastiraki,
tel. (+30) 210 3238610, www.blackroseta2.gr. If you are up for a permanent souvenir from Athens, then head to Black Rose, one of the top tattoo and piercing studios in the centre of the city. Professional art work, safety and hygiene are guaranteed.
Every Athenian neighbourhood has its own open air fruit and veg market on a specific day of the week. Licenced producers bring their fresh goodies from their farms to the big city neighbourhoods. Prices start high in the morning but in true market fashion get really low towards midday. One of the best and well worth pottering around is in Kallidromiou St. Exarchia, every Saturday morning.
Fruit & Vegetable street markets (Laiki markets)
Traditional Food Products
ucts of exceptional quality and many international awards. Extra virgin olive oil, olives, and dips to take home with you. Available in large supermarkets and the airport duty free shops. Mastiha Shop G5, Panepistimiou & Kriezotou and Athens Airport, www.mastihashop.gr. All mastiha products brought to you by the association of Chios mastic growers. These exclusively Greek product makes the ideal gift to bring home if you want to avoid an ‘ouzo power’ t-shirt! Try the natural chewing gum and the sweet liquor. A full range of natural cosmetics is also available. Mesogaia Hamosternas 14, Kato Petralona. Delicatessen selling delicious local speciality foods from around Greece, such as extra-virgin olive oil, the local spirit, “raki”, a diverse array of cheeses and a fragrant selection of wild herbs.
Gaea Products, www.gaea.gr. Greek traditional prod-
Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou & surrounding
streets, MMonastiraki. It has lost some of its old days charm as modern shops have replaced the stalls, but it remains the absolute Athenian open-air, vibrant, peoplepacked, shopping/haggling experience. Head here if you are looking for antiques, collectors’ items, vintage clothing, old music records and books, homeware, leatherwear and souvenirs. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00.
A full series of natural cosmetics produced with propolis, honey, royal jelly, rosemary, green tea and fruits. Greek products that make perfect gifts for anyone back home. Korres, www.korres.com. Started as a homeopathic pharmacy, Korres now produces more than 500 skin and hair care herbal products, sold in more than 30 countries. Greek women love them as they are 100% natural.
Apivita G4, Solonos 26, Kolonaki, www.apivita.com.
American Markets . Ermou 30, D5, 2nd floor tel. 210
3217870, Ermou 48, D5, 1st flor tel. 210 3215740, Sofokleous 19, E3, 1st floor tel. 210 3217051 Yesterday’s Bread Kallidromiou 87, Exarchia, tel. 210 8811233. Imported second hand clothes.
Camper Ermou 34, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3216709. Kalogirou H5, Patriarchou Ioakim 4, Kolonaki. The ultimate fashionable shoe shop, with top international labels as well as its own-brand discerning designs. A must-visit destination for all shoe afficionados. The world’s grooviest shoes!
AB Vassilopoulos www.ab.gr. Supermarkets are rare in downtown Athens, they tend to concentrate in residential areas. Some central branches of the best supermarket chain AB Vassilopoulos can be found at the following addresses: -Vouliagmenis 67 & Menonos, Mets, F8 -Marni 24, E1 -Spyrou Merkouri 38, Pangrati, J6 -Keiriadon & Sfiton, Petralona, A6 -Mavromichali 157 & Digeni Akrita, I1 QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. athens.inyourpocket.com August - September 2011
Albania Vekiar eli 7, Filothei, tel. 210 6876200. Australia Kifisias 1-3, tel. 210 8704000. Austria Vas.Sofias 4, tel. 210 7257270. Belgium Sekeri 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617886. Bulgaria Stratigou Kallari St, Psyhiko, tel. 210 6748106. Canada Ioannou Gennadiou 4, tel. 210 7273400. Cyprus Herodotou 16, tel. 210 7237883. Czech Republic Seferi 6, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719701. Denmark Vas.Sofias 11, tel. 210 7256440. France Vas.Sofias 7, tel. 210 3391000. Germany Karaoli & Dimitriou 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 7285111. Hungary Karneadou 25, tel. 210 7256800. China Krinon 2A, Psichiko, tel. 210 6723282. Ireland Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7232771. Israel Marathonodromou 1, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719530. Italy Sekeri 2, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617260. Japan Papadiamanti 21, Psichiko, tel. 210 6709900. Netherlands Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7254900. Nor way Vasilissis Sof ias 23, tel. 210 7246173. Poland Chryssanthemon 22, Psichiko, tel. 210 6797700. Romania Emmanouil Benaki 7, Psichiko, tel. 210 6728875. Russia Nikiforou Lytra 28, Psichiko, tel. 210 6725235. Serbia Vasilissis Sof ias 106, tel. 210 7774344. Slovakia Georgiou Seferi 4, Psichiko, tel. 210 6771980. South Africa Kifisias 60, Marousi, tel. 210 6106645. Spain Dionysiou Areopagitou 21, tel. 210 9213123. Sweden Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7266100. Switzerland Iasiou 2, tel. 210 7230364. Turkey Vasileos Geor giou 8, tel. 210 7263000. UK Ploutarhou 1, tel. 210 7272600. USA Vasilissis Sofias 91, tel. 210 72129519.
Alpha Bank Stadiou 40, tel. 2103260000. ATE Bank Panepistimiou 23, tel. 210 3298911. Bank of Greece (Central Bank) Panepistimiou 21,
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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-
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Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
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Athens Academy .G.inyourpocket.S.66 Index ABI (air business international) 50 AB Vassilopoulos 55 Acropolis Museum Hotel 20 Adecco 57 Aegean 50 Aiolis 28 Alatsi 23 Alcatraz 32 Alexander Sauna 33 A Lier Man 29 All Year Travel 58 Alpha Bank 56 Ambariza 29 American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) 57 American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 American Markets 55 ANEK LINES 51 Apivita 55 Arethusa 20 Aristokratikon 55 ATE Bank 56 Athens Backpackers 21 Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) 55 Athens Centre 57 Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Athens City Hall 44 Athens Exchange 56 Athens Metropolitan Cathedral 44 Athens Sports Bar 29 Athens Stock Exchange 44 Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company 56 AthenStyle 21 Attica 52 Attica Zoological Park 46 Australia 56 Austria 56 Baba Au Rum 29 Baby Gold 32 Baby O 32 Balthazar 22 Bank Of Greece 44 Bank of Greece (Central Bank) 56 Bartesera 29 Belafonte 29 Belgium 56 Benaki Museum 40 Benaki Museum Gift Shop 54 Big 33 Bits and Bytes 49 Black Duck Multiplarte 22 Black Rose 55 Blues 29 Blue Train Café 33 BNP Paribas 56 Booze 28 Boschetto 26 British Council 57 British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 Bulgaria 56 Buses and Trolleybuses 48 Butcher 25 Byron College 57 Byzantine and Christian Museum 40 Camper 55 Campion School 57 Canada 56 Capu 30 Celia Kritharioti 54 Cellier Le Bistot 23 Cervantes Institute 57 Chez Lucien 23 China 56 Church of Aghioi Theodoroi 44 Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea 44 Citibank 56 Classical King George Palace 18 Collectors shop 52 Commonwealth war cemetery 45 Compendium 54 Copa Copana 46 Czech Republic 56 Diammond Dolls 32 Dioskouroi Café 28 Dioskouros 21 Doris 24 Dowlings Solicitors 57 Efta Thalasses 27 Ellinogermaniki Agogi (German) 57 Epigraphical Museum 40 Eridanus 19 Eurobank 56 Fair Consulting 57 FC&D 57 Ferries departure info 51 First cemetry of Athens 45 Folli Follie 54 Foundation of the Hellenic World 46 France 56 French-Greek School 57 French Institute 57 Fresh 19 Galaxy Bar 30 Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) 30 Gazaki 30 GB Corner 26 General Secretariat for Investment and Development 56 German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Germanos 52 Germany 56 Gialiskari 27 Global Business Services 57 Glykis 27 Goethe Institute 57 Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art 40 Granazi 33 Grand Ritorno 32 Hard Rock Café 22 Hellenic American Union 57 Hellenic Center for Investment 56 Hellenic Children's Museum 46 Hellenic-Chinese Chamber 56 Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry 56 Hellenic Foreign Trade Board 56 Hellenic Ministy of Economy and Finance 56 Hera 19 Hondos Center 52 House of Parliament (Vouli) 44 Hoxton 30 HSBC 56 Hungary 56 Ilias 24 Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum 41 Il postino 25 Inoteka 28 International Business Services 57 Intrepid Fox 30 Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) 23 Ireland 56 Islamic Art Museum 41 Israel 56 Italy 56 Jackson Hall 22 Japan 56 Jewish Museum 41 Kafeneio Thissio 28 Kantor 57 Kappari 24 Kavouras 26 Kazarma 33 Kerameikos Museum 41 Kiriakoulis Mediterranean 58 Klepsidra 28 Kosta 26 Kostas 26 KPMG 57 Krinos 28 KTEL (intercity buses) departure info 51 Lamda Club 33 Livadia 26 Mamacas 23 ManiMani 23 Manpower 57 Marfin Egnatia Bank 56 Melissinos.com Athens In Your Pocket athens.O.com .Athens University 44 National Theatre 45 Natural History (Goulandris) Museum 46 Naxos 27 Netherlands 56 New Benaki Museum 42 Nixon 30 Norway 56 Numismatic Museum 43 Numismatic Museum Café 29 OASA (urban transportation) info 51 O'Connell's 30 Old House of Parliament 45 Omiros 20 Orphee Beinoglou 58 OSE (Greek Railways) info 51 Ouzou Melathron 27 Pan 21 Parliament 57 Pedion tou Areos 47 Periscope 19 Piraeus Bank 56 Poland 56 Polish Community School 57 Postal and Philatelic Museum 43 Postal Savings Bank 56 President 19 Prime Minister 57 Railway Museum 43 Rebecca 27 Red Indian 22 Remax Hellas 57 Revaizi 23 Romania 56 Royal Olympic 19 Rozalia 24 Russia 56 Saint George Lycabettus 18 Sarantitis Law Firm 57 Serbia 56 Seven Jokers 31 Six D. 31 Skoufaki 29 SOL SA 57 Soul Kitchen 22 South Africa 56 Spain 56 Spyros Vassiliou Museum 43 Stavlos 29 St Catherine's British Embassy School 57 Stratos Vassilikos 20 Surreal 27 Sweden 56 Taverna tou Psirri 25 Temple of Olympian Zeus 37 The Art Foundation (TAF) 31 The Athens Gate 20 The National Gallery 43 Titania 20 To Kafeneio 25 Toy Bar 31 Tram 48 Travel Plan 58 Triantafyllo tis nostimias 25 Tudor Hall 24 Turkey 56 UK 56 USA 56 Vernicos Yachts 58 Wagamama 22 Zappeion 45 Zappeion Garden 47 Tell us what you think about our guide: We’re all ears! athens@inyourpocket. The poetsandalmaker 54 Metropolis 21 Mondial Forwarding Hellas 58 Mousses Club 32 Museum of Greek Folk Art 42 Museum of the Ancient Agora 42 Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments 42 National Archaeological Museum 40 National Bank 56 National Gardens café 29 National Glyptotheque 42 National Historical Museum 42 National Library .
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