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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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E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S Athens In Your Pocket Harilaou Trikoupi 22 106 79 Athens Greece e-mail: athens@inyourpocket. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August.inyourpocket. 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). Vilnius. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. Athens In Your Pocket athens. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. riots are not.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. as many places close for a few days at least. to call and check before your visit. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. All rights reserved. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. regardless of the impression given by the international media.com www.com . it is very likely that they will be back in September. (+370-5) 212 29 76). (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011.V. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. However it is advisable. Lithuania tel. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. 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. Since the economic crisis struck. in Croatia (Šibenik). (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. eat. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. no matter what you have seen or read. in Austria (Vienna). Our answer is of course yes.com www.K. We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. tel. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. especially around August 15th. com/inyourpocket). drink and see. we have the best places to stay.inyourpocket. And as always. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities.inyourpocket. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk). 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 trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15.
active and innovative. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people.com August . athens. where you must change to enter the metro system. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. situated 27 km (16. Athens. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. banks. 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 . gastronomy. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. but that of course depends on the traffic. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. highly-qualified. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. newsstands. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. George Kaminis Mayor of Athens Arriving by boat From Italy to Patras : There are many connections across the Adriatic Sea and a few ferry companies operate between the Italian ports of Brindisi and Ancona and the port of Patras. Finally. enjoyable and rewarding stay. invigorating and meaningful experience. democracy. multilingual human resources. be it for business or pleasure. Athens is a global capital. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. among others. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). Belgrade and Istanbul. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. day and night life.e. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). shopping. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square.September 2011 . there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour.90). Easily accessible and strategically located. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. spiritual landmarks and sport.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. innovation. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. who are friendly. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. professional services. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. discover new ideas and speak their mind. To get to town you have a choice between metro. If you are too far (i. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. cafés. fairness. you will soon discover. Indicatively. hospitable environment. car hire. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. bus.inyourpocket. and wish you an exciting. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. Full of life and passionate about their town. taxi and. If you have your own car. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. suburban railway.8 miles) east of Athens. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. loudly and clearly. We welcome all visitors to Athens. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. unlimited development potential. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). of course. 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.
Mastiha is another pleasant. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. laws are there to be broken.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. 1. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. However. 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. 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. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. but then again. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. It is. 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.944 sq km (51. however. 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. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. protected species. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy.com . you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. Strangely enough. Finally.9 million Total territory: 131. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). If you are arriving from non-EU countries. clubs etc. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. explosives. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. you shouldn’t worry. flammable gases. with a pine resin flavour.917m Length of coastline: 15. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10.U. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. weapons. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution.inyourpocket. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. Disabled travellers Unfortunately.. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. sweet-tasting spirit. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. which make very good wines.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers..2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. nuclear or biological substances. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess.e. In fact. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. i. 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. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. However. which is added during fermentation. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. in practice. Diluted with water and ice. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. no less.
within-app dialling and web browsing. And like In Your Pocket guides. well-written and independent information . even showcasing original archaeological material). 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. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers.with the functionality of the iPhone. and find the cafes. and more are being released all the time. especially as a sole traveler. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest.obvious correctness of these views. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. 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. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Petty crime does exist.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps.com August . Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. meaning something between a sense of honour. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. This is known as ‘filotimo’. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. 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.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. 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. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. although it revolves around them.. as well as at the Airport shops. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. If you go out to dinner with locals. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible.inyourpocket. They tend to think that the rest of the world. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. 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. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. currency exchange calculator and local weather information.up-to-date. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. but if you avoid certain areas. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . athens. If you avoid questioning the. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. there is no way you will be allowed to pay your share of the bill and if they ask you to stay over at their house. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. accurate. and keep an eye on your belongings. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same).September 2011 . Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts.But that’s fair enough. but for that same reason. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe.. bars and restaurants closest to you. Finally. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. Or so the public water company says. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap.
take our word for it). a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. Athens In Your Pocket athens. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. giota (ι). 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. 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. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals.com . Police emergency tel. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. 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). 2002. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. 166 Fire Service tel. 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). lead to a full-scale revolt). which is the maximum time allowed. (αι) is pronounced e. with mathematical precision.inyourpocket.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. 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. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. As a result.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks.. This measure was introduced back in 1982. Once you remember the above. €6. over and under ground. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. 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. 100 Ambulance tel. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. but that’s about it. practice and time. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. As for understanding. 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. this comes at a price: Parking lots. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. (ου) is pronounced oo. Like their Balkan counterparts. legitimate music prices have been slashed during the last few years and you can now buy top-selling music from €5 (which is the same as the price for a pirate copy!) The Greek alphabet The Greek alphabet looks scary but once you learn how to pronounce each letter and combination of letters you can actually read Greek! Just give it a few minutes and you’ll be surprised. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). 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..
Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. Thission C6. tel. Just before the Olympic Games. Cine Paris F6. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. drinks and -of coursecigarettes.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. Psirri. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. 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. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Exarchia.and rightly so. making it a completely different cinema experience. 210 3369370 The poshest of all.tel. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. Plaka. Thissio. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. Zappeion Garden. 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. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat..com August . tel. Themistokleous 82. 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. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. a fact that. Apostolou Pavlou 7. Aigli G7. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. Switzerland and the US. Sarri 40-44. 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. New Zealand. tel. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. the streets. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . according to animal welfare organisations. 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). Against all odds. Together with your chosen movie. Norway. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. 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. Dexameni Sq. Japan. like everything else in this country. are: Cine Psirri D4. plays movies catering to all tastes. tel. 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.. Most are small gardens in their own right. 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. Ten percent is considered generous. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. each with its own distinctive character. surely enough. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. code is +30 210 athens.inyourpocket. vaccinated and sterilised. however. Kolonaki. Australia. Israel. a real treat for sultry summer nights. something around five percent is the most common practice.September 2011 . Cine Dexameni H4. Canada. 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.. it will be the final nail in their coffin. Iceland. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around.U. However. but in wonderful Greece. constitutes bad publicity for the city. The truth is. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. tel. This was. Vox G2. It is the most atmospheric of all. you can enjoy food. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. 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. Kydathineon 22.
600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. an Athenian herald. During this period. the son of Peisistratus. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. c. Legend has it that Pheidippides. Athens In Your Pocket athens. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. that he survived. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. c. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. Sulla attacks the city. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. The Parthenon. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. construction of the first Agora.inyourpocket. In his grief. sculpture. creation of a people’s court). Ionians and Dorians. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. In 451BC.10 BC history c. architecture. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. science. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. all flourished. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. at the mouth of the Hellespont. Aeolian. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League.com . Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. 356BC: Alexander the Great. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. Aegeus. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. Rebuilding of Athens begins. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. drama. 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). Democracy.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. is built between 447-437BC. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. philosophy. held at Olympia. is born in Pella. Sigeum. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 510BC: Hippias. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. king of Pontus. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. c. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. During this period. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. among other architectural masterpieces. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. son of Philip II. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. including Pericles. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. which lasts until 446. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. Aeolians. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again.
Before his death. following popular uprisings. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. 1973: In November. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. 1949: The National Army. under the Treaty of Lausanne. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. 1952: Greece joins NATO. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. Ioannis Kapodistrias. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium.com August . giving the country its final shape. “No”. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. advancing towards Albania during the winter. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. Serbia. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. 1913: Second Balkan War. 1941: In April. which is renamed Constantinople. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. After a month of intense fighting. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Military regime collapses in Athens. is crushed with bullets and tanks. Crete unites with Greece. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. is partially destroyed. Britain. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. Greeks take to the mountains. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. In December. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece.September 2011 . The Acropolis. the guerrillas surrender. based on religious faith. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. 1940: After occupying Albania. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. The Byzantine Empire is established. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. mainly in Athens and other major cities. athens. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece.inyourpocket. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. on October 28. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. 1912: First Balkan War. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. End of the Byzantine Empire. Presidential democracy adopted. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. Italian and Bulgarian forces. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain.000 dead. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. being on the winners’ side. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. King Constantine II flees the country. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. More than 50. with heavy support from the US.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. Greece. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia.
together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. Countless tourist shops.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. A4 Bordered by Pireos. rockers and anarchists. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. if you wander off the beaten track. Enter the National Gardens. Fortunately. show off and decide the future of the country. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. students. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. Iera Odos. Allow at least two hours for your visit.com Athens In Your Pocket . The Athenian élite of politicians. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. Exarchia F2.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. exhibitions and festivals take place. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. M Omonia. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. taking in the golden sea views along the way.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. MSyntagma. 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. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. models and powerful businessmen. mingle.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks.G2. However. Patision (October 28th) Streets.MSyntagma. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. The nightlife here is excellent. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. 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. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. Kolonaki H4. Board the metro to Syntagma station. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). leftists. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. if posh dining is more up your street. 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. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday.com athens. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue. most dating back to the 1970s. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down.inyourpocket. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. Akadimias. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. Beach attire. M Kerameikos. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. athens. right in the centre of Athens. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. Monastiraki. high profile journalists. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. Enjoy your leisurely ride. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill.inyourpocket.E6.H5. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. 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). All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. actors. head to Kolonaki.
The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences.September 2011 .C5. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine.C3 Bordered by Pireos.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. clubs. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. gritty and colourful. D2. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. 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. (Since then. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. One of the oldest districts of Athens. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. street traders. Philopappou Hill. Syngrou Ave. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. as the masses started to move elsewhere. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). Countless bars. 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. theatres. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. MAcropolis. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. weird and suspicious figures. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. Iera Odos.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. MThissio. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. MKerameikos. Syntagma. MMonastiraki. Evripidou Streets. athens. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. occasionally. but. The food is generally average. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. 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. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. Thissio. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. the pride and joy of the capital. Makrigianni hasn’t so far had very much to offer the visitor except its proximity to the ancient monuments and some tourist shops and restaurants. MMonastiraki. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood.E3 MOmonia. Athinas and Ermou St. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. with a new bar. Pireos.com August .D3. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. at night.inyourpocket. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era.F4. Ancient Agora. Ermou. Philopappou hill. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. workshops. Like many other European cities.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. with some exceptions. Panepistimio. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening. Buzzing and ugly.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. or a Sunday afternoon.E5. Metaxourgio B3. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way.E2. lottery ticket sellers and. Achilleos Streets. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination.
cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). bus stop Lagonissi. 34 km. 8 km. Bus E22 Agia Marina. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. if you drive. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. 28 km. Weekends: €17. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. As a general rule. children €13 Yabanaki. children 6-12 yrs: €8. Lagonissi 40km Tel. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . Bus E22 . Weekdays 10:00-sunset. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. Daily: 08:00-20:00. Parking weekdays: €6. Astir Beach. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. hats and everything else you may need.com . towels. the price includes the use of the swimming pool sun-beds and towels (and often lockers and changing rooms) and you can buy drinks and light snacks from the pool bar. children €8 Weekends € 25. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. Alimos 10 km Tel. Bus E22 . Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. Daily: 08:00-19:00. Sunbeds incl. Varkiza 27km Tel. for a fee of course. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. Tram. all days. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. Finally. Admission: Weekdays: €8.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. 210 8902000 Tram. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. weekends €11. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. 64 km. As a rule. Tram. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. 44 km. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. Grand Beach. Weekends 09:00-sunset.5. 15 km. remember to bring a bottle of water. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. 69 km. children under 12 free. Or. Children under 6yrs free. Alimos.inyourpocket. if you are really lazy.
The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. a few days.com August . A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. But strikes – be they for a few hours. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. Flexibility is key. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. and a country crippled by constant strikes. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. When a strike scuppers your plans. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. Athens is a city best seen by foot. Most strikes are announced in advance.ekathimerini. athens. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical.gr – has information in Greek and English. take to the streets.September 2011 .Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. Locals take it all in their stride. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. not the rule. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. Just a few blocks away.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. think about taking the bus or tram instead.oasa. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May.gr for regular updates. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. you may be a little surprised. If you are staying at a hotel. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. The trains. Life goes on. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. and reliable English information can also be found online. That in itself is a good start. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. only to find they’re not operating. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage.000 years ago. In addition to TV and radio news. don’t despair. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. Welcome! Looking around.com. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. 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. consider the alternatives. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. Instead. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . Greek society has not imploded. pulsating with protestors and police. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down.inyourpocket. So. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. Check out livingingreece. It means that no air traffic controllers. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. 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. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning.
It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. 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.gr www.24:00.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. 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.gr / www. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56).tickethouse. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities.15:00.17:00. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. tel. Of Scottish extraction. €35 www.i-ticket. There. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi. Sat: 09:00 .Pulp Terra Vibe .Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum.gr. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. at the start of the eighteen fifties. he took his first steps as a photographer. QOpen Mon. dating from 1853-54.gr/www. Fri. Egypt and Damascus in 1857. 1 Koumbari St. & Vas. 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. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama.€40 14/9. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20.inyourpocket. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage . 210 367 1000.benaki. Admission fee: €7. Thu 09:00 . Wed. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections.gr athens. Sun 09:00 . Sofias Ave MSyntagma. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . www.ticketnet. where he lived out his days. Malta in 1856.ticketpro. the Holy Lands.
MMonastiraki. Concessions:€4. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. (+30) 210 3238757.. and explores the fields of theatre. theory of art and poetic contemplation. tel. Free admission. 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.gr. when confronted with the remains of our collective past. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. MThissio.24:00. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5.theartfoundation.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. multimedia installations.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. using our own editors. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . Under 12: Free. Normanou 5.. to date. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). Sun 11:00 . including the Greek. Recording actions’. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. when the group was created. Sep 19 . directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. without official members.com/inyourpocket.com August . You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. Roman. Jul 21 . D5. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. 210 3461981. Admission fee: €6. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View .com.. to contribute installations on the same theme. Iraklidon 16. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki.herakleidon-art.inyourpocket.September 2011 .19:00. and Egyptian. tel. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). (+30) 6988391684.21:00. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 .gr. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Kind of. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. writers and local researchers as presenters. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. the need for their message to reach its recipient. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. each artist. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. performance. Closed Mon. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts.. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis.www. contemporary music. Closed Aug 1 . athens. www. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. who reside in the Netherlands.
You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. Plaka. Singles: €160-250. tel.oandbhotel. What we need to point out is its Spa. www. reserve@ oandbhotel. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. MSyntagma. Q 22 rooms.com. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. Suites: €500-€5000. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. Internet is of course free-of-charge.semiramisathens.000. Doubles: €180-400. www. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. fax (+30) 210 3250504. www. Superior rooms: €295-450. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative.. MEvangelismos. Q 102 rooms. Syntagma Square. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. then look no further than Semiramis. Q 15 rooms.com.avahotel. Internet is free of charge. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. info@ grandebretagne. Leokoriou 7. An immense fitness centre. fax (+30) 210 7281111.Naomi Campbell.athens@hiltoncom. Tudor Hall. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. Most impressive. www.com. Doubles: €130-160. Singles: €150-200. Needless to describe its amenities. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. MThissio. a beauty salon. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. Maria Callas. www. tel.gr. (+30) 210 3259000. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. 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. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. Vas.com. If you have a few thousand euros to spare.gr. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. tel. 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. salesepath@electrahotels. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600.grandebretagne. 5persons: €250280.com.hiltonathens. www.210 3443590. no less. Doubles: €190-210. barber’s shop. MSyntagma.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3370000. info@avahotel. Singles / Doubles: €180-300.electra-hotels. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. com. tel. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city. tel. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. info@semiramisathens. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. Suites: €500-10. Q 524 rooms. but you can always book a suite with living room. you can wind down in the silent room. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. Recently.gr. a place of complete relaxation. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. MAcropolis. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. Triples: €140-170.gr. fax (+30) 210 3241875. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. Nikodimou 18-20. Kifisia. Although accommodation is ample. Psirri. Q 154 rooms. (+30) 210 7281000. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. 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’.com. fax (+30) 210 6284449. Syntagma Sq. In Your Pocket will not stop crying out that Athens is in desperate need of reasonably priced accommodation at all levels and our list of recommendations is primarily based on the premise of the fairness of prices charged A during turbulent times and from its balconies. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. Sofias 46. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. is the list of its famous guests. Pure luxury. Suites: €300-550. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. www. Athens In Your Pocket athens. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. cigar store. Lysikratous 9-11. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. Vasileos Georgiou 3. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. as well as countless kings. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. fax (+30) 210 3259001. this hotel is a temple of modern living. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite.Doubles: €160-250. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. the 7th floor French restaurant. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. tel.com . fax (+30) 210 3312942. The subtle luxury. reservations. MSyntagma. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. (+30) 210 3312950. Aristotle Onassis and. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. though. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul.gr. 4persons: €230-270.gr. kgpalace@classicalhotels.. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history.classicalhotels. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. as you‘d expect from a city of its size.
this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. (+30) 210 3378000. Q 106 rooms. fax (+30) 210 7213965. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. MVictoria. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. tel. with a sauna and a hamam. www. Kolonaki. Q 126 rooms. tel. MAcropolis. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. fax (+30) 210 9211650. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration.gr. quite often with live music. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. info@periscope. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. Michalakopoulou 57. tel. 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. melia-athens@solmelia. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. (+30) 210 9236832-6. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. herodion@ herodion. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. www. Q 150 rooms. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. free Internet access. Singles: €90-110. Suites: €220. Triples: €160-230. Q 516 rooms. stays open until 02:00. Renovated in 2010.inyourpocket. with a high degree of privacy. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. w w w. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. right across from the New Acropolis Museum. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. (+30) 210 7297200.periscope.com inyourpocket. www. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Doubles: €100-120. Chalkokondili 14. Singles: €110-200. Standard: €120-170.gr. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. www. Hermes bathroom sets.gr. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill.athensparkhotel. tel.September 2011 .gr.melia-athens. value for money. Overall. (+30) 210 7240861-9.gr. Park Hotel Alexandras Av.president. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope.com. Rovertou Gali 4. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. a meeting point even for non-residents. Q 22 rooms. One of the top small hotels in the city. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum.com.for thnet. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. MAmpelokipoi. Try out the fitness centre.gr. fax (+30) 210 5200550. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500.com. (+30) 210 Hera E8. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. Q 38 rooms.. The fitness centre. Suites: from €170. Doubles: €120-250. Doubles: €100-150.com.com August . An excellent. Singles: €100-130. Singles: € 90-120. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. Wi-Fi Internet is free. (+30) 210 5205360. www. tel. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. 10 suites. www. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. herahotel. Q 38 rooms. Acropolis view: €150-190.gr. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. eridanus. info@athensparkhotel. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. Haritos 22. Avenue bar. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. Wooden floors. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. tel. eridanus@eridanus. info@herahotel. 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. Doubles: €110170. MSyntagma. www. www.gr. A non-smoking wing is also available. Situated on Ermou street. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. MSyntagma. a good. Safety freaks have finally found their haven.herodion. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. Falirou 9. 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). Singles: €150-170. Breakfast will brighten up your day. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. goldenage@ath. Q 122 rooms.gr. Suites: €200350. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. reservations@president. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. fax (+30) 210 9238269. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians. Pireaus 78. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. 10. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. firstname.lastname@example.org. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. Doubles: €165-190. Suites: €200-250. 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. tel. gr.gr. MOmonia.. (+30) 210 6989000. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. If you have some extra euros to spare.gr.Where to stay Electra F5. tel. highly recommended hotel.gr. Ermou 5.goldenage.electrahotels.
MSyntagma.inyourpocket.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. attaloshotel. www. MAcropolis. Arethusa F5. Q 84 rooms.acropolismuseumhotel.nikihotel. Singles: €50-70. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. tel. an extra definitely worth asking for. fax (+30) 210 9223615.gr. Acceptable. www. email@example.com. Singles: €95-205. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner.com. just two minutes walk from the metro. firstname.lastname@example.org. Apollonos 15.arethusahotel. (+30)210 9288400. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. Rooms are basic.1. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. A fine meeting room. MSyntagma. Q 385 rooms. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. Some of the bathrooms. (+30) 210 9249050 . Singles:/Doubles €80-100. tel. 210 3229431. The location is very convenient too. Q 230 rooms.athensgate.com. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. fax (+30) 210 3229439. Q 22 rooms. are more than spacious. Magna Grecia.gr.royalolympic. Plaka. Mitropoleos 6. tel. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. PTJAR hhh Titania F3.tac. These days. 1 suite. info@acropolismuseumhotel. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. www. www. free Internet. especially in executive rooms. Q 40 rooms. fax (+30) 210 9216938. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. Doubles: €100-225. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. www.gr. fax (+30) 210 9215342. (+30) 210 9223611-4. info@royalolympic. The rooms are comfortable. a library. Suites: € 200-250. www. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. fax (+30) 210 3300700. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. so will you. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. www. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. no doubt. To name a few. Named after an Athenian nymph. Suite:€110-130. tel. the rooftop restaurant.gr. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Syngrou 48. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport.com. 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. info@nikihotel. Q 50 rooms.gr. PTJARGW hhh athens. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. € 100-180. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. This 1930s building was once a clinic. a gym and Ioannis. (+30) 210 3212801. Singles: €60-80. com. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. tel. tel. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. Family: € 200. Singles: € 75-90. arethusa@ traveling.gr. Singles: €100-150. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. Q 80 rooms. tel. Q 72 rooms. Just off the centre of action. tel.gr. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. MSyngrouFix. fax (+30) 210 3243124. www. The facade stands out as it combines a modern glass surface with ancient architecture elements and the facilities on offer are excellent and include a swimming pool. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. Doubles: €60-80. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. Singles / Doubles: €125 . tel. Athinas 29. M Acropolis. Makrigianni. gold and a few ancient replicas.com . MSyntagma. info@attaloshotel. Olive Garden. Mitseon 3. www. Singles: €90-120.gr. A sister hotel of Herodion. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on.gr. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. Suites: €270-340. there’s something Parisian about it.gr. Large central hotel. MAcropolis. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Doubles: € 90-110. philippos@ herodion.titania. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. excellently located accommodation. Fallirou 37-39. Doubles: €75-95. Suites: €400. Try the café on the mezzanine. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. (+30) 210 3326000. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer .gr. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble.gr. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. Triples: €80-100. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. Doubles. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. 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. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware.gr. www. Panepistimiou 52.philipposhotel.acropoliselect. www. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. omiroshotel. Nikis 27. fax (+30) 210 3220886. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune.gr. select3@ otenet. 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. Q 22 rooms. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. Q 99 rooms. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. Doubles : €100-140. tel. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. fax (+30) 210 9237493. free WiFi included. titania@titania. Some rooms boast large verandas. (+30) 210 9215353. tel.com. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. fax (+30) 210 9249052.com. (+30) The Athens Gate F7.gr. (+30) 210 3220913. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. Syngrou 10. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. Time also equals information. MPanepistimio. hotel@tac. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. Q 87 rooms. more impressive once you walk in. Omo- Omiros F5.
MAcropolis. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. PTJA6GB W W athens. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. Doubles €40. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. Singles: €40-70. 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. English speaking joint. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. tel. Mitropoleos 11. Negotiable for long term stay. and as basic as you can get. consolas@hol. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. this family business is a respectable choice. PJARGW raki. Minimum stay 3 days. fax (+30) 210 3217469. fax (+30) 210 3219991. Named after ancient god Pan. Elspeth Geronimos. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens.athenstyle. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Breakfast is also available on demand. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel.hotelmetropolis.com August . M Acropolis. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. com.gr. All the rooms are non-smoking.Where to stay Budget 8258010. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. Look out on the notice board for announcements like.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. tel. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. tel.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. tel. Doubles: €35-50.gr. (+30) 210 3248165. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. Thissio. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8.. Agias Theklas 10. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). Q Dorms: €25. Pittakou 6. The rooms are less than basic but then again. Doubles.gr. There is a bar. gr. English-speaking.September 2011 . tel.inyourpocket. The Internet is free of charge. Veikou 3A. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. Epikourou 16. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. 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. www. M Thissio. Q 33 rooms.com. PJR6 hh 3237816. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure. info@ hotelmetropolis. www. By the way.gr. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7.com. MSyntagma. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens.. PJAB AthenStyle D5. studios: € 60-150. www. www. Triples: €96. info@athenstyle. M Syntagma. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. “Fabian. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. 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. Suites: €100. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. Mitropoleos 46. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. Private rooms pp €15-30. If it’s luxury you’re after.hotelfivos. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. 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.panhotel. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. organised by Athens Studios.gr. Doubles: €70-100. it is located in the heart of Plaka. M Acropolis. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. Triples: €60-100. www. (+30) 210 3225010. Singles: €60-80. Kidathineon 16. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka.Q Dorms: €20. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. tel. tel. the lady in charge. Doubles: €40-50. fax (+30) 210 3237819.com.gr. tel. Q Dorms: €15-20. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan.centrotel. If you’re lucky enough. look elsewhere. with people who know where to take you. pleasant homey but minimal environment.gr. as most hostels in Athens. as is reasonably priced accommodation. tel. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). info@boutiqueathens. info@backpackers. 210 9235811. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. www. reservations@panhotel. (+30) 210 9224044. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. (+30) 210 32 44 808. MVictoria. Q Singles: €22-26. Doubles: € 40-80. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. Q Dorms: €18-25. Q 22 rooms. (+30) 210 3217871.gr. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. studenttravellersinn. Triples €50. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y.gr. com. backpackers. www. 6976 484135. www. 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.EP16.gr. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. Makri 12.gr. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. info@centrotel. athensstudios. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. This is one of our top low budget favourites. Q 59 rooms. www. Psirri. info@athensstudios. Constructed in 2005. MAcropolis.
Service is very professional.gr. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. Sun 02:00 . location. gr. This restaurant is so authentic. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras.blackduck. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building.hardrock. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. Epikourou 25 Psirri. info@jacksonhall. Kifissias Avenue 37. 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. www. Go ahead.com .01:30.jacksonhall. after all. MThissio. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. €€€. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. Gazi.01:00. They take no phone reservations. Your experiences are always appreciated.wagamama. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. Closed Mon. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. view. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 .com athens.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor.gr. tel. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. you know that. (+30) 210 3616098. among hundreds of establishments. (+30) 210 3252758.11:30.00:00. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. tel. Do not dress too casual. €€€€.02:00. (+30) 210 3219908. tel. Sofokleous 1. (+30) 210 3211882. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. 210 3234760.00:00. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. Milioni 4.01:00. MSyngrou-Fix. QOpen 10:00 01:30. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional.01:30. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. QOpen 09:00 . www. even in winter. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. €€. www. Panepistimio. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. (+30) 210 6441215. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4. QOpen 20:00 03:00. €€. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. MAmpelokipi. exclusivity and attitude. Kolonaki. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. A quarter of a century later. QOpen 10:00 . forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. tel. MSyntagma. €€.redindian. (+30) 210 9300000.00:00. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. you should consider checking this out. tel. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. MSyntagma. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one.There is no admission charge for the performances. tel.gr.gr. €€€€. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. Closed Sun. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. burgers.com. Sun 18:00 . PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. live up to its eclectic clientele). (+30) 210 3410418. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community.inyourpocket. Hristou Lada 9. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. €€€. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. QOpen 10:00 . Filellinon 18. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou.com/athens. Great location too. www. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. 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. www. QOpen 12:00 . though a tad on the expensive side (it must. QOpen 18:00 . QOpen 21:00 . enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. but once you’re there you can request a table. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. MKerameikos. tel. M Pane. 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. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. 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. PTJAU Red Indian D3. tel. tel. are a distinctively Athenian landmark.
tel. rabbit. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. among others. MThissio. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. brought in from around the country. If you are looking for real. plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. If you are a train spotter. MEvangelismos. QOpen 13:00 .02:00. Watch out for its live DJ sets. Sun 13:00 . Closed Aug €€€. 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. with a geat Acropolis view. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. Pir eaus. QOpen 13:00 . PJAB ManiMani E8. (+30) 210 3464984. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal.com . The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. PTJB athens. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. As for dining here. Makrigianni. tel. QOpen 13:00 . We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. QOpen 12:00 .01:00. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. PJA Tirbouson A3.01:00. QOpen 20:30 . tel. Falirou 10. MThissio. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Chez Lucien A7. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. QOpen 12:00 . QOpen 14:00 .€30 per person €30 . M Piraeus.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. tel. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. tel. MKerameikos. €€. (+30) 210 3638525. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. it offers modern Greek cuisine. Closed Mon. Panepistimiou 10. tel. PJA Alatsi K5. PJAB Mamacas A4. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. MAcropolis.they take no phone reservations. €€. it became an instant hit. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. €€€€. (+30) 210 3240133. (+30) 210 4080017. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. PTJA Milos K5. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. €€€. €€€€.01:00. A relatively new entry. QOpen 13:00 .03:00. PTJAB Kanella A4. Gazi. (+30) 210 3410107. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. MEvangelismos.01:00. Closed Sun. Cold lentil salad and lemon lamb are our favourites while the house wine is an acceptable choice if you want to keep your bill at really low levels. QOpen 14:00 . MSyntagma. tel. (+30) 210 7244400. this is your first choice. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. 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. which is shipped in on a daily basis. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. Adrianou 9. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502.01:30. (+30)210 9288400. QOpen 12:00 . MKerameikos. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. low prices and a fashionable clientele. Impeccable white couches inside. QOpen 13:30 03:00.Restaurants French tel.02:00. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. Troon 32. Vasilisis Sofias 46. PJA (+30) 210 3464236. (+30) 210 3476320. Metaxourgio. MAcropolis. Kuzina C5.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. Closed Aug €€€. MKerameikos. rabbit etc). 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. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. Thissio. tel. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). Gazi. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Snails. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel.17:00. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . Politicians and fellow journalists. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). PTA August . €€. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce.inyourpocket. Persefonis 41. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) .01:00. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. among others. €€. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. Petralona. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition.00:00. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. Hilton hotel. Konstantinoupoleos 104. tel. 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. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). (+30) 210 9218180.
(+30) 210 3218733. €€. Kidathineon 41. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. tel. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. MSyntagma. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. Erechtheos 16. TJN Varoulko C4. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6.12:00. tel. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. €€€€.24:00. 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. PAUG Spondi I8.varoulko. Exarchia. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. MSyntagma. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. Valtetsiou 58.01:00. €€. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . Apollonos 40. Closed Sun. Metaxourgeio. tel. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 3222210. QOpen 20:00 . Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. Plaka. Petralona. Plaka. if you prefer to opt for sweets.17:00. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently. Praxitelous 30.gr. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. Exarchia. tel. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard.00:00.01:00. QOpen 13:00 .01:00. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. MPanepistimio.Vouliagmeni. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair.0:30. €€€€. QOpen 12:00 . salvaged from demolition. 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. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. Valtetsiou 44. €€€.inyourpocket. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. €€. Tue. MOmonia. Thu 19:30 . MThissio. tel. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. 210 7520658. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. A daytime-only restaurant. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens.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. QOpen 20:30 . Syntagma Sq. 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. 210 8960510. 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 wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. Lefteris Lazarou.gr. yet simple menu. PJN Doris E4. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. 210 3450288. you won’t mind the bill.com . QOpen . Closed Mon. tel. tel. Pyrronos 5. €€€€. An old house. Georgiou A. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3225084. Closed Mon.16:00 & 19:00 . the main dishes. MThissio. QOpen 09:00 .24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. tel. Pangrati. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Sat 19:30 . An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients.17:30. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. New York.B5. (+30) 210 3232671. Sun 13:00 . tel. Closed Sun. 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. 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.18:00. www. (+30) 210 3301369. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. MOmonia. 210 5228400. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. QOpen 14:00 . PTJNS Ilias C5. PJAUB Yantes G2. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. Dorieon 36. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. Fri. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. €€. (+30) 210 3821685. right on Syntagma square. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. €€€€. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka.00:00. Sun 12:00 . Pireos 80. tel. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. Kerameikos.01:00. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds.www. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. QOpen 12:00 . Prices are dead cheap and.01:00. Wed.spondi. a no-frills. QOpen 13:00 . tel.
Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens.September 2011 athens. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. tel. but then again. PTJA August .01:30. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. together with a generous amount of shallots. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. (+30) 210 3214923. tel. PJA M Panepistimio. universally known as Greek Salad. Gazi. the owners set up shop next door. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’.01:00. complete with wooden floors and chairs. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. €€. As for the bill. cucumber.and checked table cloths. raisins). Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. tel. Taverna tou Psirri D4. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. Its location is very convenient should you wish to continue your evening in the nearby bars in this small but lively nightlife neighbourhood on the borders of Kolonaki and Exarchia. Persefonis 19. QOpen 13:00 . well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. Psirri. accompanied by its good quality house wine. Andrea Metaxa 30. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh.02:00. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. QOpen 12:00 . layered with mince meat. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. 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. pine nuts. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. €€. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Of course.00:00. Closed Sun. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. QOpen 13:00 .) / Mezedes (pl. MMona- stiraki. Loukianou 26. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. Closed Sun.19:00. MOmonia. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. Lekka 22. €€. QOpen 12:00 . €€. aubergines and bechamel sauce. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. green peppers. M Kerameikos. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. PJA To Kafeneio I5. (+30) 210 3304333. €€€. Kolonaki. open-air kitchen. Exarchia. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. Eschylou 12. 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. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. PTJ 210 7237757.01:30. olives. simple.com . As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. 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. Popular varieties are the shrimp.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip).Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. (+30) 210 3227298. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. tel. (+30) 210 3641414.01:00. just don’t worry about it. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. tel. (+30) 210 3413440. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). peppers (and less usually. Kolonaki. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. QOpen 13:00 . €€€. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. tel.inyourpocket. MSyntagma. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. or ‘garides saganaki’.
01:00. french fries. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. MThissio. tel. €€€€.16:00. Pentelis 5. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. (+30) 210 721 08 93. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. €. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. tomato. €. Q Open 13:00 . prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. Closed Sat. PJAW Kostas F5. Do not expect seating and service. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. QOpen 24h. MOmonia. Agias Eirinis Sq.com . Psirri. But the souvlaki is top class. €. Psirri. JNS stiraki. (+30) 210 5150550. (+30) 210 3252591. 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. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. Sun. €€€. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. €.24:00. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. However. PJS Nikitas D4.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Sun. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions.com Athens In Your Pocket athens.16:00. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. Art-deco atmosphere. Q Open 13:00 . JBS 210 3228502. MThissio. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. tel. Sun. ‘high-society’ crowd. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens.late.inyourpocket. €. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. Q Open 13:00 . Q Open 12:00 . Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. Mr. tel. Hotel Grande Bretagne. Q Open 12:00 . Central Market. As expected. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. MMona- Kosta E5. Closed Sun. Iroon Square 6. Evripidou 86. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. (+30) 210 3330000. Q Open 12:00 . This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. take our word for it. M Monastiraki. M Panepistimio. a meeting point for government officials. Closed Sat. and its lovely garden.16:00. 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. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. 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. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. tel. is very easy to spot Nikitas. JBS GB Corner G5. €. No Telephone.01:00. Q Open 12:00 . Q Open 10:00 . Very conveniently located. This classic brasserie. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. tel. when all national newspapers were based downtown. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. €€. Closed Sat. from his narrow kitchen. Every day. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. Closed Sun. Agion Anargyron 19. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. with a slight preference for fish and seafood.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. M Evangelismos. MSyntagma. This is actually an address as this place has no name. €€€€. tel. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. make up the GB experience. tel.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. That having been said. PJA Iroon Square E5. (+30) 210 3218219. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. Kostas is back in business. Evangelismos Grove. JS tel. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. Psirri. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. (+30) 210 3242775. Sun. MMonastiraki. Closed Sun. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. JS Telis D4. but it is worth it. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. a fridge and a sink. 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.18:00. Closed Sat. (+30) 210 3326000. Panepistimiou 52. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. MSyntagma. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. Q Open 12:00 . none is served here.
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. If you’re looking for an unaffected. €€.with honey). but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. MVictoria.the ideal people-watching spot. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron.02:00. Closed Mon.com August . Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 .01:00. PJA Sardeles A5. Exarchia.02:00. QOpen 13:00 . An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. Psirri. MKerameikos. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings.September 2011 .Restaurants Salero G2. tel. this is worth checking out. QOpen 14:00 . You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. (+30) 210 3813358.Thissio. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. Omirou 11. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119.01:00. MPanepis- Surreal F1. QOpen 20:00 . though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. Persefonis 15. Q Open 10:00 . tel. 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. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. Tapas are always up for grabs. Exarcheia. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. Valtetsiou 51. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. PTJB tiraki.01:00. (+30) 210 3223925. Astigos& Philippou. Miaouli 22. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. tel. JB 9837498. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. tel.inyourpocket. Closed Sun. 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. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . Agelou Geronta 2. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . JNB athens. Plaka. PTA Glykis F6. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. Kolonaki. but that’s our job after all. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. (+30) 210 8230313.01:30. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 12:30 . MVictoria. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. with some innovative dishes on offer. €. €€. 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. Gazi. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. youthful environment. (+30) 210 3240716. Paleo Faliro. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza.usually on weekends. Humble but real food. €€. True to its name. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market.01:30. MMonastiraki. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. Food is more than satisfactory. MMonastiraki. €€. MMonastiraki. tel. (+30) 210 3624825. Naxos D5.01:00. MMonas- Rebecca D4. Rethymnis 12. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. €€. QOpen 13:00 . it manages to create a lively. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb. €€. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. (+30) 210 3218222. (+30) 210 3478050. QOpen 13:00 . tel. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. Closed Mon. tel.00:00.
boozecooperativa. magazines and board games. despite the occasional refurbishments. Sun 11:00 . 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. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 .02:00. There is a long wooden table. Famous outdoor café. QOpen 10:00 . Sat 07:30 . where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. booze@boozecooperativa. video art projections and performances. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. Closed Sun. continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. (+30) 210 3473133.00:30. tel. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. Monastiraki. 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. (+30) 210 3602497. (+30) 210 3240944. MOmonia.20:30. MMonastiraki. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun.02:00. JB Krinos E4. QOpen 10:00 . New entry. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. (+30) 210 3612850. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon).50-6. tel. that it is getting a bit boring. (+30) 210 3312839. Kolokotroni 57. Fri 07:30 . it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. concerts. tel. actors and high profile celebrities. MMonastiraki.com. M Syntagma.20:00. a light lunch comes at low prices. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. PJ Klepsidra E6. Aiolou 23.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 08:00 . We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. MMonastiraki. www. Despite its unremarkable décor. Adrianou 39. MVictoria. you are right on Exarchia square after all. Monastiraki. Also loukoumades. MMonastiraki. PJB Inoteka D5. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. Q Open 07:30 .15:30. QOpen 08:00 . New Acropolis Museum. PJB Ginger Ale G2. MAcropolis. refreshing and healthy dessert. Thissio. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. (+30) 212 1006147.late. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7.00:30. it is rather a part of an alternative art house. tel. (+30) 210 3301246. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. tel. Aiolou 87. PTJNS Museum Café F1. Kolonaki. MMonastiraki. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). Thu.03:00. Athens In Your Pocket . tel. QOpen 10:00 . Avissinias sq 3. Tue. Plaka. QOpen . MSyntagma. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. JB Filion H4. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. tel. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. These days. PTJUB Aiolis E5. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. Mon.com. just step upstairs to the night club. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5.late. as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. Booze Cooperativa. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. Ginger Ale is no place like that. Skoufa 34. Closed Mon. QOpen 10:00 . PJNB Booze E4. (+30) 210 9000901. QOpen 07:00 . (+30) 210 3246446.02:00. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. Coffees. exhibitions.50) and snacks and salads (€2. that hosts a large number of art events. tel.. Wed. tel. Situated right next to the Museum. Themistokleous 74. (+30) 210 3216852. QOpen 09:00 . 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. cereal. 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. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. Exarchia. MThissio. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. (+30) 210 3212493. 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. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. PJ6E tel. This is not an ordinary café. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. Tsakalof 1.00:00. This isn’t just a simple “place to drink your coffee” choice but a way of life for some of its regulars who spend hours here on a daily basis practicing the intricate ancient art of checking out passing crowds. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. Fri 08:00 . PJB Da Capo H5. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too.50-2. (+30) 210 3253323. Akamantos 2. tel. This café has been around since the twenties. like fresh fruit. tel.24:00. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact.24:00. Monastiraki. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. Kolonaki Sq.02:00.
gr.gr. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats.02:00. (+30) 210 3232110. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. MSyntagma. MSyntagma. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. sandwiches. Iraklidon 10. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 08:00 . bios.02:00. tel. tel. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. Although they serve food. MKerameikos. PTJ raki. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. for this freestyle coffee shop.23:00. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. now a café. M Syntagma. tel. Service is efficient and polite. Veikou 3A. 25. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. Kolokotroni St. (+30) 210 3645888. As central as it gets. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. QOpen 09:00 . tel. tel.com. Plaka. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street.20:00. PJK Ambariza F5. snacks.22:00. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. The café offers a large selection of snacks. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. Psirri. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. QOpen 20:00 . Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. QOpen 09:00 . Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square.02:00. Panepistimiou 12. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. The King’s stables once. (+30) 210 3211158. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. Sofroniou 2 Gazi.03:00. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 11:00 . a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. QOpen 10:00 . London and New York. A small café with character. (+30) 210 3426322. MSyntagma. Pireos 84. tel. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. QOpen 20:00 . 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 historic café that opened its doors again. Kleitiou 6. M Panepistimio. www. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . This bar is divided into 3 parts. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. M Thissio. PJA Brettos F6. Irodou Attikou entrance. it has been one of the big hits of the last season.01:00.gr. €. It’s a strange combination but. a designer and his team. If you want to stay out of sight. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. sweet crepes. (+30) 210 3245862. try finding a table next to the almond tree. Makry. National Gardens. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. (+30) 210 3643774. If you visit in early spring.jazzy tunes. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. PJB Bartesera F5. A minimal bar.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. (+30) 210 3425335. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. 210 3257644. www. 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. www. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. PJA Stavlos C5. it seems to work out fine. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. tel. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum.gr. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. tel. Thissio. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . Coffees. Monastiraki. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. progressive. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. QOpen 12:00 .athenssportsbar.an oasis in the noisy city centre.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. Closed: Aug 13-24. A sitting room for quiet conversations. (+30) 210 3229805. try the upstairs level. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. a space for those who like a bit of both.01:30. if you lose track of time. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky . Kerameikos. QOpen 10:30 . restaurant.stavlos. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. tel. a stage for live performances.September 2011 . accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. Skoufa 47-49. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. MAcropolis. soul and hip-hop. MSyntagma. As for the music. 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. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. & Praxitelous Gallery. www. Lekka 14.3:00.brettosplaka. tel. Bios B4. PJ National Gardens café H6.02:00. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. QOpen 09:00 . A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. M Syntagma. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. email@example.com. Kydathineon 41. in the middle. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. a bustling section and. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. huge ice cream servings. MSyntagma.03:00.
In the summer or when weather permits. don’t worry. QOpen 10:00 . Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. (+30) 210 3460901. PJ Hoxton A4. 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. PJ tel. Vintage at its best. (+30) 210 3210233.02:00.02:00. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. Kolonaki. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. Gazi. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’.03:00. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. Driving there is also an option. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. QOpen 10:00 . tel. Ampelokipoi. Ploutarchou 18. (+30) 210 3608269. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. MEvangelismos. MKerameikos. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. a long bar. PJEK Capu F5. (+30) 210 322 77 33. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. Live performances organised from time to time.inyourpocket. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. MKerameikos. Gazi. tel. tel. Pop. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. If too much socialising makes you hungry. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. QOpen 21:00 . Metaxourgeio. Fri . MKerameikos. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. tel. Amazing city view. Syntagma. MPanepistimio. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. Lekka 14. (+30) 210 3413395.04:00. tel. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). QOpen 21:00 . Agisilaou 61. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home.02:00. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. Situated on Karitsi Square. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. tel. (+30) 210 3458534. 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). Stadiou 10. Delfon 5. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. Voutadon 42. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. Gazi. with not-so-young regulars. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. 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. Kolonaki.02:00. QOpen 21:00 . A wild-west touch. QOpen 17:00 . This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. (+30) 210 3466055. MKerameikos. tel. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. tel.03:00. Triptolemou 31. past metro opening hours. MEvangelismos. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. 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. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. 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. 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 . with wood used as the key decorating element. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. PJ Nixon B4. 210 3226844. Athens In Your Pocket athens. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul.02:00. MSyntagma. QOpen 11:00 . it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. It’s almost pitch black in there. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street.03:00. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. PAB Mai Tai I4. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. tel. QOpen 21:00 . Vas. tel.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. glass in hand.Sat 10:00-01:00. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. MKerameikos. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. (+30) 210 6911672. Parnasou 3. it is not recommended for a crazy night out.03:00. PJB Gazaki A4. tel. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3462007. PA Pairidaeza F4. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. Sofias Ave 46.03:00. JB Nipiagogeio A5. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture.com . QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 .12:00. M Panepistimio. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. Paradise in Persian. Original seventies. QOpen 10:00 . and those who come in later. Triptolemou 30. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. and. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. En Delphis G3. Minimal decoration for low profile people. a happy medium. QOpen 15:00 . (+30) 210 728 10 00. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 7258306. Should you decide to go out late. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings.02:00. tel. (+30) 210 3229374.03:00. MPanormou. only to return a little later to wrap up the evening by knocking back tequila shots and mumbling utter nonsense to the person who as it happened was unfortunate enough to be standing next to you. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. as such. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. Closed Sun. Basically. all at the…appropriate price.
Sat 22:00 . (+30) 210 3235055. QOpen 10:00 . A classic already. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. tel. Fri. QOpen 10:00 . An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. (+30) 210 3392370. Thissio.O. 6 D. in the evening. Sun 18:00 . the soothing sound of jazz.jjoyceirishpubathens. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. Triptolemou 44. Established in 2008.03:00. MPanepistimio. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. nonetheless.01:00. porcelain and books. tel. Kolonaki. Astigos 12. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. Good times to be had. Skoufa 46. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. tel. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie.01:00.05:00. (+30) 210 3311555. QOpen 10:00 . a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. Monastiraki. www. QOpen 22:00 . This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif. (+30) 210 3244101.If your stomach begins to complain. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work.theartfoundation. barrels. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. all cater for selective crowds of the city. tel.com. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub.G. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. it serves coffee and sandwiches. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. (+30) 210 3623541. They may have to think again. an events space as well as a gallery. QOpen 10:00 02:00. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. PJA Tapas Bar A4. 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. J6B athens. true to the originality of the establishment. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. this is one street that’s always got something going on. tel.03:00. (+30) 210 3219225. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle.S has taken over with a bar.02:00. Monastiraki. Christou Lada 1. QOpen 19:00 . Karitsi 10. MMonastiraki.gr. MPanepistimio.September 2011 . Voulis 7. (+30) 210 3471844. (+30) 2103210510.G.03:00. Avramiotou 6-8.02:00. fax (+30) 210 3235070. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. (+30) 210 3238757. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. Just watch your fingers. Music is mainstream.O. Gazi. M Monastiraki. MSyntagma. what else? Fish n’chips. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. souvlaki-gyros in hand. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5.03:00. 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. MKerameikos.gr. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. in the late afternoon.com August . The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. Q Open 12:00 . MPanepistimio. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. PJA Seven Jokers F5. E5.02:00.stinpriza. tel.03:00.S. www. www. Freestylers and media staff love it here. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. PJ Six D. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. PJEB tel. MMonastiraki. PJB Rosebud G4. tel.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. Sun 21:00 .inyourpocket. Karitsi Sq. order. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. a tiny. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. One of our favourites. tel. depending on the resident dj. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. Kolonaki. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . QOpen 21:00 .com. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. Normanou 5. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. Omirou 60 & Skoufa.
gr. Most gentlemen’s clubs. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs.mousses. so you call it a bargain. That is not to say that what you get is cheap.inyourpocket. 210 9235576. tel. you can watch the show .on the plasma screens too. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. www. you could easily mistake it for a dance club.06:00. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). www.grandritorno. just off the Psirri nightlife district. www.06:00. and Evripidou St. Fortunately. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. which is lit even during the day. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 .gr. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer.06:00. Admission fee: €15. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. (+30) 210 9316417. tel. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). They also offer 20% discount to tourists. QOpen 23:30 . Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. alcatraz. baby-o. (+30) 210 7245233. post your own nightlife review at www.com . Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. Admission fee: €10. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. some quite explicit. A Baby O Pireos 171. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. Admission fee: €15. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . tel. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). It is located a bit further out of the centre. and around Theatrou Sq.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them.gr. 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. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals.inyourpocket. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. Otherwise.penthhouseclub. www.06:00. Drinks cost €11. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. as a big city. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. tel.gr. 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. MMegaro Mousikis. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30.which is the strong point of this club . but you can find them elsewhere in town too.gr.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. (+30) 210 3477744.06:00. tel. Kallithea. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. (+30) 210 9413079. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back.babygold. QOpen 23:30 . The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. Baby Gold Syngrou 140. Some of the girls in this club could easily be Playboy bunnies but the management is not content with them alone and from time to time calls in international celebrity showgirls to keep the regulars on the alert. gr. As for illegal prostitution. QOpen 23:30 . grou 237. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot.06:00. Michalakopoulou 52. (one drink included). as is their self-professed title. you won’t regret it. tel. www. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors. QOpen 23:30 . 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). Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. Prices negotiated on the spot. However. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. (+30) 210 9421264.
(+30) 210 3460667. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Tue. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4.athenspride. tel. Happy hour: €10.gr August . Gazi.03:00.bigbarathens. PJRD Myrovolos C3. The crowds are young. tel.late.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. tel. Megalou Alexandrou 139.noizclub.gr. Gazi. private bathroom. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. 210 3460677. . QOpen 23:00 . Konstantinoupoleos 70. Gazi. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. Drinks are cheap. 210 3411003.03:00. www. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church.04:00. and are just above Alexander Sauna. Megalou Alexandrou 134. 210 9224202. 6946 282845.06:00. (+30) 210 3224771. Bars Big A4. free WiFi. MKerameikos. weekends 14:00-07:00. trendy and friendly. Wed: underwear. MAcropolis. tel. tel. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. will keep you busy for hours. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. PJ Sodade A4.gr. Gazi. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers. Fri: Go go boys. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. QOpen 10:00 . Thu: Mixed ages. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. www. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. Gazi. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . Admission fee: €15.gaygreece. PJB tel. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. 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. Metaxourgio. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. Closed Mon.myspace. MKerameikos. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. tel.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area. reasonably priced drinks. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. 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. tel. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. especially on the entertainment side of things. MKerameikos. As a visitor. Tue: Bear. PJB MMetaxourgio. lotteries etc. It consists of two separate rooms. Megalou Alexandrou 134. www. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. 33 A Lamda Club F8. tel. 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 . It has. There are th eme days. 2 jacuzzis.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 .03:00. Gazi.gr. 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. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. Ga zi.greekgayguide. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town.mybar.05:00. Triptolemou 10.eu / www. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. however.gr www. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . MKerameikos. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. Kakourgiodikiou 6.lesbian.eu / www. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. tel. 210 5228806. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. MKerameikos. Avdi Sq. Q Open 23:30 . MKerameikos. a steam room and 100 sqm gym.www.04:00. Polyklitou 6. Giatrakou 12. Mon: Sports. www. w w w. Three visits tourist pass: €35. Fri-Sun 19:00 . This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic.alexandersauna. They are fully air-conditioned with TV. Gazi. finger food and different music every night. MMonastiraki. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service.gr. M Kerameikos. Friendly staff provide high quality service. 3 saunas.alexander-apartments. 210 3468657. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars).com. MMonastiraki. Psiri. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). Gazi. tel. There is a large cruising area. Admission fee: €15. Q Open 23:30 . Clubs Kazarma A3. PJ Cafés ameikos. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. The music is mainstream-dance. As for our list. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. Lebesi 15. www. tel. though. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. PJ My Bar E5. 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. Closed Mon.scape.07:00. QOpen 11:00 .04:00. QOpen 20:00 03:00. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. www.September 2011 .03:00. come a long way during the last years. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. 210 3210539. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties.
In 1997. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation.the most important monuments. beauty. the Ancient Agora. In all. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. liberty. while the majority of the restoration programmes and the project for the Unification of the archaeological sites surrounding the Acropolis is co-funded by the EU. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions.are at the historical heart of the city. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. virtuous competition and democracy. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources. Educational programmes are also available to introduce children to Athens’ unique monuments and raise awareness of the importance of respecting and protecting the cultural heritage they represent. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . the Acropolis. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. the Areopagus.including the Acropolis Slopes. but more so at the hands of man. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then. with detailed signs. knowledge. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . 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. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. publications. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon. however. Dating back to the 5th century BC. Walking through them. 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. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . Some monuments were reused as palaces. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites.m.com . the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . the Erechtheion. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. The Acropolis and its surrounding area . musical and dance performances. proper measure.or at least view .and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark.harmony.000. with whole areas (such as the East. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. leaflets. mosques and residential areas. 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. churches. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history.000 sq. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687.inyourpocket.
. The 70.000 sq. There. With the predominance of Christianity. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. www. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. Zeus and Apollo.C. After the Acropolis itself. built in the 2nd century AD.theotheracropolis. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments. one of the world’s most ancient theatres.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy.000 sq. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). patron goddess of the city that took her name. thought and art flourished. The collective behind the ‘www. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon. 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”. the Propylaea . tries to introduce us to the different faces. Eumenes II.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. MAcropolis.E7. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan.theotheracropolis.m. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. established in the athens. tel. Set in a site covering 30. it was home to the cult of Athena.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe.September 2011 . 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. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. In the golden age that followed. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. 210 3210219. the Erechtheion. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. by the king of Pergamon. the Erechtheion. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. August . Sophocles and Euripides were performed. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. (the Parthenon.m. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates.inyourpocket. where the works of the Aeschylus.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC).D7. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments.com 6th Century BC.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . QAdmission: €12. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city.com’ project. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. especially during the 5th century AD.
were held. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www.7. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. facing the Acropolis. commercial exchange.com . The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds .gr. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. religious festivals. educational and cultural centre. the ancient city of Theseus’. were held. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. The ancient Koile road. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. The Library of Hadrian was built as part of a project to re-design Athens by Hadrian in 132 AD to house the city’s largest library. the 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.m. and the other. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. reads ‘This is Athens. political and commercial centre. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. the state archives and philosophical schools.parthenonfrieze.m. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual.m.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. MMonastiraki. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. learn about the frieze.36 What to see Hadrian’s Gate The Roman Agora The Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian in honour of the the Roman Governor Hadrian 131AD. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5.its religious. Hadrian’s Gate F7. If you are an archaeology buff. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. During the 5th century BC. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. tel.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. Melite and Koile. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. play games.the first. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). From the 6th century BC. 210 3210185. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. next to the Ancient Agora. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . with shops. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens). where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished.000 sq. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. northwest of the Acropolis. the gate bears two inscriptions . to the west of the Acropolis. or Philopappus Hill.inyourpocket. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D. take thematic interactive tours.parthenonfrieze. wind vanes. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. The Western Hills C6. with many important road axes. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. Amalias Ave. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). The Agora was a large. storerooms and offices. Athens In Your Pocket athens. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts).This area.000 sq. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC.000 sq. The 28.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. 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. Thissio.
19:00. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. Tripodon St. But this year. Q Admission: €12. MSyntagma. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. 210 3251744. MAcropolis. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. QAdmission: €2. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. Arditos Hill. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). As a result their opening hours vary. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. Plaka. the Ancient Agora & museum. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. as well as the Renaissance. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. in the late 19th century. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed.inyourpocket. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. Today. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. Kerameikos & museum. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. Further. 210 3214172. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. Boulanget and E. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. Built between 447-437BC. Free for pass holders. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. MAcropolis. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). Baroque. The stadium opened its doors again last April. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC.com August . this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. in 132AD. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . tel. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. 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. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. the earliest theatre in the world . the god of wine and revelry. tel. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. the Roman Agora. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. In 1669. known as the ‘Philhellene’. tel. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. due to the economic crisis. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. who used it as a study room. athens.September 2011 . 210 9226330. 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.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. The ancient Stadium was completely restored.
the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. 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. space and angular lines.inyourpocket. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. Receiving 90. the neighbourhood continues below. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. Walking into the museum. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. something pottery buffs will delight in. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. of an Athenian neighbourhood.which replaced the old geometric temple (close to the site of the Parthenon) around the time of the abolishment of tyranny in 508/507 BC – tells the story of the Gigantomachy. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis. With light. houses.000 visitors in its opening week alone. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. the remnants of streets. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. the pediment of the Ancient Temple .a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. Then. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. Nearby. while the collection of unusual. Amongst the artefacts from households. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance.com . figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. 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. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. 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. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times.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.
dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature.20:00. MAcropoli. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . 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.Closed Mon.inyourpocket. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. tel. the cast makers’ excellent work.history really does come alive here.com August . Fri 08:00-22:00 . one can admire the inner frieze. perched atop the Acropolis hill. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. athens. Finally. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. while a marble sphere dating to the 3rd/2nd BC carved with magic symbols and icons suggests we are looking at something that was just as much a mystery to the ancients as it is to those looking upon it today. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. Agrippina the Younger.September 2011 . Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. A number of reliefs are also on display.are plaster casts. info@theacropolismuseum. However. The Propylaia. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. Nevertheless. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. 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. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none. 210 9000901. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. regardless of the debate. Indeed.especially on the west pediment . the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. Admission fee: €5. she seems to be crying. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. – 5th Century AD. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. In fact. faces are the real winner in this section. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . the Roman period.gr. 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. Emperor Caracalla.What to see snakes. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. 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 . Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. as well as Lucius Verrus. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. and the advent of Christianity.theacropolismuseum. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. www.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC.grQOpen 08:00 . something the ancient Greeks never forgot. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design.
concessions €3. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas.gr. Q Admission fee €7.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. art. recently refurbished. . It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection.17:00. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. Epigraphical Museum F1. eleven rooms. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. third millennium BC). Bronze Age. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. ema@ culture. Fri 09:00 . records. Minoan. www. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. Sat.bsaverof. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. a 3. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. 210 8217724. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. a large hypostyle corridor.gr. tel. benaki@benaki. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. 18-26: €1. firstname.lastname@example.org:00. Admission fee: €5. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. Thu 09:00 . H. a lobby. tribute lists. Thu 09:00 . Geometric. QOpen 09:00 . Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. 7228321 . M Omonia. Kalkos. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . www. Q Open 08:30 .14:00 & 18:00-20:00. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. Admission fee: €4. fax 210 7239382. info@cycladic-m. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. tel.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era. Admission fee: €6. a gallery. fax 210 3671063. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. 1. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria.and early Christian periods. housing a unique.inyourpocket. MVictoria. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. Amenities include a children’s area. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. tel.indeed. Set in a beautiful building.24:00.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. Tue. Vlachos and E. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . Its permanent collection is vast . MSyntagma. A gift shop is available. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area.com. Closed Tue.com . collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. tel. Tositsa 1.17:00. 210 3671000. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). Archaic. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. Closed Mon. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. Wed. Ziller (built 1866-1889). Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. MSyntagma. the first half of the twentieth century. www. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. 210 7232178. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece.gr/. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. fax 210 8213573. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. tel. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. Mycenaean.5. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. QOpen 10:00 . Closed Tue. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. tel. Sun 09:00 . designed by L.15:00. Sun 11:00 . QOpen 08:30 . Closed Mon.20:00. Classical and Hellenistic items.yet also very instructive.gr. Saturdays: €2. Its more than 20. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service.15:00. 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Benaki Museum H5. Museum shop. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre.gr. Thu 10:00 . as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. QOpen . This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. fax 210 8225733. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. 22. Mon.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life.13:00. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman.gr. Decrees. Lange and remodelled by P . Free admission. Trokadero. Sun 10:00 .13:00 & 18:00-20:00. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic.cycladic-m.benaki.17:00. 210 8232950. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. 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.
210 3251311. concessions: 2. QOpen 09:00 .00 .00. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. MSyntagma. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). Karyatidon & Kalisperi. QOpen 09:00 .11. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society.gr.gr athens. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. 16 Herakleidon str. Vasarely. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve. under 19 yrs: free.19:00. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop. tel. spell to turn into a swallow 2006.15:00. Closed Mon.jewishmuseum.gr Museum hours: Tues. students. www. Mon 11:00 . Closed Tue. Nikis 39.herakleidon-art. email@example.com. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7. www.herakleidon. Sun 11:00 . such as M. ANCIENT CULTURES 25. QOpen 08:00 . Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. islamic_collection@benaki. 210 9221044. America and Asia.21:00. concessions: €3.gr. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists. fax 210 9237358. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.00 & Saturday 9.inyourpocket. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. A giftshop is also available.-Sat. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. 210 3225582. as well as seminars designed for students.6 25. Europe. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery. concessions: €4. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. Ermou 148. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. tel.14:00.21:00. 210 3461981. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens.16:00.gr. fax 210 3225550. MThissio. concessions:€1.gr.culture. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str.21:00.gr.: 210 3461981 www. tel. Admission fee: €6. in a picturesque neoclassical building.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. Admission fee: €5.19:00. Monday Closed www. Far East and North Africa. fax 210 3231577. Admission fee: €5. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse.14:30. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis.C. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. Middle East. Jewish Museum F6.gr.benaki. Herakleidon 16. MThissio. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun 11:00 . Sun 10:00 .C. Wed 09:00 . Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. Admission fee: €2. www.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. fax 210 3458225. Closed Sat. www. Sun. 210 3463552. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12. Wed 09:00 . MAcropolis. tel. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. tel. QOpen 13:00 .com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . Escher and V. linocut .) Thissio.September 2011 © Jan de Bie.19:00. Closed Mon. concessions €3. Ag.16:00. MThissio. 11:00 -19:00. such as funeral urns. QOpen 09:00 . 13:00 -21:00. from the 12th to the 19th centuries. Admission fee: €4.com / info@herakleidon-art. Islamic Art Museum C4.
330BC). QOpen 09:00 . flags. MEvangelismos.15:00. fax 210 3220765. Plaka. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden.14:00. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. Rizari 2. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. 210 3210185. tel. Admission fee: €4. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. Closed Tue. Sun 10:00 . Adrianou 24.14:00. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument.15:00.00 . as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s.14:00. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. concessions: €2. A giftshop is available. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. tel. wood and stone carvings. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. fax 210 3250198.but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. 210 3453111. 210 3237617.gr/. QOpen 09. War Museum I5.has organised some very successful exhibitions. religious icons. Admission fee: €2. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. paintings.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 .com . Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. The Museum of Contemporary Art. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. consessions: €1. fax 210 3226979. Among its exhibits are embroidery.athenscitymuseum. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. 210 3254119. costumes. tel. 210 7709855. Concessions: €3. This Museum. MAcropolis. Closed Mon.16:45. 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. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. Diogenous 1-3. with special focus on the Second World War. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . records. www. Closed Mon.14:00. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. Mon 11:00 . http://www. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. weaving. protocol@emst. traditional costumes. QOpen 10:00 . this Museum preserves. tel. from 1837 up to 1843. 210 3231397. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management).16:45. Pireos 138. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. QOpen 10:00 . MPanepistimio. tel. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records.gr. Admission fee: €3. M Syntagma. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. MSyntagma.15:00. as well as silver. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. Concessions: €2. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. National Historical Museum F4. Sat. items of furniture and household objects. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. civic emancipation and democratic institutions. Goudi. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. through to the mid 19th century. Closed Tue. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece.benaki. melt@melt. Free admission. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. Paparrigopoulou 5-7.42 What to see War Museum tel. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. The architecture of the building itself is very original. Sun 10:00 . from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State.gr. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). Among its collections are works of art. 210 3229031. Kydathinaion 17. 210 9242111-2. Closed Mon. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. royal portraits and weapons. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art.culture. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. Admission fee: €6. fax 210 9245200. QOpen 09:00 .gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. MThissio.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite.18:00. From the 17th century to the present. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Wed 12:00 . It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. Stadiou 13. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). as well as its musical combination with other instruments. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). photographs. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. Closed Mon. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. tel. up to the present day.inyourpocket.16:00. Free admission. Plaka. MKatechaki. tel. MKerameikos. 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.
210 5246580. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. Free admission. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . 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. Sat 10:00 . accessible to the public year-round. Sun 10:00 . Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum.inyourpocket.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou. Wed 12:00 . mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Panepistimiou 12. nationalgallery. www. Recording actions’. tel. literary presentations. Sep 19 . as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. Closed Sat. Sat. while plans for its expansion are underway.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Fri. MMonastiraki. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . theory of art and poetic contemplation. 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. (+30) 210 3238757. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). Its amenities include conservation laboratories.nma. concessions: €3. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. http://www. Free admission. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . woodcuts. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. when the group was created until today. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. Tue. Sun. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). Michalakopoulou 1. fax 210 7224889. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. Closed Mon.15:00.theartfoundation. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7.5. 210 7235857. postmuseum@elta-net. Yiannis Moralis. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. Closed Mon. MEvan- Sep 11 . Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. Sun 10:00 16:00. gelismos. Railway Museum Siokou 4.15:00. instruments and mechanics’ tools.22:00. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art.gr/. cropolis. Nikolaos Kounelakis.culture. such as tickets.org. Admission fee: €3. 7 days a week. tel. Georgios Iakovidis. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. Fri. Closed Tue. contemporary music.gr.24:00. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display.made salads. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). www. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5.20:00. fax 210 922 0193. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. QOpen .gift ideas. tel. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. open discussions and lectures. Its exhibits include more than 600. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. Thu. Wed 9:00 .gr. 210 7519042. MSyntagma.14:00.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. tel.gr. Normanou 5. QOpen 08:00 . Nikiforos Lytras. Sepolia. Webster 5. Yiannis Tsarouchis.14:00. Admission fee: €6.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Admission: free. Closed Mon.com August . as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely. Nikolaos Gyzis. QOpen 09:00 . athens. a well-equipped library. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. www. A haven for the railways aficionados. historic tram trains.September 2011 .13:00. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann.gr. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001.spyrosvassiliou. fax 210 7519279. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. as well as models and historic photographic archives. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. Tue. protocol@ nm. Paintings. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items.org. QOpen 08:30 . postalmuseum. film screenings. tel. theatre performances. www.18:00. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. concessions: €2. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . fax 210 3635953.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. QOpen 10:00 . 210 3643774. tel. performance. multimedia installations.What to see companies. (+30) 6988391684. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. 210 9231502. Closed Mon.
MMonastiraki. A chapel. struggle for Greek Independence. Free admission. National Librar y . Panepistimiou 2832. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. w w w. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. It is currently undergoing restoration. Monastiraki. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. The official inauguration took place in 1938. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court.parliament. The last known restoration was in 1840. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. Syntagma. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. Syntagma Square. MPanepistimio. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3.gr. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia).Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. The building was designed by archi tects K. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. is located in the forecourt of the building. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. it was erected around 1050AD. As for its background. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. Panepistimiou 47. QOpen . MOmonia. www. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. fax 210 3692170. M Panepistimio. with 3 apses on the east side. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. the bell tower was added later. the palace was completed in 1843. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. this church dates back to 1065 AD. As is the case with most churches in Greece. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. Overlooking Syntagma Square. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. they date to the 19th century. the first monarchs of Greece. M Syntagma.gr. tel. It is cross-in-square shaped.inyourpocket. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. which is open to the public. Sun 10:00 . MOmonia. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Athens Academy . 210 3707000. MSyntagma. As for the interior. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. As for the imposing wall paintings. has housed the Greek Parliament. The square also functions as an open-air antiquities Museum and is surrounded by beautiful neoclassical buildings from the turn of the century (such as the National Bank or ‘Karatza Megaron’). Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. since 1934. This is a cross-insquare construction. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. In a poll. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. bankof gr e ece. 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. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. Sat. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. mou & Kapnikareas St. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos.com .gr.20:00. Panepistimiou 21. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. Bank Of Greece F4. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. info@parliament. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. Papadakis and N. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. M Panepistimio. was later added to the north side. MPanepistimio.
athens. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. commercial events. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Stadiou 13. marble sculptures. Closed Mon. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8.What to see National Theatre D2. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. MThissio.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. MOmonia. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins.September 2011 . Hill of MSyntagma. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. Konstantinou 22. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans.14:30. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. 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. MOmonia. M Syntagma. Patision (28th October) 46. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. which were violently put down on 17 November. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. MSyntagma. in 1759. Cemeteries Av. Today.inyourpocket. 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 . that points to the four points of the horizon. died in Greece. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. Amalias Observatory C6. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). the Nymphs. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. which was formerly a Royal Residence. M Monastiraki. Zappeion G6. Most famous Greeks are buried here. Mets. 1973. QOpen 10:00 . It was founded around 1837. Ag.1932. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Alimos. and who have no known grave. & Vas Olgas. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). as well as an array of interesting sculptures. This historic Obser vatory. columns. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. 2. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. while its Minaret has been removed. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). M Acropolis. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state.com August . situated in the forecourt of the University. Plaka. This building. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. Monastiraki Square. it is now used for international conferences. E5. Old House of Parliament F4. MSyntagma. in order to commemorate the event. as well as for European heads of State meetings. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. Kyristou 8.000 members of the land forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives during the campaigns in Greece and Crete in 1941 and 1944-1945. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Admission by invitation only. The imposing Presidential Palace.
www. Bus No: A16. geological and palaeontological exhibits. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. 212 2540000. trampolines.allou.20:30.atticapark. and climbing towers. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. botanical. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. Free entrance. carousel. Visitors can walk into the monkeys’ enclosure and also walk through a special tunnel and get very close to the four cheetahs of the park. There is a café. 210 6634724. QOpen . Children. tel. www. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. swimming pools. tel. A2. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. Q Open 09:00 . with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. QOpen 17:00 .. Sun 10:00 . Haidari.gr. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. islands. children up to 12 yrs: €12. B16. MKallithea. as well as a parking area. 210 3312995. Spata. This is home to the largest and. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. Closed Mon. hellenic_cosmos@ime. Wed 09:00 . Seniors: €10. m. info@gnhm. www. 12th km Athinon Ave.gr. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. Yet.com .02:00. Sat. 210 5576006. 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. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides.inyourpocket.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . info@hcm. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. Fri 10:00 . Waterslides of every kind.edu. Thu. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus.hcm.gr. Sun 10:00 . Closed Sat. tel. 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. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. Admission fee: €14. a number of African mammals like giraffes. www.14:30. 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. Sat 10:00 .gr. Entertainment Park covering about 40.16:00. Attica Zoological Park Yalou.02:00.m. M Syntagma. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre. Weekdays: €17.gnhm. fax 210 6634726. Sun 10:30 . 865 from Koumoundourou sq. including an attic and garden. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre).15:00.eugenfound. including state-of-the-art technological applications.com. Tue.02:00. the biggest children playground in Greece. a café. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. tel.21:00. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. Plaka. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . entomological. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term.gr. It covers an area of more than 520 sq.hellenic-cosmos. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. many reptiles. tel. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. drop by the Eugenides Foundation.sunset. www. Tue.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. fax 210 8080674. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. Buses: 126. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre).15:00. 210 4256990. MKifisia. zoo@atticapark. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. tel. DJs and live music. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. www.14:30. Sat. waterfalls and the Magic Town. Greek fauna species like: wolves. Fri 17:00 . fax 210 3312996. Wed. 210 9469641. Admission fee: €4-6. tel. internet-access area and giftshop. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. QOpen 10:00 .14:00.000 sq. concessions: €3 (€4). Rentis. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Sun 10:00 . You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. foxes and wild cats. E16. Family and member tickets also available. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’.01:00. complete with a pirate ship. by general acclaim. bears.gr.01:00. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. iWERKS Shows: €8. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. This Centre.gr. fax 212 2540123.gr. zebras. www.gr. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. 210 8015870.20:30. a café-restaurant.copacopanapark. Closed Mon. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora.000 square metres. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. A taxi ride costs about €10. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. Tholos: €10. QOpen 09:00 . Sun 10:00 . the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). creative and inquisitive faculties. gift-shop.
A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. National Gardens G6. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. MVictoria. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. Vas. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . cool trees and popular ponds. August . A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. if impractically situated. Zappeion Garden G7. Irodou Attikou St. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. Dafni and Agia Var vara. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens. scenic stroll.14:00. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. 401. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. by the funicular or by car. some of which are exceedingly rare. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. Its meandering benchladen paths. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. MSyntagma.15:00. QOpen 08:00 . while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Extending over a vast area of 1. 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 .Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. Amalias Street. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Olgas Av.14:00. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. Acropolis. Iera Odos Avenue. Sun 10:00 . MSyntagma. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. Sat.September 2011 . Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000).
40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station. w w w. Star ting price is at €1 . (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers.07 from and to harbours.39 .inyourpocket. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f. no less) and in a less crowded. 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 ). There is an additional charge of €1. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. w w w. 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.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors.com . gr.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. www. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates.€5.16 . It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. alb ei t slower fashion.00-24.ask for a receipt. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel.gr. 210 6792399. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network. 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. tramsa.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3. always ask for the meter to be on. 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.19 per km for the double. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. Taxis 185. e careful as some taxi drivers .00). They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. train and bus stations. daytime tari f f (05.68 per km for the single. 18 300 Protoporia tel.usually operating at airpor ts . 210 3636508 Asteras tel. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel.ametro. B Metr o tel. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. and €1 . 210 6459000 Evropi tel. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. the stations of which have been recently upgraded.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. Plus. 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. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs.oasa.gr. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. 210 4115200 Icaros tel. I f you have to use a taxi. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. the tram is the way.65 for an appointm ent. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1.
inyourpocket.com . Europcar Tel.hertz.budgetathens.nationalcar. 210 6264000. 210 9984000 August .gr Run out of cigarettes. 210 9890000 TNT tel. Mitropoleos 3.gr. gr Kolonaki Sq. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. www. tel. feel like reading a newspaper. info@batek-europcar. fax 210 6879610.gr. Car rental Avis Tel. email@example.com. K4 Omonia Sq.gr Budget Tel.September 2011 athens. www. H5 Syntagma Sq. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. or worst of all.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. tel. G5 Kanigos Sq. MPanepistimio.avis. 210 3493428. fax 210 3493417. need a condom. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries.gr.europcar.com. 210 2882151.gr National Tel. 210 8981444. 801 11868868 UPS tel. www. fax 210 6264409. F2 Mavili Sq. www. reservations@avis. IVIS Travel Internet Service. www. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. reservations@nationalcar. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. craving for a chocolate. fax 210 2882050. 210 6879600.gr. 800 11 800 12.
airlift. Exarchia G1. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Thai El. Delta Athens International Airpor t. Closed Sat. 210 7244404. Thermopylon 42. Marousi. MMarousi. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. tel. Malev Panepistimiou 15. tel.14:00. 210 9218076.20:00. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. MMetaxourgio. tel. QOpen 07:30 . 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284.14:00. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. 210 3531101. Venizelou 32. airlift@airlift. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. Emirates Syngrou 128. Closed Sat. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. QOpen 07:30 .com . tel.gr. tel. tel. fax 210 9967872. Syntagma Square F5. 210 3217650. tel. tel. Closed Sat. karafil@abi. Buy. QOpen 07:30 . Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. Sun.20:00. MAkropolis. tel. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Kifisia. tel. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. Aiolou 100. Swiss Sorou 18-20. MSyntagma. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. Makrigianni F7. 210 8093771/210 8093777. tel. Sun 09:00 . here is a list of centrally located post offices. 210 6175200. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252.14:00. QOpen 07:30 . MSyntagma. tel. Closed Sun. Glyfada. Acropolis rock. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. port: 210 3530101. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. info@ abi. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. tel.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. tel. 210 3622054/210 3634572. QOpen 07:30 .14:00. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. 210 210 3534245. MMonastiraki. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. 210 3218143. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. tel. 210 3237573.gr. tel. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. Sun 09:00 . Sun. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. tel. tel. Zaimi 36-38. Sun. Gulf Air Nikis 33. Sat 07:30 .13:30. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. Closed Sat. tel. LOT Panepistimiou 15. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. tel.20 for registered and €2.20:00. 210 3235831. MVictoria. tel. . tel. Marousi. tel. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. tel. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. tel. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. British Airways Themistokleous 1. QOpen 07:30 .gr.inyourpocket. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. Marousi. Sun. sell. tel. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. 210 5233636.17:00. tel. tel. head to Syntagma Square. www. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. tel. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103.14:00.13:30. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. Argyroupoli. Add to that €3. Sat 07:30 . 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. MOmonia. tel. Metaxourgio C3.14:00. Mitropoleos E5. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). 210 3216024. Plaka F6. Closed Sat. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. tel. 210 3537600. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. 3rd Septemvriou 28. Nikis 33. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Mitropoleos 60. Glyfada. Kotzia Square.70.14:00. Sun. tel. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. QOpen 07:30 . MOmonia. tel. tel. Aiolou . Closed Sat. 210 9692020/210 3531237. tel.Central PO E3. Sun. MEvangelismos. 210 8219570. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. Omonia E2.90 for express mail. 210 9967870. tel. Kolonaki I5. Sun. Closed Sat. tel. Cyprus Athens International Airport. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. 210 5225277. QOpen 07:30 . QOpen 07:30 . Argyroupoli. Olympic Syngrou 96. Turkish Athens International Airport. 210 3534020. Glyfada. Argyroupoli. tel. MAkropolis. Air China Filellinon 24. tel.gr.14:00.
In fact.gr. bluestarferries@bluestarferries. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St.Crete and Greece . www. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). 210 8919800.gr.com .September 2011 14505 8919509. tel.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2.gr. Connections to Lesvos. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. Arr.gr.bluestarferries. 17.superfast.gr. 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. 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.hellenicseaways. info@minoan. 210 athens. 1441. www. Arr.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30.com. tel. tel. tel. www.com.gr.minoan.Crete and Greece . 210 4115015. 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.gr. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways . OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. 6:50-IC 11:54 7:53-ICEX 12:20 9:21 15:02 10:51-IC 15:50 13:21-IC 18:31 14:52 20:51 19:29-IC 23:55 20:39-IC 01:48 23:59-SL 06:59 From THESSALONIKI Dep. Online reservations: http://tickets. 210 4199000.inyourpocket. Arr.nel. www. www.gr. some of them otherwise inaccessible. Heraklion. However. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. 1110. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. Ferry connections between Piraeus . August . 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep.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. Arr. www. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. tel. Crete. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. www.trainose.anek. 185. booking@anek. Voula. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. Pireaus. tel. Ferry connections between Piraeus .gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. 210 4145700. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. Pireaus. 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. tel. sales@nel. ose. 1110. for the rail journey lovers. Only over the last twenty years.com.
Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). Kotzia Sq. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. travel accessories. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. www. and take our word for it. 210 3318248. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. www. gift shops (yes. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. 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). The largest computer and office supply chain. Athens In Your Pocket .20:00. www. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins.athensmetromall. Oh. QOpen 10:00 . M Syntagma. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. Designer brands at great prices. At the opposite end of the spectrum. Computers & Gadgets Germanos.-Stournari 19 & 24.gr. gr. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. www. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. This is a great shopping spree destination. 276. Tue.collector-shop. Sat: 09:00-15:00. is a different story.gr. Thu. fashion. MOmonia. cosmetics. Wed. MOmonia. tel.plaisio. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. Omonia Sq 4. Upmarket department store. tel. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours.gr.the biggest in the city. Syntagma. Sat 10:00 . towards the seedier Monastiraki area.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. F5 Public. tel. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. www. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. A visit to the charming Plaka district. All shops close on National Holidays. www. 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. tel. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. MOmonia. (See our list). Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). fax 210 3318249. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. fax 211 1802698.gr. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area.notosgalleries. Merlin 6. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. All top brands priced accordingly. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. 211 1802600. Head here for urban wear.atticadps. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. Ippokratous 3.gr. But the lower end of Ermou Street. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. There is a branch on every other corner. www. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian.public. Then again. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. wondering where to head off shopping. Plaisio. 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). underwear. Electronics. MAg. chaotic.com. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. and as regards local colour. www. Notos Home Kratinou 5. Finally. this sprawling.gr.themallathens. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. The Mall . F1-Voulis 3. wine and spirits shops. F1-Zaimi 10. 210 3255564. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. MSyntagma. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone.germanos.21:00. fax 210 3221440. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops.gr. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. shoes. info@ collector-shop. Closed Sun. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. jewelry. www. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price.notosgalleries. www.hondoscenter. banknotes and stamps. of course).gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. enticing city. as well as in boutiques. City Link. are closed). Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). Furniture. you guessed it.com. 210 3743000. On the other hand. M Nerantziotissa.
113. 276. 219. Ag. 276. 154.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon.: Closed.athensmetromall. B3. electronics.:09:00-21:00 Sat. – Sun.: 09:00-20:00 Sun.gr athens. 219. 109. accessories. A4. Car: Vouliagmenis Av.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. 790.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. a play area. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. X97. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun.inyourpocket. A3. 155.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. Ag. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. 171. 208. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station.September 2011 . B4. a beauty salon. a bank and many other services. Dimitrios.com August . Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. Clothes. 816. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. 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. shoes. Dimitrios. Shops: Mon – Fri.
€ $ £ 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-
Akadimias 7-9, tel. 210 3604815, www.acci.gr.
pany G6, Xenofontos 7, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3253123, fax 210 3216653, email@example.com.
Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Vasilissis General Secretariat for Investment and Development Nikis 5-7, tel. 210 3332402, www.ggea.gr/ German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dorileou 10-12, tel. 210 6419000, http://
Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry Kifisou 102, tel. 210 5384177, www.heda.gr. Hellenic-Chinese Chamber Amerikis 10, tel. 210
3629052, www.chinese-chamber.gr/. 210 3355700, www.elke.gr.
Hellenic Center for Investment Mitropoleos 3, tel. Hellenic Foreign Trade Board Marinou Antipa 86-88, Ilioupoli, tel. 210 9982100, www.hepo.gr.
tel. 210 3332000, www.mnec.gr/en.
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