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E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S

Contents
The Basics
Facts, habits, attitudes 6 10 12

History
A few thousand years in two pages

Districts of Athens
Be seen in the right places

Athens beaches

A tram ride to the Med

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Strikes & Protests A survival guide Culture & Events What’s on Where to stay
5* or hostels, the best is here for you

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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

Getting Around
Airplanes, boats and trains

Shopping Directory Maps & Index
Metro map City map Index

Alimos beach

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riots are not. we have the best places to stay. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. However it is advisable. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form.inyourpocket.com www. All rights reserved. (+370-5) 212 29 76). The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15. especially around August 15th. Athens In Your Pocket athens. tel. Lithuania tel. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. 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. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. to call and check before your visit. no matter what you have seen or read. Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. regardless of the impression given by the international media. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. And as always. Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. eat. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk).inyourpocket.V. 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. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel.K. 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).4 Foreword I n the days of plenty.com www. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. in Austria (Vienna).inyourpocket. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook. in Croatia (Šibenik). The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. Our answer is of course yes. it is very likely that they will be back in September. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. com/inyourpocket). We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. drink and see. Vilnius.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . as many places close for a few days at least. 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.com . Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. (see our Athens beaches feature p 14).

one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. If you are too far (i. who are friendly. you will soon discover.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. loudly and clearly. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. democracy. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. active and innovative. Finally. Indicatively. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. highly-qualified. Athens is a global capital. among others. athens.e. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. invigorating and meaningful experience. fairness. situated 27 km (16. Easily accessible and strategically located. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. innovation. where you must change to enter the metro system. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. unlimited development potential. spiritual landmarks and sport. professional services. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. day and night life.90). Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. We welcome all visitors to Athens. To get to town you have a choice between metro. multilingual human resources. bus. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. enjoyable and rewarding stay. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. and wish you an exciting. suburban railway. 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. Athens. discover new ideas and speak their mind. taxi and.com August . Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). newsstands. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. Full of life and passionate about their town.8 miles) east of Athens.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. banks. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. of course. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour.inyourpocket. but that of course depends on the traffic. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. car hire. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. gastronomy. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). cafés. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia.September 2011 . So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. hospitable environment. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. If you have your own car. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. shopping. 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 . even an airport museum. Belgrade and Istanbul. be it for business or pleasure. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure.

9 million Total territory: 131. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. i. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor.com . in practice. 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. Finally. laws are there to be broken. flammable gases. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell.917m Length of coastline: 15.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. over the last few years many new Greek brands have been introduced into the market and are steadily gaining in popularity: Mythos and Alpha are the most popular. However. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. Mastiha is another pleasant. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope.. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. It is. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. sweet-tasting spirit.944 sq km (51. 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. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. 1. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. In fact. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. Disabled travellers Unfortunately.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). However. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. Diluted with water and ice. 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. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. protected species.e. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. which is added during fermentation. explosives.. which make very good wines. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. as you’ll be able to find it aplenty once you’re in the country) Alcohol Greeks tend to drink on social occasions and you will rarely witness scenes of extreme drunkenness in the streets or in bars. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. but then again.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. however. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. clubs etc. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. with a pine resin flavour. nuclear or biological substances. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. no less.inyourpocket.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. weapons. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. you shouldn’t worry. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. Strangely enough.U. Most other well-known international brands are widely available.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours.

And like In Your Pocket guides. meaning something between a sense of honour.September 2011 . More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). within-app dialling and web browsing. If you avoid questioning the. Or so the public water company says. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free.up-to-date.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. athens.. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English. They tend to think that the rest of the world. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. and keep an eye on your belongings. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. 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. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. well-written and independent information . Developed in association with Meta4Labs. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. but for that same reason. even showcasing original archaeological material). as well as at the Airport shops.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. although it revolves around them.obvious correctness of these views.with the functionality of the iPhone. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. 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. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. This is known as ‘filotimo’. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. bars and restaurants closest to you. We even supply high-resolution static street and transport maps (exactly the same as those in our guides) so you can enjoy In Your Pocket on your iPhone without racking up huge roaming charges. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. and more are being released all the time.inyourpocket. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1.. but if you avoid certain areas.com August . most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. 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. 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. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. accurate. Petty crime does exist. especially as a sole traveler. Finally.But that’s fair enough. If you go out to dinner with locals. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. 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. and find the cafes. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides .

Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. which is the maximum time allowed. This measure was introduced back in 1982.com . As a result. 100 Ambulance tel. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. Once you remember the above. giota (ι). you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. but that’s about it. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. lead to a full-scale revolt). 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. 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. €6.. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. this comes at a price: Parking lots. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. Like their Balkan counterparts. take our word for it). Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. 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). 166 Fire Service tel. Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. (ου) is pronounced oo. 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. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. over and under ground. Athens In Your Pocket athens. 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. 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. (αι) is pronounced e. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too.inyourpocket.. legitimate music prices have been slashed during the last few years and you can now buy top-selling music from €5 (which is the same as the price for a pirate copy!) The Greek alphabet The Greek alphabet looks scary but once you learn how to pronounce each letter and combination of letters you can actually read Greek! Just give it a few minutes and you’ll be surprised. practice and time. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. with mathematical precision. As for understanding. Police emergency tel. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. 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. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo.

and rightly so. Plaka. you can enjoy food. New Zealand. Kydathineon 22. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. Australia. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. each with its own distinctive character.. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. Iceland. tel. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. 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). This was. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. Japan. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. making it a completely different cinema experience. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. 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. Apostolou Pavlou 7. surely enough. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. Ten percent is considered generous. 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.U. Thission C6. according to animal welfare organisations. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. plays movies catering to all tastes. Dexameni Sq. Canada. however. it will be the final nail in their coffin. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. constitutes bad publicity for the city. Israel. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . 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.com August . The truth is. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly.tel. Kolonaki. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. a fact that. This was the reason the government came back and announced that from September 1 2010 there will be a universal ban in all public places with an eight month transitional period just for casinos and nightclubs. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. Thissio.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. Together with your chosen movie. 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. Zappeion Garden. laws rarely get in the way of people’s lives and most bars and many restaurants completely ignored the new law which became redundant in practice. tel. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. Cine Paris F6. However. tel. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. but in wonderful Greece. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. Psirri. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. Cine Dexameni H4. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. vaccinated and sterilised. Against all odds. 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. Switzerland and the US. something around five percent is the most common practice. Most are small gardens in their own right. Norway. a real treat for sultry summer nights.. tel. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. Aigli G7. Sarri 40-44. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. tel. 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. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. Vox G2. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. Just before the Olympic Games. Themistokleous 82. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. 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. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat.September 2011 . are: Cine Psirri D4. It is the most atmospheric of all. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. like everything else in this country. the streets.. code is +30 210 athens. Exarchia.inyourpocket.

King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital.com . Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. the son of Peisistratus. creation of a people’s court). sculpture. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. c. son of Philip II. Rebuilding of Athens begins. held at Olympia. construction of the first Agora. During this period. an Athenian herald. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. 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). is built between 447-437BC. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. among other architectural masterpieces. science.10 BC history c. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. 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. The Parthenon. During this period. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. drama. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. including Pericles. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. Ionians and Dorians. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. Sulla attacks the city. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. all flourished. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. Democracy. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. which lasts until 446. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. c. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. 356BC: Alexander the Great. king of Pontus. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. In his grief. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. Athens In Your Pocket athens. architecture. c. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. philosophy. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. In 451BC. 510BC: Hippias. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. is born in Pella. Aegeus. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands.inyourpocket. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. Legend has it that Pheidippides. Aeolians. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. Aeolian. at the mouth of the Hellespont. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. Sigeum. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. that he survived.

following popular uprisings. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. athens. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. After a month of intense fighting. 1912: First Balkan War. “No”. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. on October 28. Before his death. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. Greece. is crushed with bullets and tanks. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino.com August . Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. Ioannis Kapodistrias. which is renamed Constantinople. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. under the Treaty of Lausanne. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. 1973: In November. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. Britain. 1913: Second Balkan War. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. Italian and Bulgarian forces. is partially destroyed. mainly in Athens and other major cities. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. advancing towards Albania during the winter. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. Serbia. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. Military regime collapses in Athens. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital.000 dead. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. King Constantine II flees the country. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey.September 2011 . Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. being on the winners’ side. More than 50. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. The Byzantine Empire is established. giving the country its final shape. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. based on religious faith. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. Greeks take to the mountains. the guerrillas surrender. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. In December. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. 1941: In April. 1949: The National Army. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. The Acropolis. 1952: Greece joins NATO. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war.inyourpocket. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. with heavy support from the US. 1940: After occupying Albania.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. Crete unites with Greece. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. End of the Byzantine Empire. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. Presidential democracy adopted. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40.

taking in the golden sea views along the way. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. However. Enjoy your leisurely ride. right in the centre of Athens. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. The Athenian élite of politicians. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. if posh dining is more up your street. 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). Enter the National Gardens.com Athens In Your Pocket .inyourpocket. most dating back to the 1970s. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. rockers and anarchists. Board the metro to Syntagma station. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. Beach attire. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. actors. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. show off and decide the future of the country. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue.com athens. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. Iera Odos. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are.H5. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. A4 Bordered by Pireos. Akadimias. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. Kolonaki H4. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). high profile journalists. Fortunately. head to Kolonaki. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. exhibitions and festivals take place. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. Countless tourist shops. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. MSyntagma. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. Exarchia F2. leftists.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias.inyourpocket. mingle. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. if you wander off the beaten track. Monastiraki. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. 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.MSyntagma.G2.E6. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. M Kerameikos. Patision (October 28th) Streets. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. Allow at least two hours for your visit. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square).H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. M Omonia. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. The nightlife here is excellent. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. 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. athens. 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. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down. models and powerful businessmen. students. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki.

D3.E5. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination.C5.E2. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. theatres. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. the pride and joy of the capital. The food is generally average. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. Like many other European cities. athens. Iera Odos. Syngrou Ave. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas).districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. Ermou. MMonastiraki. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. MThissio.F4. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. at night. Achilleos Streets. Panepistimio.E3 MOmonia.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. occasionally. Metaxourgio B3.inyourpocket. weird and suspicious figures. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. gritty and colourful. as the masses started to move elsewhere. Thissio.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. (Since then. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. 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. Countless bars. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. workshops. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. D2. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings.C3 Bordered by Pireos.com August . where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. Makrigianni hasn’t so far had very much to offer the visitor except its proximity to the ancient monuments and some tourist shops and restaurants. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. street traders. Buzzing and ugly. Ancient Agora. clubs. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. MKerameikos. Philopappou Hill. Evripidou Streets. with a new bar.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis.September 2011 . 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. 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. lottery ticket sellers and. Athinas and Ermou St. Philopappou hill. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. Syntagma. but. with some exceptions. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. or a Sunday afternoon. One of the oldest districts of Athens. Pireos. MAcropolis. MMonastiraki. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way.

KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. Tram.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. Tram.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). Daily: 08:00-19:00. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. As a general rule. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. 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. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. children under 12 free. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. 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. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. Or. Finally. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. Weekends 09:00-sunset. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). weekends €11. Admission: Weekdays: €8. Varkiza 27km Tel.5. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. all days. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. 64 km. Astir Beach. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. 15 km. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. Grand Beach. Bus E22 Agia Marina. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. towels. children €13 Yabanaki. Bus E22 . bus stop Lagonissi. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. 210 8902000 Tram. remember to bring a bottle of water.com . if you are really lazy. As a rule. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. Alimos. Weekends: €17. 8 km. Alimos 10 km Tel. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. Daily: 08:00-20:00. Bus E22 . children €8 Weekends € 25. 28 km. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. if you drive. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. 44 km. Parking weekdays: €6. Lagonissi 40km Tel. for a fee of course. Sunbeds incl. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. 34 km. hats and everything else you may need. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. The following are some of the most popular free beaches.inyourpocket. 69 km. children 6-12 yrs: €8. Children under 6yrs free.

Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. consider the alternatives. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. So. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. When a strike scuppers your plans. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. If you are staying at a hotel. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. The trains. In addition to TV and radio news. and a country crippled by constant strikes. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. think about taking the bus or tram instead. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www.000 years ago. 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.oasa. take to the streets. Most strikes are announced in advance. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. only to find they’re not operating. athens. That in itself is a good start. Just a few blocks away. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf.gr for regular updates. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. and reliable English information can also be found online. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. Greek society has not imploded.inyourpocket. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. Check out livingingreece. The whole city is not in turmoil when BBC or CNN show protestors hurling stones and street furniture at riot police lined up in front of parliament. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. not the rule.com. a few days. you may be a little surprised. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning. Welcome! Looking around. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. But strikes – be they for a few hours. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. don’t despair. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. pulsating with protestors and police.ekathimerini. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o.com August . It means that no air traffic controllers. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. Locals take it all in their stride. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. Life goes on. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. Athens is a city best seen by foot.gr – has information in Greek and English.September 2011 . Flexibility is key. Instead.

i-ticket.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. 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. 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. 1 Koumbari St.benaki. Sofias Ave MSyntagma.tickethouse.gr www. 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. €35 www.17:00. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. where he lived out his days.inyourpocket. 210 367 1000.ticketnet. the Holy Lands. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs. www. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56). Sat: 09:00 . QOpen Mon.gr / www.15:00. Wed.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Egypt and Damascus in 1857. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi.€40 14/9. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. Malta in 1856. he took his first steps as a photographer.gr/www. tel.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. at the start of the eighteen fifties. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20.gr athens. Admission fee: €7. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage . After 1881 he settled in Yokohama. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. There. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time.24:00. Of Scottish extraction.Pulp Terra Vibe . & Vas.ticketpro. Thu 09:00 . Sun 09:00 .gr. Fri. dating from 1853-54.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket .

performance.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). tel.com. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. contemporary music.. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. MMonastiraki. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean.. www. Roman.21:00.herakleidon-art. who reside in the Netherlands. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. without official members. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists.gr. Group Filopappou is the result of a voluntary cooperative effort and numerous self-directed participants who have worked together in equal terms without a central organisation or leadership. 210 3461981. MThissio. Concessions:€4. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. Admission fee: €6. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. Normanou 5. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. Sun 11:00 .gr. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each.com August . each artist. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. and Egyptian.theartfoundation. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . Sep 19 . and explores the fields of theatre. Kind of.inyourpocket.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. to date. to contribute installations on the same theme. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. when the group was created. Jul 21 . theory of art and poetic contemplation. (+30) 6988391684. using our own editors. athens. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 . multimedia installations.19:00. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket.www. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). (+30) 210 3238757.24:00. Closed Mon. Closed Aug 1 . tel. including the Greek.. D5.September 2011 . or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. Under 12: Free. when confronted with the remains of our collective past. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 .Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. the need for their message to reach its recipient. Recording actions’.. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. writers and local researchers as presenters. Free admission. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts.com/inyourpocket. Iraklidon 16.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis.

tel. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. Triples: €140-170.com. reserve@ oandbhotel. tel. this hotel is a temple of modern living. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. 5persons: €250280. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size.. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. Suites: €300-550. Q 15 rooms. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. Lysikratous 9-11.gr. Doubles: €180-400. Q 102 rooms. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. (+30) 210 3312950. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. www. salesepath@electrahotels.gr. www. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. MSyntagma. a beauty salon. (+30) 210 3370000. Singles: €160-250. Psirri. Superior rooms: €295-450. fax (+30) 210 6284449. MSyntagma. 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’. Suites: €500-10. barber’s shop. Most impressive. Aristotle Onassis and. but you can always book a suite with living room. Suites: €500-€5000.com. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. Q 22 rooms.athens@hiltoncom. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. Doubles: €190-210. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital.gr. though. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. Although accommodation is ample. Nikodimou 18-20. Needless to describe its amenities. MThissio. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. Recently.semiramisathens.Doubles: €160-250.210 3443590. 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. www. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. tel. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4.avahotel. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. MEvangelismos.hiltonathens.inyourpocket. www. Pure luxury. the 7th floor French restaurant. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. Q 524 rooms. cigar store. 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. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. Q 154 rooms. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. as well as countless kings. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation.000.grandebretagne. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. info@ grandebretagne. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. MSyntagma. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. Leokoriou 7. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets.gr. info@avahotel. Doubles: €130-160. fax (+30) 210 7281111. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. reservations. fax (+30) 210 3312942. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio.electra-hotels. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. (+30) 210 3259000. An immense fitness centre.. Vas. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. (+30) 210 7281000. MAcropolis. Singles / Doubles: €180-300. www. Syntagma Sq.com. Internet is of course free-of-charge.com. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka.com. Sofias 46. Vasileos Georgiou 3. The subtle luxury. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms.classicalhotels. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. Syntagma Square. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. fax (+30) 210 3241875.com.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. info@semiramisathens. a jacuzzi and a wonderful Parthenon view which is included in many of those international lists compiled for the rich and privileged of this world. tel.Naomi Campbell. www. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. then look no further than Semiramis.gr. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. Maria Callas. no less. tel.oandbhotel. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. you can wind down in the silent room. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. Plaka. is the list of its famous guests. kgpalace@classicalhotels.com . Singles: €150-200. 4persons: €230-270. a place of complete relaxation. fax (+30) 210 3250504. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963.gr. tel. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. www. Athens In Your Pocket athens. com. Kifisia. Internet is free of charge. What we need to point out is its Spa. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. Tudor Hall. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. fax (+30) 210 3259001. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul.

Q 516 rooms. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682.gr.gr. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. Standard: €120-170.goldenage.September 2011 . A non-smoking wing is also available. MSyntagma. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. www.com. Suites: €220. Doubles: €100-150. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration.for thnet. info@herahotel. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel.gr. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians.. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. info@periscope. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. www. www. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. Singles: €110-200. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. a meeting point even for non-residents.. (+30) 210 5205360.gr. 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. MVictoria. Doubles: €110170. Acropolis view: €150-190. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. One of the top small hotels in the city. Suites: from €170. value for money. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. tel. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. Singles: €100-130. melia-athens@solmelia. Q 106 rooms.Where to stay Electra F5. Falirou 9. Pireaus 78. Overall. tel.gr. Q 150 rooms. Ermou 5. MAmpelokipoi. free Internet access. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. 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. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. www. MSyntagma. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel.gr. eridanus.herodion. herahotel. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. (+30) 210 7240861-9. www. Avenue bar. www. Q 126 rooms. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. highly recommended hotel. 10. Wooden floors. If you have some extra euros to spare. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Try out the fitness centre. (+30) 210 9236832-6. goldenage@ath. fax (+30) 210 9238269.melia-athens. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. tel. Q 38 rooms. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. Rovertou Gali 4. Wi-Fi Internet is free.com. Breakfast will brighten up your day. Hermes bathroom sets. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2.gr.electrahotels.periscope. herodion@ herodion. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details.gr. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. right across from the New Acropolis Museum.gr. Q 122 rooms. gr. MOmonia.gr.com August . PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. (+30) 210 3378000. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens.inyourpocket. 10 suites.gr. www. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. Haritos 22. quite often with live music. Suites: €200350.gr. Q 22 rooms. www. tel. Chalkokondili 14.athensparkhotel. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. Doubles: €100-120. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. The fitness centre. Suites: €200-250. fax (+30) 210 7213965. (+30) 210 7297200. (+30) 210 Hera E8. Singles/Doubles: €100-170.gr.com.com inyourpocket. tel. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. reservations@president. Michalakopoulou 57. Q 38 rooms. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. saleselath@electrahotels. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. Triples: €160-230. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. stays open until 02:00. MAcropolis. a good.com. Kolonaki. with a sauna and a hamam. tel. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. tel. with a high degree of privacy. Renovated in 2010. Situated on Ermou street. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. Being next to greenery in Athens is a huge privilege and Park Hotel stands right opposite one of the biggest parks in the centre of the city (Pedion tou Areos). eridanus@eridanus. Singles: €150-170. fax (+30) 210 5200550.president. (+30) 210 6989000. Doubles: €120-250. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. 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. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. Singles: €90-110. tel. Singles: € 90-120. Doubles: €165-190. fax (+30) 210 9211650. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. An excellent. w w w. info@athensparkhotel. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon.

This 1930s building was once a clinic. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. Singles: €90-120.com. info@nikihotel.gr. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. Q 230 rooms. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities.gr. Suites: €270-340. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Triples: €80-100. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance.gr. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka.com. Syngrou 10. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. (+30) 210 3326000. (+30) 210 3220913. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8.1. Singles: €95-205. info@acropolismuseumhotel.acropolismuseumhotel. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. Doubles: €100-225. reservations@athensgate.gr. Q 80 rooms. com.com . Fallirou 37-39. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. an extra definitely worth asking for. Singles / Doubles: €125 . Singles: €60-80.gr. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. Doubles: €75-95. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. tel. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. tel. www. € 100-180. Q 84 rooms. Q 50 rooms.gr. just two minutes walk from the metro. Some of the bathrooms. Magna Grecia. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer .athensgate. tel.gr. tel. These days. www. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. attaloshotel. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. Athinas 29. Mitropoleos 6. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. Panepistimiou 52. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. 210 3229431. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. Suites: € 200-250. Family: € 200.gr. omiroshotel.gr. Some rooms boast large verandas. are more than spacious. Apollonos 15. tel. Q 22 rooms. fax (+30) 210 9249052.nikihotel. 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. www.gr. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. PTJARGW hhh athens. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. www. Suites: €400. tel. Q 22 rooms. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. MPanepistimio. Doubles. Singles: € 75-90. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. tel. there’s something Parisian about it. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. fax (+30) 210 9215342. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. Q 40 rooms. www. A sister hotel of Herodion. www. To name a few. Doubles : €100-140. fax (+30) 210 3300700.gr.com. MAcropolis. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner.gr.gr. Singles: €100-150. philippos@ herodion. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. Nikis 27. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. no doubt. (+30) 210 9223611-4.arethusahotel. Mitseon 3. more impressive once you walk in. Acceptable.royalolympic. Doubles: € 90-110.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. MSyngrouFix. Arethusa F5.philipposhotel. The location is very convenient too. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. Olive Garden. MSyntagma.acropoliselect. gold and a few ancient replicas.com. arethusa@ traveling. info@attaloshotel. fax (+30) 210 9237493. M Acropolis. Tasteful and low key decor as well as helpful and professional staff guarantee a pleasant stay for those not looking for swimming pools and spa services but good value for money accommodation instead. tel. Just off the centre of action. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay.gr. (+30) 210 3212801. Named after an Athenian nymph. www. tel. Q 99 rooms. The rooms are comfortable. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune. Q 72 rooms. the rooftop restaurant. excellently located accommodation. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. select3@ otenet. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. hotel@tac. (+30) 210 9249050 . but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). Large central hotel. Rooms are basic. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. (+30) 210 9215353. 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. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. www. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. 1 suite. a library. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. Singles: €50-70. free Internet. 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 385 rooms. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. fax (+30) 210 9216938. Suite:€110-130. fax (+30) 210 3229439. Syngrou 48. Plaka. info@royalolympic. MAcropolis.tac. free WiFi included. fax (+30) 210 9223615. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. so will you.titania. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 3220886.inyourpocket. titania@titania. Makrigianni. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34.gr. (+30)210 9288400. omiroshotel@hol.gr. www. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. www. fax (+30) 210 3243124.com. especially in executive rooms. MSyntagma. tel. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. A fine meeting room. Time also equals information. Doubles: €60-80. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. Q 87 rooms. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. www. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. Try the café on the mezzanine. tel.200. a gym and Ioannis. Omo- Omiros F5.

Doubles. Constructed in 2005. Mitropoleos 46. athensstudios. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. info@athenstyle. 6976 484135. PJAB AthenStyle D5. Doubles €40. tel. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y.centrotel. it is located in the heart of Plaka. fax (+30) 210 3217469. Doubles: € 40-80. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7.gr. (+30) 210 32 44 808. (+30) 210 3225010. If you’re lucky enough. as is reasonably priced accommodation. Triples €50. with people who know where to take you. look elsewhere. reservations@panhotel.inyourpocket. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. 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. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. tel. Breakfast is also available on demand. PJR6 hh 3237816. www. info@athensstudios.gr. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. www. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. (+30) 210 9224044.. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. Suites: €100. This is one of our top low budget favourites.hotelmetropolis. Mitropoleos 11. All the rooms are non-smoking. tel. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. gr. Kidathineon 16.gr. MAcropolis. Psirri. Doubles: €35-50.panhotel. consolas@hol. tel.athenstyle.Where to stay Budget 8258010.gr. English-speaking. (+30) 210 3217871. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. Named after ancient god Pan. Singles/Doubles: €60-80.gr. Minimum stay 3 days. Veikou 3A. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure. Q 59 rooms. Singles: €40-70. www. There is a bar. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. 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. Negotiable for long term stay. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. www. Q Dorms: €25. tel. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5.. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. pleasant homey but minimal environment. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8.com August . the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. info@boutiqueathens.September 2011 . 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. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. info@centrotel. studenttravellersinn. MSyntagma. www. as most hostels in Athens. 210 9235811. Triples: €60-100. tel. fax (+30) 210 3219991.gr. tel. this family business is a respectable choice. Singles: €60-80. Doubles: €70-100. MAcropolis. Agias Theklas 10. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. By the way. organised by Athens Studios. Q Dorms: €15-20. studios: € 60-150. Q Dorms: €18-25. If it’s luxury you’re after. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor.gr. info@backpackers. M Acropolis. Epikourou 16. info@ hotelmetropolis. www.com. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka.gr. tel.gr.gr. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. PJARGW raki. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. (+30) 210 3248165. M Thissio. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Triples: €96. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. Q Singles: €22-26. Q 33 rooms. The Internet is free of charge. Elspeth Geronimos. M Acropolis. English speaking joint. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. 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.com. 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. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. www.EP16.gr. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. www. fax (+30) 210 3237819. com. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens. www.com. Makri 12. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. Thissio. The rooms are less than basic but then again. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. MVictoria. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats. Doubles: €40-50. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. PTJA6GB W W athens. and as basic as you can get. M Syntagma. tel. the lady in charge. Q 22 rooms. “Fabian.hotelfivos. Pittakou 6. backpackers.Q Dorms: €20. Private rooms pp €15-30. com.

Sun 02:00 . but once you’re there you can request a table. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. Milioni 4. among hundreds of establishments.There is no admission charge for the performances. Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. €€€. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. €€€€. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. (+30) 210 6441215.com.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. www. Hristou Lada 9. M Pane. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. tel. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed.gr. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. Sun 18:00 .01:00. QOpen 20:00 03:00. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square. (+30) 210 3252758. €€. Closed Sun.00:00.com/athens. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. PTJAU Red Indian D3. Gazi. tel. Your experiences are always appreciated. tel. Epikourou 25 Psirri. www. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. €€.11:30. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city.hardrock. QOpen 12:00 . QOpen 10:00 01:30. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. after all.com athens. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. Sofokleous 1. info@jacksonhall. MSyngrou-Fix.inyourpocket. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. tel. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. gr. QOpen 10:00 .gr. Filellinon 18. Closed Mon. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. QOpen 09:00 . but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . burgers. Panepistimio.jacksonhall. €€€. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. 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. Great location too. www.redindian. tel.02:00.01:30. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. location. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4. 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. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. live up to its eclectic clientele). (+30) 210 3219908.01:00. MAmpelokipi. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. Go ahead.01:30. tel.gr. tel. €€€€. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. This restaurant is so authentic.wagamama. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. even in winter. view. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community.00:00. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. €€. exclusivity and attitude. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. Do not dress too casual. www. QOpen 21:00 . www. They take no phone reservations. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. QOpen 10:00 . MSyntagma. tel. you should consider checking this out. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. (+30) 210 3616098. (Ledra Marriott Hotel).00:00. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. QOpen 18:00 . It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. Service is very professional. (+30) 210 3211882. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses.blackduck. Kifissias Avenue 37.com . In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting.gr. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. A quarter of a century later. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. 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. 210 3234760. MThissio. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. tel. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. you know that. 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. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. (+30) 210 9300000. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3410418. MKerameikos. Kolonaki. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. are a distinctively Athenian landmark.

tel. QOpen 13:00 . 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. (+30) 210 3410107. Impeccable white couches inside. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. You may have to share your table (there is also one hanging upside down from the ceiling but we doubt you can dine there) and you’ll enjoy original French specialties prepared in the open kitchen and French wines at very reasonable prices.01:00. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. MThissio. QOpen 14:00 . rabbit etc). housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. with a geat Acropolis view. If you are looking for real. PJA (+30) 210 3464236. Thissio. tel. QOpen 13:00 . MKerameikos. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Vasilisis Sofias 46. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. Closed Sun. QOpen 13:00 . Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing.01:00. Hilton hotel. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. €€€. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. PTJB athens. MAcropolis. tel. Watch out for its live DJ sets. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). it became an instant hit.Restaurants French tel. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings).01:00. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. brought in from around the country.03:00. PJAB ManiMani E8. Chez Lucien A7.00:00.17:00. €€€€. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. Persefonis 41. MEvangelismos. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal.01:00. Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style.€30 per person €30 . QOpen 12:00 . €€. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. PTA August . €€.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. QOpen 13:00 . (+30) 210 3476320. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. PJAB Mamacas A4. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. MAcropolis. A relatively new entry. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . (+30) 210 3638525. PTJA Milos K5. Gazi. Closed Aug €€€.01:00. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. QOpen 14:00 . and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. among others. PJA Alatsi K5. QOpen 12:00 . plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. rabbit.inyourpocket.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. MEvangelismos. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. (+30) 210 7244400. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. Politicians and fellow journalists. 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. (+30) 210 3464984. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . Adrianou 9. Petralona. QOpen 20:30 . QOpen 13:30 03:00. Troon 32. M Piraeus. Closed Aug €€€. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. low prices and a fashionable clientele. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. If you are a train spotter.they take no phone reservations. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. Sun 13:00 . (+30) 210 9218180. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. €€. Snails. which is shipped in on a daily basis. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. tel. tel. Falirou 10. among others. MSyntagma. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. Gazi. PTJAB Kanella A4. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. it offers modern Greek cuisine.02:00. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. €€€€. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. tel. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . Konstantinoupoleos 104. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. (+30)210 9288400.02:00. As for dining here. MKerameikos. (+30) 210 3240133. Kuzina C5. €€.com . tel.01:30. 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. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). QOpen 12:00 . Metaxourgio. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. 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. tel. MKerameikos. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. PJA Tirbouson A3. Pir eaus. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. Makrigianni. (+30) 210 4080017. MThissio. Panepistimiou 10. tel. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. this is your first choice. Closed Mon. €€. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant.

tel. tel. The hands-on consumption of copious amounts of barbecued lamb chops constitutes a time-honoured ritual that has survived the refinement of the modern Athenian. yet simple menu. TJN Varoulko C4. Kidathineon 41. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. QOpen 12:00 . Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. QOpen 14:00 . The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. Exarchia.B5. 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. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. PAUG Spondi I8.24:00. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. you won’t mind the bill. tel.16:00 & 19:00 . probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes.00:00. Sun 12:00 . QOpen 20:00 .12:00. QOpen 12:00 . The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce.18:00. MOmonia. MPanepistimio. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets.01:00. 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. 210 5228400. 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. Pireos 80. Georgiou A. QOpen .gr. (+30) 210 3222210. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. MThissio.gr. tel. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. €€. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town.17:00. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. tel. €€. if you prefer to opt for sweets. MSyntagma. Apollonos 40.spondi. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. PJAUB Yantes G2. the main dishes. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. Wed. €€€€. It has been operating for more than a century in an old.01:00. MOmonia. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood.inyourpocket. Plaka. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. www. (+30) 210 3225084. €€€€. Praxitelous 30. 210 7520658.varoulko. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. Valtetsiou 58. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. tel. Sun 13:00 . tel. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 .Vouliagmeni.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. 210 3450288. Tue.00:00. Closed Mon.01:00. €€€€. Syntagma Sq. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. €€€. Thu 19:30 .www. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. QOpen 13:00 . An old house.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. 210 8960510. Metaxourgeio. Exarchia. tel. MThissio. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual.01:00. A daytime-only restaurant. tel. €€€€. QOpen 13:00 . catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. a no-frills. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. Kerameikos. Pangrati. QOpen 20:30 . New York. (+30) 210 3232671. Fri.01:00. PJN Doris E4. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. 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. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. Closed Sun. MSyntagma. €€. Pyrronos 5. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. PTJNS Ilias C5. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently. (+30) 210 3301369.com . An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. Lefteris Lazarou. (+30) 210 3218733. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. tel. QOpen 09:00 . Prices are dead cheap and. right on Syntagma square. Closed Mon. €€. Closed Sun.17:30. Dorieon 36. Dining here makes one feel like an extra in an old black and white film and rightly so…the place has provided the setting for many Greek films of the sixties. Closed Sun. salvaged from demolition. Petralona. €€. Valtetsiou 44. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. MSyntagma. Sat 19:30 .the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century.0:30. Erechtheos 16. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. tel. Plaka. (+30) 210 3821685. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore.

open-air kitchen. (+30) 210 3641414. QOpen 13:00 . PTJA August . Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon.01:30. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. Psirri. (+30) 210 3413440.00:00. €€. This meat-only restaurant looks like an old butcher’s shop and serves fine organic meats and local varieties of sausage supplied directly from every corner of Greece. aubergines and bechamel sauce. tel. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. QOpen 12:00 . layered with mince meat. tel. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. just don’t worry about it. €€. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. the owners set up shop next door. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. accompanied by its good quality house wine. Taverna tou Psirri D4. Closed Sun. complete with wooden floors and chairs.com . Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. PTJ 210 7237757. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. QOpen 13:00 . Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. Popular varieties are the shrimp. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. together with a generous amount of shallots. tel. tel. Kolonaki. simple. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad.) / Mezedes (pl. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. pine nuts. 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. tel. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. Exarchia. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. olives. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. 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. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. M Kerameikos. €€. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. QOpen 13:00 . Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations.and checked table cloths. As for the bill. Persefonis 19. or ‘garides saganaki’. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. tel. raisins).September 2011 athens. MOmonia.inyourpocket. PJA M Panepistimio. cucumber. green peppers. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. €€. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. QOpen 13:00 . PJA To Kafeneio I5. (+30) 210 3214923. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. €€€. but then again. Of course. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends.01:00. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. universally known as Greek Salad. Eschylou 12.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). QOpen 12:00 . Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. Gazi. (+30) 210 3227298. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade.01:00. MMona- stiraki. Loukianou 26. PTJAB Drinks Ouzo Traditional aniseed-flavoured spirit usually accompanying seafood ‘mezedes’ Tsipouro Traditional strong spirit Raki Traditional strong spirit similar to tsipouro Rakomelo ‘Raki’ blended with honey. QOpen 12:00 .01:30. MSyntagma. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). Closed Sun. (+30) 210 3304333. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. Kolonaki.02:00. €€€. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices.19:00. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. Andrea Metaxa 30. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. peppers (and less usually. Lekka 22. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome.

€. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. is very easy to spot Nikitas. make up the GB experience.com Athens In Your Pocket athens.24:00. Psirri. €. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. MMonastiraki. tel. Agias Eirinis Sq. Q Open 13:00 . €€. This psitopolio has been serving the working crowds of Psirri since 1967 and has maintained a loyal clientele even these days with the hundreds of choices in the area. 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.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. Panepistimiou 52. MMona- Kosta E5. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. Sun. But the souvlaki is top class. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. Central Market.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. Q Open 13:00 . tel. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. take our word for it. (+30) 210 3330000. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. Mr. tomato. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. MOmonia. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. (+30) 210 3242775. JNS stiraki. Very conveniently located.16:00. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. €. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Q Open 12:00 . This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. Q Open 10:00 . You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. €€€. tel. a fridge and a sink.16:00. MSyntagma. Every day. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside.16:00. Sun. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. JS tel. (+30) 210 3326000. €.18:00. No Telephone. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. M Evangelismos. PJAW Kostas F5.com . tel. Psirri. PJA Iroon Square E5. JBS 210 3228502. Closed Sat. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. tel. €. This classic brasserie.inyourpocket.01:00. JBS GB Corner G5. If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. Closed Sun. from his narrow kitchen. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. MSyntagma. MThissio. €. PJS Nikitas D4. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. As expected. Evripidou 86. This is actually an address as this place has no name. Closed Sun.01:00. but it is worth it. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. €€€€. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. Agion Anargyron 19. JS Telis D4. Evangelismos Grove. That having been said. (+30) 210 3218219. M Panepistimio. Q Open 12:00 . With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. M Monastiraki. QOpen 24h. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. with a slight preference for fish and seafood. (+30) 210 3252591. Psirri. However. tel. Art-deco atmosphere. Closed Sat. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. tel. Do not expect seating and service. Closed Sat. €€€€. Q Open 12:00 . A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. Closed Sat. french fries. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. Q Open 12:00 . as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. Sun. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice.late. 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. Q Open 12:00 . ‘high-society’ crowd. a meeting point for government officials. and its lovely garden. Iroon Square 6. Hotel Grande Bretagne. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. Kostas is back in business. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 5150550. (+30) 210 721 08 93. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. 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. Pentelis 5. when all national newspapers were based downtown. Sun. MThissio. none is served here. Q Open 13:00 .

(+30) 210 3218222. Food is more than satisfactory. MMonastiraki. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. (+30) 210 3813358. Closed Mon. Miaouli 22.with honey).01:00. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . PJA Ouzou Melathron D5.01:00. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4.02:00. Gazi. Valtetsiou 51. QOpen 13:00 . The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot.Thissio. but that’s our job after all. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . QOpen 12:30 . (+30) 210 8230313. Kolonaki. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. tel. MVictoria. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. Q Open 10:00 . If you’re looking for an unaffected. €€.01:30. (+30) 210 3624825. Exarchia. 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. tel. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. MMonastiraki. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. Paleo Faliro. Omirou 11. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb.inyourpocket. QOpen 13:00 .the ideal people-watching spot. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. Naxos D5. Closed Sun. this is worth checking out. tel. it manages to create a lively. (+30) 210 3240716. Plaka. MMonastiraki. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. €€. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. QOpen 14:00 . Astigos& Philippou. €€. MPanepis- Surreal F1. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . MKerameikos. €€. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 08:00 .01:00. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. 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. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. tel. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. MMonas- Rebecca D4. Agelou Geronta 2. €.01:00. €€. QOpen 20:00 . True to its name.01:30. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. Rethymnis 12. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. Persefonis 15. JB 9837498. Humble but real food. (+30) 210 3478050.Restaurants Salero G2. tel. MVictoria. with some innovative dishes on offer. 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. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. PJA Sardeles A5. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème.com August . Tapas are always up for grabs. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior.September 2011 .00:00. tel. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. PTJB tiraki. 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. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. Exarcheia.02:00. Closed Mon. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. JNB athens. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. tel.usually on weekends. youthful environment. PTA Glykis F6. €€. (+30) 210 3223925. Psirri.

QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3240944. M Syntagma. PTJNS Museum Café F1.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist.00:00. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. MAcropolis. QOpen 09:00 . Situated right next to the Museum. 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. There is a long wooden table. New Acropolis Museum. These days. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). MOmonia. that hosts a large number of art events. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. MVictoria. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. PJB Ginger Ale G2.00:30. QOpen . it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too.50-6. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. concerts. Monastiraki. MMonastiraki. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians.02:00. (+30) 212 1006147. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. you are right on Exarchia square after all.50) and snacks and salads (€2. PJB Da Capo H5. it is rather a part of an alternative art house.20:30. tel. Mon. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. MMonastiraki. Wed. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. Akamantos 2. (+30) 210 3216852. PTJUB Aiolis E5. www. Thissio. Kolokotroni 57. Skoufa 34. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. Aiolou 23. boozecooperativa. (+30) 210 3253323. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. magazines and board games.24:00. Sat 07:30 . Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. (+30) 210 9000901. PJB Inoteka D5. Sun 11:00 . Famous outdoor café.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. Coffees. JB Krinos E4. tel. Kolonaki Sq. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). despite the occasional refurbishments. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. Exarchia. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. Closed Sun. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. just step upstairs to the night club.02:00. (+30) 210 3473133.00:30. PJNB Booze E4. MSyntagma. Despite its unremarkable décor. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. QOpen 08:00 . Kolonaki.. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. PJ6E tel.02:00. tel. (+30) 210 3312839. Fri 08:00 . (+30) 210 3602497. refreshing and healthy dessert. a light lunch comes at low prices. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. Ginger Ale is no place like that. that it is getting a bit boring. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. Monastiraki. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. Closed Mon. Athens In Your Pocket . video art projections and performances. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café.late. tel.com. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . QOpen 07:00 . continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. 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. Booze Cooperativa. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Tue. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. tel. MMonastiraki. 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. tel. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). (+30) 210 3212493.com. (+30) 210 3301246. PJ Klepsidra E6. Also loukoumades. Thu. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. (+30) 210 3612850. This is not an ordinary café. QOpen 10:00 . as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. Monastiraki. QOpen 08:00 .02:00. Tsakalof 1. MMonastiraki. actors and high profile celebrities. tel. QOpen 10:00 . like fresh fruit. MThissio.15:30. Aiolou 87. tel. QOpen 10:00 .50-2. QOpen 08:00 .late. 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. cereal. booze@boozecooperativa. JB Filion H4. Plaka. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. tel. This café has been around since the twenties. Avissinias sq 3. tel. Adrianou 39.24:00. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1.03:00. New entry. Fri 07:30 . Q Open 07:30 . ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. MMonastiraki. 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. tel. (+30) 210 3246446. 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. exhibitions.20:00. Themistokleous 74. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops.

MKerameikos.an oasis in the noisy city centre. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat.3:00. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. tel. MSyntagma. tel. PJ National Gardens café H6. Kerameikos.stavlos. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. (+30) 210 3643774. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. tel. M Panepistimio. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. huge ice cream servings.com. snacks. MAcropolis. a stage for live performances. progressive. Coffees. QOpen 09:00 . www. bios@bios. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. it seems to work out fine. Makry. & Praxitelous Gallery. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries.01:30. €. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. 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.02:00. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. This bar is divided into 3 parts. QOpen 10:00 . You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. if you lose track of time. M Thissio.23:00. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom.September 2011 .03:00. Bios B4. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. tel. for this freestyle coffee shop. sandwiches. As for the music. www. Closed: Aug 13-24. MSyntagma. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. (+30) 210 3645888. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. QOpen 08:00 . Plaka. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3245862. The King’s stables once. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. London and New York. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. PJA Stavlos C5. a bustling section and. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. Kleitiou 6. (+30) 210 3425335. QOpen 10:00 . 25.22:00. PTJ raki. sweet crepes.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. M Syntagma.brettosplaka. soul and hip-hop. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum.02:00. a designer and his team. Kolokotroni St. QOpen 11:00 . Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. try finding a table next to the almond tree. tel. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . restaurant. A minimal bar. Irodou Attikou entrance. As central as it gets. QOpen 20:00 . try the upstairs level. Pireos 84. bios. A small café with character. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. QOpen 12:00 . It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. Panepistimiou 12. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. A historic café that opened its doors again. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. (+30) 210 3211158. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. Psirri. (+30) 210 3232110.late. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres.03:00. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. MSyntagma. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky .02:00. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . tel. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. 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. Kydathineon 41. If you want to stay out of sight.gr. M Syntagma. 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. tel. a space for those who like a bit of both. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. The café offers a large selection of snacks. Veikou 3A. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. A sitting room for quiet conversations. MSyntagma. Skoufa 47-49. (+30) 210 3426322.gr. www. QOpen 10:30 . its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. tel.gr. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. (+30) 210 3229805. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. PJB Bartesera F5. 210 3257644. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. now a café. PJA Brettos F6.athenssportsbar. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. Monastiraki. Thissio. National Gardens. QOpen 20:00 . Iraklidon 10. Lekka 14. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. QOpen 09:00 .01:00. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. Although they serve food.02:00.gr. www. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. tel.20:00. QOpen 09:00 . Service is efficient and polite. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. in the middle. tel. It’s a strange combination but. PJK Ambariza F5.jazzy tunes. If you visit in early spring. QOpen 09:00 .

Kolonaki. (+30) 210 6911672. QOpen 17:00 . (+30) 210 728 10 00.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. tel.inyourpocket. 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. A wild-west touch. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours.02:00. PJ tel. MPanepistimio. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. (+30) 210 3210233. tel. Situated on Karitsi Square. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. (+30) 210 3460901.02:00. (+30) 210 3413395. past metro opening hours. In the summer or when weather permits. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. Sofias Ave 46. MKerameikos. MKerameikos. QOpen 10:00 . 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. and those who come in later. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. QOpen 10:00 . a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. Delfon 5. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. MEvangelismos. PJEK Capu F5. QOpen 21:00 . large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. Gazi. tel. (+30) 210 7258306. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. 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. Amazing city view. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. Vas.03:00. tel. Basically. (+30) 210 322 77 33. Stadiou 10. PAB Mai Tai I4. Metaxourgeio. MKerameikos. Vintage at its best. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. as such. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. tel. tel.03:00. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. a long bar. QOpen 11:00 .02:00.02:00. QOpen 15:00 . glass in hand. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. and. Should you decide to go out late. Triptolemou 31. Fri . MSyntagma. Agisilaou 61. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. M Panepistimio. Athens In Your Pocket athens. (+30) 210 3462007.03:00.03:00. PJB Gazaki A4. tel. 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. QOpen 21:00 . (+30) 210 3458534. Gazi. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. tel. Driving there is also an option. If too much socialising makes you hungry. Kolonaki. QOpen 11:00 . and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. PA Pairidaeza F4. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. Ploutarchou 18. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. 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. Voutadon 42. Original seventies. PJ Nixon B4. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. Triptolemou 30. all at the…appropriate price. PJ Hoxton A4. QOpen 21:00 . MKerameikos. tel. (+30) 210 3608269. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. MEvangelismos. Closed Sun. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. with wood used as the key decorating element. Syntagma. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife.04:00. En Delphis G3. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. don’t worry. It’s almost pitch black in there. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). tel. MSyntagma. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. Minimal decoration for low profile people.Sat 10:00-01:00. tel. tel.12:00. Ampelokipoi. JB Nipiagogeio A5. 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 . In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. with not-so-young regulars. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. 210 3226844. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. (+30) 210 3229374.03:00. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. Lekka 14.02:00. QOpen 10:00 .02:00. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. a happy medium. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Gazi. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. 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). PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. Paradise in Persian. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. QOpen 10:00 . the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. Live performances organised from time to time. QOpen 21:00 .03:00. (+30) 210 3466055.com . Parnasou 3. MPanormou. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. QOpen 10:00 . Pop. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. MKerameikos.

PJEB tel. (+30) 210 3471844. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. www. Gazi. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif.gr. the soothing sound of jazz. Q Open 12:00 . PJA Tapas Bar A4. in the late afternoon.stinpriza. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. souvlaki-gyros in hand. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. QOpen 10:00 . Monastiraki.com.com. J6B athens. Established in 2008.05:00. tel.gr. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. Karitsi Sq. tel. Triptolemou 44. MKerameikos. Music is mainstream.02:00. M Monastiraki. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. QOpen 21:00 . what else? Fish n’chips.September 2011 . tel. true to the originality of the establishment. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd.02:00. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. MSyntagma.com August . One of the best bars Athens has to offer. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. QOpen 10:00 . promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. (+30) 210 3623541. 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. (+30) 210 3311555. tel. porcelain and books. nonetheless. Freestylers and media staff love it here. fax (+30) 210 3235070. (+30) 210 3219225. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. a tiny. One of our favourites. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. tel. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. www. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. QOpen 22:00 . Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. 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.S has taken over with a bar. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3235055. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. PJB Rosebud G4. (+30) 210 3392370.01:00.theartfoundation. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. Thissio. tel. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while.03:00. QOpen 19:00 . in the evening. Good times to be had. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens.03:00. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. PJA Seven Jokers F5. Astigos 12. QOpen 10:00 02:00. barrels.O.03:00.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. depending on the resident dj. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed.O. Avramiotou 6-8. Fri. MPanepistimio. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. Sat 22:00 .01:00. www.03:00. E5. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. (+30) 2103210510. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. 6 D. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. it serves coffee and sandwiches. Monastiraki. Karitsi 10. (+30) 210 3244101. Christou Lada 1. Sun 21:00 .S. MPanepistimio. MMonastiraki. Sun 18:00 . an events space as well as a gallery. tel. (+30) 210 3238757. all cater for selective crowds of the city. tel.G. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Skoufa 46. Voulis 7. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. A classic already. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover.02:00. They may have to think again.If your stomach begins to complain. info@jjoyceirishpubathens.jjoyceirishpubathens. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. PJ Six D. Normanou 5. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. this is one street that’s always got something going on. Kolonaki. order.inyourpocket. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . MPanepistimio. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual.G. Just watch your fingers.03:00. Kolonaki. MMonastiraki.

inyourpocket. They also offer 20% discount to tourists.gr. www. post your own nightlife review at www. you won’t regret it. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. (+30) 210 9421264. as is their self-professed title.mousses.gr. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. just off the Psirri nightlife district. so you call it a bargain. MMegaro Mousikis. 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). However. and Evripidou St. as a big city.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. grou 237. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). tel. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. www.06:00. tel. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. (+30) 210 3477744.gr.06:00. gr. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). Drinks cost €11. Baby Gold Syngrou 140. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake.06:00. 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. As for illegal prostitution. Prices negotiated on the spot. Fortunately. A Baby O Pireos 171. QOpen 23:30 . Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. Otherwise. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back.gr. Admission fee: €15. tel. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs.06:00. (+30) 210 9413079. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. you could easily mistake it for a dance club.grandritorno.which is the strong point of this club . The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. 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. www. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. QOpen 23:30 . Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. tel. www. The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. tel. you can watch the show . (+30) 210 9316417.06:00. QOpen 23:30 . some quite explicit. and around Theatrou Sq.penthhouseclub. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St.06:00.babygold. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. 210 9235576. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. QOpen 23:30 . as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). That is not to say that what you get is cheap. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. Admission fee: €15. www.com . (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. tel. (one drink included). Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. (+30) 210 7245233. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. Kallithea. Most gentlemen’s clubs.inyourpocket. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. illegal immigrants who work the streets for little money and very often face organised police raids and disappear for a few hours in the back streets of the area. Admission fee: €10. alcatraz.on the plasma screens too. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137.gr. Michalakopoulou 52. It is located a bit further out of the centre. www. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). which is lit even during the day. baby-o.

Megalou Alexandrou 139. Megalou Alexandrou 134. www.07:00.scape. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. Clubs Kazarma A3. Lebesi 15. (+30) 210 3460667. Metaxourgio. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. Konstantinoupoleos 70. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. There is a large cruising area. trendy and friendly. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. Gazi. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. Gazi. Fri-Sun 19:00 . QOpen 20:00 03:00. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. tel. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10.late.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area.gr August . PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. Psiri. 33 A Lamda Club F8. Giatrakou 12.03:00. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. It has. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. MKerameikos. though. PJ My Bar E5. They are fully air-conditioned with TV.greekgayguide. Gazi. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. w w w.www. tel. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. Fri: Go go boys. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality.bigbarathens. Gazi. www. 210 9224202.gr. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. PJ Sodade A4. weekends 14:00-07:00. come a long way during the last years. 210 3210539. Gazi. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. Q Open 23:30 . which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. 2 jacuzzis. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . finger food and different music every night. Kakourgiodikiou 6. 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. tel. 210 5228806. Gazi. QOpen 10:00 . There are th eme days. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4.myspace. tel. As for our list.gr www. tel. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. Admission fee: €15. Mon: Sports.eu / www. It consists of two separate rooms.05:00. reasonably priced drinks. Q Open 23:30 . 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. will keep you busy for hours. 210 3460677. Happy hour: €10. 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. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . and are just above Alexander Sauna. 3 saunas. tel.lesbian. tel.alexander-apartments. www. Three visits tourist pass: €35.04:00. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. 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 .gr. Gazi. 210 3468657. The music is mainstream-dance. Wed: underwear. www. Megalou Alexandrou 134. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. PJ Cafés ameikos. www. Drinks are cheap. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. Bars Big A4. Friendly staff provide high quality service. 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. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. Tue: Bear.06:00. (+30) 210 3224771. 6946 282845. MKerameikos. . All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. Avdi Sq. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. tel. Closed Mon. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends.September 2011 . PJB tel. www.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. tel. Ga zi. MKerameikos. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. Gazi. Triptolemou 10.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city.03:00. Admission fee: €15. M Kerameikos.mybar. lotteries etc. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Tue.eu / www.gaygreece.03:00. however.03:00.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . MKerameikos. tel. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers.04:00. QOpen 11:00 .noizclub. MMonastiraki. 210 3411003. MAcropolis. tel. Thu: Mixed ages. free WiFi. Closed Mon. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. Polyklitou 6. PJRD Myrovolos C3. MKerameikos. a steam room and 100 sqm gym.gr. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. private bathroom.alexandersauna. The crowds are young. MKerameikos.gr.athenspride.04:00. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. PJB MMetaxourgio. QOpen 23:00 . especially on the entertainment side of things. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars).com. As a visitor. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. MMonastiraki.

34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . knowledge. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. churches. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803).000 sq.m. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. musical and dance performances. In 1997. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. leaflets. the Erechtheion. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. with detailed signs. with whole areas (such as the East.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. Dating back to the 5th century BC.or at least view . 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. 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. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. The Acropolis and its surrounding area . liberty. In all. publications. the Ancient Agora. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors.harmony. however. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. virtuous competition and democracy. Walking through them. mosques and residential areas. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’.are at the historical heart of the city. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems.com . proper measure. 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. but more so at the hands of man. Some monuments were reused as palaces.000.inyourpocket.the most important monuments. the Areopagus. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. 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. the Acropolis. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. 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. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. beauty. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources.including the Acropolis Slopes. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687.

the Propylaea .com’ project. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles.D7.theotheracropolis. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations.C. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments. thought and art flourished. Eumenes II. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later. the Erechtheion.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. QAdmission: €12. 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). 210 3210219. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6.000 sq. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B. established in the athens.com 6th Century BC. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. tries to introduce us to the different faces. built by Ictinos (447-432BC).the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . it was home to the cult of Athena. The collective behind the ‘www. In the golden age that followed. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. The 70. the Acropolis of Athens is a perfect example of how ancient architecture was adapted to a natural site to form what has become a model worldwide and down the ages. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. Set in a site covering 30. tel. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. Zeus and Apollo.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock.. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra.theotheracropolis. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC.inyourpocket. where the works of the Aeschylus. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. especially during the 5th century AD. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way.E7.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). August . 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 Parthenon.m. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. by the king of Pergamon. After the Acropolis itself. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas.000 sq. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon.September 2011 . www. There.m.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). MAcropolis. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. built in the 2nd century AD. patron goddess of the city that took her name. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. Sophocles and Euripides were performed.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. With the predominance of Christianity. the Erechtheion.

The Western Hills C6. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. 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. Hadrian’s Gate F7. The ancient Koile road.m. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). with many important road axes. 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. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare.This area. Athens In Your Pocket athens. From the 6th century BC. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. northwest of the Acropolis. next to the Ancient Agora. 210 3210185. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. with shops. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami).000 sq. MMonastiraki.000 sq. If you are an archaeology buff.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods.m. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . The 28.com . The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). political and commercial centre. wind vanes.7. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. were held. or Philopappus Hill. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. religious festivals. take thematic interactive tours. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity.the first. reads ‘This is Athens. play games. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. the ancient city of Theseus’. and the other. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. tel. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens).000 sq. the state archives and philosophical schools. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www.parthenonfrieze. to the west of the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. learn about the frieze. During the 5th century BC. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. Melite and Koile. storerooms and offices. commercial exchange. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. The Agora was a large. Amalias Ave. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. 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. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus.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.inyourpocket.its religious.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. were held.m. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. the gate bears two inscriptions . It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city.parthenonfrieze. facing the Acropolis. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . educational and cultural centre. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D. Thissio.gr.

19:00. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. Tripodon St. Further. Kerameikos & museum. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. 210 3214172. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. Free for pass holders.inyourpocket. the god of wine and revelry. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. tel. Built between 447-437BC. Q Admission: €12. The stadium opened its doors again last April. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. QAdmission: €2. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). the Ancient Agora & museum. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. and its architectural and structural details and the precision in the carving of the marble are a testament to the expertise in the artisans that created it. 210 3251744. Baroque. Arditos Hill. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. Today.September 2011 . and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. In 1669. As a result their opening hours vary. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. known as the ‘Philhellene’. But this year. tel. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. tel. in 132AD. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. 210 9226330. athens. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. as well as the Renaissance. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. due to the economic crisis. in the late 19th century. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. the earliest theatre in the world . rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. MSyntagma.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . patron-goddess of the City of Athens. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. MAcropolis.com August . Romanticism and Neoclassicism. MAcropolis. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Boulanget and E. the Roman Agora. who used it as a study room. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. the tyrant Peisistratus.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. Plaka. The Temple was huge by ancient standards.

Nearby. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures.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. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. Walking into the museum. of an Athenian neighbourhood. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. 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. 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. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. Then. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. the neighbourhood continues below. Amongst the artefacts from households.com . taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . something pottery buffs will delight in. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. houses.38 What to see Acropolis view from the Museum’s Parthenon Gallery VK Acropolis Museum Guide he Acropolis Museum has proven to be a massive success as was expected.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls.inyourpocket. while the collection of unusual. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. the remnants of streets. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . space and angular lines. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. 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. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis.000 visitors in its opening week alone. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. Receiving 90. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance. With light. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. after animals come statues of women – lots of them.

the cast makers’ excellent work. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. Nevertheless.inyourpocket. Admission fee: €5.Closed Mon. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum.especially on the west pediment . his wife Plautillia and a rather handsome portrait of a Barbarian from the 3rd quarter of the 2nd Century AD exhibited in the Roman period – who knew savages could look so refined? This section also contains the museum’s most curious exhibits . info@theacropolismuseum. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. tel. 210 9000901.theacropolismuseum. Indeed.com August . perched atop the Acropolis hill. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. she seems to be crying. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. 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. Fri 08:00-22:00 . one can admire the inner frieze. Agrippina the Younger. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC.history really does come alive here. athens. something the ancient Greeks never forgot. – 5th Century AD. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. 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 Propylaia. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. Finally. 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. However. faces are the real winner in this section. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. the Roman period.20:00. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. In fact. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. 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. www. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. A number of reliefs are also on display. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum.What to see snakes. as well as Lucius Verrus.gr. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. and the advent of Christianity. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. Emperor Caracalla.grQOpen 08:00 .a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC.are plaster casts. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. regardless of the debate.September 2011 . which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. MAcropoli.

Vlachos and E. Benaki Museum H5. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed. Tositsa 1. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. 7228321 . Decrees. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). Mon. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. www. Fri 09:00 . the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre.and early Christian periods. Q Admission fee €7.cycladic-m. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. M Omonia. eleven rooms.13:00 & 18:00-20:00. Free admission. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. tel. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection.inyourpocket. art. fax 210 7239382.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. Archaic.com. MSyntagma. a gallery. a lobby. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. Sat.gr.15:00. Q Open 08:30 . Kalkos. Wed. www. tel. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. H. Bronze Age. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c. 210 3671000. recently refurbished. Thu 09:00 . Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. Its permanent collection is vast . Closed Tue. Thu 10:00 . MVictoria. Closed Mon. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. Minoan. 210 8217724. 210 8232950. 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. QOpen 08:30 . showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. Sun 09:00 . www. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic.gr. A gift shop is available. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. info@cycladic-m. MSyntagma. Museum shop. Its more than 20. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. a large hypostyle corridor. tel. a 3.15:00.17:00. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . Classical and Hellenistic items. tel.5. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. the first half of the twentieth century.15:00. QOpen . 1.20:00.17:00. 22. Amenities include a children’s area. designed by L. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection.gr/.17:00. Lange and remodelled by P . Admission fee: €6. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. 210 7232178. Ziller (built 1866-1889). The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. Epigraphical Museum F1. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. . religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. 18-26: €1. tel. fax 210 3671063. fax 210 8225733. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. Geometric. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. ema@ culture. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. Admission fee: €5. concessions €3. Admission fee: €4. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. Sun 10:00 . tel. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. Set in a beautiful building.indeed.24:00.gr. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age.benaki. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias.gr. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. Mycenaean.3. 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Thu 09:00 . fax 210 8213573.bsaverof.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era. Closed Tue. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops.com . Sun 11:00 . third millennium BC). This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. QOpen 10:00 . this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. records.yet also very instructive.gr.13:00. Trokadero. Saturdays: €2. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. benaki@benaki. housing a unique. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. tribute lists. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. Tue.14:00 & 18:00-20:00. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. Closed Mon. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. eam@culture. QOpen 09:00 .

(close to Apostolou Pavlou Str.inyourpocket.September 2011 © Jan de Bie. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12.herakleidon. as well as seminars designed for students.15:00. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Admission fee: €6. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. Admission fee: €5. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. Admission fee: €5. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.gr.14:00. Closed Sat. Admission fee: €4. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 08:00 . as well as from nature and from scientific discourse.00 . info@herakleidon-art. Escher and V. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4.gr. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. tel.6 25. 210 3463552.gr Museum hours: Tues.gr athens. Europe. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society.benaki. www.19:00. spell to turn into a swallow 2006. Middle East. Monday Closed www. Ag.gr. under 19 yrs: free. Sun 10:00 . tel. MAcropolis. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.11. America and Asia. Jewish Museum F6. ANCIENT CULTURES 25.00 & Saturday 9. 210 3251311.16:00. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. www. Admission fee: €2. QOpen 13:00 .21:00. MSyntagma. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000).: 210 3461981 www. www. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.jewishmuseum. Islamic Art Museum C4. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. QOpen 09:00 . concessions: 2. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop.16:00. Wed 09:00 .gr. concessions €3. Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry.-Sat. Sun 11:00 .14:30. concessions: €4. 210 3461981. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. 210 9221044. tel.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . Herakleidon 16.herakleidon-art.gr. Far East and North Africa. A giftshop is also available. islamic_collection@benaki. info@jewishmuseum. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. MThissio. Nikis 39. Wed 09:00 . Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. in a picturesque neoclassical building.gr. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.com / info@herakleidon-art. 210 3225582. Sun 11:00 .gr.21:00. 11:00 -19:00. Closed Mon. fax 210 3458225. such as funeral urns.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. QOpen 09:00 . info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr. such as M. MThissio. 13:00 -21:00. from the 12th to the 19th centuries.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. fax 210 9237358. 16 Herakleidon str. concessions: €3. fax 210 3231577.culture. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists. concessions:€1. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece.C. Mon 11:00 .C.19:00. Vasarely.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5.19:00. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens. students. tel. Ermou 148. Closed Tue. MThissio. www. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis. tel.21:00.) Thissio. linocut . Sun. fax 210 3225550.00. Closed Mon.

War Museum I5. Closed Mon. religious icons. tel. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. MSyntagma. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. as well as silver. up to the present day.16:45. tel. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. Closed Mon. Closed Tue. 210 3453111. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings.gr. Closed Mon.gr. 210 3237617.14:00. Closed Mon. MAcropolis. as well as its musical combination with other instruments.15:00. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural.15:00. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829). fax 210 3250198. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’).15:00. Free admission. traditional costumes. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. Admission fee: €2. 210 3229031. Mon 11:00 . this Museum preserves. civic emancipation and democratic institutions. protocol@emst. with special focus on the Second World War. A giftshop is available. MKerameikos. This Museum. From the 17th century to the present. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. www. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. MThissio.gr/. Wed 12:00 .14:00. 210 3210185. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. concessions: €2. Among its collections are works of art. QOpen 09:00 . Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. QOpen 09. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. photographs. inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. MEvangelismos.18:00. National Historical Museum F4. through to the mid 19th century. fax 210 9245200. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. Admission fee: €6. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. tel. QOpen 09:00 . Among its exhibits are embroidery. QOpen 10:00 . which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. M Syntagma. Kydathinaion 17. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. Admission fee: €4. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). wood and stone carvings. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. Goudi.culture. 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. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. tel. Pireos 138. Stadiou 13. fax 210 3226979. 210 9242111-2. items of furniture and household objects.00 . it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. paintings.14:00. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). The Museum of Contemporary Art. Plaka. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available.com . Concessions: €2. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. QOpen 10:00 . 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 3254119. 330BC). Sun 10:00 . 210 7709855. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). MKatechaki.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. Free admission. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. Sun 10:00 . Admission fee: €3.16:00. tel. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. Diogenous 1-3. Closed Tue. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing.but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. consessions: €1. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. proudly greets visitors to the Museum.42 What to see War Museum tel. Plaka. weaving. The architecture of the building itself is very original. Sat.14:00. melt@melt.inyourpocket. Rizari 2. 210 3231397. Concessions: €3.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. tel. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. royal portraits and weapons. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . costumes. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. MPanepistimio.16:45.athenscitymuseum. http://www. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. from 1837 up to 1843.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . tel. QOpen 08:00 . fax 210 3220765.benaki. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. QOpen 09:00 . Adrianou 24. records. flags.has organised some very successful exhibitions.

concessions: €3. protocol@ nm. fax 210 7224889. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. fax 210 3635953. 210 9231502. tel. Free admission. theatre performances. QOpen 08:00 . Railway Museum Siokou 4.gr.What to see companies.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’.com August . Closed Mon.September 2011 . Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. tel. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. Wed 12:00 . 210 7235857. performance. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. Closed Mon. Georgios Iakovidis. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. Admission fee: €3. Recording actions’.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. Yiannis Moralis. open discussions and lectures.gr. (+30) 210 3238757. Closed Mon.nma. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. fax 210 922 0193. Fri. Nikolaos Kounelakis. contemporary music. woodcuts. Sep 19 . Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7.made salads. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou. theory of art and poetic contemplation. www. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. 7 days a week.15:00.gr. tel. accessible to the public year-round.org. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . Its exhibits include more than 600. Tue.inyourpocket. Admission: free. gelismos. 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. cropolis.gift ideas. Admission fee: €6. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). athens. Its amenities include conservation laboratories. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives.20:00. Tue. Sun 10:00 16:00. Sun.13:00. Wed 9:00 . Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. literary presentations. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001.22:00. Yiannis Tsarouchis. Sat 10:00 . Sat. Panepistimiou 12. tel.5. Sepolia.theartfoundation. nationalgallery. as well as models and historic photographic archives. instruments and mechanics’ tools. 210 5246580. Free admission. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. multimedia installations.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. QOpen 08:30 . film screenings. Closed Mon. Closed Sat.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Fri. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. historic tram trains. (+30) 6988391684. tel. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5. www.gr. A haven for the railways aficionados. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. MSyntagma. while plans for its expansion are underway. www. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. 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. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art. Webster 5.18:00. http://www. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen . postmuseum@elta-net. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. Closed Tue. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. such as tickets. concessions: €2. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. Nikolaos Gyzis. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. 210 3643774. Thu. MEvan- Sep 11 . postalmuseum.15:00. Nikiforos Lytras. Paintings. fax 210 7519279. Michalakopoulou 1. www. QOpen 09:00 . 210 7519042. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece.24:00. a well-equipped library. Normanou 5. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. when the group was created until today. MMonastiraki.spyrosvassiliou. tel.gr/.org.14:00.14:00. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). Sun 10:00 .culture.

under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. The last known restoration was in 1840. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and.gr. MMonastiraki. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. Free admission. M Panepistimio. Papadakis and N. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4.com . so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. the palace was completed in 1843. MPanepistimio. 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. which is open to the public. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. M Syntagma. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. Panepistimiou 21. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. mou & Kapnikareas St.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. As for the imposing wall paintings. Panepistimiou 47. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. As is the case with most churches in Greece. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. Panepistimiou 2832. Monastiraki. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). since 1934.parliament. M Panepistimio. QOpen . In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall.gr. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. has housed the Greek Parliament. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. was later added to the north side. As for its background. Overlooking Syntagma Square. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. fax 210 3692170. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. they date to the 19th century. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. As for the interior. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. Syntagma Square. National Librar y . either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. The official inauguration took place in 1938. A chapel. Bank Of Greece F4. bankof gr e ece. It is currently undergoing restoration. the bell tower was added later. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. MOmonia. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. This is a cross-insquare construction. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. 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’). for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. In a poll. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. info@parliament. Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. It is cross-in-square shaped.20:00.Athens Academy .Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. it was erected around 1050AD. Sat. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. tel. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. struggle for Greek Independence. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. www. MSyntagma. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. The building was designed by archi tects K. the first monarchs of Greece. Sun 10:00 . MPanepistimio. with 3 apses on the east side. is located in the forecourt of the building. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. MOmonia. 210 3707000. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10.inyourpocket. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). this church dates back to 1065 AD. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. Syntagma.gr. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5. w w w.

E5. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. MOmonia. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. & Vas Olgas. QOpen 10:00 . 2. that points to the four points of the horizon. Mets. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Monastiraki Square. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. This building. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Old House of Parliament F4. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. the Nymphs. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. This historic Obser vatory. it is now used for international conferences. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. MSyntagma. marble sculptures. which were violently put down on 17 November. died in Greece. Stadiou 13.inyourpocket. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. Kyristou 8. Plaka. columns. MOmonia. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. Zappeion G6. Closed Mon. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou.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. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume).1932.What to see National Theatre D2.September 2011 . It was founded around 1837. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). M Acropolis. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. as well as for European heads of State meetings. situated in the forecourt of the University. 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. Hill of MSyntagma. commercial events. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. Today. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. MThissio. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall.com August . In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. Alimos. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. in 1759. in order to commemorate the event. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. M Syntagma. while h e awai ted completion of the Royal Palace (now House of Parliament) and subsequently housed the Greek Parliament between 1843-1854 and 1875 . M Monastiraki. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. athens. and who have no known grave. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. which was formerly a Royal Residence. Admission by invitation only. Konstantinou 22. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. Amalias Observatory C6. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). while its Minaret has been removed. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. 1973. Patision (28th October) 46. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. Ag. Most famous Greeks are buried here.14:30. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. The imposing Presidential Palace. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. Cemeteries Av. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. MSyntagma. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium.

46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. www. children up to 12 yrs: €12. www. 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. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. a café. Bus No: A16. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides.atticapark. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). Tue.gr. internet-access area and giftshop. Sat.com .21:00. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world.gr. geological and palaeontological exhibits.02:00. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. tel.14:00. There is a café. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. Q Open 09:00 . a café-restaurant. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. info@hcm. QOpen . hellenic_cosmos@ime.gr. the biggest children playground in Greece. Closed Mon.m. including an attic and garden. and climbing towers. Sun 10:00 . This is home to the largest and.copacopanapark.gnhm. Sat 10:00 . (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. trampolines. www. B16. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. gr. Sun 10:30 . You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. including state-of-the-art technological applications.gr. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. 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. waterfalls and the Magic Town. This Centre. foxes and wild cats. info@gnhm. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. Fri 17:00 . many reptiles. Family and member tickets also available. Yet. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. Waterslides of every kind. 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. Tue. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. DJs and live music.edu.01:00. www. Wed. Entertainment Park covering about 40. creative and inquisitive faculties. swimming pools. Wed 09:00 . Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. zoo@atticapark. fax 212 2540123. tel. QOpen 10:00 . tel. Sat. Haidari.02:00. tel. 210 4256990. entomological. Athens In Your Pocket athens.000 sq.15:00. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. drop by the Eugenides Foundation. islands. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual.14:30.20:30. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre).allou. botanical. A taxi ride costs about €10. 210 3312995. MKallithea. Buses: 126. Weekdays: €17. tel. Seniors: €10.inyourpocket.000 square metres. carousel. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Spata. as well as a parking area.sunset. concessions: €3 (€4). To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station.20:30. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. Closed Sat. by general acclaim.gr. Fri 10:00 . Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari.02:00. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. m. Admission fee: €14.gr. fax 210 3312996.com.hcm. fax 210 8080674. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. MKifisia. complete with a pirate ship. tel. fax 210 6634726. Closed Mon. 210 9469641. tel. Admission fee: €4-6.eugenfound. bears. QOpen 09:00 . situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60..01:00. 212 2540000. www. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. 210 6634724. E16. www. gift-shop. Sun 10:00 . children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. A2. zebras. Sun 10:00 . M Syntagma. Greek fauna species like: wolves. Sun 10:00 .gr. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. Plaka. Children.16:00.hellenic-cosmos. iWERKS Shows: €8. 12th km Athinon Ave. 210 8015870.gr.15:00. The Gaea Centre is a modern exhibition area with interactive displays and audiovisual performances that tackle and invite the reader to address topical environmental issues. QOpen 17:00 .14:30. Free entrance. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. Tholos: €10. Thu. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. a number of African mammals like giraffes. Rentis. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece.gr. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . www. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre.

Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. by the funicular or by car. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. cool trees and popular ponds.15:00.September 2011 . Iera Odos Avenue. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. Acropolis. MSyntagma. National Gardens G6. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. Irodou Attikou St. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens.14:00. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. August .Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. some of which are exceedingly rare. MSyntagma. the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . Sun 10:00 . 401. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. Sat. Its meandering benchladen paths. Dafni and Agia Var vara.14:00. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). Amalias Street. Extending over a vast area of 1. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. The magnificent gardens became accessible for the first time last March after President Karolos Papoulias decided to open their gates to the public every Sunday 10:00 . Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. if impractically situated. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. Olgas Av. QOpen 08:00 . Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. MVictoria. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. scenic stroll. Zappeion Garden G7. Vas.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes.

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. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. The recent inauguration of bus lanes means that t h ey are rela ti vel y fas t th ou gh som etim es s till unpun ctual. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. Taxis 185. 210 3636508 Asteras tel.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0.ask for a receipt.00-24.39 . the tram is the way.oasa.usually operating at airpor ts . If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. 210 6792399.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route.ametro.com . www. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. 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.00). Plus.19 per km for the double. night-time tari f f. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. 18 300 Protoporia tel. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. gr. 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 ). (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30.16 . June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. alb ei t slower fashion.gr. I f you have to use a taxi. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some. no less) and in a less crowded. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. B Metr o tel.68 per km for the single. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. tramsa. 210 6459000 Evropi tel.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. w w w. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel. and €1 .65 for an appointm ent. train and bus stations. 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 is an additional charge of €1. e careful as some taxi drivers . 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. daytime tari f f (05. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network.€5. 210 4115200 Icaros tel. Star ting price is at €1 . such as Acropolis and Syntagma.07 from and to harbours. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses.inyourpocket. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. w w w.gr. always ask for the meter to be on. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3.

210 9984000 August .hertz. G5 Kanigos Sq. or worst of all. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq.europcar.com . www. reservations@avis.com. 210 6264000.nationalcar.budgetathens. K4 Omonia Sq. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel.gr. feel like reading a newspaper. Europcar Tel. Car rental Avis Tel. MPanepistimio. tel. www. Mitropoleos 3. www.inyourpocket. www.gr National Tel. info@batek-europcar.gr. fax 210 6264409. 210 3493428. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. IVIS Travel Internet Service.September 2011 athens. H5 Syntagma Sq. need a condom. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. fax 210 3493417.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. 800 11 800 12. www. gr Kolonaki Sq.gr. tel.gr Budget Tel. F2 Mavili Sq. 210 6879600.avis. fax 210 2882050. reservations@nationalcar. craving for a chocolate.gr. fax 210 6879610. 801 11868868 UPS tel. 210 2882151. reservations@budget-athens. 210 8981444.gr Run out of cigarettes.gr. 210 9890000 TNT tel. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78.

MOmonia. QOpen 07:30 . Gulf Air Nikis 33. Sat 07:30 . Cyprus Athens International Airport. Marousi. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Aiolou 100. tel.14:00. Sun 09:00 . sell. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6.14:00. tel. MAkropolis. Omonia E2. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. tel. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. Malev Panepistimiou 15. Nikis 33. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156.gr. MMetaxourgio. tel.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada.14:00. Turkish Athens International Airport. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. 210 3534020. tel. Marousi. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). MEvangelismos. Sun. Air China Filellinon 24. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. 210 9218076.14:00. tel. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Plaka F6. 210 9692020/210 3531237. MVictoria.70.20 for registered and €2. tel. Zaimi 36-38. 210 3537600. Mitropoleos E5. Swiss Sorou 18-20. here is a list of centrally located post offices.inyourpocket. 210 3531101. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. Sun.14:00.14:00. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. Metaxourgio C3. tel.14:00. MSyntagma. airlift.gr. 210 5225277. Kolonaki I5. tel. karafil@abi.gr. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. QOpen 07:30 . 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. Acropolis rock. 210 3237573.90 for express mail. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Aiolou . MMonastiraki. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. MOmonia. port: 210 3530101. head to Syntagma Square. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. QOpen 07:30 . www.13:30. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. tel. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. QOpen 07:30 . Sun 09:00 . tel. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. tel. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. 210 3235831.Central PO E3. tel. tel. tel. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. Glyfada. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. Emirates Syngrou 128. Mitropoleos 60. LOT Panepistimiou 15. Closed Sat. British Airways Themistokleous 1. Sun. Glyfada. tel. tel. tel. Argyroupoli. tel. Sun. 210 8219570. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. Argyroupoli. airlift@airlift. QOpen 07:30 . Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. MSyntagma. Thermopylon 42. MAkropolis. tel.17:00. Thai El. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. tel. tel. tel. Marousi. Closed Sat. 210 210 3534245. Makrigianni F7. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3216024. info@ abi. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. tel. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. 210 9967870. Argyroupoli. 210 6175200.14:00. 210 3217650. tel. Exarchia G1. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7.20:00. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. Venizelou 32. tel. tel.20:00. Olympic Syngrou 96. fax 210 9967872. Sun. Sun. Closed Sat. tel. Glyfada. Kifisia. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. Add to that €3. Closed Sat. Sun. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. 210 5233636. QOpen 07:30 . Delta Athens International Airpor t. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. . tel.gr. Closed Sat. Sat 07:30 . Closed Sun. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500.20:00. tel. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. 210 3622054/210 3634572. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. 210 8093771/210 8093777. tel. tel. QOpen 07:30 . tel. 210 3218143.com . tel. tel. Buy. tel. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. Closed Sat. Closed Sat. tel. tel. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. Kotzia Square. Syntagma Square F5. MMarousi. tel. 210 7244404. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style.13:30. 3rd Septemvriou 28.

Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22.gr. tel. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. However.Crete and Greece .trainose.com. 1110. www.Crete and Greece . 1441. 210 athens. Online reservations: http://tickets.gr.gr.gr. Connections to Lesvos. Ferry connections between Piraeus . Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). 210 8919800. tel.com.gr. tel. tel. tel.superfast. 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.minoan. www. 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. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. ose. Voula. Arr. tel. 1110. In fact. 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. 210 4199000. Only over the last twenty years. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. www. www. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes.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.bluestarferries. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. www. some of them otherwise inaccessible. Crete. bluestarferries@bluestarferries. for the rail journey lovers.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30. 210 4145700. booking@anek. Heraklion. August . www.anek. Ferry connections between Piraeus .nel. www.com. tel. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways . Arr.gr. sales@nel.September 2011 14505 8919509. Pireaus. Arr.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. Arr.inyourpocket.gr. 185.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. info@minoan. 17. 210 4115015.com . High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St. 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. 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.gr.hellenicseaways. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese.

M Syntagma. All top brands priced accordingly. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. Merlin 6. Omonia Sq 4. Computers & Gadgets Germanos. QOpen 10:00 . Finally. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. F1-Zaimi 10. Syntagma. Tue. and take our word for it. Thu. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. Upmarket department store.gr. 210 3318248. time to tackle the next question: where to shop.21:00.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. (See our list). Plaisio. Sat 10:00 . Oh. F5 Public.20:00. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Sat: 09:00-15:00. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven).notosgalleries. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). www. Kotzia Sq. wondering where to head off shopping. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. 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). if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. gift shops (yes. All shops close on National Holidays. Wed. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). usually 09:00-23:00 every day. 210 3255564. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. Head here for urban wear. if you’re the department-store type of shopper.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. tel.com. banknotes and stamps. www. cosmetics. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. as well as in boutiques. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours. www. this sprawling. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. But the lower end of Ermou Street. MSyntagma. fax 210 3318249. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. gr. Athens In Your Pocket . 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. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price.gr. jewelry. 276. F1-Voulis 3.public. Closed Sun.atticadps.com. fax 210 3221440. Ippokratous 3. Electronics. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. M Nerantziotissa.gr. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all.collector-shop. MOmonia. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). The Mall . 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). Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). MOmonia. 210 3743000. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. 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.gr. Notos Home Kratinou 5. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. A visit to the charming Plaka district. info@ collector-shop. of course).the biggest in the city.hondoscenter. Then again. Designer brands at great prices. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. fashion. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. This is a great shopping spree destination.themallathens. tel. www. are closed).gr. travel accessories.notosgalleries. you guessed it.athensmetromall.germanos. www. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. Furniture. www. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. fax 211 1802698. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. shoes.gr. enticing city. City Link. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items.-Stournari 19 & 24. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption.gr. 211 1802600. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. www. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. www. On the other hand. and as regards local colour. underwear. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. At the opposite end of the spectrum. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. The largest computer and office supply chain. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. is a different story. MOmonia. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39.plaisio. wine and spirits shops. www. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. There is a branch on every other corner. chaotic. www. tel. tel. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. MAg.

:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. 113. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. 219. Ag. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. 109.:09:00-21:00 Sat. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. A3. 790. 816. Ag. 208. shoes. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station.September 2011 . 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.athensmetromall. A4.gr athens.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. 276. a beauty salon.: 09:00-20:00 Sun. electronics. B3. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. 155.: Closed. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. X97. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. a play area. – Sun. 276. a bank and many other services.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210.inyourpocket. 171. Clothes.com August . Dimitrios. 154. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. 219. B4. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. accessories. Shops: Mon – Fri. Dimitrios.

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Market values
€ $ £ 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.

International Bookshops
Compendium Nikis 28, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3221248,
compendium@otenet.gr. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines

Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, the-shop@benaki.gr, 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, sales@dbo.gr, 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, elebooks@books.gr, 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, kauffmann.stadiou@yahoo.gr, 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.

Greek designers
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.

Jewellery
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

Shopping
Markets
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.

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Sweets
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.

Natural Cosmetics
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.

Second hand
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.

Shoes
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!

Supermarkets
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

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Embassies
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.

Banks
Alpha Bank Stadiou 40, tel. 2103260000. ATE Bank Panepistimiou 23, tel. 210 3298911. Bank of Greece (Central Bank) Panepistimiou 21,
tel. 210 3201111, www.bankofgreece.gr.

BNP Paribas Vasilissis Sofias 94, tel. 210 7468000. Citibank Achaias 3, Kifisia, tel. 210 8186000. Eurobank Amalias 20, tel. 210 9555000. HSBC Mesogion 109, tel. 210 6962100. Mar f in Egnatia Bank Zef yr ou 56, tel. 210
9304811.

National Bank Eolou 86, tel. 210 3341000. Piraeus Bank Amerikis 4, tel. 210 3335000.
3704000.

Postal Savings Bank Pesmazoglou 2-6, tel. 210

Business connections
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, info@atedco.gr.
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://
griechenland.ahk.de/.

index_en.htm.

Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry Kifisou 102, tel. 210 5384177, www.heda.gr. Hellenic-Chinese Chamber Amerikis 10, tel. 210
3629052, www.chinese-chamber.gr/. 210 3355700, www.elke.gr.

Hellenic Center for Investment Mitropoleos 3, tel. Hellenic Foreign Trade Board Marinou Antipa 86-88, Ilioupoli, tel. 210 9982100, www.hepo.gr.
tel. 210 3332000, www.mnec.gr/en.

Hellenic Ministy of Economy and Finance Nikis 5-7,

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