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August - September 2011
“In Your Pocket: A cheeky, wellwritten series of guidebooks.” The New York Times
Strikes & Protests
Not what you think
Take the tram to the Med
N°20 - €2
E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S
Facts, habits, attitudes 6 10 12
A few thousand years in two pages
Districts of Athens
Be seen in the right places
A tram ride to the Med
Strikes & Protests A survival guide Culture & Events What’s on Where to stay
5* or hostels, the best is here for you
The central meat market
Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants How to avoid eating like a ‘tourist’ Cafés Join the ‘frappé’ nation 23 28
Nightlife One of the main reasons you’re here! 30 Gay Athens 34 36 40 42 46 49 53 56 59 60 66 August - September 2011
Sightseeing Monuments and Archaeological Sites
Acropolis Museum Museums Historic Buildings
Airplanes, boats and trains
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regardless of the impression given by the international media. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. in Austria (Vienna). (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors. com/inyourpocket). And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August. to call and check before your visit. All rights reserved. However it is advisable. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. especially around August 15th. we have the best places to stay. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open.K. Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. Vilnius. Athens In Your Pocket athens. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook.com . This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique.com www. 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. as many places close for a few days at least. (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. 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. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities.inyourpocket. (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). no matter what you have seen or read. The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. eat. 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).com www.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. tel. it is very likely that they will be back in September. riots are not.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. Lithuania tel. in Croatia (Šibenik).V. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . 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. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions.inyourpocket. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. (+370-5) 212 29 76).inyourpocket. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. Since the economic crisis struck.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk). many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to. Our answer is of course yes. And as always.
highly-qualified. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. democracy. discover new ideas and speak their mind. Indicatively.com August . cafés. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. and wish you an exciting. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). car hire. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. fairness. spiritual landmarks and sport. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs.8 miles) east of Athens. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. athens.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. Athens. innovation.90). If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. of course. be it for business or pleasure. 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. We welcome all visitors to Athens. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. We look forward to seeing you here again soon.inyourpocket. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. even an airport museum. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. but that of course depends on the traffic. taxi and. loudly and clearly. banks. Belgrade and Istanbul. If you have your own car. enjoyable and rewarding stay. 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 . active and innovative.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. suburban railway. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. To get to town you have a choice between metro. you will soon discover.September 2011 . all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. shopping. day and night life. where you must change to enter the metro system. unlimited development potential. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. gastronomy. who are friendly. hospitable environment. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). professional services. newsstands. Full of life and passionate about their town. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. If you are too far (i. among others. invigorating and meaningful experience. situated 27 km (16. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. Easily accessible and strategically located. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. Athens is a global capital. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. bus. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. Finally. there is no option to arrive in the country by train.e. multilingual human resources. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. state-of-the-art technology and a secure.
smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. sweet-tasting spirit. Disabled travellers Unfortunately.com .inyourpocket.944 sq km (51. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. flammable gases. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175.9 million Total territory: 131. but then again. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. 1. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. clubs etc. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city..5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. Strangely enough.U.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). weapons. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. i. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. which make very good wines. 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. no less. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. with a pine resin flavour. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. explosives. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. Diluted with water and ice. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. laws are there to be broken. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. However.. protected species. 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. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. which is added during fermentation.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. Finally. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. 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.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours. you shouldn’t worry. nuclear or biological substances. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. In fact. However. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. Mastiha is another pleasant. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island. 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. 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. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists.e. however.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. in practice. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). It is.917m Length of coastline: 15. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category.
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. If you go out to dinner with locals. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. but if you avoid certain areas. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. This is known as ‘filotimo’. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. especially as a sole traveler. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. Depending on atmospheric conditions though. Finally.up-to-date. although it revolves around them. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. within-app dialling and web browsing. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past.. 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. bars and restaurants closest to you. If you avoid questioning the. as well as at the Airport shops.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. Or so the public water company says.with the functionality of the iPhone.September 2011 . even showcasing original archaeological material). Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble.com August .inyourpocket. and more are being released all the time. They tend to think that the rest of the world. and keep an eye on your belongings. athens. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. Petty crime does exist.But that’s fair enough. meaning something between a sense of honour. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. 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. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. 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. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). 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 . the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. 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. And like In Your Pocket guides. accurate. but for that same reason. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English. 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.obvious correctness of these views.. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed.
a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. 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). which is the maximum time allowed. but that’s about it. Athens In Your Pocket athens. with mathematical precision.com . 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. over and under ground. 2002. As for understanding. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. (αι) is pronounced e. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. It is not rare to witness the electricity or water company men drilling into a street that has just had a newasphalt layer applied only a week earlier! Cars are allowed into the city-centre (areas marked with a “Greek Delta” sign and called ‘Daktylios’) every second day. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. 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. 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. practice and time. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. (ου) is pronounced oo. giota (ι).. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. this comes at a price: Parking lots. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. As a result.inyourpocket. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. take our word for it). Like their Balkan counterparts. €6. Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). Police emergency tel. 100 Ambulance tel. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. 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). Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines.. 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. They have no respect whatsoever for pedestrians and cycling is a sure way to eventually land yourself as a client of the National Health Service (and that’s the last thing you want to do. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). 166 Fire Service tel. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. Once you remember the above. This measure was introduced back in 1982.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. lead to a full-scale revolt).
you can enjoy food. 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). plays movies catering to all tastes.September 2011 . Thission C6. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. It is the most atmospheric of all. vaccinated and sterilised. The truth is. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. 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. Apostolou Pavlou 7. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. Vox G2. Ten percent is considered generous. Kolonaki. However. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. the streets. Iceland. like everything else in this country. 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. Zappeion Garden. This was. Norway. Aigli G7. Psirri. code is +30 210 athens.. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. tel. Australia. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. surely enough. tel.. Themistokleous 82. Thissio. Sarri 40-44. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. it will be the final nail in their coffin. 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.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. Against all odds.U. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all.inyourpocket. 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. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E.tel. Kydathineon 22. Canada. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. Exarchia. New Zealand.com August . only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. Together with your chosen movie. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. each with its own distinctive character. tel. Just before the Olympic Games. Cine Dexameni H4. 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. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. 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. a real treat for sultry summer nights. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. constitutes bad publicity for the city. Plaka. Dexameni Sq. Israel. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. making it a completely different cinema experience. Japan. something around five percent is the most common practice. 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. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. Cine Paris F6. however. tel. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs.and rightly so. Switzerland and the US. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. a fact that. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. are: Cine Psirri D4. according to animal welfare organisations. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. tel. but in wonderful Greece. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. 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.. 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. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. Most are small gardens in their own right.
Sulla attacks the city. construction of the first Agora. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. creation of a people’s court). Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. Ionians and Dorians. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. Aegeus. Athens In Your Pocket athens. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. In his grief. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. In 451BC. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. philosophy. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. that he survived. sculpture. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. all flourished. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. Democracy. Sigeum. 510BC: Hippias. an Athenian herald. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. 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). 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce.com . 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. The Parthenon. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. is built between 447-437BC. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital.10 BC history c. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. Aeolian. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus.inyourpocket. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. c. c. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. During this period. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. the son of Peisistratus.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. 356BC: Alexander the Great. king of Pontus. including Pericles. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. Legend has it that Pheidippides. among other architectural masterpieces. Aeolians. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. Rebuilding of Athens begins. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. is born in Pella. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. son of Philip II. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. which lasts until 446. During this period. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. at the mouth of the Hellespont.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. architecture. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. held at Olympia. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. science. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. drama. c.
athens. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. More than 50. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. In December. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. is crushed with bullets and tanks. on October 28. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. 1949: The National Army. mainly in Athens and other major cities. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. 1913: Second Balkan War.inyourpocket. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. The Byzantine Empire is established. Greece. advancing towards Albania during the winter. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. giving the country its final shape. End of the Byzantine Empire. Serbia. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople.com August . 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. is partially destroyed. 1912: First Balkan War. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. 1973: In November. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. with heavy support from the US. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. 1952: Greece joins NATO. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. After a month of intense fighting. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. 1941: In April. Presidential democracy adopted. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. Britain. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. “No”. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. Military regime collapses in Athens. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. King Constantine II flees the country. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. which is renamed Constantinople. Crete unites with Greece. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. under the Treaty of Lausanne. Ioannis Kapodistrias. Before his death. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. based on religious faith. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. Greeks take to the mountains. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German.000 dead. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. being on the winners’ side.September 2011 . 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. following popular uprisings. Italian and Bulgarian forces. The Acropolis. 1940: After occupying Albania. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. the guerrillas surrender.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland.
show off and decide the future of the country.H5.com athens. Fortunately. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. exhibitions and festivals take place. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. Monastiraki. models and powerful businessmen. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!).F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. Countless tourist shops. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. Iera Odos. The nightlife here is excellent. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet.com Athens In Your Pocket . With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square.inyourpocket. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. Board the metro to Syntagma station. Allow at least two hours for your visit. most dating back to the 1970s. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. high profile journalists. taking in the golden sea views along the way. M Kerameikos. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery.E6. head to Kolonaki.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. The Athenian élite of politicians. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. if you wander off the beaten track. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. mingle. actors. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. 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. students. 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. if posh dining is more up your street. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. Patision (October 28th) Streets. Enter the National Gardens. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. 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). selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants.G2. leftists. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. Akadimias. right in the centre of Athens. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. A4 Bordered by Pireos. However. Enjoy your leisurely ride.inyourpocket. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. M Omonia. 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. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. Beach attire. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. MSyntagma. Kolonaki H4. Exarchia F2. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back.MSyntagma. athens. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. rockers and anarchists. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down.
Countless bars. (Since then. street traders. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. gritty and colourful.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. Philopappou hill.E3 MOmonia. occasionally. Thissio. workshops. Achilleos Streets. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days.C3 Bordered by Pireos. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots.com August . soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation. MAcropolis. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. theatres. D2. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill.September 2011 . Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. as the masses started to move elsewhere. or a Sunday afternoon. One of the oldest districts of Athens. Ancient Agora. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. Syngrou Ave. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. clubs. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans.F4. athens. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds. Iera Odos. 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. at night.E2. Metaxourgio B3. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. lottery ticket sellers and.C5. Pireos. Makrigianni hasn’t so far had very much to offer the visitor except its proximity to the ancient monuments and some tourist shops and restaurants. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. MThissio. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. the pride and joy of the capital. Buzzing and ugly. Like many other European cities. Syntagma.inyourpocket. weird and suspicious figures. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. If you head towards the back streets to the west of the square you’ll find yourself in the Athenian version of a China town. The food is generally average.E5. MKerameikos.D3. MMonastiraki. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. Athinas and Ermou St. Philopappou Hill. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. Ermou. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. with some exceptions. Panepistimio. 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. MMonastiraki. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. but. with a new bar. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. Evripidou Streets.
At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. Finally.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). The following are some of the most popular free beaches. for a fee of course. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station.inyourpocket. 34 km. 8 km. Alimos. 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. Or. Tram. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. Astir Beach. As a rule. Weekends 09:00-sunset. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. 44 km.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. Weekends: €17. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. bus stop Lagonissi. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. if you are really lazy. Children under 6yrs free.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. Sunbeds incl. children €8 Weekends € 25. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. if you drive. towels.5. 69 km. Parking weekdays: €6. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. Varkiza 27km Tel. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. As a general rule. children €13 Yabanaki. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Tram. Bus E22 Agia Marina. 15 km. children under 12 free. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. remember to bring a bottle of water. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. Lagonissi 40km Tel. Grand Beach. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. 210 8902000 Tram. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. Alimos 10 km Tel. Bus E22 . 28 km. Admission: Weekdays: €8. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases). 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. Daily: 08:00-19:00.com . Bus E22 . all days. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. weekends €11. 64 km. Daily: 08:00-20:00. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. children 6-12 yrs: €8. hats and everything else you may need. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them.
the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. Just a few blocks away. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road. not the rule. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. Check out livingingreece. Athens is a city best seen by foot.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . When a strike scuppers your plans. you may be a little surprised. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever. But strikes – be they for a few hours.com August . port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. don’t despair. It means that no air traffic controllers. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. pulsating with protestors and police.000 years ago. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down.inyourpocket. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. consider the alternatives. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. Flexibility is key. only to find they’re not operating. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. athens. think about taking the bus or tram instead. Instead. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. Locals take it all in their stride. and reliable English information can also be found online. Most strikes are announced in advance.September 2011 . Life goes on. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. That in itself is a good start. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. The trains. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine.oasa. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. take to the streets. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. In addition to TV and radio news. If you are staying at a hotel. a few days. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. Welcome! Looking around. Greek society has not imploded. and a country crippled by constant strikes.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www.com. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. 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.ekathimerini. So. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage.gr – has information in Greek and English.gr for regular updates. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. 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.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o.
Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. & Vas.15:00.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage .tickethouse. €35 www.gr athens.gr. Wed. at the start of the eighteen fifties. Sun 09:00 . 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.Pulp Terra Vibe . which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. QOpen Mon. Fri.i-ticket.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20. 1 Koumbari St. Of Scottish extraction. he was an engraver and in 1841 was invited by Sultan Abdulmecid to take up the position of chief engraver at the Imperial mint at Constantinople.benaki. 210 367 1000. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. There. he took his first steps as a photographer. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi.ticketpro. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. Thu 09:00 . Malta in 1856. Sat: 09:00 . It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time. the Holy Lands.gr www. Admission fee: €7. Egypt and Damascus in 1857.17:00. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56).gr/www.€40 14/9. tel.ticketnet. www. This collection of photographs constitutes a unique archive of visual evidence to the condition of the monuments in Athens in the period following the Greek War of Independence.inyourpocket. Sofias Ave MSyntagma. dating from 1853-54. where he lived out his days.gr / www.24:00. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs.
. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 .24:00.. each artist. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. theory of art and poetic contemplation.www. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. writers and local researchers as presenters. Kind of. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 . Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. www. to contribute installations on the same theme.21:00. including the Greek. Jul 21 .19:00. tel. contemporary music. multimedia installations. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. 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. inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Iraklidon 16.herakleidon-art. and Egyptian. athens. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). when the group was created. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. Roman.gr.com/inyourpocket. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. Free admission. tel..theartfoundation. MThissio. MMonastiraki. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Closed Mon.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Recording actions’. and explores the fields of theatre.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. D5. without official members. (+30) 210 3238757. Sun 11:00 . the need for their message to reach its recipient. (+30) 6988391684. Closed Aug 1 . performance. using our own editors. Normanou 5. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . who reside in the Netherlands. when confronted with the remains of our collective past. Under 12: Free.September 2011 .gr. Admission fee: €6.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF).com August . The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Sep 19 . Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. to date. 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.inyourpocket.. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. Concessions:€4.com.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. 210 3461981. Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts.
Plaka. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka.hiltonathens. Vasileos Georgiou 3. 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. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. Psirri. Most impressive.gr. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette.inyourpocket. Q 22 rooms. a place of complete relaxation. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. www.classicalhotels.com. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. you can wind down in the silent room. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. info@semiramisathens. info@ grandebretagne. fax (+30) 210 3259001. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. as well as countless kings. Q 524 rooms. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. Triples: €140-170. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. barber’s shop. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio.Naomi Campbell. www. 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’. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. firstname.lastname@example.org. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. then look no further than Semiramis. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. fax (+30) 210 3241875. fax (+30) 210 6284449. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. Q 102 rooms. www. 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. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. Leokoriou 7.com. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. Syntagma Square. The subtle luxury. this hotel is a temple of modern living. Aristotle Onassis and. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. Singles / Doubles: €180-300. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. Sofias 46. Singles: €150-200. Although accommodation is ample. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. (+30) 210 7281000. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. com. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. www. the 7th floor French restaurant. fax (+30) 210 3250504. Athens In Your Pocket athens. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. though.. Syntagma Sq. MSyntagma. MThissio. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. tel. 4persons: €230-270. Needless to describe its amenities. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. salesepath@electrahotels. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. Doubles: €190-210. MAcropolis. Superior rooms: €295-450. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. 5persons: €250280.com . The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. What we need to point out is its Spa. tel. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. cigar store. Internet is free of charge. 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. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. (+30) 210 3370000. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests.electra-hotels. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. (+30) 210 3259000. Suites: €500-€5000. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city.com.oandbhotel. Doubles: €180-400.com. reserve@ oandbhotel.000. but you can always book a suite with living room. www. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel.gr. Doubles: €130-160.com. fax (+30) 210 7281111. Vas. (+30) 210 3312950.semiramisathens. MEvangelismos. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. tel. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. Kifisia. fax (+30) 210 3312942. Lysikratous 9-11. Q 154 rooms. Q 15 rooms. Recently. no less. tel.. tel.Doubles: €160-250. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4. kgpalace@classicalhotels. www.grandebretagne.gr. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape.gr. Nikodimou 18-20. Maria Callas. Singles: €160-250.gr. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. is the list of its famous guests.athens@hiltoncom. Suites: €500-10.gr. a beauty salon. tel. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. reservations. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. Tudor Hall. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. An immense fitness centre.210 3443590. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. Suites: €300-550. MSyntagma. MSyntagma. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. www. Pure luxury. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. Internet is of course free-of-charge.com.
Q 22 rooms. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. (+30) 210 5205360. Michalakopoulou 57. www. 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. Suites: €200-250. 10 suites. (+30) 210 3378000. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. fax (+30) 210 9238269. Singles: €150-170. highly recommended hotel. melia-athens@solmelia. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. Doubles: €100-150.gr. a meeting point even for non-residents. Triples: €160-230.gr.athensparkhotel. Acropolis view: €150-190. Haritos 22. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 5200550. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. eridanus@eridanus. (+30) 210 7240861-9. Q 38 rooms.inyourpocket.electrahotels. Chalkokondili 14. (+30) 210 7297200. www. MSyntagma. Try out the fitness centre.gr.gr. www. Falirou 9. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s.com. MOmonia. Wooden floors. with a high degree of privacy. Q 150 rooms.goldenage.com. One of the top small hotels in the city. goldenage@ath. (+30) 210 9236832-6. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Renovated in 2010. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. right across from the New Acropolis Museum. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. Singles: €90-110. Rovertou Gali 4. Wi-Fi Internet is free. 10. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too. reservations@president. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details..president. www.com August . this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians.gr.gr. Suites: €200350. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. tel. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. 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).gr. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire. Singles: €100-130. Ermou 5.com. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms.gr. tel. tel. herahotel. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. info@herahotel. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. If you have some extra euros to spare. Overall. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. Doubles: €120-250. w w w. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation.gr. Situated on Ermou street.Where to stay Electra F5. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. Kolonaki. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. Q 516 rooms. 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. Hermes bathroom sets. MAcropolis. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds.periscope. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other.gr. with a sauna and a hamam. Singles: € 90-120. 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. saleselath@electrahotels. www. quite often with live music. The fitness centre. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. tel. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4.com inyourpocket. free Internet access. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. (+30) 210 6989000. Doubles: €110170.com. tel. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. Doubles: €100-120. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. tel. Q 122 rooms. MVictoria. (+30) 210 Hera E8. MAmpelokipoi. info@periscope. Doubles: €165-190. Suites: from €170. A non-smoking wing is also available. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. stays open until 02:00. Standard: €120-170.. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. gr. Breakfast will brighten up your day.gr. Q 106 rooms. tel. www.gr. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43.for thnet. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. Pireaus 78. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. www.melia-athens. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Avenue bar. Q 126 rooms. herodion@ herodion. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. Suites: €220.gr. fax (+30) 210 9211650. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. eridanus. Q 38 rooms. value for money. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. Singles: €110-200. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. a good. An excellent. info@athensparkhotel. fax (+30) 210 7213965.September 2011 . PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. tel. www.herodion.
Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. Mitropoleos 6. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel.gr. Q 99 rooms. Q 40 rooms. select3@ otenet. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. Q 50 rooms. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. info@nikihotel. These days. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. gold and a few ancient replicas. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like.com.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. Singles: € 75-90. Suites: € 200-250. Q 72 rooms. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. Basic accommodation in a well situated building.tac. Doubles. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 9249052. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. www. Rooms are basic.gr. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. fax (+30) 210 3300700. excellently located accommodation.acropoliselect. omiroshotel. email@example.com. Q 87 rooms. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. Arethusa F5. M Acropolis.inyourpocket. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. tel. Doubles: €60-80.gr. Some rooms boast large verandas.gr. Q 22 rooms. A fine meeting room. www. MSyntagma. so will you. Singles / Doubles: €125 . (+30) 210 9223611-4. (+30) 210 3326000. PTJAR hhh Titania F3.titania. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. tel. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. especially in executive rooms. Suite:€110-130. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. www. Q 385 rooms. MAcropolis.com. A sister hotel of Herodion. a library. 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. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price.gr. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. Plaka. www. Suites: €400. Fallirou 37-39. tel. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. (+30) 210 3212801. (+30)210 9288400. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). more impressive once you walk in. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful.com. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. (+30) 210 9249050 . The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. Time also equals information. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. www.1. free Internet. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. a gym and Ioannis. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. Athinas 29. (+30) 210 9215353. 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. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St. Q 22 rooms. MSyngrouFix. Singles: €100-150. tel. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. info@acropolismuseumhotel. no doubt. PTJARGW hhh athens. tel. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours.gr. To name a few.gr. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. This 1930s building was once a clinic. Mitseon 3. Suites: €270-340. The rooms are comfortable.gr. fax (+30) 210 9237493. fax (+30) 210 9216938. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. Q 80 rooms. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. tel. attaloshotel. Makrigianni. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune. tel. Doubles: €100-225. Magna Grecia. reservations@athensgate. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. Triples: €80-100. firstname.lastname@example.org. www. com. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. MPanepistimio. The location is very convenient too. fax (+30) 210 3220886. the rooftop restaurant. Acceptable. an extra definitely worth asking for. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner. Doubles: €75-95. just two minutes walk from the metro. tel. Syngrou 48.gr. Singles: €90-120. tel. Family: € 200. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. € 100-180. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. Q 230 rooms. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay.acropolismuseumhotel. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. Singles: €60-80. MAcropolis.gr.com . Doubles : €100-140. 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.nikihotel. tel. Omo- Omiros F5. philippos@ herodion. email@example.com. Syngrou 10. Olive Garden. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. omiroshotel@hol. Singles: €95-205.com. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre.200. (+30) 210 3220913. www. tel. Large central hotel. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Nikis 27. Some of the bathrooms. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. arethusa@ traveling. www. Apollonos 15.royalolympic. 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. fax (+30) 210 9223615.gr. www.athensgate. Just off the centre of action. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . fax (+30) 210 9215342. Singles: €50-70. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Panepistimiou 52. Q 84 rooms. Doubles: € 90-110. free WiFi included. www. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. 210 3229431. Try the café on the mezzanine. fax (+30) 210 3243124. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. www.gr.gr. MSyntagma. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. Named after an Athenian nymph.com. 1 suite. info@royalolympic. there’s something Parisian about it. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. are more than spacious.arethusahotel. fax (+30) 210 3229439.gr.
www. Triples: €60-100. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. reservations@panhotel. 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. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. (+30) 210 32 44 808. PTJAR6G EP16 D4.Where to stay Budget 8258010. Q 22 rooms. Kidathineon 16. The rooms are less than basic but then again. this family business is a respectable choice. Triples €50.gr. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. M Thissio. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. info@backpackers. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. Agias Theklas 10. fax (+30) 210 3219991. Named after ancient god Pan. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. (+30) 210 9224044. www. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones.EP16. (+30) 210 3248165. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. www. MSyntagma. Singles: €40-70.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio.com.. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever.centrotel. (+30) 210 3217871.panhotel. info@boutiqueathens. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. Constructed in 2005. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. Suites: €100. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. www. (+30) 210 3225010.September 2011 . So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). www. Doubles €40. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. studios: € 60-150. Q Singles: €22-26. fax (+30) 210 3217469. Q 33 rooms.gr. www.com August . An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. as is reasonably priced accommodation. Pittakou 6. Mitropoleos 46. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. tel. By the way. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. gr. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. There is a bar. (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. 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. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. Q Dorms: €18-25. Q Dorms: €25. Elspeth Geronimos. fax (+30) 210 3237819. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. “Fabian. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. tel. Mitropoleos 11. info@athenstyle. tel. English speaking joint.gr.com.hotelmetropolis. 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. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. Doubles: € 40-80. as most hostels in Athens. This is one of our top low budget favourites. tel. English-speaking. The Internet is free of charge.gr. Negotiable for long term stay. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. with people who know where to take you. PJR6 hh 3237816. info@centrotel. Private rooms pp €15-30. 6976 484135. info@athensstudios. Minimum stay 3 days. Veikou 3A. tel. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of.Q Dorms: €20. tel. studenttravellersinn. If it’s luxury you’re after. Breakfast is also available on demand. Thissio. Makri 12. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage.gr. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. it is located in the heart of Plaka.hotelfivos. M Syntagma. 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. com.com. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. and as basic as you can get. athensstudios.gr. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. M Acropolis. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. Q 59 rooms. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens. 210 9235811. pleasant homey but minimal environment. www.athenstyle. tel. info@ hotelmetropolis. www.gr. Epikourou 16. tel.gr. Singles: €60-80.gr.inyourpocket. M Acropolis.. tel. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. www. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. Doubles: €35-50. Triples: €96. Doubles. If you’re lucky enough. All the rooms are non-smoking. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. the lady in charge. PJAB AthenStyle D5. 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. PJARGW raki. MAcropolis.gr. Q Dorms: €15-20. organised by Athens Studios. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. Doubles: €40-50. Doubles: €70-100. com. look elsewhere. MAcropolis. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats.gr. MVictoria. Psirri. backpackers. PTJA6GB W W athens. consolas@hol.
A quarter of a century later. QOpen 10:00 01:30.gr. but once you’re there you can request a table. tel. Hristou Lada 9. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon.inyourpocket.com/athens. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden.01:30.jacksonhall. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. €€€€. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. M Pane. There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. tel. €€. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder.01:00. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city. www. Epikourou 25 Psirri. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras.com. after all. Sun 02:00 . PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. (+30) 210 6441215. Sofokleous 1. Closed Mon. PTJAU Red Indian D3.com . QOpen 09:00 . exclusivity and attitude. Go ahead. (+30) 210 3410418. tel. among hundreds of establishments. tel. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. tel.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor.redindian. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. €€.00:00. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. gr. Sun 18:00 . QOpen 20:00 03:00. Service is very professional. (Ledra Marriott Hotel).blackduck. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. you know that.00:00. (+30) 210 3616098. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. www. MAmpelokipi. Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. Kolonaki.02:00. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. www. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. Do not dress too casual. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3219908. 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.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3211882. MKerameikos. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages.11:30. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. 210 3234760. €€€. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. Closed Sun. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. Kifissias Avenue 37. PJA (+30) 210 6836844.01:30. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. Milioni 4. Great location too. Filellinon 18. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners.gr.com athens. Panepistimio. QOpen 21:00 . MSyngrou-Fix. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4. Your experiences are always appreciated. even in winter. view. info@jacksonhall. 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. tel. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. live up to its eclectic clientele). (+30) 210 3252758. www. burgers. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration.gr. you should consider checking this out. are a distinctively Athenian landmark. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food.gr. MSyntagma. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. €€. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. MSyntagma. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable.hardrock. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. €€€€. They take no phone reservations. €€€.00:00. This restaurant is so authentic. 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. tel. location. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. (+30) 210 9300000. 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. www. QOpen 18:00 . Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. QOpen 12:00 .wagamama. Gazi. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri.01:00. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. MThissio. tel. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. tel.There is no admission charge for the performances.
Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. €€. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing.02:00. Closed Aug €€€. this is your first choice. (+30) 210 3410107. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. €€€€. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available.01:00. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently.they take no phone reservations.€30 per person €30 . throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. PTA August . The piano and a sax will add that extra touch.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. M Piraeus.com . Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. rabbit.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. QOpen 13:00 . and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. MThissio. (+30) 210 3240133. QOpen 13:00 . (+30) 210 4080017. 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. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. PJAB Mamacas A4. tel. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. Sun 13:00 . plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. (+30)210 9288400. tel. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. Persefonis 41. with a geat Acropolis view. Hilton hotel. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. 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. Closed Sun. As for dining here. PJA (+30) 210 3464236. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). among others. MKerameikos. QOpen 12:00 .01:00. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. it became an instant hit.Restaurants French tel. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). tel. PJA Tirbouson A3. which is shipped in on a daily basis. Closed Aug 9-31 €€.02:00. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. QOpen 20:30 . QOpen 12:00 . (+30) 210 3476320. €€€. QOpen 13:30 03:00.01:00. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. 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. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. Makrigianni. (+30) 210 3464984. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. €€€€. tel. Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. PJAB ManiMani E8. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. (+30) 210 7244400. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. Chez Lucien A7. PTJB athens. rabbit etc). tel. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. low prices and a fashionable clientele. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. tel. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. (+30) 210 3638525. QOpen 14:00 . Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. Politicians and fellow journalists. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. tel. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. QOpen 12:00 . Closed Aug €€€. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. PTJAB Kanella A4. brought in from around the country. If you are a train spotter. Watch out for its live DJ sets. MThissio. PTJA Milos K5. (+30) 210 9218180. Gazi. Petralona. Falirou 10.01:00. tel. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . MKerameikos. €€. Kuzina C5. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . €€. MEvangelismos.inyourpocket. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal.00:00. Pir eaus. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices.03:00. 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. tel. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere.01:30. MKerameikos. Vasilisis Sofias 46. Impeccable white couches inside. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. If you are looking for real. A relatively new entry. MAcropolis. QOpen 14:00 . it offers modern Greek cuisine. €€. MSyntagma. Thissio. Konstantinoupoleos 104. PJA Alatsi K5. Snails. Panepistimiou 10.17:00. Gazi. Closed Mon. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) .01:00. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. Metaxourgio. 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. QOpen 13:00 . MAcropolis. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. QOpen 13:00 . MEvangelismos. Troon 32. €€. among others. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Adrianou 9.
artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. Closed Sun. €€.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. A daytime-only restaurant. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6.17:00. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town.01:00. An old house. QOpen 13:00 . Sat 19:30 . QOpen 20:00 . Apollonos 40. tel. Erechtheos 16. PJN Doris E4.Vouliagmeni. 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. Dorieon 36. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. 210 5228400. €€. 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. QOpen 12:00 . Metaxourgeio. tel.18:00. Praxitelous 30.www. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. MOmonia. Pireos 80. PAUG Spondi I8. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. QOpen . QOpen 09:00 . PTJNS Ilias C5. 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.17:30. €€€€. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. a no-frills. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. tel. Plaka. New York. €€.inyourpocket. tel. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu.gr. tel. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. €€€€. Kerameikos. tel. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. Georgiou A. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. 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. Exarchia. 210 8960510. salvaged from demolition. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. Kidathineon 41. tel. Syntagma Sq. Closed Sun. 210 3450288. Tue. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3225084. €€. MSyntagma. Thu 19:30 . (+30) 210 3821685. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. Valtetsiou 58. 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. €€€€.16:00 & 19:00 .B5. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. PJAUB Yantes G2. you won’t mind the bill. QOpen 20:30 . €€€€. Pyrronos 5. Valtetsiou 44.24:00. (+30) 210 3218733. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. Fri. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. TJN Varoulko C4. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). (+30) 210 3222210. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. the main dishes. tel.00:00.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. MPanepistimio. MSyntagma. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. tel. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. Lefteris Lazarou. if you prefer to opt for sweets. QOpen 12:00 . right on Syntagma square.01:00. €€. Closed Mon. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. (+30) 210 3301369. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good.12:00. MThissio. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. QOpen 13:00 . 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. Prices are dead cheap and. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. Plaka. Wed. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. MOmonia.0:30. Petralona.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. yet simple menu. tel.01:00. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. Closed Mon. Sun 12:00 . But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 .01:00. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. QOpen 14:00 . PTJAIE Rozalia G2.varoulko. Closed Sun. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town.spondi. tel.00:00. Pangrati. €€€. Exarchia. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent.com . He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. 210 7520658. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners.gr. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. Sun 13:00 . www. MThissio.01:00. (+30) 210 3232671. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently.
we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. pine nuts. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. complete with wooden floors and chairs. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. As for the bill. MSyntagma. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. Loukianou 26. Lekka 22.01:30. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. Persefonis 19.01:00. tel. €€€. QOpen 12:00 . or ‘garides saganaki’. Kolonaki. 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. Taverna tou Psirri D4.inyourpocket. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. together with a generous amount of shallots. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. (+30) 210 3304333.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends.02:00. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. Closed Sun. 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. QOpen 13:00 . Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. 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.01:30. Of course. (+30) 210 3641414. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. Psirri. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). Andrea Metaxa 30. (+30) 210 3214923. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. accompanied by its good quality house wine. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. Closed Sun.01:00. Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. Popular varieties are the shrimp. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. just don’t worry about it. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. €€€. olives. Gazi. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. QOpen 12:00 . PTJA August . tel. (+30) 210 3413440. but then again. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent.19:00. €€. cucumber. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome.) / Mezedes (pl. layered with mince meat. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. €€. universally known as Greek Salad. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. PJA To Kafeneio I5. peppers (and less usually. QOpen 13:00 . open-air kitchen. aubergines and bechamel sauce. 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. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. (+30) 210 3227298. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. €€. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations.and checked table cloths. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. M Kerameikos. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. tel. tel. MMona- stiraki. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. €€. Eschylou 12. PJA M Panepistimio.00:00. PTJ 210 7237757.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. green peppers. MOmonia. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. tel. QOpen 13:00 . as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. simple. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. Kolonaki. QOpen 13:00 .September 2011 athens. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. QOpen 12:00 . raisins). the owners set up shop next door. Exarchia. tel. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens.com . stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad.
JBS 210 3228502. tel. Evangelismos Grove. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. M Panepistimio. JS tel. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. Psirri. Psirri. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. JNS stiraki. a meeting point for government officials. Every day. Q Open 12:00 . take our word for it. Q Open 13:00 . and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. (+30) 210 3330000. when all national newspapers were based downtown. MMona- Kosta E5. Q Open 10:00 . Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens.com . Central Market. ‘high-society’ crowd. 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. However. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. Agion Anargyron 19. 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 Sat. french fries. (+30) 210 3326000. Kostas is back in business. and its lovely garden. Sun. make up the GB experience. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. €. tel. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. But the souvlaki is top class. a fridge and a sink. MMonastiraki. €€€. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. M Monastiraki. (+30) 210 721 08 93. €€€€. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. 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.24:00. Sun.16:00. Q Open 12:00 . Evripidou 86. Do not expect seating and service. MThissio. Sun. Q Open 13:00 . Q Open 12:00 . If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top.01:00. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. none is served here. (+30) 210 3218219.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. tel. This is actually an address as this place has no name. (+30) 210 3252591. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. Sun. (+30) 210 3242775. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. tel. Pentelis 5. tel. (+30) 210 5150550. JS Telis D4. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3.16:00. €. Q Open 13:00 . Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. Closed Sat. MThissio. Q Open 12:00 . The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. Very conveniently located. €€€€. M Evangelismos. tomato. Panepistimiou 52. MOmonia. tel. Art-deco atmosphere. with a slight preference for fish and seafood.inyourpocket. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days.18:00.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. 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. No Telephone. PJS Nikitas D4. PJAW Kostas F5.01:00. QOpen 24h. €. 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. Closed Sun. Closed Sat. €. Closed Sun. Closed Sun. That having been said. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. As expected. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. Iroon Square 6. MSyntagma. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. tel. MSyntagma. Hotel Grande Bretagne. Mr.16:00. is very easy to spot Nikitas. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. Psirri. Closed Sat. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. This classic brasserie. PJA Iroon Square E5. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. but it is worth it. €. Agias Eirinis Sq. Q Open 12:00 . In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. from his narrow kitchen. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. JBS GB Corner G5.late. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. €. €€. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food.
where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. PTA Glykis F6. Closed Mon. Plaka.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. 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. (+30) 210 3813358. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. €€. Food is more than satisfactory. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. Valtetsiou 51. Paleo Faliro.01:30. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. Tapas are always up for grabs. JB 9837498. MMonas- Rebecca D4. QOpen 13:00 . Astigos& Philippou. €€. 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. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. tel. True to its name.September 2011 . If you’re looking for an unaffected. Naxos D5. MVictoria. (+30) 210 3478050. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 .01:00. QOpen 13:00 . An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. tel.01:30. youthful environment. €€.Thissio. MMonastiraki. Closed Sun. it manages to create a lively. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . Exarchia. Rethymnis 12. Miaouli 22. Humble but real food. Q Open 10:00 . So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. Closed Mon. tel.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3218222.Restaurants Salero G2. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. JNB athens. The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. PTJB tiraki. MMonastiraki.usually on weekends. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. tel. Kolonaki. QOpen 13:00 . When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret.com August . MVictoria. but that’s our job after all. Agelou Geronta 2. (+30) 210 3624825. QOpen 12:30 .01:00. with some innovative dishes on offer. €. Gazi. Exarcheia. PJA Sardeles A5. MKerameikos. €€. QOpen 20:00 . And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. 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. tel. €€. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. Persefonis 15. (+30) 210 3223925.02:00.01:00. Psirri. QOpen 08:00 . (+30) 210 8230313.01:00.00:00. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. €€. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. QOpen 14:00 . It is not dirt cheap but the quality of the food served (everything is fresh and deliciously cooked) makes it a good choice for an ouzo lunch among politicians and local businessmen. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. (+30) 210 3240716. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. tel. MPanepis- Surreal F1. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. Omirou 11. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron.the ideal people-watching spot. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb.with honey). (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. tel.02:00. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. MMonastiraki. this is worth checking out. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use.
continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. Athens In Your Pocket . (+30) 210 3612850. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. that hosts a large number of art events. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. Closed Sun. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. tel. New entry.20:00. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3240944. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. Sat 07:30 . You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings. MThissio. Monastiraki. booze@boozecooperativa. (+30) 210 9000901. just step upstairs to the night club. Aiolou 23. MMonastiraki. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. QOpen 10:00 . Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough.02:00. MMonastiraki. QOpen 10:00 . MMonastiraki.00:30. MOmonia.20:30. Themistokleous 74.com. (+30) 210 3253323. tel. Fri 08:00 . as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. These days. Skoufa 34. Closed Mon. tel. (+30) 210 3602497. tel. that it is getting a bit boring.late. Avissinias sq 3. concerts. QOpen 09:00 . tel. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. (+30) 210 3212493. Tsakalof 1. you are right on Exarchia square after all. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. PJB Inoteka D5. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. PTJNS Museum Café F1. tel. Sun 11:00 . 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. Thissio. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). M Syntagma. boozecooperativa. (+30) 210 3216852.02:00. PJB Da Capo H5. Plaka. Akamantos 2. like fresh fruit. (+30) 212 1006147.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist.03:00. QOpen 08:00 . Situated right next to the Museum. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. Kolonaki Sq. PJB Ginger Ale G2. JB Filion H4. Booze Cooperativa. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. despite the occasional refurbishments. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. tel. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. PJ Klepsidra E6. tel. QOpen 08:00 .50) and snacks and salads (€2. Fri 07:30 . Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. PJ6E tel. MSyntagma. Ginger Ale is no place like that. PTJUB Aiolis E5. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. Monastiraki. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. There is a long wooden table. Aiolou 87. QOpen 07:00 . refreshing and healthy dessert.50-2. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . cold snacks and sweets are on offer from early in the morning and when the evening comes electro and ambient dub sounds by different DJs attract young and fashionably alternative crowds. Wed. Tue. Q Open 07:30 . MVictoria. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. QOpen . An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. Adrianou 39. Thu. exhibitions.02:00. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. a light lunch comes at low prices.15:30. video art projections and performances.late. (+30) 210 3246446. JB Krinos E4. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda.00:00.02:00.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. cereal. (+30) 210 3312839. 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. magazines and board games. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). Monastiraki. (+30) 210 3473133. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. New Acropolis Museum. Kolokotroni 57. 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. PJNB Booze E4. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon).00:30. Coffees.. 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. tel. tel. MAcropolis. Mon. tel. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact.50-6. MMonastiraki. hidden behind jumbles of old furniture and every kind of second hand item sold in Avissinias square this all day café-bar is a perfect stopover during your wanders in the city. Despite its unremarkable décor. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. This is not an ordinary café. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. www. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. Also loukoumades.com. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). it is rather a part of an alternative art house. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. This café has been around since the twenties. actors and high profile celebrities. Kolonaki.24:00. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. QOpen 10:00 . MMonastiraki. Exarchia. QOpen 08:00 . (+30) 210 3301246. Famous outdoor café.24:00. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki.
MSyntagma. www. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. soul and hip-hop.stavlos. for this freestyle coffee shop. QOpen 20:00 . Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. MSyntagma. M Syntagma. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. www. www.03:00. tel.jazzy tunes. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. & Praxitelous Gallery. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. Plaka. a bustling section and. M Panepistimio. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. it seems to work out fine. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square.02:00. tel.September 2011 . tel. Thissio. QOpen 08:00 . PJA Brettos F6. tel. This bar is divided into 3 parts. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. in the middle. As central as it gets. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. Bios B4. The café offers a large selection of snacks. Sofroniou 2 Gazi. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. Kleitiou 6. Although they serve food. A minimal bar. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. MSyntagma. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . PJ National Gardens café H6. MKerameikos. Irodou Attikou entrance. Makry. Kerameikos.brettosplaka. MSyntagma.an oasis in the noisy city centre. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. Pireos 84. €. QOpen 12:00 . tel. a rich history during the last century and a very central location.02:00. London and New York. now a café. QOpen 10:00 . you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar.late.athenssportsbar. Kolokotroni St.gr. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. a stage for live performances. (+30) 210 3645888. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. Monastiraki. PT Athens Sports Bar E8. sweet crepes. Skoufa 47-49. tel. firstname.lastname@example.org:00. PJB Bartesera F5.01:00. As for the music.02:00. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. A historic café that opened its doors again.gr. QOpen 09:00 .02:00.23:00. Kydathineon 41. (+30) 210 3245862. PJA Stavlos C5. Food is respectable and reasonably priced.03:00. A sitting room for quiet conversations. www. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. If you want to stay out of sight. (+30) 210 3426322. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers.3:00. sandwiches.gr. 25. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. QOpen 11:00 . A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. try the upstairs level. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. tel. M Syntagma. If you visit in early spring. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. bios. The King’s stables once. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. a designer and his team. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky . Panepistimiou 12. QOpen 09:00 . (+30) 210 3425335. Closed: Aug 13-24. Psirri.01:30. Coffees. PJK Ambariza F5. restaurant. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. MSyntagma. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. tel. QOpen 10:30 . tel. Iraklidon 10. (+30) 210 3229805. if you lose track of time. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. a space for those who like a bit of both. 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. QOpen 09:00 . This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. Lekka 14.gr. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. Veikou 3A.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. QOpen 20:00 . progressive. M Kerameikos/ Thissio.com. M Thissio. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. (+30) 210 3643774. 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. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. MAcropolis. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. QOpen 09:00 . Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. A small café with character. 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. National Gardens. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. (+30) 210 3232110. Service is efficient and polite. try finding a table next to the almond tree. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. 210 3257644. tel. huge ice cream servings. snacks. PTJ raki. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. (+30) 210 3211158.22:00. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . It’s a strange combination but. QOpen 10:00 . with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel.
Ampelokipoi. past metro opening hours. MEvangelismos. glass in hand. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. Gazi. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. Vas. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. Kolonaki. QOpen 21:00 . Situated on Karitsi Square. Parnasou 3. tel.Sat 10:00-01:00. with wood used as the key decorating element. Amazing city view. PA Pairidaeza F4. don’t worry. QOpen 17:00 . it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. (+30) 210 728 10 00. (+30) 210 7258306. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. tel.03:00. Stadiou 10. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. as such. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza.12:00. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. tel.02:00. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. PAB Mai Tai I4. tel. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. 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 . QOpen 11:00 . Metaxourgeio. Ploutarchou 18. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3413395. and. Basically. MKerameikos. PJ tel. QOpen 10:00 . It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. (+30) 210 3458534. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. MSyntagma. QOpen 21:00 . tel. In the summer or when weather permits. Triptolemou 31. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. tel. It’s almost pitch black in there. Gazi. Pop.02:00.03:00. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 . There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. Syntagma. (+30) 210 3229374. Vintage at its best. and those who come in later. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Voutadon 42. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. Live performances organised from time to time. (+30) 210 322 77 33. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration.02:00. Triptolemou 30. Kolonaki. 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. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. M Panepistimio. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds.04:00. tel. Lekka 14. If too much socialising makes you hungry. Driving there is also an option. tel. Delfon 5. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. 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. (+30) 210 3460901. MKerameikos. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music.02:00. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. a happy medium. MKerameikos.03:00. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. MPanormou. MPanepistimio. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. 210 3226844. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. MKerameikos. all at the…appropriate price. tel. QOpen 21:00 . Closed Sun. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. (+30) 210 3210233.03:00. This is a good choice for Kolonaki beginners in the sense that it doesn’t feel as exclusive as other establishments in the area (without of course being completely laid back). (+30) 210 6911672. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. (+30) 210 3608269. Should you decide to go out late.inyourpocket. Minimal decoration for low profile people. PJEK Capu F5. QOpen 21:00 . In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. Gazi. tel. (+30) 210 3462007. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). Agisilaou 61. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. A wild-west touch.com . Sofias Ave 46.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. PJ Hoxton A4. QOpen 15:00 . with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. JB Nipiagogeio A5. QOpen 10:00 . The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. QOpen 10:00 . 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. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. MSyntagma. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means.02:00. tel. Fri . MEvangelismos. 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. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. with not-so-young regulars. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife.03:00. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. En Delphis G3. 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. Paradise in Persian. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. a long bar. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. (+30) 210 3466055. tel. MKerameikos. PJB Gazaki A4.02:00. Original seventies.03:00. PJ Nixon B4.
PJEB tel. Freestylers and media staff love it here.If your stomach begins to complain. QOpen 21:00 . Monastiraki.05:00.com August . MMonastiraki. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . (+30) 210 3471844.01:00. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows.03:00.G. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu.theartfoundation. One of our favourites.com. Christou Lada 1.stinpriza. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. MPanepistimio. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. Established in 2008.02:00. tel. Thissio. (+30) 210 3238757. Sun 21:00 . www. Kolonaki. it serves coffee and sandwiches.03:00. Karitsi Sq. QOpen 10:00 . MSyntagma. PJ Six D. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3235055. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. Voulis 7.03:00. tel. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. QOpen 19:00 .02:00. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. Just watch your fingers. Monastiraki. in the evening. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis.com. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. tel. Kolonaki. Fri. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation.01:00.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. what else? Fish n’chips. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. fax (+30) 210 3235070. souvlaki-gyros in hand. (+30) 210 3392370. Karitsi 10. (+30) 210 3623541. A classic already. tel.gr. tel. www. QOpen 10:00 02:00.O. 6 D. They may have to think again. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. porcelain and books.jjoyceirishpubathens. 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. QOpen 22:00 . a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that.gr. an events space as well as a gallery. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. 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. M Monastiraki. J6B athens. (+30) 210 3244101. nonetheless. PJB Rosebud G4. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. www. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. Avramiotou 6-8.O. Music is mainstream. PJA Tapas Bar A4. MMonastiraki. in the late afternoon. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees.03:00.inyourpocket. Triptolemou 44. barrels. Good times to be had. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. MPanepistimio. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5.G. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. tel. MPanepistimio. PJA Seven Jokers F5. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif.03:00. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. QOpen 10:00 .September 2011 . a tiny. tel. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. Sat 22:00 . Gazi.S has taken over with a bar. all cater for selective crowds of the city. (+30) 210 3219225. depending on the resident dj. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street. Astigos 12. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. E5. (+30) 2103210510. Normanou 5. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. the soothing sound of jazz. order. Q Open 12:00 .S. tel.02:00. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. Sun 18:00 . this is one street that’s always got something going on. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. Skoufa 46. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. (+30) 210 3311555. MKerameikos. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. true to the originality of the establishment.
QOpen 23:30 . As for illegal prostitution. (+30) 210 9413079. which is lit even during the day. (+30) 210 9421264. www. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. but you can find them elsewhere in town too.gr. post your own nightlife review at www.penthhouseclub. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market.06:00. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. (+30) 210 3477744. you could easily mistake it for a dance club. The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. tel. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. gr. www. (+30) 210 9316417.06:00. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. That is not to say that what you get is cheap. Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations.06:00. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. some quite explicit.gr. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . www. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). 210 9235576. QOpen 23:30 . Prices negotiated on the spot. (+30) 210 7245233. Kallithea.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100.on the plasma screens too. Michalakopoulou 52. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. tel.inyourpocket. However. 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). Admission fee: €15. Baby Gold Syngrou 140.which is the strong point of this club . Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. www. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. QOpen 23:30 . The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). tel.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. It is located a bit further out of the centre.babygold. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. so you call it a bargain. QOpen 23:30 . just off the Psirri nightlife district. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. and Evripidou St. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot.mousses. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20).grandritorno. Fortunately. as is their self-professed title. www. tel. MMegaro Mousikis. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. (one drink included). and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. tel. 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 . and around Theatrou Sq. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St.com . you can watch the show . They also offer 20% discount to tourists.gr.inyourpocket.06:00. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). A Baby O Pireos 171.gr. Admission fee: €15. tel. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes. grou 237. Drinks cost €11. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. you won’t regret it.06:00. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. 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. as a big city. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors. 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. Otherwise. Admission fee: €10.06:00. baby-o.gr. 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. Most gentlemen’s clubs. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. www. alcatraz.
They are fully air-conditioned with TV. . Wed: underwear. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality.alexandersauna.gr. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). tel.03:00. especially on the entertainment side of things. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers. Fri: Go go boys.eu / www. 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 . 210 3210539. Bars Big A4. www. Lebesi 15. Gazi. Megalou Alexandrou 139. www. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . Admission fee: €15. QOpen 23:00 .06:00. www. www. lotteries etc. Gazi.www. will keep you busy for hours. Gazi. Megalou Alexandrou 134. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. PJB tel.com. As for our list. tel. Gazi. Closed Mon. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. Gazi. PJ Cafés ameikos. QOpen 20:00 03:00. www.04:00. though. As a visitor. tel. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. The crowds are young. 210 3468657. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134.04:00.03:00. 210 3411003. 3 saunas. Friendly staff provide high quality service. The music is mainstream-dance. Tue: Bear. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). PJRD Myrovolos C3. however. 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. and are just above Alexander Sauna. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. weekends 14:00-07:00. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. Psiri. Closed Mon. PJB MMetaxourgio.gr. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. PJ Sodade A4. Three visits tourist pass: €35. Clubs Kazarma A3. private bathroom. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4.04:00.lesbian. Q Open 23:30 . finger food and different music every night. tel. 33 A Lamda Club F8. Giatrakou 12. www.alexander-apartments. MMonastiraki. w w w. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago. 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.gr. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. Metaxourgio. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. tel. Gazi. tel. tel. 210 3460677. Konstantinoupoleos 70.03:00. tel. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. MMonastiraki. Mon: Sports. Happy hour: €10.greekgayguide. Polyklitou 6. tel. MKerameikos. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. Ga zi. Kakourgiodikiou 6. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene.03:00. Tue. MKerameikos.myspace. Drinks are cheap.07:00. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. 2 jacuzzis. 6946 282845. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. Gazi. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. MKerameikos. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. 210 9224202. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 .gr.bigbarathens. There are th eme days.05:00. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden. MKerameikos. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination.gr www. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. PJ My Bar E5. Megalou Alexandrou 134. It consists of two separate rooms. There is a large cruising area. free WiFi. QOpen 11:00 . Triptolemou 10.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. M Kerameikos. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. tel. Admission fee: €15.scape. come a long way during the last years.noizclub. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. MKerameikos. It has. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Gazi.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 .gr August . trendy and friendly. Q Open 23:30 . A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service.eu / www.athenspride. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. tel.mybar. Avdi Sq.late. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. MAcropolis. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. Fri-Sun 19:00 . (+30) 210 3224771. (+30) 210 3460667. 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. MKerameikos. QOpen 10:00 . reasonably priced drinks.September 2011 . PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. 210 5228806.gaygreece. Thu: Mixed ages.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area. 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.
UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. however. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events.inyourpocket. 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. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. with detailed signs. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. churches. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . leaflets.com . Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. proper measure. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. with whole areas (such as the East. musical and dance performances. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. virtuous competition and democracy.the most important monuments.harmony. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). and the installation of a lift on the North Slope means that disabled visitors can now get a close-up view for the first time. the Acropolis. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687.or at least view . while the majority of the restoration programmes and the project for the Unification of the archaeological sites surrounding the Acropolis is co-funded by the EU. the Erechtheion. one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. but more so at the hands of man. Some monuments were reused as palaces.000. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century.m. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. the Areopagus.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. In 1997. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. Dating back to the 5th century BC. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information.are at the historical heart of the city. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. beauty.000 sq. 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. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. mosques and residential areas. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens . the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. In all. the Ancient Agora. Walking through them. knowledge. publications. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. 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. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources.including the Acropolis Slopes. The Acropolis and its surrounding area . liberty.
Concessions: €6 (4 day pass).The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). 210 3210219. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world.000 sq. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. 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. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon.m. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city.C. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later. The collective behind the ‘www. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. The 70. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy. They want to take our perception of the site away from the stereotypical tourist experience and “undermine the monolithic discourse on the Acropolis as an exclusively classical site”.. the Propylaea . the Stoa given to the city in 160 B.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments.September 2011 . One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. MAcropolis. tries to introduce us to the different faces. built in the 2nd century AD. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations.D7. Sophocles and Euripides were performed. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus.m.theotheracropolis. (the Parthenon. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. by the king of Pergamon. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. the Erechtheion. it was home to the cult of Athena. There.E7.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe.theotheracropolis. With the predominance of Christianity. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. Set in a site covering 30. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. where the works of the Aeschylus. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. the Erechtheion. www.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. especially during the 5th century AD. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality.000 sq. After the Acropolis itself. established in the athens. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. In the golden age that followed. Eumenes II. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit.com’ project. Zeus and Apollo. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. QAdmission: €12. patron goddess of the city that took her name. August .What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock.inyourpocket. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. thought and art flourished. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis.com 6th Century BC. tel.
Athens In Your Pocket athens.m. play games. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. The ancient Koile road. 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. educational and cultural centre. During the 5th century BC. The 28. the ancient city of Theseus’. to the west of the Acropolis. facing the Acropolis. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. wind vanes.its religious. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). storerooms and offices.m. were held.the first. 210 3210185. commercial exchange. Hadrian’s Gate F7.com .This area. learn about the frieze. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). If you are an archaeology buff. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. the state archives and philosophical schools. religious festivals. The Library of Hadrian was built as part of a project to re-design Athens by Hadrian in 132 AD to house the city’s largest library. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times. with many important road axes. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site.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. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. reads ‘This is Athens. tel. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . MMonastiraki. northwest of the Acropolis. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts).inyourpocket. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. Melite and Koile. take thematic interactive tours. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire).000 sq.7. with shops.parthenonfrieze. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. political and commercial centre. The Western Hills C6. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. From the 6th century BC.parthenonfrieze.000 sq. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. Amalias Ave. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument.gr. Thissio. were held. or Philopappus Hill.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. and the other. the gate bears two inscriptions .m.000 sq. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens). 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. The Agora was a large. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. next to the Ancient Agora. 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’.
210 3214172. But this year. Arditos Hill. QAdmission: €2. athens. In 1669. Q Admission: €12. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. Free for pass holders.com August . These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. As a result their opening hours vary. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. the earliest theatre in the world . the tyrant Peisistratus. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. the Roman Agora. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. MSyntagma. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. Today. A sixteenth column lies on the ground.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 .19:00. The stadium opened its doors again last April. the Ancient Agora & museum. patron-goddess of the City of Athens.inyourpocket. tel. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. in the late 19th century. Baroque. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. due to the economic crisis. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. MAcropolis. MAcropolis. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. 210 9226330. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. in 132AD. 210 3251744. Further.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). the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. 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. Kerameikos & museum. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. Tripodon St. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. who used it as a study room. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. known as the ‘Philhellene’. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. tel. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. Built between 447-437BC. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. Plaka. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. as well as the Renaissance.September 2011 . This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. tel. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. Boulanget and E. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. the god of wine and revelry. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders.
Nearby. It is divided into historicallydefined sections that put the ancient site into context: T The Ancient Neighbourhood: Built on the remains sanctuary of the Nymphs give a complete overview of the different terracotta painting techniques used in ancient Greece. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. Then. the remnants of streets. the neighbourhood continues below. 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.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. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies.000 visitors in its opening week alone. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. 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. space and angular lines. Amongst the artefacts from households. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . With light. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. of an Athenian neighbourhood. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. while the collection of unusual. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis.38 What to see Acropolis view from the Museum’s Parthenon Gallery VK Acropolis Museum Guide he Acropolis Museum has proven to be a massive success as was expected. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. houses.com . 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis. Receiving 90. Walking into the museum.inyourpocket. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. something pottery buffs will delight in. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance.
athens. 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 . Agrippina the Younger.com August . with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes.Closed Mon. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. the cast makers’ excellent work. perched atop the Acropolis hill. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. Emperor Caracalla. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade.What to see snakes. 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.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. A number of reliefs are also on display.gr. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. the Roman period. 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.theacropolismuseum. www. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. something the ancient Greeks never forgot. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. one can admire the inner frieze. MAcropoli. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body.inyourpocket.grQOpen 08:00 . she seems to be crying.20:00. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. info@theacropolismuseum. tel. as well as Lucius Verrus. and the advent of Christianity. – 5th Century AD. In fact.especially on the west pediment . However. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. Fri 08:00-22:00 . 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. Indeed. regardless of the debate. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. Nevertheless. The Propylaia.are plaster casts. Finally. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. faces are the real winner in this section. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC.history really does come alive here. Admission fee: €5. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. 210 9000901.September 2011 . The shame in the situation is unavoidable. 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. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none.
and early Christian periods. tel. tel. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium).com . but these are not expected to materialise any time soon.benaki.14:00 & 18:00-20:00.5. Museum shop. Admission fee: €5. tel.15:00. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. Saturdays: €2. Q Admission fee €7. Tue. Closed Tue. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum.gr.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era. Thu 10:00 . Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. H. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed. tel. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. Kalkos. Thu 09:00 . Closed Mon.cycladic-m.gr. Fri 09:00 . Trokadero. . concessions €3. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. a lobby. MVictoria. Archaic. Free admission. 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. benaki@benaki. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. Its permanent collection is vast .gr. 210 8217724. Wed.gr. Mycenaean. third millennium BC). Classical and Hellenistic items. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors.bsaverof. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . Closed Mon. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. fax 210 8225733.15:00. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display.24:00. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection.13:00. www. Ziller (built 1866-1889). Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. eam@culture. A gift shop is available. Closed Tue. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. fax 210 8213573. Sun 11:00 . the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. a 3. Sun 09:00 .indeed. QOpen . the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c. Thu 09:00 . showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. eleven rooms. Admission fee: €6. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. Minoan. 210 3671000.17:00. Sun 10:00 . fax 210 3671063.17:00. Admission fee: €4. the first half of the twentieth century. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery.inyourpocket. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. M Omonia. 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. 7228321 . Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. Bronze Age. Set in a beautiful building. Lange and remodelled by P . its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic. Tositsa 1. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. QOpen 09:00 .13:00 & 18:00-20:00. Its more than 20.3. art. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . Mon. info@cycladic-m. tel. Amenities include a children’s area.gr.com. a gallery. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery.yet also very instructive. MSyntagma. fax 210 7239382. tribute lists. 22. Benaki Museum H5. 210 7232178. 210 8232950. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. www. recently refurbished.17:00. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. Sat. ema@ culture. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre. housing a unique. QOpen 10:00 . records.20:00. a large hypostyle corridor. Vlachos and E. Decrees. www. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. QOpen 08:30 .including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. 1. 18-26: €1. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. Epigraphical Museum F1. Geometric.15:00. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. tel. this is simultaneously an Archaeological.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. Q Open 08:30 . MSyntagma. designed by L.gr/.
gr. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis. Escher and V. concessions:€1. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August .16:00. ANCIENT CULTURES 25. Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. MSyntagma. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. under 19 yrs: free.21:00. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.gr. concessions: €3. QOpen 09:00 .14:30.19:00. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4.19:00.14:00. students. www. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. info@jewishmuseum. Middle East. Closed Mon. fax 210 9237358. Admission fee: €2. Monday Closed www. Europe. www. fax 210 3225550.culture. tel. QOpen 08:00 . Ermou 148. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. 210 3251311.gr. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items.00 & Saturday 9. Ag.gr. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. Mon 11:00 .inyourpocket. Nikis 39. such as funeral urns. MAcropolis. Wed 09:00 .C. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. Jewish Museum F6.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. Admission fee: €5.herakleidon.6 25. America and Asia. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists. MThissio. concessions: €4. 16 Herakleidon str. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. 210 3461981. such as M. tel. linocut . Wed 09:00 .gr. QOpen 13:00 . 13:00 -21:00.gr. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum.September 2011 © Jan de Bie. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. QOpen 09:00 .: 210 3461981 www.21:00. MThissio. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. QOpen 09:00 . islamic_collection@benaki. spell to turn into a swallow 2006.15:00. Closed Mon. www.gr.C. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society. tel. from the 12th to the 19th centuries.jewishmuseum. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str.herakleidon-art. Admission fee: €6. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens. in a picturesque neoclassical building.16:00. tel. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12. as well as seminars designed for students. Sun 10:00 . tel.11. Karyatidon & Kalisperi.00 . A giftshop is also available.gr. Sun 11:00 .21:00. Islamic Art Museum C4. concessions €3.benaki. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece.com / info@herakleidon-art. Vasarely.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery. Sun 11:00 . info@herakleidon-art. fax 210 3231577. MThissio.19:00. concessions: 2. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. Sun. 210 9221044.) Thissio. www. Closed Tue. Admission fee: €5. Closed Sat. fax 210 3458225. Far East and North Africa. 11:00 -19:00.-Sat. Admission fee: €4.gr athens.gr Museum hours: Tues. 210 3225582.00. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). Herakleidon 16. 210 3463552.
QOpen 08:00 . shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). Goudi. religious icons. Pireos 138. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management).but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. tel. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). MThissio. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . 210 9242111-2.gr/. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. QOpen 09:00 . inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. tel.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . 210 7709855. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe.benaki. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology.16:00. 210 3237617. as well as silver. Sun 10:00 . Stadiou 13. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka.athenscitymuseum. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. Admission fee: €2. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. Admission fee: €4. M Syntagma. tel. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. 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. Plaka. costumes.14:00. National Historical Museum F4. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. Closed Mon. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. http://www. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. This Museum. MSyntagma. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. Kydathinaion 17. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. melt@melt. 330BC). and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records. flags. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. consessions: €1. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. Closed Mon. MEvangelismos. QOpen 09:00 . wood and stone carvings. Admission fee: €3. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. Admission fee: €6. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. from 1837 up to 1843. fax 210 3226979. QOpen 10:00 . 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. 210 3210185. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised.15:00. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. Among its exhibits are embroidery. traditional costumes.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 .42 What to see War Museum tel.gr. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. Free admission. tel. Concessions: €2. MAcropolis. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum of Contemporary Art.gr.culture. 210 3453111. Rizari 2. items of furniture and household objects. up to the present day. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. Mon 11:00 . fax 210 3250198. Closed Mon. A giftshop is available. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. with special focus on the Second World War. MKatechaki. The architecture of the building itself is very original. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). paintings. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto.com . Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. War Museum I5. MPanepistimio. QOpen 09:00 . as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. weaving. Diogenous 1-3. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6.16:45. tel. concessions: €2. Closed Tue. records. QOpen 10:00 . Plaka. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. royal portraits and weapons. Adrianou 24. Concessions: €3.15:00. Sat.16:45.has organised some very successful exhibitions. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. Among its collections are works of art. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Sun 10:00 . MKerameikos. tel. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. Closed Mon. Closed Tue. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. through to the mid 19th century. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829).inyourpocket. 210 3229031. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. 210 3231397. fax 210 9245200. www.14:00. QOpen 09. tel. this Museum preserves.00 . Free admission. photographs. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament.14:00.14:00. Wed 12:00 . 210 3254119.18:00. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). civic emancipation and democratic institutions. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. protocol@emst. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. fax 210 3220765.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite.15:00. From the 17th century to the present. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden.
Nikolaos Gyzis. Sat 10:00 . or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. Paintings.spyrosvassiliou. gelismos. Sun 10:00 . 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. Nikolaos Kounelakis. Normanou 5. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop.gr.nma. www. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions.made salads. Michalakopoulou 1. 210 7235857. A haven for the railways aficionados. nationalgallery. fax 210 7224889. theatre performances.gr/. QOpen 09:00 . Tue.24:00. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. (+30) 210 3238757. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely.org.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library.theartfoundation. postalmuseum. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. www. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art.What to see companies. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens.culture.org. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. tel. Sepolia. Recording actions’.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. Sep 19 . when the group was created until today.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. 210 3643774.20:00. Its exhibits include more than 600. film screenings.September 2011 . postmuseum@elta-net. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 .gr. fax 210 922 0193. Yiannis Tsarouchis. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point.gr. Sun. accessible to the public year-round. Yiannis Moralis. concessions: €2. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. Free admission. www. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre.com August . Admission fee: €3. QOpen 08:00 . Webster 5. Wed 9:00 . literary presentations. http://www. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). MMonastiraki. tel. contemporary music. QOpen 08:30 . Sun 10:00 16:00. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 .14:00. tel. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. tel. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. Its amenities include conservation laboratories.15:00. MSyntagma. www.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. Closed Mon. 210 9231502. (+30) 6988391684. Thu. Free admission. open discussions and lectures. concessions: €3. Wed 12:00 . During the summer the place becomes even more attractive as visitors can combine the visual pleasure of the exhibitions with drinks in the internal courtyard under the trees.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Closed Tue. QOpen . tel. 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.5. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. QOpen 10:00 . Nikiforos Lytras. Fri.15:00. Closed Sat. Panepistimiou 12. Tue. Fri. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. fax 210 3635953. MEvan- Sep 11 . which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. multimedia installations. Georgios Iakovidis. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. woodcuts. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure.inyourpocket. theory of art and poetic contemplation. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. performance. while plans for its expansion are underway. historic tram trains. Railway Museum Siokou 4.14:00.22:00. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). Also on display are related railway paraphernalia.gr. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. 7 days a week. athens. cropolis. such as tickets. Admission fee: €6. as well as models and historic photographic archives.gift ideas. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . Closed Mon. protocol@ nm. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). Sat. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5. Closed Mon. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou.13:00. 210 7519042. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. Admission: free. 210 5246580. tel. fax 210 7519279. Closed Mon. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece.18:00. a well-equipped library. Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. instruments and mechanics’ tools.
Papadakis and N. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. This is a cross-insquare construction. Panepistimiou 21.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. The official inauguration took place in 1938. 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’). And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. it was erected around 1050AD. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. fax 210 3692170. M Syntagma. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. As is the case with most churches in Greece. MMonastiraki. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. www. As for the imposing wall paintings. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. was later added to the north side. MSyntagma. bankof gr e ece. Syntagma Square. which is open to the public. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. QOpen . The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. A chapel. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. since 1934.gr. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). Panepistimiou 47. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. the first monarchs of Greece. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. Monastiraki. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. As for the interior. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. Overlooking Syntagma Square.20:00. the bell tower was added later. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. is located in the forecourt of the building. with 3 apses on the east side. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. Panepistimiou 2832.inyourpocket. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping.Athens Academy .com . Syntagma. they date to the 19th century. National Librar y . MOmonia. the palace was completed in 1843. this church dates back to 1065 AD. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. 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. has housed the Greek Parliament. MOmonia. M Panepistimio. The last known restoration was in 1840. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5. info@parliament. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. MPanepistimio. It is cross-in-square shaped. Bank Of Greece F4. 210 3707000. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. Free admission. Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. It is currently undergoing restoration. Sun 10:00 . following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. As for its background. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4.gr. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. MPanepistimio.gr. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. In a poll. The building was designed by archi tects K. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. M Panepistimio. struggle for Greek Independence. w w w. Sat. tel.parliament. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. mou & Kapnikareas St. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square.
028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. MSyntagma. E5. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. that points to the four points of the horizon.September 2011 . while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. marble sculptures. columns. M Syntagma. the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. commercial events. M Acropolis. 1973. it is now used for international conferences. 2. MSyntagma. This historic Obser vatory. which were violently put down on 17 November. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. athens. situated in the forecourt of the University. 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 . Admission by invitation only. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. Closed Mon. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. while its Minaret has been removed. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). Anapafseos and Trivonianou. Mets. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. Hill of MSyntagma. the Nymphs.inyourpocket. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Alimos. This building. & Vas Olgas. M Monastiraki. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. Stadiou 13. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. died in Greece. In the north-east corner of the cemetery.1932. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. Old House of Parliament F4. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. MThissio. Ag. It was founded around 1837.14:30. which was formerly a Royal Residence. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. 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. Konstantinou 22. as well as for European heads of State meetings. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. Cemeteries Av. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. Plaka. Zappeion G6.What to see National Theatre D2. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. MOmonia. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. MOmonia. in order to commemorate the event. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). Monastiraki Square. Kyristou 8. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. Today. in 1759. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. Patision (28th October) 46. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. and who have no known grave. The imposing Presidential Palace. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen.com August . This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Amalias Observatory C6. Most famous Greeks are buried here. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas.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. QOpen 10:00 . Overlooking Monastiraki Square. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors.
currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora.gr. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. Tholos: €10. Children. internet-access area and giftshop. Sat. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). 12th km Athinon Ave. Weekdays: €17. waterfalls and the Magic Town. concessions: €3 (€4). MKallithea. Thu. by general acclaim. 210 8015870.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . Spata. Plaka. entomological. Wed 09:00 . Sun 10:30 . many reptiles. Sun 10:00 . fax 210 3312996. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides.. including an attic and garden. bears. Sun 10:00 . and climbing towers. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. as well as a parking area. Yet.sunset. www. E16. Admission fee: €14. It covers an area of more than 520 sq.000 square metres. A2. Bus No: A16. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. creative and inquisitive faculties.02:00. www. Sat 10:00 .02:00. the biggest children playground in Greece. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. QOpen 17:00 .15:00. 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. tel. with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. Tue. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. 210 4256990. gift-shop. A taxi ride costs about €10.gr. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. 865 from Koumoundourou sq.edu.gr. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. www.01:00.inyourpocket.com .com. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). including state-of-the-art technological applications. Seniors: €10.14:30. foxes and wild cats. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 .000 sq.20:30. tel. This is home to the largest and. Closed Mon.hcm.copacopanapark. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre.gnhm. Waterslides of every kind. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. 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. drop by the Eugenides Foundation.allou. m. 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. islands. botanical. Wed.gr. Fri 10:00 . Athens In Your Pocket athens. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. hellenic_cosmos@ime. Free entrance. Sun 10:00 . swimming pools.16:00. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. carousel. 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. tel. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. 212 2540000. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. Q Open 09:00 .01:00. info@gnhm. complete with a pirate ship. fax 210 8080674. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. children up to 12 yrs: €12. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre.14:00. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. a café. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre. tel. QOpen 09:00 . gr. a number of African mammals like giraffes.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. Fri 17:00 . QOpen . situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. MKifisia. a café-restaurant. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. 210 9469641. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Rentis. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. trampolines. 210 5576006. This Centre. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building. 210 3312995. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre.02:00. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. Entertainment Park covering about 40. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6.gr. M Syntagma. DJs and live music. zebras. fax 210 6634726. tel. B16. www. Closed Mon. Admission fee: €4-6.21:00. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. QOpen 10:00 .eugenfound.atticapark. www. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term. Closed Sat. geological and palaeontological exhibits.gr.hellenic-cosmos.15:00. Tue. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological.gr. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds.gr. www. tel. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. Sat. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos.m. tel. 210 6634724. iWERKS Shows: €8. Family and member tickets also available. There is a café. Amenities include special educational programmes for children.14:30. Buses: 126. Haidari. email@example.com:30. Sun 10:00 .gr. Greek fauna species like: wolves. info@hcm. fax 212 2540123.
if impractically situated. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. Extending over a vast area of 1.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. August . offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. make up a favourite stroll for everyone. by the funicular or by car. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. QOpen 08:00 . for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. Dafni and Agia Var vara.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. MSyntagma. MVictoria. Its meandering benchladen paths. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens. Amalias Street. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . Irodou Attikou St. 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 . some of which are exceedingly rare. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants.15:00. cool trees and popular ponds. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds.September 2011 .14:00. National Gardens G6. 401. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Sun 10:00 . the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. MSyntagma. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. Acropolis. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George.14:00. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. Iera Odos Avenue. scenic stroll. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000). Vas. Sat. Zappeion Garden G7. Olgas Av.
www. w w w.oasa. 210 6457000 Enotita tel. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. alb ei t slower fashion.gr.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3. always ask for the meter to be on. There is an additional charge of €1.com . I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some.19 per km for the double.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel. This is defini tel y t h e m o s t c o n ve n i e n t means to getting around Athens. night-time tari f f. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network.00-24. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers.inyourpocket. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates. I f you have to use a taxi. 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. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel.gr. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient.ametro. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. the tram is the way. w w w. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. 210 6144000 Ellas tel. 210 3636508 Asteras tel. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. daytime tari f f (05. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. B Metr o tel. 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.ask for a receipt. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. 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 ).65 for an appointm ent. Plus.16 .68 per km for the single.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. Taxis 185. no less) and in a less crowded. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. gr. train and bus stations. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. tramsa. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. 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. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1.00). Star ting price is at €1 .39 . For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. e careful as some taxi drivers . (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. Buses and Trolleybuses tel.07 from and to harbours. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis.€5. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. 18 300 Protoporia tel.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. and €1 . 210 6792399.usually operating at airpor ts . 210 4115200 Icaros tel.
budgetathens. info@batek-europcar. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. gr Kolonaki Sq.gr.hertz.gr. craving for a chocolate. 210 6879600. firstname.lastname@example.org National Tel. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. fax 210 6264409. fax 210 2882050. www. Car rental Avis Tel.nationalcar. feel like reading a newspaper.com.September 2011 athens. fax 210 3493417.gr Run out of cigarettes. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. MPanepistimio. F2 Mavili Sq.com . 800 11 800 12.inyourpocket. H5 Syntagma Sq. or worst of all. 210 9984000 August . reservations@nationalcar. www. K4 Omonia Sq. Europcar Tel.avis. G5 Kanigos Sq. need a condom.gr. tel. 210 9890000 TNT tel. 210 8981444. email@example.com Budget Tel.europcar. 210 6264000. fax 210 6879610. Mitropoleos 3. tel. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. IVIS Travel Internet Service. www. 210 3493428.gr. www. 210 2882151. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. 801 11868868 UPS tel.gr. www.
Emirates Syngrou 128. Gulf Air Nikis 33. tel. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. airlift@airlift. MOmonia. Argyroupoli. Sun. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. Thermopylon 42. British Airways Themistokleous 1.13:30. tel. Closed Sat. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. tel. Glyfada. 210 8219570. tel. tel.gr.14:00. Thai El. here is a list of centrally located post offices. QOpen 07:30 . Add to that €3. Argyroupoli. Closed Sat. MEvangelismos. tel. . Closed Sat. Closed Sun. tel.20:00. Mitropoleos 60. Marousi. tel. 210 3216024. Kotzia Square. QOpen 07:30 . tel. tel. 3rd Septemvriou 28. Zaimi 36-38. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. MVictoria. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. Sun 09:00 . 210 3534020. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. tel. tel. QOpen 07:30 . Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. QOpen 07:30 . tel. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. tel. Metaxourgio C3. Nikis 33. Sat 07:30 . tel. 210 6175200. 210 3537600. Sun. tel.14:00. Makrigianni F7. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. 210 3235831. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33.Central PO E3. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. Buy. Sun. tel. Malev Panepistimiou 15. tel. 210 7244404. Closed Sat. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. Acropolis rock. Kifisia. Sun. Marousi. www. fax 210 9967872. Venizelou 32. Glyfada. karafil@abi. MOmonia. MSyntagma. Delta Athens International Airpor t. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. tel. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. 210 5225277. tel. tel. QOpen 07:30 .20:00. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. Plaka F6. tel. Glyfada. Aiolou 100. 210 3622054/210 3634572. Swiss Sorou 18-20. tel. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Argyroupoli. tel. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts.90 for express mail.17:00. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. Kolonaki I5. MAkropolis. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. sell. tel. MMarousi. tel. tel. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. 210 9692020/210 3531237. Aiolou . info@ abi. tel. 210 3531101. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A.inyourpocket. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. Sun 09:00 . tel. 210 3237573. Sun. Olympic Syngrou 96. Sun.70. tel. tel. tel. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. QOpen 07:30 . Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. 210 3218143.gr. 210 9967870. tel. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. Exarchia G1. MSyntagma. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. Jat Airways Amerikis 10.gr. QOpen 07:30 . 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7.14:00. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. MAkropolis.gr. tel. tel.14:00. airlift. port: 210 3530101. Marousi. 210 210 3534245. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. Turkish Athens International Airport.14:00. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. head to Syntagma Square. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. 210 5233636. LOT Panepistimiou 15.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. MMonastiraki. Mitropoleos E5. SAS Vouliagmenis 85.13:30. Syntagma Square F5. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. Cyprus Athens International Airport. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. tel. 210 8093771/210 8093777. tel. tel.14:00.14:00.20:00. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38.20 for registered and €2. 210 3217650. tel. 210 9218076. MMetaxourgio. Omonia E2. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. Air China Filellinon 24.14:00. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat.com . Sun. tel. Sat 07:30 .
17. ose. tel. www. booking@anek. www. 1110. Arr. 210 8919800.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.com. August . Pireaus.com.Crete and Greece . 210 4199000. www. Connections to Lesvos.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. tel. www. 1110.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30. Ferry connections between Piraeus . 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. Voula.bluestarferries. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office).superfast. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel.gr. 210 4115015.gr. www. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways .hellenicseaways.gr. Arr. tel. 210 athens.anek. 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. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. for the rail journey lovers.gr. In fact. Arr. tel. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St. tel. However.gr. tel. 1441. firstname.lastname@example.org. Online reservations: http://tickets. bluestarferries@bluestarferries.September 2011 14505 8919509. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese.gr. 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.nel. Only over the last twenty years. www.Crete and Greece . 6:50-IC 11:54 7:53-ICEX 12:20 9:21 15:02 10:51-IC 15:50 13:21-IC 18:31 14:52 20:51 19:29-IC 23:55 20:39-IC 01:48 23:59-SL 06:59 From THESSALONIKI Dep. Arr. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. Ferry connections between Piraeus .gr. Pireaus.com.minoan. sales@nel. Crete. tel. 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.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep.inyourpocket. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. 210 4145700. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. some of them otherwise inaccessible. 185. Heraklion.com . www.gr.
as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. www. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). 276.20:00. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. City Link. is a different story. tel. All top brands priced accordingly. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. 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). The largest computer and office supply chain. 210 3743000. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. www. shoes. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. MAg.gr. Notos Home Kratinou 5. M Nerantziotissa. www. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. MOmonia. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Tue. Plaisio. Athens In Your Pocket . cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. M Syntagma. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. On the other hand. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours.public. QOpen 10:00 .notosgalleries.atticadps. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. Thu. All shops close on National Holidays. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). tel. 210 3255564. www. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. But the lower end of Ermou Street. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. Computers & Gadgets Germanos. Finally. (See our list). as well as in boutiques. 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. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop.the biggest in the city. cosmetics. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. Sat 10:00 . Designer brands at great prices. banknotes and stamps. Upmarket department store. chaotic.com.themallathens. www. underwear. F1-Voulis 3. fashion. 210 3318248. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. tel. travel accessories.gr. and as regards local colour. Merlin 6. F5 Public. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. At the opposite end of the spectrum. MOmonia.21:00. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. Oh. Ippokratous 3.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. A visit to the charming Plaka district. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home.gr. Closed Sun. you guessed it. MOmonia. Sat: 09:00-15:00.gr. wondering where to head off shopping.collector-shop. enticing city. and take our word for it.hondoscenter. Head here for urban wear. Kotzia Sq. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. 211 1802600.plaisio. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. F1-Zaimi 10.germanos. of course). They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. jewelry. 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). MSyntagma. The Mall . This is a great shopping spree destination.athensmetromall.notosgalleries. usually 09:00-23:00 every day. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. tel.gr. www. are closed). wine and spirits shops. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). Omonia Sq 4. Syntagma. info@ collector-shop.gr. Furniture. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. Electronics. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. www.-Stournari 19 & 24. fax 210 3221440. gift shops (yes. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. Then again.gr. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. fax 210 3318249. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). www. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. www. fax 211 1802698. Wed.com. www. gr.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. There is a branch on every other corner. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. this sprawling. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop.
: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon.:09:00-21:00 Sat. 276. shoes. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. Ag.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. – Sun. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. 790.inyourpocket. Ag. Dimitrios. B3. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210.September 2011 . a beauty salon. Shops: Mon – Fri. a bank and many other services. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. 154.: Closed. A3. 219. accessories.: 09:00-20:00 Sun.Shopping Athens Metro Mall 53 T his new shopping centre is very popular among Athenians as it is located only a 9 minutes metro ride from Syntagma square.com August . Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. a play area.gr athens. Clothes. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. 155. The place is a perfect all-day destination and besides the shopping experience a visitor can enjoy lunch or dinner in one of its 18 eateries of all kinds. Dimitrios.athensmetromall. 219. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station. 276.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. 171. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. 109. X97. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. B4. electronics. A4. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. 816. 113. 208.
€ $ £ Mc Donald’s Big Mac 3.20 4.54 2.78 Loaf of white bread 0.75 1.06 0.65 Snickers bar 0.80 1.13 0.70 0.7L of vodka 16.00 22.72 13.92 0.5L bottle of beer 1.20 1.70 1.04 20 Marlboros 4.00 5.68 3.48 Public transport ticket 1.40 1.99 1.22 Cinema ticket 8.50 12.00 7.40 Exchange rates (as of 28.07.2011): EUR=1.42USD EUR=0.87 GBP ies, as well as an outspokenly subversive-yet-glamorous diva, confident enough to pull off these exciting creations in style.
Parthenis H4, Dimokritou & Tsakalof 20, Kolonaki. Casual chic designer label, offering sophisticated garments using exclusively natural fibres for those who opt for style and comfort in one. Orsalia Parthenis’ creations can aptly be characterised as unaffected and simple, yet quintessentially elegant.
Compendium Nikis 28, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3221248,
email@example.com. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines
Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benaki.gr/museumshop/en. A tasteful selection of replicas of ancient Greek and Byzantine art, as well as an interesting selection of jewelry, prints, ceramics, antiques, religious icons and books. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Thu 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Tue. shop offers all kinds of rosary beads, known as ‘kombologia’ - in Greece they are used for pleasure and for aiding concentration and are especially favoured by older men. It is also recommended against stress and, believe it or not, as an aid for quitting smoking. A gift with many uses…
Benaki Museum Gift Shop Koumbari 1, Kolonaki,
Stadiou 10 & Omirou 4, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3225294, fax 2103232289, email@example.com, www. dbo.gr. German books are not widely available in Athens but this excellent buchhandlung perfectly covers the needs of German locals and travellers.
Deutsche Buchhandlung (German Bookshop)
Eleftheroudakis Panepistimiou 17, MPanepistimio,
Kombologadiko H5, Koumbari 6, Kolonaki. This specialty
tel. 210 322938, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.books.gr. Expats’ favourite hang out, this 7 storey bookshop boasts a large English section with all the paperbacks you’re likely to wish for before you head to the beach and then some.
Fashion Bookstore F5, Thisseos 6. An interesting little
bookshop selling exclusively fashion magazines from around the world.
Melissinos, The poet-sandalmaker Agias Theklas 2, Psirri, MMonastiraki, Thissio, tel. 210 3219247, info@ melissinos-poet.com, /www.melissinos-poet.com. Fancy a pair of hand-made ancient Greek sandals made by a world famous...poet? Stavros Melissinos has crafted sandals for celebrities like the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Sofia Loren and has featured in newspaper articles all over the world. He runs his workshop together with his son, an artist. National Archaeological Museum Gift Shop Patision
(28th October) 44, MVictoria, tel. 210 8217724, fax 210 8213573. Recently refurbished and expanded, it offers a wide selection of replicas of ancient artifacts, as well as a comprehensive collection of guide books on ancient Greece. An interesting selection of gift ideas and memorabilia is also available. QOpen 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 13:00 - 19:00.
Librairie Kauffmann (French Bookshop) Stadiou 28, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3255321, fax 210 3230320, email@example.com, www.kauffmann.gr. A historic bookshop supplying local francophones since an era when French was the foreign language of choice among educated Greeks. Travel Bookstore Solonos 71, MPanepistimio, tel. 210
3616943, This excellent travel bookshop belongs to the top Greek cartography company ORAMA Editions, which is our map supplier. A visit here is essential before any excursion to the countryside, where you’ll have a huge choice between top quality maps and travel guides covering every last corner of the country and all international maps and travel guides series. If you mention you’re an In Your Pocket reader, the bookshop’s experienced staff will happily give you an extra discount.
Celia Kritharioti F6, Dedalou 8, Plaka. Internationally acclaimed Greek designer, her creations are feminine, sensuous and elegant. She is also well known for her wedding gowns and lovely sequined and hand-embroidered garments, many of which are strewn with semi-precious stones and crystals.
Zolotas G5, Panepistimiou 10, Stadiou 9, www.zolotas.
gr. Fine jewellers since 1895. Inspired by classic Greek art, their creations are objects of desire for every female with fine taste and finesse. If a knickknack souvenir is not your cup of tea and you have a corresponding bank balance, then walk in one of their posh boutiques and spoil yourself or your beloved.
Ioanna Kourbela F6, Adrianou 109 & Hatzimichali 12,
Plaka, www.kourbelaioanna.gr. Innovative fashion designer Ioanna Kourbela takes the national body conscious image to a whole different level with a barrage of billowing fabrics twinned with creative layering, seeking to showcase the female form in a completely different way to what we’re accustomed..
Loukia H5, Kanari 24, Kolonaki. Unique designer label that manages to exude an aura of romance, unconventional creative originality and theatrical extravaganza, all in one. Loukia’s clothes are simultaneously reminiscent of a fairy tale princess, with flamboyant tulle, ruffles, laces and embroiderAthens In Your Pocket
Koukos F6, Navarchou Nikodimou 21, MPanepistimio, Tel. (+30) 210 3222740 www.koukosjewellery.gr Koukos is one of the most popular Greek quality jewellery brands. Since 1970 the collection has adopted designs inspired by the ancient Greek and traditional jewellery. In their shop you’ll find complete collections with visible references to the Greek popular and Byzantine tradition as well as contemporary design trends. Also fine Italian tin collections, hand made replicas of Byzantine icons and old traditional ceramics. athens.inyourpocket.com
Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) Athinas
Street (between Evripidou & Sofocleous Streets), MMonastiraki, Omonia. An extravaganza of sights, smells and sounds, here you will be treated to a very wide selection of spices, herbs, cheeses, olives, meats, fish and all sorts of gastronomical delights. Take a pick from the wonderful selection of nuts, herbs and dried fruits - you will be hard pressed to find these back home. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.
Aristokratikon F5, Karageorgi Servias 9. The city’s
premier sweets and pastries emporium, with an extensive array of delicious hand-crafted sweets and chocolates, made with the finest local ingredients.
Tattoo & Piercing
Black Rose D4, Pallados 16, Psirri, MMonastiraki,
tel. (+30) 210 3238610, www.blackroseta2.gr. If you are up for a permanent souvenir from Athens, then head to Black Rose, one of the top tattoo and piercing studios in the centre of the city. Professional art work, safety and hygiene are guaranteed.
Every Athenian neighbourhood has its own open air fruit and veg market on a specific day of the week. Licenced producers bring their fresh goodies from their farms to the big city neighbourhoods. Prices start high in the morning but in true market fashion get really low towards midday. One of the best and well worth pottering around is in Kallidromiou St. Exarchia, every Saturday morning.
Fruit & Vegetable street markets (Laiki markets)
Traditional Food Products
ucts of exceptional quality and many international awards. Extra virgin olive oil, olives, and dips to take home with you. Available in large supermarkets and the airport duty free shops. Mastiha Shop G5, Panepistimiou & Kriezotou and Athens Airport, www.mastihashop.gr. All mastiha products brought to you by the association of Chios mastic growers. These exclusively Greek product makes the ideal gift to bring home if you want to avoid an ‘ouzo power’ t-shirt! Try the natural chewing gum and the sweet liquor. A full range of natural cosmetics is also available. Mesogaia Hamosternas 14, Kato Petralona. Delicatessen selling delicious local speciality foods from around Greece, such as extra-virgin olive oil, the local spirit, “raki”, a diverse array of cheeses and a fragrant selection of wild herbs.
Gaea Products, www.gaea.gr. Greek traditional prod-
Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou & surrounding
streets, MMonastiraki. It has lost some of its old days charm as modern shops have replaced the stalls, but it remains the absolute Athenian open-air, vibrant, peoplepacked, shopping/haggling experience. Head here if you are looking for antiques, collectors’ items, vintage clothing, old music records and books, homeware, leatherwear and souvenirs. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00.
A full series of natural cosmetics produced with propolis, honey, royal jelly, rosemary, green tea and fruits. Greek products that make perfect gifts for anyone back home. Korres, www.korres.com. Started as a homeopathic pharmacy, Korres now produces more than 500 skin and hair care herbal products, sold in more than 30 countries. Greek women love them as they are 100% natural.
Apivita G4, Solonos 26, Kolonaki, www.apivita.com.
American Markets . Ermou 30, D5, 2nd floor tel. 210
3217870, Ermou 48, D5, 1st flor tel. 210 3215740, Sofokleous 19, E3, 1st floor tel. 210 3217051 Yesterday’s Bread Kallidromiou 87, Exarchia, tel. 210 8811233. Imported second hand clothes.
Camper Ermou 34, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3216709. Kalogirou H5, Patriarchou Ioakim 4, Kolonaki. The ultimate fashionable shoe shop, with top international labels as well as its own-brand discerning designs. A must-visit destination for all shoe afficionados. The world’s grooviest shoes!
AB Vassilopoulos www.ab.gr. Supermarkets are rare in downtown Athens, they tend to concentrate in residential areas. Some central branches of the best supermarket chain AB Vassilopoulos can be found at the following addresses: -Vouliagmenis 67 & Menonos, Mets, F8 -Marni 24, E1 -Spyrou Merkouri 38, Pangrati, J6 -Keiriadon & Sfiton, Petralona, A6 -Mavromichali 157 & Digeni Akrita, I1 QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. athens.inyourpocket.com August - September 2011
Albania Vekiar eli 7, Filothei, tel. 210 6876200. Australia Kifisias 1-3, tel. 210 8704000. Austria Vas.Sofias 4, tel. 210 7257270. Belgium Sekeri 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617886. Bulgaria Stratigou Kallari St, Psyhiko, tel. 210 6748106. Canada Ioannou Gennadiou 4, tel. 210 7273400. Cyprus Herodotou 16, tel. 210 7237883. Czech Republic Seferi 6, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719701. Denmark Vas.Sofias 11, tel. 210 7256440. France Vas.Sofias 7, tel. 210 3391000. Germany Karaoli & Dimitriou 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 7285111. Hungary Karneadou 25, tel. 210 7256800. China Krinon 2A, Psichiko, tel. 210 6723282. Ireland Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7232771. Israel Marathonodromou 1, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719530. Italy Sekeri 2, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617260. Japan Papadiamanti 21, Psichiko, tel. 210 6709900. Netherlands Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7254900. Nor way Vasilissis Sof ias 23, tel. 210 7246173. Poland Chryssanthemon 22, Psichiko, tel. 210 6797700. Romania Emmanouil Benaki 7, Psichiko, tel. 210 6728875. Russia Nikiforou Lytra 28, Psichiko, tel. 210 6725235. Serbia Vasilissis Sof ias 106, tel. 210 7774344. Slovakia Georgiou Seferi 4, Psichiko, tel. 210 6771980. South Africa Kifisias 60, Marousi, tel. 210 6106645. Spain Dionysiou Areopagitou 21, tel. 210 9213123. Sweden Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7266100. Switzerland Iasiou 2, tel. 210 7230364. Turkey Vasileos Geor giou 8, tel. 210 7263000. UK Ploutarhou 1, tel. 210 7272600. USA Vasilissis Sofias 91, tel. 210 72129519.
Alpha Bank Stadiou 40, tel. 2103260000. ATE Bank Panepistimiou 23, tel. 210 3298911. Bank of Greece (Central Bank) Panepistimiou 21,
tel. 210 3201111, www.bankofgreece.gr.
BNP Paribas Vasilissis Sofias 94, tel. 210 7468000. Citibank Achaias 3, Kifisia, tel. 210 8186000. Eurobank Amalias 20, tel. 210 9555000. HSBC Mesogion 109, tel. 210 6962100. Mar f in Egnatia Bank Zef yr ou 56, tel. 210
National Bank Eolou 86, tel. 210 3341000. Piraeus Bank Amerikis 4, tel. 210 3335000.
Postal Savings Bank Pesmazoglou 2-6, tel. 210
gion 109, tel. 210 6993559, www.amcham.gr. www.ase.gr.
American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce MesoAthens Exchange Athinon 110, tel. 210 3366800, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Athens Tourism & Economic Development Com-
Akadimias 7-9, tel. 210 3604815, www.acci.gr.
pany G6, Xenofontos 7, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3253123, fax 210 3216653, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Vasilissis General Secretariat for Investment and Development Nikis 5-7, tel. 210 3332402, www.ggea.gr/ German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dorileou 10-12, tel. 210 6419000, http://
Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry Kifisou 102, tel. 210 5384177, www.heda.gr. Hellenic-Chinese Chamber Amerikis 10, tel. 210
3629052, www.chinese-chamber.gr/. 210 3355700, www.elke.gr.
Hellenic Center for Investment Mitropoleos 3, tel. Hellenic Foreign Trade Board Marinou Antipa 86-88, Ilioupoli, tel. 210 9982100, www.hepo.gr.
tel. 210 3332000, www.mnec.gr/en.
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inyourpocket.66 Index ABI (air business international) 50 AB Vassilopoulos 55 Acropolis Museum Hotel 20 Adecco 57 Aegean 50 Aiolis 28 Alatsi 23 Alcatraz 32 Alexander Sauna 33 A Lier Man 29 All Year Travel 58 Alpha Bank 56 Ambariza 29 American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) 57 American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 American Markets 55 ANEK LINES 51 Apivita 55 Arethusa 20 Aristokratikon 55 ATE Bank 56 Athens Backpackers 21 Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) 55 Athens Centre 57 Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Athens City Hall 44 Athens Exchange 56 Athens Metropolitan Cathedral 44 Athens Sports Bar 29 Athens Stock Exchange 44 Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company 56 AthenStyle 21 Attica 52 Attica Zoological Park 46 Australia 56 Austria 56 Baba Au Rum 29 Baby Gold 32 Baby O 32 Balthazar 22 Bank Of Greece 44 Bank of Greece (Central Bank) 56 Bartesera 29 Belafonte 29 Belgium 56 Benaki Museum 40 Benaki Museum Gift Shop 54 Big 33 Bits and Bytes 49 Black Duck Multiplarte 22 Black Rose 55 Blues 29 Blue Train Café 33 BNP Paribas 56 Booze 28 Boschetto 26 British Council 57 British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 56 Bulgaria 56 Buses and Trolleybuses 48 Butcher 25 Byron College 57 Byzantine and Christian Museum 40 Camper 55 Campion School 57 Canada 56 Capu 30 Celia Kritharioti 54 Cellier Le Bistot 23 Cervantes Institute 57 Chez Lucien 23 China 56 Church of Aghioi Theodoroi 44 Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea 44 Citibank 56 Classical King George Palace 18 Collectors shop 52 Commonwealth war cemetery 45 Compendium 54 Copa Copana 46 Czech Republic 56 Diammond Dolls 32 Dioskouroi Café 28 Dioskouros 21 Doris 24 Dowlings Solicitors 57 Efta Thalasses 27 Ellinogermaniki Agogi (German) 57 Epigraphical Museum 40 Eridanus 19 Eurobank 56 Fair Consulting 57 FC&D 57 Ferries departure info 51 First cemetry of Athens 45 Folli Follie 54 Foundation of the Hellenic World 46 France 56 French-Greek School 57 French Institute 57 Fresh 19 Galaxy Bar 30 Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) 30 Gazaki 30 GB Corner 26 General Secretariat for Investment and Development 56 German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry 56 Germanos 52 Germany 56 Gialiskari 27 Global Business Services 57 Glykis 27 Goethe Institute 57 Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art 40 Granazi 33 Grand Ritorno 32 Hard Rock Café 22 Hellenic American Union 57 Hellenic Center for Investment 56 Hellenic Children's Museum 46 Hellenic-Chinese Chamber 56 Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry 56 Hellenic Foreign Trade Board 56 Hellenic Ministy of Economy and Finance 56 Hera 19 Hondos Center 52 House of Parliament (Vouli) 44 Hoxton 30 HSBC 56 Hungary 56 Ilias 24 Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum 41 Il postino 25 Inoteka 28 International Business Services 57 Intrepid Fox 30 Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) 23 Ireland 56 Islamic Art Museum 41 Israel 56 Italy 56 Jackson Hall 22 Japan 56 Jewish Museum 41 Kafeneio Thissio 28 Kantor 57 Kappari 24 Kavouras 26 Kazarma 33 Kerameikos Museum 41 Kiriakoulis Mediterranean 58 Klepsidra 28 Kosta 26 Kostas 26 KPMG 57 Krinos 28 KTEL (intercity buses) departure info 51 Lamda Club 33 Livadia 26 Mamacas 23 ManiMani 23 Manpower 57 Marfin Egnatia Bank 56 Melissinos.G.O. The poetsandalmaker 54 Metropolis 21 Mondial Forwarding Hellas 58 Mousses Club 32 Museum of Greek Folk Art 42 Museum of the Ancient Agora 42 Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments 42 National Archaeological Museum 40 National Bank 56 National Gardens café 29 National Glyptotheque 42 National Historical Museum 42 National Library . 31 Skoufaki 29 SOL SA 57 Soul Kitchen 22 South Africa 56 Spain 56 Spyros Vassiliou Museum 43 Stavlos 29 St Catherine's British Embassy School 57 Stratos Vassilikos 20 Surreal 27 Sweden 56 Taverna tou Psirri 25 Temple of Olympian Zeus 37 The Art Foundation (TAF) 31 The Athens Gate 20 The National Gallery 43 Titania 20 To Kafeneio 25 Toy Bar 31 Tram 48 Travel Plan 58 Triantafyllo tis nostimias 25 Tudor Hall 24 Turkey 56 UK 56 USA 56 Vernicos Yachts 58 Wagamama 22 Zappeion 45 Zappeion Garden 47 Tell us what you think about our guide: We’re all ears! athens@inyourpocket.Athens Academy .S.Athens University 44 National Theatre 45 Natural History (Goulandris) Museum 46 Naxos 27 Netherlands 56 New Benaki Museum 42 Nixon 30 Norway 56 Numismatic Museum 43 Numismatic Museum Café 29 OASA (urban transportation) info 51 O'Connell's 30 Old House of Parliament 45 Omiros 20 Orphee Beinoglou 58 OSE (Greek Railways) info 51 Ouzou Melathron 27 Pan 21 Parliament 57 Pedion tou Areos 47 Periscope 19 Piraeus Bank 56 Poland 56 Polish Community School 57 Postal and Philatelic Museum 43 Postal Savings Bank 56 President 19 Prime Minister 57 Railway Museum 43 Rebecca 27 Red Indian 22 Remax Hellas 57 Revaizi 23 Romania 56 Royal Olympic 19 Rozalia 24 Russia 56 Saint George Lycabettus 18 Sarantitis Law Firm 57 Serbia 56 Seven Jokers 31 Six D.com Athens In Your Pocket athens.com .
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