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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
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(see our Athens beaches feature p 14). like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook.K. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to.com . tel. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. eat.inyourpocket. 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. (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. riots are not. we have the best places to stay. However it is advisable. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. it is very likely that they will be back in September.com www.inyourpocket. And as always. as many places close for a few days at least. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. drink and see. 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. regardless of the impression given by the international media. Since the economic crisis struck. Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. Our answer is of course yes. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. com/inyourpocket). in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk). Athens In Your Pocket athens.com www.V. Vilnius. 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. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. to call and check before your visit. Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. All rights reserved.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. Lithuania tel. especially around August 15th. The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. with Amsterdam to follow very soon). in Austria (Vienna). except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. 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). in Croatia (Šibenik). (+370-5) 212 29 76).inyourpocket. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities. no matter what you have seen or read.
If you have your own car. Finally. enjoyable and rewarding stay. If you are too far (i. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus.90). entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions. fairness. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). where you must change to enter the metro system. car hire. invigorating and meaningful experience.8 miles) east of Athens. hospitable environment. suburban railway. and wish you an exciting. innovation. Full of life and passionate about their town. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens). athens. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. 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 . bus. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. day and night life. gastronomy. even an airport museum. We look forward to seeing you here again soon. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture.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.com August . I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. Easily accessible and strategically located. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. professional services. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. multilingual human resources. state-of-the-art technology and a secure.e. discover new ideas and speak their mind. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. who are friendly. but that of course depends on the traffic. among others. spiritual landmarks and sport. Belgrade and Istanbul. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique.September 2011 . Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. loudly and clearly. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. Indicatively. newsstands. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Athens. shopping. We welcome all visitors to Athens. Athens is a global capital. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. unlimited development potential. taxi and. you will soon discover. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. 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. situated 27 km (16. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. highly-qualified. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. of course. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. banks. active and innovative. To get to town you have a choice between metro.inyourpocket. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. cafés. democracy. be it for business or pleasure.
It is. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. sweet-tasting spirit. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine.com .9 million Total territory: 131. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. 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. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. 1. 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. Some bar owners serve cheap (methanol-based) spirit substitutes out of branded bottles and a great night out may end up in a miserable day in bed nursing a nasty hangover. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island.inyourpocket.e. in practice.. weapons. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. no less. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. but then again. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). laws are there to be broken.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). nuclear or biological substances. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor.U. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. with a pine resin flavour.917m Length of coastline: 15. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29.944 sq km (51. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. you shouldn’t worry.. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. Diluted with water and ice. If you are arriving from non-EU countries.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. Mastiha is another pleasant. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. Disabled travellers Unfortunately. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. clubs etc. which make very good wines. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch. explosives. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. i. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. In fact. protected species. Strangely enough.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. which is added during fermentation. flammable gases. however. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. However. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians. However. Retsina is of course the most famous of these.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. 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. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes. Finally. 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. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175.
our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. This is known as ‘filotimo’. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location.5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. If you avoid questioning the. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. you will definitely get thrown out of a bar if you get plastered and cause trouble. Athens has one of the most luxurious and squeaky clean metro systems in Europe. meaning something between a sense of honour. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. well-written and independent information . More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap.basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC.obvious correctness of these views. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed. 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. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. If you go out to dinner with locals. as well as at the Airport shops. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. accurate. but if you avoid certain areas.up-to-date. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . although it revolves around them.But that’s fair enough. Finally. Or so the public water company says. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle.. And like In Your Pocket guides. 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. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. and more are being released all the time.. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. 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. even showcasing original archaeological material). 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English.inyourpocket. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same).with the functionality of the iPhone. and keep an eye on your belongings. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest.com August . Petty crime does exist. 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. 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. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. New technology cars and buses and the transfer of all heavy industries outside city limits have reduced emissions to a bearable level for a city of its size. and find the cafes. especially as a sole traveler. athens. 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. within-app dialling and web browsing. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest.September 2011 . bars and restaurants closest to you. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. but for that same reason. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. They tend to think that the rest of the world. Depending on atmospheric conditions though.
As a result.inyourpocket. take our word for it). Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times.. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. Athens In Your Pocket athens. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly). Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. 2002. €6. over and under ground. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks. Once you remember the above. It is not rare to witness the electricity or water company men drilling into a street that has just had a newasphalt layer applied only a week earlier! Cars are allowed into the city-centre (areas marked with a “Greek Delta” sign and called ‘Daktylios’) every second day. They have no respect whatsoever for pedestrians and cycling is a sure way to eventually land yourself as a client of the National Health Service (and that’s the last thing you want to do. The traffic in the centre cannot get any worse and although public transport keeps improving with the introduction of new metro stations and tram lines. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines. This measure was introduced back in 1982. lead to a full-scale revolt). 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. giota (ι). this comes at a price: Parking lots. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. 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). Prices soared as a result of the conversion. As for understanding. are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). which is the maximum time allowed. they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn.. Like their Balkan counterparts. 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. but that’s about it. 166 Fire Service tel. practice and time.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. with mathematical precision. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. 100 Ambulance tel. 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).8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. 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. (ου) is pronounced oo. Police emergency tel. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo.com . Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. (αι) is pronounced e.
Kydathineon 22. Cine Paris F6. 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. However. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back.and rightly so. Australia. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings. Aigli G7. Themistokleous 82.inyourpocket.. tel. something around five percent is the most common practice. New Zealand. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. This was. constitutes bad publicity for the city. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. code is +30 210 athens.. Japan. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. It is the most atmospheric of all. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka 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.tel. Switzerland and the US. each with its own distinctive character. Apostolou Pavlou 7. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. according to animal welfare organisations. 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. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. tel. Dexameni Sq. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. tel. you can enjoy food. vaccinated and sterilised. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. Just before the Olympic Games. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. to round your evening off combining style and tradition.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. Norway. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. surely enough. 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. but in wonderful Greece. Exarchia. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. the streets. Kolonaki. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems.U. Most are small gardens in their own right. Canada. making it a completely different cinema experience. are: Cine Psirri D4. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. 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.com August . tel. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. Zappeion Garden. Plaka. Against all odds. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. The truth is. Iceland.. however. 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. a real treat for sultry summer nights.September 2011 . only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. Thission C6. 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. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. Vox G2. Cine Dexameni H4. Sarri 40-44. Together with your chosen movie. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. 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. like everything else in this country. it will be the final nail in their coffin. Psirri. Ten percent is considered generous. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. 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. 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. 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). a fact that. plays movies catering to all tastes. Israel. Thissio. tel.
Athens In Your Pocket athens. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. sculpture. an Athenian herald.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos.inyourpocket. held at Olympia. that he survived. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. c. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. the son of Peisistratus. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete. creation of a people’s court). is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. architecture. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. During this period. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. 510BC: Hippias.com . 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. science. Rebuilding of Athens begins. goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. is built between 447-437BC. which lasts until 446. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. among other architectural masterpieces. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. Legend has it that Pheidippides. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. c. c. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. Sulla attacks the city. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. Aegeus. is born in Pella. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. king of Pontus.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. all flourished. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. construction of the first Agora. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. Democracy. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. During this period. 356BC: Alexander the Great. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. 499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. 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). philosophy. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. In his grief. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. Sigeum. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. Aeolians. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. drama. Aeolian. The Parthenon. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. at the mouth of the Hellespont. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens.10 BC history c. including Pericles. In 451BC. son of Philip II. Ionians and Dorians.
1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. 1940: After occupying Albania. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. 1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. mainly in Athens and other major cities.inyourpocket. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. the guerrillas surrender. on October 28. 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. 1973: In November. which is renamed Constantinople. Before his death. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. is partially destroyed. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. End of the Byzantine Empire. Ioannis Kapodistrias. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. Serbia. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. advancing towards Albania during the winter. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. 1941: In April. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. 1912: First Balkan War. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 1949: The National Army. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. The Acropolis. Britain. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. 1913: Second Balkan War. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. More than 50. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. The Byzantine Empire is established. “No”. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. Crete unites with Greece. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. Greeks take to the mountains. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. Military regime collapses in Athens. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. giving the country its final shape.com August . More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. Italian and Bulgarian forces. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store.000 dead. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. under the Treaty of Lausanne. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. based on religious faith. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. following popular uprisings. King Constantine II flees the country. being on the winners’ side. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. Greece. athens. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. Presidential democracy adopted. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain. with heavy support from the US.September 2011 . is crushed with bullets and tanks. After a month of intense fighting. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. 1952: Greece joins NATO. In December. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. Epirus and the north Aegean islands. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I.
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. Patision (October 28th) Streets. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. show off and decide the future of the country. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés.inyourpocket. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. leftists. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. 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. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet.E6. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. mingle.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. Iera Odos. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone. most dating back to the 1970s.H5. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. right in the centre of Athens. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens.MSyntagma. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis.G2. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. The Athenian élite of politicians. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. 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. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue. Enjoy your leisurely ride. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. head to Kolonaki. M Kerameikos. if posh dining is more up your street. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. The nightlife here is excellent. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. Countless tourist shops. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. 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. this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. Exarchia F2. Monastiraki.inyourpocket. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue. actors. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. M Omonia. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. Allow at least two hours for your visit. Enter the National Gardens.com athens. Beach attire. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis. although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. athens. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here.com Athens In Your Pocket . together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. high profile journalists. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. from where you will board the scenic funicular (runs every half hour €7) or walk the lovely pine-lined pedestrianised path up Lycabettus hill (about 300m). students. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. MSyntagma. if you wander off the beaten track. Kolonaki H4. taking in the golden sea views along the way. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). Fortunately. Board the metro to Syntagma station. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. models and powerful businessmen. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. A4 Bordered by Pireos. exhibitions and festivals take place. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. However. Akadimias.
Ermou. MAcropolis. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. Buzzing and ugly. Syngrou Ave.C5. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. 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. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies. (Since then. restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. the pride and joy of the capital.F4. MMonastiraki. at night. workshops. One of the oldest districts of Athens. or a Sunday afternoon. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation.September 2011 . with some exceptions. Metaxourgio B3. the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. Philopappou hill. weird and suspicious figures. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. as the masses started to move elsewhere.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. Thissio. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago. clubs.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. Iera Odos. but. Evripidou Streets.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. Pireos. Achilleos Streets.com August . The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era. Countless bars. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. 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. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. 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. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds.E5. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. D2. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots. Ancient Agora. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. with a new bar. Syntagma. occasionally. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital.E3 MOmonia. Athinas and Ermou St.C3 Bordered by Pireos. MMonastiraki. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. Panepistimio. Philopappou Hill. street traders.E2. athens.inyourpocket. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings. MKerameikos. MThissio. The food is generally average. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5. theatres. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. 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. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. gritty and colourful. Like many other European cities.D3. lottery ticket sellers and. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind.
210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. all days. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. Lagonissi 40km Tel. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. 28 km. Finally. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead. remember to bring a bottle of water. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. 44 km. Bus E22 . Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. As a rule. bus stop Lagonissi. 69 km. Bus E22 Agia Marina. Weekends: €17. Astir Beach. 34 km. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases).Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. 15 km.last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou. Alimos 10 km Tel. Sunbeds incl. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. Weekends 09:00-sunset. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. weekends €11. Children under 6yrs free. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. children €13 Yabanaki. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun.com . Daily: 08:00-20:00. if you are really lazy. 210 8902000 Tram. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina.5. towels. hats and everything else you may need. children under 12 free. children 6-12 yrs: €8. Tram. Or. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. Parking weekdays: €6. 64 km. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. Tram.14 athens beaches A thens is surrounded by water and most of the beaches around the city are easily accessible by public transport. many hotels have swimming pools that are open to the public. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . for a fee of course. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. Bus E22 . umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). if you drive. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. Daily: 08:00-19:00. children €8 Weekends € 25. Alimos. Admission: Weekdays: €8. Grand Beach. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. 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. 8 km. As a general rule. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them. Varkiza 27km Tel.inyourpocket.
So. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre. Greek society has not imploded. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. The trains. If you are staying at a hotel. When a strike scuppers your plans. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. Locals take it all in their stride. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. don’t despair.September 2011 .the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit. 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. and reliable English information can also be found online.gr – has information in Greek and English. 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. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. Check out livingingreece. But strikes – be they for a few hours. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. Instead. Most strikes are announced in advance. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. not the rule. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. Athens is a city best seen by foot. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. Flexibility is key. Life goes on. Just a few blocks away. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. It means that no air traffic controllers. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. athens.ekathimerini. only to find they’re not operating. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. Welcome! Looking around. you may be a little surprised.com. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. That in itself is a good start. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. pulsating with protestors and police.000 years ago. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. and a country crippled by constant strikes.com August .inyourpocket. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. think about taking the bus or tram instead. a few days. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. consider the alternatives. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road.oasa.gr for regular updates. In addition to TV and radio news. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning. take to the streets.
QOpen Mon. Sofias Ave MSyntagma. Fri.17:00. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. Sat: 09:00 . Wed.benaki. There. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20. Malta in 1856. Admission fee: €7.ticketpro. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs.i-ticket.ticketnet. 210 367 1000. 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. 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage . dating from 1853-54. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. www. where he lived out his days.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket .gr. the Holy Lands. & Vas. Egypt and Damascus in 1857.gr www. Sun 09:00 . €35 www.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. 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.€40 14/9.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. 1 Koumbari St. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama. Thu 09:00 . Of Scottish extraction.24:00.gr athens. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time.tickethouse.inyourpocket.gr/www. at the start of the eighteen fifties.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. he took his first steps as a photographer.gr / www. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56). 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.15:00. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi.Pulp Terra Vibe . tel.
multimedia installations. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. when the group was created. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse. to date.theartfoundation. Sun 11:00 . without official members. Recording actions’..inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3238757. MMonastiraki.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). Jul 21 .com/inyourpocket. D5. writers and local researchers as presenters. MThissio. Admission fee: €6.21:00.. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. Concessions:€4. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. (+30) 6988391684.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. tel.17: ‘Bijoux de kant.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.September 2011 . Under 12: Free. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands. and explores the fields of theatre. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. Closed Aug 1 . Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean. each artist..19:00. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean.com. Iraklidon 16. who reside 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. Sep 19 . Kind of. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis. and Egyptian. The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 . contemporary music. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities.www. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. Normanou 5. Free admission. through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists.herakleidon-art. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. using our own editors. performance. www. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras. Closed Mon.. 210 3461981. Roman. to contribute installations on the same theme. theory of art and poetic contemplation. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. when confronted with the remains of our collective past.gr.24:00. the need for their message to reach its recipient. athens.com August . tel.gr. including the Greek. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 .
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One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size.Naomi Campbell. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. as you‘d expect from a city of its size. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6. reservations. Recently. www. info@semiramisathens. fax (+30) 210 3241875. Maria Callas.inyourpocket. fax (+30) 210 6284449. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. Q 15 rooms. Superior rooms: €295-450. Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. MThissio.com. Leokoriou 7. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. Kifisia. but you can always book a suite with living room. Singles/Doubles: €180-400. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. Internet is free of charge. Syntagma Square. MAcropolis. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets. Doubles: €130-160. fax (+30) 210 3250504.000. fax (+30) 210 7281111. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. Suites: €500-€5000.. Q 524 rooms. 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 can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. Triples: €140-170.com.gr. Psirri. fax (+30) 210 3259001. a place of complete relaxation. MSyntagma. tel. In Your Pocket will not stop crying out that Athens is in desperate need of reasonably priced accommodation at all levels and our list of recommendations is primarily based on the premise of the fairness of prices charged A during turbulent times and from its balconies. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. (+30) 210 3259000. Suites: €300-550. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. (+30) 210 3370000.semiramisathens. Singles / Doubles: €180-300. www. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. cigar store. then look no further than Semiramis. kgpalace@classicalhotels. Aristotle Onassis and. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. www. fax (+30) 210 3312942. info@ grandebretagne. www. Pure luxury.gr. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio. Syntagma Sq. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city.com . MEvangelismos. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Needless to describe its amenities. Athens In Your Pocket athens. com. this hotel is a temple of modern living. What we need to point out is its Spa. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. The subtle luxury. Vas. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. Lysikratous 9-11. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation.com. tel. though. Doubles: €190-210.classicalhotels. Suites: €500-10.com.gr.gr.hiltonathens. www. barber’s shop. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. Q 154 rooms.Doubles: €160-250. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. Q 102 rooms. www. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. tel. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character.210 3443590. you can wind down in the silent room. the 7th floor French restaurant. 5persons: €250280. Q 22 rooms. Plaka. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. 4persons: €230-270.gr. info@avahotel. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7.electra-hotels. Internet is of course free-of-charge. Singles: €150-200. is the list of its famous guests.. Vasileos Georgiou 3. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. no less. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite.avahotel. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. as well as countless kings. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5.athens@hiltoncom. Doubles: €180-400. An outright riot of colours and shapes complemented by top class facilities will tempt you to spend your entire holiday inside the hotel! Q 51 rooms. tel. MSyntagma. tel. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid.com. www.com. An immense fitness centre. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. MSyntagma. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. a beauty salon.oandbhotel. (+30) 210 7281000. tel. salesepath@electrahotels.
www. Kolonaki.gr. Q 38 rooms.goldenage. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens. melia-athens@solmelia. info@athensparkhotel. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool. tel. Try out the fitness centre.gr.gr. tel. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4.herodion. w w w. free Internet access. Hermes bathroom sets. value for money. Singles: €90-110. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Standard: €120-170. with a sauna and a hamam. fax (+30) 210 9238269. (+30) 210 Hera E8. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel.melia-athens. Suites: €220. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. tel. Chalkokondili 14. fax (+30) 210 7213965.gr. herodion@ herodion. One of the best roof gardens in Athens.gr. fax (+30) 210 5200550. Pireaus 78.. Rovertou Gali 4.president. tel. Doubles: €100-120.for thnet. Singles: €110-200. Doubles: €110170. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. MSyntagma. eridanus@eridanus. Doubles: €165-190. Q 22 rooms. Acropolis view: €150-190. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. info@herahotel. right across from the New Acropolis Museum.gr. Singles: € 90-120.athensparkhotel. Suites: €200350. MAmpelokipoi. The fitness centre. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. tel. Michalakopoulou 57. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark.gr. (+30) 210 6989000. (+30) 210 7297200.gr. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. MAcropolis. Q 150 rooms.electrahotels. herahotel.gr. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2. reservations@president. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. Q 126 rooms. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. 10 suites. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. (+30) 210 7240861-9. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682.com. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Q 38 rooms. (+30) 210 5205360. www. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. highly recommended hotel. 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). tel.com. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis.. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. A non-smoking wing is also available. Q 122 rooms. gr.com. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. Singles: €150-170. www.com August . stays open until 02:00. www. Doubles: €120-250. info@periscope. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. goldenage@ath. 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. Q 516 rooms. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. Haritos 22. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. Breakfast will brighten up your day. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city.com. www. If you have some extra euros to spare. www. Wi-Fi Internet is free. tel. Falirou 9.Where to stay Electra F5. MSyntagma. quite often with live music. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too.inyourpocket. Ermou 5. 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. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. a meeting point even for non-residents. fax (+30) 210 9211650. Situated on Ermou street. An excellent. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire.gr. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare. (+30) 210 3378000. with a high degree of privacy. 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. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. Q 106 rooms. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. a good. Triples: €160-230. www. www.September 2011 . An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. Suites: from €170. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms. Suites: €200-250. Wooden floors.com inyourpocket. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. Doubles: €100-150. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. Singles: €100-130. 10. MOmonia.gr. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas. Overall. tel. (+30) 210 9236832-6. One of the top small hotels in the city. Renovated in 2010. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere.gr. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. saleselath@electrahotels. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140.gr.periscope. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. eridanus. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. MVictoria. Avenue bar.
fax (+30) 210 9215342. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. Q 22 rooms. there’s something Parisian about it. fax (+30) 210 9237493.gr. Syngrou 48.gr.com. (+30) 210 9249050 . Makrigianni.gr. This 1930s building was once a clinic. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. Doubles. MSyntagma. fax (+30) 210 9249052. just two minutes walk from the metro. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors.gr. 210 3229431. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4.titania. Singles: €60-80. The rooms are comfortable. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom.nikihotel. Panepistimiou 52. www. Time also equals information. The Athenian Callirhoe F8. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay. tel. www. Some rooms boast large verandas. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. tel. Q 80 rooms. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. excellently located accommodation. www. Q 99 rooms. www. Suites: €270-340. Plaka. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer . Q 40 rooms.acropolismuseumhotel. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. (+30) 210 3220913. this is very good value for your money accommodation. Q 84 rooms. MSyntagma. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?).gr. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. MSyntagma. especially in executive rooms. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. tel. Magna Grecia. Q 385 rooms. titania@titania. www. 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. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. www. tel. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura.acropoliselect. Singles: €100-150. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune.gr. A sister hotel of Herodion. Doubles: € 90-110.com. fax (+30) 210 3229439. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. omiroshotel@hol. info@acropolismuseumhotel. Athinas 29.arethusahotel. fax (+30) 210 3300700. Try the café on the mezzanine. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611. www. tel. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St.gr. tel. omiroshotel. (+30)210 9288400. hotel@tac. info@attaloshotel. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. free WiFi included. Q 50 rooms. tel. MAcropolis. Fallirou 37-39. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. philippos@ herodion.gr.gr. tel. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. an extra definitely worth asking for. Q 22 rooms. reservations@athensgate. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden.athensgate. Doubles: €100-225. Arethusa F5. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. tel. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302.gr. MAcropolis. A fine meeting room.gr. 1 suite. M Acropolis. no doubt. Just off the centre of action. MPanepistimio. Some of the bathrooms. select3@ otenet. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. com. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. (+30) 210 9215353. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. Doubles : €100-140.inyourpocket. Syngrou 10.com. Suites: € 200-250. so will you.gr.1. Singles/Doubles: €70-100.philipposhotel. firstname.lastname@example.org . PTJAR hhh Titania F3. Triples: €80-100. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. (+30) 210 3212801.com. this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. are more than spacious.gr. Omo- Omiros F5. Q 87 rooms. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. Suite:€110-130. Nikis 27. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. The facade stands out as it combines a modern glass surface with ancient architecture elements and the facilities on offer are excellent and include a swimming pool. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. Mitropoleos 6. PTJARGW hhh athens. (+30) 210 9223611-4. Singles: €90-120. Singles / Doubles: €125 . Doubles: €75-95. 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. To name a few. a library. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. www. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. Suites: €400. tel. tel. fax (+30) 210 9216938. fax (+30) 210 3220886. fax (+30) 210 3243124. MSyngrouFix. a gym and Ioannis. € 100-180. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. info@nikihotel. (+30) 210 3326000. free Internet. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner.gr. Mitseon 3. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. fax (+30) 210 9223615. Apollonos 15. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. Singles: €50-70. attaloshotel.tac. Rooms are basic.gr. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. Q 72 rooms. Singles: € 75-90. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. www. These days. Q 230 rooms.gr. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. Large central hotel. more impressive once you walk in. Olive Garden.com. the rooftop restaurant. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. www. The location is very convenient too.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8. Family: € 200. www. gold and a few ancient replicas. Acceptable.200. Singles: €95-205.royalolympic. arethusa@ traveling. 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. Named after an Athenian nymph. Doubles: €60-80. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre.
(+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. MSyntagma. Psirri. info@athenstyle. “Fabian.com. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. tel. (+30) 210 3225010. reservations@panhotel. tel. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. Mitropoleos 11.gr. fax (+30) 210 3217469. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. PTJA6GB W W athens. Thissio. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. MAcropolis.hotelmetropolis.gr. www. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. 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. as most hostels in Athens. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle.gr. Q Singles: €22-26.gr. (+30) 210 3248165. and as basic as you can get. Triples: €96.gr.com. Makri 12. Q Dorms: €25. If it’s luxury you’re after. Veikou 3A. Elspeth Geronimos. this family business is a respectable choice. Private rooms pp €15-30. Q 33 rooms. (+30) 210 32 44 808. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. So why stay in this 22-room lodge? Because you’ll get the feel of what life is like in an original Bauhaus structure.EP16. Minimum stay 3 days. the lady in charge. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. 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. (+30) 210 9224044. Doubles: € 40-80. Singles: €60-80. Singles: €40-70. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. Constructed in 2005. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. 210 9235811. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. info@athensstudios. studenttravellersinn. tel. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. M Thissio. By the way. www.gr. info@centrotel. Doubles €40. athensstudios.com. M Acropolis. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. Doubles: €35-50. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. The Internet is free of charge. tel. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats. tel. MAcropolis. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. 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. If you’re lucky enough. com. M Syntagma. tel. Breakfast is also available on demand. tel. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. English-speaking. www.. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. Triples €50. Q Dorms: €18-25. organised by Athens Studios. www. www. Agias Theklas 10. consolas@hol. There is a bar. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. All the rooms are non-smoking. pleasant homey but minimal environment. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights.centrotel. 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. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. Doubles: €70-100. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens. PJR6 hh 3237816. it is located in the heart of Plaka. Q 22 rooms. This is one of our top low budget favourites. email@example.com. www. PJAB AthenStyle D5. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka.gr.gr. Q 59 rooms. Triples: €60-100. Negotiable for long term stay. backpackers. Mitropoleos 46. MVictoria. 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. Doubles: €40-50. PJARGW raki. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. tel. 6976 484135. Suites: €100. look elsewhere. gr. The rooms are less than basic but then again. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you.Q Dorms: €20. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. M Acropolis. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. English speaking joint. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka. Doubles. www. www. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly).gr.inyourpocket. Singles/Doubles: €60-80. info@ hotelmetropolis.athenstyle. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y. fax (+30) 210 3219991. as is reasonably priced accommodation. www. Kidathineon 16. MMonasti- Metropolis F5. Epikourou 16. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. Named after ancient god Pan.gr.September 2011 .hotelfivos. tel. info@backpackers. Pittakou 6. Q Dorms: €15-20. fax (+30) 210 3237819. (+30) 210 3217871. com.panhotel.Where to stay Budget 8258010.com August . studios: € 60-150. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. with people who know where to take you..
01:30. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. Closed Sun. 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. Go ahead. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages. (+30) 210 9300000. €€. tel. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. QOpen 12:00 . you should consider checking this out. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. 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. even in winter. In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting. after all.blackduck. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. view. Sun 18:00 . firstname.lastname@example.org Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. MKerameikos.00:00. (+30) 210 6441215. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. tel.redindian. QOpen 18:00 . tel. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement.gr. www. Great location too. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou. €€. MSyntagma. MSyntagma. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. tel. Panepistimio. tel. 210 3234760. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. Your experiences are always appreciated. Its crammed tables lining the pavement. Gazi.com. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. www. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). location. Do not dress too casual. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras.wagamama. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. €€€€. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. you know that. live up to its eclectic clientele). burgers. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. MAmpelokipi. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . Closed Mon. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. A quarter of a century later. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. MThissio. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon.11:30.01:30. (+30) 210 3410418. (+30) 210 3211882. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city.jacksonhall. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. tel. QOpen 10:00 01:30. www. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. Epikourou 25 Psirri.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town. www. PTJAU Red Indian D3. tel. Hristou Lada 9. They take no phone reservations. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners.00:00. Filellinon 18. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. €€€.gr. €€€€.hardrock.com . Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. but once you’re there you can request a table.inyourpocket. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4.gr. exclusivity and attitude. QOpen 21:00 . (+30) 210 3616098.00:00. Sun 02:00 . tel. QOpen 20:00 03:00. gr.01:00. Sofokleous 1. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. Service is very professional. Kolonaki. €€€.com/athens. 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. (+30) 210 3252758. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6. €€. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. This restaurant is so authentic. tel.02:00. www.com athens. Milioni 4. QOpen 09:00 . There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. QOpen 10:00 . M Pane. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden.01:00. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. QOpen 10:00 .There is no admission charge for the performances. (+30) 210 3219908. Kifissias Avenue 37.gr. 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. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail. are a distinctively Athenian landmark. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. among hundreds of establishments. MSyngrou-Fix. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square.
Thissio. €€. tel. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. with a geat Acropolis view. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. QOpen 14:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. (+30) 210 3410107. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. Try out some of his creations such as dumplings filled with a feta cheese mousse and served with pomegranate syrup or orzo risotto style with lobster that will impress even the most demanding fans of gastronomy. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. PJAB Mamacas A4. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. Vasilisis Sofias 46. tel. Closed Sun. tel. (+30) 210 3476320. it became an instant hit. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . brought in from around the country. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. Gazi. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. PTJB athens. QOpen 13:00 . Adrianou 9. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. tel. among others. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. Petralona. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. €€. MEvangelismos. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. Panepistimiou 10. (+30) 210 3240133. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. Chez Lucien A7. (+30) 210 9218180. Troon 32. we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people).inyourpocket. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. among others. tel.01:00. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. rabbit etc). Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. MKerameikos. Politicians and fellow journalists. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal. QOpen 13:00 . A relatively new entry. this is your first choice.01:00. PJA Tirbouson A3. packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. Closed Aug €€€. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings).01:30. Closed Aug €€€.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. rabbit. excellent meats and real Cretan wine. €€€€. Kuzina C5. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. Konstantinoupoleos 104. MKerameikos. €€€€. Metaxourgio.01:00. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. QOpen 20:30 . A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. PTJA Milos K5. MAcropolis. If you are looking for real.Restaurants French tel. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. (+30) 210 7244400.02:00. MAcropolis.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. Very nice thought to offer a €20 lunch menu of the same quality as dinner but watch out: wine is not included and it is not cheap.€30 per person €30 . Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. MThissio. €€.01:00. PTJAB Kanella A4. (+30) 210 3638525.they take no phone reservations.01:00. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles. Sun 13:00 . PJA (+30) 210 3464236. PJA Alatsi K5.17:00. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. 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. 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. Impeccable white couches inside. €€. PJAB ManiMani E8. Hilton hotel. Pir eaus. which is shipped in on a daily basis. tel. Closed Mon. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. Persefonis 41. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel.02:00. Gazi. MKerameikos. tel. low prices and a fashionable clientele. Watch out for its live DJ sets. MSyntagma. QOpen 13:30 03:00. (+30)210 9288400.com . QOpen 13:00 . Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area).03:00. 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. €€€. QOpen 12:00 . plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. €€. Snails. QOpen 13:00 . tel. tel. Makrigianni. As for dining here.00:00. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. If you are a train spotter. Falirou 10. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. QOpen 12:00 . PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. QOpen 14:00 . MThissio. (+30) 210 3464984. M Piraeus. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. (+30) 210 4080017. it offers modern Greek cuisine. PTA August . MEvangelismos.
tel.gr. (+30) 210 3301369.spondi.01:00. 210 8960510. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. A daytime-only restaurant. TJN Varoulko C4. Georgiou A. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. 210 3450288. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels.01:00. Tue. Plaka. QOpen 13:00 . Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. PJAB Tudor Hall G5.Vouliagmeni. €€. 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. tel. €€€€. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers.16:00 & 19:00 . Closed Mon. (+30) 210 3218733. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. MOmonia. MThissio. Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. PJAUB Yantes G2. QOpen 09:00 . artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. MSyntagma.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 3821685. €€. €€€. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. Fri. Valtetsiou 44. Metaxourgeio. QOpen 12:00 . or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. right on Syntagma square. tel.gr.01:00. yet simple menu. MThissio. only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. Closed Sun. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere. www.00:00.0:30. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6. Dorieon 36. Pyrronos 5. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. Closed Mon. There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. 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. tel. tel. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. Valtetsiou 58.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century.18:00. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. Sat 19:30 . Plaka. 210 5228400. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. Sun 13:00 . Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. 210 7520658. 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. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. Exarchia. Sun 12:00 . PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. Prices are dead cheap and. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. QOpen 20:30 . €€€€. Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. you won’t mind the bill. Petralona. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52.12:00. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. QOpen 14:00 . the main dishes.varoulko. Erechtheos 16. tel.B5. €€. (+30) 210 3232671. An old house. a no-frills. salvaged from demolition.00:00. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. Praxitelous 30. Kerameikos.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. PJN Doris E4. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce.17:30. Apollonos 40. Exarchia. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard. tel. MOmonia. Pangrati. €€€€. MPanepistimio.17:00. (+30) 210 3225084. Closed Sun.com . QOpen 12:00 . New York. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. MSyntagma. Wed. An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. Kidathineon 41. Pireos 80. tel. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. €€€€. 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. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. if you prefer to opt for sweets. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. €€. 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. PAUG Spondi I8. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. tel. PTJNS Ilias C5. QOpen 20:00 . In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town. €€. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently.24:00.01:00. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. tel. The food is basically fish and the kind of standard Greek more appreciated by foreigners. probably the highest you’ll pay in Greece (a ‘dégustation’ menu costs €98 without wine). QOpen 13:00 . QOpen . Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. tel. Thu 19:30 . 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.www. With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. MSyntagma.01:00. Syntagma Sq. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Closed Sun. Lefteris Lazarou.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. (+30) 210 3222210.
Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce. layered with mince meat. Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. simple. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). cucumber. accompanied by its good quality house wine. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes. QOpen 13:00 .inyourpocket. Kolonaki. PJA M Panepistimio. €€€. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. Gazi. €€. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. Closed Sun. Psirri. Popular varieties are the shrimp. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. MMona- stiraki. This meat-only restaurant looks like an old butcher’s shop and serves fine organic meats and local varieties of sausage supplied directly from every corner of Greece.01:00. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely. aubergines and bechamel sauce. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. (+30) 210 3227298. MSyntagma. QOpen 12:00 .01:30. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh.02:00. earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. 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. Persefonis 19. MOmonia. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. QOpen 13:00 . olives. green peppers. 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. M Kerameikos. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. tel. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. open-air kitchen. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes.and checked table cloths. tel. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. PTJA August . As for the bill. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. QOpen 13:00 . Taverna tou Psirri D4. It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. together with a generous amount of shallots.01:00. Of course. QOpen 12:00 . tel.) / Mezedes (pl. €€. universally known as Greek Salad. (+30) 210 3304333. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. raisins). tel. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing.com . just don’t worry about it.September 2011 athens. (+30) 210 3214923.19:00. €€€. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. tel. feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. Closed Sun. QOpen 12:00 . Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. (+30) 210 3641414. pine nuts.01:30. complete with wooden floors and chairs. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. (+30) 210 3413440. Andrea Metaxa 30. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. Exarchia. PTJ 210 7237757. or ‘garides saganaki’. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce. peppers (and less usually. Loukianou 26. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). PJA To Kafeneio I5. 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.00:00. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. €€. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. 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. €€. courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. Kolonaki. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. Eschylou 12. the owners set up shop next door. tel. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. Lekka 22. but then again. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. QOpen 13:00 .): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’.
26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2. with a slight preference for fish and seafood. €. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. a fridge and a sink. €€. Q Open 12:00 . PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Psirri. Q Open 13:00 .16:00. Mr. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. PJAW Kostas F5. M Evangelismos. Evangelismos Grove. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. Pentelis 5. (+30) 210 721 08 93. MMonastiraki. Evripidou 86.late. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill. That having been said. As expected. tomato. ‘high-society’ crowd. Q Open 13:00 . Sun. No Telephone. a meeting point for government officials. MOmonia. (+30) 210 3218219. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. Q Open 12:00 . If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. But the souvlaki is top class. MMona- Kosta E5. However. Psirri. 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. Q Open 12:00 .16:00. JBS 210 3228502. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. tel. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. Q Open 10:00 . This is actually an address as this place has no name. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. make up the GB experience. Do not expect seating and service. €. tel. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. Closed Sun. Closed Sat. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. tel. JS Telis D4.01:00. Closed Sat. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. Closed Sun. (+30) 210 3242775. Q Open 12:00 . when all national newspapers were based downtown. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. tel. This classic brasserie. Sun. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider.01:00. Q Open 13:00 . Every day. Kostas is back in business. but it is worth it. together with the well prepared Mediterranean food. €. Closed Sun. from his narrow kitchen.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. (+30) 210 3330000. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. €€€. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread.18:00. €€€€. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. 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. MThissio. Agias Eirinis Sq. Psirri. PJA Iroon Square E5. (+30) 210 3326000. M Monastiraki. JS tel. €€€€. french fries. tel.24:00. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. JNS stiraki. MSyntagma.com . and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. €. PJS Nikitas D4. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. 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. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. none is served here. €. Agion Anargyron 19. tel. Art-deco atmosphere. M Panepistimio. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. Very conveniently located. Sun. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. Closed Sat. Central Market. take our word for it. (+30) 210 5150550. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. Q Open 12:00 . tel. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. 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. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. Hotel Grande Bretagne. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. Adrianou & Thissiou 15.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. MThissio. MSyntagma. Closed Sat. €. and its lovely garden. JBS GB Corner G5. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day.inyourpocket. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. Iroon Square 6. Panepistimiou 52. QOpen 24h.16:00. Sun. is very easy to spot Nikitas. (+30) 210 3252591.
youthful environment. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. MMonastiraki. QOpen 20:00 . QOpen 12:30 . The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. this is worth checking out.00:00. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. QOpen 08:00 . MPanepis- Surreal F1. PJA Ouzou Melathron D5.com August .Restaurants Salero G2. Paleo Faliro. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. €€. Closed Mon. €€. QOpen 14:00 . 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. but that’s our job after all.usually on weekends. Valtetsiou 51. (+30) 210 3223925. €€. €€. MKerameikos. with some innovative dishes on offer. Situated in the lively nightlife area of Psirri and brimming with a casual crowd of students sipping their “rakomela” (traditional sweet but in no way innocent drink concocted by warming up raki -a strong spirit. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market.01:00. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. €€. QOpen 13:00 . it manages to create a lively. Persefonis 15. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. Plaka. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. MMonas- Rebecca D4. €€. (+30) 210 3624825. Exarcheia. (+30) 210 3813358. Humble but real food. Agelou Geronta 2. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . Closed until Sep 6 €€€. JNB athens. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. Q Open 10:00 . PJA Sardeles A5. tel. MMonastiraki. tel.the ideal people-watching spot. Naxos D5. 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.September 2011 . Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . Rethymnis 12. QOpen 13:00 . 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. Closed Mon. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. (+30) 210 3240716. €. (+30) 210 8230313. You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it. (+30) 210 3478050. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. Kolonaki. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality.Thissio. tel. (+30) 210 3218222. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. Psirri. tel. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb. Gazi. Miaouli 22.01:30. Astigos& Philippou. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus .01:30. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. Exarchia. tel. MVictoria.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. 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. Closed Sun.01:00.01:00. QOpen 13:00 . Food is more than satisfactory.02:00.02:00. JB 9837498.inyourpocket. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. PTA Glykis F6. PTJB tiraki. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. True to its name. MMonastiraki. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success. tel. If you’re looking for an unaffected. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza.with honey).01:00. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. Omirou 11. Tapas are always up for grabs. MVictoria. tel.
Athens In Your Pocket . The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun. This is not an ordinary café. Booze Cooperativa. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians. you are right on Exarchia square after all. JB Krinos E4. tel. PJ6E tel. Themistokleous 74. tel. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum). Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers).late.50) and snacks and salads (€2. Ginger Ale is no place like that. There is a long wooden table. Aiolou 87. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 . PJ Klepsidra E6..00:30. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. This café has been around since the twenties. tel. (+30) 210 3216852. PJB Ginger Ale G2. QOpen 10:00 . ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda.03:00. Wed. Monastiraki. cereal. tel. MAcropolis. (+30) 210 3212493. Kaf eneio Thissio C6. M Syntagma. QOpen 07:00 . MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3246446. Famous outdoor café. Thissio. PTJUB Aiolis E5. tel. (+30) 210 3612850. QOpen 08:00 . tel. MMonastiraki. Skoufa 34. 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. refreshing and healthy dessert. Adrianou 39. Closed Mon.00:00.20:00. Tue. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. (+30) 210 3602497. PJB Da Capo H5. Also loukoumades. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. Kolonaki. 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. actors and high profile celebrities.24:00. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. MMonastiraki. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. Exarchia. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. (+30) 210 3312839. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. Despite its unremarkable décor.late. MOmonia.02:00. that it is getting a bit boring. New entry. Plaka. Situated right next to the Museum. (+30) 210 3253323.28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. Coffees. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. like fresh fruit. www. tel. These days. tel. QOpen 10:00 . (+30) 210 3301246. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. that hosts a large number of art events.02:00. PTJNS Museum Café F1.15:30. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. Monastiraki.com. MMonastiraki. QOpen 09:00 . continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. (+30) 210 3473133.00:30. MThissio. tel. as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. video art projections and performances. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. PJNB Booze E4. just step upstairs to the night club. Aiolou 23. boozecooperativa. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. MMonastiraki. tel. Thu. Monastiraki. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki.02:00. MMonastiraki. Tsakalof 1. PJB Inoteka D5. QOpen 08:00 .24:00. Sun 11:00 . Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9. concerts.50-6.02:00. Sat 07:30 . tel. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). We look forward to the complete menu they have promised. booze@boozecooperativa. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. Avissinias sq 3. Mon. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings.20:30. Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. (+30) 210 9000901. magazines and board games. exhibitions. despite the occasional refurbishments. (+30) 212 1006147. and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. Kolokotroni 57. Fri 08:00 .50-2. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels. 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. unlike most of its undifferentiated neighbouring counterparts. 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. 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. New Acropolis Museum. a light lunch comes at low prices. QOpen .com. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. Akamantos 2. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. Kolonaki Sq. JB Filion H4. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. QOpen 10:00 . it is rather a part of an alternative art house. Fri 07:30 . Closed Sun. Q Open 07:30 . an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. 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. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. MVictoria. (+30) 210 3240944.
Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. QOpen 10:00 . Veikou 3A. Psirri. Iraklidon 10. Skoufa 47-49. A sitting room for quiet conversations. Panepistimiou 12. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. Service is efficient and polite. Kleitiou 6. 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. a stage for live performances.gr. bios@bios. for this freestyle coffee shop.September 2011 . Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. QOpen 11:00 . tel. MAcropolis. try the upstairs level. QOpen 20:00 .02:00. tel. a bustling section and.com. huge ice cream servings. tel. MSyntagma. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. tel. PJB Bartesera F5. if you lose track of time. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. If you want to stay out of sight. snacks. a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. tel. It has the atmosphere of a grand café.gr. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. QOpen 10:00 . expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz. tel. PJA Stavlos C5. (+30) 210 3645888. London and New York.jazzy tunes. (+30) 210 3229805.stavlos. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. The café offers a large selection of snacks. PJ (+30) 210 3467206.athenssportsbar. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. The King’s stables once. Makry. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4. bios. PJA Brettos F6. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous. sweet crepes. This bar is divided into 3 parts. restaurant. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . a space for those who like a bit of both. Although they serve food. QOpen 12:00 . following complete renovation a couple of years ago. Closed: Aug 13-24.gr. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. tel. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis.22:00. www. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. MSyntagma. PJ National Gardens café H6.02:00. Coffees.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee.gr. MKerameikos. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. Plaka. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum.20:00. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . €. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. & Praxitelous Gallery. progressive. PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. If you visit in early spring. (+30) 210 3232110. Irodou Attikou entrance. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar. M Thissio. QOpen 09:00 . accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. M Syntagma. QOpen 09:00 .23:00. A historic café that opened its doors again. now a café. PJK Ambariza F5. PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. QOpen 20:00 . It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. it seems to work out fine. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. 210 3257644. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. tourists and all sports fans who love watching a game of their favourite sport the right way: with lots of beer and a fun atmosphere. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. 25. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. 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. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. Bios B4. It’s a strange combination but. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. A small café with character. in the middle. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’. tel. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. MSyntagma. soul and hip-hop. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. PTJ raki. National Gardens. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. sandwiches. www. As central as it gets. Sofroniou 2 Gazi.3:00. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. Monastiraki. QOpen 10:30 . (+30) 210 3425335. Pireos 84. a designer and his team. PT Athens Sports Bar E8.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. QOpen 09:00 . club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. QOpen 08:00 .01:30. try finding a table next to the almond tree. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. Kolokotroni St. Kerameikos. (+30) 210 3643774. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom.03:00. A minimal bar.brettosplaka. M Panepistimio. QOpen 09:00 .02:00. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. MSyntagma.02:00. (+30) 210 3211158. (+30) 210 3426322. www. Kydathineon 41. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere . tel. The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. tel.01:00.03:00. M Syntagma. www. Thissio. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. As for the music. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. (+30) 210 3245862. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. MSyntagma.an oasis in the noisy city centre. Lekka 14.late. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky .
QOpen 21:00 . Minimal decoration for low profile people. MKerameikos. If too much socialising makes you hungry. don’t worry. Paradise in Persian. MKerameikos. (+30) 210 6911672. M Panepistimio.com . Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. JB Nipiagogeio A5. Metaxourgeio.03:00. PJ tel. glass in hand.02:00. Sofias Ave 46. Athens In Your Pocket athens. (+30) 210 3462007. courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. (+30) 210 3210233. and. Vas. (+30) 210 3413395. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed. tel. (+30) 210 7258306. MSyntagma. (+30) 210 3466055. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively.03:00. past metro opening hours. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls. MSyntagma.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. QOpen 10:00 . There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113.02:00. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. Gazi. In the summer or when weather permits. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. A wild-west touch. If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in). MKerameikos. MEvangelismos. Situated on Karitsi Square. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from.inyourpocket. 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. MKerameikos. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. Gazi. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. Closed Sun. tel. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders.02:00. It looks quiet from the outside but that’s only because this is a residential area and many locals have complained about the noise in the past. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. QOpen 21:00 . situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. Should you decide to go out late. and those who come in later. Pop. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. PJ Nixon B4. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. PAB Mai Tai I4.04:00. (+30) 210 3229374. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. (+30) 210 3460901. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. En Delphis G3. QOpen 21:00 . it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. QOpen 10:00 . Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul. Voutadon 42. Kolonaki. tel. This is a wine bar and shop where you can taste top quality Greek wines and rare spirits and take away those you loved most. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. PJ Hoxton A4. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. PA Pairidaeza F4. tel. 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). with wood used as the key decorating element. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. Driving there is also an option. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. QOpen 11:00 . The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. 210 3226844.03:00. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. Gazi. tel. (+30) 210 3458534. QOpen 10:00 . a long bar. MPanormou. Parnasou 3. tel. MEvangelismos. A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. PJB Gazaki A4. (+30) 210 728 10 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. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. tel. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. Vintage at its best. Amazing city view. QOpen 15:00 . as such. Delfon 5. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. QOpen 10:00 . Ploutarchou 18. 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 . Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. QOpen 10:00 . DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types.03:00. Triptolemou 31.02:00. (+30) 210 322 77 33. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. QOpen 11:00 . Fri . Live performances organised from time to time. 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. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. all at the…appropriate price.02:00. tel. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs. with not-so-young regulars. Basically. MKerameikos.12:00. Triptolemou 30. Original seventies. tel.02:00. tel. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. QOpen 21:00 . but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration.Sat 10:00-01:00. Syntagma. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. a happy medium. Ampelokipoi. tel. PJ Intrepid Fox A4. Kolonaki. It’s almost pitch black in there. 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.03:00. PJEK Capu F5. (+30) 210 3608269.03:00. QOpen 17:00 . Lekka 14. tel. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments. Agisilaou 61. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. Stadiou 10. MPanepistimio. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8.
This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif. QOpen 19:00 . Triptolemou 44. Just watch your fingers. Music is mainstream.03:00. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. Monastiraki. tel.01:00. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood.01:00. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle.O.com August . nonetheless. MMonastiraki. 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. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation. Good times to be had. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. Omirou 60 & Skoufa.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. promising to electrify your evenings in Athens. Fri. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 18:00 . TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. souvlaki-gyros in hand. unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square.02:00. (+30) 210 3623541. Q Open 12:00 . QOpen 10:00 . tel. (+30) 210 3235055. it serves coffee and sandwiches.G.stinpriza. Astigos 12. Thissio. tel. MMonastiraki. Established in 2008. PJ Six D.G. MSyntagma. MPanepistimio. 6 D. depending on the resident dj. order. J6B athens. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis. (+30) 2103210510.theartfoundation. tel. in the late afternoon.S. QOpen 22:00 . drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. Gazi.02:00. PJB Rosebud G4. the soothing sound of jazz. A classic already. tel. Normanou 5. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. (+30) 210 3219225. just order a coffee and one of those delicious sandwiches Seven Jokers offers in the morning and head off straight to work. tel. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening.jjoyceirishpubathens. QOpen 21:00 . Freestylers and media staff love it here.com.S has taken over with a bar. (+30) 210 3238757. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. (+30) 210 3311555. Kolonaki.September 2011 .com. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. One of the best bars Athens has to offer.03:00.05:00. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. MPanepistimio. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees. barrels. in the evening. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Skoufa 46. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change. (+30) 210 3471844. all cater for selective crowds of the city. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square.inyourpocket.03:00. what else? Fish n’chips. Avramiotou 6-8. a tiny. (+30) 210 3392370. MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens.O. M Monastiraki. Voulis 7.If your stomach begins to complain. QOpen 10:00 . fax (+30) 210 3235070. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie. MPanepistimio. porcelain and books.gr. Monastiraki. a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. tel. Sun 21:00 .gr. Sat 22:00 . They may have to think again. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. www. tel. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. PJA Tapas Bar A4. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. 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. Karitsi Sq. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. www. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. an events space as well as a gallery. PJA Seven Jokers F5. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu. www. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5.02:00. E5. PJEB tel. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. (+30) 210 3244101. true to the originality of the establishment. Kolonaki. MKerameikos. QOpen 10:00 02:00. Christou Lada 1. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. One of our favourites.03:00. Karitsi 10. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street.03:00. this is one street that’s always got something going on. Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor.
tel.com . 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. you can watch the show . (+30) 210 7245233. (+30) 210 9413079. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. as a big city. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes.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.which is the strong point of this club . 210 9235576. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). It is located a bit further out of the centre. post your own nightlife review at www. Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers.06:00. Otherwise. QOpen 23:30 . grou 237. A Baby O Pireos 171. tel. Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. Kallithea. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor.inyourpocket.inyourpocket. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). That is not to say that what you get is cheap.gr. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. www. Most gentlemen’s clubs.06:00. as is their self-professed title. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included).06:00.gr. 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). are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs.grandritorno. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. www. Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. (+30) 210 3477744. tel. Baby Gold Syngrou 140. it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors.penthhouseclub.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show. so you call it a bargain. tel. which is lit even during the day.gr. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. gr.06:00. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. Drinks cost €11. Admission fee: €15. you could easily mistake it for a dance club. As for illegal prostitution. QOpen 23:30 .mousses. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. QOpen 23:30 . Admission fee: €10. 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. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. some quite explicit. you won’t regret it. One of the oldest strip clubs in town. Fortunately. and around Theatrou Sq. They also offer 20% discount to tourists.on the plasma screens too.06:00.06:00.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. (+30) 210 9421264. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back. (one drink included). Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. QOpen 23:30 . Michalakopoulou 52. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. www. every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. However. www. (+30) 210 9316417. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance. Prices negotiated on the spot. and Evripidou St. alcatraz. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . but you can find them elsewhere in town too.gr. tel. baby-o. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. Admission fee: €15. www. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). www. MMegaro Mousikis. just off the Psirri nightlife district. tel.babygold. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer.
Admission fee: €15. reasonably priced drinks. . Gazi.eu / www. tel. PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. w w w. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. Drinks are cheap. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality.greekgayguide. 210 3468657. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. It has. tel. 210 9224202. MAcropolis. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. tel. trendy and friendly. Psiri.myspace. MMonastiraki. www. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. PJ Cafés ameikos.scape. Closed Mon.gr August . They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden.eu / www. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. 210 3460677.04:00. Wed: underwear. Gazi. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. Gazi.06:00. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers.05:00. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends.noizclub. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay.bigbarathens. Happy hour: €10. QOpen 11:00 . Megalou Alexandrou 134. Closed Mon. There are th eme days.gr. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. you tend to be looking to have a good time rather than resolve the hang-ups of Greek society and you won’t find yourself short of a wide array of gay bars and clubs .gr. Giatrakou 12. QOpen 10:00 . Q Open 23:30 .03:00. Megalou Alexandrou 139.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . tel. www.lesbian. The music is mainstream-dance. 33 A Lamda Club F8. Triptolemou 10. www. Three visits tourist pass: €35. tel.03:00. (+30) 210 3224771.07:00.mybar. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. 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.04:00.04:00. Ga zi. Gazi. tel. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. weekends 14:00-07:00. (+30) 210 3460667. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions. Tue.gaygreece. As for our list. 2 jacuzzis. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. Gazi. Fri-Sun 19:00 . PJB MMetaxourgio. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. especially on the entertainment side of things. Kakourgiodikiou 6. As a visitor. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. MKerameikos.September 2011 . MMonastiraki. PJ (+30) 6932 338551. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. www. and are just above Alexander Sauna.gr. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. They are fully air-conditioned with TV. There is a large cruising area. private bathroom. QOpen 23:00 . tel. finger food and different music every night. PJ My Bar E5. www.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. though. Polyklitou 6. Avdi Sq. MKerameikos.athenspride. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . Konstantinoupoleos 70. however. 6946 282845. Friendly staff provide high quality service.www. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. 210 3411003. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. tel. 210 5228806. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. Mon: Sports.gr www.03:00. Metaxourgio. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. Gazi.alexander-apartments. www. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. Fri: Go go boys. tel. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. Thu: Mixed ages. Gazi. Megalou Alexandrou 134. PJRD Myrovolos C3.late. Lebesi 15. lotteries etc. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . M Kerameikos. free WiFi.gr. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. 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.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. 3 saunas. Q Open 23:30 . QOpen 20:00 03:00.com. Bars Big A4. 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.03:00. 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. will keep you busy for hours. The crowds are young. Gazi. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. tel. Clubs Kazarma A3. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town. PJB tel. PJ Sodade A4. MKerameikos. Admission fee: €15. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation. MKerameikos. MKerameikos. It consists of two separate rooms. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago.alexandersauna. MKerameikos. tel. come a long way during the last years. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Tue: Bear. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . 210 3210539.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area.
the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever. and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens .com . 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. Walking through them. publications. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. 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. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’. This has seen the creation of 3-km long pedestrian walkway-archaeological park in the centre of the densely inhabited modern city. the Ancient Agora. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687.including the Acropolis Slopes. The Acropolis and its surrounding area . and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . with detailed signs. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. the Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world.harmony. however. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek.the most important monuments. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period. churches. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. knowledge. Dating back to the 5th century BC. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1. In all. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. the Areopagus. musical and dance performances. 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 Erechtheion. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources. but more so at the hands of man. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. the Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses.000. virtuous competition and democracy. liberty. leaflets. These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. beauty.000 sq. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. The project won 3rd prize (Diploma) in the ‘Conservation of Cultural Landscapes’ category of the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2005. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon.m.inyourpocket.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark.are at the historical heart of the city.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . Some monuments were reused as palaces. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. proper measure. Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. mosques and residential areas. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. In 1997. the Acropolis. 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. with whole areas (such as the East.or at least view . and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then.
in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests.com 6th Century BC. patron goddess of the city that took her name. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC). where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy. QAdmission: €12. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries.E7. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. There. In the golden age that followed. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. (the Parthenon. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC).and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. Sophocles and Euripides were performed. Eumenes II. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples. They want to take our perception of the site away from the stereotypical tourist experience and “undermine the monolithic discourse on the Acropolis as an exclusively classical site”.000 sq. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. With the predominance of Christianity. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. 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. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. built in the 2nd century AD.m. The 70. the Erechtheion. Set in a site covering 30. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra.. thought and art flourished. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC. by the king of Pergamon. www. the Propylaea . On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. tel. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B.theotheracropolis.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. the cave with the Mycenaean spring.September 2011 . tries to introduce us to the different faces. Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. The collective behind the ‘www. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later.m. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. established in the athens. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope. Zeus and Apollo. where the works of the Aeschylus. MAcropolis. After the Acropolis itself.inyourpocket. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles.000 sq. various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. built by Ictinos (447-432BC).D7.the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) . it was home to the cult of Athena. 210 3210219. especially during the 5th century AD. August . when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus.com’ project. archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis.theotheracropolis. the Erechtheion.C.
000 sq. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times.its religious. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’. wind vanes. with many important road axes. Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5.m. commercial exchange. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. 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. If you are an archaeology buff. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . facing the Acropolis. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. From the 6th century BC. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. The ancient Koile road. tel. Thissio. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian.parthenonfrieze. The Agora was a large. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory.m. Athens In Your Pocket athens. MMonastiraki. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. next to the Ancient Agora. educational and cultural centre.000 sq. and the other. 210 3210185. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. with shops. religious festivals. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens).36 What to see Hadrian’s Gate The Roman Agora The Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian in honour of the the Roman Governor Hadrian 131AD. the gate bears two inscriptions . were held. Hadrian’s Gate F7. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos.inyourpocket. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). the ancient city of Theseus’. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. northwest of the Acropolis. the state archives and philosophical schools. open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. 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.parthenonfrieze. During the 5th century BC.7. reads ‘This is Athens. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. The 28. were held.This area. take thematic interactive tours. political and commercial centre. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. mythically connected with the Amazonomachy.com . storerooms and offices. 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.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. Melite and Koile. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city.gr. learn about the frieze. the principal institution of Athenian Democracy.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare.the first. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. to the west of the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . Amalias Ave. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock .m.000 sq. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). The Western Hills C6. or Philopappus Hill. play games.
fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. MAcropolis. MAcropolis. As a result their opening hours vary. Kerameikos & museum. The Temple was huge by ancient standards. Arditos Hill. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). Loviot who restored the area in 1887. as well as the Renaissance.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. 210 3214172. the Roman Agora. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times. due to the economic crisis. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. 210 9226330. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks.com August .19:00. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. QAdmission: €2. 210 3251744. known as the ‘Philhellene’. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. who used it as a study room. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. in 132AD. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. But this year. 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. Tripodon St. In 1669. the earliest theatre in the world . and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Boulanget and E. Free for pass holders. MSyntagma. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. in the late 19th century. Plaka. Built between 447-437BC. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is.September 2011 . tel. athens. tel. Baroque. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. the god of wine and revelry. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. Further. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. tel. Q Admission: €12. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. the Ancient Agora & museum. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public.inyourpocket. The stadium opened its doors again last April. the tyrant Peisistratus. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). Today.
while the collection of unusual.inyourpocket.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. With light. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. 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. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. something pottery buffs will delight in. the neighbourhood continues below. Amongst the artefacts from households. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. Nearby. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. the pediment of the Ancient Temple . eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. after animals come statues of women – lots of them. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’. It is divided into historicallydefined sections that put the ancient site into context: T The Ancient Neighbourhood: Built on the remains sanctuary of the Nymphs give a complete overview of the different terracotta painting techniques used in ancient Greece. Theatrical masks and a statue of Old Silenus carrying a young Dionysus on his shoulders allows one to go back in time to see what a temple to an enigmatic and flamboyant god would have looked like. of an Athenian neighbourhood. the remnants of streets. Walking into the museum. Receiving 90. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance. houses. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. space and angular lines. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis.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.com . Then.000 visitors in its opening week alone. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece . Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls.
gr.history really does come alive here. and the advent of Christianity. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. Nevertheless. 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. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults.September 2011 . However. In fact. faces are the real winner in this section. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself. info@theacropolismuseum. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. 210 9000901. 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. – 5th Century AD. Admission fee: €5. athens. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. as well as Lucius Verrus.are plaster casts. Fri 08:00-22:00 . 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. The Propylaia. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues. the Roman period. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon.20:00. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable. with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. Finally. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period.theacropolismuseum. 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. Emperor Caracalla. 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 . classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles.What to see snakes. tel.inyourpocket. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. MAcropoli. A number of reliefs are also on display. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors . the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings.grQOpen 08:00 .Closed Mon. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none. perched atop the Acropolis hill. 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. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike. regardless of the debate. something the ancient Greeks never forgot. dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. she seems to be crying. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature.especially on the west pediment . the cast makers’ excellent work. is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment.com August . with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. one can admire the inner frieze. www. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. Indeed. Agrippina the Younger.
MSyntagma. tribute lists. eleven rooms. Saturdays: €2. 22. the first half of the twentieth century. a 3. 18-26: €1. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. Free admission. The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. Decrees. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection.17:00. Classical and Hellenistic items. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . Mycenaean. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. Sun 10:00 . It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. but these are not expected to materialise any time soon. Minoan. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium.inyourpocket. Admission fee: €4. records. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) .5.and early Christian periods.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. QOpen 09:00 .benaki. a large hypostyle corridor. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era. Mon. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. fax 210 7239382. Trokadero. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. benaki@benaki. 210 3671000. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. Bronze Age. tel. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery.gr. A gift shop is available.yet also very instructive. MVictoria.indeed. thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure.13:00 & 18:00-20:00. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. Its permanent collection is vast . fax 210 3671063.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c. 7228321 . Set in a beautiful building. Tositsa 1. Closed Mon. Admission fee: €6. Q Admission fee €7. Archaic. a gallery. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4.gr. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. concessions €3. Epigraphical Museum F1. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. Sun 09:00 .15:00. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. tel. Amenities include a children’s area. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum.24:00. H. Closed Mon. Admission fee: €5. Tue. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Thu 10:00 . the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. Thu 09:00 . QOpen . art. Wed. . It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. Fri 09:00 .this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. www. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece. Closed Tue.gr.15:00. recently refurbished. www.bsaverof. 210 7232178. Benaki Museum H5. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. fax 210 8213573. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market. This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world.17:00. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts.com . Geometric. Sun 11:00 . It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. 210 8232950. Museum shop. ema@ culture. Closed Tue. Sat. email@example.com priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. QOpen 10:00 .13:00. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. fax 210 8225733. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre.com. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. Lange and remodelled by P . Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias. tel. Q Open 08:30 . a lobby. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. housing a unique. M Omonia. 1. tel. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. firstname.lastname@example.org:00. tel. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy. Thu 09:00 .15:00. 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.gr. 210 8217724.14:00 & 18:00-20:00. third millennium BC). tel. designed by L. QOpen 08:30 .20:00.gr. Its more than 20. Kalkos.gr/. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. Ziller (built 1866-1889). www. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. MSyntagma. 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. Vlachos and E.cycladic-m.
Monday Closed www.gr athens. America and Asia. Admission fee: €2.C.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August . Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. Closed Mon.gr. Wed 09:00 .herakleidon. fax 210 9237358.21:00. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. Wed 09:00 . Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society. Far East and North Africa. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district. tel.gr. www.21:00. tel. from the 12th to the 19th centuries.inyourpocket. 210 9221044. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12.19:00.21:00. 13:00 -21:00.00 . It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop. www. Vasarely. linocut . It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists.: 210 3461981 www.benaki. 210 3251311. 210 3463552. 16 Herakleidon str. Sun 10:00 . concessions:€1. QOpen 13:00 . concessions €3. Closed Mon. concessions: 2.gr. fax 210 3458225.gr. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery. www.00 & Saturday 9. such as M. MThissio. students. 210 3225582. lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. QOpen 08:00 . Ermou 148. Jewish Museum F6.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. QOpen 09:00 . It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. Sun. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis.6 25. Mon 11:00 .9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M.herakleidon-art. concessions: €3.14:00. Middle East. Sun 11:00 . 210 3461981.jewishmuseum. tel. Nikis 39. islamic_collection@benaki. Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. fax 210 3231577.gr Museum hours: Tues. fax 210 3225550. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000). Karyatidon & Kalisperi. MThissio. Europe.16:00.16:00. Admission fee: €5. tel. Closed Tue.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. MThissio. 11:00 -19:00.gr. A giftshop is also available.19:00. Sun 11:00 . www.gr.) Thissio. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece. info@herakleidon-art. spell to turn into a swallow 2006. such as funeral urns.culture. This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.September 2011 © Jan de Bie. MSyntagma. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece.14:30. Escher and V.gr. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str. QOpen 09:00 . info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. under 19 yrs: free. tel.15:00. Herakleidon 16. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. Admission fee: €5. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse. Admission fee: €4. Closed Sat.gr.C.19:00. concessions: €4. Ag.-Sat. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Admission fee: €6. MAcropolis.11.com / info@herakleidon-art. Islamic Art Museum C4.00. in a picturesque neoclassical building. ANCIENT CULTURES 25. info@jewishmuseum. QOpen 09:00 . Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery. as well as seminars designed for students. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.
fax 210 3250198. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. QOpen 09:00 . Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. fax 210 3220765. QOpen 08:00 . Sun 10:00 . showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. tel. QOpen 09. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. M Syntagma. tel. costumes. Closed Tue. Closed Mon. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6. as well as silver. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka.18:00. Admission fee: €2. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. weaving. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. This Museum. Closed Tue. Goudi. QOpen 09:00 . The architecture of the building itself is very original. wood and stone carvings. Plaka. QOpen 10:00 . through to the mid 19th century. Pireos 138. From the 17th century to the present. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. MThissio. Among its collections are works of art. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). traditional costumes.14:00. photographs. Diogenous 1-3. tel. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art. as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. Free admission. with special focus on the Second World War. this Museum preserves.15:00. A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. War Museum I5. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. Closed Mon. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. QOpen 10:00 .culture. such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). royal portraits and weapons. http://www. 210 3237617. Rizari 2. Admission fee: €4. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens.has organised some very successful exhibitions.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address . Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records.15:00. tel. Information is provided on how the instruments are created. Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora. Stadiou 13. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art. 210 7709855. Sat. protocol@emst. Closed Mon.42 What to see War Museum tel.inyourpocket. records. it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. Among its exhibits are embroidery. Kydathinaion 17. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. MKatechaki.15:00.00 . mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall). Wed 12:00 . concessions: €2. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. MAcropolis.16:00. fax 210 9245200. Admission fee: €6. tel. QOpen 09:00 . Plaka. tel. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829).early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. from 1837 up to 1843. melt@melt. 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. Concessions: €3. inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. religious icons. MEvangelismos. Concessions: €2. The Museum of Contemporary Art.com . Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. up to the present day. 210 3229031. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto.16:45. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. 210 3210185. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals).gr/. www. A giftshop is available.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. 330BC). 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. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. MPanepistimio. MSyntagma. Closed Mon. items of furniture and household objects. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5.16:45. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. 210 3254119. Paparrigopoulou 5-7. paintings.athenscitymuseum. fax 210 3226979. 210 3453111. Admission fee: €3.14:00. Free admission.14:00. proudly greets visitors to the Museum.gr. 210 9242111-2. flags.but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit.gr. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre).14:00. Adrianou 24. tel.benaki. Sun 10:00 . 210 3231397. Mon 11:00 . The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. National Historical Museum F4. civic emancipation and democratic institutions. Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. MKerameikos. consessions: €1. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy.
Closed Mon. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). concessions: €3.gr/. Sat 10:00 . www.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. Panepistimiou 12. Nikolaos Gyzis. Wed 9:00 .theartfoundation.spyrosvassiliou. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point.September 2011 . open discussions and lectures. tel.made salads. Tue. Paintings. QOpen 08:00 . Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . Recording actions’. Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. http://www. postmuseum@elta-net. woodcuts.nma. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. tel. Yiannis Moralis. fax 210 7224889. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . 210 7519042. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. Sepolia. tel. Its amenities include conservation laboratories. Nikiforos Lytras. while plans for its expansion are underway. 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. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. QOpen . postalmuseum. QOpen 08:30 . tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. Closed Mon. tel. Closed Sat. MSyntagma. www. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. Nikolaos Kounelakis.22:00. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 .org. instruments and mechanics’ tools. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. Sun 10:00 . such as tickets. Tue. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display.com August . film screenings. Webster 5. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium). Sun. Closed Mon. Fri. a well-equipped library. Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. Admission: free.gr.gr. Wed 12:00 . nationalgallery.inyourpocket. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items. QOpen 10:00 . fax 210 7519279. (+30) 6988391684. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely.15:00. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4. while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly . Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Closed Tue. Free admission. theatre performances. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. fax 210 3635953. QOpen 09:00 . Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou.20:00. Normanou 5. (+30) 210 3238757. Admission fee: €6. 7 days a week. athens. theory of art and poetic contemplation. Yiannis Tsarouchis. concessions: €2. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure.15:00.18:00.gr. A haven for the railways aficionados. literary presentations. accessible to the public year-round. tel. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. www. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. MMonastiraki.24:00.What to see companies.14:00. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). cropolis. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos. Closed Mon. performance. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum.gr. Michalakopoulou 1. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece.culture. historic tram trains. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. multimedia installations. Thu. protocol@ nm.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. Free admission. Sun 10:00 16:00. as well as models and historic photographic archives. Sat.14:00. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art. Fri. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. www. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. MEvan- Sep 11 . The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive.gift ideas. when the group was created until today. fax 210 922 0193. Its exhibits include more than 600. 210 3643774.org.5. 210 7235857. contemporary music. 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.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. tel. 210 9231502. gelismos.13:00. Sep 19 .Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. 210 5246580. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. Admission fee: €3. Georgios Iakovidis. Railway Museum Siokou 4. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou.
parliament. M Panepistimio. The building was designed by archi tects K. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos. the palace was completed in 1843. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. Panepistimiou 2832. bankof gr e ece. this church dates back to 1065 AD. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10. they date to the 19th century.gr. Syntagma. Sun 10:00 . has housed the Greek Parliament. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus.gr. Overlooking Syntagma Square. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. the first monarchs of Greece. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. Free admission. the bell tower was added later. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. The official inauguration took place in 1938. Aristeidou & Euripidou St. M Syntagma. was later added to the north side. mou & Kapnikareas St. MPanepistimio. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. A chapel.Athens Academy . tel. struggle for Greek Independence. As is the case with most churches in Greece. As for the imposing wall paintings.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. As for its background. with 3 apses on the east side. Sat. it was erected around 1050AD. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. National Librar y . Papadakis and N. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding. Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. MSyntagma. 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. MOmonia. This is a cross-insquare construction. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5.gr.inyourpocket. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. since 1934. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. It is cross-in-square shaped. MPanepistimio. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. Syntagma Square. www. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. 210 3707000.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens.20:00. is located in the forecourt of the building. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors. w w w. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. info@parliament. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. MOmonia. In a poll. 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’). Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. The last known restoration was in 1840. As for the interior. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. Monastiraki.com . Panepistimiou 47. Bank Of Greece F4. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. MMonastiraki. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. Panepistimiou 21. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. QOpen . for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. M Panepistimio. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. which is open to the public. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. It is currently undergoing restoration. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia). in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. fax 210 3692170.
Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. situated in the forecourt of the University.com August . that points to the four points of the horizon. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. The imposing Presidential Palace. Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. It was founded around 1837. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. 2. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. Amalias Observatory C6. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums). although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. and who have no known grave. Plaka. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. 1973. MOmonia. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. which were violently put down on 17 November. MSyntagma. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. MThissio. died in Greece. columns. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. which was formerly a Royal Residence. it is now used for international conferences. in order to commemorate the event. in 1759. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. as well as for European heads of State meetings. Konstantinou 22. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis.14:30.September 2011 . the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. M Syntagma. 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. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. E5. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens. M Monastiraki. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. sarcophagi and neoclassical temples.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. This building. Alimos. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. MOmonia. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. 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 . it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. Today. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. Hill of MSyntagma. Old House of Parliament F4. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. & Vas Olgas. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. Mets.What to see National Theatre D2. Zappeion G6. In the north-east corner of the cemetery. Closed Mon. Admission by invitation only. the Nymphs. Patision (28th October) 46. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. Cemeteries Av. QOpen 10:00 . that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. Monastiraki Square. Most famous Greeks are buried here. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. M Acropolis.1932. This historic Obser vatory. commercial events. athens. Stadiou 13. Ag. MSyntagma.inyourpocket. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. marble sculptures. while its Minaret has been removed. Kyristou 8. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume).
tel.14:30. It covers an area of more than 520 sq.20:30. gift-shop. tel.gr. www. Weekdays: €17. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. fax 210 8080674.hellenic-cosmos. tel. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon.20:30. info@hcm. Fri 17:00 . Tue. including an attic and garden. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term.atticapark.01:00. The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. E16. Greek fauna species like: wolves. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. Seniors: €10.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction.sunset.com. A taxi ride costs about €10.02:00. 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.16:00.15:00. fax 210 6634726. www. Fri 10:00 . Thu. by general acclaim. hellenic_cosmos@ime. zoo@atticapark. Bus No: A16. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. tel. Admission fee: €14. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). info@gnhm. botanical. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. www. M Syntagma. Wed 09:00 . trampolines. a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre.gr. QOpen 09:00 . Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. B16. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. Rentis.000 sq. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. tel.000 square metres. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. Amenities include special educational programmes for children.inyourpocket.m. m. 12th km Athinon Ave. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. There is a café.gr. Closed Sat. A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. Waterslides of every kind. Tue. geological and palaeontological exhibits. www. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. 210 8015870. Tholos: €10.hcm. ‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. Buses: 126. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world. a café. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. The Gaea Centre is a modern exhibition area with interactive displays and audiovisual performances that tackle and invite the reader to address topical environmental issues. gr.. QOpen . Athens In Your Pocket athens. 210 3312995. Admission fee: €4-6.com .eugenfound. Sun 10:00 . built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time.gnhm.gr. Spata. Sat. Q Open 09:00 . most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. tel. carousel. tel. 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. Sun 10:00 .gr.15:00. 210 4256990. Sat 10:00 . Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre).02:00.14:30.02:00. MKallithea.01:00. Children.14:00. entomological.gr. 210 9469641. Closed Mon. internet-access area and giftshop. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. Wed. and climbing towers.edu.gr.copacopanapark. QOpen 10:00 . A2. concessions: €3 (€4). It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts. 865 from Koumoundourou sq.gr. 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. Free entrance. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . DJs and live music. including state-of-the-art technological applications. foxes and wild cats. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. Yet. swimming pools. zebras. MKifisia. creative and inquisitive faculties. Entertainment Park covering about 40. QOpen 17:00 . This is home to the largest and. Sat. the biggest children playground in Greece. complete with a pirate ship. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. drop by the Eugenides Foundation.B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. many reptiles. www. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef. You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. 212 2540000. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6. www. islands. a café-restaurant. as well as a parking area. fax 212 2540123. Closed Mon. www. a number of African mammals like giraffes. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. Haidari. iWERKS Shows: €8. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari. Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. Sun 10:30 .21:00. Family and member tickets also available. Sun 10:00 . Sun 10:00 . 210 6634724. fax 210 3312996. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual.gr. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building.allou. waterfalls and the Magic Town. Plaka. This Centre. 210 5576006. children up to 12 yrs: €12. bears. children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20.
Acropolis. by the funicular or by car. Iera Odos Avenue. 401. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. MSyntagma. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000).there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. Zappeion Garden G7. Vas. MSyntagma.14:00. National Gardens G6. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. make up a favourite stroll for everyone.15:00. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. Olgas Av. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St. Dafni and Agia Var vara. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. Its meandering benchladen paths. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. Extending over a vast area of 1. There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. some of which are exceedingly rare. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. Irodou Attikou St. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. Sat. if impractically situated.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. cool trees and popular ponds. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. August . i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 08:00 .800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos.14:00. scenic stroll. Amalias Street. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. MVictoria.September 2011 . 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 . while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and.
gr. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. Taxis 185.oasa. 18 300 Protoporia tel.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors.00-24.usually operating at airpor ts . Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. w w w. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. no less) and in a less crowded. and €1 . You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. Plus. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula.07 from and to harbours.48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. Star ting price is at €1 . Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis.65 for an appointm ent. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. night-time tari f f.68 per km for the single. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates. 210 3636508 Asteras tel. B Metr o tel.ask for a receipt. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. daytime tari f f (05. There is a cheaper ticket at €1. 210 6457000 Enotita tel.com . 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. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f.gr. 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. I f you have to use a taxi. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route.€5. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. train and bus stations. 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. 210 6792399. 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. 210 6144000 Ellas 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. always ask for the meter to be on. tramsa. 210 4115200 Icaros tel. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. the stations of which have been recently upgraded. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station.inyourpocket. There is an additional charge of €1. w w w.16 . such as Acropolis and Syntagma. e careful as some taxi drivers . There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. alb ei t slower fashion.39 . refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station. 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 ).19 per km for the double. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some. the tram is the way.ametro. 210 5152800 Kosmos tel.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. www.00).19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0.gr.
someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries.budgetathens. H5 Syntagma Sq. gr Kolonaki Sq. info@batek-europcar. 210 3493428. need a condom. fax 210 2882050.nationalcar. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. F2 Mavili Sq. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. 210 2882151.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. 210 8981444. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. fax 210 3493417.hertz. Mitropoleos 3.europcar.gr Budget Tel.avis.gr. reservations@nationalcar. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. 210 6264000. fax 210 6879610.gr.com. www. IVIS Travel Internet Service. 210 6879600. MPanepistimio.gr National Tel. or worst of all. 800 11 800 12. email@example.com . C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel.gr. 210 9890000 TNT tel.September 2011 athens. Car rental Avis Tel. www. www. www. K4 Omonia Sq.gr Run out of cigarettes. craving for a chocolate. 801 11868868 UPS tel. 210 9984000 August . G5 Kanigos Sq. firstname.lastname@example.org. www. tel. Europcar Tel.gr.gr. tel. feel like reading a newspaper. fax 210 6264409.
210 9692020/210 3531237.17:00. tel. 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. MSyntagma. tel. tel.13:30. QOpen 07:30 . 210 210 3534245. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. MAkropolis. Aiolou 100.14:00. Closed Sun. tel. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. MMonastiraki. Thermopylon 42. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. 210 8093771/210 8093777. 210 3218143.20:00. Closed Sat. Acropolis rock. tel. tel. Glyfada. QOpen 07:30 . Kolonaki I5. tel. Turkish Athens International Airport. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. port: 210 3530101. tel. Glyfada. Mitropoleos E5. head to Syntagma Square. tel. tel.14:00. Cyprus Athens International Airport. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. QOpen 07:30 . www. Gulf Air Nikis 33. tel. Kifisia. 210 8219570. QOpen 07:30 . tel. Add to that €3. tel. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. 210 3534020. Zaimi 36-38. Closed Sat. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. Marousi. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). Continental Airlines Filellinon 25. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. Thai El. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. tel.14:00. 210 3622054/210 3634572. 210 5233636. Swiss Sorou 18-20. Sun. Sun.20:00. 210 3537600. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Argyroupoli.14:00.gr. Plaka F6. Sat 07:30 . Makrigianni F7. Sun. Closed Sat. MSyntagma. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. tel. QOpen 07:30 .gr. karafil@abi. tel. Albanian Panepistimiou 15. Air China Filellinon 24. Omonia E2. Argyroupoli. tel. QOpen 07:30 . 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. tel. sell. Sun. tel. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. Kotzia Square. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia.gr. 210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312. tel. Venizelou 32. Olympic Syngrou 96. Delta Athens International Airpor t. tel. Sun.14:00. tel. airlift. Malev Panepistimiou 15. Sun. tel. Marousi. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. Glyfada. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011.gr. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. Syntagma Square F5. Argyroupoli. MOmonia. MEvangelismos. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. 210 3235831. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. LOT Panepistimiou 15. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. Sun 09:00 .90 for express mail. tel. 210 5225277. tel. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A.Central PO E3. 210 6175200. tel. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. Closed Sat. 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116.14:00. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Emirates Syngrou 128. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. tel.13:30. Sat 07:30 .50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. QOpen 07:30 . Aiolou . 210 9218076. airlift@airlift. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. 210 3531101. tel. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). tel. MMarousi. tel.14:00. 210 9967870. If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. Exarchia G1. tel. info@ abi. here is a list of centrally located post offices. tel. tel. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3217650. MOmonia. Closed Sat.20 for registered and €2. 210 3216024. Mitropoleos 60. Nikis 33.com . Austrian Vouliagmenis 18. tel.inyourpocket. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style.70. Marousi. QOpen 07:30 . British Airways Themistokleous 1. tel. Sun. tel. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. MVictoria. fax 210 9967872. tel. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. MAkropolis. Buy. 210 3237573. Metaxourgio C3. 210 7244404.20:00. 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38.14:00. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. tel. Sun 09:00 . tel. Closed Sat. MMetaxourgio. 3rd Septemvriou 28. . Closed Sat. tel. QOpen 07:30 .
trainose.gr. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157.anek. OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. 210 8919800. Online reservations: http://tickets. Only over the last twenty years. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). 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.com . Pireaus. www. 17. 210 athens.gr. there has been an effort to modernise and upgrade the standards of the rail services and as a result the travel time between Athens and Thessaloniki is now less than five hours. tel. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. www. ose.gr.hellenicseaways. tel. info@minoan. 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.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St. www. 210 4145700. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. Connections to Lesvos.com. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways . www.com.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. email@example.com.September 2011 14505 8919509. However. firstname.lastname@example.org. tel.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30.bluestarferries. for the rail journey lovers. Arr. Heraklion.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. some of them otherwise inaccessible.Crete and Greece . OASA (urban transportation) info tel. August . Arr. tel. Arr. 210 4199000. In fact. 1110. 1441.inyourpocket.gr. Voula. 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. Ferry connections between Piraeus .Crete and Greece . tel.gr. www. 185. 1110.com. Pireaus. Ferry connections between Piraeus . www.gr. 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. Crete.gr. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes. www. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. Arr. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. tel. booking@anek. tel.minoan. 210 4115015.nel.
Wed. info@ collector-shop. travel accessories. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. underwear. tel. enticing city. Closed Sun. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. this sprawling. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. A visit to the charming Plaka district. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop. M Syntagma. wondering where to head off shopping. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. 276. 210 3255564. 210 3318248. F5 Public. Sat: 09:00-15:00. QOpen 10:00 . Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours.public. Then again.the biggest in the city. and take our word for it. www.gr. (See our list). chaotic. wine and spirits shops.notosgalleries. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. jewelry. www. Electronics. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. All top brands priced accordingly. as well as in boutiques. Kotzia Sq. 211 1802600. All shops close on National Holidays. Syntagma. Tue. www. tel. Sat 10:00 .-Stournari 19 & 24.gr. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. tel. 210 3743000. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. Upmarket department store.themallathens. fax 210 3221440. and as regards local colour. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price.20:00.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. MOmonia. MOmonia. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. are closed). Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest.plaisio. generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. Oh. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. MSyntagma. There is a branch on every other corner. F1-Zaimi 10. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic.21:00. you’ll find that many businesses (with the exception of large department stores and some central shops that stay open all day) adhere to the following opening hours: Mon.gr. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area.com. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. www. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. you guessed it. www. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. F1-Voulis 3. fax 210 3318249. Furniture. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. gift shops (yes.gr. usually 09:00-23:00 every day.hondoscenter. fashion. fax 211 1802698. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. Omonia Sq 4. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). The Mall . But the lower end of Ermou Street. Designer brands at great prices. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. M Nerantziotissa. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. Merlin 6. MAg.atticadps. Head here for urban wear. City Link. Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. www. The largest computer and office supply chain. banknotes and stamps. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. cosmetics. Athens In Your Pocket . This is a great shopping spree destination. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. is a different story.germanos. gr. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items. MOmonia.collector-shop.gr. Plaisio.gr. shoes. Notos Home Kratinou 5. 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). of course). Ippokratous 3.com. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. Thu. Finally. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins.athensmetromall. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. At the opposite end of the spectrum. tel. On the other hand. www. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. Computers & Gadgets Germanos.notosgalleries. 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). Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. www. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. www.gr. www. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop.
: 09:00-20:00 Sun. B3. 219. B4.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall. shoes. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. 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.Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. Dimitrios.inyourpocket. a play area. a beauty salon. 276. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. Ag. 816.gr athens. A3.com August . X97. Dimitrios. 155. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. 154. electronics. 790. 171. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. Shops: Mon – Fri. – Sun.: Closed. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. Car: Vouliagmenis Av.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. A4.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. 276. 113.athensmetromall. a bank and many other services. 208. Clothes.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. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. Ag. accessories. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station.:09:00-21:00 Sat. 109.September 2011 . 219.
€ $ £ 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,
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American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce MesoAthens Exchange Athinon 110, tel. 210 3366800, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Athens Tourism & Economic Development Com-
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Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
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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.
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