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August - September 2011
“In Your Pocket: A cheeky, wellwritten series of guidebooks.” The New York Times
Strikes & Protests
Not what you think
Take the tram to the Med
N°20 - €2
E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S
Facts, habits, attitudes 6 10 12
A few thousand years in two pages
Districts of Athens
Be seen in the right places
A tram ride to the Med
Strikes & Protests A survival guide Culture & Events What’s on Where to stay
5* or hostels, the best is here for you
The central meat market
Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants How to avoid eating like a ‘tourist’ Cafés Join the ‘frappé’ nation 23 28
Nightlife One of the main reasons you’re here! 30 Gay Athens 34 36 40 42 46 49 53 56 59 60 66 August - September 2011
Sightseeing Monuments and Archaeological Sites
Acropolis Museum Museums Historic Buildings
Airplanes, boats and trains
Shopping Directory Maps & Index
Metro map City map Index
except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. publishing new guides in the Netherlands (Tilburg.4 Foreword I n the days of plenty. in Switzerland (Zurich) and in Belarus (Minsk). it is very likely that they will be back in September. without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. Their mission is to guard the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier outside the parliament around the clock. we have the best places to stay.inyourpocket.inyourpocket.V. (+370-5) 212 29 76). to call and check before your visit. tel.000 copies Editorial Publisher Fotis Georgeles Managing Editor Vangelis Koronakis Contributors Mandi Millen. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokieciu 10-15. like In Your Pocket on Facebook (facebook. Maps © Orama editions Layout & Design AIYP creative studio Photography © Athens IYP . drink and see.gr An Athens Voice Publication ISSN 1791-4558 © Athens In Your Pocket Published 5 times per year This issue: 20. eat. no matter what you have seen or read. regardless of the impression given by the international media. Vilnius.com . so put this guide In Your Pocket and enjoy what the summer Athens has to offer to its visitors. Athens In Your Pocket athens. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. 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.K. Since the economic crisis struck. 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). We will be launching even more In Your Pocket guides as apps throughout this year: to find out which cities we will be covering. Luckily the capital is surrounded by dozens of fine beaches which locals and visitors head for during the hot August days. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. 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. riots are not. Athens is a safe city and although strikes are very common as a result of the austerity measures imposed on the country. And as always. Our answer is of course yes.inyourpocket. in Austria (Vienna). All rights reserved. Lithuania tel. and to keep up to date with all In Your Pocket news. (+30) 210 3316196 fax (+30) 210 3316195 Sales & Circulation Advertising Director Louisa Nathanail Advertising Mgr Nikos Tsouanatos Direct Market Mgr Vassilis Zarkadoulas tel. Europe In Your Pocket Cover story Evzones are the elite members of the Presidential Guard. especially around August 15th.com www. (+30) 210 3617530 fax (+30) 210 3617310 Financial Director Efi Mourtzi Copyright notice Text and photos copyright Athens Pocket Ltd 2008-2011. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter (twitter. However it is advisable. 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. the more restaurants and bar owners keep their establishments open. This year will also see the first non-European Pockets rolled out in South Africa and Mozambique. (see our Athens beaches feature p 14). The good news for visitors is that the more Athenians stay in the city. com/inyourpocket). as many places close for a few days at least. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour © VK In Your Pocket has broken much new ground of late. many Athenians find it difficult to take the long holidays they used to. with Amsterdam to follow very soon).com www. And although demonstrators are expected to take a break during August. We also continue to roll out iPhone apps to all our cities. Athens used to become a deserted city during August. in Croatia (Šibenik). Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising.
while preserving a profound respect for the opinions of others. Through the ages Athenians have always filled the streets and the agora to meet people. even an airport museum. Try to avoid taxis but if it is necessary to use one. unlimited development potential.inyourpocket. We welcome all visitors to Athens. one that has helped define and still treasures freedom. and wish you an exciting. they love nothing more than showing guests what makes Athens so unique. newsstands. active and innovative. highly-qualified. who are friendly. If you‘re traveling without a car take the intercity bus ( KTEL) to Athens central station (single €18. state-of-the-art technology and a secure. From the islands to Piraeus: If you arrive in Piraeus by boat.e. entails a great deal more than its worldrenowned historic and cultural attractions.arriving in athens Arriving by air Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport The primary entry into Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos airport. invigorating and meaningful experience. chances are that you‘ll disembark within walking distance of the metro terminal where you can get the metro to the city centre. car hire. 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.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. bus.90). If you have your own car. An array of shops and services is available at the airport such as a post office. then pick one up from the street outside the harbour area. Belgrade and Istanbul. athens. taxi and. Thessaloniki is now In Your Pocket! Check out online: inyourpocket. 5 Message from the Mayor Dear friends. and hope their stay proves an inspiring. Bus X96 to Piraeus & the harbour and Bus X97 to Dafni metro station. multilingual human resources.com August . innovation. cafés. This comes down to its richest resource – its people. All the above except Bus X94 run 24hrs. If you are too far (i. I would like to welcome you to the City of Athens. suburban railway. it takes about 45 minutes to get to Syntagma Square by bus. Suburban railway-Proastiakos (running every 30 minutes) will take you to Nerantziotissa station. 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 . enjoyable and rewarding stay. discover new ideas and speak their mind. Athens. there is a free bus service that runs inside the harbour. Be extremely careful as this poor excuse for a national road is very dangerous and accidents happen very often. there is no option to arrive in the country by train. Athens is a city open to visitors year-round with an array of tourism options that encompasses arts and culture. where you must change to enter the metro system. of course. situated 27 km (16. Full of life and passionate about their town. Tickets for both the metro and the Proastiakos cost €8 for a single ride (€14 for two and €20 for three persons traveling together). shopping. among others. you will soon discover.September 2011 . To get to town you have a choice between metro. day and night life. solidarity and passionate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Athens is a city that offers those wishing to do business or talk business with top quality infrastructure. all major car rental companies keep desks inside the airport building. the cruise liners’ dock) or your luggage is too heavy. take the road to Korinthos and then on to Athens (220 km). We look forward to seeing you here again soon. Indicatively. Bus X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station. Bus X95 to Syntagma Square. but that of course depends on the traffic. banks. gastronomy. fairness. Bus X93 to the central intercity bus station. Athens is a global capital. hospitable environment. Finally. professional services.8 miles) east of Athens. democracy. So until neighbouring countries’ rail companies start to operate the international routes from Sofia. loudly and clearly. be it for business or pleasure. spiritual landmarks and sport. Easily accessible and strategically located. The bus ticket costs €5 and will take you to the following destinations: Bus X92 to Kifisia. Metro is probably the best option (40 minutes to the centre of Athens).
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. no less. sweet-tasting spirit. It is. made with the resin of the Mastic tree and is an exclusive product of Chios island.5% Muslim Political system: Parliamentary democracy GDP per capita: $ 29. Most other well-known international brands are widely available. Authorities try to make their lives easier by constructing wheelchair and blind-person friendly pavements but. In fact.inyourpocket. Stick to beer or wine unless you are absolutely certain of the quality of the spirits served.e. Greece produces a plethora of international and local grape varieties.2% (Mar) Highest point: Mount Olympus 2.021 km Time Greece is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET): GMT +2 hours.5 % (Apr) Unemployment rate: 16. you shouldn’t worry. flammable gases. Retsina is of course the most famous of these. The common beer brands dominating the market are anything but local: Amstel and Heineken boast a combined market share of around 70%. who park their vehicles in every last inch of available space imaginable (including right in front of wheelchair access ramps). which is added during fermentation..917m Length of coastline: 15. clubs etc. who don’t think of it as classy enough for their refined taste buds: more of a peasant or working class wine. laws are there to be broken.9 million Total territory: 131. Take our word for it and don’t try to get your hands on dope. with a pine resin flavour. Go easy on beer as most brands have an alcohol content of five percent or higher. Animals must have undergone all mandatory vaccinations and be equipped with passports. smoking hash/cannabis does happen among young (and not-so-young) Athenians.6 Basics Facts & Figures Official country name: Hellenic Republic Population: (2001 census) 10. Bouzoukia This is an exclusively Greek institution. However. Drugs All drugs are illegal in Greece and there is a strict zerotolerance policy. you are not allowed to import the following: drugs. protected species.. in practice.com . explosives. the heaps upon heaps of carnations showered upon singers as they perform songs from the local popular repertoire. making the life of even non-disabled pedestrians a living hell. all go a long way towards making this a not-to-be-missed experience for any visitor. animal products and pornographic material (as for this last category. Mastiha is another pleasant. Although plate-smashing is no longer en vogue. 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.8 million Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox. all these vital aids for the disabled are rendered useless by insensitive car and motorbike drivers. i. you are entitled to import products of a total value of €175. the renowned Greek traditional spirit (together with scotch.944 sq km (51. Strangely enough. Athens is not a Special Needs-friendly city. to be sure) that is best enjoyed with seafood meals. as you’ll be able to find it aplenty once you’re in the country) Alcohol Greeks tend to drink on social occasions and you will rarely witness scenes of extreme drunkenness in the streets or in bars. it becomes a lovely milky-coloured aniseed-flavoured drink. the endless quantities of scotch downed in a single night and.U. nuclear or biological substances. Finally. A visitor should not leave Athens without savouring Ouzo. which make very good wines. which are restricted to amounts corresponding to individual personal use only. 1. 800 cigarettes and 10lt of strong spirits per visitor). the scantily dressed young ladies dancing on the tables and singing along with their favourite artists.458 sq mi) Athens population: 3. Greeks generally drink beer in the summer months and usually as an accompaniment to their meals. but then again. Restaurants and public buildings are obliged by law to offer easy access and specially adapted toilets for the disabled. 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. If you are arriving from non-EU countries. Disabled travellers Unfortunately. Climate Athens In Your Pocket athens. However.240 (2009) Inflation rate: 3. however. but be warned: it will give you the worst hangover of your life if you consume it in excess. Alcohol is freely available 24 hours a day even from kiosks in the streets. Diluted with water and ice. weapons. 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. looked down upon by modern-day Athenians. countries (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol products. it is a disgrace that even the disabled residents of the city itself face a nightmare whenever they need to leave their homes. but they usually do so in the privacy of their homes.
well-written and independent information .September 2011 .5 litre bottle) as it is considered an essential amenity during the long hot summers. within-app dialling and web browsing. especially as a sole traveler. is constantly conspiring against them and never understands them. This is known as ‘filotimo’. accurate. they will in all likelihood offer you their own bed.with the functionality of the iPhone. meaning something between a sense of honour.But that’s fair enough. Adaptors are available at most hotels and electrical appliance shops. most Greeks will lean over backwards to please you as a guest.com August .basics Electricity European style two pin sockets are used and electricity comes at 230V 50Hz AC. in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. They tend to think that the rest of the world. They believe they are direct descendants of their illustrious ancient forebears and they are very proud of their history and past. your stay in Athens will be trouble-free. 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.. If you go out to dinner with locals. 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. 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.inyourpocket. Metro It was finally constructed about a century after most of its European counterparts. and keep an eye on your belongings. but for that same reason. as well as browse the app’s entire content offline. 7 The In Your Pocket iPhone App A wide range of In Your Pocket guides are now available in iTunes as iPhone apps. currency exchange calculator and local weather information. Greece has a relatively low (but steadily and alarmingly rising) level of HIV infections. embedded In Your Pocket video guides. Women traveling alone may encounter the Mediterranean temperament of some local men but this rarely goes beyond a stare or a whistle. bars and restaurants closest to you. Depending on atmospheric conditions though.up-to-date. All In Your Pocket apps have native hi-res graphics for iPhone 4. Etiquette Greeks like to think of themselves as a nation apart from all the rest.obvious correctness of these views. Other features include fully integrated Google Maps. athens. isn’t it? You can search all venues in a city by location. most guides for most capitals tend to claim the same). as well as at the Airport shops. such as the backstreets around Omonia and Vathis Squares. Tap water is chlorinated and perfectly safe. our apps are updated regularly by local researchers and native English speaking writers. although it revolves around them. the apps combine all the best features of In Your Pocket guides . 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. Or so the public water company says. Petty crime does exist.. 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. and find the cafes. but if you avoid certain areas. And like In Your Pocket guides. More than ten In Your Pocket cities are currently available as iPhone apps. dignity and pride and is a highly-praised virtue in Greek society Health & Safety Athens is a polluted city but has come a long way since the eighties. Developed in association with Meta4Labs. Athens is a safe European capital (then again. Complacency among young people leads the authorities to run awareness-raising campaigns every so often. 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. If you avoid questioning the. If you prefer bottled mineral water you can buy it everywhere cheap. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or PC/Mac now and see if your city is In Your Pocket and on your iPhone. even showcasing original archaeological material). Finally. and more are being released all the time. The good old cliché ‘if you don’t go looking for trouble you’ll be perfectly fine’ applies here too. Its street price is strictly regulated (50c for a half litre bottle and 1 Euro for a 1. a Greek word without an exact equivalent in English.
are scattered around the centre and start at €5 per hour up to a minimum of €15 for a whole day. Istanbul and probably Bucharest… They do stop at red traffic lights most times. you can (with a little practice) read everything written in Greek. a fact which still ranks high as a favourite (and heated) topic of discussion among Greeks.8 Basics Money Greece adopted the Euro currency on January 2. Like their Balkan counterparts. Police emergency tel. usually embarked upon when presented with their restaurant bill and suddenly filled with nostalgia for the good-old Drachma days. in order to tackle the increasing traffic and pollution problems of the time and has become completely outdated nowadays. Athens In Your Pocket athens. practice and time. For two and a half hours you have to pay €4 and for three hours. As for understanding.inyourpocket. with mathematical precision. 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. As a result.. 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. This measure was introduced back in 1982. which is the maximum time allowed.that’s a whole different story and will take some serious effort. 2002. Once you remember the above. lead to a full-scale revolt). giota (ι). they strongly believe that heavy traffic can magically disappear at the touch of their horn. 166 Fire Service tel. If you prefer to opt for something simpler. Music piracy The country features in the black list of international antipiracy organisations. 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). 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. (αι) is pronounced e. Sat 09:00-16:00 and is allowed only on white lines.. €6.com . but that’s about it. 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). Athenians are so enamoured of their cars that only a total ban would improve traffic conditions (and would then. this comes at a price: Parking lots. Major international credit cards are accepted everywhere and travelers’ cheques can be cashed-in at hotels and banks. 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. (ευ) is pronounced ev and (αυ) is pronounced av. Blue lines are reserved for residents and yellow ones for public services and retail professionals. Friendly smiling Nigerians equipped with stacks of pirate CDs and DVDs can be found roaming every neighbourhood of the city. (ου) is pronounced oo. Athenians tend to spend a lot of money on pirate music (or they did before they started downloading it for free). It is not rare to witness the electricity or water company men drilling into a street that has just had a newasphalt layer applied only a week earlier! Cars are allowed into the city-centre (areas marked with a “Greek Delta” sign and called ‘Daktylios’) every second day. ipsilon (υ) as well as (ει) and (οι) are pronounced exactly the same. 100 Ambulance tel. take our word for it). Parking in the city centre is regulated Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00. 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. over and under ground. (ο) and (ω)are pronounced the same too. 199 Roads & Driving Athenian drivers are a lot safer and more disciplined than those of Cairo. Prices soared as a result of the conversion. depending on their registration plates (odd number plates on odd calendar days and even number plates accordingly).
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. 210 3222071 Walking around Plaka Square. something around five percent is the most common practice. Stray dogs Athens’ streets are littered with thousands of stray dogs. Athens was finally awarded the Games of 2004. Sarri 40-44. Expect re-mastered copies of old movies and new quality productions.inyourpocket. according to animal welfare organisations. Thissio. making it a completely different cinema experience. Most are small gardens in their own right.and rightly so. 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. showing films true to the Bohemian character of the district. to round your evening off combining style and tradition. What a wonderful way to continue your evening after you have stuffed yourself with mousaka at the restaurants of the area. Thission C6. very conveniently located for those who don’t feel like going back to their hotel after the show. the ban was not a simple blanket measure for all. Zappeion Garden. Cine Paris F6. constitutes bad publicity for the city. Just before the Olympic Games.. the city organised a wonderful and absolutely safe Olympiad that filled all Greeks with a sense of national solidarity and pride . 9 Open air cinemas Smoking: Banned. Most of them wear collars and are harmless and quite friendly. a fact that. This was. and the international media who worked overtime for their respective governments. Exarchia. 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). Together with your chosen movie. 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. 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. 210 3369370 The poshest of all. It is the most atmospheric of all.. tel. whereupon everyone came to the conclusion that the Olympics are no business for a small country like this one. Mainstream films followed by an ouzo or two at the ouzeri just outside the cinema. Apostolou Pavlou 7. Psirri. drinks and -of coursecigarettes. each outbidding the next in their efforts to sell overpriced and useless security systems. A pleasant walk from your hotel through Zappeion garden and back. Japan. however. very conveniently located on pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou street and directly facing the sacred rock of the Acropolis. 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. so you shouldn’t worry about this! Visas There is no visa requirement to enter Greece for citizens of the E. European and every kind of arty cinema are favourites here. like everything else in this country. code is +30 210 athens. The signs so far are not good with the entertainment industry resisting the ban. you couldn’t possibly imagine that there is a cinema with a direct Acropolis view atop one of the surrounding buildings.com August . Themistokleous 82. Tickets cost €8-9 The best open-air cinemas around the centre of Athens. it will be the final nail in their coffin. Cine Dexameni H4. The truth is. but in wonderful Greece. you can enjoy food. 210 3623942 A lovely garden in the heart of Kolonaki. most strays were rounded up by the authorities. 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.September 2011 . tel. Australia. New Zealand. are: Cine Psirri D4. Iceland. each with its own distinctive character. surely enough. vaccinated and sterilised. tel. Israel. before they were presented with the eight billion Euro bill.basics Olympic Games After being refused the centenary modern Olympics of 1996. plays movies catering to all tastes. Kydathineon 22.U. Against all odds. Norway. Plaka. the streets. but just off the hustle and bustle of ‘The Square’. 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. You can stop over for a drink at one of the other Aigli complex establishments nearby. only to be placed right back in their natural habitat. tel. Dexameni Sq. with jasmine trees and bougainvilleas all around. as they claim that amid the serious crisis the country is in. so what? Smoking in public buildings was officially banned in Greece in July 2009. Kolonaki. Vox G2.tel. a real treat for sultry summer nights. Ten percent is considered generous. Canada. 210 3301020 A historic rooftop cinema on Exarchia square. 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. Tipping is expected in most expensive hotels and taxi drivers will round up the amount themselves when they give you the change. Aigli G7. Switzerland and the US. laws rarely get in the way of people’s lives and most bars and many restaurants completely ignored the new law which became redundant in practice. tel.. However.
499BC: Beginning of the Persian wars with the revolt of the Ionian city-states against Darius. Darius pledges to avenge the Athenians. with trade relations with Egypt and Syria. held at Olympia.10 BC history c. 561-560BC: Peisistratus seizes power and becomes tyrant in Athens. construction of the first Agora. c.530 BC: New temple of Athena built on the Acropolis. 490BC: The Athenians block the Persian invasion with their victory in the battle of Marathon. the old man hurled himself to his death in the sea which was later named the Aegean after him. Athens establishes the Athenian (or Delian) League and takes control of a large number of Greek city-members of the League. 415BC:Athenian expedition sails to Sicily under Alcibiades. philosophy. The Parthenon. During this period. 594-593BC: Archonship of Solon. son of Philip II. 566BC: First Panathenaic Games held in Athens to honour Athena. A royal fortress is built on the Athenian Acropolis. 336BC: Philip dies and Alexander succeeds him as King of Macedon. 621BC: Dracon drafts strict new ‘draconian’ law code in Athens. Macedonia becomes dominant in the Hellenic World. This is followed by a short period of Theban dominance.com . Sulla attacks the city. centred on the palaces at Knossos and Phaestus in Crete.1000BC: The city limits of Athens expand. which lasts until 446.3000BC: Evidence of human habitation at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. 490-480BC: Extraction of silver ore from the mines at Laurion. is born in Pella. used for minting the Athenian silver ‘owl’ coins that financed the expansion of Athens’ navy. Athens and its allies pursue an offensive war against both the Persians and the Peloponnesian League led by the Spartans. Athens reached the peak of its prosperity. 323BC: Alexander dies in Babylon and the Hellenistic Period begins. the son of Peisistratus. all flourished. 404BC: The end of the Peloponnesian war and Athens’ surrender usher in Sparta’s hegemony in the Hellenic world. 334-323BC: Alexander is proclaimed King of all Hellenes and embarks on the conquest of Persian lands. In his grief. 438BC: Large chryselephantine (gold-and-ivory) statue of Athena set up in the Parthenon. expanding his empire as far as Egypt and India. Aeolian. The Persians sack Athens but are badly defeated in the naval battle of Salamis. Aeolians. Mycenaean trade with Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. Ionians and Dorians. Cleisthenes takes charge in Athens. Athenians and Spartans sign a five-year truce. creation of a people’s court). Aegeus. Legend has it that Pheidippides. 1200BC: Upon his return to the city after slaying the Minotaur in Crete and rescuing Athenians held captive by King Minos. 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). goddess of Wisdom and patron-goddess of the city. 86BC: Following Athens’ support to Mithridates.inyourpocket. Successive invasions of the Greek (Hellenic) Tribes: Achaeans. 510BC: Hippias. 431BC: The peace is broken with the onset of the Peloponnesian War. sculpture. 1100BC: The collapse of the Mycenaean Civilisation is followed by the Hellenic Dark Ages. 1700-1100BC: Rise of the Mycenaean Civilisation. Athens sends a fleet in support of the Ionians. is built between 447-437BC. vastly outnumbered by the Persian army under Xerxes. replacement of birth by wealth as the criterion for office. 8th century BC: Greeks found colonies around the Mediterranean basin.600BC: Athens wins Salamis from neighbouring Megara and founds a colony. c. This story inspired the modern Marathon run. In 451BC. King Theseus unites the province of Attica with Athens as its capital. During this period. 360BC: Philip II is crowned king of Macedon and the period of the kingdom’s dominance begins. Athens In Your Pocket athens. Legend has it that he forgot to hoist the white sail to show his father. ran from the battlefield back to Athens to announce the triumph with the word ‘nenikikamen’ (we won) and died on the spot. Rise of aristocracies throughout Greece. Sigeum. at the mouth of the Hellespont. king of Pontus. Athens loses all political influence and Corinth is established as the capital of the Roman province. architecture. among other architectural masterpieces. Ionian and Dorian Greek colonisation of Asia Minor. 480BC: King Leonidas of Sparta. 430-428BC: The plague decimates a quarter of the population of Athens. 356BC: Alexander the Great. including Pericles. drama. Athens goes at war with Sparta once again. science. 2700-1450BC: The Minoan Civilisation flourishes in Crete and the Aegean. c. Plato and Aristotle in ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael 461-429BC: Named by historians ‘The Golden Age’ of Athens. falls with his warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. First democratic reforms in Athens (cancellation of debts. Rebuilding of Athens begins. Democracy. an Athenian herald. 146BC: Greece becomes a province of the Roman Empire. including the construction of Long Walls linking the city to the port of Piraeus. whereupon begins the period known as the ‘Thirty Year Peace’. 479BC: Persians defeated at Plataea. 776BC: The first Olympic Games in history. mark the beginning of the Classical Greek period. that he survived. is overthrown from the dictatorship in Athens with help from Sparta.
1877: Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis introduces measures that limit the power of the monarchy to interfere in democratic institutions. Serbia. 330: Constantine the Great transfers the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium. Military regime collapses in Athens. form resistance groups and declare a ‘Free Greece’ on the inaccessible mountainous mainland. Greeks respond to the Italian ultimatum with a single word. Britain. He brings the Ionian islands as a coronation gift from Britain.com August . 1460-1715: Turks occupy all of Greece after continuous warfare with the Venetians. 1913: Second Balkan War. Bavarian King Otto I arrives in Greece and Athens is established as the new capital.inyourpocket. 1896: The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. Italian and Bulgarian forces. athens. 1831-1834: The assassination of the first governor of Greece. Greece. 1838: The Royal Palace (now the House of Parliament) completed on Syntagma Square.history AD 54: The Apostle Paul visits Athens and delivers the Sermon on Aeropagus Hill. The King flees the country and Greece enters the war. drives back the guerrillas through the northern borders of Greece. 1919: The Allies award Venizelos. following popular uprisings. 2004: Greece successfully organises the Olympic Games. Constantine the Great establishes Christianity as the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. End of the Byzantine Empire. Greek and British troops enter the liberated capital. 1921: The Greek troops begin a massive campaign and advance towards Ankara. constructs the theatre at the foot of the Acropolis that bears his name. known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. with heavy support from the US. “No”. 1830: Greek sovereignty recognised under the London Protocol. mainly in Athens and other major cities. fighting breaks out in the streets of Athens between communist supported resistance groups and the National Army supported by the British. which was used as a Turkish gunpowder store. 1941: In April. is elected President of the Republic for a second five year term. 1973: In November. on October 28. After a month of intense fighting. leads to the establishment of the monarchy by foreign powers. Venizelos wants to enter the war on the side of the Allies. under the Treaty of Lausanne. advancing towards Albania during the winter. 2009: Centre-left PASOK party wins the national elections and Giorgos Papandreou becomes Grecce’s new Prime Minister. which is renamed Constantinople. Germany invades Greece and the country is occupied by German. 1863: King Otto is dethroned and prince William of Denmark is crowned King of Greece under the name George I. Crete unites with Greece. 1054: Schism between the Eastern Orthodox and (Western) Roman Catholic Churches.September 2011 . 1940: After occupying Albania. Nauplion becomes the first capital of independent Greece. Greek troops repel the Italian forces into the Albanian mountains. 1962: Greece becomes the first associated member of the European Community. 1912: First Balkan War. Greeks take to the mountains. 1944: The last Wermacht soldier departs from Athens on October 12. an uprising of students in Athens against the dictatorial regime. 150: Herod Atticus becomes governor of Athens. Presidential democracy adopted. Italy demands the right of passage through Greece. the guerrillas surrender. 1947: A guerrilla army is put together in the mountains by the Communist Party and a bitter three-year civil war erupts. temples reconsecrated as Christian churches. 1967: A group of middle ranking army officers seize power and a seven-year dictatorship begins. In December. There follows a massive exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Epirus and the north Aegean islands.000 communists and their families become political refugees behind the Iron Curtain. King Constantine II flees the country. giving the country its final shape. Montenegro and Bulgaria fight against the Ottomans. A Republic is proclaimed by referendum. is partially destroyed. 1949: The National Army. 1945: A period of persecution against anyone suspected as a communist drives thousands of people to the mountains. Russia) destroys the Turkish fleet at Navarino. 1952: Greece joins NATO. More than 50. 1453: Sultan Mohammed II captures Constantinople. with certain parts of Turkish and Bulgarian Thrace and the right to place troops in the area of Smyrna on the Turkish coast. The Dodecanese islands are united with Greece. 2010: Karolos Papoulias. 529: Philosophical academies closed by Emperor Justinian I. The Byzantine Empire is established. based on religious faith.000 dead. Greece and Serbia fight against Bulgaria. 1801: Lord Elgin removes Parthenon marbles to London. The Acropolis. Greece obtains parts of Macedonia. 1974: A coup in Cyprus results in Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. being on the winners’ side. 1821: The Greek Revolution against Turkish occupation begins. 1843: King Otto grants a constitution and representative Assembly. End of Ottoman Rule in Greece. The great famine of the winter of 1941 leaves more than 40. 1687: Venetians lay siege to Athens under Morosini. 1985: Athens becomes Europe’s first Cultural Capital. 2002: Greece joins the Euro zone and abandons the drachma after 167 years. 1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Community. 1456: Capture of Athens by Omar. home to a large and prosperous Greek population. is crushed with bullets and tanks. 1204: Capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade by the Franks and Venetians. More than a million Greeks abandon their homes and become refugees on the Greek mainland. Before his death. 11 20th & 21st centuries 1910: Cretan politician Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece. 1866: Cretan uprisings against the Ottomans lead to war between Greece and Turkey. 1827: The fleet of the mediating powers (France. 1914: King Constantine insists that Greece remains neutral during the First World War. 1922: The resurgent Turkish army drives the Greeks back to the coast and Smyrna is burnt down on August 31. Military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos rules Greece. Ioannis Kapodistrias.
mingle. Neighbouring Kolonaki but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the panorama of Athens and the Saronic Gulf sprawled at your feet. 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. stopping off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés (we recommend a freddocinno!). where you will change to the Tram that will take you down to Athens’ southern coastal suburbs. or head to Gazi where you can combine dinner with late drinks. Allow yourself to wander around its picturesque meandering streets and stop for a coffee at one of the numerous cafés. Fortunately.I5 Bordered by: Vassilisis Sofias. M Omonia. MSyntagma. the area took off and it is now a top choice for entertainment among young Athenians. you can discover a plethora of architectural gems giving a unique feel of the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. if you wander off the beaten track. 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). Board the metro to Syntagma station. taking in the golden sea views along the way. through its picturesque and serene meandering streets leading up to the Acropolis.12 Districts of Athens Athens in two days Plaka E5. the Ancient Agora and the bustling and quaint Monastiraki Flea Market. as well as visitors who come here from the rest of Athens to get a taste of the high life. characterised by the old factory that used to produce gas for lighting the streets and houses of the city many decades ago. leftists.com Athens In Your Pocket . this is the traditional alternative corner of Athens inhabited by old Athenians and frequented by young Bohemian intellectuals. This is what Athens has to offer as an old town. if you wish to pass through the strict ‘face control’ of the bouncers and spend a night among Athens’ ‘beautiful people’. However. Monastiraki. athens. right in the centre of Athens. together with idle non-working residents who spend their days in the numerous posh cafés and restaurants. actors. The Athenian élite of politicians. All the expensive fashion boutiques are based here. Amalias and Mitropoleos Streets. Iera Odos. Beach attire.G2. Walk along pedestrianised Dionisiou Areopagitou street. Gazi Day Two: Begin the day at the top end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki. students. Enjoy your leisurely ride.MSyntagma. Have an aperitif at nearby Psirri district and round off the evening with a late dinner accompanied by live Greek music. Kolonaki H4. Countless tourist shops. Akadimias Streets and Lycabettus hill. pass Zappeion and head towards the Panathenaic Stadium. Anyone who is (or thinks he is) anyone.H5. models and powerful businessmen.inyourpocket. pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and cross to Plaka. Patision (October 28th) Streets. from where you will cross to the National Archaeological Museum. large groups of lads and the matching attitude should be avoided. The top nightlife hot spot of the capital. See the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament (on the hour) and walk along Amalias Avenue.com athens. selling kitsch ancient replicas and tasteless souvenirs and many moussaka-restaurants. the Municipality of Athens preserved the old factory building and transformed it into the ‘Technopolis’ cultural centre where concerts. if posh dining is more up your street. Once you’re done with the sacred rock head to the new Acropolis Museum before you stop for a late lunch-Greek style somewhere around Thissio station. 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. lives or hangs around Kolonaki Square (Filikis Eterias Square). although one cannot describe Gazi as a gay district. Seize the opportunity to visit the historic white-washed church of Saint George crowning the hill before taking the funicular back down.F6 Bordered by the Acropolis. before stopping for a light lunch at the Museum restaurant or at one of the numerous Bohemian establishments lining Exarchia Square. a district most visitors feel obliged (and rightly so) to pass through at least once. Afternoon is time to visit Kerameikos with its ancient cemetery. M Kerameikos. give the visitor a cliched and somehow false view of Athens. Enter the National Gardens. high profile journalists. as well as discovering many small museums to keep you occupied for hours. head to Kolonaki. climb the Acropolis hill and enjoy the pride of western civilisation. Make your way to Panepistimio station and board the metro to Victoria. Walk down Vasilissis Olgas Avenue. Allow at least two hours for your visit. rockers and anarchists. With the completion of Kerameikos metro station in 2007. show off and decide the future of the country.E6. Exarchia F2. A good number of gay bars and clubs have given the homosexual community of Athens a night-time destination. Konstantinoupoleos Streets. The old neighbourhood of ‘Anafiotica’ just under the Acropolis rock will give you a déjà-vu of your last Greek island holiday. A4 Bordered by Pireos.H2 Bordered by: Asklipiou. Day One: Start your day early in Syntagma Square. Nobody cares about what you wear or who you are. Get off at ‘ Parko Flisvou’ stop in Paleo Faliro and walk along the seaside palm-lined esplanade. and as you’d expect a lot more relaxed and laid back. The nightlife here is excellent. exhibitions and festivals take place. most dating back to the 1970s. and the nightlife is designed to please the above-mentioned crowds. Akadimias.inyourpocket. but few Athenians visit for their entertainment needs.
Buzzing and ugly. Philopappou hill. or a Sunday afternoon.E5. Like many other European cities. Pireos. established itself as the ‘Soho’ of Athens about fifteen years ago.A district overwhelmed by sixties blocks of flats (like most of Athens of course) with some forgotten neoclassical treasures amongst them. Philopappou Hill. One of the oldest districts of Athens. Countless bars. the pride and joy of the capital. (Since then. soak up the atmosphere of the cradle of western civilisation.F4.com August . theatres.C3 Bordered by Pireos. athens. street traders. 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. the looks of which most Athenians hated as soon as it was reconstructed a few years ago. Metaxourgio B3. entertainment entrepreneurs took the opportunity to cross Athinas street and liven up this historic part of the capital.E8 Bordered by the Acropolis. MKerameikos.C5. MMonastiraki. at night. The Acropolis towering above and its many neoclassical buildings preserve the aura of a bygone era.inyourpocket. Iera Odos. This central square is the Balkan face of Athens. 13 A view from the Acropolis AIYP Thissio B5.E3 MOmonia.districts of athens Psirri D4 Bordered by Athinas. restaurant or art venue appearing every few days. but if you want to experience dancing and singing the Greek way. its working class crowds mingle with immigrants. Athinas and Ermou St. Restaurants with live Greek music often charge higher prices than the quality of their food justifies.F5 Bordered by Stadiou. It used to be dead quiet in the evenings.D3. Athens is gradually rediscovering its neglected and forsaken districts of ill repute and transforming them into night-time hot spots.C6 Bordered by Ermou Street. The establishments in this area of town tend to maintain a certain individuality and character and target more selective audiences. 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. Ermou. this is the traditional shopping heart of the city. this title has been variously attributed to each new nightlife hub that springs up in previously deprived areas). the fashionable crowds of the capital reclaim the neighbourhood. MThissio. The food is generally average. weird and suspicious figures. The shoddy brothels still operate here around the clock. 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. clubs.September 2011 . restaurants and cafés catered for mixed crowds but the area has been in a steady decline as a nightlife destination. as the masses started to move elsewhere. Commercial triangle (Historic Centre) E4. gritty and colourful. workshops. but when neighbouring Psirri started becoming saturated with nightspots of all kinds.E2. Evripidou Streets. Thissio. Omonia Square Makrigianni E7. This is the latest up and coming area of the capital. do enter any of them on a Saturday evening. MAcropolis. MMonastiraki. where other predominant nationalities are Pakistanis and Africans. Syntagma. lottery ticket sellers and. but. A complex of narrow streets lined with shops selling everything you can imagine. Ancient Agora. with a new bar. Makrigianni hasn’t so far had very much to offer the visitor except its proximity to the ancient monuments and some tourist shops and restaurants. Achilleos Streets. Syngrou Ave. Panepistimio. with some exceptions. This neighbourhood of narrow streets. occasionally. That was true until the New Acropolis Museum. D2. A few surviving neoclassical buildings come as a welcome contrast to the concrete of the square. warehouses and wholesale shops of every kind. Walk around the Ancient Agora and Philopappou hill.
Weekends: €17. 69 km. Or. Varkiza 27km Tel. At the privately operated beaches the entrance fee sometimes includes sun-beds. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Legraina. Tram.inyourpocket. Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio OASA coast Express bus E22 departs Akadimias st (& Ippokratous M Panepistimio) every 20 minutes. Free Parking Athens In Your Pocket athens.) Weekends €8 (sunbeds: €5). Daily: 08:00-19:00. 210 8902000 Tram. you can just board the bus and find the appropriate bus stops by just following the crowd. As a rule. if you drive. Admission: Weekdays €7 (sunbeds incl. umbrellas and showers and there are of course beach bars. children €8 Weekends € 25. a good way to find a good beach is to watch for the number of cars parked at the side of the road. if you are really lazy. free public beaches do not offer any amenities (except a beach bar in some cases).last bus 21:30 Privately operated beaches: Akti Iliou.com . Astir Beach. Tram. Vouliagmeni 26 km Tel. 22910 76000 KTEL (intercity) bus from Pedion to Areos to Sounio. children 6-12 yrs: €8. Bus E22 . KTEL (intercity) buses servicing the southern coast depart Pedion Areos (Alexandras & Mavromateon st. Admission: Weekdays: €8. Although there is some kind of shop near almost every one of them.Admission: Weekdays€6 (free sunbeds) Weekends €8 (sunbeds €2) Chidren under 12: half price. Daily: 08:00 -22:00 Admission: Weekdays €15. 8 km. all days. weekends €11. Public beaches There are hundreds of beaches down the Attica coast and if you don’t feel like planning ahead.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. Bus E22 Agia Marina. M Victoria) starting at 06:30 and every half hour . Finally. 64 km. Alimos 10 km Tel. cannot be bothered to drag yourself down the coast and all you want is to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. remember to bring a bottle of water. basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones where an admission fee is charged for the services. 28 km. 44 km. bus stop Lagonissi. restaurants and even shops to keep you occupied for the whole day. 34 km. Lagonissi 40km Tel. stop Glyfada and then bus 114. for a fee of course. Daily: 08:00-20:00. Children under 6yrs free. towels. 210 9855169 Tram stop Zephyros/Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Sounio. 15 km. stop Zephyros/ Kalamaki / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Agios Kosmas. stop 1st Agios Kosmas / Bus 141 from Agios Dimitrios metro station / Bus 103 from Akadimias st Vouliagmeni -Limanakia. Weekdays 10:00-sunset. The following are some of the most popular free beaches. KTEL (intercity) bus to Sounio Anavyssos. hats and everything else you may need.5. children under 12 free. 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. 210 8972414 Bus 171 from Dafni metro station. Sunbeds incl. Weekends 09:00-sunset. Parking weekdays: €6. Alimos. children €13 Yabanaki. Grand Beach. As a general rule. Bus E22 .
com. you’ve made it to the city that gave birth to democracy more than 2. Instead. The main hot spot to avoid when outrage is in the air is Syntagma Square . and are generally limited to a few key ignition points. or even weeks – have always been part of the way of life here. with charming views of Athens’ seaside suburbs. consider the alternatives. If you turn up at the Metro station to find the shutters rolled down. When a strike scuppers your plans.ekathimerini. Welcome! Looking around. a few days. In addition to TV and radio news. But strikes – be they for a few hours. Folk in shops still smile and are as hospitable as ever.gr/strikes or the English pages of Greek daily newspapers like www. 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. the scents of souvlaki and jasmine on balconies are stronger than any residual whiff of tear gas. and has a myriad of cafes and snack bars when you can stop to quench your thirst and consult your map.gr for regular updates. many Athenians rely on Greek-language websites like apergies. buses and trams are filled with Athenians on their way to work every morning.com August . don’t despair. Just a few blocks away.September 2011 . and where the ‘Indignados of Athens’ have gathered in mostly peaceful protest since late May. Industrial action and noisy protests have featured strongly on Greece’s political stage for months now. take to the streets. you may be a little surprised. Life goes on. That in itself is a good start. Plan B Stay informed A little bit of knowledge can save a whole day of heartache. That’s one sure-fire way to experience Greek passion first hand. The news headlines have prepared you for a city in uproar. and a country crippled by constant strikes. Athens is a city best seen by foot. Just hop onto a tram heading along the coast road.000 years ago. Check out livingingreece. and reliable English information can also be found online. Avoid hot spots S The angry riots that have filled the world’s TV screens are the exception. Staff at your hotel should be able to give you an idea of what areas to avoid. Greek society has not imploded. You’ll get a stately ride in a classily-designed air-conditioned carriage. think about taking the bus or tram instead. not the rule. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical. If you are staying at a hotel.inyourpocket. athens. They’re as Greek as ouzo and summer sunshine. and you’re bound to find a beach worthy of your towel along the way. A day exploring the small back streets can reveal some delights that you would never discover on a planned tour. The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) website – www. here are some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your visit.oasa. stoppages and downtown demos were a regular feature of city life. only to find they’re not operating. Flexibility is key. If you do find yourself stuck in the centre.gr – has information in Greek and English. If you arrive at Piraeus eager to board your ferry for a day on one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf.the front yard of Greece’s Parliament. Even before the threat of radical changes and austerity measures in a bid to solve the country’s financial woes stirred up discontent. port workers or other disgruntled group has conspired to prevent your arrival. So. it’s business as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in street cafes. and use their wits to make a mere inconvenience from what some might consider a disaster.Survival guide 15 Protesters in the centre of Athens Surviving the strikes o. Locals take it all in their stride. pulsating with protestors and police. 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. as it is rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s been lured to Athens by the scent of danger. just ask the front desk staff about any strikes that might disrupt your plans. The trains. Most strikes are announced in advance. It means that no air traffic controllers.
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. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time. at the start of the eighteen fifties. www. Sofias Ave MSyntagma.inyourpocket. Thu 09:00 .gr.ticketpro. James Robertson (1813-1888) was one of the major exponents of photography in the 19th century. Malta in 1856.Vanessa Mae – Odeon of Herodes Atticus €50-180 seum. Wed. QOpen Mon. Admission fee: €7. Sat: 09:00 . Egypt and Damascus in 1857.gr www. dating from 1853-54. which were included in the portfolio: “Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities”. After 1881 he settled in Yokohama.€34 Until Aug 21: James Robertson. the Holy Lands.tickethouse.ticketnet.benaki. The exhibition presents his 38 photographs. Of Scottish extraction. Fri.com Ticket reservations: Athens In Your Pocket . 1 Koumbari St.gr/www. on the basis of similar portfolios of other museum collections. he took his first steps as a photographer. where he lived out his days. There. 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.€40 14/9. & Vas. he was an engraver and in 1841 was invited by Sultan Abdulmecid to take up the position of chief engraver at the Imperial mint at Constantinople.gr / www. 210 367 1000.i-ticket. Sun 09:00 . Photographs of Grecian Antiquities. tel. €35 www.17:00.24:00.16 Culture & Events Concerts James Robertson 20/8. Concessions:€4 17/9-Primal Scream – Iera Odos 18-20. while alongside his famous colleague Roger Fenton he covered the Crimean War (1854-55) and the events of Sebastopol (1855-56).15:00. This portfolio was gifted to the Benaki Museum Photographic Archive in 1989 by Rena Andreadi.gr athens.Pulp Terra Vibe . 1853-1854” Benaki Mu- 11/9-Suede – Entertainment Stage .
MMonastiraki. Until Sep 25: Contemporary View . Closed Aug 1 . inspired by the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts. without official members. D5.inyourpocket.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’.. (+30) 6988391684. (+30) 210 3238757. The exhibition presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. The Herakleidon Museum furthermore invited two Greek artists. when the group was created. Admission fee: €6.Culture & Events Contemporary View-Ancient Cultures 17 The Art Foundation Cultures” C5. Closed Mon.www. directed by a personal sense of responsibility and by decisions taken in open meetings between the participants of the group QOpen 13:00 . when confronted with the remains of our collective past. using our own editors. a joint project on the initiative of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam (Fine Arts Foundation). Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures provides a versatile glimpse of the rich heritage of the Mediterranean.. Kosmas Nikolaou QOpen 13:00 . The archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson museum includes art objects and utensils from several ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. 210 3461981. The theme is inspired by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean. Sun 11:00 . through the personal interpretations and creations of today’s artists. Recording actions’. Normanou 5. contemporary music.herakleidon-art. This summer the Herakleidon Museum presents the exhibition Contemporary View – Ancient Cultures. Under 12: Free.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. 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. and Egyptian. writers and local researchers as presenters. Roman.Ancient The Art Foundation (TAF). www.22 In Your Pocket Video Guides In Your Pocket goes into the movie business.21:00. Iraklidon 16.24:00. You can see much of our video content embedded on our website at inyourpocket. performance. contextualised by the remixes and dj set by Kostas Dalakouras.17: ‘Bijoux de kant. and musician Kostas Dalakouras in December 2010. who reside in the Netherlands. MThissio.gr. to date. the need for their message to reach its recipient.. Concessions:€4. Bijoux de kant is a platform initiated by visual artist-director Giannis Skourletis.com. No less than 55 artists were asked to create one linocut each.September 2011 .19:00. Curators: Chrysanthi Koumianaki. theory of art and poetic contemplation. tel. multimedia installations. through his own means and conceptual code communicates a common structural need. athens. Sep 19 .gr. During the opening reception there will be live music and performance acts. or view all our videos in one place on our YouTube channel: youtube. and explores the fields of theatre. Kind of. Over the past few months we have gradually been putting together some extensive video guides to various In Your Pocket cities. however all the artworks were created by contemporary artists who live in the Netherlands.com/inyourpocket. to contribute installations on the same theme. Curator: Panos Skouloudis Sep 11 .com August .theartfoundation. Though the works of 23 upcoming artists participating in the exhibition might appear formally diverse.. each artist. tel. Jul 21 . including the Greek. Free admission.
this hotel is a temple of modern living. Lysikratous 9-11.oandbhotel. If you are willing to exchange central location for a stay in a truly exceptional hotel and pop design is your cup of tea. owned by an art collector and designed by Karim Rashid. Athens In Your Pocket athens. (+30) 210 7281000. LCD TV and balcony with a startling view of Plaka. grandeur and splendour consistently place GB in every kind of ‘top hotels of the world’ list. 5persons: €250280. Q 102 rooms. (+30) 210 3312950. there are blue ray dvd players and ambi light tv sets in every room. PTJHARUFGBKDCW hhhhh tel. is the list of its famous guests. Doubles: €190-210. tel. Syntagma Square.grandebretagne.com. PTJALGKW hhhh 6284400. No hi-tech extravagances in the standard rooms and small bathrooms are marked down as a negative. Leokoriou 7. An immense fitness centre. tel.semiramisathens. Superior rooms: €295-450. PTJHAR6UFLBKDCW hhhhh Classical King George Palace G5. You’ll certainly feel you’re worth a bob or two once you pass the front door. minimal decoration and calm atmosphere O&B has been known for have been carefully preserved and the guests now have a large choice of accommodation ranging from a standard double up to the ‘Acropolis Grand Suite’. Singles: €150-200. salesepath@electrahotels. tel. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool. It offers suites of different sizes that can accommodate a whole family. which is definitely worth one of your Athens days. 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..com.electra-hotels. reservations. MAcropolis. Sofias 46. and the front balconies face both the Acropolis rock and Hadrian’s Gate. barber’s shop. fax (+30) 210 3250504.com . Located in the leafy and posh northern suburb of Kifisia 15 km from the centre of the city. info@semiramisathens. Internet is free of charge. then look no further than Semiramis. cigar store. Probably the only hotel in Athens offering a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and facilities to prepare your own meals. Any type of conference or meeting can be held here. Doubles: €180-400.com. a place of complete relaxation. PTJHAFLGBKDCW hhhhh O&B Boutique C4. Aristotle Onassis and. Vas. you can wind down in the silent room. go for the 350 sqm Royal Penthouse Suite and impress your companion beyond any expectation. Triples: €140-170. Kifisia. www. PTJHAR6UFGBKDCW hhhhh Over €150 Electra Palace F6.hiltonathens.gr. com. Syntagma Sq. kgpalace@classicalhotels. The spectacular indoor pool and fitness centre will certainly make up for potential bad weather and keep you in shape. a beauty salon. tel. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Sq trio.gr. as all suites have their own fully equipped kitchenette. And if you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. many new hotels were built and most existing ones underwent complete renovation. fax (+30) 210 3241875. Recently.com.Doubles: €160-250. Suites: €500-€5000. Doubles: €130-160. remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite. Bungalows / Suite: €350-600. remaining however small enough for the personalised service and top hospitality its owners take pride in offering their guests. hosting from 10 to 1200 people. Singles/Doubles: €250-400. The Olympic Games of 2004 gave its hotel industry a radical overhaul. Maria Callas. but you can always book a suite with living room. What we need to point out is its Spa. One of the city’s favourite small hotels has just doubled in size. Most impressive. no less. 4persons: €230-270.000. 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.inyourpocket. reserve@ oandbhotel. (+30) 210 3259000. newsagent and jewelry store all at your service. tel. Need we mention that panache and elegance are synonymous with the word Hilton? Built in 1963. Tudor Hall.gr. Q 524 rooms. Heads of state and top celebrities love the presidential suite overlooking the city.gr. fax (+30) 210 6284449. Singles: €160-250. as you‘d expect from a city of its size.Naomi Campbell. (+30) 210 €100-150 Ava F7. the 7th floor French restaurant. (+30) 210 3370000. fax (+30) 210 3312942. This historic hotel occupies probably the most expensive piece of commercial property in the country. Suites: €300-550. Nikodimou 18-20. Singles / Doubles: €180-300.18 Where to stay Hotel Listings Policy thens offers its visitors a comprehensive range of accommodation. it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that governments have risen and fallen in this building. Athens‘ hotels are not cheap and hoteliers seem to prefer lower occupancy rates at higher prices. though. www. info@avahotel. Pure luxury. Ava hotel has just been renovated and the impressive result puts it among the top four star hotels in the capital. Vasileos Georgiou 3.com. www. and will only set you back a few hundred euros… Q 321 rooms. fax (+30) 210 7281111. The subtle luxury. MThissio. The hotel has housed governments and occupying forces Semiramis Charilaou Trikoupi 48. Singles/Doubles: €180-400.. if you can afford the bill you can find out for yourself. it underwent a total refurbishment adopting a minimal style without abandoning its true Hilton character. more or less all the important people who have visited Athens since the hotel was built back in 1874: Winston Churchill. fax (+30) 210 3259001. Needless to describe its amenities. queens and heads of state have in the past slipped between its crisp sheets.avahotel. Psirri. MSyntagma. tel. PTJAUGBW hhhh Grande Bretagne G5. (+30) 210 3222210/ (+30) reserv. All time classic luxury in the heart of Plaka. www. as well as countless kings. (+30) 210 333000/(+30) 210 3228034. Q 15 rooms. If you have a few thousand euros to spare. info@ grandebretagne. Suites: €500-10. Although accommodation is ample.gr. Plaka.210 3443590. MSyntagma.com.classicalhotels. www. Q 22 rooms. PTHARFLBKDCW hhhhh Cream of the Crop Athens Hilton K5. 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.gr. the foreign press has watched and reported on every important event of modern Greek history. MEvangelismos.athens@hiltoncom. Q 154 rooms. www. MSyntagma. Internet is of course free-of-charge. www.
inyourpocket. Singles: €150-170. ask for a suite with a French style Rococo balcony with a view of Lycabettus Hill.gr. Hermes bathroom sets. Singles: € 90-120. Doubles: €165-190.gr. Visitors are mainly holidaymakers and businessmen looking for an elegant and well-placed hotel. Singles: €110-200.. Situated on Ermou street. Q 122 rooms. Suites: from €170. Singles/Doubles : €90-120. www. MAmpelokipoi. free Internet access.electrahotels. (+30) 210 9236832-6. One of the top small hotels in the city. this hotel looks set to become a definite meeting-point for Greeks and visitors alike Q 90 rooms.president.Where to stay Electra F5. w w w. tel. An ultra stylish hi-tech small hotel in the smart neighbourhood of Kolonaki. A lovely roof garden and restaurant is an excellent alternative to going out if you feel a little tired one evening. Singles/ Doubles: €90-140. will make you feel as if you spent a lot more on your accommodation. tel. Renovated in 2010. tel.gr. and is singled out for its unique indoor design and modern decoration. featuring a large reception area with a distinct good old fashioned jet-set atmosphere. Suites: €200350.com. Kolonaki.gr. thanks to a glass roof in the breakfast room. Park Hotel Alexandras Av. MAcropolis. Q 150 rooms.com inyourpocket. www. right across from the New Acropolis Museum. The 38-room establishment is located in a typical early 20th century Athenian building. (+30) 210 7240861-9.September 2011 .goldenage. tel. Q 38 rooms. MOmonia. Singles/Doubles: €100-170. Falirou 9. Chalkokondili 14.athensparkhotel.gr. 10. M Megaro (+30) 210 3320100. Americans and Australians love it here and and now the New Acropolis Museum has opened just around the corner. PTJHAULGBKCW hhhh Herodion D7. Pireaus 78. info@periscope. This 4-star establishment is the ideal choice for those looking to spend their holidays shopping. Avenue bar. with a high degree of privacy. hamam and sauna are free of charge and the rooms are elegant and attractive. Suites: €220. Acropolis view: €150-190.com. info@athensparkhotel. (+30) 210 7297200. PTJHAR6UKW hhhh Golden Age K5. reservations@president. Doubles: €120-250.gr. value for money. www. The ‘must see’ archaeological museum is a mere three minutes walk from your bed. modern and reasonably priced business hotel that will do fine for your holiday too.com August . an excellent fitness centre and the brand new Gallo Nero all day restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and fine wines from Tuscany.gr. Wi-Fi Internet is free. Suites: €200-250. It is worth going for one of its two executive suites: Glass roofs and large verandas.. Doubles: €100-120. MVictoria. gr. melia-athens@solmelia. This modern hotel is housed in one of the city’s old buildings. the ceilings are covered with photographs of Athens and there is a penthouse suite with a private jacuzzi and panoramic views of the city. highly recommended hotel. Overall. stays open until 02:00. in the hot nightspot zone of Gazi. PTJHARUEGBKCW hhhh For more hotel reviews check out: athens. 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. Q 516 rooms. www. Ermou 5. Q 126 rooms. The fitness centre. 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).for thnet. It is named after an ancient waterway of Athens.gr. Michalakopoulou 57. fax (+30) 210 7213965. with a sauna and a hamam. www. as all rooms have a safety door that isolates the bedrooms in case of fire.gr. Try out the fitness centre. Singles: €100-130. eridanus@eridanus. MSyntagma. this hotel has always been regarded as a meeting point for Athenians. fax (+30) 210 9211650. Triples: €160-230. One of the best roof gardens in Athens. tel. PTJHARUIF� GBKDCW hhhhh Melia Athens F2.melia-athens. Q 38 rooms. minimal decoration and the impressive night city view through its large windows. You can almost reach out and touch the Parthenon. An excellent. In this 9-storey building you’ll be offered basic luxury and a good vantage point from which to gaze down at passing crowds. she’d probably be as attractive as this small boutique hotel. MAcropolis/(+30) 210 9236682. Standard: €120-170. Views that can be enjoyed 24 hours even from the lounge downstairs on the flat screens connected to the rooftop periscope. (+30) 210 6989000. a meeting point even for non-residents. jasmine and olive trees and two jacuzzis looking towards the Acropolis. tel. which somehow survived its unattractive replacements of the late 60s. 10 suites. A mammoth 20 storey Athenian landmark.com. If Greek god Zeus’s companion were a hotel. Wooden floors. it offers its guests all five star luxuries with a rooftop swimming pool.gr. Breakfast will brighten up your day. PTJHARUFLBKDCW hhhhh Periscope I4. (+30) 210 3378000. (+30) 210 5205360. Doubles: €110170. tel. Rooms are grey and minimally decorated with coloured details. Singles: €90-110. saleselath@electrahotels. Haritos 22. PTJHAFLKW hhhh Eridanus C4.herodion.periscope. herodion@ herodion. A non-smoking wing is also available. info@herahotel. Safety freaks have finally found their haven. Rovertou Gali 4.gr. PTJARFW hhhh President Kifisias 43. 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. fax (+30) 210 5200550. (+30) 210 Hera E8. Doubles: €100-150. tel. www.com.gr. Q 22 rooms. a good. www. the country’s top commercial thoroughfare.gr. goldenage@ath. quite often with live music. The standard rooms offer comfortable accommodation too and balconies completely separated from each other. as many beverages as you can drink and hydromassage in every room are some of the details that make the difference. MSyntagma. A luxury hotel nearest the National Archaeological Museum. www. PTJHAIGBKW hhhh 8894500. Q 106 rooms. eridanus. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature all the necessary five star amenities. If you have some extra euros to spare. herahotel. fax (+30) 210 9238269.
excellently located accommodation. A sister hotel of Herodion. The attraction in this establishment is its roof garden. the rooftop restaurant. this classy beauty is a good choice if you want to spend a couple of days in style. fax (+30) 210 3300700. Triples: €80-100. It has a seventies feel and the staff are polite and helpful.gr. this medium sized hotel comes complete with all the facilities you’re going to need for a pleasant stay. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. info@acropolismuseumhotel. A fine meeting room. Athinas 29. The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors and some of them have an Acropolis view at no extra charge. The location is very convenient too. Arethusa F5. www. Q 87 rooms. An elegant colourful and tastefully decorated small budget hotel conveniently located between Syntagma Sq and Plaka.gr. no doubt. but if you are not extremely fussy and you’re not planning to spend all your time in the hotel (why should you?). Acceptable. € 100-180. These days. because this will be your home for the next couple of days”. this modern renovated establishment is appreciated most by those who prefer a cozy family atmosphere to impersonal service. Suite:€110-130. Singles:/Doubles €80-100. philippos@ herodion. Even fussy customers will be satisfied with the wide range of plush comforts. PTJARGW hhh athens. fax (+30) 210 9223615.com. (+30)210 9288400. Ideal therefore for those who prefer walking to public transport. fax (+30) 210 9249052.titania.gr. www. PTJHALKW hhh Acropolis Select E8. 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. attaloshotel. Try the café on the mezzanine. (+30) 210 9215353. are more than spacious. Makrigianni. 1 suite. Tasteful and low key decor as well as helpful and professional staff guarantee a pleasant stay for those not looking for swimming pools and spa services but good value for money accommodation instead. A very good choice if you want to stay centrally and not spend a fortune.gr. Syngrou 48. stand out as this hotel’s strong points. Q 22 rooms. info@nikihotel. com. This is a decent three star hotel housed in a typical seventies building. with a great Acropolis view where we guarantee you’ll spend many relaxing hours. Mitseon 3. select3@ otenet. (+30) 210 3326000. free Internet. Mitropoleos 6. Panepistimiou 52. www. tel. Suites: €270-340. especially in executive rooms. decorated for mainstream tastes and provide all standard amenities. Singles / Doubles: €125 . tel. Doubles : €100-140. (+30) 210 9223611-4. tel. tel. To name a few. Doubles: €100-225. PTJAW hhh Philippos E8. Syntagma Sq and Ermou St.com. this one caters for more budget conscious travelers. fax (+30) 210 9215342. Ideal hotel both for business and leisure visitors. Singles: €90-120. there’s something Parisian about it. MSyntagma. omiroshotel. Named after an Athenian nymph. MPanepistimio. fax (+30) 210 9216938. a gym and Ioannis. the brand new rooftop restaurant set to impress the Athenian gourmet lovers this summer .tac. on a quiet street very close to the Acropolis and Plaka. www. fax (+30) 210 3243124.arethusahotel.1. Q 40 rooms.com.com . tel. Singles: € 75-90. MAcropolis. The Acropolis museum and Plaka are only a few steps away and the front rooms face directly the Temple of Zeus. Apollonos 15.gr. Singles: €100-150. just two minutes walk from the metro. Q 80 rooms. arethusa@ traveling.gr. The rooms are comfortable. gold and a few ancient replicas. Q 385 rooms. Singles/Doubles: €70-100. fax (+30) 210 3229439. MSyntagma. 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. Singles/Doubles: €60-100. (+30) 210 3220913. Rooms designed to suit all kinds of tastes. Doubles. Basic accommodation in a well situated building. www.athensgate. PTJAR hhh Titania F3. tel. (+30) 210 3212801. tel.gr. PTJHA6ILBKW hhhh nia. Doubles: €75-95. a library. It is spotlessly clean and ideal for mid-rangers who care more about outdoor activities and want decent accommodation for the right price. PT� JAGBW hh Niki F6. info@royalolympic. just two minutes from the metro and within walking distance to the Acropolis and Plaka. Suites: €400.gr. Suites: € 200-250.gr. Doubles: € 90-110. PTJAGK hhh Attalos E4. Some rooms boast large verandas. Q 230 rooms. Family: € 200. Singles: €95-205. fax (+30) 210 3220886. tel. Singles: €50-70. email@example.com. PTJHAR6UBKW hhhh a warm welcoming ambiance. www.philipposhotel. Olive Garden. Omo- Omiros F5. free fitness centre and generous upgrades. The Athenian Callirhoe F8.gr. Under €100 Acropolis Museum Hotel E8. www. Q 50 rooms. fax (+30) 210 9237493. www.inyourpocket. A large central five star hotel located very close to most top Athenian sights. Singles: €60-80. A philosophy also applied to its sister hotel. tel. www. (+30) The Athens Gate F7. MAcropolis. 210 3229431.royalolympic. Q 72 rooms.gr. with high ceilings and a belle époque aura.gr. The owner’s motto is “feel at ease and come and go as you like. PTJARILGW hhhh (+30) 210 9211611.nikihotel. info@attaloshotel. tel. Some of the bathrooms.gr. 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. MSyngrouFix. Just off the centre of action. Fallirou 37-39. an extra definitely worth asking for.com. omiroshotel@hol. PTJHARUI� FLBKCW hhhhh MSyngrou-Fix. Nikis 27. a fact of which the owners here are no doubt aware. offers an almost 360 degrees view of the Athenian skyline and live jazz to pleasantly accompany your Mediterranean dinner.20 Where to stay Royal Olympic F8.gr.gr. Kallirois 32 & Petmeza. Rooms are basic. the roof-garden barrestaurant and the indulgent Café Degli Artisti for after-work or sightseeing laidback entertainment. reservations@athensgate. Located opposite Hadrian’s Gate. this is very good value for your money accommodation. tel. so will you.acropoliselect. Syngrou 10. This 1930s building was once a clinic. more impressive once you walk in. and its location on leafy and bustling Athinas Street bordering Psirri and the historic centre. PTJAFLKDW hhhh (+30) 210 9238302. The wall colours vary depending on the floor you‘re on. Time also equals information. Magna Grecia. MSyntagma. Couples and businessmen love it here and with free Internet access and Athens In Your Pocket (+30) 210 3235486-7. Q 99 rooms. as you can access the Internet even while in the bathroom. titania@titania. www. Doubles/Triples: €70-90. Plaka.com. M Acropolis.acropolismuseumhotel. Q 22 rooms. with a spacious reception area dominated by marble. www. (+30) 210 9249050 . this centrally located hotel is a good choice if location is important to you. free WiFi included. Large central hotel.gr. Q 84 rooms. Doubles: €60-80.
What you’ll get here is a clean room for a good night’s sleep and great opportunities to meet free style travelers like yourself.com August . tel.September 2011 . The rooms are less than basic but then again. www. Veikou 3A. PTJAR6G EP16 D4. it is located in the heart of Plaka. If you’re not desperate to stay on the ‘shiny’ part of the city (and pay accordingly). PJR6 hh 3237816. info@athensstudios.EP16. M Acropolis.gr.gr. this is one of the best value for money budget hotels in Athens. tel.hotelfivos. Q 33 rooms. (+30) 210 long enough you’ll get to meet people from all around the world. (+30) 210 3217871. Singles: €40-70. wants to create an English speaking corner in the heart of Athens and her studios form part of this plan. studios: € 60-150. don’t bother dropping off your dog at the kennels. tel. info@boutiqueathens. located within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum and Victoria Metro Station. Mitropoleos 46. com. M Thissio. free internet and a rooftop bar with a close up view of the Acropolis and Plaka.com. MMonasti- Metropolis 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. Private rooms pp €15-30. Singles: €60-80. This is definitely the next Athenian super-hit for the knowledgeable and lucky few (reserve well in advance). (+30) 210 Dioskouros F7. www. Q Dorms: €15-20. Q 59 rooms. Suites: €100.inyourpocket. as most hostels in Athens. Q Dorms: €18-25. tel. but if you hang out here Apartments/Studios Athens Studios E8. only a two-minute walk from the Monastiraki area. M Acropolis. pleasant homey but minimal environment. this family business is a respectable choice. Mitropoleos 11.gr. 210 9235811.com. PJA Hostels Athens Backpackers F7.com. com.gr. All the rooms are non-smoking.athenstyle. the rooms are not bad for the price and it is very well positioned. laundry and long term (up to three months) luggage storage. the 4 brand new apartments housed in a refurbished 1930s building are luxurious in the contemporary sense of the word: designer furniture. Doubles: €40-50. tel. Pittakou 6. The Internet is free of charge. Doubles: € 40-80.centrotel. comfy sofas and a free ADSL connection. 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. That’s the right time of day to appreciate the city’s delights. Doubles: €35-50. English speaking joint.Q Dorms: €20.Where to stay Budget 8258010.. (+30) 210 32 44 808.The breakfast area is set in a pleasant outdoor patio. There are 2 shared toilets on each floor and no elevator to speak of. 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. Doubles €40. Psirri. PJAB AthenStyle D5. This hostel is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Look out on the notice board for announcements like. (+30) 210 9224044. consolas@hol. info@centrotel. Breakfast is also available on demand. you’ll get a room with air conditioning. Epikourou 16. Q 22 rooms. PTJARW hhh 21 Centrotel Peoniou 11A. Doubles: €70-100. Elspeth Geronimos. call your mother” and prepare for cool parties on the ground floor. www. Named after ancient god Pan. tel. Some of the delights to look forward to are flat screens. www. (+30) 210 3225010. fax (+30) 210 3219991. Makri 12. www. Kidathineon 16. Agias Theklas 10. Don’t think of chandeliers and sil ver cu tler y.gr. EP16 hits both birds with one stone and what’s more. www.gr. This is one of our top low budget favourites. 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. PJA The Student and Travellers Inn F7. www. MAcropolis. as is reasonably priced accommodation. This hostel is located in the heart of Plaka. tel. the lady in charge. if you prefer more privacy (at a higher price) you can opt for one of the double rooms or even the studio flats.gr. fax (+30) 210 3237819. A heavy duty oven with all necessary food preparation accessories awaits the cooking types. a location right in the arty heart of the city and every modern amenity you may ever need for a comfortable stay. www. info@athenstyle. 18-30 curious Americans adore this fully nonsmoking. M Syntagma. with people who know where to take you. If you’re lucky enough. gr. Anyone interested in some good old hanky panky? This is the place for you. backpackers.gr.hotelmetropolis. You’ll be just a couple of steps away from the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself. “Fabian. studenttravellersinn. you will get to use the smallest bathroom ever. A lunch corner and a laundromat make up the other pieces of the puzzle. MAcropolis. athensstudios. An old recently converted building with four and six bed dorms sharing a bathroom each and. PTJA6GB W W athens. info@ hotelmetropolis. info@backpackers. It offers private rooms for 1-4 people and dorms. Triples: €60-100. www. 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. This is also a good choice for backpackers and travelers who prefer to spend their money on anything other than a hotel. MVictoria. tel.gr. 6976 484135. English-speaking. There is a bar. look elsewhere. it brings a fresh metropolitan air to downtown Athens.panhotel. Free parking and free internet is the icing on Centrotel’s cake. organised by Athens Studios. By the way. MSyntagma. All rooms are air-conditioned and some offer private facilities and balconies. If it’s luxury you’re after. Triples €50..gr. PJARGW raki. (+30) 210 3248165. Negotiable for long term stay. tel. and as basic as you can get. fax (+30) 210 3217469. Q Singles: €22-26. Lu xur y apar tment accommodation is scarce in Athens. PTJAGW hhh Pan F5. You’ll get to stay in an apartment that pretty much looks like home. Triples: €96. Q €110 for the larger apartments and €90 for the smaller ones. Constructed in 2005. Minimum stay 3 days. Q Dorms: €25.There is free internet available and services such 24 hour reception. Singles/Doubles: €60-80.gr. Doubles. Thissio. reservations@panhotel.
com athens.jacksonhall. but the music can be too loud for those who prefer to enjoy a quiet dinner.gr. €€€€. housed in an old grand neoclassical mansion with a beautiful garden. info@jacksonhall. The menu is a collection of delicious Mediterranean dishes worth trying but you can also watch the performances enjoying a fine cocktail. That’s good news as it still serves the best Thai cuisine in the city.01:00. Kifissias Avenue 37.gr. whether they are humble cheap souvlaki joints or sophisticated expensive Michelinstarred restaurants. MSyngrou-Fix. (+30) 210 3252758. 210 3234760. Kolonaki. view. It’s all guitars and jackets and motorbikes hanging from the walls. tel. the barmen prepare delicious Black Duck cocktails and the stylish crowds loosen up in one of the area’s coolest hotspots. €€. Serves tasty cocktails and an interesting assortment of American-style food. are a distinctively Athenian landmark. If you are looking for a stylish night out in town.com are equally authentic and you can choose between a set menu and dozens of delicious main courses. no less welcoming though for those of us who appreciate an original Madras. you should consider checking this out. do your shopping in the new exclusive Golden Hall and then return to enjoy your freshly prepared yasai yaki soba. gr. though a tad on the expensive side (it must. Every last detail of the decoration has been taken care of and the staff is very professional. MAmpelokipi.redindian. after all. Closed Sun. Sun 18:00 .blackduck. tel.wagamama.22 Restaurants Restaurant Listings Policy M any Athenian restaurants sell a number of things like décor. €€. just off the madness of the Kerameikos metro station square.00:00. Konstantinoupoleos 46 & Elaseidon. the place cannot be described as ultra fashionable. PTJAU Red Indian D3. Sun 02:00 . They take no phone reservations. but who needs to be trendy when one is already a legend? QOpen 19:00 . PJA Black Duck Multiplarte F4. One of the few places that still resists the mass market approach that most establishments have followed in the area. In the evening the music (from jazz and world to funk and soul) gets louder. There are daily specials along the good selection of main courses. Hidden in a lovely atrium this is a modern barrestaurant and at the same time a music stage where bands perform live jazz on a daily basis. www. QOpen 10:00 .gr. As the Marriott deliberately keeps its original tacky Polynesian decoration. QOpen 09:00 . €€€€. burgers. QOpen 20:00 03:00. www. Panepistimio. Milioni 4. MSyntagma. All the dishes served Athens In Your Pocket inyourpocket. a few steps from the historic Plaka district. Please post your own review on our website or email us at: athens@ inyourpocket. PJA (+30) 210 6836844. margueritas and rock n’roll! One thing that certainly distinguishes this one. PJAUB American Hard Rock Café F6.11:30. A quarter of a century later.com/athens. Service is very professional. Sofokleous 1. but once you’re there you can request a table. Epikourou 25 Psirri. The cuisine is Mediterranean and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients. €€€. salads and desserts of the menu and a comprehensive wine list. exclusivity and attitude. www. Hristou Lada 9. tel. among hundreds of establishments. 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.com . Soul Kitchen has moved from Psirri to Gazi and apart from the new premises nothing much has changed. €€. PJAB Asian Kona Kai Syngrou 115. buy this Athens T-shirt that is missing from your collection and enjoy a true Hard Rock evening. PTA Wagamama The Golden Hall. PTJA Soul Kitchen A4. Do not dress too casual. Gazi. tel. the place to see and to be seen in classy upmarket Kolonaki. QOpen 18:00 . There are no surprises with Hard Rocks. www. QOpen 21:00 . location. QOpen 10:00 . tel. You can tell it is an up market establishment for the local Indian and Pakistani community. (+30) 210 3211882. a restaurant upstairs and a gallery in the basement. PJAK Post your own restaurant review at: Jackson Hall H5. An all-day multilevel hang-out in downtown Athens with a café-bar on the ground floor. tel. (+30) 210 9300000. forgetting to pay adequate attention to their primary business: food. This restaurant is so authentic. A classic ‘see and be seen’ barrestaurant for the affluent crowds of the city.01:30. This is a classic hotspot for chic Athenians of all ages.01:00. €€€. PTJAEB Balthazar Tsoha 27 & Vournazou.02:00. MSyntagma. Closed Mon. (+30) 210 3410418.The place hosts jazz-themed art exhibitions and during the daytime they serve coffees and snacks. QOpen 10:00 01:30. live up to its eclectic clientele). Food is Mediterranean and priced for the celebrity clientele. M Pane. it feels like it has been taken to bits somewhere in India and reassembled in the darkest part of Psirri. you know that.01:30. (Ledra Marriott Hotel). Filellinon 18.hardrock. 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. tel. Go ahead. tel. (+30) 210 3219908. Its crammed tables lining the pavement.00:00. enjoyed with great music among ultra cool crowds who faithfully follow every new venture of the owners. tel. www. Great location too. with a unique uninterrupted view to the pedestrian path/fashion catwalk. 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. is the very Athenian threestorey refurbished neoclassical building. MThissio. (+30) 210 3616098.inyourpocket. Some others concentrate on food but make their customers pay through the nose for the privilege. MKerameikos. QOpen 12:00 . In Your Pocket staff untertake the strenuous task of selecting.There is no admission charge for the performances. Bar Restaurants Bacaro E4. (+30) 210 6441215. those that truly respect the custom of their visitors and take their business seriously. even in winter.com. Your experiences are always appreciated.00:00.gr.
PJAB ManiMani E8. The highlight of the dining hall (a converted workshop) is an impressive light pendant made with wine bottles.02:00. A relatively new entry. to the sounds of Cretan music (live on Friday evenings). Excellent location to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch in style. Troon 32. QOpen 13:00 .01:30. We love dining here and we cannot recommend it enough. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 13:00 .01:00. If you are looking for real. tel. Price Guide Prices are based on a good meal with house wine (where not available. it offers modern Greek cuisine. Hilton hotel. (+30) 210 9218180. among others. M Piraeus. MThissio. this is your first choice. Athanasiou Diakou 28-34. Closed Aug 9-31 €€. low prices and a fashionable clientele. non -touristy Greek food at surprisingly low prices. in a minimalist setting leaving plenty of open space for dancing. PJAB Mamacas A4. plus a free welcome ‘raki’ carafe. Konstantinoupoleos 70 & Efmolpidon . Konstantinoupoleos 104. MAcropolis. QOpen 14:00 .they take no phone reservations. A combination of a Greek mum’s type of cooking. PTJA Milos K5. served in a stylised (and pricier) revamp of tradition. PJA Alatsi K5. and many of its local dishes are served in this superb modern restaurant. Mani is the rocky area in the south of the Peloponnese. The ambience is ultra modern and the clients are mainly businessmen and celebrities. Troon street is one of the prettiest in the city with an old Athenian flavour and atmoshere. The strong point of Milos is its use of top-quality local produce. MThissio. Take metro line 1 all the way to the harbour of Piraeus. tel. (+30) 210 3638525.com . tel. PJA (+30) 210 3464236.17:00. window tables offer an undisturbed view of the rail tracks outside. 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. MEvangelismos. tel. Adrianou 9. (+30) 210 7244400. Gazi.00:00. One of the pioneers of the nightlife scene around the Gazi area. (+30) 210 3476320. Famous chef Kostas Tsigas is in charge of this new gourmet restaurant in the roof garden of Royal Olympic Hotel. housed in the first floor of a neoclassical building a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum. 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. tel.03:00. including fresh fish from the Aegean Sea. Snails. Vrasida 13 (Hilton area). Petralona. PTB 23 Cellier Le Bistot G5. When famous TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis launched this restaurant. €€. QOpen 13:00 . packs this restaurant and its pavement tables every single day and night. €€.02:00. that was not even featured in Greek listings magazines till recently. The piano and a sax will add that extra touch. €€. €€€€. Makrigianni. MEvangelismos. on exiting the station turn right and walk along the harbour for 500 metres. rabbit etc). A grand Parisian bistrot right in the centre of Athens. tel. €€€. this well-known club-restaurant remains very popular with the beautiful partying crowds of the city.€45 per person More than €45 per person Greek Cretan tel. Just make sure you come early (that’s before 21:00 in Athens) . MKerameikos. Vasilisis Sofias 46. while there’s also a packed second stage in the basement where fellow dancers and onlookers get up close and personal. Politicians and fellow journalists. MKerameikos. Closed Aug €€€. Falirou 10. PTJB athens. Gazi. brought in from around the country. tel. €€. The well known chef Aris Tsanaklides uses his experience and imagination and combines successfully traditional. 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. Mediterranean ingredients in an innovative way based on the international gastronomic trends. Metaxourgio. Persefonis 41. QOpen 12:00 .01:00. with a geat Acropolis view. Watch out for its live DJ sets. MAcropolis. QOpen 20:30 . Kuzina C5. Stylish modern taverna serving quality cooking that has rightfully earned its place among the most famous fusion cuisine restaurants. One of the great success stories of Gazi and the neo-taverna movement. this modern Greek restaurant is run by a young man Giannis and his parents and offers delicious traditional Greek food with a creative touch.Restaurants French tel. PTA August . QOpen 13:30 03:00. Closed Sun. Thissio. (+30) 210 3240133. after a tiring sightseeing or shopping walk. €€€€.01:00. Chez Lucien A7. rabbit.September 2011 Revaizi Thermopylon 21 & Kastor os. 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.€30 per person €30 . (+30) 210 7210501/(+30) 210 7210502. You’ll enjoy all the usual Cretan fare (‘gamopilafo’. Impeccable white couches inside. A tiny French owned bistrot hidden for years in the now upcoming area of Petralona. Take a right turn just before the Church of Agios Dionissios. 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. €€. Pir eaus. (+30)210 9288400. Closed Mon. (+30) 210 4080017. Panepistimiou 10. and ‘gamopilafo’ (risotto served at Cretan weddings) are among the specialties. among others. €: €€: €€€: €€€€: Less than €15 per person €15 . Closed Aug €€€.01:00. MKerameikos.inyourpocket. QOpen 12:00 . PJA Tirbouson A3. Continue your evening with drinks at Tarazza roof bar. PE Greek Modern Ioannis (Royal Olympic Hotel) F8. If you are a train spotter. throng here to savour the Cretan dishes cooked using fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. tel. As for dining here. (+30) 210 3410107. Cretan cuisine is extremely en vogue these days in Athens but this is a hidden original Cretan restaurant in the harbour of Piraeus. Although you’ll find it at the Hilton hotel. Sun 13:00 . excellent meats and real Cretan wine. (+30) 210 3464984. QOpen 14:00 . we assume that a bottle of decent but reasonably-priced wine is shared between two people). which is shipped in on a daily basis. MSyntagma. PTJAB Kanella A4. this is a fine stand-alone Athenian restaurant.01:00. QOpen 12:00 . it became an instant hit. tel.
There is live music and the prices are slightly high but it is probably your best choice if you die to dine in Plaka. Valtetsiou 44.24:00.gr. (+30) 210 3821685. www. Do not be deterred by the colour of the walls (who on earth thought of painting a traditional. Lefteris Lazarou. 210 7520658. and its front yard have become a traditional Greek tavern that preserves a nostalgic old Athenian atmosphere.00:00. QOpen 12:00 . Housed on the 7th floor of the luxurious King George Hotel. Exarchia.01:00. Closed Mon. Its French chef creates haute cuisine dishes with imaginative flair. PJN Doris E4. €€. tel. A selection of daily-prepared imaginative desserts will ensure the best possible conclusion to your Varoulko experience. €€. MOmonia. Plaka.01:00. tel. to savour Mr Matsuhisa’s heavenly creations. Syntagma Sq. 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. Sun 13:00 .12:00. Dining here makes one feel like an extra in an old black and white film and rightly so…the place has provided the setting for many Greek films of the sixties.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. catering for people with exquisitely refined taste buds. a no-frills.www. QOpen 20:00 . MPanepistimio. tel. the main dishes. By far the best sea food restaurant in Athens.gr. tel. €€. MSyntagma. Metaxourgeio. TJN Varoulko C4. (+30) 210 3232671. Right in the heart of touristy Plaka. The clientele consists mostly of young freestylers and intellectuals and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. Fri. €€€€. If you can appreciate the Nobu experience of creative Japanese cuisine at its best combined with a superb seaside location and impeccable service. salvaged from demolition. QOpen 14:00 . QOpen . only in Greek) that could in its own right be proclaimed a cook book on Greek cuisine. Kidathineon 41. tel. PTJNS Ilias C5. He maintains a personal relationship with his guests and you’ll often see him leaving his kitchen and and discussing with them their impressions. MThissio.17:00. Erechtheos 16. Thu 19:30 . With two Michelin stars and a membership of Rélais & Châteaux. grilled meats and fresh fish look and taste equally good. Closed Sun. tel. 210 5228400. MSyntagma. tel. The wine list is as comprehensive as you’d expect in a world class restaurant like this and prices reflect the gastronomic experience. €€€€.01:00. or call for a reservation as both places are packed every evening. QOpen 13:00 . Exarchia. Sat 19:30 .B5. MSyntagma. PTJAIE Rozalia G2. New York. (+30) 210 3218733. Valtetsiou 58. In these sister traditional Greek taverns you will enjoy the best lamb chops in town. and an excellent location on a quiet pedestianised street. Kerameikos. MOmonia. 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. Beat the locals by arriving before 21:00. Georgiou A. (+30) 210 3301369. It has been operating for more than a century in an old. You can choose from an extensive menu (displayed every day on a blackboard.18:00. TJAB Palia Taverna tou Psara E6.24 Restaurants Fine Dining Matsuhisa (Nobu) Astir Palace Hotel. A cellar visible from one of the dining halls hosts an excellent list of Greek and international labels. MThissio. Closed Mon. 210 8960510.01:00. yet simple menu. €€. PJAUB Yantes G2. €€€. authentic and lower-priced eating-out establishment. PTJA Greek Traditional Damigos (Bakaliarakia) F6. right on Syntagma square. The menu is a fine mixture of Greek and French dishes prepared with the best local organic produce. and became immediately the gastronomic talk of the town.com .inyourpocket. tel. Thessalonikis 7 & Eptahalkou 5. But if you choose to dine at Spondi we don’t suppose that cost is an issue… QOpen 20:00 . Closed Sun. you won’t mind the bill.16:00 & 19:00 . tel. QOpen 20:30 . Wed. Petralona. His newest restaurant opened its doors in Athens recently. catering to a clientele of local business people and shoppers. Prices are dead cheap and. Sun 12:00 .0:30. 210 3450288. 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). Tue. PJAB Tudor Hall G5. artists and laid back types who frequent the Exarchia neighbourhood. QOpen 09:00 . Psistaria / Psitopolio: No-frills grill-house serving meat dishes. (+30) 210 34 22 407/(+30) 210 345 80 52. PJA Taverna: Synonymous with ‘tavern’ or ‘diner’. now restored building not very easy to find in the labyrinth of small streets. Accompany with Athens In Your Pocket athens. No need to travel to Beverly Hills and Aspen (or indeed Malibu. this is a restaurant with an aristocratic feel for a truly special night out in Athens. (+30) 210 3225084. Praxitelous 30.Vouliagmeni. QOpen 13:00 .spondi. a celebrity chef awarded with a Michelin star and founder of Varoulko. €€.varoulko.17:30. ‘loukoumades’ (Greek-style doughnuts topped with honey) are the house specialty. A daytime-only restaurant. Pyrronos 5. €€€€. PAUG Spondi I8. Dorieon 36. old -fashioned Greek restaurant pink?) the food here is excellent. Plaka. (+30) 210 3222210. Milan and of course Tokyo) anymore. 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.the deadly garlic sauce) the same way it has done throughout the twentieth century. if you prefer to opt for sweets. €€€€. An old house. Pangrati.00:00. it is considered by many as the best restaurant in Athens. Closed Sun. Apollonos 40. tel.01:00. chooses the foremost ingredients and creates a magnificent. An upmarket (for the neighbourhood of Exarchia) restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine prepared with almost exclusively organic ingredients. The dining hall has a theatrical splendour with chandeliers. Pireos 80. 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. Plaka is full of tourist traps but many expats swear by this taverna’s name. 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. this basement taverna serves ‘bakaliarakia’ (fried cod in batter served with ‘skordalia’. QOpen 12:00 .
MMona- stiraki. stuffed cabbage leaves (“lachanodolmades”) or the lovely speciality salad. tel. Taverna tou Psirri D4. but then again. Soutzoukakia: Spicy meatballs flavoured with cumin and served in a red sauce.19:00. Il postino Skoufa 64 & Griveon 3. (+30) 210 3641414. Rozalia is a crisis-friendly eatery. pine nuts. QOpen 13:00 . (+30) 210 3413440. QOpen 13:00 . courgettes and aubergines) stuffed with rice and herbs (and optionally mince meat. Saganaki: Pan-fried type of dish served with lemon. Stifado: Type of meat dish slow-cooked in wine and spices. open-air kitchen. QOpen 13:00 . QOpen 12:00 . It serves a wide selection of pasta dishes and also offers an extensive wine list. while outside tables will make you feel like you’re dining in a suburb of Rome. Its location is very convenient should you wish to continue your evening in the nearby bars in this small but lively nightlife neighbourhood on the borders of Kolonaki and Exarchia. Persefonis 19. Unadulterated traditional Greek food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. PTJ 210 7237757.01:00. 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. Gemista: Oven-roasted tomatoes. the pleasant atmosphere and tasteful surroundings (including the signatures of famous personalities that have passed through its doors) explain the pricing policy. We recommend the “aginares ala polita” (artichokes in a lovely creamy egg and lemon sauce). (+30) 210 3227298.01:30. PTJE Italian Il Doppio G2. (+30) 210 3304333. simple. QOpen 12:00 .01:30. Moussakas: Well-known oven-baked dish of potatoes. universally known as Greek Salad. Closed Aug 10-31 €€. served warm Retsina Traditional wine flavoured with pine resin Meat Lovers Butcher A5. This Italian-owned osteria serves fresh. tel. Once you set foot in the elegant neoclassical building nestling right in the busy epicentre of bohemian Exarchia. The wine is decent and comes from a barrel. cheese or ‘tiri saganaki’ and mussels or ‘midia saganaki’. tel. M Kerameikos. As you can probably guess from our list of recommendations. Gazi. cucumber. Gigantes: Giant beans oven-roasted in a tomato and herb sauce.) / Mezedes (pl. PJA To Kafeneio I5. tel. Kolonaki. Fava: Chick-pea dip served with lemon and chopped onion. Eschylou 12. €€.and checked table cloths. This unassuming trattoria serves tasty Italian specialties at reasonable prices. tel. Melitzanosalata: Aubergine salad (dip). Closed Sun. raisins). PJA M Panepistimio. €€. €€€.com . earth-coloured hues -mainly ochre and beige. layered with mince meat. Andrea Metaxa 30. PTJA August . €€. tel. as this Italian-lovers’ haunt closes well after midnight. green peppers. Closed Sun. The dishes here are simple and flavoursome. olives. Taramosalata: Fish roe salad (dip). Difficult to pronounce and impossible to find as it is hidden inside a small arcade. Horta: Salad composed of certain varieties of boiled wild herbs or greens. TJAB 25 Greek food Mezes (sing. Popular varieties are the shrimp. QOpen 13:00 . feta cheese and a generous serving of olive oil. Lemon or chocolate pie and the complimentary liquors will round off your meal nicely.02:00. Kolonaki. you will suddenly find yourself in a traditionally Italian setting. Following the huge success of fish restaurant ‘Sardeles’. the owners set up shop next door. (+30) 210 3214923.01:00. Another of its attractions is its long opening hours. They do fish and they do meat and day specials and everything is simply excellent. 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. together with a generous amount of shallots. €€€. we are huge fans of original Greek tavernas serving real Greek food with no frills and attitude attached. Tiropita: Traditional cheese pie. or ‘garides saganaki’. Spanakopita: Traditional spinach pie. this being Kolonaki you will pay a bit more for your Greek culinary experience. Add to all that its ridiculous prices and you have a perfect lunch place two minutes from Syntagma Sq. 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. just don’t worry about it. Potatoes fried in olive oil are a must. Lekka 22.00:00. peppers (and less usually. Of course. this traditional Greek taverna serves the local population of the surrounding offices. aubergines and bechamel sauce. (+30) Triantafyllo tis nostimias F5. accompanied by its good quality house wine. €€. Exarchia. which all contribute to creating an environment of understated style. Postcards on the walls and flowery windows give the place a pleasant Italian feel. Loukianou 26.September 2011 athens. MSyntagma.): A selection of entrées served in small plates and placed at the centre of the table for sharing among friends. MOmonia. Psirri. well cooked Italian food that you can watch being prepared in its open kitchen. complete with wooden floors and chairs. the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are trying their best when the place is packed.Restaurants organic wine from the barrel and don’t worry about the cost. QOpen 12:00 .inyourpocket. There are both meat and fish dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a genuine taverna atmosphere that every Saturday afternoon comes alive with bouzouki. As for the bill. Horiatiki: Traditional salad consisting of tomatoes.
If you happen to pass through Psirri during the daytime and feel like an authentic cheap and delicious lunch. Q Open 12:00 . tel. a fridge and a sink. €. MMonastiraki. A 24-hour restaurant serving market workers and visitors alike since 1896. Kostas serves hundreds of portions of his single speciality: Meatballs on pita bread. Central Market. Closed Sun. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. MThissio. from his narrow kitchen. €€. PJS Nikitas D4. Psirri. Kostas is back in business. That having been said. Closed Sat.inyourpocket. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny grill.16:00 & 20:00-00:30. Q Open 12:00 . (+30) 210 3330000. This is actually an address as this place has no name. Psirri. ‘high-society’ crowd. This classic brasserie. spicy sauce and a pickled pepper on top.16:00.01:00. rules of etiquette and other such charming antiquated traditions. Every day. when all national newspapers were based downtown. 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. tel. Closed Sat. It is the one whose outside tables are always crammed and you may have to wait for a while. However. €€€€.26 Restaurants Souvlaki Souvlaki Bar E2.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. Sun. Leave your table manners at home and do not expect pleasant surroundings and fancy decoration. JNS stiraki.late. If you are a fan of pita bread head elsewhere. with a slight preference for fish and seafood.18:00. Closed Sun. MSyntagma. Evripidou 86. MMona- Kosta E5. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago.24:00. (+30) 210 3252591. If you just had a crazy night out topped with copious amounts of alcohol to boot. (+30) 210 3326000. (+30) 210 721 08 93. QOpen 24h. take our word for it. Iroon Square 6. €. for more restaurant and cafe reviews: inyourpocket. Q Open 13:00 . Don’t leave without trying their specialty: Delicious spicy pork chops. 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. Agias Eirinis Sq. €. tel. You’re only here for one reason: to stuff yourself with the best pork chops in Athens. Mr. Closed Sun. Sun. €€€€. Closed Sat. Do not expect seating and service.16:00. Q Open 10:00 . He set up shop at a new location to serve his many loyal fans who insist that he makes the best souvlaki in Athens since 1950. tel. but it is worth it.16:00. Q Open 13:00 . Q Open 13:00 . (+30) 210 3218219. make up the GB experience. and its lovely garden. Closed Sat. tel. As expected. in one of Athens’ prettiest squares. The set menu is a reasonably priced option but there are plenty of imaginative dishes to spoil you for choice. Psirri. and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki. Q Open 12:00 . a meeting point for government officials. Agion Anargyron 19. Art-deco atmosphere. €. Pentelis 5. Sun. tel.com . together with the well prepared Mediterranean food.01:00. it must be stressed that the strengths of this establishment do extend to an interesting selection of dishes on offer. And you’ll pay for it accordingly. A favourite earlymorning hangout for journalists in the older days. MOmonia. No Telephone. These days party animals and bar staff make a stop here in the early hours of the day. tel. none is served here. €. this is a modern place with a bar atmosphere where you will enjoy your souvlaki served in many tasty and imaginative ways. is very easy to spot Nikitas. Rich and poor have been eating side by side here for decades. In every Athens guidebook you will invariabl y find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. M Evangelismos. M Monastiraki. Hotel Grande Bretagne. For the fans of aristocratic fin-de-siècle ambience and for those who still cling to ‘passé’ formalities. (+30) 210 5150550. With €6 you’ll stuff yourself and you’ll feel like a true Athens insider. Q Open 12:00 . as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead. Adrianou & Thissiou 15. Sun.There is live but subtle music and a full bar to take you and your companion into the early hours. This psitopolio has been serving the working crowds of Psirri since 1967 and has maintained a loyal clientele even these days with the hundreds of choices in the area. This is a veritable institution of the central meat market. PJAW Kostas F5. this is what the doctor orders before heading back to your hotel balcony to watch the sunrise. tomato. JBS 210 3228502. TJAUEB 24 hrs Papandreou Aristogeitonos 1. Very conveniently located. customers enjoy their lunch standing outside. Q Open 12:00 . But the souvlaki is top class. JS Telis D4. PJA Iroon Square E5. MSyntagma. Panepistimiou 52. prominent businessmen and powerful media professionals lives up to the fame and luxury of its host Grande Bretagne hotel. french fries. leather sofas and immaculate ser vice. MThissio. JBS GB Corner G5. this restaurant attracts a mainly older and well-mannered. €. PJNB Mediterranean Boschetto J5. Probably the most formal business lunch you can have in Athens. Evangelismos Grove. A lunch cult for Athenians in the know. (+30) Olive Garden (Titania Hotel) F3. just 50 metres from Thission metro station. (+30) 210 3242775. JS tel. M Panepistimio. €€€.
usually on weekends. €€.01:00. though you can’t quite pin down exactly which. Exarcheia. This modern and reasonably-priced fish restaurant specialising in humble varieties of fish has become a huge success.September 2011 . PTJB tiraki. And what’s more: the bill will be just a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere for the same quality. We love the eccentric other-worldly touches. but that’s our job after all. youthful environment. An ‘old school’ ouzeri in Psirri that pre-existed the charge of the masses. tel. If you’re looking for an unaffected. €€. tel. (+30) 210 Ouzeri tel. tel.01:00. MPanepis- Surreal F1. Q Open 10:00 . QOpen 13:00 . PJA Ouzou Melathron D5. MVictoria. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 12:30 . such as the polenta cooked with gorgonzola cheese and pears.01:00. isn’t it? Tram from Syntagma Sq. Humble but real food. Naxos D5. QOpen 14:00 . Exarchia. where you can watch the crowds go by and enjoy the complimentary limoncello and masticha liquors offered to pleasantly conclude your meal. (+30) 210 3478050. MKerameikos. 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.01:30. MMonastiraki. tel. Efta Thalasses (seven seas) is a modern fish and sea food restaurant with a civilised feel. Convenient location and excellent ‘mezedes’ make it a favourite among Athenians and visitors alike. such as the life-sized Cycladic statue masquerading as a bright neon extravaganza. (+30) 210 8230313. MVictoria. MMonastiraki. A good choice if you’re the laid-back type and enjoy being at the epicentre of all the buzz . (+30) 210 3223925.Thissio. playful ambience and you may even have to queue for a cramped little table on the curb.inyourpocket. QOpen 13:00 . Agelou Geronta 2.02:00. €€. PJA 27 Sea Food timio. Plaka. Valtetsiou 51. tel. mainly Mediterranean in character and reasonably priced. Food is more than satisfactory. Closed Mon.will perfectly accompany the ouzo-drinking experience you ought to have ay least once while in Athens. Rethymnis 12. You will be surprised to find that despite its in no way extraordinary décor. Salero started off as a Spanish delicacies restaurant and has now evolved into what we would call a Mediterranean treat. with some innovative dishes on offer. Closed Mon. tel. (+30) 210 3218222. 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. tram stop Achilleos (about 30 min) QOpen 14:00 . Astigos& Philippou. PJA Gialiskari Achilleos 119. Closed until Sep 6 €€€. Coming to Athens after a big success in the capital of good food Thessaloniki. Gazi. this is worth checking out. JB 9837498. JNB athens. Psirri. So they made up for it by doing a pretty good job of brightening the interior. MMonas- Rebecca D4. no-frills going-out experience in a buzzing. Omirou 11. Persefonis 15. Kolonaki. Tapas are always up for grabs.the ideal people-watching spot. but don’t ask for the bill before you’ve tried the spinach pie or the Catalane crème. 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.01:30.Restaurants Salero G2. the atmosphere here is reminiscent of a university campus bar. PTJA Efta Thalasses G4. (+30) 210 3624825. The menu is therefore not set but depends on the fish that passed the cook’s daily tests: ie the best in the market. QOpen 13:00 . €€. QOpen 20:00 . You may have to wait for a table (no reservations) but it is well worth it.com August . The burgundy red curtains and black-and-white arabesque tapestry patterns on the walls are midway between kinky boudoir and cosy bistrot. fried fish and lots of ‘mezedes’ as well as charcoaled octopus . €€.02:00. (+30) 210 3240716. Paleo Faliro. This is one of those cases: a restaurant paying utmost attention to the quality and the freshness of the ingredients they use. the setting here is more than a little inspired by the art movement of the ‘20s. Closed Sun. MMonastiraki.00:00. Some regulars will be disappointed we’re giving away their little secret. There’s nothing the owners can do about the dodgy surroundings. it manages to create a lively. PTA Glykis F6. tel.with honey). Miaouli 22. PJA Sardeles A5. When the weather is good it more than triples its size with pavement tables right on the main Gazi street. 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. €.01:00. Hristokopidou 1 Psirri. one of its famous ‘ouzeri’ set up shop in the capital. €€. Thessaloniki in northern Greece is a city of fine food and a relaxed lifestyle and it is only natural that Ouzou Melathron. True to its name. (+30) 210 3813358.
MSyntagma.00:30. Sun 11:00 . you are right on Exarchia square after all. (+30) 210 3602497. Fri 08:00 . PJB Ginger Ale G2. (+30) 210 3216852. like fresh fruit. boozecooperativa. MMonastiraki. video art projections and performances. tel. but the real attraction of Aiolis is the atmospheric interior with its high ceilings and wooden panels.15:30.24:00. 28 Oktovriou (National Archaeological Museum).com. this lively café manages to retain its multitude of regular customers (many of them famous actors and writers). Mon. (+30) 210 3246446. MThissio. Sat 07:30 . PJB Inoteka D5. tel. QOpen 10:00 . refreshing and healthy dessert. but here you can enjoy the absolute cheapest coffee in town (€1. actors and high profile celebrities. ice-cream and sandwiches priced lower for takeaways. MMonastiraki. it is a must stop during your wandering in the narrow streets of Plaka. tel. that hosts a large number of art events. every piece of furniture is an original vintage item carrying the marks of the extraordinary decade. The coffee here is superb and so is the ice-cream. Akamantos 2. Delicious! Q Open 08:00 .28 Restaurants cafÉs Cafés Acropolis Museum Café E7. exhibitions. A good choice for lingering and enjoying an invigorating beverage together with a scoop or two (or three!). Tue. (+30) 210 3240944. An idyllic setting for quiet evening drinks too. MAcropolis.02:00. Coffees. A nicely isolated from the madding crowd café. MMonastiraki. its clientele is a lot younger and its decoration modern and minimal. The tables outside are usually occupied by tourists enjoying their drinks in the sun.03:00.02:00. Drinks are cheap and if you feel peckish after the obligatory walk around the Acropolis Rock. MMonastiraki. Kolokotroni 57. JB Krinos E4.50) and snacks and salads (€2. MOmonia. PTJNS Museum Café F1. QOpen 08:00 . (+30) 210 9000901. magazines and board games. The crowd is equally cheerful and relaxed. tel. Klepsidras & Thrasyvoulou 9.. tel. where any self-respecting nouveau riche Athenian wants to be spotted among politicians.02:00. Thu. an offspring of the historic 90s Booze club. tel. 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. This café has been around since the twenties. Tsakalof 1. QOpen 10:00 . Also loukoumades. PJ6E tel. This is not an ordinary café. This café was serving the locals of Thissio long before bars and cafés took over every last inch of available space around the area. continue with ouzo and “mezedes” while practicing your backgammon skills. concerts.50-2. Skoufa 34. There is a long wooden table. PTJUB Aiolis E5. 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. New Acropolis Museum.late. Kolonaki Sq.00) with traditional Greek products prepared with a modern twist. (+30) 210 3253323. Adrianou 39. 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. Wed. Retro pop has become so trendy during the last few years in Athens. PJB Da Capo H5. (+30) 210 3312839. Kolonaki. (+30) 212 1006147. (+30) 210 3301246. www. Fri 07:30 . Kaf eneio Thissio C6. Coffees and refreshments will be placed next to the tasteful little fragrant basil plants adorning the tables. 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. just step upstairs to the night club. M Syntagma. (+30) 210 3612850. It maintains a distinct laid back Bohemian character. in a pleasant environment surrounded by potted Dioskouroi Café D5. New entry. a light lunch comes at low prices. A large café housed in a lovely neo-classical building. Booze Cooperativa. Famous outdoor café. Monastiraki. Exarchia. despite the occasional refurbishments. Closed Mon. You can combine it with one of 30 different kinds of toppings.20:30. cereal. Elsewhere you’d pay through the nose for the view and the privilege of the surroundings (the terrace tables are facing directly the Parthenon). or a traditional pastry following a strenuous shopping session in Kolonaki. Here you’ll savour the best bougatsa (cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) in town. These days. (+30) 210 3473133. tel. Students love it and you’ll have a hard time finding a table. Monastiraki.24:00. PJNB Booze E4. Plaka.com.02:00. QOpen 08:00 . as this is one of the few places serving acclaimed Greek ice-cream brand Kayak. booze@boozecooperativa. Order frappé or Greek coffee in the morning and if you hang around long enough. Ginger Ale is no place like that. PJ Klepsidra E6. 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. QOpen 07:00 . Located right in the middle of Monastiraki antique shops. tel. that it is getting a bit boring. tel. Ermou 55 & Kapnikareas 2. QOpen . QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 10:00 . MMonastiraki. (+30) 210 3212493. Themistokleous 74. Monastiraki. Thissio. Aiolou 87. ‘Dioskouroi’ were the sons of Zeus and Leda. QOpen 09:00 . and if you feel at home and spend the whole day there. Athens In Your Pocket .00:00.20:00. Q Open 07:30 . Avissinias sq 3. MVictoria. the first Greek “yogurteria” introducing frozen yogurt as an alternative.late.00:30. PTJB Yogurt bar Froyo E5. Espresso and cappuccino prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the location and the clientele. tel. because of its cosy laid-back atmosphere and congenial environment. guaranteed additive and preservative-free. Closed Sun. Aiolou 23. nuts or with chocolate pie and Greek sweets. it is rather a part of an alternative art house. Despite its unremarkable décor. JB Filion H4. 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. Situated right next to the Museum. QOpen 10:00 .50-6. Most of its regulars too! Its old style has been kept intact. tel. We look forward to the complete menu they have promised.
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. Whether you are interested or not in the coins collections housed in the museum. PJB Baba Au Rum E5. (+30) 210 3229805. Closed: Aug 13-24. Psirri. the place is primarily a bar with small rooms and smart decoration where freestyle crowds pack themselves to enjoy good music of different genres. It has the atmosphere of a grand café. The only negative point is that it can take long to be served when the place is packed. J6B Numismatic Museum Café G4.gr. it has been one of the big hits of the last season. tel. tel. Mondays are pub quiz nights and Thursdays Karaoke. Panepistimiou 12. The inner courtyard provides a pleasant alternative if you’re not desperate to enjoy your drink with a ‘catwalk’ view just outside. This bar is divided into 3 parts.athenssportsbar. M Thissio. PJK Ambariza F5.com. QOpen 10:30 . tel. expect nothing less than alternative lashings of jazz.23:00. QOpen 08:00 . PJB 29 Bars A Lier Man A4. all under the same industrial roof of a beautiful bauhaus building with a quiet roof garden with a distinct downtown feel. PJB Bartesera F5. Sofroniou 2 Gazi.02:00. M Panepistimio. 25. PJ (+30) 210 3467206. soul and hip-hop. refreshments and the best cool afternoon break in the city. Veikou 3A. Iraklidon 10. (+30) 210 3425335.01:30. Lekka 14. sandwiches. A sitting room for quiet conversations. A small café with character. As central as it gets. A minimal bar. QOpen 11:00 . The King’s stables once. (+30) 210 3211158. If you visit in early spring. MSyntagma.3:00. www.22:00.stavlos. A point of reference for the alternative-progressive Athenian youth. have embarked on a ‘creative exploration of the multiple manifestations of urban culture’. M Syntagma. M Kerameikos/ Thissio. When the weather is good a couple of tables outside serve as a much needed chill out retreat. 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. bios. it is located in the cool garden of the museum and has a civilised and relaxing atmosphere .01:00. at the same time bringing Athenian nightlife a step closer to Berlin. QOpen 10:00 .03:00. following complete renovation a couple of years ago. selling its own brand of traditional sweet liquors during the day and August . Kerameikos. A unique store and one of the oldest Athenian family distilleries. Thissio. Coffees. Plaka. PJA Brettos F6. try finding a table next to the almond tree. a designer and his team. Panepistimiou & Voukourestiou st. QOpen 09:00 . if you lose track of time. It’s the only Australian-run bar in Athens and it caters to ex-pats. 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. MSyntagma. for this freestyle coffee shop. PTJ raki. If you want to stay out of sight.brettosplaka. €. sweet crepes. frequented by your average 25-40 freestylers. PJ National Gardens café H6. (+30) 210 3643774. Food is respectable and reasonably priced. 210 3257644. Tucked in a narrow street just off the main Gazi square. now a café.jazzy tunes. try the upstairs level. its café is a must refueling stop during your wanders downtown. QOpen 09:00 . PJB Serbetia tou Psirri Eschylou 3. MSyntagma. it seems to work out fine. MSyntagma. MKerameikos. it is absolutely beautiful when in bloom. huge ice cream servings. Kolokotroni St.02:00. QOpen 20:00 .gr. a space for those who like a bit of both. baklava and all kinds of coffees are served in this cute little cafe just off the main Psirri square. tel. tel.late. QOpen 10:00 . PJA Stavlos C5. Happy hour every evening 19:00-20:00 QOpen 07:30 . The best way to finish off the dinner you’ve just had in Taverna tou Psirri across the street.gr.20:00. Service is efficient and polite. www. a stage for live performances. a rich history during the last century and a very central location. You’ll get to listen to an assortment of music and. QOpen 12:00 . Pireos 84. www. (+30) 210 3645888. Kleitiou 6. MAcropolis. wines and homemade sweets perfect for lunch or a light dinner complete with jazz sounds. M Syntagma. Skoufa 47-49. Their excellent menu-booklet includes seven cocktails you ‘must taste at least once in your lifetime’.02:00.Home made sweets and preserves like cherry and bergamot. (+30) 210 3245862.September 2011 .an oasis in the noisy city centre. PT Athens Sports Bar E8.02:00. in the middle. (+30) 210 3232110. Although they serve food. Its quiet roof garden has a distinct downtown feel. It is probably the only one among equivalent establishments situated on Thission’s central night-time thoroughfare. which is known by its name and which can boast of loyal regulars. QOpen 09:00 . London and New York. One of the hottest night spots in town these days. MMonasti- Skoufaki H4. This bar-restaurant belongs to the select club of establishments that become trendy as soon as they open their doors to the public. It opens early in the morning serving coffees and snacks etc but this place is basically a watering hole for selective drinkers. accompanied by a complimentary assortment of biscuits and mini-croissants. Forget everything you knew about cocktails! This new arrival is virtually a cocktail lab! The guys import directly most of the rare spirits. bitters and syrups they use to produce their outof-this-world cocktails.03:00. progressive. Bios B4. MSyntagma. & Praxitelous Gallery. bios@bios. Makry. It’s a strange combination but. PJW Zonar’s (Le Café D’Athenes) G5. Dark wood is everywhere and the long bar is its strongest point while guest DJs fill the place with appropriate funky . a basement club hosting experimental djs and two small art house cinemas. with its tables scattered in the thick shade of the garden’s trees. (+30) 210 3426322. QOpen 20:00 . tel. Irodou Attikou entrance. tel. tel. Founder Vassilis Charalampidis. club and art exhibition venue all under the same roof. tel. tel. snacks. A historic café that opened its doors again. Lazy sofas and cozy corners are perfect for hush-hush rendezvous.gr.Nightlife plants and trees (you may almost forget you’re right in the chaotic centre of downtown Athens) this café serves good coffee. QOpen 09:00 . The café offers a large selection of snacks. Monastiraki. National Gardens. Kydathineon 41. restaurant. Grab a book and walk into the national gardens where you’ll find this little tranquil outdoor café. www. We had them all during our first visit and we can only agree with the statement. a bustling section and. As for the music. A good choice for a snack following your visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. you’ll witness its gradual transformation into a night bar.
courtesy of an extensive parking lot situated right next to Pairidaeza. 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). A classy bar not to be confused with the classic Galaxy on Stadiou Ave. (+30) 210 3460901. rock and electro glimpses in an environment alluding more to a workhouse. Delfon 5. Situated on Karitsi Square. Its loyals are neither the posh nor the grungey types that hang around the two districts that it borders. It’s almost pitch black in there. With its name borrowed from the legendary London club. QOpen 11:00 . (+30) 210 3458534. Athens In Your Pocket athens.02:00.Sat 10:00-01:00. you get the distinctive impression that seamstresses are constantly working behind the Chesterfield couches to shorten those baggy pants of yours. large crowds occupy the lovely pedestrianised street with the neoclassical buildings. it has a civilised gentleman-like atmosphere. 210 3226844. 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. Paradise in Persian. Perhaps that’s their image of the afterlife. Syntagma. this new Gazi entry is of course a pure rock-metal house. MKerameikos. 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. as reflected in its smoke stained walls and furniture. Stadiou 10. you’ll often find yourself wondering off into the street. this club is one of the top hot spots of Athenian nightlife. a happy medium. PJ tel. fine cocktails and delicious finger food. Live performances organised from time to time. MKerameikos. 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. En Delphis G3. tel. QOpen 21:00 . If you want to get more comfy and intimate you might try the room to your left (as you walk in).03:00. Pop. Typical Kolonaki crowds enjoy early and late drinks: the after work ones. it will produce some interesting pictures to take home. Gazi. M Panepistimio/Syntagma. Triptolemou 30. PA Pairidaeza F4. QOpen 17:00 . MKerameikos. There are quite a few bars just outside the Kerameikos metro station but make no mistake. (+30) 210 3229374. tel. MKerameikos.com . QOpen 21:00 . glass in hand. Those in favour of an evening of drinking and hooking up with complete strangers should head for Gazaki. (+30) 210 3608269. (+30) 210 6911672. Original seventies.03:00. tel. You might have to wait in line after midnight as it tends to get seriously packed.04:00. Triptolemou 31. with a certain number of regulars ‘working’ both ‘shifts’. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 21:00 . QOpen 10:00 . the owners of this bar seem to have a distinct preference for black music. Vintage at its best. tel. Gazi. but that’s the price you have to pay for good old soul and funk music and wonderful decoration. with better things to do than stare at the couple on the beautiful red leather couch. A wild-west touch. MKerameikos. 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 . PJ Intrepid Fox A4.12:00. MSyntagma.03:00. past metro opening hours. There are hundreds of posters and Potopolion Panormou 113. QOpen 10:00 . Parnasou 3. with wood used as the key decorating element. tel. Kolonaki. it is not recommended for a crazy night out. It’s crowded most evenings and its fans are mainly students and alternative types. Fun begins around 8 o’clock in the evening and the music is basically rock. PJ Hoxton A4. Lekka 14. Sofias Ave 46. 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. Amazing city view. even if this comes at a price of €15 per drink. QOpen 15:00 . and those who come in later. 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. PJEK Capu F5. Bring your camera: Switched at low shutter speeds. MEvangelismos.02:00. MEvangelismos. Should you decide to go out late. In Hoxton’s industrial environment. and a pool table and the music is thankfully far from the stale old type rock one expects to listen in similar establishments.02:00. Elasidon & Kleanthous 8. PJA Oinoscent Voulis 44A. (+30) 210 322 77 33. all at the…appropriate price. a long bar. If too much socialising makes you hungry. M Panepistimio. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 . MPanepistimio. tel. Minimal decoration for low profile people. Closed Aug 5-20 PJ Galaxy Bar F4. Driving there is also an option. Kolonaki.30 Nightlife a bar serving these same spirits in the evening. tel. Tasty nibbles from a limited menu in case your stomach begins to grumble. Closed Sun. A room filled with indie-style furniture and James Brown effigies singing “it’s too funky in here”. Gazi. tel. DJs wouldn’t exactly fit in the same room together but this is why this “film noir” bar attracts all sorts of types.02:00. Kolonaki and Exarchia respectively. tel. tel. Fri . MPanormou. Potopolion was the pioneer in an attempt to kick off a new nightlife district: Panormou Street. The wines are carefully selected from large and independent producers around Greece and there is an impressive list of international labels too. This old and stylish Athenian house used to be a kindergarten and that’s what its name means. (+30) 210 3466055. MSyntagma. In a neighbourhood crammed with bars.03:00.inyourpocket. (+30) 210 7258306. Stay away if you’re on a budget holiday.02:00. The colourful bottles on the shelves covering its walls are artfully lit and make the place one of the most recognisable attractions of Plaka. QOpen 10:00 . In the summer or when weather permits. tel. tel. Ampelokipoi. Come here instead to experience how people used to enjoy their evenings in an era long gone: fine drinks and meaningless conversation. Vas. don’t worry. PJB Gazaki A4. situated in this quintessential meeting point of the Athenian bar scene. Metaxourgeio. Closed Aug PJN Galaxy Bar (Hilton hotel) K5. PAB Mai Tai I4. there is a Greek Mediterranean selection of dishes to choose from. (+30) 210 3210233.03:00. QOpen 21:00 . Ploutarchou 18. JB Nipiagogeio A5. and. PJ One of the two bars that have transformed this small arcade on Lekka street into a buzzing nightspot. PJ Nixon B4. Basically. (+30) 210 3462007. as such. Voutadon 42. a small bar that has existed in Athens for ever. with not-so-young regulars. (+30) 210 728 10 00. Agisilaou 61. PJ record covers of the genre on the walls.02:00. (+30) 210 3413395. The decor is retropop and the music is mainly black beat and soul.03:00. accompanied by music from top Athenian radio djs.
promising to electrify your evenings in Athens.02:00. In order to get a table you’ll have to be granted three wishes by a genie.G. The decoration is unpretentious and tasteful: dark wood. QOpen 10:00 02:00. little road hidden just off Athinas Street. MSyntagma. barrels. Fri. Good times to be had. M Monastiraki. it attracts professionals for after work drinks while. MMonastiraki. A bar decorated with hundreds of… sockets. TAF is a relatively new kid on the Monastiraki block. Young flir ty professionals gather here for after-work drinks to see and be seen by their peers. Karitsi Sq. Omirou 60 & Skoufa. Established in 2008. The Iberian peninsula in the heart of Athens. MPanepistimio. Kolonaki. QOpen 22:00 . One of our favourites. order. drinks are good but if you arrive dressed as if coming straight from the beach. but the owners probably thought their setting was big enough to merit a change.If your stomach begins to complain. nonetheless. cool lighting and lovinglytended plants make for a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere that attracts the crème-de-la-crème of the Athenian crowd. Voulis 7.stinpriza. All major sports events are covered and every weekend and some week nights artists from around Europe perform live. Karitsi 10. tel.03:00. (+30) 210 3311555. PJA6IEB Toy Bar F4. (+30) 210 3244101. Funky Tapas bar used to be low profile and selective. what else? Fish n’chips. The owner/bartender puts on an amazing show. QOpen 10:00 . Thissio. Sun 21:00 . (+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. info@jjoyceirishpubathens. 6 D. tel. A real fun bar for those who want to get sloshed. MMonastiraki. Sun 18:00 .jjoyceirishpubathens. The Art Foundation (TAF) D5. QOpen 10:00 . a neighbourhood with many bars of different styles that. www.05:00. The interesting black n’ white liquor trade photos add an extra touch to the whole drinking ritual. Normanou 5. you will definitely raise a few eyebrows. They may have to think again.September 2011 .com August . unless of course you are desperate for a funky Einstein-reminiscent hairdo! QOpen 20:00 . MPanepistimio/ Syntagma. E5. PJA Tapas Bar A4. J6B athens. (+30) 210 3235055. Q Open 12:00 . This is a gorgeous artistic café-restaurant with Belgian comic-book character Tin-Tin as its wall-tapestries’ motif.Nightlife Priza Bar F4. PJA 31 The James Joyce D5. (+30) 210 3238757. (+30) 2103210510. fax (+30) 210 3235070. tel. but you’ll also get to meet expats as Reuters is at walking distance from here. MPanepistimio. an events space as well as a gallery. Freestylers and media staff love it here. tel. Skoufa 46. This is precisely what was missing from the Athenian scene: A typical Irish pub. One of the best bars Athens has to offer. porcelain and books.com. Avramiotou 6-8. Sat 22:00 . it transforms itself into a lively and perennially packed bar with a loyal clientele that flocks here to enjoy delicious cocktails and listen to excellent music of different genres. Music is mainstream. Its excellent exhibition programme changes frequently and utilises the entire space in a way that would bring any art enthusiast to their knees.O. the soothing sound of jazz. a tiny. It is fast acquiring its own fans and becoming a distinct presence around Karitsi square. Monastiraki. depending on the resident dj. Triptolemou 44. (+30) 210 3471844.G. 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.03:00. true to the originality of the establishment.03:00. QOpen 21:00 .gr. MKerameikos. QOpen 19:00 . Gazi. Christou Lada 1. Closed Aug 9-18 PJA6 Tribeca G3. www. with dancing and singing on his everyday menu.theartfoundation.S. tel. Kolonaki. it encompasses three distinctive bars within the same establishment: In the morning. souvlaki-gyros in hand. tel. Monastiraki. playing anything from electronica to house and freestyle. MPanepistimio.inyourpocket. PJ Six D. And when you find yourself awake the next morning on a bench or on one of the bar’s seats with a terrible hangover. a nightcap here brings together fine art and even finer conversation.02:00.01:00. Just watch your fingers. (+30) 210 3623541. PJEB tel. An outdoor bar situated in the courtyard of an exquisitely rundown neoclassical building dating back to 1870. Hosting a mixture of live and electronic musical events and parties practically on a daily basis.O. Astigos 12. www. this is one street that’s always got something going on. tel.gr.01:00. in the late afternoon.02:00. (+30) 210 3392370. all cater for selective crowds of the city. PJA Seven Jokers F5.03:00. QOpen 10:00 . Successfully ingenious snacks are prepared on the first floor. a refreshing and creative endeavour that puts all other art-cum-bar establishments to shame. tel. A classic already.S has taken over with a bar. in the evening.03:00. it serves coffee and sandwiches. This is a small bar that pioneered the nightlife scene around Karitsi Square. Once the haunt of skaters and general night-time shenanigans with four different bars offering up four very different identities. A completely new concept has taken over Avramiotou Street.com. A different dj takes his place behind the decks every evening. PJB Rosebud G4.
Admission fee: €10. thinly disguised as soul mate ads. QOpen 23:30 . One of the oldest strip clubs in town.grandritorno.06:00. just off the Psirri nightlife district.penthhouseclub. The higher end of the market is naturally made up of call girls that publicise their services in many Greek newspapers. They also offer 20% discount to tourists. As for illegal prostitution. tel. which their counterparts in the legal brothels are legally bound to undertake. However. (+30) 210 3477744. gr. tel. Fortunately. (+30) 210 9316417. (+30) 210 9228902/(+30) thens is not a European sex destination. This club has been around for more than a decade and inevitably has had its ups and downs. on the way to Piraeus but they can arrange a taxi lift from your hotel and back.inyourpocket. 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). Diamond Dolls Syn- Grand Ritorno K5.on the plasma screens too. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). every night along the right hand by-street of Syngrou Avenue (running from the centre of the city down towards Piraeus). Mousses Club Poseidonos 30. Admission fee: €15.babygold. The ladies in most of these have seen better days and the prices are accordingly low (€20-€30). as a big city. baby-o. table dance €12 QOpen 23:30 . some quite explicit. www.com . (one drink included). QOpen 23:30 .which is the strong point of this club .06:00. 210 9235576. tel. and Evripidou St. It is located a bit further out of the centre.gr. www. the large sofas are roomy enough for all of you plus the ladies you’ll invite for drinks (€20). Try to get one of the tables next to the dancefloor. Brothels are concentrated in certain areas of the city such as Metaxourgeio or around Filis St. you could easily mistake it for a dance club. A Baby O Pireos 171. (+30) 210 9413079. Prices negotiated on the spot.06:00. Most of these clubs have an ongoing dance show.gr. Michalakopoulou 52. www. Some tables are just a breath away from the dancefloor. Baby Gold Syngrou 140.gr. illegal immigrants who work the streets for little money and very often face organised police raids and disappear for a few hours in the back streets of the area. Drinks cost €11.06:00. The music is really loud in here and if you forget about the naked beauties all around. alcatraz.com Athens In Your Pocket athens. MMegaro Mousikis. A private dance upstairs will set you back €50. so you call it a bargain. QOpen 23:30 . it certainly offers a range of sinful pleasures to its locals and visitors.inyourpocket. as these clubs although tolerated aren’t exactly legal). Be aware that these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examinations. Otherwise. Avoid it Fridays and Saturdays and better stick to beer. are to be found on both sides of Syngrou Avenue and are easily recognisable by their bright neon signs. the cheaper end of the spectrum is basically composed of street workers that can be found during night hours along Solonos St.06:00. Admission fee: €15. and are usually seedy establishments housed in old buildings that can be distinguished by a simple light bulb placed at the entrance.gr.06:00. A large number of mostly stunning dancers will happily join you for a drink (€20-30) or tabledance for you (€10-50). That is not to say that what you get is cheap. tel. Admission fee: €15 (one drink included). Most gentlemen’s clubs. tel. a table dance of 2-3 minutes €10-15 and the ladies’ drinks €20 or more. but you can find them elsewhere in town too. with a really funny DJ whose comments are unfortunately only in Greek! The shows performed by the girls get really hot. The regular shows during the night aren’t exceptional but the service is polite and the drinks passed our quality tests. One of these (foreign) ladies’ hourly visit rates will set you back at least €100. which is lit even during the day. www. Lap dance: €10 QOpen 23:30 . you can watch the show . grou 237. but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of them. boys dressed as girls (transvestites) take up their posts and wait for their clients. (+30) 210 7245233.gr. as is their self-professed title. (+30) 210 9421264. QOpen 23:30 . www. www. tel. Your hotel receptionist will probably be able to point you to one of them. Kallithea. post your own nightlife review at www. Things can get really hot (and expensive) if you opt for a private lapdance. 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. Your entrance with one drink costs €10-15. you won’t regret it. (Owners wouldn’t want to push their luck. The legal part of prostitution caters to the lower end of the market. you only pay for what you get and there aren’t frequent cases of ripping off like it happens in many other European capitals. 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.32 Nightlife Sexy Athens Adult Entertainment Alcatraz Syngrou 137. and around Theatrou Sq.mousses. The latter ones are mostly good looking African girls. For those with more…‘particular’ tastes.
noizclub. www. A large club with an army theme and a strong presence in the gay nightlife scene. 210 9224202. Pretty young faces and pure dance music make this place one of the most popular ‘straight friendly’ clubs in town.scape. This is because Greek society is still overarchingly conservative. There are th eme days. A new ‘military style’ floor with a relax area just opened a few months ago.gr www. 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.alexander-apartments.03:00. Closed Mon. Every Tuesday is Greek night and every Thursday rock QOpen 22:00 . MKerameikos.gaygreece. a steam room and 100 sqm gym. Gazi. trendy and friendly. Admission fee: €15. Lebesi 15. Polyklitou 6.gr Alexander apartments are located in the inner heart of the gay area. MKer- Saunas Alexander Sauna A4. Friendly staff provide high quality service. Gazi. especially on the entertainment side of things. Gazi. kitchen with refrigerator and living room. Giatrakou 12. come a long way during the last years. MKerameikos. MAcropolis. MMonastiraki. tel. Athenian bears found their favourite hang out in this friendly and unassuming bar. Sat: Drag show & go go Dancers) Q Open 17:00 . MKerameikos. The atmosphere is cozy and flirty and you’ll immediately make friends with the welcoming staff and customers. MMonastiraki. Berlin or Amsterdam when it comes to homosexuality. dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church. will keep you busy for hours. 210 3468657. weekends 14:00-07:00.September 2011 .mybar. Both its rooms are packed during weekends and the party doesn’t stop till early morning hours. QOpen 20:00 03:00.late. though. Ground floor is no different to any other dance club but things can get sizzling hot in the basement darkroom. Gazi. QOpen 10:00 . Triptolemou 10.gr. Gazi.05:00. M Kerameikos. Megalou Alexandrou 139.04:00. tel. PJ S-Cape Army Academy A4. A fine cocktail bar outside the gay district of Gazi with minimal decoration. 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. They also offer free solarium and internet in a spotlessly clean environment and a new roof garden.com/flexsaunagym Gym and sauna under the same roof in the centre of the city. Konstantinoupoleos 70. 6946 282845. The music is mainstream-dance. Megalou Alexandrou 134. Kakourgiodikiou 6.www. Ga zi. This gay dance club has been around for long enough to be considered a classic. appropriately located just off Gazi and the model-faced and bodied gay crowds that frequent the district’s bars. Tue. There is a large cruising area.04:00. tel. It has. Bars Big A4.bigbarathens. PJ Sodade A4. finger food and different music every night. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. Megalou Alexandrou 134. Look out for their special theme parties QOpen 10:00 . PJDC Flex Fetish Sauna E4. QOpen 11:00 . They are fully air-conditioned with TV. MKerameikos.gr. Gazi. A small but vibrant gay club with a youthful and sexy clientele of all ages and walks of life. Closed Mon.03:00. (+30) 210 3224771. tel. tel. Drinks are cheap.gr. 210 3460677.(Thursdays are Greek nights) QOpen 22:00 . PJ (+30) 6932 338551. private bathroom. tel. Clubs Kazarma A3. Avdi Sq.03:00.lesbian. Iera Odos 67 & Falesias. . 3 saunas. Q Open 23:30 . reasonably priced drinks. however. the atmosphere is friendly and there are frequent events and parties. As for our list. Metaxourgio. Admission fee: €15. Q Open 23:30 . MKerameikos. 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. an outdoors cocktail lounge open in the weekends. a coz y patio and the largest dark “X-action” playroom in town. there are many more places frequented by gay and lesbians than those who actually call themselves so and can be readily identified as gay. It seems that the gay community of the city takes a less assertive approach than gay people in other western countries do. lotteries etc.Gay athens thens is by no means New York. PJ My Bar E5. 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 . Tue: Bear. They are newly constructed and offer a relaxing accommodation.greekgayguide. PJ Apartments Alexander Apartments A4. which still adamantly opposes the introduction of same-sex marriages in Greece. Thu: Mixed ages.athenspride. www. free WiFi. tel.com. (+30) 210 3460667. Music is mainstream and Greek and they hold frequent events like competitions.gr August . www. PJRD Myrovolos C3.03:00. A warm and friendly girls’ bar brought to you by a pioneer team in the gay and lesbian nightlife scene of Athens. (+30) 210 6980282/ (+30) 6936959134. Mon: Sports. w w w.eu / www. Fri-Sun 19:00 . 210 5228806.04:00. Gazi. 210 3210539. PJ Cafés ameikos. www. tel. 2 jacuzzis. It consists of two separate rooms.06:00. QOpen 23:00 . even ts and happenin gs (in cludin g international porn stars). tel. and an indoors club where you can dance the night away among its young regulars. Happy hour 17:00-19:0: €10. Psiri. 33 A Lamda Club F8. tel.myspace. 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.alexandersauna. and are just above Alexander Sauna. A favourite lesbian all-day hangout tucked away in a lovely hidden square that gives you the feeling of a small country town. All guests have free access to the Alexander Sauna facilities PJRD Noiz A4. Gazi. PJB MMetaxourgio. Sun: Cruising Spa fun. tel. PJB tel. A gay meeting point of high standards and great attention to hygiene and service. Wed: underwear.07:00. www. Bear day every WednesdayQ Open 14:00 . www. Music is mixed and there are frequent happenings making this bar a top nightlife destination. PB Blue Train Café Konstantinoupoleos 84. Three visits tourist pass: €35.gr. Fri: Go go boys.eu / www. 210 3411003. As a visitor. Konstantinopoleos 84 (1st floor). MKerameikos. The crowds are young. Happy hour: €10.
the Areopagus. Important restoration programmes are now underway on several monuments. West and North Slopes of the Acropolis. and (as many Greeks will tell you) as a result of Lord Elgin’s looting of the marbles (1801-1803). one of the city’s most ambitious urban planning projects ever.the most important monuments. so special consideration is given to providing visitors with information.000 sq. and continued until about the middle of the 20th century. but more so at the hands of man. Dating back to the 5th century BC. with whole areas (such as the East. musical and dance performances. The administration of the sites is funded by National Resources. UNESCO proclaimed the Acropolis site a World Heritage Monument in 1987. the Erechtheion. Some monuments were reused as palaces. knowledge. the sites around the Acropolis were included in the project for the ‘Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens’.and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing its most iconic landmark. leaflets. virtuous competition and democracy.or at least view . and embodies the highest ideals of Ancient Athens .m. 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. 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 Western Hills and the Library of Hadrian) restored and now open to visitors. giving visitors the opportunity to experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilisation. were trying times for the Acropolis and its surrounding sites.com . These events irreversibly altered the face of the Acropolis more than anything else in its long history. The pedestrianised zone formed by Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets hosts cultural events. In all. 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 Pnyx and the Hills of the Muses. proper measure. it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture Ancient Athens as it was back then.are at the historical heart of the city. mosques and residential areas. beauty. including an annual summer Book Fair and art exhibitions. They suffered as a result of natural disasters like earthquakes. the Acropolis. the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. the Acropolis is made up of the Parthenon.inyourpocket. In 1997. liberty. the pedestrianised site covers more than 1.harmony. Though Athens is generally not an easy city to get around for people with mobility problems. Greeks are rightly proud of their heritage and they are keen to share it with the world. But perhaps the greatest damage occurred when an explosion rocked the Acropolis during Morosini’s siege in 1687. the Roman Agora and Library of Hadrian . Those ideals have echoed down through the centuries and can still be heard today. 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. A Athens In Your Pocket athens. however. Exploration and excavation of the sites began a few years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1834. The Middle Ages and Ottoman Period.34 What to see Monuments & Archaeological Sites Ancient Athens by J Buhlmann thens is known the world over for its ancient monuments . publications. The Acropolis and its surrounding area .including the Acropolis Slopes. 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. Walking through them. churches.000. 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. guides and audiovisual material in English and Greek. efforts have been made at the Acropolis with an arrangement of pathways with ramps at specific locations to enable such visitors to visit . The Theatre of Herodus Atticus is also an important venue for theatrical. with detailed signs.
built in the 2nd century AD. whose palace stood roughly where the Erechtheion was built many centuries later. the Stoa given to the city in 160 B.D7. The sanctuary of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the South Slope.What to see 35 The Erechtheion on the Acropolis Rock. the Erechtheion.theotheracropolis. The 70.C. especially during the 5th century AD. ancient Athens’ first roofed building for musical contests. thought and art flourished.000 sq. brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments.theotheracropolis. and an exceptional group of artists made the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles reality. The most renowned were built in the second half of the 5th century BC. After the 11th century BC until the end of Antiquity. 210 3210219. established in the athens. the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius founded in the 5th century BC.m. An extremely interesting photo blog worth checking out before the obligatory visit. patron goddess of the city that took her name. built by Ictinos (447-432BC). various monuments donated by sponsors of theatrical performances such as the Monument of Lysicrates. The East Slope is dominated by the cave of Aglauros. The Slopes of the Acropolis D6. and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus. the sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros and the Medieval church of Saint Nicolas. the cave with the Mycenaean spring. the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. After the Acropolis itself. it was home to the cult of Athena. where the works of the Aeschylus. Athena was worshipped at majestic temples.com The Acropolis of Athens has been many things other than what we have learned to believe. In the golden age that followed. August . (the Parthenon. tel. roles and identities of the sacred rock through the centuries. following important victories against the Persians and the establishment of Democracy.and the small Temple of Athena Nike) have become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world.m. The collective behind the ‘www. under the guidance of the sculptor Pheidias. tries to introduce us to the different faces. One of the most important monuments of the North Slope is the spring of Klepsydra. On this side of the rock there are three cave sanctuaries dedicated to the cults of Pan. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon. in front of which ran the last section of the Panathenaic Way. In Mycenaean times (1200-1100BC) it was the seat of the king. 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”. Eumenes II.and the small temple of Athena Nike (421-407BC).. the Slopes were the most important religious centre of ancient Athens.September 2011 .com’ project.com 6th Century BC. www. the Propylaea .the monumental entrance to the Acropolis designed by Mnesicles (437-431BC) .000 sq.inyourpocket.E7. The Caryatids are replicas of the original ones housed in the new Museum Acropolis of Athens . the Erechtheion. one of the world’s most ancient theatres. 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. There. by the king of Pergamon. MAcropolis. Here too was the theatre of Dionysus. Sophocles and Euripides were performed. when Athens took a lead among the ancient world’s city states. where the Athenian youths (ephebes) took the oath to protect the sanctuaries and sacred institutions of the city. Set in a site covering 30. many buildings on the South Slope were reconsecrated as Christian monuments. Zeus and Apollo. especially for those who like to go a bit deeper than the surface. with its shrines to Athena Polias and Poseidon-Erechtheus and the porch adorned with the famous Caryatids hand-maidens (421-406BC). Concessions: €6 (4 day pass). archaeological site of the Slopes of the Acropolis extends around the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. It was the ancient city’s most important religious centre and its monuments. The same archaeological area is also home to the Odeion of Pericles.The first signs of occupation on the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period (2nd millennium BC). QAdmission: €12. was the site of the Great or City Dionysia celebrations. With the predominance of Christianity.
open square that provided a forum for social and cultural activity. and the other. Q Admission: €12 (or pass) Concessions: €6 E5. The nearby hill of the Pnyx is another unique site. or Philopappus Hill.com . Thissio.gr Hats off to the Ministry of Culture and everyone else involved in this unusual for the Greek public sector hi-tech effort. Philopappus Hill is crowned by the monument of the same name as well as a modern Observatory. From the 6th century BC.parthenonfrieze. was first inhabited during the 6th century BC. North of the Roman Agora is the Medrese (Seminary) and to the south the Mosque. was a most important commercial and strategic thoroughfare. where the meetings of the Assembly of the ‘Demos’ (Public Assembly of the Citizens). Hadrian’s Gate F7.000 sq. it was one of the most densely populated parts of ancient Athens including two well-known ‘demes’ (districts). storerooms and offices. the Pnyx and the Hill of the Nymphs) site covers 680. religious festivals. while the Library of Hadrian housed the state archives and philosophical Academies and was its spiritual. to the west of the Acropolis. puzzles etc and download interesting brochures with useful information about the monument. The site also features monuments such as the Water Clock (Horologion) or Tower of the Winds . tel. 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. educational and cultural centre. The ancient Koile road. Melite and Koile. Amalias Ave. It was an important and densely inhabited section of the ancient city. You will see details of the Parthenon in 3D.its religious.m. 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. The Roman Agora was constructed by the Roman emperor Augustus (between 19 and 11 BC) to accommodate the commercial enterprises of the city. reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. 210 3210185. The Agora was the heart of the public life of the city . were held. sundials and a complicated internal water-clock . Built by Athenians The Ancient Agora D5.the first.m. The Library of Hadrian was built as part of a project to re-design Athens by Hadrian in 132 AD to house the city’s largest library. The Agora was a large. The Pnyx is dominated by the site where meetings of the Assembly of the Demos.7. facing the Acropolis. wind vanes. the Agoranomeion and the Fethiye Mosque (Tzami). mythically connected with the Amazonomachy. The monument attempts to harmoniously combine architectural elements typical of both Roman (such as the arch) and Greek (colonnades) traditions. the exiled prince of Commagene (a kingdom in south-east Asia Minor that had just been conquered by the Roman Empire). were held. with many important road axes. play games. Athens In Your Pocket athens. The Roman Agora was the centre of commercial activity of the city during Roman times.000 sq. During the 5th century BC. reads ‘This is Athens. the state archives and philosophical schools.m. If you are an archaeology buff.gr. Tradition has it that Europe’s first law court in Europe was on the Areopagus. as well as the Vespasianae (public latrines). the principal institution of Athenian Democracy. the gate bears two inscriptions . facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the centre of the Roman city.000 sq. The Western Hills (Hill of the Muses www.built around 50BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes.inyourpocket. MMonastiraki. political and commercial centre. with shops. next to the Ancient Agora. It was traversed by the Panathenaic Way and by the West Road. The Western Hills C6. the ancient city of Theseus’. take thematic interactive tours. open-air theatrical performances and athletic contests. The 28. where Athenian Democracy was born and flourished.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. just interested or want your kids to spend some pleasant yet useful time online then check out this great interactive application: www.This area. learn about the frieze. running from Athens to the port of Piraeus. northwest of the Acropolis. A section of the Late Roman fortification wall and a four-apse early Christian can be seen within the Library of Hadrian. The Philopappus monument is a funerary stele erected in 114-116AD by the Athenians in honour of Caius Julius Antiochus ‘Philopappus’.with its ornate sculpted depictions of wind-gods. The Ancient Agora and Areopagus site covers an area of about 400. commercial exchange.
due to the economic crisis. known as the ‘Philhellene’. QAdmission: €2. fewer seasonal staff was hired and many museums remain understaffed. in 132AD. Acropolis’ North & South Slopes and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. rivalling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos. MAcropolis. patron-goddess of the City of Athens. Loviot who restored the area in 1887. It was built in 335BC by Lysicrates and is also known as the “Lantern of Diogenes” in reference to its unusual shape. MAcropolis. Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias. As a result their opening hours vary. the Roman Agora. at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father. where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. mainly due to the efforts of French archaeologists Fr.What to see The Parthenon Opening Hours! Every summer the opening hours of most museums and archaeological sites are longer and usually 8:00 . athens. where it fell during a storm in the 19th century. Plaka. Boulanget and E. tel. Its design harmoniously combines the Doric and Ionic orders. A sixteenth column lies on the ground. Concessions: €6 (four day pass) Panathenaic Stadium Lysikrates Monument F7. only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. The Temple was huge by ancient standards.19:00. It also has a frieze featuring the life of Dionysos. The Lysicrates monument is the best preserved of its kind. A Stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a Stadium at this site. Tripodon St. But this year. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos. 210 3214172. tel. Today. who used it as a study room. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian. In 1669. Further. as an exact replica of the Ancient Stadium. Kerameikos & museum. The circular building rests on a square shaped limestone podium and includes a portico of six Corinthian columns. It is generally advisable to visit them in the morning or call each place before your visit. in order to host the first modern Olympiad (1896). this gleaming white Pentelic-marble Stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the culmination of the Marathon Run. the décor of the Parthenon and its surrounding monuments had a profound and lasting influence on Western art (especially sculpture and portraiture). Built between 447-437BC. the Parthenon is a world famous sight. Lysicratous Square and Panathenaic Stadium H7. as well as the Renaissance.that’s the answer in case you wonder just what that strange structure on Tripodon Street is. Romanticism and Neoclassicism. 210 9226330. tel. The ancient Stadium was completely restored. the structure was handed over to Capucin monks. during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens under Pericles. 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. These artistic innovations fuelled developments that influenced the art of Hellenistic and Roman times.September 2011 . Q Admission: €12.inyourpocket. Baroque. the god of wine and revelry. and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. 37 Lysikrates Monument Parthenon E6. 210 3251744. when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena. in the late 19th century. the earliest theatre in the world . the Ancient Agora & museum. the tyrant Peisistratus. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. as it depicted the human form in an individualised manner for the first time. MSyntagma. Arditos Hill. A free audio guide in ten languages gives visitors all the information about the history of this landmark monument. The stadium opened its doors again last April. Temple of Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus F7. Free for pass holders.com August . This monument commemorates the support of its benefactor-founder of a theatrical performance at the nearby theatre of Dionysus. QAdmission: €3 A four day pass costing €12 (concessions €6) will get you in: The Acropolis.
With light. figurative vases with three-dimensional bodies worked onto the surface are also a hit with visitors. something pottery buffs will delight in. the war between the gods and rebelling giants. taken from the lery paints a vibrant picture of Athens and the Acropolis before the refinement of the Classical era. the neighbourhood continues below. Theatrical masks and a statue of Old Silenus carrying a young Dionysus on his shoulders allows one to go back in time to see what a temple to an enigmatic and flamboyant god would have looked like. 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.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. Keep your eyes down – a collection of ceramic bowls. what really puts things into perspective are unfinished statues and clay moulds – a touch of reality behind the mythical figurines of ancient times. Walking into the museum. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis: Pro- vides an insight into the ancient Athenian daily life.which replaced the old geometric temple (close to the site of the Parthenon) around the time of the abolishment of tyranny in 508/507 BC – tells the story of the Gigantomachy. the remnants of streets. A warlike Athena is shown with her cloak made of The Archaic Gallery. Amongst the artefacts from households.a magnificent sculpture depicting two gargantuan lions devouring a bull. of an Athenian neighbourhood. the monumental complex buzzes daily with the excited chatter of visitors from all over the world. Receiving 90. eager to see the rich collection of artefacts discovered in and around the ancient Acropolis hill. expressed in the Archaic Parthenon’s pediment that dominates the gallery’s entrance. Then. 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.inyourpocket. Those archaic sculptors certainly had a talent for depicting animals – seek out the hunting dog if you aren’t convinced. space and angular lines. Reflective of the worship of a female deity. the archaic style is exemplified in the size and scope of its centrepiece .000 visitors in its opening week alone. while the collection of unusual. some 200 ‘Korai’ were discovered on the Acropolis. or vessels that carry bathwater to the nuptial bath. Pieces from the Sanctuary of Dionysus’ temple frieze reveal magnificent workmanship that expertly transformed dense marble into flowing fabrics draped over dancing women. a reminder of the history that lies beneath one of the world’s most historical cities. 1st Floor: The Archaic Gal- Athens In Your Pocket athens. after animals come statues of women – lots of them.com . the pediment of the Ancient Temple . with display cases lining an ascending ramp that mirrors the slope leading to the Acropolis. A stark contrast to the highly-classical figures of the Parthenon. the museum design and its perfect view of the Acropolis. workshops and baths are clearly visible through the transparent floors and viewing areas at the entrance to the museum. honours the history of this ancient site and its treasures. Nearby. many with the traces of the original paint that decorated the expertly carved fabric chitons clothing their stylistic (and voluptuous) bodies. houses. Votive offerings of ‘loutrophorai’.
What to see snakes. faces are the real winner in this section. the outer metopes and the crowning pediments while looking towards the Parthenon itself.inyourpocket. one of the most celebrated attic sculptors of the 4th Century BC. www. 210 9000901.September 2011 . dating to the 5th/4th Century BC. an illustration of the museum’s dedication to bringing its exhibits to life. the spectacular exhibition space invokes mixed feelings. Admission fee: €5. firstname.lastname@example.org really does come alive here. However.20:00. MAcropoli. 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. as was the case in the old Acropolis Museum. his wife Plautillia and a rather handsome portrait of a Barbarian from the 3rd quarter of the 2nd Century AD exhibited in the Roman period – who knew savages could look so refined? This section also contains the museum’s most curious exhibits . is also apparent in the expert reconstruction of the floral akroterion that once crowned the Parthenon’s east pediment. 1st floor: The Parthenon Gallery. and the advent of Christianity. with luscious fabrics draped over an even more lusciously carved out body. Another special aspect of this display is that rather than being sealed off in a glass. Built with the precise geometry and dimensions of the Parthenon. something eloquently expressed in the bewitched faces of its visitors .grQOpen 08:00 . the Caryatids can finally be enjoyed in the round. taken from the Nike temple’s balustrade. The Propylaia. the Erectheion is known for its irregular design. she seems to be crying. perched atop the Acropolis hill. 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. this section is made up entirely of fragments belonging to the museum. – 5th Century AD. We recommend you reserve tickets on-line in order to avoid queues.a haunting marble face of a woman 5th Century BC. in part due to the irregular surface of the rock as well as the need to protect the remains of ancient cults. In fact. athens. Many of the displayed pieces are replicas of fragments housed mainly in the British Museum. Indeed. 1st Floor: After the Archaic temple comes The magnificent Parthenon Gallery VK Representing periods in the Acropolis’ history from the Hellenistic period. regardless of the debate.Closed Mon. though the real triumph here is the work that went into restoration efforts – the plaster casts that complete the statues are second to none. the Sandal-binding Nike being a glorious example of superb relief-carving. 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. The shame in the situation is unavoidable. A number of reliefs are also on display. it feels like the pieces have found a home worthy of their stature. a mark of respect after the Persian-induced destruction to the Acropolis. particularly when most of the breathtaking pediment sculptures . Built on the site of the geometric period temple to Athena Polias (the Ancient Temple) which had been destroyed by the Persians. Fri 08:00-22:00 . something the ancient Greeks never forgot. the Roman period. which most people pass as they enter the Acropolis through the Propylaia without a second glance. tel. Original and replica: Spot the difference! VK Acropolis Museum E7 Dionysiou Areopagitou 15. classical art lovers will admire the face of the cult statue of Artemis Brauronia by Praxiteles. Erectheion and Temple of the Athena Nike.gr.theacropolismuseum. Finally. one can admire the inner frieze. the cast makers’ excellent work. though the conspicuous gaps in the gallery make the frieze found behind the west pediment appear all the more miraculous – bar one missing piece. as well as Lucius Verrus. the work that has gone into the museum is unquestionable.especially on the west pediment . with black lines running from her expressive inlaid eyes. 3rd floor: The Parthenon Gallery is where visitors can truly appreciate the museum design and its intentions. Nevertheless. and a walk around this exhibition hall evokes the magnificence of the mighty structure.are plaster casts. 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. Agrippina the Younger.com August . Emperor Caracalla.
M Omonia. There are plans for the future underground expansion of the Museum’s permanent exhibition spaces. There are vast collections of finds from the Neolithic.yet also very instructive. Admission fee: €6. records. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. Closed Tue.17:00.gr. 210 7232178.17:00. MVictoria.gr.3. www. It is especially instructive as regards the intricate interconnections underlying the symbolisms of the pagan -ancient. A gift shop is available. tel. collection of ancient Greek art and artefacts. Thu 09:00 . designed by L. www. www. Trokadero. Another major highlight is its renowned Egyptian Collection. as well as a rare bronze miniature figurine depicting an African boy at a street market.including wonderfully preserved colourful wall-murals.and early Christian periods. It also periodically houses temporary exhibitions. showcasing the history of the Greek Navy and honouring the servicemen who died during naval engagements during its time of service. revealing lesser-known facets of this transition. QOpen 08:30 . fax 210 7239382. Considered one of the foremost Egyptian collections worldwide. Byzantine and Christian Museum Vasilissis Sofias Victoria. as well as a smaller selection of Bronze Age.com .24:00.5. fax 210 8213573. a lobby.cycladic-m. this reputable private Museum houses a vast collection of finds from Prehistoric down to early twentieth century Greece.17:00. 210 Athens In Your Pocket athens. fax 210 3671063. Epigraphical Museum F1. Admission fee: €4. Museum shop and agreeable café-restaurant in the cozy atrium. Battleship Averoff Marina Flisvos. Sat. Free admission. ema@ culture. surrounded by a serene courtyard -a leisurely outdoor stroll is a must. Sun 09:00 .13:00 & 18:00-20:00. Closed Mon. QOpen 10:00 . This Museum houses the leading collection of ancient Greek inscriptions and it is the largest of its kind in the world. Archaic. info@cycladic-m. The Museum shop also provides an on-line sales service. housing a unique. Thu 10:00 . but these are not expected to materialise any time soon.15:00. some of which attributed to Praxiteles’ workshop. QOpen . Thu 09:00 .15:00. Two of its newest exhibits include a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath and a 6th century BC marble statue of a young woman. tel. Kalkos. Wed. finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Thera (Santorini) . It is housed in the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. a gallery. Mon. benaki@benaki. the first half of the twentieth century. a 3. tel.20:00. Mycenaean. religious practices and customs of the Byzantine and Medieval periods in Greece. tribute lists. tel. Lange and remodelled by P . 210 National Archaeological Museum Patision (28th October) 44. Its more than 20. fax 210 8225733. Tositsa 1. Benaki Museum H5.gr. Classical and Hellenistic items. the Sculpture Collection (7th-5th centuries BC) showcasing many internationally-acclaimed masterpieces of the genre. offices and a laboratory for the conservation of inscribed stone monuments. This late 19th century battleship has today been converted into a Naval Museum.000-year-old preserved loaf of bread (with a bite-sized chunk missing!) and other intact organic materials. this is simultaneously an Archaeological. Set in a beautiful building. a large hypostyle corridor. the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection. 1.inyourpocket. Cycladic and Mycenaean periods (Prehistoric Collection) including: the famous gold mask attributed to Agamemnon. Closed Tue. Minoan. the bronze statue of Princess-Priestess Takushit (c.14:00 & 18:00-20:00. The Museum also houses a very important collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and frescoes. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art Neophytou Douka 4. Sun 10:00 . 670BC) adorned with a gown strewn with hieroglyphs. concessions €3.000 exhibits showcase the development of Greek civilisation from Prehistory down to the late Roman era.15:00.com. Its amenities include a coffee-shop/restaurant in the pleasant atrium in the basement area. It regularly hosts periodic thematic exhibitions that are generally highly regarded and attract large numbers of visitors. tel.gr. QOpen 09:00 . MSyntagma.100 priceless items of which were recently put on permanent exhibition following years in the Museum’s vast underground storage areas. including very well-preserved black-figure pottery. conference facilities and modern conservation workshops. It comprises an internal and external courtyard (atrium). .bsaverof. 210 3671000. all have their place in this interesting archival Museum. Tue.this Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the way of life. Sun 11:00 . eleven rooms.gr/. Vlachos and E. returned to Greece in 2007 by the Getty Museum in California and conspicuously displayed. Geometric. 22. Its permanent collection is vast . Amenities include a children’s area. The National Archaeological Museum is set in a characteristic hefty neoclassical building. Saturdays: €2. Museum shop. Q Admission fee €7. Q Open 08:30 . thanks to the wellorganised exhibition structure. 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. It also regularly hosts interesting periodic exhibitions. The café-restaurant extends to the roof-terrace and offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. tel. H. Closed Mon. its star items include a wooden body tag for a mummy.13:00. mainly showcasing ancient jewellery. 210 8232950. as well as the Metallurgy and Vase & Minor Objects Collections. art. Koubari 1 & Vasilissis Sofias.indeed. Decrees. Admission fee: €5. Bronze Age. eam@culture. recently refurbished.benaki. Byzantine and Folk Culture Museum . 210 8217724. Ziller (built 1866-1889). 18-26: €1.40 What to see Archaeological Museum Other Museums 9888211. 7228321 . The Stathatos Collection was also recently brought up from storage and put on display. third millennium BC). Fri 09:00 . MSyntagma.gr.
ANCIENT CULTURES 25. QOpen 09:00 .gr. Closed Tue.gr athens. Many items in its collection have been inspired by the art of ancient and Byzantine Greece. under 19 yrs: free. Don’t leave without a visit to the giftshop. 41 NEW EXHIBITION Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum E7.September 2011 © Jan de Bie. There are a number of impressive pottery items and funerary monuments in its collection. as well as from nature and from scientific discourse. 210 3251311. concessions €3. concessions: 2.14:30. www.16:00. It holds more than 8000 artefacts showcasing the secular and religious history and way of life of Jews in Greece.inyourpocket.C.30 €Free admission for members and children under 10Free admission on Wednesdays after 15. America and Asia. MSyntagma.com / info@herakleidon-art. Sun 10:00 . Escher and V.16:00.6 25. (close to Apostolou Pavlou Str. as well as seminars designed for students.11. 16 Herakleidon str. fax 210 3231577.benaki. 210 9221044.19:00. Karyatidon & Kalisperi. fax 210 3225550. Far East and North Africa. tel. email@example.com Museum hours: Tues. Middle East. QOpen 13:00 . from the 12th to the 19th centuries.herakleidon-art. It regularly houses periodic visual arts exhibitions focusing on the work of important twentieth century artists.00 . aptly illustrating the funerary customs of ancient Athenian society.jewishmuseum. 13:00 -21:00. QOpen 08:00 . This is a historical and ethnographic Museum that aims to preserve.gr.19:00. This excellent private Museum is housed in an attractive listed neoclassical building in the busy heart of the trendy Thissio district.21:00. tel. Admission fee: €4. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis.gr. concessions: €4.: 210 3461981 www.gr. fax 210 3458225. www. MThissio. 210 3463552. such as funeral urns. Sun. Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12. such as M. Ermou 148. It also provides educational facilities such as a library and jewelry-making workshop. Wed 09:00 . students.21:00. Vasarely. displays a fine collection of Islamic art from the Near East. tel. This is a private non-profit foundation devoted to the historical development of the art of jewelry. Sun 11:00 . 210 3461981. fax 210 9237358. www. designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis (1940-2000).herakleidon.) Thissio. QOpen 09:00 .-Sat.com The Museum will be closed from 1/8 until 22/8/2011 August .C. Admission fee: €6. Closed Sat.gr. Nikis 39. Islamic Art Museum C4. concessions:€1. Displays the important archaeological finds unearthed at the adjacent ancient Kerameikos cemetery.00. Herakleidon 16. Admission fee: €5. Mon 11:00 . Closed Mon. Wed 09:00 .21:00. funerary monuments (‘stelai’) and pottery items. Admission fee: €5. concessions: €3. QOpen 09:00 . lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. 210 3225582.9 2011 CONTEMPORARY VIEW M. www.15:00. spell to turn into a swallow 2006.14:00. A giftshop is also available. This recently opened annex of the Benaki Museum. It presents the evolution of Islamic art in relation to the historic development of Islamic civilisation. info@herakleidon-art. Europe.gr.gr. Jewish Museum F6. Ag. Admission fee: €2. tel. in a picturesque neoclassical building. MThissio. MAcropolis. Escher room from the Museum’s Collection Museum Kerameikos Museum B4. firstname.lastname@example.org:00.gr. explore and present the material evidence related to the historic Jewish community in Greece. 11:00 -19:00. Monday Closed www. Athens 118 51 • Metro: Thissio Tel. housed in an elegant neoclassical building complex in the historic heart of Athens.What to see Herakleidon-Experience in Visual Arts C5. Closed Mon. tel. near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery. Sun 11:00 . linocut . Its permanent collection comprises more than 4000 items of jewelry. info@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum. MThissio.00 & Saturday 9.
inaugurated in 1973 by benefactors Lambros Eutaxias and his uncle Alexandros Vouros. Sun 10:00 . as it is one of the most representative examples of the avant-garde architectural movement in Athens during the 1950s. The models of the Ancient Agora (commercial centre). flags. Admission fee: €3. QOpen 10:00 . The commanding statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. and its first floor is dedicated to their memory. Among its invaluable exhibits are archival records. QOpen 09:00 . M Syntagma. fax 210 3226979. Plaka. 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.culture.the building was originally due for completion by the end of 2009 . such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos (c. MKerameikos. fax 210 3250198. There is a large library for dedicated scholars in the adjacent Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. QOpen 09. from 1837 up to 1843. Museum of Greek Folk Art F6.18:00. National Historical Museum F4. 210 3453111. civic emancipation and democratic institutions. Mon 11:00 .14:00. Housed in a simple neoclassical threestorey building in a serene quarter of Plaka. MPanepistimio. 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. allowing you to experience the sound of each instrument. fax 210 9245200. Museum of Contemporary Art Fratzi 14 (management). photographs. proudly greets visitors to the Museum. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. MAcropolis.15:00. tel. Pireos 138. Information is provided on how the instruments are created.14:00.14:00. Free admission. As well as its regularly alternating temporary exhibitions. that have remained true to its mission to showcase the transcultural. Museum of the City of Athens / Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation F4. this Museum preserves. Rizari 2. is housed in the stately mansion that was the residence of Otto. weaving. The architecture of the building itself is very original. with special focus on the Second World War. Admission fee: €4. Exhibits are accompanied by sound recordings. 330BC). Paparrigopoulou 5-7. the first King of Athens and his wife Amalia. QOpen 10:00 . Housed in the renovated ‘Stoa of Attalos’ (dating to 150BC) within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora.14:00.16:45. Housed in the imposing historical building that was Greece’s first House of Parliament. Closed Tue. Interesting temporary exhibitions are frequently organised. National Glyptotheque Militar y Park. Admission fee: €2. Admission fee: €6.gr. Adrianou 24. from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State. This recently opened annex of the National Gallery holds its important Sculpture Collection. paintings.athenscitymuseum. 210 3229031. 210 3254119.15:00. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 09:00 . email@example.com. exhibits and presents the history and evolution of Greek folk art.has organised some very successful exhibitions. items of furniture and household objects. Housed in a tasteful building that gracefully combines simplicity and an imposing aspect and provides a most welcome contrast to its rather neglected surroundings. http://www. 210 9242111-2. which is fast transforming itself into a veritable hub of experimental and avant-garde artistic activity. 210 3231397. Athens In Your Pocket New Benaki Museum A5. Free admission. War Museum I5. Diogenous 1-3. including works by acclaimed Greek and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. tel. 210 3210185. 210 7709855. royal portraits and weapons. MKatechaki. the War in Korea and the Cyprus War. 210 3237617.inyourpocket. it also periodically hosts alternative drama performances by independent unconventional theatre athens. It seeks to present the modern history of the city of Athens. since it begun operating in 2000 -albeit its as yet nomadic existence. records. traditional costumes. MThissio. Wed 12:00 .42 What to see War Museum tel. this Museum tells the story of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Sun 10:00 . tel. through to the mid 19th century. Closed Mon.16:00. A giftshop is available. QOpen 09:00 . it holds an important collection of war memorabilia from the Mycenaean Period up to present-day Greece. up to the present day. tel. The Museum of Contemporary Art. it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. Among its collections are works of art. Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments E6. Concessions: €2. tel. Among its exhibits are embroidery. wood and stone carvings.com . A giftshop selling traditional music CDs and musical instruments is also available. concessions: €2. with special focus on the War of Independence (1821-1829).gr. Closed Mon. Closed Mon. This Museum. Acropolis and Pnyx (public meeting area) are very illuminating as regards the city’s ancient topography. as well as complete reconstructions of typical late 19th . Museum of the Ancient Agora D5. Kydathinaion 17. costumes.early 20th century living and sitting rooms of the Athenian aristocratic elite. as well as silver. Dedicated to the history and practice of warfare. Sat. shadow-theatre puppets (the famous ‘Karaghiozis’). www. Plaka. this Museum houses one of the foremost collections of traditional musical instruments in Europe. religious icons. MEvangelismos. consessions: €1. household items (such as the intricate ‘stamps’ used for embossing and decorating bread during traditional festivals). From the 17th century to the present. Goudi. Closed Mon. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the garden. melt@melt. since it became capital of the nascent Hellenic State in 1834. Stadiou 13.16:45. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections. MSyntagma.00 . tel. mainly at the New Wing of the Athens Concert Hall).15:00. The historical fighter planes at the entrance are also worth seeing.gr (as yet not housed at a permanent address .but exhibitions take place in an array of various establishments as circumstances permit. experimental/ exploratory and thought-provoking aspects of contemporary international art.gr/. as well as its musical combination with other instruments. fax 210 3220765. showcasing items linked with the development of Athenian public and commercial life. Closed Tue. tel. Concessions: €3.
22:00. M A- The current exhibitions Jul 21 . theatre performances. while plans for its expansion are underway. http://www. Free admission. A haven for the railways aficionados.com August . tel. as well as models and historic photographic archives. Nikolaos Kounelakis.000 coins spanning a period from antiquity to the early modern era. Sun 10:00 . performance.15:00. posters and illustrations for book covers and records are among the works on display. Spyros Vassiliou Museum D7. 210 3643774. Yiannis Moralis. Fri. There is a gift shop that sells stamps and other collectors’ items.spyrosvassiliou. atelier@ spyrosvassiliou. QOpen 09:00 . Among its star exhibits are the printing plates of the first stamp in Greece. Postal and Philatelic Museum H7. 210 9231502.15:00. Sat 10:00 . Georgios Iakovidis. fax 210 7519279. Closed Mon. accessible to the public year-round. Closed Mon. concessions: €2.made salads. MEvan- Sep 11 . Sat. a social venue where all are welcome to attend and get involved as well as an inspiring meeting point. woodcuts. athens.theartfoundation.13:00 & 17:00-20:00. Its exhibits include more than 600.24:00. It also houses conservation laboratories and a library. as well as unique exhibits such as the royal car of King George I of Greece. Admission fee: €6. Tue. 7 days a week. Nikiforos Lytras. tel.gr. or a wagon (the smoking carriage) that was part of the Sultan train of the Ottoman Empire. www. It is an organisation that produces and hosts cultural events related to all forms of intellectual production and art.14:00. as well as works by seminal Greek artists such as Theophilos.org. Nikos Eggonopoulos and Alekos Fassianos. Fri.org. MMonastiraki. 43 The Art Foundation (TAF) Numismatic Museum G4.Oct 2: ‘Group Filopappou’. Stamp lovers and collectors should not miss a visit to this Museum. 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. QOpen 10:00 . Sep 19 . Railway Museum Siokou 4. contemporary music. at the adjacent Panathenaic Stadium). while the café-restaurant on the ground floor serves a good selection of dishes and lovely freshly .What to see companies. MSyntagma. Sun 10:00 16:00. literary presentations. Sepolia. (+30) 6988391684. fax 210 3635953. Closed Tue. tel.5.20:00. 210 7235857.culture. The Museum Shop is well worth a visit if you’re looking for original and creative -though a tad expensive. instruments and mechanics’ tools. Yiannis Tsarouchis. 210 7519042. Michalakopoulou 1.18:00. postmuseum@elta-net. such as tickets. gelismos. film screenings. Closed Sat. Works of 23 upcoming artists The National Gallery J5. a hall that houses temporary exhibitions and a Museum shop. Wed 9:00 . Nikolaos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas. tel. 5 (Panathenaic Stadium).gr. open discussions and lectures. protocol@ nm.gr. Paintings. Admission fee: €3. www.Aug 31: ‘Undisclosed Recipients’. historic tram trains.14:00. as well a collection of the first stamps in history to be connected with the Olympic Games (namely. Sun. (+30) 210 3238757.September 2011 . when the group was created until today. mainly spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. QOpen . Taf’s program includes art exhibitions. tel. Recording actions’. It is housed in the mansion of Heinrich Schliemann. QOpen 08:30 .inyourpocket. Thu. The Gallery frequently organises interesting temporary exhibitions. tel.gift ideas. Closed Mon. Also on display are related railway paraphernalia. 210 5246580. tion presents works and archival material from the six actions of Omada Filopappou (Filopappou Group) from 2001. Free admission. which was designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller during the late 19th century. www. Webster 5.gr The Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in May 2009. it includes some works by Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco). Closed Mon.13:00. discoverer of the Mycenaean treasure. here you can feast your eyes on historic 19th century steam locomotives.17: ‘Bijoux de kant.nma. The exhibi- QOpen 13:00 . Its interesting exhibits narrate the postal and philatelic history of modern Greece. multimedia installations. www. Bus 024 from Syntagma sq (Praktoreia stop) QOpen 9:00 . Its amenities include conservation laboratories. A small museum near the Acropolis dedicated to the life and work of Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou. Tue. Wed 12:00 . Nikolaos Gyzis. Admission: free. QOpen 08:00 . Normanou 5. with the 1896 first modern Olympics that were held in Athens. postalmuseum. theory of art and poetic contemplation. fax 210 7224889. Housing a collection of Greek art from the sixteenth century to the present. concerts and every creative idea that could take place in its physical or online space. with no concrete timeframe announced as yet. Panepistimiou 12. 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.gr/. Bijoux de kant explores the fields of theatre.gr. Stadiou Square The Art Foundation D5. concessions: €3. cropolis. a well-equipped library. fax 210 922 0193. nationalgallery.
An impres- Athens Metropolitan Cathedral Mitropoleos Sq. Built in 1934 to host the nomadic stock market of those days. The last known restoration was in 1840. Free admission. was later added to the north side. an ideal book-lovers’ haunt and anyone avid for a shelter during a rainy day. following damages it incurred during the Greek War of Independence. who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons. it was originally the Royal Palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia. MOmonia. this miniscule church is commonly known as Kapnikarea. but the small porch with the two columns was built closer to the end of the 12th century. The National Library is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase. In its pleasant courtyard there are the statues of the last Byzantine Emperor (Saint Constantine XI ‘the Martyr’) and a former Archbishop of Athens. is located in the forecourt of the building. bankof gr e ece. this church dates back to 1065 AD. it was erected around 1050AD. this large three-aisled domed basilica was consecrated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. It is usually surrounded by hundreds of people. MPanepistimio. Er- Athens Stock Exchange Sofokleous 10.parliament. with 3 apses on the east side. The building was designed by archi tects K. a monument in honour of the servicemen who fell in the F4. the bell tower was added later. M Syntagma. fax 210 3692170. M Panepistimio. Inside are the tombs of two Orthodox saints. which was dedicated to goddess Athena or Demeter. This was common practice during Byzantine ages. Bank Of Greece F4. The City Hall also houses a valuable art collection. it would probably be voted the best loved church in Athens. this imposing building is among the finest examples of modern Athenian architecture and hosts the Council of State High Court. MMonastiraki. in an attempt to wipe out idolatry. These striking neoclassical buildings were built by the Hansen brothers of Copenhagen. Yet another structure built over the ruins of a much earlier temple. MOmonia. As for the imposing wall paintings. It is currently undergoing restoration. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard (‘Evzones’) in traditional dress. while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. Completed in 1862 after 20 years of construction (the first stone was laid by King Otto and Queen Amalia).com . Panepistimiou 21. there are paintings signed in 1955 by Greek artist Photis Kontoglou. The official inauguration took place in 1938. Monastiraki. w w w. As for the interior. The square also functions as an open-air antiquities Museum and is surrounded by beautiful neoclassical buildings from the turn of the century (such as the National Bank or ‘Karatza Megaron’). Church of Panaghia Kapnikar ea E5. tel.gr.gr. T h e headquarters of the Central Bank of Greece. House of Parliament (Vouli) G5.20:00. sive neoclassical building situated in a breathtaking cobblestone square. Sat. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner. Adjacent to the Arsakeion is the pleasant Books’ Arcade. In a poll. mou & Kapnikareas St. Athens City Hall Kotzia Square. the first monarchs of Greece. so large parts are not visible under the scaffolding.Athens Academy . As is the case with most churches in Greece. it is an imposing neoclassical building that is well worth a detour from Kotzia Square. has housed the Greek Parliament.Athens University Athens In Your Pocket athens. whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors.44 What to see Historic Buildings Arsakeion Megaron F3. which exhibits a section of the Ancient Athenian wall. 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. MSyntagma.gr. the palace was completed in 1843. Overlooking Syntagma Square. struggle for Greek Independence. with three apses on the east side and a narthex on the west. which is open to the public. www. info@parliament. National Librar y . Papadakis and N. Sun 10:00 . Aristeidou & Euripidou St. And what less costly method than appropriating the very materials the ancient building was made of. under Governor Emmanouil Tsouderos.inyourpocket. Don’t miss the innovative glass display on the ground. since 1934. As for its background. Zoumpoulidis and its foundations were laid in 1933. Church of Aghioi Theodoroi F4. This is a cross-insquare construction. QOpen . Syntagma Square. Built by renowned 19th century architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. 210 3707000. they date to the 19th century. It is cross-in-square shaped. dedicated to Aghia Varvara. A chapel. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Panepistimiou 2832. bristling with pleasant cafés and busy shopping centres (the picturesque Central Athens open-air meat market is right down the street). It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and. for “holy purposes”! According to the inscription found on the west wall. M Panepistimio. Syntagma. MPanepistimio. Panepistimiou 47. Built as usual on th e ruins of an ancient temple. either waiting for someone or having their portrait drawn and even having a breather in between shopping. while the Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side.
In the north-east corner of the cemetery. In front of the building there stands an imposing equestrian bronze statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis. M Monastiraki. QOpen 10:00 . the first of its kind in Greece and the Balkans. M Acropolis. in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-1945 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-1945. This building. Most famous Greeks are buried here. Presidential Palace and Megaron Maximou H6. was designed by renowned architect Theophile Hansen and was inaugurated in 1842. close to the Panathinaiko Stadium. that points to the four points of the horizon. Surrounded by beautiful gardens. Irodou Attikou First cemetry of Athens Turkish Baths E6. among the leaders of the Greek War of Independence. which were violently put down on 17 November. the Nymphs. marble sculptures. This is among one of the very few surviving remnants of the Ottoman period in Greece and the sole surviving traditional bathhouse in Athens. MOmonia. when Athens was also established as the capital city of the modern Greek state (1834). MThissio. a plot contains the graves of servicemen and civilians who after serving in the Crimean War. as well as for European heads of State meetings. which functions as the Prime Minister’s office. & Vas Olgas. which was formerly a Royal Residence. 1973. Anapafseos and Trivonianou. Commonwealth war cemetery Poseidonos Str e et. Admission by invitation only. while its resplendent golden dome can be seen gleaming in the Athens sky from quite a distance. Closed Mon. is worth visiting because of its connection with the historic student uprisings against the military dictatorship. Today.com August . Tram stop: Pikrodafni G8. although in an unfortunate state of disrepair due to persistent student sit-ins. This historic Obser vatory. that include a pleasant coffeeshop and restaurant. while its Minaret has been removed. It now houses the Museum of Greek Ceramic Art. Mets. The imposing Presidential Palace. There is a monument in honour of the Polytechnic students killed in the Greek Resistance during World War Two. conveying the memorial art that flourished during the 19th century along the rebirth of the new Greek state. on which students and politicians lay wreaths on the anniversary of the uprising. columns. It was designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller in the 1870s. It is a museum in its own right with every kind of monument and ornamental patterns. now hosts the Republic’s Presidency and is guarded by ‘evzones’ (Presidential Guards in traditional costume). Ag. this stately neoclassical building houses the National Historical Museum (see museums).September 2011 . this was a historic Ottoman mosque constructed durin g th e governorship of th e ‘voi vode’ Tzisdarakis in Athens.028 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in this cemetery. in 1759. A Memorial within Phaleron War Cemetery commemorates nearly 3. commercial events.inyourpocket. Cemeteries Av. Patision (28th October) 46. died in Greece. on the order of Greek-Romanian national benefactors and cousins Zappas. Plaka. MSyntagma.What to see National Theatre D2. MOmonia. E5. Konstantinou 22. it is the foremost establishment of the National Theatre of Greece. This interesting 17th century bathhouse is open to visitors. and who have no known grave. Alimos. it is now used for international conferences. Overlooking Monastiraki Square. It was the first residence of Kin g O t to. Zappeion G6. Hill of MSyntagma. Stadiou 13.1932. MSyntagma. Old House of Parliament F4.14:30. Housed in an impressive neoclassical building. 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 . sarcophagi and neoclassical temples. 45 Tzisdarakis Mosque National Polytechnic University F1. Built in 1874-1878 by architect von Hansen. Nearby is the attractive neoclassical Megaron Maximou. Amalias Observatory C6.000 members of the land forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives during the campaigns in Greece and Crete in 1941 and 1944-1945. 2. Kyristou 8. 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. It was founded around 1837. athens. M Syntagma. It has a unique cross-shaped structure. as well as an array of interesting sculptures. this lofty neoclassical structure originally housed an exhibition hall. It spreads on the slope of the Ardittos hill. Monastiraki Square. with a grand colonnaded façade and beautiful interior. situated in the forecourt of the University. in order to commemorate the event.
‘Kidom’ is the adjacent fairytale park designed for younger children. Copa Copana (Summer only) 100 (Gaea Centre). children up to 12 yrs: €10 Weekends: €20. 212 2540000. It does host exhibitions aiming at showcasing the development of the arts.inyourpocket. (Bus line 049 OmoniaPiraeus. Buses: 126. built in 2003 and designed to seat 280 people at a time. sciences and every aspect of society throughout the Hellenic world.46 What to see Children’s Athens Allou Fun Park Kifissou & Petrou Ralli Junction. 210 4256990. Closed Mon. children up to 12 yrs: €12.allou. E16. fax 210 8080674. Wed 09:00 . Planetarium-Eugenides Foundation Syngrou 387. Admission fee: €4-6. This is home to the largest and. Amenities include special educational programmes for children. 865 from Koumoundourou sq. Kidom is open until 00:00 daily tions of an interactive character. Haidari. A2. A taxi ride costs about €10.m. 210 9469641. Planetarium Digital Shows: €6.01:00. Tholos: €10. www.com. Q Open 09:00 . You’ll have the opportunity to see more than two hundred species of birds. 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. MKifisia. fax 210 3312996. tel.02:00. Sun 10:00 .gr. pool bars and a Mediterranean restaurant and the fun continues in the evening with cocktails. Although it cannot be said that this is among the world’s greatest zoos. Admission fee: €14. waterfalls and the Magic Town. www. 12th km Athinon Ave. with the aim of shedding light on the evolution of the Earth and living systems. Plaka.15:00. including an attic and garden.sunset. a café-restaurant.21:00. 210 8015870. tel. Children and grown ups are guaranteed a day of endless fun in this huge entertainment theme park just fifteen minutes from the city centre. info@hcm. tel. the biggest children playground in Greece. Wed. internet-access area and giftshop.gr. you and your children will definitely enjoy a few hours of fun away from the city centre. This Museum houses an extensive collection of zoological. Sat. entomological. www. The Foundation also hosts the ‘Tholos’. The Park includes an extensive array of amusement rides. antelopes and some rare animals like snow leopards and white lions. Natural History (Goulandris) Museum Levidou 13 / Othonos Foundation of the Hellenic World Pireos 254. complete with a pirate ship.hellenic-cosmos. zebras. the ‘Shock Tower’ (a 40m free fall experience) and the largest observation wheel in Greece. Children.gr.gr. Attica Zoological Park Yalou. a café.02:00.16:00. but contemporary reconstruc- Palio Faliro. hellenic_cosmos@ime.. Thanks to the latest digital technology you can scuba dive in the great barrier reef.gnhm. an ‘Adrenaline Zone’. Entertainment Park covering about 40. its exhibits are not the usual original artefacts. QOpen 09:00 . A taxi will cost €6-8 from the centre of Athens. geological and palaeontological exhibits. Hellenic Children’s Museum Kidathineon 14. bears. tel. botanical. Bus No: A16.atticapark.edu. QOpen 17:00 . by general acclaim.02:00.gr. This is a small haven for children aged up to 12 years old.01:00. fax 210 6634726. trampolines. Sun 10:00 . tel. Highly recommended if you are looking for a high-tech educational experience for the whole family and want to rediscover the little explorer in you. Fri 10:00 . B16. iWERKS Shows: €8. complete with a pirate ship: an absolute heaven for the little ones. Closed Sat. foxes and wild cats. including state-of-the-art technological applications.14:30. m. DJs and live music. Sun 10:00 . www. swimming pools. Free entrance. 210 3312995. Sat. Tue. Bus stop: Afaia-Haidari.15:00. There is a café. gift-shop. QOpen 10:00 .B2 from Akadimias & Omirou St QOpen 19:30 . QOpen . The Foundation includes a conventional theatre. 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.14:00. as well as raising public awareness regarding the urgent need to safeguard the environment. fax 212 2540123. It covers an area of more than 520 sq. 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. Large format films and planetarium shows are projected on a 25-metre diameter dome. gr. zoo@atticapark. www. Admission: Free (A fee is charged for using the rides & games). MKallithea. Closed: Until Aug 20 Admission fee: €5 (€7 combined ticket for Gaea Centre). a dome-shaped virtual-reality theatre.000 square metres.com . Tue. 210 5576006. Thu. drop by the Eugenides Foundation. currently showing an interactive tour of the Ancient Athenian Agora. Bus-stop: Viochalko) QOpen 09:00 . creative and inquisitive faculties. Yet. islands.000 sq. with multifaceted thematic exhibits specially designed to cater to childrens’ imagination and stimulate their intellectual. situated in a former industrial complex and spanning a total area of approximately 60. Sat 10:00 .gr. www. To get there take the 319 bus from Doukisis Plakentias metro station. tel. Family and member tickets also available. concessions: €3 (€4). Athens In Your Pocket athens. is not a Museum in the conventional sense of the term.hcm. This Centre. Fri 17:00 .20:30. Sun 10:00 . a number of African mammals like giraffes.14:30. most advanced digital 3-D 360 degrees Planetarium in the world. Sun 10:30 . Seniors: €10. Weekdays: €17. info@gnhm. carousel. Rentis. Bus no: B18 and trolleybus 21 from Omonia. and climbing towers.copacopanapark. M Syntagma.eugenfound. Greek fauna species like: wolves. 210 6634724. Closed Mon. get up close and personal with a Hawaiian volcano crater and follow Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the surface of the moon.gr. Spata. many reptiles. as well as a parking area.gr. www. tel. Waterslides of every kind.gr.20:30. in a historic three-storey neoclassical building.
A lovely park located within easy walking distance (just fi ve minu tes) from th e National Archaeological Museum. Zappeion Garden G7. some of which are exceedingly rare. offering excellent views of the entire city and the Saronic Gulf. QOpen 08:00 . while you may also visit the Botanical Museum and. These Gardens harmoniously combine the grand (imposing architecture of the Zappeion Hall) with the pristine. Also on the Hill is the small gleaming-white picturesque church of Saint George. Lycabettus Hill I3 It can be reached on foot for the adventurous via a beautiful pedestrian walkway surrounded by pine trees. Its meandering benchladen paths. for the young (or young at heart) there is the dedicated Childrens’ Museum. Vas.September 2011 . There is an open-air theatre atop the Hill that regularly hosts concerts during summer months. A pleasant coffee-shop is also located in its grounds. by the funicular or by car. Feeding the ever-hungry water fowl at the ponds is a must. as well as a dedicated botanic section with pharmaceutical plants. MVictoria. the National Gardens provide a pleasant green haven in the heart of bustling downtown Athens. MSyntagma Do not miss the opportunity for a stroll in the gardens of a historic Royal residence-now the Presidential Palace. MSyntagma. Acropolis. Sun 10:00 . the Zappeion Garden generously provides a serene get-away from the hustle and bustle. Dafni and Agia Var vara.14:00.Gardens & Parks 47 National Gardens VK pages) are also to be found here offering the same breathtaking views of the capital. MSyntagma. i ts expansi ve tree-lined vistas make for a pleasant stroll during the day . make up a favourite stroll for everyone.800 hectares in Athens’ western suburbs of Korydallos. Within its expansive serene grounds you can find an overwhelming abundance of flora (more than 3000).14:00.there are also numerous impressive statues of Greek War of Independence heroes. Created and designed by Queen Amalia in the 19th century. 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 . Amalias Street. while the café and restaurant are well worth a visit. Iera Odos Avenue. 401. in its cool shady vistas and green corner get-aways. scenic stroll. A coffee-shop and restaurant (see our restaurant Presidential Palace Gardens H6. i t makes for a lovel y and invigorating. National Gardens G6. Irodou Attikou St. if impractically situated. Situated right next to (and actually forming an extension of) the National Gardens. Olgas Av. cool trees and popular ponds. Extending over a vast area of 1. August .15:00. There are wonderfully crafted statues to be seen. Sat. Botanical Gar den (Diomidous Gardens) Pedion tou Areos Patision (28th October) & Alexandras St.
Plus. 210 2130400 *If you feel that you are about to be ripped of f. 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. 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.07 from and to harbours.gr. www.00-24. 210 5028574 Hermes tel. also doubling as si te museums) playing soothing classical music and featuring glittering white marble and interesting works of art. 210 6457000 Enotita tel.19 per km for the double. tramsa.40 and is usable for 90 minutes after its validation. There is a cheaper ticket at €1.00). the stations of which have been recently upgraded. night-time tari f f.ask for a receipt. and €1 . 24h tickets cost €4 and 7day tickets cost €14. There is an additional charge of €1. 210 3636508 Asteras tel. Operating hours are 05:30-01:00. If you’re within the town centre you should be fine. There are also monthly and yearly unlimited travel cards at various costs.usually operating at airpor ts . no less) and in a less crowded. 210 6792399. B Metr o tel. 18 300 Protoporia tel. VAT(1 1%) is included in all rates. For info call 185 or ask at any public transport ticket kiosk or metro station. w w w. The operating hours extend to 02:00 am every Friday and Saturday. Pl ease note that th e foll owin g radio -ta xi com panies only handle the calls and do not own the taxis. 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. I t operates between 05:00-24:00 from impeccable stations (some. Taxis 185.92 for immediate pick up (which can take some time during rush hours) or €3. as you’ll find there’ll be more than one bus line serving your route. Make sure you purchase your ticket from a kiosk (‘periptero’) beforehand and that you validate it once on board. w w w. Buses and Trolleybuses tel. e careful as some taxi drivers . refuse to pay and demand to be taken to the nearest police station. You can call a radio taxi and this will cost an extra €1. 210 4115200 Icaros tel.com . 210 5152800 Kosmos tel. 210 6459000 Evropi tel. (Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30.ametro.19 and then there is a fixed rate of €0. such as Acropolis and Syntagma. The minimum charge for ever y ride is €3. gr.€5.39 . I f you have to use a taxi. never accept a fixed price i f you pick a taxi in the street ( exceptions are the airport rides that have a f ixed price of € 35 during day time (05:00 -24:00) and €50 during the night ).65 for an appointm ent. 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.20 but that’s valid for just one ride on all means of transportation except the metro. you get the chance to view the wonderful seaside esplanade of Athens’ southern coastal suburbs by boarding the tram towards Voula.16 .48 Getting around Public transport The ticket for all means of transportation costs €1.68 per km for the single. the tram is the way. daytime tari f f (05. Star ting price is at €1 . Fines for faredodgers are 60 times the price of the ticket. June-Sep Fri-Sat 24H) Radio Taxi Companies Apollon tel. It is brand new and more comfortable and spacious than the buses and trolleybuses. alb ei t slower fashion. connecting the harbour of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifisia. They operate bet ween 05:30-24:00 and their network is convenient.inyourpocket. They are not therefore responsible for the conduct of the drivers.tr y to earn a day’s (or even a week’s) wages from foreign visitors. The metro has good links to the pre-existing over ground rail network. train and bus stations.gr. 210 6144000 Ellas tel.oasa.
europcar. F2 Mavili Sq. www.gr Budget Tel. Europcar Tel. 210 9984000 August . 210 2882151.gr.gr. www. tel. feel like reading a newspaper. someone stole your In Your Pocket guide at 5 in the morning? No worries. 800 11 800 12. 210 8981444. G5 Kanigos Sq. 210 6264000. tel.budgetathens.hertz. IVIS Travel Internet Service.September 2011 athens.avis. www. Mitropoleos 3.com.gr.gr. H5 Syntagma Sq. fax 210 2882050.gr.nationalcar. fax 210 3493417.inyourpocket.Getting around 49 Ultra-modern Kerameikos metro station AIYP 24 hrs kiosks Internet tagma. reservations@nationalcar. C5 Courier Services ACS 210 8190000 DHL tel. firstname.lastname@example.org Run out of cigarettes. need a condom. reservations@budget-athens. 801 11868868 UPS tel. fax 210 6879610. 210 3493428. www. E3 Ag Assomaton Sq. email@example.com . craving for a chocolate. (+30) 210 3243365 (+30) 210 3813830. fax 210 6264409.gr National Tel. www. MPanepistimio. 210 6879600. 210 9890000 TNT tel. K4 Omonia Sq. here is where you’ll find 24-hour kiosks: Hertz Tel. MSynBits and Bytes Akadimias 78. or worst of all. gr Kolonaki Sq. Car rental Avis Tel.
210 3534100/ Airport: 210 3534312.14:00. Makrigianni F7. tel. Metaxourgio C3. tel. tel. Kotzia Square. 210 3531101. tel. Malev Panepistimiou 15.14:00. 210 6261000/AirAeroflot Xenofontos 14. tel.13:30. 210 3622054/210 3634572. Ib eria Athens International Airpor t. 210 3237762/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 5233636. 9970700/Airport: 210 3530380. 210 6175200.50 Getting around Aircraft/helicopter rentals Glyfada. tel. info@ abi.20:00. Turkish Athens International Airport. Olympic Syngrou 96. Alitalia Vouliagmenis 577. SAS Vouliagmenis 85. tel. Closed Sun.14:00. MOmonia. 210 9110000/Airport: 210 3533436. tel. The stamp to post a 20gr letter or postcard abroad costs €0. MEvangelismos. 210 9210710/Airport: Air France Megalou Alexandrou 7. Singapore Airlines Kallirois 103. Sun. 210 3537600. Helicopter rental for sightseeing or transport in style. tel. 210 8219570. tel. MAkropolis. 00800 44143592/Airport: 210 3530678. Emirates Syngrou 128. tel. 210 3216024. Sat 07:30 . Albanian Panepistimiou 15. MOmonia. tel. Continental Airlines Filellinon 25.14:00.14:00. Mitropoleos 60. Airlift Herodou Attikou 12A. Closed Sat. QOpen 07:30 . 210 9218076. 801 801 0101/Airport: 210 3550500. Aiolou 100. tel. MSyntagma. MSyntagma. MMarousi. 210 3534020. MMetaxourgio. . Acropolis rock. Monastiraki and Piraeus old (green) line metro stations (€3 per 24h). British Airways Themistokleous 1. Luggage lockers Luggage lockers can be found at Omonia. sell. Gly fada/Airpor t: 210 3530373. Glyfada. Lufthansa Sorou 18-20. 210 3217650. 210 3220851/Airport: 210 3531566. tel. Closed Sat. tel. tel. Closed Sat. 210 9967870. tel. fax 210 9967872. QOpen 07:30 . 210 3220986/Airport: Aerosvit Syngrou 36-38. Sun. 210 3241116/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 3237573. tel. QOpen 07:30 . MAkropolis. Add to that €3. Free Internet athenswifi: Grab your laptop. tel.20:00.gr. find somewhere comfortable to sit and log on: Internet access is free! Athens In Your Pocket athens. head to Syntagma Square. Closed Sat. tel. Cyprus Athens International Airport. tel. 210 3235831. 210 3537280/ Airport: 210 3530401. Sun 09:00 . If you are the old-fashioned type and a snail-mail lover. Glyfada. Czech Airlines Kyprou 151. MVictoria. tel. Thermopylon 42.com . Buy. Delta Athens International Airpor t. 210 3227466/Airport: 210 3530376. 210 9692020/210 3531237.90 for express mail. Marousi. Closed Sat. 210 3728000/ Airport: 210 3531259. Glyfada. 210 8093771/210 8093777. tel. Dionisiou Areopagitou 7. Sun. karafil@abi. www. KLM Megalou Alexandrou 7. Sun. 210 6175320/Airport: 210 3530382. Swiss Sorou 18-20. tel. 210 9652957/Airport: 210 3531252. airlift. Sun. Venizelou 32.14:00. tel. tel. Argyroupoli. port: 210 3530101. ABI (air business international) Vouliagmenis 602A. Plaka F6.gr. lease or hire helicopters and aircrafts. Syntagma Square F5. Omonia E2. Nikis 33. QOpen 07:30 . tel.14:00. tel. Thai El.gr. Mitropoleos E5. here is a list of centrally located post offices. 210 9988888/Airport: 210 3534284. Sun. Jat Airways Amerikis 10. QOpen 07:30 . 00800 44129506/Airport: 210 3530116.70. Aiolou .Central PO E3. tel. QOpen 07:30 . 210 9333400/Airport: 210 3531174. 210 3716386/Airport: Acropolis post kiosk D6. tel.gr. tel. Air China Filellinon 24. QOpen 07:30 .20 for registered and €2. tel. Marousi. tel. tel. Marousi.inyourpocket. Bulgaria Air Nikis 33. Sun 09:00 . 210 9508700/Airport: 210 3534011. Argyroupoli. Gulf Air Nikis 33. 210 7244404. Qatar Airways Syngrou 170. QOpen 07:30 . QOpen 07:30 . Sun. 210 801 1156000/Airport: 210 3531170. 3rd Septemvriou 28.13:30. LOT Panepistimiou 15. 210 3228113/Airport: 210 3531156. tel. Ploutarchou & Karneadou 35. tel.20:00. tel. Sat 07:30 . tel. QOpen 07:30 . MMonastiraki. Closed Sat. Argyroupoli. Closed Sat. Post Offices Airlines Aegean Viltanioti 31. Exarchia G1. Kolonaki I5. airlift@airlift. Austrian Vouliagmenis 18.17:00. Kifisia. 210 9601240/ Airport: 210 3533425. tel. 210 3218143. 210 5225277. tel.14:00. 210 210 3534245. or Thissio (from the metro station up along the pedestrian path). Zaimi 36-38.
tel. Heraklion. 1441. 17. tel.Getting around Ferry Schedule From Piraeus to: Siros-Tinos-Mykonos / HS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos / HS Paros-Naxos-Santorini/BS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos /BS Kithnos-Serifos-Sifnos-MilosKimolos/GA Paros-Naxos/HS Ios-Santorini/HS Santorini-Rethymno Paros-Naxos/HS Siros-Tinos-Mykonos /HS Paros-Naxos-Iraklia-ShinousaKoufonisi-Amorgos-BS Paros-Naxos-AmorgosAstipalea/BS Syros-Paros-Naxos-DonousaAmorgos-Astipalea/BS Siros-Ikaria-Samos-HS Siros-Ikaria-Samos-HS Paros-Naxos-Kalimnos-KosNisiros-Tilos-Rodos/BS Chios-Mytilini/NEL Siros-Kos-Rodos/BS Serifos-Sifnos-Milos/HS Kalimnos-Kos-Rodos/BS Syros-Patmos-Leros-KosRodos/BS Heraklio/ANEK Heraklio/ML Chania/Anek Paros/BS Paros-Naxos-Ios-SikinosFolegandros-Santorini-Anafi/ GA Kithnos-Serifos-SifnosKimolos-Milos-FolegandrosSikinos-Ios-Santorini-Anafi Patmos-Leros-Kos-Rodos/BS Days 1234567 –––4567 1234567 12–4567 1234567 1234567 1234567 –2–––6– 1234567 12–4567 ––3–5–7 1–––––– –2 – 4 – 6 – 1234––– ––––5–– 1–3–––– 12345–7 1––4––– 12–4567 –2–4––– –– 3–––– 1234567 1234567 1234567 ––––5–7 –––––6– –2–4––– –––––6– Dep.com. www. However. Chios and the Cyclades Information Numbers Ferries departure info tel. Pireaus. August .com . Ferry connections from Piraeus to Cyclades and Dodekanese Hellenic Seaways . 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. 1110.nel. 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.gr. Arr. for the rail journey lovers.gr. www.gr. Online reservations: http://tickets. 07:24-SL 13:14 15:48-SL 22:22 City THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI THESSALONIKI To Athens Dep. tel. 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. sales@nel. 185. www. 6:50-IC 11:54 7:53-ICEX 12:20 9:21 15:02 10:51-IC 15:50 13:21-IC 18:31 14:52 20:51 19:29-IC 23:55 20:39-IC 01:48 23:59-SL 06:59 From THESSALONIKI Dep.gr.gr. booking@anek. Ferry connections between Piraeus .bluestarferries. 210 4115015. Blue Star's international sister company connects Greece and Italy and also Scotland and Belgium Superfast Ferries Karamanli 157. bluestarferries@bluestarferries. Every train departs Athens from Larisis station (Metro: Stathmos Larisis) OSE Sina 6 (Central tickets office). OSE (Greek Railways) info tel. 1110. tel. Domestic:210 4197420/International:210 4197430. KTEL (intercity buses) depar ture info tel. some of them otherwise inaccessible.September 2011 14505 8919509.gr. OASA (urban transportation) info tel. Pireaus. www.anek. In fact. Voula. ose. www.gr. Connections to Lesvos.inyourpocket. 210 4145700. 210 4199000. Greek railways are not short of scenic routes.Italy NEL Lines Astigos 2.hellenicseaways. tel.com. Arr.Crete and Greece . tel. www. tel. there has been an effort to modernise and upgrade the standards of the rail services and as a result the travel time between Athens and Thessaloniki is now less than five hours. Crete.Crete and Greece . Arr.trainose.gr. 210 8919800. 08:34SL 15:06 19:19-SL 0:01 Ferry companies ANEK LINES Akti Kondyli 22. Only over the last twenty years. 210 athens.superfast.gr T Train schedule From Athens Dep. Ferry connections between Piraeus .com. www.minoan. there is one main line to the north of the country and another to the Peloponnese. High speed ferry connections to the Saronic islands and Cyclades Minoan Lines 25th August St.Italy Blue Star Ferries Amalias 30. Arr. info@minoan.
Let us give you a few insiders’ tips… First of all. A standard department store primarily selling clothes and satisfiying most of the consumption needs of the modern Athenian. Tue. www. and as regards local colour. All shops close on National Holidays. shoes. gadgets and books: It’s right on Syntagma Sq. www.hondoscenter. Athens In Your Pocket .20:00. 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. wondering where to head off shopping. MAg. tel. www.52 Shopping Spending guide H ere you are in Athens. M Nerantziotissa. Mr Tarasouleas is an authority in numismatics and in his shop you’ll find rare greek coins. The Mall . F5 Public. G5 Hondos Center Ermou 39. Closed Sun. if you’re the department-store type of shopper. 211 1802600. City Link. MSyntagma. underwear. MOmonia. wine and spirits shops. Kotzia Sq. upmarket chic (at the appropriate price. tel. Although opening hours are officially unregulated from Monday to Saturday (on Sundays all shops except pastry shops. They may not be accepted in family-run businesses or local neighbourhood stores. MOmonia. Greek art souvenirs and everything you expect to find in a top department store.gr A new shopping centre minutes away from the centre by metro (see details on the next page) Attica Panepistimiou 9. F1-Zaimi 10. info@ collector-shop.gr.the biggest in the city.public. Syntagma. A visit to the charming Plaka district. which accounts for the proliferation of credit schemes available. F1-Voulis 3. chaotic.gr. so in those establishments it is best to double-check. 210 3255564. Omonia Sq 4. In his shop you’ll find huge collections which can also be purchased from his excellent on-line shop. 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). fax 210 3318249. Here you can change batteries and repair and buy every brand of mobile phone. Upmarket department store. gift shops (yes. On the other hand.themallathens. Mr Syvridakis is an expert dealer of rare Greek coins. Department Stores Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av. Notos Galleries Aiolou 99. But the lower end of Ermou Street. fashion. time to tackle the next question: where to shop. MOmonia. as it’s conveniently pedestrianised and offers a very wide selection of mainstream consumer goodies: clothes. This trend has been reversed during the last year since the crisis started to bite. apart from some rather kitsch souvenir shops. banknotes and a large collection of stamps. Collectors Items Collectors shop Stadiou 44 (Stoa Arsakeiou 10). Wed. 210 3743000. This is a great shopping spree destination. www. cosmetics.notosgalleries. This shopping centre with the imaginative name is the biggest shopping complex in the wider Athens area. Ippokratous 3. and take our word for it.gr. Electronics. you’ll need to keep shop opening hours in mind. Local shopping culture: Greeks used to be big spenders and great fans of branded items. This is a one stop shop for young couples setting up their new home. www. cosmetics cheaper than the airport duty free shops. towards the seedier Monastiraki area. don’t miss out on a walk though the bristling Monastiraki Flea Market (great for collectors’ items.collector-shop. Then again. some useful shopping tips before you set off: Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in all large stores. tel. is a different story. banknotes and stamps. QOpen 10:00 . 210 3318248.-Stournari 19 & 24. There is a branch on every other corner. Finally.gr. All top brands priced accordingly. Sat: 09:00-15:00. Merlin 6.plaisio. fax 211 1802698. if it’s a more all-encompassing shopping experience you’re after. Sat 10:00 . electrical appliances and even a travel agency cater to every self-respecting wedding list. a good bet is to head to Ermou Street (starting from Syntagma Square and culminating in Monastiraki). www. Sales: Winter sales run during the period from middle to end-January up to mid-February (maximum five weeks’ duration). Kolonaki caters to those after some sophisticated. enticing city. www. are closed).com. 276.21:00. Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. this sprawling.gr. Furniture. fax 210 3221440. www. usually 09:00-23:00 every day.com. Designer brands at great prices.athensmetromall. with a concurrent tendency to accumulate rather large credit card bills in tandem with the Greek state. www. Plaisio. with its rough-hewn lively urban character. Computers & Gadgets Germanos.atticadps. www. you’ll have to choose between a few really impressive department stores. jewelry. tel. Ermou Street is mainly a ladies’ shopping haven). generally sporting designer sunglasses and top of the range mobile phones as essential accessories. so you can deck yourself out in original street style labels (some of which designed by well-known graffiti artists). travel accessories. Now that we’ve sorted when to shop.germanos. Head here for urban wear.gr. Notos Home Kratinou 5. Thu. Summer sales run during the period from mid-July up to the end of August at the latest.gr. 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). M Syntagma. gr. Souvenir shops and convenience stores operating around tourist sites are generally open longer hours. Oh. You can’t miss this large store selling computers. If you have a whole day to spend shopping then head for this outof-town temple of consumption. flower shops and emergency pharmacies. (See our list). as well as in boutiques.notosgalleries. Most Greeks pay for their purchases in plastic. Dimitrios Tel: +30 210 9769444. you guessed it. The largest computer and office supply chain. Tarasouleas Stadiou 10. At the opposite end of the spectrum.
816. Its roof-garden boasts amazing sea and sunset views and stays open until the early hours. 276. Ag. a play area. 154. Bank: Mon – Fri: 09:00-15:30 Sat-Sun. 816 Stop “Darzenta” (on Leoforos Vouliagmenis): Buses 210. 219.:09:00-21:00 Sat. 171. – Sun.com August .Tel: +30 210 9769444 Website: www. Clothes. books and everything to cover your shopping needs while in Athens. Finally in Athens Metro Mall you will also find a supermarket. Bus: Stop “Terma” (Panagouli Square): Buses 113. 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.gr E-mail: info@athensmetromall.: Closed Dining and Entertainment: Mon. a bank and many other services. 85 stores offer all leading brands at very competitive prices. Dimitrios. A4. 219. B4. Ag. relax with coffees and drinks and watch a movie in its five-screen multiplex. Access: Metro: Red line to Agios Dimitrios terminal station.athensmetromall. 113. Dimitrios. 109.September 2011 . 155. Car: Vouliagmenis Av. 208. a beauty salon. B3.inyourpocket.: Closed. Shops: Mon – Fri. 790. X97. accessories. 276. shoes.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.: 09:00-20:00 Sun. A3.:09:00 until late Shopping Hours: Athens Metro Mall Vouliagmenis Av.gr athens. electronics.
€ $ £ Mc Donald’s Big Mac 3.20 4.54 2.78 Loaf of white bread 0.75 1.06 0.65 Snickers bar 0.80 1.13 0.70 0.7L of vodka 16.00 22.72 13.92 0.5L bottle of beer 1.20 1.70 1.04 20 Marlboros 4.00 5.68 3.48 Public transport ticket 1.40 1.99 1.22 Cinema ticket 8.50 12.00 7.40 Exchange rates (as of 28.07.2011): EUR=1.42USD EUR=0.87 GBP ies, as well as an outspokenly subversive-yet-glamorous diva, confident enough to pull off these exciting creations in style.
Parthenis H4, Dimokritou & Tsakalof 20, Kolonaki. Casual chic designer label, offering sophisticated garments using exclusively natural fibres for those who opt for style and comfort in one. Orsalia Parthenis’ creations can aptly be characterised as unaffected and simple, yet quintessentially elegant.
Compendium Nikis 28, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3221248,
firstname.lastname@example.org. An independent English language bookshop in Plaka. Literature, newspapers, magazines
Gifts & Souvenirs
MSyntagma, tel. 210 367 1000, fax 210 367 1063, email@example.com, www.benaki.gr/museumshop/en. A tasteful selection of replicas of ancient Greek and Byzantine art, as well as an interesting selection of jewelry, prints, ceramics, antiques, religious icons and books. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Thu 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Tue. shop offers all kinds of rosary beads, known as ‘kombologia’ - in Greece they are used for pleasure and for aiding concentration and are especially favoured by older men. It is also recommended against stress and, believe it or not, as an aid for quitting smoking. A gift with many uses…
Benaki Museum Gift Shop Koumbari 1, Kolonaki,
Stadiou 10 & Omirou 4, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3225294, fax 2103232289, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. dbo.gr. German books are not widely available in Athens but this excellent buchhandlung perfectly covers the needs of German locals and travellers.
Deutsche Buchhandlung (German Bookshop)
Eleftheroudakis Panepistimiou 17, MPanepistimio,
Kombologadiko H5, Koumbari 6, Kolonaki. This specialty
tel. 210 322938, email@example.com, www.books.gr. Expats’ favourite hang out, this 7 storey bookshop boasts a large English section with all the paperbacks you’re likely to wish for before you head to the beach and then some.
Fashion Bookstore F5, Thisseos 6. An interesting little
bookshop selling exclusively fashion magazines from around the world.
Melissinos, The poet-sandalmaker Agias Theklas 2, Psirri, MMonastiraki, Thissio, tel. 210 3219247, info@ melissinos-poet.com, /www.melissinos-poet.com. Fancy a pair of hand-made ancient Greek sandals made by a world famous...poet? Stavros Melissinos has crafted sandals for celebrities like the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Sofia Loren and has featured in newspaper articles all over the world. He runs his workshop together with his son, an artist. National Archaeological Museum Gift Shop Patision
(28th October) 44, MVictoria, tel. 210 8217724, fax 210 8213573. Recently refurbished and expanded, it offers a wide selection of replicas of ancient artifacts, as well as a comprehensive collection of guide books on ancient Greece. An interesting selection of gift ideas and memorabilia is also available. QOpen 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 13:00 - 19:00.
Librairie Kauffmann (French Bookshop) Stadiou 28, MPanepistimio, Syntagma, tel. 210 3255321, fax 210 3230320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kauffmann.gr. A historic bookshop supplying local francophones since an era when French was the foreign language of choice among educated Greeks. Travel Bookstore Solonos 71, MPanepistimio, tel. 210
3616943, This excellent travel bookshop belongs to the top Greek cartography company ORAMA Editions, which is our map supplier. A visit here is essential before any excursion to the countryside, where you’ll have a huge choice between top quality maps and travel guides covering every last corner of the country and all international maps and travel guides series. If you mention you’re an In Your Pocket reader, the bookshop’s experienced staff will happily give you an extra discount.
Celia Kritharioti F6, Dedalou 8, Plaka. Internationally acclaimed Greek designer, her creations are feminine, sensuous and elegant. She is also well known for her wedding gowns and lovely sequined and hand-embroidered garments, many of which are strewn with semi-precious stones and crystals.
Zolotas G5, Panepistimiou 10, Stadiou 9, www.zolotas.
gr. Fine jewellers since 1895. Inspired by classic Greek art, their creations are objects of desire for every female with fine taste and finesse. If a knickknack souvenir is not your cup of tea and you have a corresponding bank balance, then walk in one of their posh boutiques and spoil yourself or your beloved.
Ioanna Kourbela F6, Adrianou 109 & Hatzimichali 12,
Plaka, www.kourbelaioanna.gr. Innovative fashion designer Ioanna Kourbela takes the national body conscious image to a whole different level with a barrage of billowing fabrics twinned with creative layering, seeking to showcase the female form in a completely different way to what we’re accustomed..
Loukia H5, Kanari 24, Kolonaki. Unique designer label that manages to exude an aura of romance, unconventional creative originality and theatrical extravaganza, all in one. Loukia’s clothes are simultaneously reminiscent of a fairy tale princess, with flamboyant tulle, ruffles, laces and embroiderAthens In Your Pocket
Koukos F6, Navarchou Nikodimou 21, MPanepistimio, Tel. (+30) 210 3222740 www.koukosjewellery.gr Koukos is one of the most popular Greek quality jewellery brands. Since 1970 the collection has adopted designs inspired by the ancient Greek and traditional jewellery. In their shop you’ll find complete collections with visible references to the Greek popular and Byzantine tradition as well as contemporary design trends. Also fine Italian tin collections, hand made replicas of Byzantine icons and old traditional ceramics. athens.inyourpocket.com
Athens Central Market (Varvakeios) Athinas
Street (between Evripidou & Sofocleous Streets), MMonastiraki, Omonia. An extravaganza of sights, smells and sounds, here you will be treated to a very wide selection of spices, herbs, cheeses, olives, meats, fish and all sorts of gastronomical delights. Take a pick from the wonderful selection of nuts, herbs and dried fruits - you will be hard pressed to find these back home. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.
Aristokratikon F5, Karageorgi Servias 9. The city’s
premier sweets and pastries emporium, with an extensive array of delicious hand-crafted sweets and chocolates, made with the finest local ingredients.
Tattoo & Piercing
Black Rose D4, Pallados 16, Psirri, MMonastiraki,
tel. (+30) 210 3238610, www.blackroseta2.gr. If you are up for a permanent souvenir from Athens, then head to Black Rose, one of the top tattoo and piercing studios in the centre of the city. Professional art work, safety and hygiene are guaranteed.
Every Athenian neighbourhood has its own open air fruit and veg market on a specific day of the week. Licenced producers bring their fresh goodies from their farms to the big city neighbourhoods. Prices start high in the morning but in true market fashion get really low towards midday. One of the best and well worth pottering around is in Kallidromiou St. Exarchia, every Saturday morning.
Fruit & Vegetable street markets (Laiki markets)
Traditional Food Products
ucts of exceptional quality and many international awards. Extra virgin olive oil, olives, and dips to take home with you. Available in large supermarkets and the airport duty free shops. Mastiha Shop G5, Panepistimiou & Kriezotou and Athens Airport, www.mastihashop.gr. All mastiha products brought to you by the association of Chios mastic growers. These exclusively Greek product makes the ideal gift to bring home if you want to avoid an ‘ouzo power’ t-shirt! Try the natural chewing gum and the sweet liquor. A full range of natural cosmetics is also available. Mesogaia Hamosternas 14, Kato Petralona. Delicatessen selling delicious local speciality foods from around Greece, such as extra-virgin olive oil, the local spirit, “raki”, a diverse array of cheeses and a fragrant selection of wild herbs.
Gaea Products, www.gaea.gr. Greek traditional prod-
Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou & surrounding
streets, MMonastiraki. It has lost some of its old days charm as modern shops have replaced the stalls, but it remains the absolute Athenian open-air, vibrant, peoplepacked, shopping/haggling experience. Head here if you are looking for antiques, collectors’ items, vintage clothing, old music records and books, homeware, leatherwear and souvenirs. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00.
A full series of natural cosmetics produced with propolis, honey, royal jelly, rosemary, green tea and fruits. Greek products that make perfect gifts for anyone back home. Korres, www.korres.com. Started as a homeopathic pharmacy, Korres now produces more than 500 skin and hair care herbal products, sold in more than 30 countries. Greek women love them as they are 100% natural.
Apivita G4, Solonos 26, Kolonaki, www.apivita.com.
American Markets . Ermou 30, D5, 2nd floor tel. 210
3217870, Ermou 48, D5, 1st flor tel. 210 3215740, Sofokleous 19, E3, 1st floor tel. 210 3217051 Yesterday’s Bread Kallidromiou 87, Exarchia, tel. 210 8811233. Imported second hand clothes.
Camper Ermou 34, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3216709. Kalogirou H5, Patriarchou Ioakim 4, Kolonaki. The ultimate fashionable shoe shop, with top international labels as well as its own-brand discerning designs. A must-visit destination for all shoe afficionados. The world’s grooviest shoes!
AB Vassilopoulos www.ab.gr. Supermarkets are rare in downtown Athens, they tend to concentrate in residential areas. Some central branches of the best supermarket chain AB Vassilopoulos can be found at the following addresses: -Vouliagmenis 67 & Menonos, Mets, F8 -Marni 24, E1 -Spyrou Merkouri 38, Pangrati, J6 -Keiriadon & Sfiton, Petralona, A6 -Mavromichali 157 & Digeni Akrita, I1 QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. athens.inyourpocket.com August - September 2011
Albania Vekiar eli 7, Filothei, tel. 210 6876200. Australia Kifisias 1-3, tel. 210 8704000. Austria Vas.Sofias 4, tel. 210 7257270. Belgium Sekeri 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617886. Bulgaria Stratigou Kallari St, Psyhiko, tel. 210 6748106. Canada Ioannou Gennadiou 4, tel. 210 7273400. Cyprus Herodotou 16, tel. 210 7237883. Czech Republic Seferi 6, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719701. Denmark Vas.Sofias 11, tel. 210 7256440. France Vas.Sofias 7, tel. 210 3391000. Germany Karaoli & Dimitriou 3, Kolonaki, tel. 210 7285111. Hungary Karneadou 25, tel. 210 7256800. China Krinon 2A, Psichiko, tel. 210 6723282. Ireland Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7232771. Israel Marathonodromou 1, Psichiko, tel. 210 6719530. Italy Sekeri 2, Kolonaki, tel. 210 3617260. Japan Papadiamanti 21, Psichiko, tel. 210 6709900. Netherlands Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7254900. Nor way Vasilissis Sof ias 23, tel. 210 7246173. Poland Chryssanthemon 22, Psichiko, tel. 210 6797700. Romania Emmanouil Benaki 7, Psichiko, tel. 210 6728875. Russia Nikiforou Lytra 28, Psichiko, tel. 210 6725235. Serbia Vasilissis Sof ias 106, tel. 210 7774344. Slovakia Georgiou Seferi 4, Psichiko, tel. 210 6771980. South Africa Kifisias 60, Marousi, tel. 210 6106645. Spain Dionysiou Areopagitou 21, tel. 210 9213123. Sweden Vasileos Konstantinou 5-7, tel. 210 7266100. Switzerland Iasiou 2, tel. 210 7230364. Turkey Vasileos Geor giou 8, tel. 210 7263000. UK Ploutarhou 1, tel. 210 7272600. USA Vasilissis Sofias 91, tel. 210 72129519.
Alpha Bank Stadiou 40, tel. 2103260000. ATE Bank Panepistimiou 23, tel. 210 3298911. Bank of Greece (Central Bank) Panepistimiou 21,
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BNP Paribas Vasilissis Sofias 94, tel. 210 7468000. Citibank Achaias 3, Kifisia, tel. 210 8186000. Eurobank Amalias 20, tel. 210 9555000. HSBC Mesogion 109, tel. 210 6962100. Mar f in Egnatia Bank Zef yr ou 56, tel. 210
National Bank Eolou 86, tel. 210 3341000. Piraeus Bank Amerikis 4, tel. 210 3335000.
Postal Savings Bank Pesmazoglou 2-6, tel. 210
gion 109, tel. 210 6993559, www.amcham.gr. www.ase.gr.
American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce MesoAthens Exchange Athinon 110, tel. 210 3366800, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Athens Tourism & Economic Development Com-
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pany G6, Xenofontos 7, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3253123, fax 210 3216653, email@example.com.
Sofias 25, tel. 210 7210361, www.bhcc.gr.
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Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry Kifisou 102, tel. 210 5384177, www.heda.gr. Hellenic-Chinese Chamber Amerikis 10, tel. 210
3629052, www.chinese-chamber.gr/. 210 3355700, www.elke.gr.
Hellenic Center for Investment Mitropoleos 3, tel. Hellenic Foreign Trade Board Marinou Antipa 86-88, Ilioupoli, tel. 210 9982100, www.hepo.gr.
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