This article is for those of you who have already visited Athens and are planning to once more in order to get to see the city’s underbelly and experience as natives do!
After the Parthenon
Wandering through Plaka, you will be amazed by the Corinthian columns of Hadrian’s Library which surveves intact before seeking the Prison of Socrates, a small cave system that is allegedly the place where the great philosopher was imprisoned during his final days opposite the picturesque Loubardiari chapel.
Two museum buildings, two reasons to visit the Benaki museum: on one hand the permanent collection features 40.000 artworks chronicling the history of the Hellenic world, on the other hand you will find the fascinating temporary exhibitions. Dine at the top of the main building with one of the greatest views of Athens.
Stop here for an afternoon coffee. Conduct your research in its spacious libraries, browse through the menus for a taste of the dishes on offer and take notes on the “design” napkins.
Shopping : Greek Finesse
Contemporary Greek finesse finds its expression through the abstract designs of talented fashion designer Orsalia Parthenis, white gold aficionados will simply fall for the ancient Greek motifs that permeate the Lalaounis jewllery collection
Onassis Cultural Center
Boasting in rich programme, it always features high on our to-do list!
You will not find traditional Greek pastries here. This “temple” is devoted to delicious carrot cake cupcakes and fluffy lemon muffins!
Raise a Glass: Heteroclito
Follow the crowd to the neo-traditional atmosphere of Heteroclito, grab a table on the pedestrian walkway and discover a delightful variety of Greek wines
Moning Birds : Nice n’easy
There’s no better way than the organic way. Traditional recipes and fresh local ingredients create a breakfast menu with noumerous delicious options! The dinner is of Hollywood proportions, take our word for it and try the Marlon Brando burger.
Jet Ski in Vouliagmeni
The hotter summer days are not ideal for walking around the city centre. Rather head to Astir Beach for fun and games in style by the refreshing sea!
From the unconventional design of the Campana brothers at New Hotel, to the avant-garde, pop references of Fresh Hotel, discover a value for money hospitality option in the heart of the city.
Dream Drink : Bios
Everyone loves the open air roof top bar at Bios, with amazing views of the Acropolis and youve probably been here before. However we bet you’ve never tried Papoto: made with vodka, gin or rum blended with fruits like strawberry, mango and banana, this hybrid is a drink on a stick, an excellent choise for the hot summe nights of Athens.
Come here for the city’s first eco friendly hair salon, handcrafted organic cosmetics at Natural Pharmacy and specialised treatments at Beehive SPA.
Fancy Dinner F+W
The restaurant earned positive reviews right from the start. Right now, the food and wine menu created by chef Olivier Campanha features sea bass ceviche with passion fruit seeds, sauteed foie gras with caramelised onions served in a bioche bun and coconut biscuits with cassis sorbet and red fruit foam, while head sommelier John Makris suggests a glass or two of Estate Papaioannou Feggites and Estate Papaioannou Lyrikos.
The M Shop
Located in an impressive black metal cylinder you will find wonderful souvenirs with direct connections to the musical performances of the Athens Concert Hall.
It was clear from your first visit that the city’s young and hip crowd has made the area around Agias Irinis Square a hangout: now it is time for you to join in on the fun and queue up for the best falafel in town. Delicious falafel wrapped in Arabic bread served with fresh vegetables and tahini sauce!