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Guidebook for Athina

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Guidebook for Athina

Food Scene
Tasty, creative food with great VFM. Genuine, unpretentious service. Try grilled calamari with fava beans puree and caramelized onions, poached eggs with potatoes and staka, lamb with greens, celery root puree and when available - orzo with beef ribs. Creative dishes with eggs and sandwiches during brunch time. Relaxed ambience, great music.
PARKBENCH
10 Pramanton
Tasty, creative food with great VFM. Genuine, unpretentious service. Try grilled calamari with fava beans puree and caramelized onions, poached eggs with potatoes and staka, lamb with greens, celery root puree and when available - orzo with beef ribs. Creative dishes with eggs and sandwiches during brunch time. Relaxed ambience, great music.
One of the most known restaurants in Athens. Authentic Greek cuisine, very welcoming interiors and florid yard, friendly service. Try Dakos (barley rusk tomato and cheese salad), smoked eggplant salad, Pastourma pie, kontosouvli (tender pork on the spit) and pot baby goat. Good VFM, a bit on the expensive side, justified though particularly from the quality of ingredients.
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KOUVELOS
66 Genneou Kolokotroni
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One of the most known restaurants in Athens. Authentic Greek cuisine, very welcoming interiors and florid yard, friendly service. Try Dakos (barley rusk tomato and cheese salad), smoked eggplant salad, Pastourma pie, kontosouvli (tender pork on the spit) and pot baby goat. Good VFM, a bit on the expensive side, justified though particularly from the quality of ingredients.
A unique cafe/bar /restaurant specializing in molecular cuisine yet, at "miniscule" pricing and - somehow - portions. Self-titled as "Punk Bistrot", they serve great cocktails, the chef is from another world, and they play superb music - ranging from Dead Kennedys to Tale Impala.
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Το Θείο Τραγί
36 Kidantidon
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A unique cafe/bar /restaurant specializing in molecular cuisine yet, at "miniscule" pricing and - somehow - portions. Self-titled as "Punk Bistrot", they serve great cocktails, the chef is from another world, and they play superb music - ranging from Dead Kennedys to Tale Impala.
A - thanksGod - relatively unknown Italian restaurant, hidden in a small alley, very close to the place where Western civilization was born 26 centuries ago. True al dente pasta - don't miss the highlight - the one after which the restaurant was branded as well as the linguine with cod, tomato sauce and peperoncino. Most probably the best tiramisu in Athens.
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AGLIO, OLIO & PEPERONCINO
13 Porinou
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A - thanksGod - relatively unknown Italian restaurant, hidden in a small alley, very close to the place where Western civilization was born 26 centuries ago. True al dente pasta - don't miss the highlight - the one after which the restaurant was branded as well as the linguine with cod, tomato sauce and peperoncino. Most probably the best tiramisu in Athens.
Best SOUVLAKI in town, following a stroll around Syntagma sq., at the very centre of the city. Real, authentic taste, with only the legitimate ingredients (meat, tomato, onion, parsley, a bit of yogurt, salt and paprika) - forget here the fries, lettuce, mustard, mayo, ketchup and all the relevant crap. Get your change back with a metal tweezers! Midday to early afternoon.
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O Kostas
5 Pentelis
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Best SOUVLAKI in town, following a stroll around Syntagma sq., at the very centre of the city. Real, authentic taste, with only the legitimate ingredients (meat, tomato, onion, parsley, a bit of yogurt, salt and paprika) - forget here the fries, lettuce, mustard, mayo, ketchup and all the relevant crap. Get your change back with a metal tweezers! Midday to early afternoon.
This is another place to visit, in the quest for the real Souvlaki. Located 2 mins walk from Omonoia sq., it is Costas's (Syntagma sq.) rival awe - and the 2nd best souvlaki in Athens. Order 2, grab an ice-cold beer and while eating standing outside, observe one of the most heterogeneous and turbulent zones of the city. You're also in the very middle of a red-light area, so be extra vigilant.
Lefteris O Politis
20 Satovriandou
This is another place to visit, in the quest for the real Souvlaki. Located 2 mins walk from Omonoia sq., it is Costas's (Syntagma sq.) rival awe - and the 2nd best souvlaki in Athens. Order 2, grab an ice-cold beer and while eating standing outside, observe one of the most heterogeneous and turbulent zones of the city. You're also in the very middle of a red-light area, so be extra vigilant.
Superb pies (cheesepie, minced meat pie, mushroom pie, chicken pie and more). Ask for the kuru cheesepie, then have one more. One cannot resist. At the very centre of the Athens's commercial core, Syntagma sq.
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ΑΡΙΣΤΟΝ ΛΟΜΠΟΤΕΣΗ
10 Voulis
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Superb pies (cheesepie, minced meat pie, mushroom pie, chicken pie and more). Ask for the kuru cheesepie, then have one more. One cannot resist. At the very centre of the Athens's commercial core, Syntagma sq.
A nice place to enjoy good Greek cuisine and share dishes, following a walk at Keramikos/Gazi area, one of the most lively and hype places in Athens. Genuine welcoming, attention to detail, care, very descent food, particularly the "sioufichta" pasta with "siglino", tagliatelles with spinach and goat cheese and smoked aubergine salad with salami. A must.
Káppa
6 Prodikou
A nice place to enjoy good Greek cuisine and share dishes, following a walk at Keramikos/Gazi area, one of the most lively and hype places in Athens. Genuine welcoming, attention to detail, care, very descent food, particularly the "sioufichta" pasta with "siglino", tagliatelles with spinach and goat cheese and smoked aubergine salad with salami. A must.
Impressive place to have a quick lunch, next to Athens's Varvakios market, surrounded by of hundreds of different kinds of cold cuts and cheese varieties, that you can also buy and take away. Try the eggs with pastrami here, "dolmadakia" (rice stuffed in grape leaves) with yogurt and definitely kavourma with potatoes and peppers.
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Karamanlidika - Τα Καραμανλίδικα του Φάνη
1 Sokratous
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Impressive place to have a quick lunch, next to Athens's Varvakios market, surrounded by of hundreds of different kinds of cold cuts and cheese varieties, that you can also buy and take away. Try the eggs with pastrami here, "dolmadakia" (rice stuffed in grape leaves) with yogurt and definitely kavourma with potatoes and peppers.
A breath away from Varvakios market, this is not just an old traditional 'cucina povera' Athenian tavern, this is a time capsule. Located at the basement of a 150 yrs old building, be aware that there is no sign indicating the place. Unique, unexpected ambience - try the chickpea soup, the fried sardines and Greek salad.
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Diporto - Secret underground restaurant
2 Theatrou
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A breath away from Varvakios market, this is not just an old traditional 'cucina povera' Athenian tavern, this is a time capsule. Located at the basement of a 150 yrs old building, be aware that there is no sign indicating the place. Unique, unexpected ambience - try the chickpea soup, the fried sardines and Greek salad.
Remarkable restaurant, ideal for any part of the day. Very inviting decoration, service with a smile, great music, live jazz events sometimes. During breakfast/brunch go for the salmon bagel or the scrambled eggs with tomato. In the evening, don't miss the grilled lamb or the beef orzo.
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Zampano
18 Sarri
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Remarkable restaurant, ideal for any part of the day. Very inviting decoration, service with a smile, great music, live jazz events sometimes. During breakfast/brunch go for the salmon bagel or the scrambled eggs with tomato. In the evening, don't miss the grilled lamb or the beef orzo.
- The place - for quality meat, grilled in the charcoal JOSPER oven. With both expensive but also considerably cheaper meat cuts, this place will leave no meat eating fan complaining. T-bone and porterhouse steaks is an excellent selection, but one should also try the tartar and the meatballs as well. Fresh salads, nice service.
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To KREAS
96 Dimofontos
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- The place - for quality meat, grilled in the charcoal JOSPER oven. With both expensive but also considerably cheaper meat cuts, this place will leave no meat eating fan complaining. T-bone and porterhouse steaks is an excellent selection, but one should also try the tartar and the meatballs as well. Fresh salads, nice service.
Most likely the best sandwich place in South Mediterranean! It is not only about the quality and freshness of the ingredients, it is also about the amazing variety of stuff you can add to your selection of bread. Numerous cold cuts, grilled veggies, cheese and sauces selection, refuel yourself while walking towards the Athens historic centre, from the Koukaki/Filopappou area. Mind the opening hours though - it is open Mon-Sat from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. Excellent choices of fresh juices as well.
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Guarantee
41 Veikou
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Most likely the best sandwich place in South Mediterranean! It is not only about the quality and freshness of the ingredients, it is also about the amazing variety of stuff you can add to your selection of bread. Numerous cold cuts, grilled veggies, cheese and sauces selection, refuel yourself while walking towards the Athens historic centre, from the Koukaki/Filopappou area. Mind the opening hours though - it is open Mon-Sat from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. Excellent choices of fresh juices as well.
Drinks & Nightlife
Impressive style, a joint 2/3 old-houses yard, mirrors from a fade-away era, crimson sofas, black and white chess-alike tiles. Innovative cocktails, particularly those with whiskey and rum. If a bit hungry, try their pizzas.
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Upupa Epops - The bar
7 Alkminis
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Impressive style, a joint 2/3 old-houses yard, mirrors from a fade-away era, crimson sofas, black and white chess-alike tiles. Innovative cocktails, particularly those with whiskey and rum. If a bit hungry, try their pizzas.
One of the best wine bars in Athens, ideal for wine and curated sprits tasting. Great location, close to everything. Enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with some pairing tastes. A very elegant place to relax from your stroll around Syntagma sq.
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heteroclito
30 Petraki
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One of the best wine bars in Athens, ideal for wine and curated sprits tasting. Great location, close to everything. Enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with some pairing tastes. A very elegant place to relax from your stroll around Syntagma sq.
Parks & Nature
A great retreat right in the very centre of Athens, next to the Parliament. Shade, a small lake, impressive flora brought from all around the world, cheerful nightingales chirping, peaceful walks, some ancient ruins and mosaics, a small zoo. Feed the ducks with the remains of your koulouri (sesame bread crown), available in all bakeries.
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National Garden
1 Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias
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A great retreat right in the very centre of Athens, next to the Parliament. Shade, a small lake, impressive flora brought from all around the world, cheerful nightingales chirping, peaceful walks, some ancient ruins and mosaics, a small zoo. Feed the ducks with the remains of your koulouri (sesame bread crown), available in all bakeries.
Arts & Culture
A very interesting place with a goal is to introduce visitors to the world of fine arts by highlighting the work of specific artists who have made a major contribution to art. They take a renowned artist and highlight his work and the many periods his work has gone through.
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Irakleidon Museum
16 Ηρακλειδών
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A very interesting place with a goal is to introduce visitors to the world of fine arts by highlighting the work of specific artists who have made a major contribution to art. They take a renowned artist and highlight his work and the many periods his work has gone through.
A "different" unconvential museum using end state technology to spark the imagination of the visitors. One of the greatest features of this site is the Tholos, a dome-shaped 3D virtual-reality theatre where you can experience Greek history as if you were actually there.
Foundation Of Hellenic World
38 Ilia Poulopoulou
A "different" unconvential museum using end state technology to spark the imagination of the visitors. One of the greatest features of this site is the Tholos, a dome-shaped 3D virtual-reality theatre where you can experience Greek history as if you were actually there.
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Acropolis Museum
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) is a world-class cultural, learning and recreational urban complex. A global architectural landmark, a sustainability paradigm as well as a metropolitan cultural destination, includes the new homes of the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece and is located within the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green spaces in Athens, covering an area of 210.000 sqm. A cultural destination on its own, SNFCC is a great place to also spend a relaxing day with a running track, outdoor gym, gardens, panoramic steps, canal, water jets, shops, cafes and restaurants, with easy access either by bus or taxi (10 mins ride).
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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
364 Leof. Andrea Siggrou
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) is a world-class cultural, learning and recreational urban complex. A global architectural landmark, a sustainability paradigm as well as a metropolitan cultural destination, includes the new homes of the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece and is located within the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green spaces in Athens, covering an area of 210.000 sqm. A cultural destination on its own, SNFCC is a great place to also spend a relaxing day with a running track, outdoor gym, gardens, panoramic steps, canal, water jets, shops, cafes and restaurants, with easy access either by bus or taxi (10 mins ride).
Sightseeing
A very lively and authentic place, the biggest fresh food market of Athens with a lot of hustle and bustle, unique products from various producers around Greece, a must see place. Beware of the slippery floor, once you enter the fish market area.
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Varvakios Central Market
42 Athinas
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A very lively and authentic place, the biggest fresh food market of Athens with a lot of hustle and bustle, unique products from various producers around Greece, a must see place. Beware of the slippery floor, once you enter the fish market area.
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Akrópólishæð
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The pedestrianised Dionysiou Areopagitou Street is not only the longest walkway in Athens, but one of the most picturesque and beautiful streets in the world.
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Dionysiou Areopagitou
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The pedestrianised Dionysiou Areopagitou Street is not only the longest walkway in Athens, but one of the most picturesque and beautiful streets in the world.
The oldest and perhaps most beautiful part of the city. Definitely take a walk around - do not miss the area of Anafiotika.
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Plaka
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The oldest and perhaps most beautiful part of the city. Definitely take a walk around - do not miss the area of Anafiotika.
The oldest research institution in Greece (founded in 1842), atop the Hill of the Nymphs, borders with Philopappou hill with its dome visible from all around. It offers an uncluttered view of the Parthenon and the Ancient Agora. Also housing the Astrogeophysics Museum, exhibiting clocks, telescopes and other 19th-century instruments.
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National Observatory of Athens
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The oldest research institution in Greece (founded in 1842), atop the Hill of the Nymphs, borders with Philopappou hill with its dome visible from all around. It offers an uncluttered view of the Parthenon and the Ancient Agora. Also housing the Astrogeophysics Museum, exhibiting clocks, telescopes and other 19th-century instruments.
Running from the lower terminus in Kolonaki to the upper terminus atop Mount Lycabettus, the Lycabettus Funicular takes passengers on a 200m underground journey up to the highest peak in central Athens. Enjoy stunning views of Athens.
Lycabettus Funicular
66 Ploutarchou
Running from the lower terminus in Kolonaki to the upper terminus atop Mount Lycabettus, the Lycabettus Funicular takes passengers on a 200m underground journey up to the highest peak in central Athens. Enjoy stunning views of Athens.
An alternative area with a vibrant flea market and hip bars. Definitely stroll around the narrow alleys, stop for a coffee or a glass of wine at Abyssinia sq., or search for antiques. An absolute - must visit - during a stay in Athens.
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Monastiraki Flea Market
2 Ifestou
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An alternative area with a vibrant flea market and hip bars. Definitely stroll around the narrow alleys, stop for a coffee or a glass of wine at Abyssinia sq., or search for antiques. An absolute - must visit - during a stay in Athens.
Essentials
A bakery, less than a 2 mins walk from the apt, this is the place to "refuel" yourself prior to starting your long walking experience in Athens, or take stuff back to the apt to prepare a delicious breakfast. Freshly baked pies, cakes, biscuits , all kinds of sweet, really good bread and most probably the best kritsinia in the nearby area.
Αρτοποιία Ζαχαροπλαστική"Ο Φούρνος του Φιλοπάππου"
7 Mirtsiefski
A bakery, less than a 2 mins walk from the apt, this is the place to "refuel" yourself prior to starting your long walking experience in Athens, or take stuff back to the apt to prepare a delicious breakfast. Freshly baked pies, cakes, biscuits , all kinds of sweet, really good bread and most probably the best kritsinia in the nearby area.