HOW TO EAT LIKE A GREEK
In Greece, eating is closely linked to sharing. It’s an activity meant to be enjoyed with friends. Typically, the Greeks order mostly appetizers (”meze”), and share plates to get a taste of everything. Greek cuisine is balanced, as it is based on simple, quality ingredients such as olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruits, beans, yogurt, cheese, fish, meat and plenty of herbs. Ordering food at a “taverna” (Greek restaurant) can be overwhelming, so here’s a list of traditional local dishes not to miss out on.
Greek salad /Choriatiki: feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, thinly sliced onion, oregano, drizzled with olive oil.
Dakos salad: dried bread (“paximadi”), topped with tomatoes (chopped or grated), mizithra or feta cheese, capers or olives, drizzled with olive oil.
Chorta: boiled wild greens/herbs served with olive oil, salt and lemon.
Tzatziki is a dip with Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic and olive oil.
A Greek classic!
Tirokafteri is a spicy cheese dip.
Fava has a creamy consistency and is made out of fava beans (high in protein) served with chopped onions, olive oil, and lemon juice.
Melitzanosalata: eggplant salad.
Kalamarakia: small pieces of fried squid with lemon juice.
Chtapodi: small pieces of octopus served either fried with lemon juice or boiled, with olive oil, vinegar and oregano.
Saganaki: fried cheese. Adding lemon juice on top will give it the right punch.
Kolokithokeftedes: zucchini balls with feta.
Dolmadakia: grape leaves filled with rice and onions and sometimes minced beef.
Moussaka: a layered dish made with potatoes topped with eggplants, onions, minced beef and béchamel cream. It’s one of the most well known Greek dishes worldwide.
Pastitsio: another layered dish, and equally famous. It consists of thick spaghetti, topped with minced beef, onions, tomato sauce and béchamel sauce.
Paidakia: grilled lamb’s ribs served with lemon.
RESTAURANTS: LOW PRICE
Dexameni is an open air restaurant, situated on Kolonaki square (one of the most elegant neighborhoods in Athens). The menu consists of meze (Greek tapas) and traditional Greek dishes. The ambiance is lovely, especially during the summer!
Address: Dexameni square, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos) price range: €10-12 pp
Seychelles serves “modernized” Greek cuisine with ingredients supplied by farmers from various parts of Greece. The décor and ambiance are very pleasant, with a “retro” kitchen visible from the dining area. A reservation is due, since it’s always fully booked!
Address: 49 Keramikou street, Athens (Metro Keramikos) +30 211 1834789, price range: €10-15 pp
Yiasemi is a delightful café/bistrot with an island vibe and homemade dishes. It’s located uphill in Plaka, at the very top of the steps on Mnisikleous str. You can sit outside on cushions during the summer and soak in the Mediterranean sun and air, or you can go inside in the beautifully lit, homey interior.
Address: 23 Mnisikleous street, Plaka (Metro Syntagma or Acropolis) +30 210 3218929, price range €5-12 pp
To steki tou Ilia is a traditional Greek tavern with good grills, tzatziki, Greek salad, and more. It has a nice, simple interior, but also some tables outside on the pedestrian street close to the metro station.
Address: 5 Eptachalkou street, Athens (Metro Thissio) +30 210 3458052, price range: €11-14 pp
O Kostas has a reputation for being the best place for souvlaki wraps in Athens. Top quality food, good service, and low, very low prices.
Address: 5 Pentelis street, Athens (Metro Syntagma). price range: €2-5 pp
Ta Karamanlidika is a delicatessen/restaurant located close to the Athens Fruit Market. All the products are provided by local farmers. They have a wide variety of salami, meat, pastrami and over 60 different types of cheese.
Address: 1 Sokratous street & 52 Evripidou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki) +30 210 3254184, price range: €10-15 pp
Melilotos: they serve traditional dishes, but also quite unusual specialties. Macrobiotic salads, healthy soups, great grills, and moussaka with spinach, to name a few. All ingredients come from small, local farmers. In the pistachio-colored dining room, the ambiance is very friendly and cozy.
Address: 19 Kalamiotou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki) +30 210 3222458, price range: €15-20 pp
RESTAURANTS: MEDIUM PRICE
Mani mani is in a neoclassical two storey building, situated near the Acropolis Museum. While staying true to the Greek cuisine, Mani Mani gives it a modern twist. Many of the ingredients come from small local farms.
The décor is simple yet sophisticated, and the prices are reasonable.
Address: 10 Falirou st. Makrigianni, Athens (Metro Acropolis) +30 210 9218180, price range: €16-24 pp
Cafe Avyssinia serves traditional Greek food with an Asia Minor culinary influence. The décor is unique, reminiscent of an old parisian bistrot. During summer, the roof terrace is open offering a wonderful view of the Acropolis.
Address: 7 Kinetou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki) +30 210 3217047, price range: €15-25 pp
Tzitzikas & Mermigas: its name derives from the Aesop’s fable “the grasshopper and the ant”. It serves traditional Greek food with a modern twist. The dishes are excellent, its most famous being the chicken with mastic sauce.
Address: Mitropoleos 12, Athens (Metro Syntagma) +30 210 3247607, price range: €15 -25 pp
Ama Lachi has a spacious courtyard with a big tree in the centre. The cuisine is firmly based on the Greek culinary tradition but offers a more modern and unique take on it. Good quality food, for reasonable prices.
Address: 69 Kallidromiou street, Athens (Metro Panepistimio) +30 210 3845978, price range: €15-25 pp
Mavro Provato serves traditional Greek dishes, reinvented in a more stylish way.Its name means “The Black Sheep”. The décor is quite contemporary with blackboard walls showcasing Greek sayings, white marble tabletops and white wooden furniture.
Address: 31 Arrianou street, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos) +30 210 7223466, price range: €13-20 pp
Orizontes Lykavittou: located on top of the Lycabettus hill, it has a breathtaking view, which extends from the Acropolis hill to Piraeus. The menu draws inspiration from Greek recipes and is accompanied by a carefully selected wine list. You can go there by cable car, and the ticket price of €7 is deductible from your restaurant bill.
Address: Lycabettus hill, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos) price range: € 26-36 pp
RESTAURANTS: HIGH PRICE
Milos is an internationally renowned Greek restaurant. It bases its success on cooking with eclectic ingredients, while preserving simplicity. It collects the freshest fish in Greece, and has a wide range of wild vegetables and herbs. In 2016 it got the Greek Cuisine award.
Address: 46 Vas. Sofias Ave., Ilisia (inside the Hilton Hotel) (Metro Megaro Moussikis) +30 210 7244400, price range: €60-80 pp
Tudor Hall features a unique neoclassical décor, unrivalled view of the Acropolis, modern Greek cuisine and signature cocktails. A key element of differentiation is the use of fresh seasonal vegetables and raw materials. It recently received the Greek Cuisine and the Toques d’Or awards.
Address: 3 Vasileos Georgiou street, Athens – King George Hotel (Metro Syntagma) +30 210 3330265, price range €53-100 pp
Hytra is on the sixth floor of the Onassis Cultural Center. It was awarded with a Michelin star and Toque d’Or. The creative dishes of the menu, the selected wine list with labels and the breathtaking view of Athens make Hytra one of the most exceptional places in town. During the summer months the restaurant moves to the 7th floor of the building, offering a unique outdoor setting with panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lycebettus hill and the city skyline.
Address: 107 Andrea Syggrou ave, Athens (Metro Neos Kosmos) +30 210 3316767, price range: €53-66 pp
Funky Gourmet (awarded with 2 Michelin stars) is a charming neoclassical house in downtown Athens. It creates an avant-garde Greek cuisine. Well-crafted, innovative dishes feature unusual but well thought-out combinations, displaying a playful, theatrical element. The first floor dining room looks out over the city.
Address: 13 Paramithias st. & Salaminos street, Athens (Metro Keramikos) +30 210 5242727, price range: €81-100 pp
Spondi A discreet, intimate restaurant with two delightful courtyards. Quoting from the Michelin guide:“Top quality seasonal ingredients are used in imaginative, deftly executed and stunningly presented modern French dishes. Greek, French and Italian wines feature on an impressive list.”
Address: 5 Pyronos street, Athens, on Varnava Square (Metro Evaggelismos) price range: €73-136 pp
Aiolou 68 serves seafood, and traditional greek dishes .The interior is modern, with a “cycladic” aesthetic. The staff is very friendly, and the prices are approachable.
Address: Aiolou 68, Athens (Metro Syntagma or Monastiraki) +30 210 3247925, price range: €30-40 pp
Kochili is a traditional Greek restaurant that serves both seafood and meat dishes. During the summer you can sit on the sidewalk tables, under beautiful lemon trees. The portions are very generous, and the prices are a real bargain! Tip: If you don’t find a table at “Kochili”, “Moschos” is right next to it.
Address: 17 Irinis ave. Tavros (Metro Tavros + 18 min walking) +30 210 3461081, price range: €10-15 pp
Moschos is an authentic family owned fish taverna with fresh seafood. The portions are very generous and the prices are good. Address: Irinis ave. & Elenis street, Tavros (Metro Tavros + 18 min walking) +30 210 3466355, price range: €13-20 pp
Antonia (Psaromezedes) Try the sardines, the octopus and the shrimps. A reservation is due since the place is always fully booked!
Address: 35 Isminis & 191 Xenofontos street, Kallithea (Tram station Tzitzifies) +30 210 9404508, price range: €15-25 pp
Ithaki is a three storey building, overlooking the sea. It serves mediterranean seafood dishes and some sushi options. Tip: be there an hour before sunset so that you can enjoy the majestic view. A reservation is highly recommended.
Address: 28 Apollonos street, Laimos Vouliagmenis +30 210 8963747, price range: €60-75 pp
Psaraki is a seafood restaurant, the highlight being the terrace overlooking the sea. The fish soup and the steamed mussels are a must try.
Address: 15 Poseidonos ave., Vouliagmeni +30 210 8962215, price range: €18-24 pp
Nisiotissa serves traditional Greek cuisine, but its main focus is on seafood. The crab meat “croquettes” and the grilled octopus are a must try. You can sit outside in the courtyard.
Address: 68 Pentelis ave., Ano Vrilissia +30 210 8032957, price range: €20-30 pp
Avocado serves vegan and vegetarian, cruelty-free food. The menu includes entrées, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, smoothies, juices, house-made bread and cakes.
Address: Nikis 30, Athens (Metro Syntagma) +30 210 3237878, price range: €5-15 pp
Falafellas is a tiny street food place, where you can see many Athenians line up to get a tasty falafel.
Address: 51 Aiolou street, Athens (Metro Syntagma or Monastiraki) +30 210 3239809, price range: €3,50-9 pp
Feyrouz is a libanese street food place. The prices are very low, and the staff friendly.
Address: 4 Agathonos street, Athens (Metro Syntagma or Monastiraki) +30 213 0318060, price range: €3,50-8 pp
Baba Ghanoush serves falafel, hummus, salads, soups, homemade fries. They also have a homemade dessert everyday!
Address: 25 Ebedokleous, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos) (Varnava square) +30 212 1050351, price range: €7-14 pp
Mama Tierra is appropriate for vegetarians, vegans and people who avoid gluten. Many of the ingredients are organic and from small local farms.
Address: 84 Akadimias street, Athens (Merto Omonia or Panepistimio) +30 211 4114420, price range: €7-14 pp
HOW TO DRINK LIKE A GREEK
Greek people consume considerate amounts of alcohol but never in a rushed way.
For Greeks, drinking is a pleasure – a pleasure to be shared with friends and family.
People of all ages meet up in ouzeri or taverns to eat, drink, and listen to some Greek live music. It’s a laid-back kind of fun, it’s all about savoring the moment and taking your time. They also go to bars. In the summertime most bars have an open air courtyard or terrace; locals rarely stay inside. Even in winter, you will notice that Greek people often sit outside of bars, on the sidewalk, sipping their drinks and chatting. Bars in Greece begin to fill around midnight and close in the early morning hours.
Most bars are also cafés in the morning, serving coffee, tea, and snacks.
Tsipouro is a very strong distilled spirit (35%-45% alcohol by volume). It is made from the residue of the winepress. Due to its strong punch, locals may drink it with ice and sometimes a bit of water. It is an ideal drink to accompany mezedes (Greek appetizers)
Ouzo has become a symbol of Greece. It is a strong alcoholic beverage made from an exact blend of pressed grapes, herbs and berries. It has a sweet yet strong taste. Greeks drink it straight, or with ice and water.
Mavrodafni meaning “black laurel” in Greek, is a sweet wine that comes from the Peloponnese. It is made from darkskinned grape, and has a luscious consistency. It is used for the Holy Communion in the Greek Orthodox Church.
Retsina is exclusively Greek. It is produced in almost all parts of Greece, but the best is considered to be from Attica. It is made with a base of white or rosé wine, and then flavoured with pine resin. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but it definitely goes well with Greek food. Note that it should be served very cold.
Beer seems to be a popular choice in Greece. The most well known brands of beer are Alfa, Fix, Mythos, and Vergina.
OUZERI: DRINK AND MEZE
A Mezedopoleio/Ouzeri/Tsipouradiko is a type of restaurant that doesn’t focus on main courses but offers small plates of various appetizers, to accompany a drink of choice.
Usually it’s ouzo, raki, tsipouro, beer or wine. Greek people like to meet up in ouzeri to eat, drink, and listen to some Greek live music.
Cabezon is situated in Gazi. It serves traditional Greek dishes but with a twist (the cheese balls with the spicy sauce are one of the highlights!). During the summer months you can sit and enjoy your dinner in the lovely courtyard.
Address: 110 Keramikou street, Athens (Metro Keramikos) price range: €5-12 pp
Kanaria is a very popular hangout place for Athenians. The atmosphere is friendly and vivid. Occasionally, there is also live music.
Address: 88 Keramikou street & Plateon street, Athens (Metro Keramikos) price range: €5-12 pp
Rantevou is on Merkouri square, a very pleasant location in a friendly and charming neighborhood. It offers a selection of meze classics.
Address: 85 Kalisthenous street, Athens, on Merkouri square (Metro Petralona) price range: €5-15 pp
Salo Lago is a cozy meze place in Petralona neighborhood. A great option for people who want to experience what a traditional Greek soirée is like.
Address: 63 Troon street & Aioleon, Athens (Metro Petralona) price range: €5-15 pp
111 Kafeneion is an ouzeri where you can drink and eat meze at a decent price. In the summer, there are tables outside on the terrace. Occasionally, there is a live set.
Address: 111 Ermou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki) price range: €5-15 pp
Brettos/Vrettos is a small bar/café situated in Plaka. It’s a cozy and fun place to be, famous for its wide variety of liqueurs and wines. It is most known for its wide array in liqueurs and wines.
Address: 41 Kidathineon street, Plaka (Metro Acropolis)
Taf (The Art Foundation) is a bar/café, that also hosts art exhibitions. It’s in a courtyard of an old abandoned building that has been beautifully renovated. The entrance is a bit difficult to find, but it makes the experience all the more magical.
Address: 5 Normanou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
Six d.o.g.s. is a bar/café/cultural centre which hosts live gigs, performances, exhibitions, shows and parties. The inner garden has a magical atmosphere.
Address: Avramiotou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
Booze Cooperativa is a café/bar and cultural center that hosts art exhibitions, concerts, and performances. It has a very unique, laid-back artsy vibe. It’s a reference point for the Athenian avant-garde.
Address: 57 Kolokotroni street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
Noel is a popular bar/bistro with a vintage -baroque aesthetic. It attracts a cool crowd, serves comfort food and cocktails.
Address: 59 Kolokotroni street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
La couleur locale is a café/bar. It’s one of the best rooftops in Athens! Amazing view of the Parthenon, and friendly staff. It’s quite hidden, but worth discovering.
Address: 3 Normanou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
A for Athens is a bar/café, offering a 360-degree view of Athens, with the Acropolis as a highlight.
Address: Monastiraki square, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
Cantina social, tucked away in a small alley in Psyrri, is a must amongst the alternative crowd. The courtyard is dimly lit, with projections of old movies running on the wall. The music changes every day, but the atmosphere remains exclusive.
Address: 6-8 Leokoriou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
T5 is an all day bar-restaurant located in the “smallest mall of the world”, according to the Guinness book of world records! From a light lunch, aperitivo bites and pizzas by an Italian chef, to early cocktails with amazing DJ sessions.
A must-visit when you go to the hype Kolonaki.
Address: 5 Tsakalof str, Kolonaki
Coffee is a vital ingredient in modern Greek culture. It’s deeply rooted in the everyday life of the Greeks. Coffee dates are one of Greek people’s favorite pastimes. It is an opportunity to catch up with friends, flirt or even play chess. There are two types of coffee places: the ‘cafeteria’, more like a hangout place for the younger people, that serves different types of coffee, snacks and cocktails; and the ‘kafeneion’, a traditional café – mostly a meeting point for elderly men, who want to read their newspaper, play “tavli” (Greek board game), and discuss current events.
Greek coffee (“ellinikós kafés” )
Greek coffee is a thick and strong brew, served with a bubbly froth on top, and grounds at the bottom of the cup. It made its way to Greece during the years of the Ottoman occupation. Although served in a small-sized cup, it’s supposed to be sipped slowly. Greek coffee is linked to the tradition of fortune telling. When the cup is nearly empty and the grounds have settled at the bottom, you swirl the cup, turn it upside down, letting the grounds fall down on the saucer. According to this popular ritual, they will leave some patterns on the surface of the cup, which are symbols predicting the future.
Frappé is a foam-covered iced coffee drink. It became more popular in Greece in ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s made by blending instant coffee with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker. This creates a light brown frothy consistency.The Greek frappé became a symbol of the post-war outdoor Greek coffee culture. It is associated with summer and being carefree.
Freddo cappuccino and freddo espresso
In the ‘90s, influenced by international trends, the Greeks started drinking espresso and cappuccino, creating their own versions: Freddo espresso (espresso shaken with ice) and freddo cappuccino (cappuccino shaken with ice, topped with whipped milk). These two types of coffee have gained ground over the years, and have become particularly popular amongst the youngsters.
These Greek alternatives are worth trying. The most important thing is to drink them the “Greek way”, by laying back and taking your time. Enjoy!
GREEK DESSERTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM
Kaimaki ice cream has a distinct taste of mastic/mastiha (resin obtained from the mastic tree).Another key ingredient found in kaimaki is Sahlep, which brings a rich consistency and a ‘chewy’ feel to the ice cream.
Greek yogurt has become very popular internationally, due to its creaminess, rich taste, and various health benefits. It can be served with honey, sour cherry syrup, spoon sweets (glyka tou koutaliou), and nuts.
Greek honey is one of the finest worldwide. The best variety comes from thyme (Thimari), an aromatic perennial evergreen herb.
Loukoumades are a Greek version of doughnuts or beignets. They’re small dough balls, deep-fried to a golden brown, then drizzled with honey. You can also top them with ice cream (Kaimaki flavour is worth trying) or melted chocolate.
Baklavas is a syrupy dessert. Its basic ingredients are nuts, thin layers of dough, syrup or honey. The origins of Baklava are unclear, as both Greeks and Turks claim ownership of this dessert.
Loukoumi is a chewy square shaped candy, dusted with icing sugar. Chopped almonds, pistachio nuts, or hazelnuts are frequently added. The best Loukoumi is produced in the Cycladic island of Syros.
Rizogalo is Greek rise pudding, often served with cinnamon.
Bougatsa is prepared from fyllo dough, wrapped around a custard filling.
Kataifi is made with a special type of dough that looks like angel hair. It is filled with a mix of nuts and cinnamon, wrapped into that buttered crispy dough and bathed in lemon scented syrup.
Spoon sweets / glyka tou koutaliou are offered as a gesture of hospitality in Greece. Spoon sweets can be made out of almost any fruit, sour cherries, strawberries, oranges, quince, bergamot, apricots, apples, kumquats, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, pomegranates. They are usually served with Greek coffee or a glass of cold water, and can be also used as ice cream or yogurt toppings.
Halvadopita is a nougat pie. The best halvadopita is made in Syros island.
Galaktoboureko means “milk pie”. It is basically a custard pie. It is baked in a deep dish, surrounded by fyllo and soaked with a citrus-scented syrup.
Ypovrichio means submarine. It’s an old fashioned sweet, made with mastic resin. It is a thick, white paste which tastes like vanilla. It is usually served on a spoon and immersed in a tall glass of ice-cold water. It is meant to be licked like a lollipop.
Koulourakia are butter-based cookies, typically made around Easter to be eaten after Holy Saturday. The dough is shaped by hand, and glazed on top with eggs. You can give them the form of rings, braids, or snakes. The latter was the shape Minoans would choose, as they believed that snakes had healing powers.
Tsoureki is a type of braided sweet bread (like brioche) which is traditionally made to celebrate Easter. Hard boiled red eggs are often placed in the braid of the tsoureki, after it has been baked.
Melomakarona is an oval shaped Greek dessert made mainly from flour, olive oil, and honey. It is a Christmas treat.
Kourabiedes are butter and almond cookies, tossed in powdered sugar. Another Christmas treat.
Vasilopita (‘Basil-pie’ or ‘king-pie’) is a New Year’s Day cake, which contains a “lucky’’ coin placed randomly inside the dough. On January the 1st, the family gathers to cut the vasilopita. Traditionally it is the senior member of the family that assigns the pieces of cake, and the one who gets the hidden coin is considered blessed for the New Year.
PASTRY SHOPS AND CAFÉS
A unique workshop where magical things happen! ‘Breakfast in Athens’: the one you can order when you stay at eazybnb’s houses. All ingredients are Day-fresh, so that you can experience a full Greek home made breakfast feast!
Address: 12 Valaoritou str., Kolonaki From 7pm to 4am.
Nancy’s Sweet Home an all day café
Address: 1 Iroon square, Athens (Metro Monastiraki) +30 210 3211323
Address: 21 Eolou street, Athens (Metro Monastiraki)
Athinaiko Galaktompoureko Triantafillou
Address: 2 Eytichidou street, Athens, Plastira square (Metro Pagrati) +30 210 7565288 Open: 7:30AM – 10:30PM
Chatzi (pastry shop) has been in the business for over 100 years
Address: 5 Mitropoleos street, Athens (Metro Syntagma)
Address: 10 Nikis street, Athens (Metro Syntagma) +30 210 3213959
National Archaeological Museum
It is one of the world’s greatest museums, and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide – a panorama of Greek civilization from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. A must for every visitor in Greece!
Don’t miss the Antikythera mechanism (the world’s first analogue computer), the golden mask of Agamemnon, the bronze statue of Zeus. You may also enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the garden of the museum.
Admission fee: €10
Special ticket package: Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum (duration 3 days).
Full: €15 / Reduced: €8
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street Tel.: +30 210 9000900
A modern, astonishing museum that you absolutely have to see before you walk up to the Acropolis. Don’t miss the replica of the Parthenon frieze on the 3rd floor. From the entire frieze that survives today, 50 meters are in the Acropolis Museum, 80 meters in the British Museum, one block in the Louvre, whilst other fragments are scattered in the museums of Palermo, the Vatican etc. There are also the artifacts and sculptures from the other Acropolis buildings such as the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea, as well as findings from Roman and early Christian Athens.
Also the 15-minute film about Parthenon on the third floor is worth watching. Last but not least the café on the fourth floor is highly recommended.
General admission fee: €5
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
from the UNESCO organisation : the Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. Wear your snickers, bring water and walk up the hill. It is a place which should be seen with your own eyes. No photos from books are good enough. Buy your tickets in the morning and go back around 6pm when it starts to cool down.
Αlso a guide is really worth buying!
Full: €20, Reduced: €10
Special ticket package: Full: €30, Reduced: €15 Valid for 5 days.
1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave.
A unique museum showcasing the development of Greek culture. Beautiful building, nice shop and café.
ATHENS BY THE SEA
You don’t have to get on a ferry boat to enjoy swimming in the Aegean Sea. All around the coast of Attica are dozens upon dozens of beaches and swimming spots from organized, luxury options, to empty stretches of sand.
A fully organized beach with numerous umbrellas and sunbeds. There are many cafeterias, taverns and beach bars lined at the beachfront. Tram and bus station is just near the entrance of the beach.
Beach First aid station, a kid’s playground, elegant beach chairs and umbrellas plus free Wi-Fi.
Asteras Beach – The House Project
Beach chairs and umbrellas, lockers, changing rooms, showers, trampolines, a kids playground, a self- service restaurant, three bars and water sports.
Club for a luxurious day with private bungalows, food and drink service, yoga lessons and everything you could wish for!
Places to visit
Stavros Niarhos Cultural Park
It includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and an educational and cultural park in one site, and thus bequests to the Greek people a great civic, cultural, educational and environmentally responsible landmark of international stature.
There are everyday activities like yoga, computer lessons, sailing, kids activities, all for free! Summer opening hours (1 April to 31 October): 06.00–00.00
Take the tram and go to Flisvos Park: enormous playgrounds, picnic facilities, pathways for walking and bike riding, outdoor fitness area and a sports field, open air summer cinema and theatre, as well as a special area for dogs to play. And all that next to the seaside!
Arriving at the Port of Pireaus, you are 40 minutes away from some of the most charming cosmopolitan islands like Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros. So hop on a ferry or a flying dolphin and away you go! If you find yourself at Piraeus enjoy your coffee at Pasalimani and fresh fish at the picturesque harbor of Mikrolimano sitting on the wooden decks next to the water. Also don’t miss the beautiful hill of Kastella with its elegant neoclassical buildings and Votsalakia beach right underneath.
OPEN AIR CINEMAS
One of the most typical habits for Greeks during the summer is going to open air cinemas. It truly is a unique experience. Here is a list of the most beautiful open air cinemas in Athens:
Address: Kidatineon 22, Athens (Metro Syntagma or Acropolis), +30 210 3222071
Ticket price: €8 (on Wednesdays: €5)
Address: Zappion Garden, Athens (Metro Syntagma or Acropolis), +30 210 3369369
Ticket price: €8
Address: 7 Apostolou Pavlou street, Athens (Metro Thission), +30 210 3420864
Ticket price: €8
Address: 82 Themistokleous street, Athens (Metro Panepistimio), +30 210 3301020
Ticket price: €7 (on Monday nights €5)
Address: Zonara & Agathiou street, Neapoli (Metro Panepistimio)
Ticket price: €7,50 ((on Wednesdays: €5)
Address: on Dexameni square, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos),
+30 210 3602363, +30 210 3623942
Ticket price: €7,50
Address: Troon 36, Ano Petralona (Metro Petralona), +30 210 3462677
Ticket price: €8
Address: 109 Ymittou street, Athens (Metro Evaggelismos), +30 210 7511868
Ticket price: €5, three movies for €9
DURING YOUR STAY THERE ARE VERY FEW RULES BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
1. No smoking except CAREFULLY on the balcony.
2. Do NOT throw the toilet papers in the toilet.
3. Please take out the garbage and throw them into the large trash cans on the street.
4. Turn off the lights, air conditioning units and all the electrical devices whenever you leave the apartment.
5. Please be respectful of the neighbors. In Greece, noise must be reduced to a minimum after 10 pm (22.00).
Remember, you are on holidays, but the people around you are not; try to put your self in their shoes.
6. Before your departure always check if the building’s front door is unlocked.
If you are to check-out early (anytime before 09:00), please bear in mind that there will be no one to meet you at the apartment. So please check first if the front door of the building is unlocked; if not, UNLOCK IT WITH YOUR KEY, then go back in, and just leave the keys on the table before leaving.
7. On departure, please leave the keys on the table.
THANK YOU FOR BEING GREAT GUESTS!
MOVING IN ATHENS
In Athens you can move around quite easily with buses, trolley-buses, tram and the metro.
The ticket costs €1,40/p per ride (90 min. after its first validation). You can also use a daily ticket for €4,50. We’d also suggest the 3-days Tourist Ticket for all modes (included 1 journey from and to the airport).
From and to the Athens airport (one ride) tickets cost €10pp.
Alternatively, using taxis in Athens could be a great choice, and a cheap one indeed! A short ride within the city’s center costs approximately €4-€6.
From and to the airport (to city center), there is a flat rate of €38 (5.00 to 24.00) and €54 (midnight to 5.00) for 3 passengers with luggage.