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Things to do

Sites to see

  • Vouliagmeni: if you’re looking for a day outside of the city, the quiet Southern suburb of Athens isi perfect. With plenty of beautiful beaches and lake Vouliagmeni, it is a great area to enjoy a day out in the sun!
  • National Garden: a huge tranquil garden located in the heart of the city. It was originally built for the first Queen of Athens, Queen Amalia. It is home to multiple ponds, fountanis, flower patches, and even a turtle sanctuary. It is the perfect place for a picnic or to relax and read a book.
  • Areopagus Hill: Everyone has heard of the Acropolis and the Agora, but if you are looking for something that is not only less crowded, but also free, the Areopagus is a great site to check out. It was a legal institution in ancient times, but today it is used to enjoy stunning views of the city. 
  • Farmers Markets: when living in Greece, or even if it is just a visit, be sure to check out some of the farmers markets! You are best off finding some that are a bit outside of the city centre in neighbourhoods such as Ano Petralona, Pagrati, or Vyronas. Many of these are held on Fridays, so be sure to scope out the area and ask some locals where you can find them!
  • Day trip to the Saronic Islands: Athens is a short ferry ride away from many charming islands. Aegina is the cheapest and easiest to access, however, Hydra, Poros, and Spetses are definitely worth a trip! Hydra is especially unique, as no cars are allowed on the island. 

Dining

  • Plaka Stairs: a very picturesque area in Plaka where you can dine on a set of string-lit stairs. Not only is it a great photo opp, but it also has multiple bars and restaurants, including Anefani which has upscale dining and traditional Greek dishes.
  • Scholarhio: if you are looking for an easy way to try a variety of traditional Greek dishes while also having a night out in the city centre, Scholarhio is the perfect place to grab a meal.
  • Vardis Tavern: a traditional Greek tavern located in Yimmitos, just thirty minutes outside of the centre. This tavern has been running for over one hundred years, and after eating there you will understand why.   

Nightlife

  • Chelsea Hotel: my personal favourite bar in Athens, located in the neighbourhood Pagrati. It is just outside of the city centre, so you are sure to meet plenty of young locals living in Athens.
  • Six Dogs: within the vibrant neighbourhood full of youth, you will find Six Dogs. It is a nice place to grab a coffee during the day, or grab a cocktail at night. It also has a club-type area to dance and listen to music, and even holds concerts. 
  • Monastiraki Square: this famous square sits directly in the centre of Athens. There are plenty of rooftop bars and restaurants with an amazing view of the acropolis. Check out A for Athens or 360 Cocktail Bar for a fun night out!