NEW HOTSPOTS


MONASTIRAKI: THE BIG BAZAAR OF THE CITY

You have reached the lively Monastiraki square. Shopping or just walking around this area of the city is an amazing experience that you do not want to miss. You will be amazed by the quality and quantity of products and you will definitely be tempted to buy something. Alternative bars and stylish restaurants lie side by side with old-fashioned cafés, while in Greek tavernas you can taste the world famous Greek souvlaki or gyros pita with a view of the buzzing square 24/7.

Cross the square and continue onward to Ifaistou Street where every Sunday there is a flea market that spreads over side streets and sidewalks. Stroll through the quaint alleys and find all sorts of treasures as Monastiraki is certainly THE vintage lovers’ paradise!

Within minutes, you will find yourself at Avissynias square, a favorite hangout for the young crowd of the city. Relax and have a coffee or a glass of Greek wine and ouzo with mezedes on the rooftop cafes and bars and try out imaginative cocktails with great views of the Acropolis.

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At Adrianou Street, a charming connection between the Plaka, Monastiraki and Thiseio quarters, you can have a coffee overlooking the Ancient Agora.

PSYRRI: THE BOHEMIAN NEIGHBORHOOD

Psyrri is the district companion to Monastiraki with a strong arty and bohemian flair. It is known for its vibrant nightlife with trendy cafés, ouzo bars, live music tavernas and restaurants offering Greek Mediterranean flavours. The district combines old and new points of interests full of secret corners and surprises!

You should know that Lord Byron was accommodated in the neighborhood during his stay in Athens and here is where he wrote the poem "Maid of Athens" while the most famous Greek inhabitant of Psiri was Alexandros Papadiamantis who lived in the area for more than two decades.

Discover its hidden alleys, street art and alternative art spaces and indulge yourself in the fascinating atmosphere! Shopping here is an exciting experience with sophisticated or fun fashion suggestions by talented young designers. Artisans’ workshops that sell sandals, suitcases, lampshades, old vinyls and second-hand books create a picturesque image!

Bars on Miaouli street are the favorite hangout for students and the arty set and their specialty is rakomelo, a drink made with raki and honey.

GAZI

Welcome to the coolest nightspot in Athens! Popular for its bars, this trendy neighborhood caters to all tastes with its countless tavernas, meze tavernas (mezedopolia), restaurants of international cuisine and delicious “souvlaki” restaurants, music venues, fringe theatres and art galleries, pop, (hard) rock, mainstream, swing and retro, gay and lesbian bars and clubs.

The district’s landmark is definitely the old city gas house which has been turned into an impressive museum and mixed-use cultural center. A wide variety of cultural events are held in Technopolis every year: music concerts and festivals, dance, theatre and performing arts, plastic and applied arts, educational programs for children, entrepreneurship and temporary exhibitions, attracting over 600,000 people annually.

The area’s success has spilled over to the surrounding areas Metaxourgeio and Kerameikos, which now boast their share of hotspots. Don’t miss them!

AGIA EIRINI SQUARE

Named after the beautiful church of St. Irini (Agia Irini), the area became over the last few years one of the hottest – if not THE hottest – spots in town! A favorite hangout for the young and the young at heart, it is known for its upbeat bars and street food stalls.

Once home to Athens’ flower markets, today the square and the surrounding streets are lined with coffee-shops, eateries, and trendy bistro bars that will serve you inspiring cocktails and food including breakfasts, snacks, and main meals. On weekends, the area is packed with young people while you‘ll find events and live performances by numerous musicians.

Make a stop at Kosta’s souvlaki place – famous from the 60’s for its traditional souvlaki and meatballs, you should definitely try the delicious recipes!

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