No matter how long your stay in Athens, the time is never enough to discover the numerous pleasures the city offers. Well known worldwide for its entertaining nightlife, Athens invites you to discover her bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes. Familiarize yourself with the city's many shopping districts and don't forget to get information on the city's cultural life.
Art, Heritage & Culture
The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. Despite the length of the city's history, it is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Modern monuments. Today's capital is a result of integration of ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Ancient Athens monuments can be found all around the city center.
Museums operating in Athens can be divided in two categories. On the one hand, there are the important institutions hosting world treasures from antiquity and the Byzantine era. These include the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine Museum. Next to them, there are a number of state thematic museums.
The visual arts enjoy a big share in the Athenian cultural and everyday life. Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a big number of small private galleries are spread within the city centre and the surrounding areas, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists. In recent years a number of bar galleries have sprung up.
Leisure & Recreation
Shopping in Athens -- a showcase for its traditional and modern culture and lifestyle-- can be a fascinating and satisfying experience for all. Amidst the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops, are hundreds and hundreds of chic boutiques and specialty shops blossoming with great fashion finds for every taste and budget.
Athens is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The Athenians like to party and will do so almost every night of the week. The choices are plenty and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late: after midnight for bars and clubbing and after 10:00 p.m. for dinner at the city's tavernas, Athens Restaurants and bar-restaurants. The Greeks are known for their love-of-life lifestyle.
Well known for its leisure industry, Athens offers you the opportunity to fill your days with relaxation and pleasure. If what you are looking for is fun, try one of the fun parks and enjoy the many activities they offer. Wild life lovers shouldn’t fail to pay a visit to the Athens Zoo, which hosts amongst others one of the biggest varieties of birds.
The birthplace of the Olympic Games has a tradition of athletics. The great outdoors is what recreational sporting in Athens is all about - yachting, sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, trekking and skiing. Who can forget the cyclists whizzing past the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, the breathless marathon runners crossing the finishing line at Panathenaic Stadium during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games?
Here you can find a complete guide to all Athens restaurants. There is a large variety of restaurants in Athens, ranging from Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to Asian and Arabic. Any cuisine you want to try, you will find it in Athens: from budget to luxury and mainstream to exotic, it's all there waiting to be savoured. Discover the great range of restaurants in Athens and enjoy a delicious meal.
Talented chefs and successful restaurateurs from the world's food Meccas have entered the kitchens in Athens restaurants and changed the Greek food setting into one that can compete with many European metropolises. The result is hundreds of excellent restaurants with chefs, menus and waiting staff that impress even the well-traveled gourmand.
The concept of ethnic cuisine - which sprung up mostly at first in the multicultural pockets near Omonia Square -- has recently entered the Athenian gastronomic scene. Many small Athens restaurants serving African, Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern food are welcome additions to the already vast choices of traditionally available cuisines (Italian, French, German etc.) throughout Athens and its suburbs.
Attica is fresh fish paradise as fishermen set out to the surrounding seas, daily, to bring back the freshest varieties. You can find the catch of the day at Athens restaurants everywhere. We recommend you try the fish tavernas at: Glyfada, Varkiza, Sounio, Vouliagmeni, Piraeus and Microlimano. Creative fish dishes can also be found at many tavernas and restaurants in Syntagma, Kolonaki, Mets, Koukaki and Pagrati.
Athens is dotted with many charming and charismatic street vendor and, like in many big cities, they add an additional local flavor and aroma. In the fall and winter seasons, the streets of Athens are filled with carts roasting chestnuts and corn on the cob as well as dried nuts. Warm sesame and raisin bread twists are two staples of Athenian street-food enjoyed year round, especially for breakfast.
Athenians, like most Greeks, love their coffee, especially their frappé, an iced shaken and stirred beverage that is consumed year-round. For Athenians, like their European counterparts, drinking a cup of coffee is a ritual that is often accompanied by a parea (a group of friends), good conversation and people- watching or reading the newspaper.
We start our gastronomic tour in Syntagma Square in the center of Athens and in the area around the tree-lined Vassilisis Sofias Avenue. There are several fast food and chic restaurants and cafés to stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee, a fresh salad or, in the summer time, a grilled fish or cocktail whilst overlooking the Athens cityscape.