Photo: Thomas Gravanis

We all wish we were elsewhere right now. But until that elsewhere becomes a possibility again, here's what you can do to infuse your home with the spirit of Athens. Whether you’re a museum geek, a stress cooker or would just love to escape through music.

1. Take a virtual tour of a museum

The Parthenon Frieze inside the Acropolis Museum.

Courtesy: The Acropolis Museum

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

2. Whip up your own freddo

3. Scroll through This is Athens’ Instagram feed

Just because we're proud of it. It features the best shots of our city, snapped by our photographers and many of our beloved followers who use our hashtag (#ThisisAthens) when they post their own odes to Athens. From drone shots of the metropolis crowned by its famous ancient temples to lively urban scenes and your favourite all-time classic photos of Plaka, we promise to bring you as close to Athens as you can get right now.

4. Listen to music that takes you there

We’ve scouted the best tracks to conjure up memories of those much-loved Athenian moments, until you can get back to them:


5. Catch a classical performance courtesy of the Athens Concert Hall

Courtesy: The Athens Concert Hall

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

6. Cook a Greek dish

7. Make a cocktail with Mastiha

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

8. Travel to Athens with a contemporary tale

Stretch out on your sofa, or better yet balcony, and escape to Athens through the pages of a cracking read set in the Greek capital. Here are two modern classics: Dinner with Persephone by Patricia Storace (part travelogue, part cultural history, this stylish essay collection by American poet Storace chronicles her year living in Athens and captures the capital at its most sublime and surreal); and Outline by Rachel Cusk. Cusk’s vivid vignettes of Athenian pavement life during one balmy Greek summer will make you feel like you’ve pulled up a chair and can almost smell the coffee.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

9. Soak up the Athens street art scene

10. Watch a cinema classic

The urge to disappear to a merrier time and place has rarely been greater. Embark on a celluloid romp with Greek national treasure Melina Mercouri across a swinging sixties Athens in Never on Sunday. Free-spirited prostitute Ilya meets American tourist Homer in this feel-good favourite set amid the rambunctious tavernas and bustling port of Piraeus. Not only did this award-winning flick plant both Piraeus and Mercouri on the world map, it’s also said to have inspired the then First Lady Jackie Kennedy to travel to Athens. As it will you.