Patission takes its name from Patissia, the neighbourhood it stems from. Back in the early 20th century, Patissia was a rural area, well outside the limits of the capital, where Athenians built their holiday homes. Patission was the street that led to the city centre, cutting through vineyards, orchards, and empty fields. As the rapid urbanisation of Athens, during the second half of the 1900s, filled these lands with polykatoikies (apartment buildings), new neighbourhoods and districts emerged, such as Kypseli, Viktoria and Plateia Amerikis.
What makes a walk along Patission so exciting is how one can witness the way the city changes, in some cases gradually and in others swiftly. At the farthest end of the avenue the vibe is decidedly low-key and residential; a typical Athenian neighbourhood. As we move closer to Kypseli, the social fabric becomes more multicultural, as this area is home to many people of African, Asian, and Balkan descent.