Hidden away here is the Mentis Passementerie, an historic textile factory that turned out some of the country’s finest ‘passementerie’ (ornamental cords, fringes, piping, and tassels) used for theatrical costumes, military uniforms, and haute couture for 150 years. When the business sadly closed in 2011, the Mentis family donated this intriguing ‘living museum’ to the Benaki Museum.
To explore contemporary Athens culture, wander a few blocks to the Benaki Museum's excellent Pireos Street Annexe, which hosts exhibitions across different disciplines, from painting and sculpture to architecture, photography and fashion. Keep an eye out for some of the city’s most ambitious street murals along the way.
Total walking distance: 1700 metres