Where is it? In the northern suburb of Marousi.
Best features: The Mall is a sprawling leisure hub with ten movie theatres (including Gold Class cinema), an enormous food court, a dizzying roll call of European and American brands, a bowling alley and games arcade. There’s even a post office, should you feel inspired to send an old-fashioned postcard home.
Caffeine hit: An iced coffee in one of the top-floor cafés overlooking the Olympic stadium.
Keep it Greek: Folli Follie for pretty rose-gold-plated baubles or Terkenlis bakery to taste the traditional Greek tsoureki (a buttery brioche loaf best when coated with gooey white chocolate icing). As well as upscale brands like Balmain and Missoni, Simple Caracters stocks more affordable fashion by Greek designers.
Family fun: Throw a strike at the bowling alley, let the kids battle it out in a car race at the arcade, grab some local fast food, then catch a movie. There’s also a Lego Play Factory and Athens’ only Confuzio toy emporium. On weekends, fun activities like obstacle courses or maxi puzzles appear.
For a good meal: Gourmet Burger Kitchen, founded by three burger addicts from New Zealand, on the third floor. Not just mean burgers but healthy options like pear and cranberry salad too.
Top tip? If you don’t like crowds, avoid Saturdays. It’s when Greeks flock to the stores because shops are closed most Sundays.
How to get there? There’s an overground train stop—Neratziotissa—right at its entrance on the Piraeus to Kifissia line.