Only have two days in Athens? Here’s our 48 hour itinerary to help you see everything you can, from the classic sites to the best nightlife.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Morning

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Lunch

Courtesy: Avissinia Cafe

Day 1

Afternoon

Scout for everything from kitsch souvenirs to antique prints, second-hand-vinyl and vintage army surplus in Monastiraki flea market. Top up on culture and caffeine at TAF (The Art Foundation), an Ottoman dwelling re-booted as a fashionable gallery and courtyard café, with a brilliant Greek design emporium thrown into the mix. 

For sophisticated souvenirs, edible gifts, hand-made sandals and accessories, hit Adrianou Street, the main shopping street in the old town of Plaka. Or simply amble along Plaka’s twisting, pastel-coloured lanes with no other agenda than to watch the Acropolis play hide and seek between the Byzantine churches, neoclassical mansions, whitewashed cottages, and touristy but irresistibly quaint tavernas.

Day 1

Evening

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Day 2

Morning

Courtesy: Cycladic Museum

Day 2

Lunch

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Day 2

Afternoon

Day 2

Evening

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou