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.

You can't leave Athens without visiting the Parthenon at the Acropolis.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Morning

Explore the countless treasures of the Acropolis Museum.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

The view from the Pnyx.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Lunch

Café Avissinia is the perfect place to sip a coffee and people-watch.

Courtesy: Café Avissinia

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

Your night out in Athens won't start before 9 pm.

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

Brunch at Philos.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Day 2

Morning

Marble figurines at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Courtesy: Museum of Cycladic Art

Day 2

Lunch

Seafood by the sea is always a good decision.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Day 2

Afternoon

Day 2

Evening

A pretty pasta and a glass of wine at Warehouse.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou