Photo: Thomas Gravanis

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.

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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

Day 1

Lunch

Vintage charm at Café Avissinia in the heart of the flea market.

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

Lunch by the sea is a quintessentially Athenian experience.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Day 2

Afternoon

There’s always something exciting happening at Athens’ shiniest new cultural and recreational landmark, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC). While away what’s left of the afternoon exploring Renzo Piano’s beacon of sustainable design, which is home to the Greek National Opera, the National Library, and a Mediterranean park. Rent a bicycle and tour the grounds on two wheels, catch a concert in the scarlet auditorium, or enjoy one last sunset from the solar-powered Lighthouse. 

Day 2

Evening

A pretty pasta and a glass of wine at Warehouse.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou