The street you love best in Athens and why?
May I be a bit narcissistic here? (Hey, we Greeks invented the concept!) I love Eftichidou Street, where I live. It’s both a commercial and residential artery in Pangrati, one of the most dynamic areas of central Athens. It’s also conveniently close to the best things on offer in Athens: great bars and cafes, nightlife, galleries and historic sights.
What do you think surprises first-time visitors to the city the most?
Well, what surprises me the most, even as a resident, is the unparalleled range of different stimuli in Athens. From the blue lagoon beaches in the south, to the northern mountains; from the downtown chaos to the serenity of its luxury hotels, this city is pure sensory overload!
How do you rate Athens as a gay-friendly destination?
Athens is beyond gay-friendly. Athens is gay! And straight, bi, lesbian, asexual and anything else you can think of. Isn't that the point of modern mega-cities? Offering a safe space to be whoever you feel like being?
Tell us one great new Athenian discovery…
Here is an idea that might seem strange: If you truly want to experience the "real" life of the city, spend a couple of hours in a supermarket. You will be able to mingle with average Athenians shopping, and see how sociable the supermarkets are in Greece (trust me, you will be impressed). You’ll also find fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at amazingly low prices.
… and one old classic that never disappoints?
Two words: The Parthenon. It’s the very essence of human intellect.