Pangrati is the little black dress of Athens neighbourhoods: a respectable residential address and go-to destination when you feel like hanging out. Journalist and writer Diane Shugart shares some tips for the place she calls home.

Amid the pavement cafés, small bars, high-end restaurants, and traditional tavernas in Pangrati, a 15-minute stroll takes in arthouse cinemas like the Petit Palais and open-air Oasis, the Half Note jazz club, the Pleiades bookstore with a dense calendar of literary events, the counter-culture Skrow Theatre and Twixtlab arts hub. Plus one of the best views of the Parthenon from the last tier of the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium. While Pangrati today basks in the moment of being an ‘in’ district, this hasn’t diluted its charm as a local’s neighbourhood.

Odeon

Courtesy: Odeon

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Mavros Gatos

Superfly

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Eleni Veziri

Vassilenas

Mint

Photo: Thomas Gravanis