Photo: Georgios Makkas

From the best shops in the Central Market to one of the city’s oldest tavernas, Vassilis Haralambidis takes you on trip through the gritty and diverse Historic Centre of Athens.

The bright interior at Romantso.

Courtesy: Romantso

This neighbourhood is the oldest part of modern Athens.

Photo: Georgios Makkas


The area around Omonia used to be full of dairy shops—they were the cafés of the day. This is the last dairy shop in downtown Athens. If there’s such a thing as a Greek breakfast, it’s Stani’s sheep’s yoghurt slathered with honey and walnuts. They use fresh milk to make all their products right here on the premises. Other delicacies are the bread rolls with freshly churned butter and honey, and the anthogala, fior de latte served in a sundae glass and topped with walnuts.

Lefteris o Politis

This minimalist souvlaki is also some of the city's spiciest.

Photo: Eleni Veziri

Ktistakis in Historic Centre, Athens.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis



A mannequin at Athenee looks out over the street.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Row after row of produce at the Varvakios Farmers Market.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Varvakios Fruit & Vegetable Market