Photo: Georgios Makkas

Old school tavernas, all-day bars, punk bistros and a classic outdoor cinema. Editor and publisher Kimon Frangakis welcomes you to the eclectic Athenian neighbourhood of Petralona.


Come here for some no-nonsense—and seriously good—Greek food.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Craving Pad Thai? Then Blue Bamboo is definitely the move.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Blue Bamboo

Zefyros Cinema

Petralona's bohemian hangout.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

The Prosfygika apartment complex has survived deterioration, redevelopment and threats of demolition.

Photo: Georgios Makkas


The coolest of the area’s bars, this 'cage' as it’s named in Greek, is a neighbourhood dive that somehow managed to get a full revamp without losing its relaxed attitude. Don’t let the unfussy crowd fool you: the bartenders here are quite crafty with cocktails. Try the potent Negroni for a generous aperitif. Klouvi is also a good option if you want to cap your evening with a lively nightcap, after dining in the neighbourhood’s various eateries.

The urban-cool interior at Chryssa.

Photo: Georgios Makkas