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A city’s true vibe is in all the hidden corners and secret places that you won’t find in any guide book. Here, we share those priceless Athens secrets that you’d normally only discover with a real local insider.

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Roll 'em up.

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Achilleas

Anapsiktirio

Traditional pots cooking up traditional fare.

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This is how menus are done at Mitos.

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Mitos

Moschos

Afternoon nibbles while catching up with a friend.

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Juicy and delicious.

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Moderni Kairi

To Koutouki tou Thoma

Come on in. The food is even more inviting than the entrance.

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Kokkini Klosti

If you want to see what a true Athenian hangout looks and feels like, head to Kokkini Klosti (red string). Locals gather at the bar night after night to drink and socialise. Cosy and intimate, it’s a place where you can often hear skillful musicians play traditional Greek songs. You never know when this may happen, as nights out in Athens are all about spontaneity—but suddenly, guitars appear and you notice that renowned Greek singer Maria Farantouri and her friends are sitting at a table next to you, only because she starts to sing.