I had less than 24 hours in Athens, and all I cared about was visiting the Acropolis. Having studied ancient Greece and all its mythology over many years at school, it was so awe-inspiring and humbling to see the ruins I’d heard so much about in real life. The Acropolis lived up to every expectation, and what I saw of Athens – it’s charming streets, endless ‘evil-eye’ jewellery, and tasty food spots –  it’s a place I look forward to visiting again very soon.



MuseumBenaki MuseumNikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika GalleryAcropolis MuseumThe Museum of Cycladic Art  

Viewpoint: The AcropolisPhilopappos Hill ParkHill of PnyxMt Lycabettus

PlacesPlaka is Athens’ oldest residential quarter and built into the hillside below the Acropolis. The Plaka Stairs is a touristy spot, but has loads of places to eat with instagram-able options! Head to Ipitou Street for chilled bars and the Anafiotika area has a lovely island vibe in the centre of Athens; Kolonaki is a pretty, wealthy area in the centre, good for shops and cafes; Monastiraki is home of a lively marketplace;


Vezene The trendiest place in town. It’s an inventive joint that specialises in clever preparations of fish and meat. Delicious dishes! Must go.

Fresko Greek yogurt bar, where they treat yogurt like ice-cream: different variations on strain provides different textures!

Eat at Milton’s Was told it served traditional Greek dishes, but when we looked at the menu, it involved sushi

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Athens Central Market for meat and fish and other delicious things

Melilotos Serves excellent grills and unusual specialities

Kriti In the back of a shopping arcade and famous for serving the best Cretan food

O Kosta Late night souvlaki spot

Ama Laxei Bougainvillea-filled former school playground serving traditional Greek menu

Manimani An inexpensive restaurant housed in a restored neo-Classical house not far from the Acropolis Museum

Meliartos Delicious bakery

Lukumades Fried dough balls and mastic-flavoured ice cream

Avocado Run by a Greek-Iranian couple serving an eclectic menu of Greek, Asian cuisine as well as a juice bar. This is one of the few restaurants where the smoking ban is enforced.

Mavro Provato Cheap and delicious tapas

Funky Gourmet Two Michelin starred resto

The Nice N’ Easy Cafe Known for its organic flare

The New Taste Cafe in the New Hotel, good for brunch

2Mazi Progressive Greek food
Ratka 60s’ Greek vibes
Nikkei Fantastic Peruvian restaurant

Varoulko Seaside Greek seafood restaurant on the water

Aleria Stylish contemporary restaurant in a neoclassical villa & courtyard serving inventive Med cuisine

Psarras Traditional Greek food in 2 old stone mansions also offering a large, tree-shaded open terrace

Tzitzikas kai Mermigas Unpretentious, all-day neighborhood eatery serving classic mezze & hot Mediterranean cuisine.

Strofi Tavern Classic Greek fare in a simple, airy space with a roof terrace for amazing Acropolis views

Mama Roux Relaxed, hip eatery serving simple, eclectic global cuisine, plus live music & cocktails

Feedel Urban Gastronomy Casual and cosy garden restaurant with great cocktails



Brettos You can’t miss the hundreds of colourful bottles and lights that decorate the walls of the oldest distillery in Athens

CV Distiller Loads and loads and LOADS of killer whisky cocktails

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Duende A tiny candlelit speakeasy

Bios roof terrace An art space and music venue with a gorgeous, unkempt roof terrace

Some Bizzare In the courtyard of a major bank, this place turns into an open-air club until 5am at weekends

Bluebird Bistro bar with eclectic decor

Tailor Made Great if you need a break from the intense Greek coffee

Heteroclito Low-key wine bar

Six d.o.g.s. Café-bar situation with a large courtyard and some concerts

Cafe Taf Their barista, Stefanos Domatiotis, was named World Brewers Cup Champion for 2014. Just sayin’

Hotel Grande Bretagne has a rooftop bar

Noelle Christmas themed bar, quirky and fun vibe
Clumsies Voted one of the best bars in Europe
The Trap Cool bar on a busy square



New Hotel Modern, clean and in a super central part of town

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Fresh Hotel Has a rooftop swimming pool and cocktail bar, need I say more?

A for Athens Boutique hotel overlooking the square at Monastiraki

City Circus A hotel in a neoclassical mansion

Ava Hotel Boutique hotel with self-serviced suites


I visited Athens in September 2017

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