If you are walking from the Plaka, near the end of Adrianou street you will come to a small square, every inch of which has been taken over by fancy tourist restaurants and cafes. Hurry through it until you come face to face with Hadrian’s wall. You can’t miss it. Don’t lose the chance to see the famous Tower of the Winds in Plaka. This monument is located only a block up from Adrianou on Aeolou street and it is a part of the ancient Roman Agora. It was believed to be a place of great magic, but, in fact, it was a meteorological station from the first century, built by the Syrian Astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes.
A. AROUND THE CITY’S CENTER
“In Acropolis’ feet”! (literally)
- Monastiraki, Plaka and Koukaki are Acropolis’ best friends. From special points of those neighbourhoods you can see the famous Athenian hill with Parthenon, shining like a rare stone in the night.
- But, the value of those blocks does not only to have with the historical monument. Quality, smiley faces and a variety of choices have led those spots in the city to be the most famous not only for tourists and visitors, but also for Greeks and Athenians.
- People who came to shop, to drink coffee or to eat the best souvlaki in Athens are exactly in front of your eyes. Ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, as well as fresh juice points, are always in fashion and offer a great break for the “hard walkers” of the city.
- Monastiraki for ever!
Monastiraki means in greek the little church and is worldwide known for its flea market. It is a major tourist attraction in Athens for bargain shopping. Enjoy the African parties in the square with their traditional instruments giving a rhythm in everyone’s steps. Enjoy, as well, the surprises! History is written here in every corner. Keep your eyes open, because this very history is more interesting than its museum edition.
- Plaka, the Queen of Athens
Stairs, cats, old, greek-style cafes, the best selfies ever and, above all, this light form the sky which fits so much with the white houses. Plaka was always synonymous with Athens by itself. Walk around the shops and tavernas, smell the pink and red flowers from the yards of the old Athenian who still live there and feel like you are in any greek island. Oh, this is happiness.
- Koukaki, you, super star…
Creative, youthful and hippie Koukaki captures, and not without reason, the attention of all! Bars and restaurant masterpieces, small galleries and streets to walk like a hero of a romantic greek movie. Modern, but still traditional, this aristocratically minimal neighbourhood of Athens is maybe the reason why you fell in love with this city
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B. ENJOY YOUR WALK
” Our best choises”
1. To Kouti
“Kouti” (the Box!) is the oldest store on the picturesque pedestrian street of Adrianou and has recently been renovated! Beautiful, with very nice decoration in the interior and the exterior space, colorful flowers on all the tables, wonderful views to Acropolis, impeccable service and courtesy, “Kouti” is open from morning till night! The best choice to start or end your walk around the historic center, it serves coffee, beverages and breakfast, while you have many options for lunch or dinner: Greek traditional cuisine, always sprinkled with the chef’s personal touches. The cocktail list stands out, as it was made by a professional barista! “Kouti” is chosen by the locals because it has its own identity and opens its doors to everyone, in order to remind us that quality of products and freedom of expression match together! At least on that pedestrian street!
23 Adrianou St. – Monastiraki – Athens | t: +30 2103238276
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2. THAI restaurant Tamarind Thai
An authentic Thai restaurant in the center of Athens that you should definitely visit if you are in the country. It’s curry dishes are characterized as the finest ones in Europe. All the recipes of the menu can be prepared as vegan. Open Tuesday to Sunday 7:00 – 00:30. Tables in the square in the summer.
51 Κerameikou St. – Avdi square Metaxourgio
/ t: +30 210 52 25 945
/ fb: https://www.facebook.com/Tamarindathens/ METRO LINE 2
3. cafe TSIRITRI tsiritro
Colors, vintage red couches and sweets from older times! Little spoons, little crystal boxes, bibelot that remind you of a dollhouse! Vasso and Michalis welcome you in a warm, friendly and hospitable way… The way of old times! What do they have to offer? Handmade pies with pure Greek ingredients, homemade orange pie, chocolate pie, semolina halva, apple pie, ice cream. Cold coffees and during the summer also greek tsipouro with titbits!
/ 89Α-91 Veikou St. – Koukaki
/ t: +30 213 01 22 913
/ fb: Tsiritri Tsiritro
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4. ALL-DAY CAFE-BAR KIMOLIA
“Kimolia” in Greek, means chalk! Our Kimolia, is an all-day artistic cafe-bar that’s well-hidden in the narrow streets of Plaka. Drawing from our name, Kimolia features large blackboards and offers plenty of chalk, for you to leave your messages on them. Kimolia offers coffee and snacks from early morning, to drinks and cocktails late at night, since 2011. Sit comfortably and relax, inside a time-capsule-like space, listening to jazz and blues. Kimolia will feel like your home away from home, whilst you’re in Athens!
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5. Breakfast & brunch restaurant – Bar VOLVER A LA SOMBRA
Downtown Athens is not only noisy streets, impressive buildings and burning sun. It’s also pedestrian streets and small alleys. Hidden corners and cozy places. Find your way off the beaten path, to the coolest little yard of Valaoritou Street. Come and find us under the shadow of an ancient tree.
7a Valaoritou St. – Syntagma
/ t: +30 210 36 35 557
/ fb: https://www.facebook.com/volveralasombra/
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spot at “[email protected]”.
C. USEFUL INFO
Direct Action: Tel. 100
Fire Department: tel. 199
Hellenic Police (Athens Call Center): 1033
Tourist Police: tel. 171, 210 6977386
Airport Police: Tel. 210 3536919
Trafficking in Athens: Tel. 210 5230111
Instant Help Center: tel. 166
Poison Center: tel. 210 7793777
AID line: Tel. 210 7222222
On-duty Hospitals – IKA clinics: tel. 14944
On duty Pharmacies: Tel. 14944
Ypsilantou 45-47, Athens, tel. 210 7201000
80 Vas. Sofias, Athens,
tel. 210 7750432
Vas. Sofias 114, Athens, tel. 210 7483770
Asklepio of Voula
Vassileos Pavlou 1, Voula, tel. 210 8958301
Children – “Agia Sofia”
Thebes and Papadiamantopoulou, 115 27 Goudi, tel. 210 7771811
Mass Media Information:
Urban Bus Schedules: Tel. 185, www.oasa.gr
Attiki Metro: tel. 210 5194001, www.ametro.gr
uburban Railway: 210 5272000, www.proastiakos.gr
Railway Organization of Greece: tel. 210 5297777,www.isap.gr
Intercity Bus Stations: tel. 1440, 210 5124910, www.ktel.org
Athens Sightseeing Public Bus N.400: tel. 185
Association of Rent a Car Companies: 31 Viltanioti, 14 564 Kifissia, Athens, tel. 210 6264032, fax 210 6264039
Panhellenic Federation of Owners of Car and Bicycle Rental Offices: Miliaira 12, 71201 Heraklion, Crete, tel. 2810 280914, fax 2810 281943, e-mail: [email protected]
Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”: tel. 210 3530000, www.aia.gr
Olympic Air: www.olympicair.com
Aegean Airlines: tel. 210 6261000, www.aegeanairlines.gr
Ferry Schedules: tel. 14944
Port of Piraeus: tel. 210 4226000, www.olp.gr
Port Rafina: tel. 22940 22300, 22940 22481
Port of Lavrion: tel. 22920 25249
Port of Agios Konstantinos: 22350 31759
Ministry of Shipping and the Aegean: Tel. 210 4191700, www.yen.gr
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, General enquiries: Tel.: +30 210 9000900, email: [email protected]
National Archeological Museum
44 Patision Str, tel. +30 210 82.17.717, 210 82.17.724
12 Panepistimiou Str. (“Iliou Melathron”), tel. +30 210 36.43.774, +30 210 36.12.540, website: www.nma.gr
Benaki Museum (central building)
1 Koubari & Bas. Sofias, tel. +30 210 36.71.000, website:www.benaki.gr– Building in Piraeus Str.: 138 Piraeus Str. (gazi), tel. +30 210 34.53.111
Museum of Islamic Art
22 Aghion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou (Kerameikos), tel. +30 210 32.51.311-12
Byzantine and Christian Museum
22 Vassilissis Sofias, tel. +30 210 72.11.027, +30 210 72.32.178
Museum of War
2 Rizari Str, tel. +30 210 72.52.974-6
Museum of Greek Children Art
9 Kodrou Str. (extension of Voulis Str.), Plaka, tel. +30 210 33.12.621, 210 33.12.750, fax: +30 210 33.13.734, website: www.childrensartmuseum.gr
Foundation of the Hellenic World
18 Poulopoulou – Theseion, tel. +30 212 254.38.00 – Cultural Center “Tholos”: 254 Piraeus Str – Tavros Athens, tel. +30 212,254.00.00, website:www.ime.gr
Goulandri Museum of Natural History
13 Levidou Str., tel. +30 210 80.15.870, website: www.gnhm.gr- “Gaia”Center: 100 Othonos Str (Kifissia)
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