One Day in Athens, Greece

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  • Food & Wine

  • Family Travel

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  • Athens

  • Greece

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Shopping

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Curator’s statement

With so many beautiful Greek islands to explore, it's often tempting to skip Athens instead of island hopping. Often referred to as "The Cradle of Civilization," Athens is certainly worthy of at least some exploration before you make your way to the sunny shores and blue waters of the surrounding islands. It is rich with History, Culture and FOOD.....oh the FOOD!

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Things to do in Greece

An aerial view of the city of Greece.

If you only have one day in Athens, the Acropolis and Museum is a must-do! (Pro Tip: opt for travel dates outside of summer, as the temps do make the climb a bit less enjoyable for some). If you can, do an audio tour and learn all about the history as you make your way up.

As you stand atop the summit, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the history of the place you are standing. Afterward, grab a freddo cappuccino or espresso and take a stroll around the Plaka area. Be sure to visit Little Kook to add a bit of extra "whimsy' in your day.

Places to eat & drink in Greece

Black coffee

An absolute must to start your day in Athens is the freddo cappuccino or espresso! (Freddo means "cold"). They're pretty much everywhere, but my favorite of the many I drank came from CoffeeBerry. It's a treat like no other, and will send you on the hunt in your home town for a suitable fix! Pair that with a Greek Yogurt from Fresko Yogurt Bar topped with Greek Sour Cherries and you'll be in heaven. (Fun Fact: I'm on my 5th attempt to find the same type here in the states, and so far nothing compares. So, do yourself a favor and load up on Sour Cherries before you come home! Nothing compares to the real thing).

For lunch, a visit to Ergon House and Market makes a perfect pitstop. They're a casual Farm-to-Table restaurant, with a bright and airy open atmosphere and the Carbonara Peinirli with a glass of white wine is the perfect way to enjoy the ambience. I highly recommend booking a room at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, one of our Virtuoso Preferred Partner Hotels. Take in the 360-degree views of the lighted Acropolis, the Parliament and Lycabettus Hill from their GB Roof Garden Restaurant, while you enjoy dinner by their award-winning chefs.

Even if you only have a day to spend in Athens, there's definitely plenty to see and do and of course to EAT!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Ed Munz’s guide, Exploring the Ancient and Modern Charms of Athens: A Week in the Greek Capital.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Athens.