The Best Things to Do in Athens, Greece

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  • Greece

  • Athens

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

I feel like people always say Athens isn't worth spending any time in and I beg to differ. The food is incredible and so is the shopping. It's a lively city with a youthful vibe, plenty of exciting things to do and cute cafes that line the streets — what more can you ask for in a city?

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Where to stay in Athens

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Niki Athens Hotel

Quiet vegan-friendly boutique hotel providing a stylish oasis close to Syntagma Square and Parthenon.

Electra Metropolis Athens

Located just a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis, this luxury hotel features modern rooms and suites & rooftop pool and garden.

ERGON House Athens

Foodies rejoice: this industrial-style hotel is set above a trendy food court and marketplace in downtown Athens.

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Things to do in Athens

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Souvenir shop in Plaka. Keep an eye out for small bottle of olive oil because greek olive oil is incredible and packed with flavor.  If you like olives, grab a bag of Kalamata olives, you won't be sorry.

Take a 20-30 minute hike up the Acropolis. The views from above are amazing but take a bottle of water up with you and a hat because there's very little shade and you will be fighting for some on the top.

Don't forget to visit the Acropolis Museum

Astir Beach is in Vouliagmeni area about a 25-minute car ride from Athens. If you're craving a lazy beach day this is the place to go. It's a long sandy beach that is serviced and you only have to pay if you'd like to use a lounge chair.

Monastiraki Square is worth a visit. It has Acropolis views and a flea market next to the ruins of Hydrean's Library. Just above it is a handmade sandal shop to complete your Greek vacation vibe. 

Ellyz Cafe is a cute cafe in Monastiraki completed covered in pink flowers. You can get pink coffee and a pretty cute instagram pic.

Consider stopping by Hammam Bath for a scrub before you hit the islands. They offer massages for after a long flight and steam baths.

If you like smoking hooka, there's a rooftop cafe called Hookaholic. They have a great tea selection and serve drinks. 

Places to eat & drink in Athens

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Nikkei Peruvian Resto Bar: Hands down the best meal in town with decor that'll have you slow clapping. Black cod is not to be missed.

A for Athens: Rooftop bar for drinks with a view of the Acropolis. 

Tokyo Joe: Excellent variation of all Asian cuisine. Please don't miss the chicken bao.

Fuga Athens: Sister restaurant to Nikkei. Outdoor restaurant with great drinks and food is great.

Minü: Cute cafe with plants everywhere. Boutique shop and literal tea garden.

Tylixto Greek Wrap: Amazing Gyros and a quick 3 euro bite to hold you over while shopping.

Pink Flamingo Dim Sum: Small dim sum shop close to Niki Hotel. Duck bao is worth the stop alone. 

Lukumades: Local Greek desert equivalent to our doughnuts but with honey glaze and cool toppings. 

Tzitzikas Kai Mernigas: Authentic Greek Taverna with amazing shareable dishes.

Need to Know

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