Exploring the old commercial city centre of Athens
You are in Athens – the cradle of Western civilization, a fascinating blend of culture, history, people and lifestyles meeting at the heart of a vibrant city.
The best way to experience the hidden beauties of Athens is by exploring its hip neighbourhoods:
Monastiraki: a vibrant and multicultural neighborhood
One of the most popular areas in Athens is most certainly Monastiraki. A colourful mix of people, who meet day and night on the famous Monastiraki Square at the foot of the Acropolis. Follow Hefaistos Street and find a huge selection of shops selling jewellery, sandals and diverse trinkets and you will be led to the city’s bustling flea market in Avissinias Square, ideal for antique shopping.
Thissio: a fun and relaxed area
Nestled between the pine trees of Philopappou Hill and the boundaries of Monastiraki, Thissio offers an unforgettable view of the Acropolis. The Temple of Hephaestus and the Ancient Agora complete a breathtaking scenery, ideal for a delicious Greek coffee complimented by a Baklava.
Plaka: the picturesque old town of Athens
Time stands still in the oldest neighbourhood of Athens as you sway through the labyrinth of little alleyways, colourful traditional houses, blooming gardens, while you stop for a moment to admire the neoclassical architecture and Byzantine churches. Kydathineon and Adrianou streets host a plethora of stores selling from byzantine style jewellery to fine olive oil.
Psiri: the artsy and lively hangout
Bordering Monastiraki is the upbeat Psiri – offering a fascinating mix of creative spaces, small shops and street art with fancy restaurants and bars. Psiri has undergone a transformation from a leather craftship area to a vibrant and busy district, where from 6pm onwards, you can move to the rhythm of the night.